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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Canon EOS-2000D, EOS-3000D, EOS-4000D, EOS-M50 Cameras Coming Soon




Canon has a busy 2018 year coming up. They plan to announce new, low end DSLRs at the CES in January and CP+ in February.

The following cameras are submitted to the certification authorities in Russia for approval.

Canon EOS Cameras Registered (Google Translated) :

EOS-2000D

  • Номер нотификации: RU0000034331
  • Digital single-lens reflex camera
  • Kit: Body, 18-55mm IS II, 18-55mm DC III

EOS-3000D

  • Номер нотификации: RU0000031323
  • Digital single-lens reflex camera
  • Kit: Body, 18-55mm IS II, 18-55mm DC III

EOS-4000D

  • Номер нотификации: RU0000033405
  • Kit: Body, 18-55mm IS II, 18-55mm DC III

EOS-M50

  • Номер нотификации: RU0000034194
  • Color: Black / White
  • Kit: Body, 15-45mm IS STM, Double Zoom, Double Lens (15-45mm / 22mm), 18-150mm IS STM

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Canon Announced ME20F-SHN, New Low Light Network Camera


Canon ME20F-SHN with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens
London, UK, 21 November 2017 - Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces the launch of the ME20F-SHN, a low light network camera with remarkable performance. As a sister product to the ME20F-SH, the ME20F-SHN which now features network capability, further enhances Canon’s Multiple Purpose camera line-up with a solid proposition in producing full colour and Full HD resolution images in limited light scenarios. Perfect for critical surveillance operations, the ME20F-SHN packs incredible low light performance, network capability and built-in video analytics into a lightweight and compact body.

Incredible low-light performance

Equipped with a 2.26MP Full Frame 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 processor, the ME20F-SHN delivers sharp, low noise, Full HD colour video in extreme low light conditions. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry use Canon’s proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity. With a maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75db), which delivers amazing low-light sensitivity, the ME20F-SHN can capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. Even greater detail can be captured in low-light environments by removing the IR cut filter when shooting in infrared mode.

Much like Canon’s Cinema EOS range, this network camera offers Canon Log and Wide DR from the Custom Picture menu, which enables a wide dynamic range of up to 12 Stops (800%), delivering high-quality images across a range of lighting scenarios. The Custom Picture menu has been upgraded, with the addition of the Crisp Img function, which obtains sharp images in well-lit environments and low noise image under low light conditions. These features are invaluable for users needing to capture clear and accurate images.

Enhanced network capability for surveillance applications

Featuring Ethernet, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports, the ME20F-SHN caters for a plethora of video outputs based on users’ application requirements. For local monitoring, the ME20F-SHN has 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports; while an Ethernet connection enables remote operation of camera settings, monitoring and recording via web browsers, mobile devices or other video management software. The microSD card slot supports record and playback directly from a microSD card. For unmanned and cost-efficient surveillance, the 6 built-in video analytics functions and Alarm I/O interface enables automated recording and output to external devices triggered by video motion detection and alarm input.

With the Area-specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) function, the ME20F-SHN enables users to capture absolute detail in selected areas of interest while reducing bit-rates in the other areas of the image to save network bandwidth. For ease of integration into existing video surveillance systems, the ME20F-SHN supports a wide range of video management software through Canon WebView and ONVIF protocols.

Flexible installation capabilities

Operators can select the ideal lens for each shooting and equipment scenario, taking aspects such as angle of view and level of brightness into account. Featuring an EF mount with Cinema Lock, the ME20F-SHN is compatible with a broad range of lenses across the Canon line-up, including zooms, primes and selected Cine Servo lenses for greater control. With PoE+ support, the data transmission via Ethernet and power supply are provided with a single LAN cable, which facilitates simple and rapid installation of the camera. The compact body and lightweight design are invaluable for users needing both a fixed and portable camera.

ME20F-SHN key features :

  • Sharp, low noise colour video in extreme low light
  • Network capable remote configuration and monitoring
  • Supports a wide range of surveillance applications
  • High-quality Full HD output
  • Flexible installation

Monday, November 20, 2017

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera Bundle For $2,849 Including Free Shipping


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens

Their is a top rated merchant on the Internet selling the new Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera bundle for $2,849 after mail in rebates and includes free shipping. There are two other bundles to choose from including lens. Hurry, it won't last. This is a very good deal. I bought the EOS-5Ds camera before the Mark IV model was announced and have taken it on many global photo tours.

You will not find a link to this merchant because I am not endorsing or receiving any compensation from the company. I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website. You can easily find the item by Googling it yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Body Bundle $2,849 (After $350 mail-in rebate)

  • Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer
  • Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (13 x 19″, 50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
  • Watson LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1900mAh)
  • Receive 13 Months of Free Accidental Damage Protection From Canon

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/24-70mm f/4L IS Bundle $3,599 (After $350 mail-in rebate)

  • Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer
  • Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (13 x 19″, 50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
  • Watson LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1900mAh)
  • Receive 13 Months of Free Accidental Damage Protection From Canon

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/24-105mm f/4L IS II Bundle $3,749 (After $350 mail-in rebate)

  • Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer
  • Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (13 x 19″, 50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
  • Watson LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1900mAh)
  • Receive 13 Months of Free Accidental Damage Protection From Canon

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Will The Canon EOS-7D Mark III Camera Have Illuminated Buttons?






My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon equipment for almost three decades. Through the years, I have owned and used almost all of Canon professional and consumer grade gear and have tested many of them on global wildlife photo tours.

As you know, I have picked the EOS-7D as the best APS-C camera on the market for action and wildlife photography fours years in a row after it was announced in 2009. The Mark II model came out in 2014 followed by the Nikon D500 in January, 2016.

Read my comprehensive review of the Mark II DSLR. For those interested in comparing the EOS-7D Mark II to the EOS-80D, read my earlier post. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Although the Mark II camera is a dramatic improvement over the earlier model, the Nikon D500 gave the Canon camera a real challenge and of course, the EOS-7D Mark III is just 'around the corner'. The test cameras are already out of the labs and into the wild for beta testing.

There are crazy rumors flying around saying the new camera will have a 30MP sensor and burst rate of 12+ fps, etc. Frankly, that is a lot of photography noise so early in the guessing game. I do not expect the Mark III to be announced earlier than mid 2018 but the trend in the past few years has been to speed up the replacement cycle of higher end cameras.

Since the EOS-7D has always been the leader in Canon's APS-C camera lineup, it is very logical the Mark III will again come with a new generation of APS-C sensor. Many photographers are clamoring for everything under the sun and a list price of $1,499. One has to be more realistic about the business of manufacturing photography equipment.

Canon is a conservative and deliberative company. They rarely try to be the first in new features but there are some tried and true functions like illuminated buttons that have appeared on other manufacturers' cameras for years. A recent patent from Canon shows they have finally made that 'leap'. My personal opinion is the Mark II is already a very good camera but a few improvements will make it an even better prosumer DSLR body.

Here is my wish list for the EOS-7D Mark III :

  • A slight increase in megapixels, low to mid 20s for the sensor.
  • 10 fps is adequate but if technologically feasible, 12 fps is welcome
  • 4K video is unnecessary for my needs but its de rigueur these days for any camera
  • GPS and WiFi are also unnecessary for my needs but probably will be included
  • Additional AF points to below 100 is critical
  • Increase in high ISO and Dynamic Range performance is critical
  • Addition of illuminated buttons on the back panel is welcome

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two New Canon Super Zoom Lens Patents - EF 28-550mm and EF-S 15-300mm




Canon has patented two new EF lens design. They both appear to be Super Zoom design, one for the full frame body, EF 28-550mm f/3.5-6.3 and the other for the cropped frame EF-S 15-300mm f/3.5-6.3.

The EF 28-550mm f/3.5-6.3 will be quite a welcome move for me to replace my present EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS lens, but it will weigh quite a bit more, I am afraid. The current lens is about 3.70 pounds already. I hope it will come in the 'L' version. Canon is expected to announce a Super Zoom lens some time in 2018 but it may not be a 'L' lens.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera - $5,000 With Free Shipping




Their is a top rated merchant on eBay selling the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera for $5,000 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is a very good deal. I bought this camera when it first came out and have taken it on many global photo tours.

Read my comprehensive review of this amazing DSLR. For those who are interested in comparing the EOS-1DX2 to the Nikon D5, read my earlier post. You can follow my travels on Facebook , Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

You will not find a link to this item because I am not receiving any compensation from this company. I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website. You can easily find the item by Googling it yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. 

Canon Japan Announced Official Fan Goods






Canon Japan has announced their new official photography merchandise just in time for the shopping season. All these items are scheduled to be released on December 14, 2017. They can be purchased directly from the Canon Online Store or on websites like eBay. They make great Christmas gifts for any photographer.

The Canon collection of mugs, cups and coasters :

  • Premium Gift Box MC-MUG SET
  • Lens Mug MC-MG001
  • Lens Mug MC-MG002
  • Miniature USB F-1 16GB
  • Thermal Bottle MC-TB001
  • Lunch Bag MC-LB001
  • Picnic Mat MC-PM 001 (My wife would love a picnic with a mat like this)

You can check out more over at the Official Canon Fan Goods store.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ultra High Speed Cameras Can Photograph Up to 25,000,000 FPS


Tracking and panning a camera to video a speeding bullet or flying tank shell seems impossible given the projectile can travel at almost 5,000 feet a second. Below is a video from Curious Droid that explains how ultra high speed cameras work.

The secret behind the system is based on mirrors. Mechanical systems moves a mirror at the same speed as the projectile. The angle of reflection allows the camera to film the shell at high speed.

Systems like this have been used for many years to film incredibly short-lived events, such as the first moments of a nuclear explosion.

This revolutionary C4 camera system was developed in the UK by British scientists after World War II. It consisted of a rotating mirror weighing over two tons. It held the speed record at the time of photographing 7,000,000 frames a second.




Will The Canon EOS Kiss M / EOS-M50 Be The First Mirrorless Camera With EF Mount?




Canon has submitted a new mirrorless camera for Bluetooth certification. It may be called EOS Kiss M / EOS-M50 depending on which part of the globe the camera is marketed.

“Kiss” has traditionally been the name reserved for DSLRs sold in Japan. Is this be the first EOS-M camera with an EF mount? The camera may be announced by CES in Las Vegas around January 2018.

What do you think? Can this be Canon's first attempt at a mirrorless camera with the EF mount? Stay tuned. More information to come.


Bokeh Market Tracks The Market Value Of Used Camera Gear


How much is my camera equipment worth now?

Bokeh Market is a new website that enables users to determine the current market value of a used camera or lens. They claim the information is real-time value of used equipment.

Users enter their requests into a Search Bar, much like all other search engines. The results will be displayed in a Product Page. It will feature the products specs, a price chart for trusted and individual sellers, plus listings for the product's price as listed in popular sites like Amazon, eBay, Adorama, B&H, Fred Miranda, etc.

Registered Users get more functionality, like price alerts and current value of one's camera equipment inventory or future purchases. The site wants to be the Kelley Blue Book of photographic equipment gear. The service is free but the website has affiliate links and any purchases through Bokeh Market generates commission for the company.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Canon C200 and C200B Camera Firmware Version 1.0.2.1.00 Released


Canon C200 and C200B 4K cameras


Canon EOS C200/EOS C200B Firmware Version 1.0.2.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements : 

When CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is attached the following features are enabled: 

  • Autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function
  • Dual Pixel Focus Guide function.
  • The joystick on the camera's grip unit can be set to operate the zoom.
  • Manual control of the iris with Camera's Control dial.
  • Control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
  • Automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
  • Start/stop recording on the separately-sold lens grip ZSG-C10.
  • Retrieval of Lens metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance will display on the camera.
  • Peripheral illumination / chromatic aberration correction.

Download : Canon EOS C200/EOS C200B Firmware v.1.0.2.1.00 

Four Tricks For Working With Videos In Adobe Lightroom Classic CC


Four tricks for working with videos in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC


Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorial Video On Using Smart Guides


From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel : 

Discover how to use Smart Guides to quickly align, distribute layers and shapes in Photoshop CC.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Canon Consumer Grade Long Zoom lens May Come In 2nd Half Of 2018


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens

I have just returned from a Wildlife Photo shoot in Hudson Bay, Canada. The action was very good, with encounters of Polar bear sows and cubs, Arctic and Silver foxes, Snowy Owls and Arctic hares.
Once I have time to catch up with my daily routine, I will post some of the latest photos.  You can follow my travels on Facebook , Twitter and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon filed a patent for the EF 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 IS super zoom lens in 2016. The market for a consumer grade long zoom lens is dominated by Sigma and Tamron 150-600mm models right now but Canon is interested in this space and may announce their EF 200-600mm lens some time in the second half of 2018.

Unless, the new lens comes in the professional 'L' grade model, the price point (presumably just slightly higher than or equal to the competing third party models) will not make economical sense for Canon to make the lens a great weather-sealed performer. I am not impressed by the current 'super zoom' models on the market. Adding the Canon name to another consumer model will not make it any better, albeit perhaps a solid performer for its price. There may even be a custom extender as an option to add on the new glass.

The current EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is a great performer. Even with a 1.4x extender added, the image is still quite acceptable. I hope Canon will release the EF 200-600mm in the 'L' grade and the EF 600mm f/4 DO BR some time next year. I will be a buyer of both glass. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Canon Announced 4K UHD Portable Zoom Broadcast Lens




MELVILLE, N.Y., November 1, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today two new portable 4K UHD broadcast lenses for use with broadcast cameras featuring 2/3-inch sensors: the Canon CJ45ex9.7B 4K UHD Portable Zoom Lens provides users with the highest zoom ratio in its class1, and the Canon CJ45ex13.6B 4K UHD Portable Zoom Lens features both the highest zoom ratio and longest focal length in its class1.

The Canon CJ45ex9.7B and CJ45ex13.6B lenses both feature a broad 45x zoom ratio and wide-angle focal length of 9.7 mm to 437 mm and 13.6 mm to 612 mm, respectively. Both telephoto zoom lenses are ideal pieces of equipment for Electronic Field Production (EFP) broadcast applications including wildlife/nature, sports, live events, documentaries, and helicopter/aerial. Additionally, both lenses are well suited for mid-size broadcast vans and surveillance applications.

“As the demand for more 4K UHD broadcasting continues to grow, Canon is constantly developing high-quality products to provide producers and broadcasters with outstanding optical performance,”said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “The CJ45ex9.7B and CJ45ex13.6B both support a variety of broadcast applications, enabling users to capture breathtaking 4K UHD image quality in a form factor that is both lightweight and compact.”

The CJ45ex9.7B and CJ45ex13.6B both employ Canon proprietary optical design technology that features optimal lens positioning using both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass. The use of these lens elements enable users to capture high-quality 4K UHD imagery from the center of the imaging field to the periphery and across the entire zoom range, making them ideal for a variety of shooting situations—from close-up shots all the way to wide shots such as panoramic views of large venues.

The form factor and operational controls of the lenses will be very familiar to users who have previously operated one of Canon’s award-winning HD lenses. The lenses are designed to meet the demands of the on-the-go broadcast shooter where lightweight and compact are key advantages, comparable to HD super telephoto lenses. Both lenses feature three 20-pin connectors for zoom control, focus control and access to the virtual terminal, even in full servo setup with focus and zoom controllers connected. Futhermore, a 16-bit absolute value encoder in the digital drive unit helps eliminate the need for any initialization, enabling users to simply turn on the camera and begin shooting.

Availability

The CJ45ex9.7B 4K UHD Portable Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in April 2018*, while the CJ45ex13.6B will be available in May 2018*. For full product specifications and more information on these lenses and the full-line of Canon 4K Broadcast Lenses please visit, https://www.usa.canon.com/bctv-lenses.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Unreleased Canon Photography Products Waiting For Certification




The following items have been submitted by Canon for certification. More information once I have further clarification to report.

DS 126701 (Rebel 1400D/Kiss X90)

  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • SKU: 3011C001AA, 3011C002AA, 3011C003AA
  • Made in Taiwan
  • Wi-Fi installed (Bluetooth not installed)
  • Size: W129.0 mm × H 101.6 mm × D 77.1 mm

DS 126741

  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • Wi-Fi installed (Bluetooth not installed)

PC 2328

  • Digital camera
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • New wireless module installed ( WM 600 )

Interchangeable Lens 1

  • SKU: 2309C005AA
  • Made in Japan

Interchangeable Lens 2

  • SKU: 2439C005AA
  • Made in Japan

DS 401141

  • Electronic flash
  • SKU: 1757C003

Monday, October 30, 2017

More Canon PowerShot and Cinema EOS C400 cameras Coming?


Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera


Canon announced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera on October 16, 2017. You can see sample photos taken with a pre-production camera here.

Canon is also expected to announce more G series PowerShot camera just before the CES Show in January, 2018 in Las Vegas. In addition, a new camera, the Cinema EOS C400 may also be announced some time in the first half of 2018. The new camera will fill a void between the C300 Mark II and the C500 and may have resolution slightly higher than 4K but not 8K.

Key Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Specifications

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3x Zoom Lens, 24-72mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Built-In Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Image Stabilizer
  • ISO 25600, 9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction

Friday, October 27, 2017

Canon Japan Announced 2017 Third Quarter Results




2017 Third Quarter in Review

Looking back at the global economy in the third quarter of 2017, the U.S. economy continued to grow steadily as employment conditions continued to improve and consumer spending was stable. In Europe, unemployment rate decreased and capital investment showed signs of recovery mainly in such developed countries as Germany. The Chinese economy rallied due to public investments and the economies of emerging countries continued to realize moderate growth due to strong exports. In Japan, corporate earnings improved and consumer spending showed signs of recovery. As a result, the global economy overall continued to realize moderate growth……..

Results by Segment :

Within the Imaging System Business Unit, although sales volume of interchangeable-lens digital cameras declined compared with the previous year, owing to the shrinking market, unit sales of such newly launched models as EOS 6D Mark II enjoyed solid demand, allowing Canon to maintain the top share in the U.S., Japan, and major countries in Europe. As for digital compact cameras, sales of high-value-added models enjoyed solid demand; supported by healthy demand for the newly launched G9 X Mark II, part of the high-image-quality PowerShot G-series lineup, leading to an increase in unit sales from the same period of the previous year…….

Outlook

As for the outlook in the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy is expected to continue to recover as employment conditions and corporate earnings steadily improve. The European economy is expected to recover slowly due to increasing uncertainty surrounding the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU. Looking at China, the economy is expected to stabilize through changes in fiscal policy, while emerging economies, such as those of Southeast Asia, Russia and Brazil, are expected to recover along with the rising price of natural resources. With regard to the Japanese economy, the outlook indicates a trend of gradual recovery supported by improved employment conditions. Overall, the pace of recovery of the global economy is expected to grow stronger, despite such concerns as increasing geopolitical risks….

Read the full reports from Canon Inc. in PDF here.

Canon Patents Rear Screen Concept For DSLR Camera



I am back from my Wildlife Photography tour of the Pantanal, Brazil. It was quite a successful trip and the equipment functioned perfectly. I brought the EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D Mark IV, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS with 1.4x extender and the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II lens.

Below are a few pics from my trip. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Jaguar drinking from the river bank in the Pantanal


Toco Toucan in flight over the Pantanal


Capybara mom feeding pups on river bank


Tequila Sunrise in the Pantanal


An interesting patent has emerged from Canon Japan. It involves a new rear screen design. Many of us are used to the high resolution OLED screens found on high end smartphones.

It is logical that high end DSLR cameras eventually may go that way as well. The new patent also cover some kind of pivoting mechanism for the LCD screen. Apparently some of the buttons found on the rear panel of today's DSLRs may be built into the screen instead.

If so, and depending on which button may disappear, I may not be a fan of that. Canon is a conservative company and I suspect they will not introduce something that 'radical' on their top of the line models, like the EOS-1. Instead, it may come as a 'special' model in the EOS-5 line. Notice how Canon always introduce their latest processors in the lower end PowerShot cameras first before putting them on the high end models.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Canon EOS-6D Mark II Camera Tutorial Series


Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera with BG-E21 grip and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens

Canon officially announced the EOS-6D Mark II camera on July 6, 2017. Below is a series of tutorial videos on the camera from Canon USA. They make rather good viewing for those new to the body and full frame photography.









Saturday, October 21, 2017

Canon Milestone - 90 Million EOS Cameras, 130 Million EF Lenses




17th October 2017- Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has reached two major production milestones—a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million¹ EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the Company’s 130 millionth interchangeable lens.

Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for film AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.2

Since its conception, the EOS series has continued to develop revolutionary technologies under the series concept of “speed and comfort”. Canon has since developed every key device in-house including the CMOS sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employed in the EOS series. Particularly noteworthy are the Company’s EF lenses, which lead the industry in sales and feature such world-first3 innovations such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and a multilayered Diffractive Optical (DO) element.

Canon will continue to strengthen and expand the EOS series and EF lens lineups by refining its imaging technologies, by striving to combine optics, stills, video and network technologies. The Company will also continue its pursuit of manufacturing products that are both stylish and reliable.

CanonThe EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras began with the EOS 650 SLR camera, released in March 1987, that not only featured the world’s first electronic lens mounting system, but also fully digitized communication between the camera body and lens to produce a new generation of autofocus technology.

As film cameras boomed, Canon launched several models covering a wide range of user needs, including the EOS-1 in 1989, aimed at professionals, and the EOS 500 in 1993, which achieved a compact, lightweight design and greatly expanded Canon’s user base. Then in 2003, during the early years of the digital camera age, the Company released the groundbreaking EOS 300D Digital, an entry-level digital SLR camera that offered a compact, lightweight body at an affordable price.

This move would trigger a massive expansion of the camera market, with Canon claiming the overwhelming lead in market share that same year. With the later release of the EOS-1D Series for professionals and the EOS 5D series, which helped popularize video capture using SLR cameras, Canon has continued to release epoch-making products that have enabled the Company to maintain the No. 1 share of the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

CanonSince the release of the first EF lens, launched alongside the EOS series in 1987, Canon has produced EF lenses featuring world-first technologies such as the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM with IS in 1995, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM with a DO lens in 2001 and the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM, treated with highly antireflective

Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) in 2008. In 2015 Canon released the EF11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s first4 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens to achieve an 11mm focal length.

Today, Canon boasts 93 lenses in its rich EF lens lineup that comprises of lenses such as an ultra-wide-angle 8 mm focal length lens, an 800mm focal length super-telephoto lens and EF Cinema Series lenses for video production. With a wide selection of lenses for every purpose including zoom lenses, IS-equipped lenses, fast-aperture lenses, macro lenses and even the TS-E tilt-shift lenses, Canon is well-positioned to meet the needs of various users.

Wildlife Photography Tour in The Pantanal, Brazil, Day 9


Jaguar drinking from the Cuiaba river in the Pantanal, Brazil

I am still in the Pantanal, Brazil on a wildlife photography tour. The wildlife sightings, especially Jaguars are very good this year.  You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Just a quick note to let my readers know Canon has upgraded the CPS Platinum membership to offer a one day turn around for service and repairs. Gold membership will enjoy a two day turn around time.

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 19, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continues its mission to deliver industry-leading speed and quality of service offered through Canon Professional Services (CPS), its award-winning service and support program for professional photographers. CPS Platinum members will now enjoy next-day service, with equipment serviced and shipped the business day after an estimate is approved. For repairs that will take longer, Canon will offer next-day loaner equipment. In addition, CPS Gold members’ benefits will now be enhanced with two-day service turnaround.

“For professional photographers, sending equipment in for service can mean lost income while their gear is being repaired, and we are committed to do everything in our power to minimize their downtime,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon has long been delivering fast, high-quality service and customer satisfaction, and this bold new level of performance sends a clear message to photographers that we remain dedicated to providing professional-level service and support.”

This next-day service will officially launch at PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, Oct. 26-28, 2017, where Canon U.S.A. is showcasing its latest in digital imaging products for photographers of all skill levels, in addition to hosting educational seminars from booth #121. At the Expo, Canon Professional Services will once again host its always-popular CPS Lounge where Platinum, Gold, and Cinema CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up-to-two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses)2 cleaned and checked during Expo hours from Thursday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 28, in Room 2D12.

CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2017:

  • Oct. 26: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Oct. 27: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Oct. 28: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (equipment pickup only, no new items accepted)

In the Canon booth, attendees can observe factory-trained technicians performing Canon maintenance service, highlighting Canon’s commitment to providing world-class service and support for professionals. For more information on the Canon CPS program, including the new service times, please visit the CPS web page at: www.cps.usa.canon.com. For more information on Canon maintenance service, including a list of eligible products, visit usa.canon.com/maintenance.

Canon Products at the PhotoPlus EXPO

Also at the booth, will be the tradeshow debut of the brand-new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, Canon’s first PowerShot Digital Camera to feature an APS-C CMOS Sensor and Canon’s revolutionary Dual-Pixel CMOS Auto Focus. As always, PhotoPlus Expo attendees will have the opportunity to touch and try Canon’s wide array of digital imaging solutions, including the recently announced EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera, EOS M100 Digital Camera and EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens. The booth will also feature the full line of Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital Cameras, EF Lenses, imagePROGRAF PRO, PIXMA PRO, PIXMA and SELPHY printers and REALiS projectors.

Officially Licensed Merchandise from Canon

Canon will also showcase its line of “Canon Gear,” available for purchase to visitors of the Canon booth. This line will feature a collection of officially licensed Canon merchandise, including miniature Canon model cameras, Canon-branded thermal water bottles and backpacks, collectible photographer teddy bears and much more. The full line of Canon Gear is scheduled to be available for purchase on October 26 at shop.usa.canon.com.

Enjoy a taste of the Canon Live Learning experience with free 45-minute sessions on the show floor. The sessions will have something for everyone—including portraits, lighting, macro, action and more. Each session features hands-on training by a pro photographer, inspiring subjects to capture, sample gear to try, a free print and a tote full of Canon swag. Space is limited to eight students per session; register here: learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2017/cll_photoplus_workshops.shtml.

The booth will also feature a curated gallery of photographs by Explorers of Light, showcasing the skill and talent that earned them a place in this elite program. Included is a special collection of images from a campaign for the Too Young to Wed organization with Canon Explorer of Light Stephanie Sinclair telling the true story of young women across the globe—many still children—who are forced into marriage.

Follow Canon throughout the PhotoPlus Expo show @CanonUSApro. To see the full details of Canon’s presence at PhotoPlus Expo, please visit: usa.canon.com/photoplus2017.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Images and Specifications Leaked


Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera


I am on another wildlife photography tour. In September, I was in the high Arctic and this time I will be photographing Jaguars and other fauna down in the Pantanal, Brazil. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

As reported earlier, the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III will be coming on October 16, 2017. Below are the final specifications. This will be Canon's PowerShot flagship model.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III final specs :

  • APS-C CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Number of effective pixels: 24.2 million pixels (Total number of pixels: 25.8 million pixels)
  • Lens: converted 24-72mm f/2.8-5.6
  • DIGIC 7
  • Full HD 60p
  • Continuous shooting: about 9 frames / sec, servo AF about 7 frames / sec
  • ISO speed: 100-25600
  • Minimum shooting distance (from the lens tip): 10 cm (W), 30 cm (T)
  • EVF: 0.39 type 2.36 million dots
  • Back side liquid crystal: 3.0 type 1.04 million dot touch panel Bali angle angle LCD
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth · NFC installed
  • Battery: NB-13L
  • Number of storable pictures: 200 pictures, in eco mode 250 pictures
  • Recording medium: SD / SDHC / SDXC card
  • Size: 115.0 x 77.9 x 51.4 mm
  • Weight: 375 g (body only), 399 g (including battery and SD card)
  • List price $1,299 in the U.S.

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 16, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new flagship addition to its acclaimed G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. Lightweight and portable without sacrificing the very best in Canon digital imaging technologies, the new G-series flagship features a 24.3- megapixel* APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology, both firsts for a Canon point-and shoot compact camera offering.

“As we continue to evolve the popular Canon PowerShot G-series line, we remain committed to incorporating both our latest innovations and the features photographers are looking for in an advanced, compact camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “With the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III, users will appreciate the quality and overall performance made possible using a APS-C sensor, alongside upgraded capabilities that can enable the capture of amazing photo and video, even in lowlight conditions.”

Ultimate in Compact Image Quality

The new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers dramatic improvements from the series’ previous flagship, the PowerShot G1X Mark II, headlined by a larger, 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, resulting in fantastic image quality in both stills and video. This dramatic sensor upgrade pairs with a wide-angle 24-72mm** (3x zoom) lens with Optical Image Stabilization featuring a wide f/2.8-5.6 aperture to allow for maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images and an ISO range of 100-25,600. This provides users with the versatility to shoot in low-light scenarios like a dimly lit restaurant which can frame subjects with beautiful background blur.

Technology commonly found in Canon DSLRs and advanced cameras has now arrived for the first time in the PowerShot G-series, as the G1X Mark III will feature Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This feature, popular amongst enthusiast and professional users, provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, allowing for more creative compositions when framing a subject away from the center of a shot.

Versatile and Intuitive Operation

Dust and water resistant, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a compact and powerful imaging companion ready for a variety of challenging shooting scenarios. Designed for enthusiast and professional users, it offers a host of useful features to help inspire creativity and improve operability. 

These include :
  • 2.36 million dot Organic LED Electronic Viewfinder provides customization options to match nearly any shooting style or scene
  • Touch & Drag AF allows for intuitive operation linking the Electronic Viewfinder and touch panel monitor to quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder, or using Smooth Zone AF to effortlessly track subjects with the touch of a finger.
  • 3.0 inch Vari-angle Touch LCD Monitor helps capture the perfect shot from a variety of challenging angles, including overhead or low-angle shooting.
  • The G1 X Mark III is capable of fast continuous shooting up to approximately 7 frames per second (fps), or up to 9fps with AF fixed – working easily with Dual Pixel CMOS AF to track even the most fleeting of subjects with ease.
  • A New Shutter Release function offers a sophisticated sense of operation, similar to high-end EOS models, providing a comfortable hold during continuous shooting

Canon Technologies Worthy of a Flagship

With technology ranging from HD video capabilities to the latest in connectivity features, the G1 X Mark III is versatile enough to achieve high-level performance on the go. Additional features include:

  • Instantly connect to a smart device* via built-in Wi-Fi***, NFC^ or Bluetooth^^ to facilitate easy sharing with friends and family or utilize the Camera Connect app to shoot remotely.
  • Panoramic Shot Mode functionality allows users to easily capture panoramic photos, simply be swinging the camera while shooting either vertically or horizontally.
  • Capture Full HD 1080/60p Video with high ISO speed shooting and smooth accurate focus when used alongside Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, while 5-axis movie IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld
  • Easily capture picturesque Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that help determine intervals and exposure.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00¹. In addition the Canon Lens Hood LH-DC110, Waterproof Case WP-DC56 and Deluxe Leather Case PSC-6300 for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available for an estimated retail price of $59.99, $499.99 and $99.99 respectively ¹. For more information please visit usa.canon.com.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Canon EOS-7D Mark III Camera Specifications Wish List



My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon equipment for almost three decades. Through the years, I have owned and used almost all of Canon professional and consumer grade gear and have tested many of them on global wildlife photo tours.

As you know, I have picked the EOS-7D as the best APS-C camera on the market for action and wildlife photography fours years in a row after it was announced in 2009. The Mark II model came out in 2014 followed by the Nikon D500 in January, 2016.

Read my comprehensive review of the Mark II DSLR. For those interested in comparing the EOS-7D Mark II to the EOS-80D, read my earlier post. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

I will be going on another wildlife photography tour very soon. In September, I was in the high Arctic and this time I will be photographing Jaguars and other fauna down in the Pantanal, Brazil.

Although the Mark II camera is a dramatic improvement over the earlier model, the Nikon D500 gave the Canon camera a real challenge and of course, the EOS-7D Mark III is just 'around the corner'. The test cameras are already out of the labs and into the wild for beta testing.

There are crazy rumors flying around saying the new camera will have a 30MP sensor and burst rate of 12+ fps, etc. Frankly, that is a lot of photography noise so early in the guessing game. I do not expect the Mark III to be announced earlier than late Q1, 2018 but the trend in the past few years has been to speed up the replacement cycle of higher end cameras.

Since the EOS-7D has always been the leader in Canon's APS-C camera lineup, it is very logical the Mark III will again come with a new generation of APS-C sensor. Many photographers are clamoring for everything under the sun and a list price of $1,499. One has to be more realistic about the business of manufacturing photography equipment.

My personal opinion is the Mark II is already a very good camera but a few improvements will make it an even better prosumer DSLR body.

Here is my wish list for the EOS-7D Mark III :

  • A slight increase in megapixels, low to mid 20s for the sensor.
  • 10 fps is adequate but if technologically feasible, 12 fps is welcomed.
  • 4K video is unnecessary for my needs but its de rigueur these days for any camera
  • Additional AF points to below 100
  • Increase in high ISO and Dynamic Range performance is critical

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Camera and Accessories Pricing




As reported earlier, the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III camera is expected to be announced in mid October with a list price of about $1,249. The new camera is similar to the EOS M5 but with a built-in lens. Additional PowerShot models, like the G3 X Mark II are coming around the Consumer Electronic Show on January 9, 2018.

Rumored PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera specs :

  • 24.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Processor
  • 24-70mm f/2.8-5.6 lens (rough 35mm equivalent)
  • Built-in OLED Electronic viewfinder 
  • WiFi Certified
  • Dynamic IS
  • Touch screen AF
  • Dust and water resistant
  • WP- DC56 Waterproof Case - $499
  • Lens Hood LH-DC110 - $49
  • PSC-6300 - $99

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera - $5,172 Shipped




There is a top rated seller on eBay with a new Canon top-of-the-line EOS-1D X Mark II camera for $5,172 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is a very good deal. I bought this camera when it first came out and have taken it on many global photo tours.

Read my comprehensive review of this amazing DSLR. For those who are interested in comparing the EOS-1DX2 to the Nikon D5, read my earlier post. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

You will not find a link to this item because I am not receiving any compensation from any company. I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website. You can easily find the item by Googling it yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest.

I will be going on another wildlife photography tour very soon. In September, I was in the high Arctic and this time I will be photographing Jaguars and other fauna down in the Pantanal, Brazil.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sigma To Announce New Lens Before PDN PhotoPlus Expo




Ronkonkoma, NY – October 4, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase its full line up of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 26-28, 2017 (booth 837).

The company will also have on hand its breakthrough optics for the cinema market – the Sigma Cine high-speed Primes and Zooms – as well as the Foveon sensor-based sd Quattro and Quattro H cameras. “Sigma has had a landmark year with the introduction of seven new lenses across our Global Vision and Cine product lines,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our research and development team is dedicated to creating superior optics that meet the ever-growing requirements of today’s high resolution cameras, taking advantage of every possible design and element to capture the greatest picture detail for both still and moving images.

We look forward to showcasing the culmination of what has been a remarkable year in optical advancements for Sigma at this year’s PPE event.” Sigma 2017 introductions include the award-winning 14mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Sigma Global Vision lenses and the new Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 prime lenses.

Sigma Special PPE Presentation – Sigma Pro Phenom Jen Rozenbaum

Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum will take the PPE stage on Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM to deliver a PPE Master Class on “How to make every woman look amazing.” Jen will share with attendees her vast experience in boudoir photography, providing top tips and secret tricks – from wardrobe to posing – that flatter all women. Jen’s presentation will help attendees understand how to best dress and pose any woman of any size and shape as well as gain confidence behind the camera whether they are shooting boudoir, wedding or seniors!

Master Photographers Take the Sigma Stage

Showcasing the very best in photography craft, the expanded Sigma Pro family will headline the Sigma stage and offer attendees a behind the lens look at the techniques and technology that captured some of the year’s most outstanding photographs in the areas of aviation, editorial, glamour, landscapes, travel and weddings.

This year’s prestigious Sigma Pro PPE stage line-up includes outdoor sports and adventure travel photographer Liam Doran, aviation photo expert Jim Koepnick, renowned bird and travel photographer Roman Kurywczak, fearless woman photographer Jen Rozenbaum, and glamour and wedding photographer Jim Schmelzer.

For the Sigma Pro presentation schedule days and times, please visit : https://blog.sigmaphoto.com/event/photoplus-2017/

Sigma Super Giveaways at PPE 2017

PPE 2017 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 837 will have a chance to enter and win a Sigma grand giveaway – a 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens – a MSRP value of $1,299.00 USD.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Will Come With Brand New Sensor




As reported earlier, Canon's next full frame mirrorless camera will most probably have a brand new sensor, perhaps in the mid 20 to 30 MP range.

Nikon is also planning to announce their full frame mirrorless camera, perhaps some time in mid 2018. Canon is expected to be cautious again and let Nikon take the lead in the new camera introduction. The earliest Canon may announce their full frame mirrorless camera is probably late August 2018, just before the Photokina Show in Germany.

Canon is a huge conglomerate and the biggest photography equipment manufacturer in the world. They have multiple full frame mirrorless projects in their labs. However, unless Canon decides to bring out their full frame mirrorless body with the EF mount, they will still be playing catch up to Sony's formidable line of full frame mirrorless cameras. The successor to the highly acclaimed Alpha A9 will be on the market by then.

The only way Canon can differentiate itself from the pack is to announce a top-of-the-line, full frame mirrorless camera that will interest professional sports and wildlife photographers, and the ace in Canon's pocket is a mirrorless camera with the EF mount, enabling photographers to use the vast array of EF lenses on the market without any cumbersome adapter.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Camera Rumored Specifications




As reported a few days ago, the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III camera is expected to be announced in mid October. The new camera is similar to the EOS M5 but with a built-in lens. Additional PowerShot models, like the G3 X Mark II are coming around the Consumer Electronic Show on January 9, 2018.

Rumored PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera specs :

  • 24.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Processor
  • 24-70mm f/2.8-5.6 lens (rough 35mm equivalent)
  • Built-in OLED Electronic viewfinder 
  • WiFi Certified
  • Dynamic IS
  • Touch screen AF
  • Dust and water resistant

Friday, September 29, 2017

Canon Announced Cinema EOS C200 Camera Firmware Update




From Canon USA : 

Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 incorporates the following fix : 

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the start time code is not correctly displayed when MP4 clips captured at 59.94P/50.00P frame rate are imported into NLE software.

*RAW clips are not affected.

Caution : 

You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.

Firmware version 1.0.1.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C200 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.0.1.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Download : Canon EOS C200 Firmware v.1.0.1.1.00 

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera For $2,669 With Free Shipping




Summary specs for Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting with CF and SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera for $2,669 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is a very good deal. Read my post and view Canon plus other videos of the camera by clicking on the tab above. By the way, the EOS-5D Mark IV is scheduled to receive a major firmware upgrade very soon to add C-Log and other features.

You will not find a link to this item because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website. You can easily find it on eBay yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can see travel and wildlife photos taken with this camera's more robust cousin, the EOS-5Ds (50MP sensor) on my website.

Nikon has announced their D850 full frame camera. The specs look impressive. I am especially taken in by the good combination of sensor resolution and shooting speed.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for about three decades and traverse the globe on wildlife photography tours. My main bodies are the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-5Ds. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

While both cameras perform well out in the field, there are improvements I like to see in their replacements. The EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot at 'lighting' speed of up to 14 fps for a DSLR, but its sensor is only 20MP, albeit of the highest quality pixels. The EOS-5Ds has a 50MP sensor but its shooting speed is a glacial 5 fps. 

This brings me back to the Nikon D850, with its good combination of 45MP and 7 to 9 fps burst rate. Ideally, I like to see Canon announce a EOS-1 camera with a 35 to 40MP sensor and 10 fps speed.

Canon Wins Technology & Engineering Emmy Award For Its Cameras & Lenses




MELVILLE, N.Y., September 28, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company Canon Inc. will be recognized at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for its complete lineup of 4K field production zoom lenses for large-format, single-sensor cameras, which includes all of Canon’s CN-E, CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO lines of zoom lenses.

Presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.

“We are grateful to receive this esteemed recognition for our comprehensive collection of 4K zoom lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “As resolutions leap from HD to 4K and beyond, it is important to recognize the lens’ role in resolving those pristine images and the importance placed on manufacturers and optical engineers to keep pace and match the sensor technologies of the more advanced cameras and sensors in the market today. The images we admire on screen all start with the lens.”

Among those lenses recognized with this prestigious award is Canon’s far-reaching CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens, the world’s longest 4K ultra-telephoto zoom lens. Canon announced the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm Zoom Lens in October 2014 and it began shipping in early 2015. Since its launch, the lens has been a part of many live broadcast, and innovative television productions including National Geographic’s groundbreaking live television event, “Earth Live.”

“The CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens was the ideal piece of glass for what we were trying to capture while shooting Earth Live,” said Al Berman, Executive Producer, Earth Live. “Often when shooting wildlife in their natural habitat, videographers don’t have the opportunity to be up close and personal with their subjects, but Canon’s CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm made it as if we were right there with them. It’s probably the best wildlife lens on the market.”

Canon’s remarkable CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens was a response to an international plea for a long zoom, Super 35mm lens to extend creative flexibilities in 4K / UHD natural history and documentary productions. The design challenge that Canon faced was significantly elevated by the urging from potential users that the lens be easily portable in the demanding in-the-field situations faced by those originating wildlife productions in remote locations.

The necessary focal range was predicated on the expressed desire to fully frame a subject having a height of four to five feet from a distance of 350 feet. This requirement dictated a focal range of 1000 mm. An additional consensus recommendation from the production community was for the lens to be no more than 15 pounds in weight and 16 inches in length. Canon mobilized the most advanced computer simulation tools to seek the necessary optimization in both the optical system and the optomechanical systems to achieve success.

The design of these lenses leveraged Canon’s decades of expertise in such system designs as well as the deployment of the latest in glass materials to achieve a balance of telephoto 4K optical performance and acceptable image brightness within the physical constraints. The 4K optical performance of the lenses are carefully managed across the entire image plane to ensure superb subjective sharpness especially on the wider angle settings.

The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards will be presented on October 25th, 2017, during the SMPTE 2017 Annual Conference in Hollywood, CA.

For more information about Canon’s line up of 4K Zoom Lenses, please visit : www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/lenses/cinema

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blue Planet II Preview From BBC Earth & David Attenborough




I am back from my High Arctic Wildlife Photo Tour. It was an enjoyable trip, albeit a bit light on the wildlife but I knew that in advance due to the late summer schedule of the tour. Nevertheless, I came across Polar bears, herds of Musk Oxen and Walruses, Arctic hares and foxes, a pod of Fin whales, seals, stunning sea ice and massive icebergs and glaciers as far as the eye can see.




BBC Earth released an awesome video for its upcoming natural history TV series Blue Planet II. I have all the BBC David Attenborough series dating back to the 1970s.

Sir David is one of my most beloved naturalists. The only thing better than watching these videos is by actually being there and I am trying to visit and photograph as many places and wildlife that interest me as possible.

You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com.