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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Canon Announced Cinema EOS C200 & C200B Camcorders







Canon Cinema C200 camcorder


MELVILLE, N.Y., May 31, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras, the latest additions to its acclaimed Cinema EOS line of professional cinema cameras. Designed to meet the demanding needs of filmmakers and TV production users, the new Canon cinema offerings will combine the ease of use of entry level cinema cameras with exciting new, high-end features that are ideal for cinema, documentary, wildlife, wedding and events productions.

Representing the third generation of the Cinema EOS system, the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras feature the latest in Canon technologies and offer two 4K video formats, Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4, optimized for those interested in recording beautiful HDR video. Alongside a newly developed dual DIGIC DV6 image processing system, Canon’s celebrated Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and improved operability for professionals, these new products are capable of capturing stunning 4K video across a variety of production applications.

“Building upon the success of our Cinema EOS system and taking into account feedback from users in the field, the new Canon EOS C200 and EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras provide powerful and versatile solutions for production users eager to expand their creativity and explore the possibilities of HDR cinematography,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With an innovative new file formats available, alongside improved operability that professionals need, the new generation of Cinema EOS cameras are poised to become the camera of choice for many in the filmmaker community.”

Based on feedback from Cinema EOS users, this new offering will be available in two configurations, while retaining the same core technologies within. The Canon EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera is a production-ready solution that can be used right out of the box, accompanied by an LCD Monitor, LCD Attachment, Camera Grip and Handle Unit. The camera also features a 1.77 million dot OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF). For users who crave more versatility and the ability to craft custom setups tailored to their subject or environment, the Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Camera offers cinematographers the same camera without these accessories and the EVF to optimize shooting using a gimbal, drone or a variety of other configurations.

New Features and Benefits

The Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras sport the same 8.85MP CMOS sensor, that combines with a newly developed dual DIGIC DV6 image processing system to help process high-resolution image data and record video from Full HD (1920×1080) and 2K (2048×1080) to 4K UHD (3840×2160) and 4K DCI (4096×2160). A core staple of the third generation Cinema EOS System, this new processing platform offers wide-ranging expressive capabilities and improved operation when capturing high-quality HDR video.

The combination of sensor and newly developed processing system also allows for the support for two new 4K file formats designed to help optimize workflow and make 4K and HDR recording more accessible to filmmakers. Cinema RAW Light, available in 4K 60p/50p at 10 bit and 30p/25p/24p at 12 bit, allows users to record data internally to a CFastTM card by cutting data size to about one-third to one-fifth of a Cinema RAW file, without losing grading flexibility. Due to the reduced file size, users will appreciate rich dynamic range and easier post processing without sacrificing true 4K quality. Alongside recording to a CFastTM card, proxy data (MP4) can also be simultaneously recorded to an SD card for use in offline editing.

Additionally, filmmakers will also be able to export 4K in MP4 format on versatile SD media cards at 60/50/30/25/24P at 8 bit. Support for UHD recording allows for use in cinema and broadcasting applications or scenarios where long recording times are needed while still maintaining top image quality. The digital cinema cameras also offer slow motion Full HD recording support at up to 120fps to help ensure every frame is captured in exquisite detail.

The Canon EOS C200and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras feature Innovative Focus Control that helps assist with 4K shooting that demands precise focusing, whether from single or remote operation. Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps to expand the distance of the subject area to enable faster focus during 4K video recording. This also allows for highly accurate continuous AF and face detection AF when using EF lenses. For 4K video opportunities that call for precise focus accuracy that can’t be checked on an HD monitor, users can also take advantage of the LCD Monitor LM-V1 (supplied with the EOS C200 camera), which provides intuitive touch focusing support to help filmmakers achieve sophisticated focusing even as a single operator.

In addition to these features, the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras offer :

  • Over Sampling HD Processing*: enhances sensitivity and helps minimize noise
  • Wide DR Gamma: helps reduce overexposure by retaining continuity with a gamma curve
  • ISO 100-102400 and 54db gain: high quality in both low sensitivity and low-light environments
  • In-Camera ND Filter: Internal ND unit allows cleaning of glass for easier maintenance
  • ACESproxy Support: Delivers standardized color space in images, helping to improve efficiency
  • Two SD card and one CFast™ card slots for internal recording
  • Improved grip and Cinema EOS System compatible attachment method
  • Support for Canon CINE-SERVO and EF Cinema Lenses

Cinema RAW Light Compatibility

Editing and grading of Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported in DaVinci Resolve of Blackmagic Design. Editing will also be possible in Media Composer® from Avid Technology®, using Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access®.*1 This format can also be processed using a Canon application, Cinema RAW Development.*2 Demonstrations using these software programs will be given at the 2017 Cine Gear Expo June 1st-4th in Hollywood, CA.

Furthermore, Premiere Pro CC of Adobe® Systems will support this format until the end of 2017. Editing will also be possible in Final Cut Pro® X from Apple®, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X®.*3 after second half of this year.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C200 and EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras are scheduled to be available in August 2017 for estimated retail prices of $7,499** and $5,999** respectively. The EOS C200 comes equipped with additional accessories including the LM-V1 LCD Monitor, LA-V1 LCD Attachment, GR-V1 Camera Grip and HDU-2 Handle Unit. These accessories will also be sold separately and available in September 2017.

An ideal complement for the EOS C200 Cinema Camera is the recently announced COMPACT-SERVO 70-200mm Zoom Lens. The lens is scheduled to be available later in 2017, for an estimated retail price of $5800.

Canon Cinema C200 Camcorder Full Specs and Video


Canon Cinema EOS C200 camcorder



The new Canon Cinema EOS C200 offers exceptional creativity and flexibility, the new 4K compact digital cinema camera is perfect for a broad range of imaging professionals.

As the first Cinema EOS camera to support the new RAW recording format – Cinema RAW Light – the EOS C200 provides the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, enabling filmmakers to record internally to a CFast 2.0™ card.

Newly developed Canon Dual DIGIC DV6 processors provide the ability to record internally 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI RAW and continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) in Full HD without crop. At the same time, advances in Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) technology and a new touch screen LCD monitor provide smooth AF operation and effective tracking.

Canon EOS C200 camcorder at a glance :

  • Internal 4K recording with Cinema RAW Light and MP4 format
  • Continuous 120fps (maximum) High Frame Rate with no cropping at Full HD
  • Up to 15-stops dynamic range (Cinema RAW Light)
  • Mini-B Hi-Speed USB
  • SD memory card slot
  • Professional High Quality image and audio
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with touch control and extensive shooting functions
  • Easy operation and flexible configuration
  • List price : $7,499 in the US, £7,699 in the UK

Capability Drives Creativity

Canon’s Super 35mm CMOS sensor along with newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0 card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.
Supporting up to 15-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log/log 3), the camera is perfect for capturing highlight and shadow detail.

Innovative Focus Control

With Dual Pixel CMOS AF, superb tracking and smooth autofocus ideal for video capture is possible. Using the LM-V1 touch-panel LCD monitor, users can intuitively select the subject they wish to focus on with simple touch operation.

4K / UHD

The 8.85M sensor supports 4K recording up to 4096 x 2160 for high quality images. 2K/HD recording (Over Sampling HD Processing) that takes full advantage of data from the 4K sensor.

DIGIC DV 6

Dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors are the core technology of this 3rd generation CINEMA EOS SYSTEM that offers wide-ranging expressive capabilities and stress-free operation in an compact body.

Cinema RAW Light – DCI 4K 60P/50P

New Cinema RAW Light format retains a high degree of post production freedom when colour grading similar to Cinema RAW while achieving between a one-third to one-fifth file size.

MP4 – 4K UHD 60P/50P

Support for UHD (3840 x 2160) 60P/50P makes long recording time possible on versatile SD cards while maintaining high image quality.

120fps – FHD

The C200 supports high-speed recording with a maximum 120fps in Full HD without cropping, realising even greater emotion in visual expression.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Ground-breaking AF technology that uses a CMOS sensor with a construction that combines the functions of both imaging and phase difference AF.

Features :

  • The C200’s lightweight body of just 1.4kg is designed for comfortable hand-held shooting.
  • Offering exceptional creativity, the compact size makes the C200 suitable for mounting onto a drone or gimbal.
  • Combine Dual Pixel CMOS AF with the LCD Monitor LM-V1, with touch panel support, focusing becomes even more intuitive, with the capability to choose the subject for focusing with a touch.
  • The C200 offers high-speed One-Push AF and continuous AF within a horizontal and vertical range of the screen of approx. 80%.
  • The C200 supports a variety of output signals via HD-SDI and HDMI. High quality on-board audio is delivered via 2 x XLR terminals.
  • An EVF LUT with partial HDR simulation enables a view close to an HDR display. HDR View Assist (400%/1600%) checking is also possible on the LM-V1.

Features :

  • Professional UHD/50P camera with internal SD card recording and High Frame Rate option
  • Enter the world of professional 4K filmmaking with a camera boasting a Super 35mm CMOS sensor capable of recording high definition UHD/50p MP4  footage internally to dual SD card and Full HD up to 120P with flexibility and ease
  • Internal RAW recording to CFast 2.0 card
  • Record 4k Cinema RAW light footage in 10 bit/50P OR 12 bit 24P/25P to CFast 2.0 card with simultaneous MP4 proxy
  • Professional high quality image and audio
  • Up to 13-stops dynamic range with Canon Log 3 Wide DR for ease of use and high sensitivity ISO 100-102,400
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and extensive shooting functions
  • Advanced autofocus options with touchscreen control plus HDR monitoring and 10 stop electronically controlled optical ND filters
  • Easy operation and flexible configuration
  • Robust, compact body featuring and EF mount supporting a huge range of EF and cinema lenses. Built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet, SDI and XLR terminals for professional use

Benefits :

  • Internal 4K recording with Cinema RAW Light and MP4 format
  • Continuous 120fps (maximum) High Frame Rate with no cropping at Full HD
  • Up to 15-stops dynamic range (Cinema RAW Light)
  • Professional High Quality image and audio
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with touch control and extensive shooting functions
  • Easy operation and flexible configuration

Capability drives creativity

The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85MP, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. As a result, it can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0™ card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.

Supporting up to 15-stops of dynamic range with Cinema RAW Light and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log / Log 3), the camera is perfect for capturing highlight and shadow details.
The EOS C200 is also capable of delivering both slow and fast motion recording at up to 120fps with no crop in Full HD/MP4, ideal for those wanting creative slow motion capture.

An ISO range of 100 to 102,400 guarantees excellent performance, even in difficult lighting conditions, such as when quickly switching between locations. The built-in optical ND filters of up to 10 stops provide further flexibility and convenience, allowing filmmakers to shoot in bright light and expand the depth of field control.

Advanced operability and ergonomic design

Built for professionals and ideal for single shooters, the EOS C200 features an advanced AF system that provides reliability and accuracy when shooting 4K, as well as a touch screen LCD panel for filmmakers to easily select their subject.  For those who need to switch effortlessly between several subjects in a single shot, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables smooth AF operation whilst the Manual Focus Assist Function, Face Detection with Face Priority and Face-Only options provide greater creative focus control.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Simultaneous Announcement Of Canon EOS-6D Mark II & Rebel SL2 Cameras


Canon EOS-6D Mark II full frame DSLR camera

As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the EOS-6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 cameras at the same time. The official date will be some time in July, with delivery dates starting in August.

Possible specs for Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera
  • All new 28MP sensor
  • 45 AF points, all cross-type
  • Dual SD slots
  • Articulating and reversible LCD with touchscreen capabilities
  • Larger and more vivid viewfinder
  • Single DIGIC 7 processor
  • New battery grip
  • Burst rate, 6 fps
  • Some 4K video capability but not full 4K performance
  • WiFi, NFC & Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS ? (Possible but not likely)
  • Body slightly taller and deeper than previous model
  • Suggested list price of $1,999 in the U.S.
  • Expected shipment date - August 2017

Canon Cinema EOS C200 Camcorder Image Leaked


As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the Cinema EOS C200 camcorder very soon. It is touted as a baby C300 Mark II model, for those who want high performance but cannot afford the C300 Mark II price.


Canon Cinema EOS C200 camcorder

Canon Cinema EOS C200 camcorder

Friday, May 26, 2017

Canon Registers Three New Cameras - EOS-6D Mark II, Rebel SL2, New Mirrorless




Nokishita has discovered three new Canon cameras completing the registration process with the proper authorities. The EOS-6D Mark II is definitely on its way soon.

DS126631 (Canon EOS-6D Mark II?)

D S L R camera made in Japan
SKU: 1897C003AA, 1897C010AA, 1897C015AA, 1897C022AA
Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
Reverse back and open 180 degrees Back LCD
Size : W 144.0 mm x H 111.8 mm x D 75.5

DS126671 (Canon Rebel SL2?)

D S L R camera made in Taiwan
SKU: 2250C001AA, 2250C002AA, 2250C011AA, 2253C001AA, 2256C001AA
Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed

PC2276 (Canon EOS-M10 replacement?)

Mirrorless camera made in Japan
SKU: 2209C002AA, 2209C012AA, 2209C022AA, 2209C032AA, 2210C002AA, 2210C012AA, 2210C022AA, 2210C032AA, 2211C002AA, 2211C012AA, 2211C022AA, 2211C032AA
Body color : 3 colors. One body and three lens kits
Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed

Canon Autofocus Series : How Does Traditional SLR AF Work?


Today’s digital SLR cameras usually have two distinct Autofocus systems — what we now think of as traditional AF you get through the optical viewfinder; and (usually) a separate AF system for focus using the LCD monitor to view your scene, when shooting with Live View or recording video.  They’re very different :

Viewfinder AF : 

Usually relies on a totally separate AF sensor for focus detection, and always uses what’s called Phase Detection technology.

Live View and video AF :

Uses pixels on the actual camera imaging sensor to read focus information.  Early systems simply read blurriness or sharpness off the image sensor; this is called Contrast Detection AF.  (This is still used in some competitive brand interchangeable-lens cameras.)  More sophisticated systems utilize individual pixels, or groups of pixels, on the image sensor and make comparisons of data to detect when a subject is focused or not…this approach is also called Phase Detection.

We’ll discuss the many advantages that traditional through-the-viewfinder AF systems offer in this series of AF articles.  But before we dive in, it may be helpful to have a quick understanding of how AF has typically worked in our SLR cameras since these systems were introduced back in the mid-1980s.

The phase detection concept

With the vast majority of SLR cameras offering autofocus, whether film or digital, a separate and completely independent sensor is placed in the camera body — usually beneath the mirror box, in front of the film plane.  With the camera’s reflex mirror in its normal down position, some light goes through a semi-transparent area in the middle of this main mirror, and is reflected by a smaller, secondary mirror downward, toward a very sophisticated and precise set of optics which split the incoming light into two distinct and sharply focused rays.  These are then focused upon a sensor with rows of light-sensitive pixels.  (This definitely is not the imaging sensor; it’s the AF sensor).


The above image shows the basic layout used in today’s digital SLRs for autofocus. The green rays simulate light coming through the camera lens. The main mirror in a DSLR is semi-transparent, and some of this light passes through the mirror, and is reflected downward in the camera. It ultimately ends up as pairs of sharply-focused rays of light, hitting the extremely precisely-positioned AF sensor.

How can an AF sensor tell when an image is in-focus?  Every line of pixels is actually a pair of lines, arranged in the same direction.  We just mentioned that incoming light is split into two separate and sharply-focused beams, which shine upon these tiny rows of individual pixels.


The image above shows how Phase-detection for autofocus is able to work because it can compare two incoming beams of light. In digital SLRs, a separate AF sensor is used for this. Unlike an imaging sensor, which has light-sensitive pixels covering its entire area, the AF sensor uses lines or rows of pixels. For each “line” used for focus detection, there are actually two lines on the AF sensor. A single incoming beam of light is precisely split in two, and focused upon each row, illuminating either the pixel at the center of each row, or pixels further inward or away.

Engineers discovered early-on a very interesting natural phenomenon of these light beams: when the camera lens is focused sharply at a given AF point, these beams would split evenly, and strike the pixel(s) in the middle of both rows on the AF sensor.  By reading-out each light-gathering pixel independently, when those known to be in the exact center register brightness, the AF system knows that the lens is now in-focus.


The image above illustrates how incoming light from the camera lens passes into the very precise AF optical system. The secondary image forming lens splits this single “beam” of light into two separate and sharply-focused beams, which are aimed at the pair of rows of pixels on the imaging sensor. Which pixels they illuminate on the two rows immediately tells the AF system whether you’re sharply focused or not.

And, here’s the important thing about phase detect AF: when the camera’s lens is focused too close and AF is aimed at a subject, the beams of light move, in tandem, closer together.  The pixels on the pair of line sensors toward the inside register light hitting them, and the camera instantly knows two things: not only that the lens isn’t in focus, but that to achieve focus, the lens has to be driven further away, in the direction of “infinity.”

Likewise, if the two beams of light spread further apart, and strike a pixel on each row that’s away from center, the AF sensor knows instantly that the lens is focused too far, and that focus must be driven closer.  As the lens is being focused, the position of these two beams of incoming light hitting the AF sensor continue to be registered, and when they strike the dead-center of each row of pixels, AF stops.  The lens is focused on the subject it’s being aimed at.


In the diagram above, each pixel on the pair of light-sensitive lines on the AF sensor can individually detect when it’s being hit by incoming light. When the main camera lens is not properly focused, the two incoming beams of light either spread wider, or move closer together. Focused behind the subject? The two beams spread farther, each illuminating a pixel away from the center — and instantly telling the AF system that the lens needs to be driven to a closer focus distance. And, the system can calculate immediately how far to drive the lens, too, based on which pair of pixels (one per line sensor) is initially hit by light. When the center pixel on each row is struck by light, the AF system knows it’s seeing sharp focus at whatever that AF point is being aimed at.

What’s the benefit of this traditional, phase-detect AF?

Even with the advance of different AF systems that can read focus during Live View off the imaging sensor, traditional “through the viewfinder” phase-detect AF systems have some powerful advantages for today’s digital photographers working with SLR cameras.  While exact performance specs and features can and do vary from one camera model to the next, here are some important benefits that the modern DSLR often provides with its viewfinder AF :

  • Instant focus response, to drive the lens in the proper direction.
  • Very little tendency to “hunt” back and forth to find sharpest focus…unlike many contrast-detection focus systems (often used by competitive cameras for video and Live View focus), phase detect systems through the viewfinder know the instant sharp focus is achieved, and can be programmed to stop on a proverbial “dime” to that focus setting.
  • Ability to read and drive a lens toward proper focus, even when AF begins with lens very out-of-focus (example: if a macro lens has previously been left at its nearest focus distance, and subsequently is picked up and focused upon a distant subject).  Just as a point of reference, if a lens is in a totally out-of-focus state, this is often called “defocus” by camera experts.
  • Ability to continually update AF, on a shot-by-shot basis, to follow moving subjects.
  • For more than 20 years, “predictive” AF technology with moving subjects…not only does the AF system know the direction to focus the lens, and have ability to follow moving subjects, but it adds ability to predict the degree of subject movement in the instant that occurs before focus detection ends (as the main mirror rises) and the shutter fires a split-second later.  Modern AF systems continue to drive the lens until the last possible instant, to insure that athletes, birds in flight, or other moving subjects can be captured in sharp sequences.  (Canon calls this predictive focus element “AI Servo AF,” with AI meaning Artificial Intelligence.)


The image above shows how Phase-detection AF systems for digital SLRs have certainly evolved over the years. Compare the conceptual illustration of a single pair of rows of pixels (above), depicting an early AF sensor with one AF point, to this image of the AF sensor on today’s EOS-1D X Mark II camera, which has 61 AF points — most of which offer cross-type coverage.

And, ability for different AF points on the AF sensor to provide “cross-type” AF coverage, for even better recognition and focus on many hard-to-focus subjects.  This will be the subject of our next article.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Adobe Released New Lightroom CC Version 2015.10.1



I am back from my Galapagos and Ecuadorian Amazon Photo Tour. I did not encounter as many wildlife as I had hoped. Slowly getting back to my daily blog and photo processing. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Adobe release a new version  of Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were present in previous releases.

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1

  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90,DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-T93)
  • Sony A9 (ILCE-9)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1

  • Sony FE Zeiss Batis 2.8/135

Customer reported issues resolved

  • Edit in Photoshop Erroneous Message Fixed
  • Fixed issue causing color cast on images from some Fujifilm X series cameras shot in CH/CL modes.
  • Fixed issue where images taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50s with top 3 extended ISOs appear over exposed.
  • Fixed issue where some images converted to DNG from the Hasselblad H6 contained a color cast.
  • Fixed issue with Hasselblad X1D images losing highlight details at high ISOs.

Known Issues

We have an issue where customers are unable to use the Develop module with GPU enabled. This only occurs when using an AMD graphics card using driver Version 17.4.4 (released 4/23/2017) on Windows. Please see this note for more details and workarounds.
Installation Instructions

Please select Help & Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Give us feedback

Once you’ve updated to the latest version of Lightroom, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. Lightroom wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback :

  • Report bugs and suggest features
  • Discuss workflow and get help with how-to questions or basic troubleshooting 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Canon Rebel EOS SL2 Camera Coming In Q3 2017




I am back from my Galapagos and Ecuadorian Amazon Photo Tour. I did not encounter as many wildlife as I had hoped. Slowly getting back to my daily blog and photo processing. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

In February, I reported Canon is expected to announce the EOS Rebel SL2 some time this year. Indications are the date will be early Q3 of 2017. The new, small DSLRs will be a bit smaller and lighter than the current EOS Rebel SL1 and will have specifications similar to the recently announced EOS-77D. Perhaps like a 'baby' EOS-77D.

However, the exciting news for many photographers is the expected announcement of the affordable full frame EOS 6D Mark II some time in early Q3 of 2017.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

When Is Canon's Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Coming?


Blue-footed Booby 

I am still on my Galapagos and Ecuadorian Amazon Photo Tour. Just a quick post to update my readers on the latest development in photography news. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

The rumor mill is heating up again about Canon's full frame mirrorless camera. My readers know I have been reporting on this for the past couple of years and this is the best information I have right now.

  • New camera will be full frame and uses the EF mount
  • No new type of lens to accompany camera
  • Camera comes with a new type of sensor
  • Brand new technology to adapt EF lenses to the new sensor
  • Video quality slightly greater than 4K
  • Camera will be announced some time in 2018

Canon is already testing multiple versions of the camera, including hybrid models but I am quite certain only the full frame mirrorless model will be announced. Personally, I think it's about time Canon gives Sony a run for its mirrorless money. Keep checking back for the latest information. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wildlife Photography - Galapagos Islands and Ecuadorian Amazon Photo Tour



Quito, Ecuador. The city is 2 miles high and a launch pad for The Galapagos

Sunset in The Galapagos - Day is done

Footloose in The Galapagos 

Only the Lonely

Male Frigate Bird showing his ware

Tequila Sunset

I am embarking on a wildlife photography tour of the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Last year I had a very good tour of the Peruvian Amazon and Highlands. It was a great testing ground for my Canon equipment due to its diverse climates of heavy humidity in the jungles and cold temperatures of over 2 miles elevation in the Peruvian Andes.

In keeping with my philosophy of traveling lighter, my main equipment are the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D Mark IV, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II.

There will be very limited access to the Internet and little time to look over and process my photos. I have a small laptop to process a few pics and will try and keep my readers up to date on any interesting Canon and other photography news. In the meantime, you can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Canon Movie Tutorial - Why and How To Shoot A Good Video


Canon Movie tutorial series on how to make a good video. the following topics are covered. 

  • LESSON 1 : Why should I make a video?
  • LESSON 2 : How to craft a good story
  • LESSON 3 : The importance of frame rate and resolution
  • LESSON 4 : How to expose for video
  • LESSON 5 : Controlling Camera Movement and Stabilization 
  • LESSON 6 : The use of Sound and Music
  • LESSON 7 : How to choose the right lenses
  • LESSON 8 : How to stay in focus
  • LESSON 9 : How to editing the video
  • LESSON 10 : Final Conclusion




Canon Cinema C200 Camcorder Coming Soon




As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the Cinema C200 camera soon, perhaps in June. This new camcorder is touted to be a 'baby' C300 Mark II and may come with 4K video. It is somewhere between a C100 Mark II and a C300 Mark II and will be quite a good value for the money. Keep checking back for the latest info and development.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Canon Released Firmware V 1.0.1 For EOS-M5 Camera


Canon EOS-M5 mirrorless camera

Canon has released firmware V 1.0.1 for the EOS M5 mirrorless camera.

The new Firmware Version 1.0.1 incorporates the following fixes :

  • Corrects a phenomenon in which, when the playback grid is set to “6×4”, and a vertical image is displayed, or a horizontal image is rotated to be displayed vertically, the grid does not display correctly.
  • In languages other than Japanese, the phrase “no. of shots” has been corrected to “value” in the “Time-lapse movie settings > Interval/Shots” setting screen.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Download firmware V 1.0.1 for the Canon EOS M5 here

Canon EOS-6D Mark II Camera Coming June 29, 2017


Canon EOS-6D Mark II full frame DSLR camera front view


Canon EOS-6D Mark II back view
Your patience will be rewarded soon. The Canon's EOS-6D Mark II full frame camera is expected to be announced June 29, 2017. There is no precise shipping date but it should commence some time in early August. Keep checking back for the latest news and specs as I receive them.

Final specs for Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera
  • All new 26MP sensor
  • 45 AF points, all cross-type
  • 7560 pixels RGB + IR metering sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I card compatible)
  • ISO 100 - 40000. Extended to 102400
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 seconds
  • 3 inch variable angle, reversible LCD 
  • Touch screen display
  • Viewfinder Coverage (98%)
  • Viewfinder Magnification  0.71x
  • Single DIGIC 7 processor
  • Burst rate, 6.5 fps. 4 fps in Live Mode
  • 5 axis electronic image stabilization 
  • HD video @ 1080P 60p
  • HDR and Time Lapse Movie with 4K output
  • WiFi, NFC & Bluetooth
  • Anti Flicker
  • Built-in GPS
  • Battery : LP-E6N
  • New camera grip BG-E21 
  • Body slightly taller and deeper than previous model
  • Size : 144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm
  • Weight : 765 g
  • Suggested list price of body - $1,999 in the U.S.
  • Ship with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens kit
  • Ship with EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit
  • Announcement date - June 29. Shipment date - August 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

When Is The Canon Super Zoom Lens Coming?


Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens


Back in 2015, I reported Egami discovered a new Canon patent for a 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 Super Zoom lens. Unfortunately, Egami has since been off the Internet and no more new patents have been reported.

However, Canon is definitely work on this technology. As you know, they rarely try to be the first, just the best. Currently, the Super Zoom space is occupied by Sigma and Tamron. Both companies have the 150-600mm lens out for a few years now with mediocre to good results.

Canon has the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens out for some time but they are not readily affordable to all photographers. The new Super Zoom model Canon is perfecting now may not be an 'L' lens but it will be of high quality and more affordable, perhaps in the $1,000 to $1,500 list price category.

There is a chance Canon may decide to really wow photographers and turn this Super Zoom design into a SuperTelephoto zoom lens. If that is the case, I expect some industry breaking innovation. Perhaps a two stage built-in extender, like 1.4x and 1.7x. Stay tuned and keep checking back for the latest development.

I anticipate the new lens will be announced some time in the first half of 2018. The EF 600mm f/4 DO BR lens is also expected to arrive some time in 2018. These are the two lenses I am interested in buying. My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have been testing Canon equipment on wildlife tours for years. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Monday, May 1, 2017

When Is The Canon EOS-6D Mark II, Rebel SL2, Cinema C200 and EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Coming


Canon EOS-6D Mark II full frame DSLR camera

Be patient. The Canon's EOS-6D Mark II full frame camera, Rebel SL2, EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and Cinema C200 (C300 Mark II's little brother) will be announced around Q3 to Q4 of 2017. Keep checking back for the latest news as I receive them.


Possible specs for Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera
  • All new 28MP sensor
  • 45 AF points, all cross-type
  • Dual SD slots
  • Tilting LCD with touchscreen capabilities
  • Larger and more vivid viewfinder
  • Single DIGIC 7 processor
  • Burst rate, 6 fps
  • Some 4K video capability but not full 4K performance
  • WiFi, NFC & Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS 
  • Suggested list price of $1,999 in the U.S.

Understanding The Basics Of Lighting and Aperture In Photography




It helps to refresh oneself with the basics of photography now and then. Light and aperture are two of the most important things to master in any type of photography.