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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Canon Announced Zoemini - The Lightest Portable Photo Printer




United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Thursday 2nd August 2018 – Canon Europe has today unveiled the Canon Zoemini, a lightweight, pocket size and portable photo printer, featuring ZINK (zero ink) technology. The Canon Zoemini connects seamlessly to the Canon Mini Print app via Bluetooth for instant printing of photos and social media snaps in a matter of seconds. The Canon Zoemini prints out personalised 2x3 inch (5 x 7.6cm) photos, straight from a mobile phone, tablet or social media apps.

The Canon Zoemini is the perfect accessory for people who enjoy printing and sharing special moments with family and friends, wherever the mood takes them. The Canon Zoemini will inspire people to unleash their creativity, thanks to an abundance of on-trend filters, frames and AR effects through the Canon Mini Print app, free to download from the App Store and Google Play from 5th September 2018.

Whether it’s a special family occasion, holiday or simply meeting up with friends, the Canon Zoemini encourages creativity, with easy to print, peel-and-stick photos that can be used to personalise everyday items such as laptops, mobile covers, bags, mirrors or bedroom walls. School bags can also be decorated with a photo collage of friends, families, pets or even a carefully crafted selfie.

Fitting comfortably in the palm of a hand, handbag or pocket, the compact and sleek device comes in a choice of three enticing and distinctive colours: Rose Gold/White, White/Silver and Black/Slate Grey.

The Canon Zoemini features ZINK technology, meaning zero ink is required. The rechargeable battery-powered portable printer comes with a starter pack of 10 x Canon ZINK photo paper (peel-and-stick back, smudge-free, water and tear resistant), with additional paper available for purchase in packs of 20 or 50.

The Canon Mini Print app also features a tiling function, enabling the creation of larger posters or images made up of four or nine prints, as well as over ten unique collage templates that prints a 2x3 inch photo. From retro selfies to playful animal face filters, the Canon Zoemini provides the ability to customise and quickly print off memories. In addition to Instagram and Facebook, the Canon Mini Print app lets users connect with Google Photos and Dropbox, so they can print their physical copies of their most treasured memories while out and about.

Weighing just 160g and with dimensions of 118mm x 82mm x 19mm, the Canon Zoemini will be available to purchase from 5th September 2018.

Key benefits: 

  • Compact, slim and lightweight, can fit in pockets or small bags
  • Inspires creativity with on-trend filters, frames and AR
  • Prints tear-proof 2x3 inch (5 x 7.6cm) photos with innovative ink free ZINK technology
  • Prints sticky-sided pictures to decorate walls, laptops and mirrors
  • Connects effortlessly via Bluetooth to the Canon Mini Print app (iOS & Android)


What’s in the box: 

  • The Canon Zoemini Photo Printer* (Rose Gold/White, White/Silver and Black/Slate Grey)
  • One pack of Canon ZINK Photo Paper (10 sheets of Photo Paper and 1 SMART SHEET)
  • Micro USB charging cable (USB A to Micro)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Regulation Sheet


About Canon Mini Print App 

A mobile device must be connected to the Canon Zoemini Photo Printer via Bluetooth and the Canon Mini Print App, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with mobile devices running iOS 9.0 or later, and Android devices running Android 4.4 or later.

The Canon Zoemini will be available in Rose Gold, White and Black from September 2018 with an RRP of £119.99/€139.99.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Latest News On Canon and Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras




Nikon is expected to announce their full frame mirrorless cameras the last week of August. There may be two models. One is for the professional market and the other for the prosumer segment.

  • Both models with new sensors : 20+MP and 40+MP
  • Both models equipped with BSI sensors 
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • 9 fps burst rate
  • Dual memory card slots : XQD and CF Express. Pro model with CF Express card slot
  • EVF resolution : 3.6MP 
  • State of the art video AF features.
  • AF tracking ability of the pro version comparable to A7 and A9 models.
  • Hundreds of AF points (Marketing gimmick in my book) 
  • Tiltable LCD screen similar to D850
  • Advanced 4K video

Canon is also expected to announce their full frame mirrorless camera some time in September. I expect two models as well, each with its own new sensor. The prosumer version (20+MP sensor) may come with a modified adapter to accept EF and EF-M lenses but the pro model (30+MP sensor) may have the native EF mount.

If true, then I will be acquiring the pro version as soon as it is available. My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon equipment for over three decades. Follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

I have been holding back on buying a mirrorless camera because the current models do not fill my needs. While I welcome the reduction in weight in mirrorless bodies, the other features like AF, ergonomics and functionalities do not impress me enough to add it to my equipment bag.

If Canon does decide to announce their full frame mirrorless cameras in time for the Photokina Show in September, we should be getting additional leaks soon. Check back often to get the latest development and details. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Canon Announced PowerShot SX740 HS Camera




MELVILLE, N.Y., July 31, 2018 – Whether your family is always on the go, you are an up-and-coming vlogger or you enjoy posting photos to social media, a compact digital camera capable of producing high quality images is a necessity. Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced the new PowerShot SX740 HS digital camera boasting a 40x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), a 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, which is a first in the PowerShot series.

“We remain committed to incorporating the latest technologies and innovations into Canon products that help meet the needs of our customers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As we continue to grow the popular PowerShot SX-series, we are excited to offer more imaging solutions that encourage visual storytelling.”

Featuring a DIGIC 8 Image Processor, dual-sensing image stabilization, automatic image transfer, feature assistant and a 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates 180 degrees, the PowerShot SX740 HS helps make transitioning away from smartphone photography fun and easy. With high-speed continuous shooting up to 7.4fps, an ergonomic design and built-in Wi-Fi®** and Bluetooth®*** technology, you can easily capture life’s greatest moments with the PowerShot SX740 HS.

Availability and Pricing

The PowerShot SX740 HS will be available for purchase in late August for $399.99****. To purchase this product or for more information about Canon U.S.A products, visit http://shop.usa.canon.com/.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Camera Will Be Announced In Days



Canon will announce the PowerShot SX740 HS camera in a few days.

PowerShot SX740 HS

  • Effective 20.3 million pixels
  • Optical 40 times zoom
  • 5 Axis hand vibration reduction
  • DIGIC 8
  • 4K video
  • Continuous : 10 frames / sec (one shot AF?) • 7.4 frames / sec (when servo AF?)
  • 3.0 type tilt type liquid crystal
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • Size : 110.1 x 63.8 x 39.9 mm
  • Weight : 299 g
  • Color : Black / Silver

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Will Have New Mount and Lenses



As reported earlier, Nikon is expected to announce their new full frame mirrorless camera next month but it will come with a new mount and line of lens.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon equipment for over three decades. Follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon is also expected to announce their high end, full frame mirrorless camera in September, perhaps just before the Photokina Show on September 26, 2018 in Germany. What I am hoping for is Canon should have enough engineering expertise to overcome the obstacle Nikon cannot, and make their new camera compatible with the entire line of EF lenses without the use of an adapter.

There is probably a 50% chance that will happen but a new mount and line of lenses in not inconceivable. What I prefer is the new camera to use the native EF mount but will accept the addition of a small adapter if that's what it takes to have access to the entire line of EF lenses with the new Canon high end, full frame mirrorless camera. I will not buy the new camera if it requires a new line of lenses.

More leaks and details will be coming out on the new Canon full frame mirrorless camera. Keep checking back here to get the latest details and development.



MELVILLE, NY (JULY 25, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of a next-generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount.

The new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development will enable a new dimension in optical performance with the adoption of a new mount. The system is the result of Nikon’s unsurpassed optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through more than a century of imaging expertise. Proven reliability and trusted performance are core traits of Nikon Digital-SLRs, and decades of feedback from professional creators around the world has further contributed to the development of this system.

Through the development of this new mirrorless camera, Nikon reaffirms our commitment to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.

Additionally, an F-Mount adapter is being developed that will enable the use of a wide variety of F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the new camera.

Nikon will continue to lead imaging innovation with the launch of the new mirrorless camera and the continued development of Nikon Digital-SLR cameras as well as the impressive NIKKOR lens lineup. Soon, Nikon users will have two industry-leading camera systems to choose from, giving consumers the choice to enjoy the unique values that each system offers.

Content relating to this product is available for viewing at the following URL: http://www.nikonusa.com/mirrorlessiscoming. Please stay tuned for more information.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Find Out The Actuation Count Of Your Canon EOS Camera




Get shutter actuations count of your Canon EOS camera!

EOS Inspector displays a shutter actuations count of your Canon EOS camera, so you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really brand new, or how heavily used a secondhand item is. You can avoid a visit to a service center by doing the diagnostic yourself.

FEATURES

Device Overview

Important details about your camera, such as serial number, battery charge level, possible shots and firmware version are presented as soon as you connect your camera via USB cable.

Shutter Actuations Info

EOS Inspector displays a shutter actuations count along with a shutter’s rated lifespan (that varies from camera to camera) so you can easily see the percent of its wear. For modern EOS cameras Live View related actuations are also displayed.

For newer cameras you’ll get even more! Most EOS cameras released since 2015 (such as the 1D X Mark II, 5D Mark IV and 5DS) provide more details on shutter’s usage. You’ll get separate values for photos taken through the viewfinder, photos taken via the Live View and a number of Live View sessions. All these values are presented visually on the detalization bar.

Customisation of User Fields

Depending on a concrete model, Canon EOS cameras support up to three user-customizable fields that are used to populate metadata of your photos. EOS Inspector gives you a convenient way to change owner, author and copyright settings of your camera.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

One-click camera report sharing

Easily share a report that contains a summary information about your camera such as serial number and detailed shutter actuations info.

65 cameras supported

EOS Inspector is tested and confirmed to be working with 65 Canon EOS cameras, including the recent ones like 1D X Mark II, 5D Mark IV and 5DS.

One-time purchase

After a one-time purchase you get a full-featured app without any implied restrictions. There are also no in-app purchases and no limits on a number of shutter count readings.

WHY USE EOS INSPECTOR?

Buying or selling a camera online?
Use EOS Inspector to determine whether or not the camera that is listed as new is really brand new or estimate/verify the value of a previously used item.

Running a camera rental shop?

Use EOS Inspector to track different cameras usage to predict failures and estimate costs related to shutter mechanism replacement in future.

SUPPORTED CAMERAS

EOS Inspector supports shutter information retrieval from the following Canon EOS cameras :

1D X, 1D X Mark II, 1D C, 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 6D, 6D Mark II, 7D, 7D Mark II, 40D, 50D, 60D, 60Da, 70D, 77D, 80D, 100D, 200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 8000D, 9000D;

Rebel SL1, SL2, XS, XSi, T1i, T2i, T3, T3i, T4i, T5, T5i, T6, T6i, T6s, T7i;

Kiss X2, X3, X4, X5, X6i, X7, X7i, X8i, X9, X9i, F, X50, X70, X80;

Check out EOS Inspector 2 at the Apple MacOS App Store $2.99 (Reg $4.99)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Canon High End Full Frame Mirrorless Camera and New Super Telephoto Lens Coming Soon




Canon is expected to announce a high end, full frame mirrorless camera very soon, perhaps just before the 2018 Photokina Show since Nikon is also expected to announce their full frame mirrorless camera around the last week of August 2018.

The EOS-90D and EOS-7D Mark III cameras may be announced in Q1 of 2019. In addition, a couple of Super Telephoto lenses are also expected, perhaps around the time of the 2018 Photokina Show in September in Germany as well.

My hope is one of the Big White lenses will be the EF 600mm f/4DO BR. Canon showcased this lens in their Expo back in September 2015 in New York City. Currently, the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II is my favorite DO lens and accompanies me on all my wildlife photography tours but sometimes I can use a bit more focal length.

However, I suspect the Super Telephoto lenses to be announced will be the Series III version of any of the following : EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 500mm f/4L IS II or EF 600mm f/4L IS II. Most likely the first two. These lenses are already Very good and any meaningful improvement will be at best marginally. A weight reduction will be most welcome. Some of the Series II lenses reduced about 1 1/2 pound weight from their predecessors.

A few Canon camera bodies have also shown up as the company filed registration papers with certification authorities in various countries.

Canon DS126721 is registered with overseas certification bodies. This is most probably a new Rebel camera with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.

Two DSLR test cameras are code named K436 (EOS-80D Mark II or EOS-90D?) and K437 (EOS-7D Mark III?). Additional mirrorless cameras are code named K424, K433 and EC 811. All the new cameras come with the DIGIC 8 processors.

K424 will be a 30 to 40 MP full frame mirrorless camera with a brand new sensor, dual card slots and a burst rate performance close to the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. DIGIC 8+ processor will power the camera and DPAF 4K will come standard with the 4K video. Announcement is expected around the 2018 Photokina Show time frame.

K333 will also be a full frame mirrorless camera but with less features and a lower price.

EC 811 may be the EOS-M5 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera.

Sadly, I am not convinced the upcoming high end, Canon full frame mirrorless camera will fit my needs unless it comes with the EF mount. These are early days and there is little point in further speculation. Keep checking back for the latest information and development.

Monday, July 2, 2018

More Canon Cameras and Lenses Showed Up For Certification




As reported in my earlier post, in addition to the new cameras we are expecting from Canon in the next 6 to 12 months, there are additional EF lenses and cameras that have applied for certification to various agencies.

DS 126721 (EOS Body)

Interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or full frame mirrorless) with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in. The camera uses the LP-E6 / LP-E6N battery.

PC 2352 (PowerShot)

This digital camera is made in Japan with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in.

There are also five (5) EF Interchangeable lenses. One of them is most likely to be the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM. Two of the lenses may be destined for a kit, perhaps the EOS-80D Mark II or EOS-7D Mark III camera. The remaining two lenses appear to be the 'L' grade professional model.

  • 2439C005AA
  • 2959C005AA
  • 2963C005AA
  • 2972C005AA
  • 3045C005AA

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meet The New SD Express Memory Cards With Mind Boggling Speed and Storage


Canon, Nikon and Sony 400mm f/2.8 Lens Comparison




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, utilizing Canon equipment for almost three decades and traversing the globe on wildlife photography shoots. Recently, I came back from a trip to the Okavango Delta and Chobe River. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Sony recently announced their new 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens. They are trying to beef up their lens lineup with the aim of challenging the Canon EF and Nikon Nikkor lenses.

At the moment, Sony has a lead in the mirrorless camera offering but Canon and Nikon are expected to announced their full frame, mirrorless camera in about one year or less.

I do not own a mirrorless camera but as I listen to some who are Sony supporters, they invariably talk about the 'superior' IQ quality of the A7 or A9 sensors and the '20 frames a second' burst rate.

Reminds me of the old days when so-called hi-fidelity aficionados religiously quote how low a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) their receivers put out compared to other models - .000001 vs .00001%
The implication is the former is superior to the latter. Never mind the fact it is only on paper and indistinguishable by the human ear.

The fact is one can always find some aspect of a certain camera or lens that is 'superior' to another manufacturer's comparable model but when a professional and/or serious photographer invests in a certain Camera and Lens system, one is really buying into a company's overall technology (present and future), service and support system worldwide.

To that end, I find Canon fits my needs quite well and I am ready to purchase their professional mirrorless camera once they are available if it fits my needs.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Canon's New HDAlbum EZ V2.0 Makes Quality Photo Books








MELVILLE, N.Y., June 25, 2018 – The average smart phone user has 630 photos stored in their phones – that’s a lot of memories captured with no place to go. Creating photo books to showcase all those memories is a great idea and thoughtful gift but the process can often feel daunting and time-consuming without the right application. Today, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the launch of the new hdAlbum EZ v2.0 app, using our proprietary EAGiAL-M2 technology to automatically arrange images directly from your compatible mobile device3 to make the photo book creation process a fun hobby and creative outlet.

The imaging experts at Canon have completely redesigned the hdAlbum EZ app with the v2.0 update for a virtually seamless customer experience, allowing users to navigate the mobile interface with ease and convenience. The redesigned software creates attractive layouts for the user, creating beautiful photo books using 20 to 50 of their favorite images. It can also be linked to Facebook, Instagram and Verizon Cloud accounts.

“Canon is committed to offering time-saving solutions and creating intuitive platforms for imaging creation,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The newly redesigned hdAlbum EZ v2.0 software provides a streamlined user experience for consumers to capture and share their memories with friends and families while leveraging the high-quality printing capabilities Canon is known for delivering.”

Starting at $14.99, Canon photo books take less than a week (approx. 3-5 business days) for production. Canon hdAlbums are ideal gifts or keepsakes for life’s biggest moments such as graduations, family vacations, newborns, engagements, weddings and more – you can learn more about the photo books and the redesigned app by visiting the dedicated website.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Canon Camera Bodies Showed Up For Certification




Canon is expected to announce a high end, full frame mirrorless camera, the EOS-90D and EOS-7D Mark III in the next 6 to 12 months.

A few Canon camera bodies have shown up as the company filed registration papers with certification authorities in various countries.

Canon DS126721 is registered with overseas certification bodies. This is most probably a new Rebel camera with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.

Two DSLR test cameras are code named K436 (EOS-80D Mark II or EOS-90D?) and K437 (EOS-7D Mark III?). Additional mirrorless cameras are code named K424, K433 and EC 811. All the new cameras come with the DIGIC 8 processors.

K424 will be a 30MP full frame mirrorless camera and announcement is expected in late 2018 or early 2019. K333 will also be a full frame mirrorless camera but with less features and a lower price.
EC 811 may be the EOS-M5 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera.

Sadly, I am not convinced the upcoming high end, Canon full frame mirrorless camera will fit my needs unless it comes with the EF mount. These are early days and there is little point in further speculation. Keep checking back for the latest information and development.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Canon EOS-90D Camera Will Be A Big Leap Forward



My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, utilizing Canon equipment for almost three decades and traversing the globe on wildlife photography shoots. Recently, I came back from a trip to the Okavango Delta and Chobe River. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

As I travel to remote places, I am usually out of WiFi range and lack contact with the photography world and news but gain valuable field experiences in testing many Canon gear and equipment.

The bread-n-butter model of Canon's DSLR lineup is the EOS-80D. It has been over 2 years since this camera was announced. My sources informed me the replacement model, EOS-90D will be 'a big leap forward'.

This may mean a lot of things to many photographers but one thing is certain. Canon has been aware the video performance of their latest cameras may not be perceived as competitive as some Sony models, for instance. This does not bother me because my philosophy is as a still photographer, my equipment should be the best in class in one thing, and not try to be best in multiple classes. For those who prefer the best in videography, they should go for the EOS Cinema series of cameras. 

Nevertheless, perception is everything these days and Canon is known for a slow, methodical approach to introducing new products and features. Recently, Canon's CEO has expressed his desire to speed up the company's response to new innovations and developments.

My best guess is the EOS-90D may be announced some time in early 2019, perhaps around the CES or CP+ Show. Find out what to expect from Canon in terms of product announcement in the next 12 to 18 months. Keep checking back for the latest development and information.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What To Expect From Canon In 2018 and Beyond




I am back from my wildlife photography shoot in Botswana. It was quite an exciting tour and the water level in the Chobe River and Okavango Delta are high but not at their maximum height. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Now that Canon has announced two new bread-and-butter lenses, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II, what can we expect from Canon in the next year or so in terms of new cameras and lenses?

New Camera Bodies :

Hopefully the long awaited professional full frame mirrorless camera and the EOS-7D Mark III cameras will be announced some time in 2019. A prosumer mirrorless camera and one DSLR body may be announced ahead of Photokina in September 2018 in Germany. A few PowerShot models will also be announced before year end.

EC801 – Canon Powershot SX740

  • 40x Zoom travel compact
  • 1/2.3 Sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS

EC804 – Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

  • 4.2x Zoom
  • 1″ sensor
  • DPAF
  • 4K Video
  • GPS
  • Comes with a new Canon 1inch sensor

EC811 Canon EOS M5 Mark II

  • 28.3MP APS-C mirorless camera
  • 4K video @30fps video and DPAF.
  • Comes with a new Canon APS-C sensor


New Lenses :

  • Two 'professional' lenses may be announced ahead of Photokina 2018
  • EF-M 32mm f/1.4 lens may be announced ahead of Photokina 2018
  • New 'kit' lens may be announced ahead of Photokina 2018


New EOS Cinema Bodies :

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Canon Announces EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens




I am on an African wildlife photography shoot. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


MELVILLE, N.Y., June 7, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced two new telephoto zoom lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The new lenses serve advanced amateur and professional photographers in a variety of applications and solutions including wildlife, landscapes, portrait and sports photography. Canon EF 70-200mm focal-length lenses are a popular option for photographers in need of a long zoom range that maintains a relatively compact design. In addition, these updated lenses inherit the same overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect from the Canon EF L-series line of lenses.

“At the core of image capturing, Canon believes the lens is just as important as the camera. A seamless relationship between the two allows photographers to produce emotion-evoking and timeless images,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to offer photographers two distinct options in the 70-200mm focal-length, continuing to further expand our optics heritage.”

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM features numerous updates over its predecessor, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers using Canon DSLR cameras such as the EOS 6D Mark II or EOS 80D. Most notably, Optical Image Stabilization is upgraded from three stops to five shutter speed stops of correction over the original f/4 lens. The improved IS allows photographers to more easily capture crisp, in-focus images without the use of a tripod. The new lens also features three IS modes, each uniquely designed and suitable for a variety of shooting situations, such as the capture of still subjects, panning or fast moving objects2. Furthermore, the IS operational noise has been reduced, which proves ideal for photographers shooting in a concert hall or on-stage shooting at the theatre.

Additional noteworthy features of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM include :

  • One fluorite lens and two UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
  • Minimum focusing distance shortened from 1.2m to 1m (3.9ft to 3.3ft)
  • Super Spectra Coating technology and optimized lens element placement helps minimize ghosting and flaring
  • Circular nine blade aperture producing a beautiful bokeh quality, ideal for portrait shooting
  • Lens features 20 lens elements in 15 groups
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon 1D and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.

Additional noteworthy features of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM include :

  • Optical Image Stabilizer up to 3.5 shutter speed stops of correction
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor
  • One fluorite lens and five UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.2m (3.9ft)
  • Lens features 23 elements in 19 groups
  • Circular eight blade aperture

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II is scheduled to begin shipping in late June 2018 with an estimated retail price of $1,299.00. The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III is scheduled to begin shipping in August 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2,099.00.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Canon hands-on demonstrations and host panel discussions at Cine Gear Expo 2018








MELVILLE, N.Y., May 31, 2018 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its newest digital cinema products in Booth #12 at Cine Gear Expo 2018 in Los Angeles.

Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to experience the full range of Canon Cinema cameras and lenses, 4K reference displays, and DSLR cameras and lenses, including the recently announced EOS C700 FF Cinema Camera. Available in EF or PL mount, the EOS C700 FF features a 5.9K full-frame sensor with built-in anamorphic de-squeeze capabilities and RAW capture. The camera will be on display paired with the CN-E20mm T1.5 LF F lens, the latest addition to Canon’s line of CN-E prime lenses. Canon’s newest 4K HDR reference display, the 24-inch DP-V2421, will also be available for hands-on demonstrations, showcasing on-set HDR functionality.

Cine Gear attendees will be able to learn more about Canon’s CarePAK PRO Extended Service Plan, which recently expanded to include professional video and cinema products. Canon CarePAK PRO offers coverage from accidental damage such as drops, spills and power surges, protecting customer investments from unforeseen repair costs and excessive downtime. Conditions and restrictions apply*.

In addition to showcasing products and professional service and support offerings, Canon will host a series of panel discussions and educational seminars. On Saturday, attendees** will have the opportunity to see the new EOS C700 FF in action with a screening of Dishful of Dollars, a short film directed by Nigel Dick and shot by Nancy Schreiber, ASC. The full panel schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 1

2:30-3:15 pm

Screening Room 5

Choosing Between Full Frame And Super 35mm: A Hands-On Image Characteristics Comparison for Cinematographers
Instructor: Loren Simons, Sr. Engineer, Field Applications, Canon U.S.A.

Friday, June 1

5:30-6:30 pm

Paramount Theater

Options in Optics

Moderator : Tim Smith, Sr. Film and Television Advisor, Canon U.S.A.

Panelists :

Daniel Levin (Inside the FBI)
Claudia Raschke (RBG, The Price of Everything)
Steven Poster (The Boor, Amityville: The Awakening)
Saturday, June 2

4:30-5:30 pm

Paramount Theater

Dishful of Dollars – In-depth with the EOS C700 Full Frame

Moderator: Tim Smith, Sr. Film and Television Advisor, Canon U.S.A.

Panelists :

  • Nancy Schreiber, ASC (Director of Photography)
  • Nigel Dick (Director)
  • Gunnar Mortensen (1st AC)
  • Loren Simons (Sr. Engineer, Field Applications, Canon U.S.A.)


Follow Canon’s Cine Gear activities on Twitter at @CanonUSApro or on Instagram at @CanonUSAprovideo.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Canon USA Expands CarePak Plus and CarePak Pro Programs




MELVILLE, N.Y., May 30, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the expansion of its CarePAK PRO and CarePAK PLUS service and support offerings for imaging professionals. The current CarePAK PRO program, which now includes accidental damage protection, has been restructured to meet the needs of the professional cinema, house of worship, and in-house corporate video production industries, among other professional video markets, and now covers Cinema EOS Cameras, Cinema Lenses, and Professional Camcorders. Additionally, the popular CarePAK PLUS plan, which currently includes professional SLR camera systems among other consumer products, has been expanded to cover Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, PIXMA PRO-100, and PIXMA PRO-10 professional inkjet printers.

“Providing yet another solution to our customers, the CarePAK program expansion allows us to extend our services to more of Canon’s professional customers, implementing a worry-free ownership experience to help visual story-tellers focus and bring forth their creative visions,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

With CarePAK, customers can feel confident that their investment is covered by Canon’s world-class service and support. In addition to accidental damage protection from drops, spills, power surges, and other unforeseen events, CarePAK PLUS and CarePAK PRO provide normal wear and tear coverage for hardware and include Image Recovery*, designed to retrieve lost or corrupted images or videos from cameras, camcorders and printers with a memory card slot (only for use with a removable memory card).

Additional CarePAK benefits include: 

  • Priority service for fast, reliable repairs and minimal downtime
  • Service and support direct from Canon using only genuine Canon parts
  • $0 deductible for any repair or replacement
  • Free shipping to and from Canon for all service and repairs
  • Dedicated phone and email support at 1-833-CAREPAK (1-833-227-3725) and carepakpro@cits.canon.com or carepakplus@cits.canon.com
  • Ability to transfer the plans during the coverage period to a new owner


Under a CarePAK plan, a damaged product will be repaired to good working condition or replaced with the same or an equivalent product, a feature that is unique to Canon and currently not available from other providers. CarePAK PRO and CarePAK PLUS will be available for Canon Cinema Cameras, Cinema Lenses, Professional Camcorders, and Professional Inkjet Printers beginning June 1 and can be purchased at the time of product purchase, or for up to 90 days thereafter.

For more information, please visit usa.canon.com/carepak. For those in attendance at this year’s Cine Gear Expo, stop by the Canon booth (number 12) to learn more about Canon’s service and support offerings, including CarePAK PRO.

CarePAK PLUS Eligible Items : 

  • EOS-1D X Mark II
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EOS 5Ds
  • EOS 5DS R
  • EOS 6D Mark II
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 80D
  • EOS 77D
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III & EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Coming 1st Week Of June, 2018


Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III lens


As reported earlier, Canon will be announcing the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II lenses, possibly the 1st week of June, 2018. Expected delivery should commence by late August to the beginning of September. List prices will be very similar to the current models ($2,099 and $1,199 for the f/2.8 and f/4 models respectively)

It is not unusual for Canon to shift the announcement date around a few days at the last minute. I will be on a wildlife photography shoot in Africa. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Canon Issued Service Advisory On EOS-70D Cameras




From Canon USA:

Thank you for using Canon products.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by the phenomenon described below. We value the trust our customers have placed in us, and we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality as well as delivering industry-leading service and support.

Phenomenon 

In rare cases, error 70 or error 80 may repeatedly display on some EOS 70D digital SLR cameras due to an internal communication failure resulting from the structure of the electrical printed circuit board. If use of the camera is subsequently continued, a state may occur in which the camera’s power does not turn on. In most cases, this phenomenon occurs in conjunction with continuous use of the camera while the camera’s internal temperature is high, such as when shooting movies continuously.

“Err 70” or “Err 80” will appear on the LCD monitor at the back of the camera or on the LCD panel at the top of the camera. There may be rare occurrences of error 70 or error 80, after which the camera functions can be recovered by turning the power off and on again, or by re-installing and reinserting the battery. The phenomenon described here refers to the frequent reccurrence of error 70 or error 80.

Possibly Affected Cameras

Only some EOS 70D digital SLR cameras are affected by this phenomenon.

The phenomenon may occur only in cameras whose first two digits in its serial number are within the range of “00” to “22”.




Support 

EOS 70D digital SLR cameras on which error 70 or error 80 occurs repeatedly and that have a serial number within the range specified above will be inspected/repaired free of charge. Please note that inspection/repairs for any other issue will be handled as normal repairs.

If you wish to make a request for the free inspection/repairs, please bring the camera body only with the body cap attached to a Canon Service Center.

If you have not already done so, please register your EOS 70D so that we will be able to notify you via email about any future service upgrades.

This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Canon To Test New Super Telephoto Lenses At World Cup 2018




Canon will be field testing their next generation Super Telephoto lens in the upcoming World Cup in Russia, starting  on June 14, 2018.

I have been reporting Canon plans to revamp their Super Telephoto lens lineup for over two years now. Eventually, the Series III will replace all the current Series II glass but that will take a few years.
No information on which new 'Big White' lens Canon will be field testing at the World Cup. For those who may be attending the many soccer games played around the world, keep an eye out for large, white telephoto lenses that are perhaps covered up with some camouflage. 

Canon debuted the EF 600mm f/4 DO BR lens at the Canon Expo in New York back in 2015. This is the lens I am most interested in buying. The current EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II is a great lens but the focal length is a bit short and the EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM 1.4x Extender lens can be too slow and heavy for some wildlife photography shoots I go on. The EF 600mm f/4 DO BR may be a perfect combo for my needs.

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Canon 120MP APS-H Image Sensor Is For Sale




My readers know the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, with its innovative APS-H sensor is one of my favorite bodies and I still use it on occasion when I go on photo shoots even though the camera is about 8 years old. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

I reported Canon debuted its 120MP CMOS sensor back in 2015. Now the company is ready to sell this state-of-the-art sensor to any company that wants to install it in their products.


Ultra-High Resolution 120MP CMOS Sensor

The 120MXS is an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with 13280 x 9184 effective pixels (approx. 60x the resolution of Full HD). It has a size equivalent to APS-H (29.22mm x 20.20mm), and a square pixel arrangement of 2.2µm x 2.2µm with 122 million effective pixels. Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels. All pixel progressive reading of 9.4 fps is made possible by 28 digital signal output channels. It is available in RGB or with twice the sensitivity, in monochrome.


Technical Specification :

  • Sensor size: APS-H (29.22mm x 20.20mm)
  • Filter types:
  • 120MXSC: RGB
  • 120MXSM: Monochrome
  • Number of effective pixels: 13280h x 9184v, approx. 122MP
  • Pixel size: 2.2µm x 2.2µm
  • Progressive Scan
  • Rolling Shutter
  • 188pin ceramic PGA
  • Sensitivity:
  • 120MXSC (Green): 10,000e/lux/sec
  • 120MXSM: 20,000e/lux/sec
  • Saturation: 10,000e @ gain0.5x
  • Output Channels: Data 28 lanes, Clock 14 lanes
  • Dark Random Noise: 2.3e rms @ gain x8, Room Temp.
  • Dark Current: 8.1e/sec @ gain x8, 60°C
  • Number of output channels: Data 28 lanes, Clock 14 lanes
  • Main clock frequency: 45MHz (Recommended)
  • Output format: 720Mbps in LVDS output 9.4fps @ 10 bit
  • Built in column amplifier (Pre-amplifier gain mode: x0.5, x1, x2, x4, x8)
  • Serial communication
  • All pixel progressive scan reading function, Region of Interest reading function (Vertically)
  • Vertically intermittent reading function (1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/5, 1/7, 1/15)
  • Power consumption: 2.5W (under recommended operating conditions)
  • Power supply voltage: 1.7 V, 3.5 V
  • Package size: 55.0mm x 47.8mm x 4.49mm

Friday, May 18, 2018

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II coming Q2, 2018?



As reported earlier, Canon should be announcing the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II lenses, possibly before end of Q2, 2018 very soon.

It is not unusual for Canon to shift around the announcement date a few days or weeks at the last minute. I am on a wildlife and travel shoot in Europe right now. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com









Monday, May 7, 2018

Ten Facts From Canon's L Series Lens Factory




Want to know how Canon's L series lenses are manufactured and why they are'white' in color?  Click on the above Canon page link and see why these lenses cost more.

I will be in Europe on a Travel and Wildlife Photography tour. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Nikon Confirmed New Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Coming Q1, 2019




Nothing surprising here. I have been reporting Canon and Nikon have been working on their own full frame mirrorless camera for over two years now. In a recent NHK interview, a Nikon executive has confirmed the company's intention to bring such a camera to market by the first quarter of 2019.
Canon is also expected to announce a high end full frame mirrorless camera around the same time frame. Nikon's new camera is expected to require an adapter in order to use their F mount lenses. That is not very desirable. Canon already has such an arrangement with their series of EOS-M mirrorless cameras.

I have discussed how Canon can make their new high end mirrorless camera an instant success upon announcement. We will have to see how they intend to proceed with this important project. Keep checking back for the latest information and development.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Canon Released Digital Photo Professional Version 4.8.30




Canon has announced a new version of Digital Photo Professional. It now supports older cameras.

From Canon USA : 

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.8.30 for Windows :

Newly supported EOS D2000 *, EOS D6000 *, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS 10D, EOS Kiss Digital / EOS Digital REBEL / EOS 300D Digital.

Added Partial adjustments functions (to only 64bit OS).
* Can now handle CR2 files converted with the CR2 Converter.

Download  - Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.8.30

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens and EOS-7D Mark III Camera




As reported earlier, Canon should be announcing the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II lens very soon. However, the replacement of the EOS-7D Mark II camera may come in early 2019. Here's my wish list for the EOS-7D Mark III camera.

It is not unusual for Canon to shift around the announcement date a few months here and there. I suspect they may have other priorities in mind, like getting the long overdue high end, full frame mirrorless camera to market.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Canon Announced Rechargeable, Compact IVY Mini Photo Printer




MELVILLE, N.Y., April 19, 2018 – Today’s consumers are increasingly looking for unique ways to seamlessly blend their personal online brand and real life persona. With internet users having an average of seven social media accounts², products that support connections between people and technology have become ever more important. In that spirit, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the IVY Mini Photo Printer. Available in Rose Gold, Mint Green and Slate Gray, the IVY Mini Photo Printer empowers the next generation of creators to tell and share their story in real life (IRL) through the power of print in the digital age.

“The proverb ‘good things come in small packages’ couldn’t be more true for the first 2x3 photo printer from Canon U.S.A.” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It’s our smallest and lightest printer yet, and the company is excited about giving customers more access to creatively connect and instantly share memories than ever before from the palm of their hand.”

BE CREATIVE IRL 

For smartphone photographers seeking to stay portable and on the go with their devices, this sleek and compact portable printer has an extensive list of standout, user-friendly features through the Canon Mini Print app¹. The app includes creative filters, such as photo frames and stickers, augmented reality (AR) face distortion, as well as additional photo-editing tools including added text, fun frames and the option to draw. These features encourage users to creatively add fun enhancements and share those distinctive memories in real time in either a 2x3 print or sticker output option.

BE UNIQUE IRL

With customization at the foundation, this printer, through the Canon Mini Printer App, offers the option to print not only individual smudge-free and water-resistant 2x3 prints or stickers, but also a tile print that is made up of four or nine prints, as well as over ten unique collage templates that print on one 2x3 photo. From selfies to sunsets, this output option offers the freedom of expression for a wide variety of consumers.

BE TECH-SAVVY IRL

The IVY printer utilizes ZINK Zero Ink Technology from ZINK, an amazing way to print in full color without the need of ink cartridges. Additionally, each pack of paper comes with one blue ZINK SMART SHEET; calibrating your IVY printer to the photo paper in that pack to produce an image that meets Canon’s high-quality image standards.

The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is currently available for an estimated retail price of $129.99*, which includes the printer body and a starter pack of ten sheets of photo paper. Twenty-sheet and fifty-sheet packs of photo paper will also be available for an estimated retail price of $9.99* and $24.99*, respectively. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Canon May Announce Two Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras




My readers know I am not a fan of the current crop of consumer and prosumer mirrorless cameras on the market. I have been reporting on Canon working on their own full frame mirrorless cameras for over two years now.

The latest rumor is Canon may announce two full frame mirrorless models. The first one will be the professional version, with the high end but not quite pro model coming a few months later. Apparently, Canon is still working hard on how to come out with a native EF mount model.

My advice to Canon is simple. If you cannot announce a professional full frame mirrorless camera with the EF mount soon, you will never catch up and overtake Sony's lead. This will be a big mistake and grave opportunity loss. Therefore, failure is not an option. Anything less than a high end, native EF mount model with a mid to high 30MP sensor will not excite professional photographers like myself and Canon does not have a lot of chances to make improvements on their mistakes.

Therefore, make this full frame mirrorless camera project your highest priority and get it right the first time. An announcement is expected by the end of the year. Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tour Of Kodak Film Manufacturing Factory


A journey down memory lane. The good old days of film cameras and photography, brought to you by another Kodak moment.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Amazing World Of New Canon Camera Sensors


Sony may be the largest manufacturers of camera sensors but Canon has more advanced sensors in their labs they have not introduced. The upcoming high-end, full frame mirrorless camera, the replacement of the EOS-1D X Mark II and the EOS-5Ds Mark II may each have a new sensor in them. Click on this Canon page to see a description of their new camera sensors.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Canon May Pull Out Of Photokina Show In 2018


Photokina is going through some changes with their annual show, cutting it short from 6 to 4 days and changing the show from September to May, starting 2019. Some exhibitors have already announced they are pulling out of the September 2018 show, including Elinchrom and Profit.

Looks like Photokina may have cut itself off with some important exhibitors for this year. Canon is rumored to be seriously considering the move as well. After all, why exhibit in September when you have to do it all over again in 7 months?


Monday, April 9, 2018

Canon May Replace EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR With MegaPixel Sensor Camera




Canon announced the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR 50MB sensor cameras in February 2015. However, Canon already has sensors with well over 100MB working in their labs for a few years.

They may replace the EOS-5Ds models next year with just one camera spotting a full frame sensor in the neighborhood of 75MB+

A bit earlier to have any reliable leaks yet but the simplification of having just one model to replace the EOS-5Ds cameras is welcome. Stay tuned for more information.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Canon Announced EOS C700 Full Frame Camcorder Camera



Canon C700 FF Camcorder


MELVILLE, N.Y., March 28, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the EOS C700 FF, the Company’s first full-frame cinema camera. The beauty and majesty of full-frame digital cinema is now becoming a new creative reality. Since the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera in 2008, Canon has been a part of the full-frame video movement, and the introduction of the C700 FF has reinforced Canon’s commitment to this market. At the heart of the camera is a novel Canon-developed CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.

Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 (released in December 2016). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

“Since the launch of Canon’s Cinema EOS line of products in November 2011, the goal was to one day develop a cinema camera worthy of being the ‘A’ camera on major Hollywood productions, and Canon met that goal with the introduction of the EOS C700,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “After listening to our customers and closely monitoring market trends, Canon set forth a new goal: to launch a full-frame cinema camera. With this introduction, we are very excited to see the C700 FF in the hands of industry professionals as they shoot their latest projects.”

Existing owners of Canon’s original EOS C700 cinema camera will be pleased to know they can have their Super 35mm sensor upgraded to the new Full-Frame sensor for a fee*. Authorized Canon facilities such as Canon Burbank are ready to process C700 upgrades as well as lens mount swaps, and offer equipment drop off, on-site repairs and upgrades, as well as equipment testing and demonstration.

The Sensor

The newly developed sensor featured in the EOS C700 FF has an active image area of 38.1 x 20.1mm and supports readout at full size, as well as Super 35mm, Super 16mm and anamorphic modes. In addition to full-frame lenses, it can be used with conventional Super 35mm lenses to originate 4K / UHD standardized production formats and Super 16mm lenses (with an adapter) to originate 2K / HD production formats in crop modes. The sensor captures wide tonality exceeding 15 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut meeting ITU-R BT.2020 standards. This offers broad latitude when grading, providing outstanding effectiveness in HDR video production.

Recording

The EOS C700 FF embodies a choice of two high-performance codecs for on-board recording –Canon XF-AVC or Apple ProRes. Like other cameras in the 4K Cinema EOS family, the EOS C700 FF uses CFast cards to capture 4K / UHD or 2K / HD. A striking feature of the C700 FF is the Oversampling 4K Processing that processes a 5.9K image capture to produce 4K (DCI or UHD) having enhanced image sharpness, curtailed moire, and a lowered visibility of noise at the higher ISO settings. This is especially advantageous for on-board anamorphic image capture. Low-rate 2K/HD proxy data including metadata, can be recorded to SD cards, ideal for offline editing. The camera also allows high-frame-rate recording of up to 168fps in 2K crop and relay or simultaneous recording onto both CFast cards. In addition, the C700 FF can shoot at a Full HD high-frame-rate recording at a maximum of 168 fps. Additional formats are planned with future firmware updates.

To further complement the features of the EOS C700 FF, Canon has turned to its trusted partner Codex to provide a fully integrated (no cables) recording and workflow option. The combination of the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder docked onto the back of the EOS C700 FF enables 5.9K 60 fps RAW recording, 4K RAW up to 72 fps (in 24p mode), 4K ProRes up to 60 fps and 2K ProRes up to 168 fps (in Super 16mm mode).

The C700 FF also supports the latest version (1.0) of the ACESproxy, the ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management transmission standard.

HDR

For users looking to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, the EOS C700 FF is an excellent solution, providing 15 stops of latitude (with Canon Log2 only), along with Canon’s proprietary Log Gammas (Canon Log3, Canon Log2 and Canon Log) and renowned color science. Canon Log2 is recommended when originating HDR imagery containing both highlight details and deep shadowed details. In comparison with Canon Log, Canon Log3 offers a wider dynamic range while retaining performance in darker regions.

Additionally, these cameras seamlessly integrate with Canon’s latest professional 4K UHD Reference Displays for on-set review and color management that conforms to SMPTE ST 2084 standards of HDR display.

The look of a cinematic production begins with the lens, and the EOS C700 FF offers both PL and EF lens mount options which are interchangeable at a Canon authorized service center. For full frame imaging, the EF lens mount version of the new EOS C700 FF is compatible with Canon’s family of seven Cinema Prime lenses, including the newly announced CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens, as well as the diverse lineup of over 70 interchangeable EF lenses. The EF mount supports Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Dual Pixel Focus Guide. The Focus Guide assists operators with a precision visual indicator in the viewfinder when pulling focus. Alternatively, for certain demanding shooting situations the reliable capabilities of Dual Pixel CMOS AF can be deployed. The EOS C700 FF PL mount version is also compatible with Cooke’s /i metadata communication technology.

The EOS C700 FF EF and EOS C700 FF PL are scheduled to be available in July 2018 for an estimated retail price of $33,000.00. For more information on the EOS C700 FF please visit, usa.canon.com/provideo.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Canon Professional Full Frame Mirrorless Camera With EF Mount Coming In One Year Or Less


Sorry, Canon and Sony. But the time is Now to bring out the Mirrorless camera many photographers want

My readers know I have been reporting on Canon's development of a full frame mirrorless camera for about two years now. There is little doubt this camera is coming. Even Canon's arch rival in this space, Sony, has acknowledged it and expects the arrival soon. The real question is will Canon finally leverage their greatest advantage over Nikon, Sony, Leica, etc. and announce a professional, EF mount, full frame mirrorless camera.

Canon is rumored to be testing their full frame mirrorless camera with 3 different sensors - 24MP, 28MP and 36MP. This is nothing unusual since Canon manufactures their own sensors, they can test different megapixel sensors on the new camera to try and perfect the resolution.

I have been calling for Canon to bring to market such a camera for over two years. Canon must think outside the box and comfort zone on this new body. The camera should be called EOS-1M, must have the ability to accept all EF mount lenses. Ideally, the ergonomics will be similar to the EOS-1 body style, with a new sensor higher than the current EOS-1D X Mark II but lower than the present EOS-5Ds in megapixels. A burst rate of around 15 fps, comes with 2 or 3 types of card slots - SD, CF and CFast, a built-in flash and weighs less than 2 pounds. This is certainly doable given the engineering prowess of Canon.

Enough of the tinkering around with the EOS-M, APS-C based models. Canon has a few full frame mirrorless prototypes in their labs. They have been surveying professional photographers and want to get it right the first time with this announcement. Real life testing of these cameras have started already.

As The Wildlife Ho-tographer, I have been a Canon user and company observer for almost three decades. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon Inc. is conservative and rarely tries to be the first in introducing new stuff. Rather, they try to 'perfect' the equipment first before bringing them to market. But there is a risk in waiting too long. In an interview with Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai earlier this year, he intimated he wants the company to be more innovative and nimble.

SankeiBiz, the Japanese business news outlet reported Nikon's full frame mirrorless camera project is advancing at a 'break neck' speed and they plan to announce their development plan during the Photokina Show in September in Germany and launch the camera before the end of their fiscal year, which ends March 2019.

Canon stated last month that the company may be ready to cannibalize the sales of its DSLR cameras in order to take the number one spot in mirrorless camera sales in Japan. Frankly, I think the low end DSLR and PowerShot cameras are losing sales to advance smartphone cameras anyway but the high end DSLRs like the EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5D Mark IV, etc. will hold their own. I will not hesitate to own a profesional full frame mirrorless camera, along side my EOS-1D and EOS-5D series cameras.

In a recent speech given by Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai, he made the following comments :

"Within existing businesses, there are market areas that are growing, such as mirrorless in cameras,” Mitarai says. “In these segments, by launching differentiated products that only we can provide, we will stimulate the market, grow our sales, and secure additional market share.

For example, in our core camera business, in addition to our overwhelming share of the DSLR market, we will go on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market, which is exhibiting remarkable growth . . . . This will allow us to reach our goal of 50% market share of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market."

Earlier this month at the CP+ Show in Japan, Sony Camera's General Manager, Mr. Kenji Tanaka made the following comments :

"This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think by then they will be participating in this market.

Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think."

In my opinion, any new Canon professional full frame mirrorless camera must have the following features :

EF mount w/o the use of adapter

Any new mirrorless camera without the ability to use the full line of EF mount lenses without an adapter is not going to attract serious photographers who have invested in their extensive EF lens inventory. I am NOT interested in using adapters.

On this point, Canon has recently patented a new lens mount that can apparently use both EF-M and EF lenses. The EF-M mount has 9 contacts, the EF mount has 8 but the new mount only has 7 contact points. This may be Canon's solution to the upcoming full frame mirrorless camera.

Feel, Size and Weight

The current crop of high end mirrorless cameras do not feel right to me. Once a professional lens is mounted, the combo feels front heavy. The new Canon model must have the feel of an EOS-1 body, with built-in molded grip and a well balanced weight, albeit lighter, once the commensurate lens is attached.

Electronic Viewfinder

First in class Electronic Viewfinder is a must and the screen must come with the highest megapixel, replete with crisp and faithful colors reproduction.

Battery Life 

The current EOS-1D X Mark II camera's battery can comfortably lasts a full day's shooting on an average trip unless it is in extremely cold climate. The new mirrorless camera must be able to come close to this performance. I know short battery life is the Achilles' Heel of many high end models, like the Sony A7 and A9 but I am confident Canon engineers can and will overcome this limitation.

Burst Rate

As a wildlife photographer, I do need fast shooting speed in my equipment but a burst rate of around 12 - 14 fps is adequate for my needs. Anything faster than that is marketing hype.

The other bells and whistles like 4K video, GPS, WiFi, etc. are nice to have but they add weight, complication and cost to the final product and are not a deal breaker for me. There must a healthy compromise between features, price and weight.

Let me hear your thoughts about what you feel are important in Canon's upcoming high end, full frame, mirrorless camera. Keep checking back for the latest news for any future announcements.