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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

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

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

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 

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.