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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.