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Monday, March 18, 2019

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 600mm f/4L IS III Product Advisory




From Canon : 

Thank you very much for using Canon products.

We would like to inform you of the firmware for the interchangeable lens “EF 400mm F2.8L IS III USM” and “EF 600 mm F4L IS III USM” for SLR cameras, which will be released soon.

Products 

  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

The following fixes will be incorporated into the firmware (Version 1.0.8), which will be released soon.

Corrects the phenomenon where the exposure may flicker slightly if recording a movie with the camera shooting mode set to M or Av in combination with select cameras*

* EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark IV (Ver. 1.0.2 or later), EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 6D, EOS 80D, EOS 60D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 8000D, EOS Kiss X 90, EOS Kiss X 90, EOS Kiss X 80, EOS Kiss X 50, EOS Kiss X 8i, EOS Kiss X X7i, EOS Kiss X7, EOS Kiss X6i, EOS Kiss X5, EOS Kiss X4, EOS M, EOS M2

How to avoid this phenomenon 

When shooting movies, set the camera's shooting mode to P or Tv mode.
When using the lens alone or with the EXTENDER EF 2x, set the exposure setting step to 1/2 or 1/1 with the camera's custom function, even if the camera shooting mode is M or Av.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Canon demonstrated Ultra High resolution 8K video shot with new Cinema EOS camera


Canon and Miyazaki Prefecture collaborate on ultra-high-resolution 8K video “Origins of Japan’s Mythology”




Canon, in cooperation with Miyazaki Prefecture, has produced a new, ultra-high-resolution 8K video highlighting some of the prefecture’s most iconic sightseeing locations and cultural elements. The project, entitled “Origins of Japan’s Mythology,” aims to promote tourism to Miyazaki and to preserve its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Using a Canon 8K camera equipped with the Company’s rich lineup of EF Cinema Lenses covering the full range from wide-angle to telephoto, this video features such scenes as Takachiho Shrine and ritual Kagura dancing, Amanoyasugawara cave and sake making at a brewery in the town of Hinokage. Watch the video and experience the majesty of Miyazaki in exquisite detail!

Sharing his thoughts on capturing Miyazaki with 8K equipment, director of “Origins of Japan’s Mythology” and CEO of Full score Co., Ltd. Ichiro Shimada said :

“Of the six days we spent filming, we only had clear skies for one. But we were still able to capture the full range of Miyazaki’s graceful beauty in 8K, from Amanoyasugawara cave against the backdrop of faint rain to droplets forming outside Amanoiwato. Then on the final day, the sun finally emerged and we witnessed a miraculous sea of clouds from our vantage point at Kunimigaoka. The sublime sight of gentle drifting clouds and the soft glow of the sun is enough to take your breath away, and I feel we fully captured this in our 8K content.

“Canon’s 8K technology not delivers not only extremely high resolution, but also high dynamic range and rich color expression. And with the ability to record in 8K RAW, we could represent our subjects with more true-to-life visuals. Finally, thanks to the ease of scaling our existing 4K equipment to accommodate our workflow, we were able to film without any trouble. I hope our work will allow even more people to experience the beautiful scenery of Miyazaki.”

Canon’s 8K Technologies

Canon is leveraging its proprietary optical and image-processing technologies to develop a full lineup of 8K equipment spanning input to output, including cameras, lenses and displays. The 8K camera used to record this content is equipped with a Canon-developed 8K image sensor that realizes ultra-high resolution of 8192 x 4320 pixels—16x that of 2K—high-precision HDR and a wide color gamut. All of this makes possible the capture of footage with quality, presence and immersion that’s like seeing with the naked eye. In addition to hardware, Canon is pursuing development of such fully immersive experiences as the Free Viewpoint Video System, which gives viewers the feeling of watching an event in person. Going forward, Canon will continue striving to develop and deliver new visual solutions and experiences.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Canon Instant Camera images leaked at Overseas Certification Bureau






Canon ZV-123 Specifications

  • User Manual
  • Photo resolution: 8 million pixels
  • Focal length: 25.4 mm
  • F value: F2.2
  • Minimum shooting distance: 30 cm
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100-1600)
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: Built-in (700 mAh, 7.4 V), USB charging (micro USB)
  • Media: micro SD card
  • Size: 121mm (W) x 80.3mm (H) x 21.5mm (D)
  • Weight: 188g
  • Printing Technology: ZINK
  • Printing resolution: 314 x 600 dpi
  • Aspect ratio: 2 ” x 2 ” or 2 ” x 3 ”

Monday, March 11, 2019

Canon's high end EOS-R camera will have Pro DSLR's functions and features









Canon announced the EOS R and the EOS RP cameras, featuring the newly designed RF mount in the last few months. You can download the whitepaper on this new body here. I was invited by Canon to a hands-on demonstration of the production camera on September 9.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

As you know Wildlife Photography is very different from other forms of photography. It is tough enough to find and keep up with the wildlife. There is no time to fumble around with camera buttons while trying to keep one's eyes on the action once it is located.

The EOS-R's button layout and functionalities are so different from my bread and butter cameras (EOS-1D X Mark IIEOS-7D Mark IIEOS-5DsEOS-5D Mark IV) they require a major effort to familiarize and master. The payoff is not worth the effort for me. I have expressed my feelings on how Canon can make a successful full frame mirrorless camera suitable for professional wildlife and sports photographers.

Sadly, the EOS R and EOS RP do not do fit any of my requirements except the feel and EVF of the camera is good. As expected, the pro model of the EOS R may be announced some time in the last quarter of 2019 to compete with the Sony A9, Nikon Z7, Panasonic S1 R, etc.

My question to Canon is - Why be a Johnny-come-lately follower rather than an industry leader?

There is NO technical reason why Canon cannot make a full frame mirrorless camera that resembles the EOS-1 body and uses the EF native mount. It is totally doable. The compromise is made because the marketing department thinks more photographers will prefer a lighter, smaller camera - one of the main selling points of the mirrorless camera to begin with.

In a recent interview with the French photography site, Lens Numériques, Messrs. Mineo Uchida, Masato Seita and Shingo Hayakawa, (the people in charge of the EOS-R camera development) replied, when asked about IBIS (In Camera Image Stabilisation), one card slot and cropped 4K video :

"Yes, we are aware that mechanical stabilization is an important demand from the users, but considering the positioning of the EOS R, we decided not to integrate the IBIS […] because our priority was compactness. The compactness we wanted to have was not compatible with such a system. But of course, in the future, we will be able to answer them. 

This is our first model. We still have room for improvement. For the memory location, it is a question of compactness and priority for the photographers covered by the EOS R. We believe that one location is enough. And for the video, it’s the same answer. We believe that the intended target will be satisfied with the proposed modes."

Canon knows it is playing catch up to Sony in the high end mirrorless space. I hope they will not be distracted in spending too much time and money on beefing up the EOS-R line and delay some of their DSLR and EF lens upgrade. After all, the big prize - 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is just round the corner. How many pro photographers around the world do you think will be using the EOS-R to capture images of the games?

Over the next couple of years, one will hear all the wonderful new features and performance of the EOS-R and other full frame mirrorless cameras from the paid and 'unpaid' pundits, like superior 4K/near 8K video, in body image stabilization (IBIS), low light performance, unmatched ergonomics and mobility from a lighter body, etc.

The truth is many features and functionalities of high end DSLRs and Mirrorless will converge in the future until there is a almost a difference without a distinction. The real question is, how many photographers are ready to trade in or add another camera/lens combo to their current DSLR/lenses inventory.

The use of an adapter and the small size of the EOS-R prevent the new camera from functioning like the tradition EOS high end models. For those who like good performance and compactness wrapped in a small package, high end mirrorless cameras may be your solution. Personally, I am not willing to make this trade off to gain compactness and a little weight reduction.

The rumored specs of Canon's upcoming high end EOS R model will come with features and functions similar to pro DSLRs, a 70MP+ sensor, IBIS, dual card slots, joystick, etc.

Until Canon is prepared to offer a full frame mirrorless version of the EOS-1D X camera, I will continue to trade up to the successor of the EOS-1D X Mark IIEOS-7D Mark III, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III, etc. as they become available. The EOS-R may find a home with serious landscape, nature and portrait photographers. For the casual mirrorless users, the EOS-M series of cameras will do an adequate job. I doubt many serious and professional sports or wildlife photographers will buy this or the 'pro' model coming in 2019 unless Canon make some major changes to the current EOS R model.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Canon EOS RP camera review and Firmware Version 1.1.0 download



Canon has released a minor firmware update for the Canon EOS RP full frame mirrorless camera.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement :

  • Support for Camera Control API (CCAPI) function, for software developers, has been added.

Download firmware V1.1.0 from Canon here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

International Polar Bear Day highlights the conservation status of the Polar Bear




From Existence to Extinction is but a few steps. On this International Polar Bear Day, please help to preserve the Polar bear for future generations because Climate Change is real and the damages it cause is affecting both humans, wildlife and the environment.

There are 19 sub population of Polar bears in the world. They are the largest living land carnivore, with adult males growing to over 8 feet in length and some weighing close to one ton. The largest polar bear on record, reportedly weighing 1,002 kg (2,209 lb), was a male shot at Kotzebue Sound in northwestern Alaska in 1960. The dead bear, when mounted, stood 3.39 m (11 ft 1 in) tall on its hindlegs. There is also evidence the largest Kodiak Brown bears in Alaska can grow to about the same weight.




The Polar bear is immediately recognizable from the distinctive white color of its thick fur. The only parts of the body not covered by fur are the foot pads and the tip of its nose, which are black, revealing the dark color of the skin underneath the pelt. The neck of the Polar bear is longer than in other species of bears, and the elongated head has small ears.

Polar bears have large strong limbs and huge front paws which are used as paddles for swimming. The toes are not webbed, but are excellent for walking on snow as they bear non-retractable claws which dig into the snow like ice-picks.




Females are about half the size of males, although a pregnant female with stored fat can exceed 1,000 pounds in weight. Polar bear cubs weigh about 2 lbs at birth. They look similar in appearance to adults, though they have much thinner fur.

Polar bears are found throughout the circumpolar Arctic on ice-covered waters, from Alaska to Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. The furthest south the Polar bears occur all year round is James Bay in Canada, which is about the same latitude as London. During the winter, when the ice extends further south, Polar bears move as far south as Newfoundland and into the northern Bering Sea.




You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Ethisphere recognized Canon as one of the most ethical companies in 2019




MELVILLE, NY, February 26, 2019 – In its continual strive to take a proactive approach to corporate social responsibility initiatives and maintain strong standing as a good corporate citizen, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, received recognition as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. For the second year in a row, the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, bestowed the honor upon Canon as a company that makes it a mission to affect positive change in business communities across the nation.

“Today, employees, investors, and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues,” said Timothy Erblich, chief executive officer, Ethisphere. “Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last. I congratulate everyone at Canon for earning this recognition.”

The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent, and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

“For Ethisphere to honor Canon with this renowned title is a true reflection of the values, culture, and leadership that drive our organization,” said Kenneth Sharpe, vice president, corporate audit, ethics and business consultation, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This distinction directly speaks to our versatility and dedication to help serve our communities through our advanced solutions and initiatives.”

In 2019, 128 honorees were recognized, spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The thirteenth class of honorees profoundly illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent), and leadership and reputation (10 percent).

The full list of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at https://worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees. For more information on Canon U.S.A., Inc., visit www.usa.canon.com.

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). More information about Ethisphere can be found at: https://ethisphere.com.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Will full frame mirrorless cameras and Samsung S10 smartphone spell the demise of DSLRs eventually?


Samsung has just introduced their latest generation smartphone, the S10. Some have feared the increasingly sophisticated smartphone and full frame mirrorless cameras may eventually spell the demise of DSLRs.  

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have used Canon equipment for over three decades. Throughout the years, I have embarked on many worldwide photo shoots. You can follow my travels on FacebookInstagram and Twitter and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com




Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai gave an interview to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun recently. Fujio pointed out the market for digital cameras could shrink to about half in the next two years and he plans to shift the camera business's focus to corporate customers.

"In our company cameras have declined at around 10% a year (sales volume) in the past few years (combined with single lens reflex and mirrorless) The world market for interchangeable lens cameras is around 10 million, but decreased The mirrorless product is growing, but it is a replacement with a single lens reflex, it is not adding to the market as a whole "

"People usually shoot with smartphones.The digital camera market will keep falling for about 2 years, but professional and high amateur (advanced) amateurs use about 5 to 6 million units.Finally there I will hit the bottom. "




I do not disagree with his assessment in general but I think the speed and size of the decline Fujio expects is too pessimistic. Canon is a huge, diversified conglomerate with a proven track record and will definitely be a survivor. It begs the question how many current camera/lens company will still be around in the next 5 to 10 years.

My view is high end DSLRs and Super Telephoto lenses will be around for a long time to come. High end smartphone and full frame mirrorless cameras will get better and better. Eventually these camera systems' features and functionalities will converge to form a duopoly, much like the gasoline and electricity powered vehicles we see on the road today.

There will be enough of a market for both systems to coexist long into the future - the traditional photographer who demands the highest performing equipment, regardless of size/weight and the practical photographer who demands the best performing equipment, all things considered. By the way, both type of photographers can be the same person. I know because I am one of them.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Canon has started field testing the EOS-1D X Mark III camera




Just back from my wildlife photography tour of India. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

There is no secret a successor to the venerable Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is coming in 2019. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is the perfect event to highlight Canon's dominance in Mirrorless and high end DSLR cameras.

With the recent announcement of the Series III version of their Super Telephoto lenses, Canon's job is only half done. The majority of pro sports and wildlife photography in the world are done with the EOS-1D and Super Telephoto lens combo. There is also talk from Canon about eventually releasing a full frame, mirrorless version of an EOS-1D camera. I may be quite interested in such a body for my work since the EOS-R and EOS-RP cameras will not find a place in my equipment bag




The EOS-1 line of cameras has been my equipment of choice since 1989 and the current EOS-1D X Mark II body is my workhorse since its introduction in February 2016. Although the Mark II is a very capable camera, I like to see the following incremental improvement in the Mark III :

  • A new sensor with mid 20MP rating
  • Maintain 12 - 14 fps without mirror lockup or Live View
  • First in class high ISO performance
  • First in class 4K video performance
  • New AF system with around 100 AF points. More dual cross-type and cross-type points
  • New LCD monitor with 3.0 million dots 
  • Built in WiFi (Not for myself. For photo journalists meeting their deadlines) 

I expect the new camera to be announced some time in late Q4 of 2019 or before the CP+ Show in February 2020 and before the release of the pro EOS R model. Please bookmark this site and check back for the latest news and development.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Canon EOS-7D Mark III and EOS-90D may morphed into a single camera




Just back from my wildlife photography tour of India. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Canon announced the expected entry level EOS RP, full frame mirrorless camera recently and is planning to announce at least 6 new RF lenses in the next few months. You can download the Owner Manual here and read it before you buy. As I mentioned before, unless Canon comes out with an EOS-1 equivalent type of full frame mirrorless camera, your truly has no interest in this line of equipment.

As my readers know, I am waiting for the successor of the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-7D Mark II bodies to arrive some time in late 2019. The EOS-80D and EOS-7D Mark II successors will probably be morphed into a single camera. Frankly it's about time. There are too many models in Canon's lineup it is becoming a difference without a distinction.

In my opinion, the should only be four EOS line of cameras - EOS-1, EOS-5, EOS-7 and EOS-R. In addition, the PowerShot line can fill out the remainder. Anything more than that is unnecessary and add more confusion than differentiation.

It is early days yet to speculate on the new camera's features but I am hoping for the following specs for the EOS-7D Mark III. Keep checking back for the latest information :

  • A slight increase in megapixels, low to mid 20s for the sensor.
  • 10 fps (12 fps possible but unlikely)
  • 4K+ video @ 30fps and 1080p @ 60fps
  • GPS and WiFi will be included
  • 2 memory slots, one CF and one CFast likely
  • Additional AF points to below 100 with more cross-type points
  • Increase in high ISO and Dynamic Range performance
  • Addition of illuminated buttons on the back panel

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Canon announced EOS RP full frame mirrorless camera and 6 new RF lenses to come




Just back from my wildlife photography tour of India. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Canon announced the expected entry level EOS RP, full frame mirrorless camera recently and is planning to announce at least 6 new RF lenses in the next few months. You can download the Owner Manual here and read it before you buy. As I mentioned before, unless Canon comes out with an EOS-1 equivalent type of full frame mirrorless camera, your truly has no interest in this line of equipment.


MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2019 – Responding to the demand from amateur and advanced amateur photographers for an entry-level, full-frame mirrorless camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the second camera in the EOS R lineup, the EOS RP. The EOS RP is designed for photographers looking to step up from Canon’s APS-C cameras: the EOS Rebel, EOS M and the EOS 80D, into the world of full-frame mirrorless photography. Weighing in at just 17.29 ounces, the EOS RP camera is lighter than a 500ml bottle of water and smaller than Canon’s popular APS-C DSLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, coming in at approximately 5.0in (w) x 3.77in (h) x 2.36in (d). With optics at its core, the EOS RP takes full advantage of the complete line up of RF lenses and is compatible with the existing collection of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses with the use of one of three optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters.

“As Canon continues to evolve its full-frame mirrorless cameras, our goal is that one day the EOS R line becomes as widely popular as our celebrated lineup of EOS DSLR cameras,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a company, we believe that in order for us to accomplish that goal, Canon needs to develop full-frame mirrorless cameras for every skill level of photographers and that starts with amateurs and advanced amateurs. This makes the EOS RP the perfect addition to the existing lineup.”

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera features a 26.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that is powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, providing users with high-image quality, outstanding operation and functionality. The new Canon EOS RP features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) with 4,779 manually selectable AF points and a wide AF coverage area of 88 percent horizontal and 100 percent vertical. With f/1.2 lenses, the camera astonishingly boasts AF sensitivity in low light in as little as Exposure Value (EV) -5. When using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens with the EOS RP, the camera can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds with Dual Pixel CMOS AF . When using eye detection AF, the camera can automatically detect faces and focus on the eye of the subject. This feature is supported when the camera is set in either servo AF mode during continuous shooting and movie servo AF, as well as one-shot AF.

Like the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera that was announced in September 2018, the EOS RP is built around the same 54mm mount diameter and short-back focus. This allows for the use of one of three optional mount adapters for full compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses. Through the use of the optional Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter or Control Ring Mount Adapter, these lenses, in fact, gain functionality.

For photographers looking to further expand their abilities and capture a wide variety of both still and video images, the EOS RP features Visual Guide mode. First introduced with the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D, this mode allows users to see on screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture. This mode helps to guide photographers to capture more compelling images, such as ones with a shallow depth-of-field or being able to give moving subjects a frozen or flowing look. For those looking to expand their imaginative options, the camera also features Creative Assist mode that allows photographers to use new and unique visual effects and adjustments when shooting, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, color tone, monochrome and background blur. In addition, the design, ergonomics, layout and ease-of-use of the camera are very similar to that of other Canon cameras consumers might already be familiar with.

Additional noteworthy features of the EOS RP camera include:

  • Built-in 0.39 inch, 2.36 million dot Electronic Viewfinder with Touch-and-Drag AF
  • Vari-Angle LCD touchscreen
  • 4K UHD 24P/Full HD 60p video recording with 4K time-lapse shooting and the ability to extract still images from 4K video recordings
  • ISO range of 100-25,600 that is expandable up to ISO of 102,400
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® technology
  • Mobile RAW workflow supported paired with Digital Photo Professional Express App

Availability and Pricing

The Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in March 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00 for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2399.00*

Continuing with the message of “optics at its core,” Canon U.S.A. Inc. also announced that its parent company, Canon Inc, is developing six new RF-series lenses, further displaying the company’s commitment to the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system. Canon’s new RF mount allows for fast, light, and high-performing optics with a large opening diameter and short back focus distance. Each new lens in development will help fulfill the needs of amateur and advanced amateurs to professional photographers and videographers, covering critical focal lengths. In 2019, Canon’s already well-established optical lens heritage will celebrate a production milestone of 140 million EF and RF lenses and the celebration starts with the development announcement of these six lenses.




The six new RF lenses under development include:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

“Optics are the critical piece of the visual puzzle that bend light and capture an image as the artist envisioned,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “That is why it is so important for us to strengthen our family of RF lenses for the EOS R camera system. With this collection of new lenses, customers will have more of the tools they need, for the images they desire to create.”

All six RF lenses under development are built around Canon’s new RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter back focus distance than on current EOS DSLR cameras. In addition, the RF mount enhances communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, which has helped Canon to achieve the world’s fastest autofocus speed for a full-frame mirrorless camera system.

The details of the new Canon RF lenses under development are as follows:

  • The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.
  • The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.
  • The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.
  • The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package, is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.
  • The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.
  • The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.

Availability

All six of the new Canon RF lenses under development are expected to be available later in 2019*.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Upcoming Canon Gear that showed up for Certification




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, and my three decades of utilizing Canon equipment. As you know, I am not a buyer of the current EOS-R camera but will reconsider my decision when they announce their pro model, perhaps later this year.

Also expected in 2019 is a bunch of RF lens announcement. The following are rumored :

  • RF 16-35mm f/2.8L 
  • RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS
  • RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  • RF 105mm f/1.4L
  • RF 85mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • RF Macro lens
  • RF non-L kit lens

In addition, the following gear have showed up for certification and should be announced in the next few months, in addition to a new EOS-R camera.  


DS 126751

  • Digital camera (single lens reflex or RF mounting machine)
  • Made in Japan (Oita Plant)
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth equipped (WM 600)
  • SKU: 3380C003AA, 3380C013AA, 3380C023AA
  • Battery: 7.2 V 1040 mAh (LP - E 17?)

DS 126761

  • Digital camera (single lens reflex or RF mounting machine)
  • Made in Taiwan or Made in Japan (Oita Plant)
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth equipped (WM 600)
  • SKU: 3454C001AA, 3454C002AA, 3454C003AA, 3458C001AA, 3461C001AA
  • Battery: 7.2 V 1040 mAh (LP - E 17?)

PC 2355

  • Digital camera
  • Made in Japan (Nagasaki Plant)
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth equipped (WM 600)

PC 2366

  • Digital camera
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed (WM601)
  • Battery: NB-13L
  • Image of sample machine

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canon USA published interview with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 600mm f/4L IS III engineers




The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 600mm f/4L IS III Super Telephoto lenses were announced September 5, 2018. An interview with the developers of the new generation lenses was published by Canon USA. The main improvements of the new lenses are weight reduction, improved IS performance and Image Quality improvement.

The Canon engineers tackled and overcame the following challenges :

  • Retooled the lens from the ground up for an overall balanced weight
  • Improved mobility and portability, with reduced weight
  • A new optical system
  • Optical, Mechanical, Electrical and Production difficulties
  • Reduce the number of components
  • Reduce weight and increase strength
  • A new high-strength alloy for the lens barrel
  • The latest gyro sensor is employed
  • Best in class IS performance
  • Lens can handle vibration when using a tripod
  • Improved lens focus drive speed when an EF extender is attached
  • New, state of the art coating 

You can download and read the entire interview here. My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have used Canon equipment for over three decades. Trying to decide which of these two lenses to add to my inventory. Leaning towards the EF 400mm Series III since it is slightly shorter and lighter.

Throughout the years, I have embarked on many worldwide photo shoots. Size and weight of equipment are major consideration on jeeps and bush planes. You can follow my travels on FacebookInstagram and Twitter and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Monday, January 28, 2019

Canon's CEO Jujio Mitarai is concerned about the future of Digital Photography






Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai gave an interview to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun recently. Fujio pointed out the market for digital cameras could shrink to about half in the next two years and he plans to shift the camera business's focus to corporate customers.

"In our company cameras have declined at around 10% a year (sales volume) in the past few years (combined with single lens reflex and mirrorless) The world market for interchangeable lens cameras is around 10 million, but decreased The mirrorless product is growing, but it is a replacement with a single lens reflex, it is not adding to the market as a whole "

"People usually shoot with smartphones.The digital camera market will keep falling for about 2 years, but professional and high amateur (advanced) amateurs use about 5 to 6 million units.Finally there I will hit the bottom. "

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have used Canon equipment for over three decades. Throughout the years, I have embarked on many worldwide photo shoots. You can follow my travels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

I do not disagree with his assessment in general but I think the speed and size of the decline Fujio expects is too pessimistic. Canon is a huge, diversified conglomerate with a proven track record and will definitely be a survivor. It begs the question how many current camera/lens company will still be around in the next 5 to 10 years.

My view is high end DSLRs and Super Telephoto lenses will be around for a long time to come. High end full frame mirrorless cameras will get better and eventually the two camera systems' features and functionalities will converge to form a duopoly, much like the gasoline and electricity powered vehicles we see on the road today. There will be enough of a market for both systems to coexist long into the future.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Canon to announce new EOS-R camera before end of February




Canon announced the EOS R system featuring the newly designed RF mount on September 5, 2018. You can download the whitepaper on this new body here. I was invited by Canon to a hands-on demonstration of the production camera on September 9.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

As you know Wildlife Photography is very different from other forms of photography. It is tough enough to find and keep up with the wildlife. There is no time to fumble around with camera buttons while trying to keep one's eyes on the action once it is located.

The EOS-R's button layout and functionalities are so different from my bread and butter cameras (EOS-1D X Mark IIEOS-7D Mark IIEOS-5DsEOS-5D Mark IV) they require a major effort to familiarize and master. The payoff is not worth the effort for me. I have expressed my feelings on how Canon can make a successful full frame mirrorless camera suitable for professional wildlife and sports photographers.

For those photographers who would like to own a professional Canon full frame mirrorless camera without the compromise, there is hope some time in the next few years, Canon may announce a EOS-1D type of mirrorless model.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Canon to announce entry level EOS-R camera plus Non L RF zoom lenses




After announcing the EOS-R camera and RF lenses in Q4 of 2018, Canon is expected to follow up with an entry level EOS-R model and some less expensive zoom RF lenses this year.

This is to increase the user base of the full frame mirrorless cameras and gain some economies of scale. Already, Canon is the best selling mirrorless camera brand in Japan and capturing a larger customer base in North America is the next goal.

My readers know I am not a fan of the EOS-R camera in its current form. A major firmware release is expected the first quarter of 2019 in addition to a slew of new RF lenses. There is little to indicate what is included in the new software right now but suffice to say it cannot fix the major 'problems' like a single card slot, lack of a thumb wheel, around 3 fps burst rate in Servo AF with Dual Pixel RAW files, unimpressive battery life, etc.

If and when Canon announce their EOS-1D full frame mirrorless camera, I will take another look at their offering.

Canon Ranks 5th in U.S. patent rankings for 33 years running and 1st among Japanese companies for 14 years running




TOKYO, January 8, 2019 - Canon Inc. ranked third for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2018, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 33 years running, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. What's more, Canon once again ranked first among Japanese companies.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent rankings 2005–2018

Year       All  Japan # of patents
2018 3rd 1st 3,056
2017 3rd 1st 3,285
2016 3rd 1st 3,665
2015 3rd 1st 4,127
2014 3rd 1st 4,048
2013 3rd 1st 3,820
2012 3rd 1st 3,173
2011 3rd 1st 2,818
2010 4th 1st 2,551
2009 4th 1st 2,200
2008 3rd 1st 2,107
2007 3rd 1st 1,983
2006 3rd 1st 2,366
2005 2nd 1st 1,829

Note : Number of patents for 2016 to 2018 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon promotes the acquisition and application of intellectual property rights, not only for fundamental technologies required for next-generation products, but also such technologies as the wireless communication and image compression technologies shared by next-generation social infrastructure. Canon contributes to the realization of technology that serves society by continuing to provide even better products, greater convenience and by contributing to the development of manufacturing.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Canon Announced Waterproof and Shockproof VIXIA Camcorders




MELVILLE, NY, January 7, 2019 – Providing a dependable and durable pair of products that fit the everyday lifestyle of busy families, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new ruggedly designed additions to the VIXIA family of digital camcorders – the VIXIA HF W11* and HF W10*. Both models are waterproof (up to 16.4 ft. / 5m), shockproof and dustproof and are capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit /-10 degrees Celsius so users can capture a variety of fun moments, such as trips to the beach for swimming or the mountains for skiing. Featuring 1920 x 1080 video AVCHD Full HD video recording, both camcorders are equipped with a 40x optical and 60x digital zoom lens allowing users to record action both near and far.

“From soccer games to vacations, there are plenty of activities that families want to capture that require a product that fits their fun-filled lifestyles,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Weighing less than a pound, these new waterproof, shockproof and dustproof VIXIA models are perfect for active families so they won’t miss a minute of the action in any season, whether indoors or out, in good weather or wet weather.”

The VIXIA HF W11 camcorder offers an attached LED light and 32GB of internal storage for recording up to13.5 hours of crisp, high-definition video, while the VIXIA HF W10 camcorder offers 8GB of internal storage for recording up to three hours of video. Both models allow for five hours of continuous recording time**. Users can also record to a removable SD memory card, allowing for additional recording capacity as well as easy sharing with friends and family. In addition, both camcorders feature a 3.0-inch touch-panel LCD screen enabling users to view a recording or change settings all at the touch of a finger.

Price and Availability

The VIXIA HF W11 and VIXIA HF W10 camcorders are both scheduled to be available in April 2019 for an estimated retail price of $449.99 and $399.99 respectively1. For more information, please visit: usa.canon.com

Canon Announced Rayo S1 Mini Projector




MELVILLE, NY, January 7, 2019 – It’s easy to love going to the office when your office is wherever you want it to be. Road warrior, traveling sales person, start-up founders – whatever the title, work doesn’t have to take place within the confines of a traditional office. Using lightweight, portable and versatile office equipment – work can happen anywhere. That’s why Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a portable mini projector, the new Canon Rayo S11, allowing business professionals and consumers to mirror their smartphones, project photos, videos and documents, and play audio files wherever the job takes them.

With the ability to run for up to two hours completely wirelessly and share presentations from a USB drive or internal storage, the art of business pitches and presentations can now be refashioned thanks to the Rayo S1 and its variety of features. Users can showcase PDFs, word-processing documents and slide presentations, as well as host conference calls where office space is limited. The Rayo S1 projects up to 84 inches, giving users the ability to take their presentations on the road.

In addition, the transition from office life to home life is seamless. The Rayo S1 can easily integrate into family activities making it the quintessential tool for projecting movies at sleepovers and playdates or sharing photographs during family gatherings. The pre-installed Canon Camera Connect app allows for connection to compatible Canon cameras.

"The average person’s workday isn’t the traditional nine-to-five within an office - it’s early mornings, late nights and being on-the-go. In order to align with the consumer’s needs, it is necessary to provide business equipment that matches the work lifestyle of today,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With its sleek design and compact size, the Rayo S1 effortlessly fits into a consumer’s work life as well as their home life.”

At the core of the Rayo S1 is portability – weighting 0.5 pounds and measuring 4 inches x 4 inches in size. The projector is a small but mighty image solution featuring 4GB of internal storage as well as: 

  • A smart touchpad for easy navigation
  • Compatibility with select wireless mouse, keyboard and presenters
  • The ability to connect and mirror a smartphone or tablet
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard to type
  • Built-in power bank for charging mobile devices
  • 3 Watts Bluetooth speaker
  • Built-in web browser
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Built-in Canon Camera Connect application
  • Android OS
  • Tripod mount

The new Canon Rayo S1 is scheduled to be available for purchase in May 2019 at an estimated retail price of $259.99.

Canon To Release Major Firmware For EOS-R Camera In Q1, 2019




My readers know I am not a fan of the EOS-R camera in its current form. A major firmware release is expected the first quarter of 2019 in addition to a slew of new RF lenses. There is little to indicate what is included in the new software right now but suffice to say it cannot fix the major 'problems' like a single card slot, lack of a thumb wheel, around 3 fps burst rate in Servo AF with Dual Pixel RAW files, unimpressive battery life, etc.

If and when Canon announce their EOS-1D full frame mirrorless camera, I will take another look at their offering.

I will be off on my wildlife photography shoot, the first tour of the new year. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Canon To Announce A Slew Of RF Lenses For The EOS-R Camera In 2019




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, and my three decades of utilizing Canon equipment. As you know, I am not a buyer of the current EOS-R camera but will reconsider my decision when they announce their pro model this year.

Also expected in 2019 is a bunch of RF lens announcement. The following are rumored :

  • RF 16-35mm f/2.8L 
  • RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS
  • RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  • RF 105mm f/1.4L
  • RF 85mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • RF Macro lens
  • RF non-L kit lens


My advice to Canon is, do not place too much emphasis on the EOS-R and RF lenses, at the expense of the traditional high end EOS cameras and EF lenses, like the successors to the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-7D Mark II. There will be ample space for both camera and lens system to coexist for many years to come. As a global leader in photographic equipment, you can handle more than one system at a time.

The Rugby World Cup in 2019, follow by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 are the perfect events to highlight Canon's dominance in sports and wildlife photography. How many pro photographers do you think will be taking a EOS-R camera to these events?