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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Interview with the Father of the Canon EOS-1 camera about upcoming EOS-1D X Mark III model


DPReview recently had the chance to speak to two senior executives at Canon - Mr. Toshio Matsumoto, Senior Principal Engineer, and Mr. Kazuyuki Suzuki, Chief of Operations, from Canon's Image Communication Business group. Mr. Matsumoto is known within Canon as the 'father of the EOS-1', and is pictured below holding the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, using Canon equipment for over 30 years. I have been an EOS-1 user since 1989 when the first model came out and currently use the EOS-1D X Mark II as my main body. You can read my post on the upcoming EOS-1D X Mark III here for possible camera specifications and follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and this blog  plus my website.

The following is an excerpt from the DPReview interview :




How did you decide which features to update compared to the EOS-1D X Mark II?

There were a variety of factors. We get a lot of requests from our professional users, and we’re always listening to what they need. Their demands are sometimes very detailed! But we have to listen to their requests. In addition, we have to look at our technology - what kind of technology can meet those demands.

We then integrate [those pieces of information] and decide internally what we should include in the next model. In this new camera we’ve improved performance [in several areas], such as autofocus, networking and so on, which we’ll explain later in detail.

What were the main requests from users of the 1D X and 1D X II?

One important thing was the weight of the camera, and second, autofocus performance. We made sure there is no compromise in the AF performance of the new camera. And number three is network performance, which is very important [for wire services] - how fast you can put images into publication. We thought that there was room for improvement in that aspect of the camera’s performance. Lastly, image quality is of course a big thing. We worked on noise reduction, as well as high sensitivity image performance.

Also keep in mind that we have put a lot of effort into improving movie shooting performance as well as stills.


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera front view


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III back view


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III - key specifications (what we know so far) :

  • All-new CMOS sensor
  • Dual-pixel 525-point CMOS AF with 90/100% coverage horizontally and vertically
  • New Digic Processor
  • 10-bit HEIF file capture (in addition to JPEG and Raw)
  • Max 16 fps capture via viewfinder, and 20 fps in live view (with AF)
  • Dual CF Express card slots
  • 10-bit, 4:2:2 4K/60 video with C-Log
  • Backlit buttons


Why did you make the decision to change the memory card type to CFexpress?

Speed. In terms of read and write speed, these cards are immensely faster than previous solutions. CFexpress is more than twice as fast as CFast. It has more development potential.

This is the first high-end camera Canon has released since the EOS R. Are your high-end and professional customers asking for a mirrorless solution?

Of course some professional photographers are asking for a mirrorless solution. But as of now, we also see a lot of demand from photographers asking for DSLRs, specifically [because of] the benefits of an OVF. So this time around we decided to go for a DSLR. Of course we understand that there are huge benefits to mirrorless, and we implemented, or combined as much of that [technology] as we could into the [EOS-1D X Mark III].

The Canon EOS R is an innovative camera in some respects, but there is a definite gap between the performance and price of most of Canon's new RF lenses, and the EOS R and RP bodies released to support them. A truly pro-grade R body is coming, but we'll have to wait a little while longer.

For example one of the things that we implemented from the mirrorless side was the ability to shoot at 20 fps using electronic shutter. And autofocus performance, specifically subject tracking is on par with some of today’s top-notch mirrorless cameras.

Your professional users have a lot of legacy EF lenses in their collections. Do you have a target timeframe for transitioning those users to RF?

Obviously that’s a very tough question to answer. We are of course aware of this - a lot of photographers own EF lenses, and they’ve invested a lot in that system. How we look at it is when we work on mirrorless cameras, we always consider how our users can utilize the asset [provided by their] EF lenses. We always keep that in mind when developing new cameras.

That’s why we have three EF to RF adapters.

Do you have any idea of how many of your users are adapting EF lenses to EOS R cameras using those adapters?

I wish we knew that. It’s hard to say, because we do some promotional bundles with free adapters, so that affects the attachment rate. And some users [might buy multiple adapters and] put an adapter on each of their EF lenses.

In terms of the development of your DSLRs going forward, will you be focusing mostly on high-end users in future?

I can’t be specific about future plans, but we always listen to our customers to decide which direction we should go in. We don’t necessarily [think in terms of focusing] on just one area - we look at the overall picture before we decide what to focus on.

How much communication is there between the EF and RF teams within Canon? Are engineering resources shared?

We don’t have separate teams for mirrorless and DSLR cameras, it’s just one team. Some of the engineers that worked on the EOS R have worked on the EOS-1D X Mark III. And some of the engineers who worked on this camera could be working on the next mirrorless. It’s a combined organization.

One of my responsibilities is to work on the next generation of EOS cameras. I could be working on mirrorless, or DSLR, or even something else.

I know you were one of the engineers that worked on the T90 and the original EOS-1. What is your thinking on how the heritage of the EOS-1 series should evolve in future models?

Major principles for the EOS-1 series from the beginning have been durability, reliability, speed and control. A big mission of the EOS-1 series is that the cameras should never miss a shot.

Some of the controls from the original EOS-1 are still found in the same place on the EOS-1D X Mark III, thirty years later. How did you come up with the original control layout?

When we were working on the very first EOS-1 camera we made a lot of mockups, and we had a lot of professional photographers handle those mockups and we noted how quickly and smoothly they were able to operate the cameras. One of the things that was most challenging about the EOS-1 originally was the rear control dial. In the development stage, initially, we didn’t [plan on having] a dial on the back.

What we found through the development process is that when professional photographers in the field were [using our mockups] thinking about exposure control, it wasn’t as smooth without that dial on the back. So we had a number of discussions with those photographers about the design, and we spent a lot of time getting it right. We actually had to delay the launch of the camera in order to implement the perfect solution for exposure control.

How have the needs of digital photographers affected the design decisions you’ve made in subsequent EOS-1 series cameras?

One important thing we always kept in mind with the original EOS-1 was that it should work as soon as you take it out of the box. But now [with digital] there’s a monitor on the back, and as we thought about how to utilize that we had to consider various [new] factors, such as the possibility of photographers shooting using live view, and various other things.

One of the principles that we always keep in mind when designing the controls of the cameras [in this series], for example when implementing the touch-sensitive panels is that we have to make sure that there is no possibility for erroneous control inputs.

Do you think that in future, when there is a mirrorless solution for professional sports photographers, that it will still look a little like the original EOS-1?

In terms of form-factor we have no idea at this point. But one thing I can say is that our principal focus on reliability and control will always be the same.

Obviously one thing that mirrorless cameras allow you to do, which DSLRs do not, is through-the-viewfinder video capture. Are your professional photographers asking for more video features? Or are they mostly still focused on stills capture?

With this EOS-1D X Mark III our main focus is stills. But we understand that there are a lot of ‘hybrid’ professional photographers that shoot stills and video. One of the things we’re really focused on right now, and we’re putting in a lot of effort, is the question of how and when EVFs will go beyond the capabilities of optical viewfinders.

As a camera manufacturer making products for a professional customer, what does a DSLR allow you to provide that a mirrorless camera does not?

At this point in time the biggest difference is the finder. The fact that you can see everything in real time, without any layers in the way. That’s really big for a lot of professional sports photographers. On the other hand, we do see a lot of the younger generation of professionals favoring EVFs, because what you see is what you get. We understand that there is a demand for that benefit of mirrorless cameras. So what we always do is we strive to make a perfect solution out of these different demands.

Have you been working with photographers on the EOS-1D X Mark III ahead of the Olympics next summer?

Yes, we’ve started communicating with some of the agencies around solutions for their needs. One of the important things for major events like the Olympics is robotics, of course. When we’re communicating with those photographers and videographers we look at a total solution.

Editors' note: Barnaby Britton

Until I got into the meeting room, I didn't know I would be speaking to Mr. Matsumoto at PPE. It was a huge and unexpected privilege to meet the person responsible for the development of the original EOS-1, and before that the T90: unarguably two of the most important cameras in terms of modern D/SLR design, and two of my personal favorites.

As you can see, a lot of the decisions that Canon made in those 1980s models lead to ergonomic details that persist even today, more than 30 years later, and not just in the company's own DSLR and mirrorless options. The fact that that design philosophy doesn't look out of date after three decades is testament to just how forward-thinking Mr. Matsumoto and his team were, way back in the pre-digital era.

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Matsumoto himself was not able to speak in any great detail on-record about the precise specifications of the EOS1-D X III. What we know officially about the camera is what Canon has publicly released. That being said, you'd expect any camera that builds on the strengths of the EOS-1D X Mark III to be well-suited to the needs of Canon's professional customer base, and I can tell you from handling the Mark III that the upgrades compared to the Mark II appear significant.

As Mr. Matsumoto says, ever since the original EOS-1 debuted 30 years ago, the focus of the 1-series has been durability, speed, reliability and control. Compared to the film-era EOS-1/1N/1V, the EOS-1D X Mark III is a complex and immeasurably more powerful machine, but its also a much tougher camera, and more usable in a range of different environments.

I expect that most people reading this are like me - we don't need 20 fps capture. But some professional sports photographers do. And the slow introduction of transformative technologies like Dual CMOS autofocus into Canon's professional line makes each progressive model more capable, none more so than the new Mark III, which can shoot at this rate in either electronic or mechanical shutter mode.

It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer before we see an EOS R model aimed at sports and action shooters. Mr. Matsumoto describes these autofocus and continuous shooting capabilities as 'mirrorless' features, probably in a nod to competitive offerings like the Sony a9 II. And there's no doubt that they enhance the usability of the EOS-1D X Mark III in some situations. But there's no getting away from the fact that there is a mirror, getting in the way of the Mark III ever being as versatile a camera for hybrid stills / video use as a Sony a9 II, or a Nikon Z7, or a Panasonic Lumix DC-S1, etc.

For now though, according to Mr. Matsumoto, Canon is focusing on a mainly stills photography audience with the Mark III. In other words, the kinds of photographers we'll see on the sidelines of the 2020 Olympic games next summer in Tokyo: many of them agency photographers, shooting stills, using pool equipment. Some people (myself included) had hoped for a truly professional mirrorless camera from Canon for 2020, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer before we see an EOS R model aimed at sports and action shooters.

That being said, you never know with Canon. The company has a reputation for careful and conservative product development, but it can be imaginative and decisive when it needs to be. As the EOS-1D X Mark III demonstrates, with more than 30 years of (D)SLR development behind him, Mr. Matsumoto and his team is confident that they can still ring the changes in the professional sports / photojournalism market segment, even without a mirrorless product.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Canon announced two 8K broadcast lenses - the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and the 7x10.7 KAS S





MELVILLE, NY, November 6, 2019 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of its first two 8K Broadcast lenses: the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 (SP51x15.5B), a long-zoom field lens, and the 7×10.7 KAS S, a portable zoom lens. These two new zoom lenses are compatible with 8K broadcast cameras equipped with 1.25-inch sensors.

“8K broadcasting equipment is the newest frontier for covering sporting events and documentary productions around the globe,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Through the addition of our first 8K broadcast lenses, Canon is cementing our position on the cutting edge of the latest ultra-high-resolution digital imaging solutions.”


UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K Lens

The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K field zoom lens provides high-quality optical performance for 8K broadcast cameras from the center to the periphery of the screen. The lens is built with the world’s highest1 51x zoom, as well as the world’s longest1 focal range from the wide-angle end of 15.5mm to the telephoto end of 790mm. In addition, the lens also features a built-in 1.5x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 1185mm. With the ability to realize high magnification, this lens provides users with the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K field zoom lens, allowing them to switch to 8K video shooting and production without changing the shooting style.

7×10.7 KAS S 8K Lens

Featuring a 7x zoom that covers a focal range of 10.7-75mm, the new 7×10.7 KAS S is ideal for a variety of broadcasting applications. From the center of the screen to the corners of the periphery, this lens has the resolution and contrast compatible with 8K broadcast cameras, while also having the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K portable zoom lens. The 7×10.7 KAS S is equipped with key features designed to provide customers with a high-quality, user-friendly experience, including the mobility required for on-the-move shooting.

1.25-Inch Image Format Size for 8K UHD Live Television

The early experimental 8K UHD live television coverages of sporting events proved critical to determining the image format size that could deliver the essential depth of field while also ensuring an individual image sensor photosite size that could sustain 8K MTF, adequate dynamic range, and luma signal to noise.

A 1.25-inch image format size balances those imaging parameters in tri-sensor cameras for 8K UHD live television. The 1.25-inch image format has a diagonal of 18.5mm as compared to the smaller 11.0mm of the 2/3-inch format and the larger 28.2mm of the Super 35mm format.

The 7×10.7 KAS S will be available by special order beginning in January 2020, and the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 will be available by special order beginning in May 2020. For interest or inquiry about either lens please contact your local Canon representative. To learn more about Canon broadcast lenses, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Canon released new Firmwares for EOS-90D camera, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III, EF 600mm f/4L IS III lenses




Canon has released new firmware Version 1.1.1 for the Canon 90D to add 24p to 4K and Full HD.

Canon EOS 90D Firmware v1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes :

The option to capture both 4K and Full HD movies in the frame rate of 23.98p has been newly added.
Fixes an issue where error code “Err 01” may be displayed when using EF85mm F1.8 USM or EF100mm F2 USM lenses.

Download EOS 90D firmware 1.1.1




Canon has released new firmware for EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM.

Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following enhancements :

  • Increases the manual focus speed when the manual focus speed switch is set to 1 or 2. *The speed when the switch is set to 3 (slowest speed) will be unchanged.
  • Improves the image stabilization effect during handheld shooting with a slow shutter speed when used with EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 6D, or EOS R.


*Enables a full-time manual focus function during Servo AF when used with the EOS-1D X Mark II.

The lens must be sent to the Factory Service Center in order for this function to be enabled.

If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

The lens firmware version can be checked from the camera’s menu.

Download the firmware updates : EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III | EF 600mm f/4L IS III

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Canon announces EOS-1D X Mark III camera development







MELVILLE, N.Y., October 24, 2019 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. is developing the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Camera – the successor to the world-renowned and award-winning EOS-1D X Mark II. Ideal for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being engineered and designed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers. Continuing Canon’s rich heritage of creating first-rate optical products, the EOS-1D X Mark III offers an enhanced autofocus system, with dramatically improved still and video image quality and communication. When using this camera, professionals will have the confidence they will get ‘the shot’ and can deliver it at a competitive speed – faster than ever before – ideal for the increasingly fast-paced industry.

“The innovations put forth by the new EOS-1D X Mark III will set the new standard for professional DSLR cameras and further cement Canon’s commitment to its professional photographers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from professionals out in the field. The result is a camera that has evolved from its predecessor and maintained the overall quality that professional photographers have come to expect from the Canon EOS-1D series.”

Need for Speed

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will be blisteringly fast - offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus and subject tracking – providing photographers with a tool that will help to capture the shot they are chasing. The camera’s new autofocus algorithm will improve stability and tracking when using both the Optical Viewfinder and in Live View shooting mode, using Deep Learning Technology and adapting to help facilitate accurate focus tracking for every shot.

When using the optical viewfinder the camera will use a new autofocus sensor, with approximately 28 times the resolution in the center of the EOS-1D X Mark II. Offering the ability to autofocus in even brighter and darker situations than before and with greater precision, the camera will have a range of autofocus capabilities, which will enable the photographer to get their shot. In Live View mode, users will be able to make use of 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system will cover approximately 90x100 percent of the image sensor. The camera will support significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder (up to approximately 16 fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to approximately 20 fps mechanical or electronic shutter). Additionally, the camera’s dual CFexpress card slots will enable more than five times the RAW burst depth of its predecessor.

Powered to Dominate

The development of EOS-1D X Mark III is a clear example of Canon’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging products featuring optically excellent technology. The camera will support an all new, Canon-developed, CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor, that will deliver greater image quality, at even higher ISOs, with the ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) file format. HEIF produces wider dynamic range and greater color representation compared to JPEG. The power of 4K resolution brings stories to life – shoot 4K videos including 4K60p with 10-bit 4:2:2 Canon Log internal recording.

Conveniently Connected

For professionals, content delivery is just as important as image capture – the EOS-1D X Mark III will make it easy, featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® low-energy connectivity in addition to GPS technology. To keep pace with ever-shortening deadlines, the camera will transfer data at more than twice[i] the speed of the EOS-1D X Mark II when using the built-in Ethernet connection, or the new optional wireless file transmitter – the WFT-E9, which is also compatible with Canon’s recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera. Coupled with simpler network set-up the camera will greatly enhance the professional workflow.

A Familiar Feel with Improved Attributes

Existing EOS-1D series users will be familiar and comfortable handling the EOS-1D X Mark III allowing seamless navigation with trusted ergonomics – whilst the magnesium alloy body will offer the durability expected from Canon’s EOS-1D cameras. Professional photographers can trust the same impressive build-quality as the EOS-1D X Mark II – with phenomenal weather-sealing, standing up to harsh conditions, including wind, rain and humidity. With incredible low-light shooting capabilities, the camera will now feature select illuminated buttons that allow for precision operation in challenging, dark and dimly lit conditions.

The camera will also offer a new additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition – further helping to simplify their work. In addition, dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 – will allow professionals to shoot for longer periods of time, without having to change batteries, helping reduce the chance of missing a shot.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Canon patents point to future updates of ME20F-SH, ME200S-SH video cameras?






Remember the ME20F-SH and the ME200S-SH cameras?  Those are the video cameras debuted in 2015 and 2016 by Canon and they can see 'completely in the dark.'  National Geographic used them to film part of the Earth Live series.

Recently, Canon patents have demonstrated two new camera designs. On the face of it, they resemble the existing ME20F-SH and the ME200S-SH models.

Of course, the new designs have differences from the current cameras, as seen on the patent drawings, and they do not appear to use the new RF mount. There are no indication at this time, the new patents will turn into a production camera but the ME line of video cameras are revolutionary and Canon may want to give them an upgrade some time in the future.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, RF 85mm f/1.2L lenses coming before 2020




Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

  • Lens construction : 17 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance : 0.7m
  • Maximum shooting magnification : 0.23 times
  • Number of diaphragm blades : 9
  • Filter diameter : 77mm
  • Size : 89.9mm × 146mm
  • Weight : 1,070g (excluding tripod seat)
  • Camera shake correction effect : 5 steps





Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM DS

  • Lens construction : 13 elements in 9 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance : 0.85m
  • Maximum shooting magnification : 0.12 times
  • Number of diaphragm blades : 9
  • Filter diameter : 82mm
  • Size : 103.2mmx117.3mm
  • Weight : 1,195g

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Canon EOS-5D Mark V and EOS R Mark II cameras coming in 2021?




2020 will be a busy year for Canon. The replacement to the EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon's top-of-the-line DSLR camera, the Mark III model will be announced around Q1, 2020. The high megapixel EOS-R mirrorless camera will also be announced in early 2020.

In addition, the EOS-R Mark II and EOS-5D Mark V cameras will mostly probably come on the market by late 2020 or early 2021. There are no information to these two cameras right now. Please check back periodically for the latest information.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Canon released DPP 4.10.40, EOS Utility 3.11.00 and Picture Style Editor 1.23.00




Canon has released the latest Digital Photo Professional 4.10.40, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor software. They have features for the latest mirrorless cameras like the EOS R, EOS RP and EOS M6 Mk II.

Download : Canon Releases DPP 4.11.00, EOS Utility 3.11.00, and Picture Style Editor 1.23.00

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Canon to add 24p 4K recording to Canon EOS 90D, EOS RP & EOS M6 Mark II cameras




In response to feedback from customers about some of their recently launched EOS and PowerShot models, Canon plans to introduce 24p mode (23.98fps) for movie recording via a series of future firmware updates for select models. After the firmware updates are downloaded it will be possible to shoot 24p (23.98fps) in 4K and Full HD for the select models.

The first models to benefit will be the EOS 90D and EOS RP at the end of October. The PowerShot G7X Mark III and G5X Mark II will follow at the end of 2019 and the EOS M6 Mark II during the first half of 2020.

Canon is committed to providing a diverse and full line-up of products, listening to our customers and providing enhancements accordingly.

Canon celebrates production of 100 Million EOS-Series Interchangeable-Lens Cameras



United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2019 – Canon Inc. today celebrates a significant camera-manufacturing milestone, as production of Canon’s EOS-series silver halide (film) and digital interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed 100 million units on 20 September 2019. An EOS R mirrorless camera (released in October 2018) was the 100 millionth EOS-series camera produced.

Boasting an attractive product line-up that caters to a variety of genres, skillsets and requirements and an extensive range of over 70 EF and EF-S lenses, Canon strives to expand the boundaries of imaging expression. The EOS series has supported many users, from entry-level through to professionals over its long history, and enabled Canon to maintain the No. 1 share of the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 16 consecutive years from 2003 to 2018. In March 1987, the EOS series began with the EOS 650, a next-generation AF single-lens reflex (SLR) camera featuring the world’s first fully electronic lens mount. Production of the EOS series began in what was then Canon’s Fukushima plant and now takes place at a variety of locations - including Taiwan, Miyazaki, Nagasaki and the lynchpin Oita Canon – where production is now carried out under stringent product quality management. Following the release of the EOS 650, Canon went on to develop innovative products and technologies that put speed, comfort and image quality at the forefront - such as the high-end EOS-1 released in 1989 and the EOS 500, which was released in 1993 - expanding the EOS series to cater to many users, from amateur to professional.

In the early 2000s, as the pace of digital SLRs (DSLR) adoption picked up, Canon sought to create even more appealing products. The EOS series’ core concept was expanded to include “high image quality,” achieved through proprietary, cutting-edge technology such as Canon-developed CMOS sensors and DIGIC image processors. The EOS 300D - a compact, lightweight DSLR with an affordable price - contributed to the wider adoption of interchangeable-lens digital cameras, for consumers. Both the EOS 5D series and 1D series expanded digital EOS to professionals – specifically, the EOS 5D Mark II introduced DSLRs as valid means for movie capture and independent filmmaking. Whilst the establishment of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products in 2011 extended Canon’s video technology to the B2B sphere entering the video production industry.

Canon will continue to explore new approaches, building on the success of the EOS cameras and the original EF mount, which gave photographers and filmmakers versatility when shooting - such as the 2018 launch of the EOS R System, which employs the new RF Mount. Expanding imaging areas - from still photo to the realm of video - the EOS Series across bodies and EF lenses supports a wide range of users, from entry-level through to professionals. Speed, comfort and high-image quality will all continue to be at the core concept of the EOS series, further strengthening the EOS System towards expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Canon released Firmware Version 1.3.0 for EOS RP mirrorless camera





In addition to the new Canon EOS R firmware V 1.4.0, Canon has also released a major update for the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera.

Version 1.3.0 includes the following enhancements and fixes :

  • Enhances the auto-focus (AF) eye detection to improve face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  • Improved AF performance allows the camera to focus and track smaller subjects.
  • Reduces the response time between the actual AF and the AF frame to display the image in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which the main dial icon is not displayed when pressing the zoom in / out button while the image is playing.
  • Corrects the PTP communication vulnerability.

Download Canon EOS RP firmware at Canon USA.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Canon EOS R mirrorless camera Firmware Version 1.4.0 available for download




In addition to the new Canon EOS R firmware V 1.4.0, Canon has also released a major firmware update for the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera.

Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following major enhancement :

  • Enhances eye detection Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  • Improved Auto Focus (AF) performance helps the camera to focus on and track smaller subjects.
  • Reduces lag time between the actual Auto Focus (AF) and the AF frame display for images in the viewfinder or on the LCD.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF frame size cannot be changed in the Servo AF setting.
  • Fixes PTP communication vulnerability.

Download Canon EOS R firmware Version 1.4.0 at Canon Europe.

Read my thoughts on the EOS R camera one year after its announcement and the expected follow up models coming in the first half of 2020.

Canon announced the EOS M200 mirrorless camera







MELVILLE, N.Y., September 25, 2019 – Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or revel in documenting everyday moments, memories should be captured and easily shared. Offering social media enthusiast high image quality, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces the EOS M200 camera. Great for those with wanderlust in their hearts, this camera ushers in a variety of new features, such as vertical video1, for those looking to step up from smartphone photography and enter the realm of interchangeable-lens cameras.

“Ease of use, convenience and shareability are imperatives for consumers today, especially when introducing new imaging products into an ever-changing market place,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new EOS M200 camera is a mix of tried and true Canon features as well as new ones, and combined they create a non-intimidating mirrorless camera for the experienced photographer – yet it is approachable for someone beginning their visual storytelling journey.”

Standout Attributes of the EOS M200 Camera

Designed to capture life’s special moments in vibrant color and clarity, the EOS M200 camera is built with quality and connectivity at its core. Key components include:

  • DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
  • 4K UHD, Full HD up to 60p, Vertical video support1
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Eye Detection Auto-focus
  • Convenient Wi-Fi®2 and Bluetooth®3 Technology
  • Capable of Sharing Photos and Videos to Social Media Platforms
  • Compact and Lightweight Design
  • Compatible with Extensive Line of EF-M, Canon EF4 and EF-S4 lenses
  • 24.1 megapixel APS-C sized sensor
  • Capture amazing details, colors and tones
  • Detailed footage looks superb on your 4K TV
  • Fast for photos, smooth for video 
  • Portable design
  • Let’s you capture life’s special moments with the camera they deserve
  • Creative Assist
  • Makes professional-looking photos easy 
  • For online image sharing and remote control 
  • 180˚ tilt-out touchscreen
  • For creative shooting and selfies 
  • Time-lapse movies
  • Record movement on a different timescale

Thanks to an impressive 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, the EOS M200 camera is capable of rendering detailed images of your travel escapades or your family milestones. The tilting LCD with touch screen allows for artistic expression when shooting subjects from a variety of angles, including selfies. Understanding the importance of sharing photos and videos, this camera is capable of transferring files directly to compatible smart devices using the Canon Camera Connect app. Images can then be seamlessly shared on social media platforms and web services or printed directly to compatible wireless Canon printers.

Pricing and Availability of the EOS M200

The EOS M200 camera has an estimated retail price of $599.99*, and is currently expected to be available in October 2019. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit http://shop.usa.canon.com/

Sunday, September 22, 2019

My thoughts on Canon EOS R mirrorless camera one year after its introduction


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, 2018.

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

After attending the invitation, I determined this new camera is not for me and made a post to explain my decision. It is the worst kept secret Canon is still 'behind' Sony in cutting edge mirrorless camera technology. The reason is not technical, it is incremental. Canon can easily match or beat Sony in any camera but since they have a huge existing EF mount and DSLR customer base to protect, Canon's caution is understandable due to the possible cannibalization of their existing business.

Canon's reluctance to match Sony's mirrorless performance must end soon and all signs point to 2020 as the year they will take their gloves off. Low to medium end DSLR sales have been dropping for quite a few years due to smartphone cameras' competition and to a lesser degree, competition from mirrorless cameras. 

First, there will be a major firmware upgrade V 1.4.0 to the EOS R and EOS RP on September 26, 2019. This will be an interim fix to pump up the performance of the two cameras. The megapixel version and the pro version of the EOS R will be announced in 2020, most probably before the June Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. To round out the debut, a mirrorless version of the EOS-1D X Mark III will eventually be announced, perhaps later in 2020 or 2021, since the Mark III will be the last top-of-the-line DSLR camera Canon will make.

I have not decided whether to acquire either the EOS R pro version or the EOS-1D X version of Canon's new mirrorless camera. Personally, I find the current EOS-1D X model to be nearly as perfect a camera line as possible. The weight does not bother me at all. I do not like looking at images through an EVF. Images do not appear natural to me. The new RF mount lenses are over priced and the current EF mount lens lineup is hard to beat. Canon can change the perception of a long time user like myself if they work hard enough but only time will tell whether management is willing to take some calculated risks and stay ahead in the competitive world of digital photography.

Canon Announced 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS Binoculars with Lens-Shift Image Stabilization




MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – What do birdwatching, hiking, camping and sports watching all have in common? They all need a trusted and high-quality set of binoculars to view and bask in the full experience. Continuing to elevate viewing through impressive optics, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new, lightweight entry-level Image-Stabilized Binoculars with an 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS. Specifically, the 8×20 IS binoculars are the world’s lightest binoculars with image stabilization*. These new entry-level models also feature Lens Shift Image Stabilization (IS) technology, a technology that allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to help correct shaking from handholding.

“One of the secrets to Canon’s success is the company’s dedication to its strong legacy of optical brilliance and imaging technologies that match the various needs of our customers for today and into the future,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new binoculars embody those same principles, enhancing the viewing experiences for our customers while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”

The new binocular models both feature Shift Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. This technology incorporates a microcomputer and improved gyro performance that assists in cancelling out the effects of user-shake or movement, resulting in an enhanced detailed view of objects. Reducing shake also lessens fatigue when viewing for long periods of time, making them comfortable to use at concerts and events. Canon is offering two models with different zoom powers (8x and 10x) which can handle various situations for a wide range of users.

Additional features in both models include:

  • Compact and Lightweight Binoculars with Image Stabilization
  • High-Magnification Ratio of 8x to 10x, respectively
  • High-Efficiency Shift-System Image Stabilizer
  • Powered IS Mode
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super-Spectra Coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of up to 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Ergonomic design and comfortable grip

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s new 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available in early November 2019 for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $549.99 respectively**. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera possible specs and announcement date







As reported earlier, the successor to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera, the Mark III is expected to be announced by Q1, 2020 with a possible development announcement before the end of 2019.

I have been an EOS-1 user since the line was introduced in 1989. The latest and possibly last EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR body may have the following specs :

  • All new mid 20MP sensor
  • Powered by dual DIGIC 9 processors
  • Deep Learning AF system through viewfinder and Live View 
  • Dual card slots - 2 CFexpress
  • 10-bit HEIF file capture (in addition to JPEG and Raw)
  • Shoots Super 4K 60p 10 bit video without cropping
  • 3.2 million-dot touch screen
  • Optical viewfinder with more information than the Mk II model
  • 61 AF points spread wider than Mark II model
  • 525 AF points in Live Veiw
  • AF-ON trackpad is fast and precise 
  • LCD display on top of camera similar to EOS R
  • Illuminated back buttons
  • GPS plus built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Burst rate 16 fps in AF, 20 fps with LiveView
  • Improved silent shooting mode. Completely 'silent'.
  • Improved LP-E19 battery with extended life
  • Release date - Q1 2020

Frankly, I find the present burst rate of the Mark II model more than adequate. The sensor and LCD screen can use a bump up in megapixels. The WiFi and Bluetooth features serve little purpose for me but may be useful for some landscape photography and photo journalism assignments. I am excited about the new AF capabilities, sensor IQ improvement and video enhancements.

Keep checking back for the latest development and information. I am very interested in getting this body. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Canon to release Firmware update to EOS-R and EOS-RP cameras in September




Free Firmware Update for Canon EOS-R and EOS-RP coming soon

A new and improved firmware update will be released in late September for the EOS R system. Those interested can download the update for their respective system via the EOS R and EOS RP support pages.

The update will improve three main functions :

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay
  • Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.

Canon announced RF 15-35mm and RF 24-70mm lenses






MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – The time has come and the wave of momentous advancements in the world of the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system continues as Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the introduction of the RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lenses. With their large, bright F2.8 aperture, a zoom range that covers a wide range of shooting scenes and image stabilization (IS), as well as Nano USM – these lenses are sure to become workhorse lenses for professional and advanced amateur photographers.

“As the emergence of mirrorless cameras continue accelerating the market and with Canon’s deeply rooted heritage in optics, we are excited to expand the lens offerings and acquiesce the needs of EOS R users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The technical improvements and features within these new RF lenses are needed to drive the market forward.”

RF15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM 

As Canon’s first F2.8 wide zoom lens equipped with IS for full-frame with a CIPA standard of five stops, the RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is furnished with edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range to capture clear images with high image clarity from the center of the image throughout the entire focal range. Speaking of focal range, the RF15-35mm is an ultra wide range that allows for broader photographic expression with more emphasis on perspective. Other components include:
High Image quality has been achieved due to the large diameter mount and shorter back focus of the EOS R system.
Total size of the lens is equivalent to the existing EF lens, but allows for IS, wider field of view and the control ring indicative of the RF lenses.
Drip and dust resistant and ideal for landscape, architecture, nature, sports and portrait photography needs.

RF24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM 

Created for a wide range of shooting scenarios from street scene snapshots to movie shooting, the RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lens remains portable while equipped with IS. Other components include:

Equivalent to the size of the EF counterpart but with Image Stabilization.
High speed and high precision Nano USM motor for accurate, silent focus operation for stills and moving shooting.
Takes moving shooting into account with focus breathing suppression during manual focus operation, sensitivity setting during MF operation, usage of the focus ring is adjustable and customization of the control ring to assign aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed and exposure compensation as desired.
Free Firmware Update

In addition, a new, free downloadable firmware update will be released in late September for the EOS R system. Those interested can download the update for their respective system via the EOS R and EOS RP support pages. The update will improve three main functions :

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay

Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.

Pricing and Availability 

The Canon RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lenses are both scheduled to be available in late September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2,299.00* each. To complete the trinity of F2.8 lenses, the RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is scheduled to be shipping within the second half of 2019 – stay tuned!

Canon announced EOS M6 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera









MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – It is often said that in life, having two options is generally considered a good thing. Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced two advanced amateur ILC cameras, the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II. These two models usher in the next generation of Canon APS-C sensor cameras and share many similar characteristics, while also being uniquely different at the same time. Both cameras are designed to fit the needs and preferences of a variety of photographers taking into account their skill level and subject matter.

“As camera technology continues to evolve, we find ourselves in a constant state of innovating and challenging the status quo to meet the various desires of our end-users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of these cameras, Canon is reaffirming its continued commitment to a broad range of photographers by offering them the digital imaging tools required to meet their needs.”

The EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II include many core features that are identical and hold true to Canon’s imaging excellence. These features include:

  • 32.5 Megapixel CMOS(APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K UHD up 30p and 1080p FHD up 120p video recording with no crop
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View with 5,481 manually selectable AF positions
  • Electronic shutter with a minimum of up to 1/16000th
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology

The Performance DSLR Way: The EOS 90D

The EOS 90D DSLR camera is ideal for the advanced-amateur photographer who values the look-and-feel of the DSLR body and benefits such as an optical viewfinder, 3.0-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD, addition of the multi-controller and a shutter button feel of professional EOS cameras. Now capable of shooting up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), a drastic increase from the 7.0 fps with the EOS 80D, users can capture all of the action on the sidelines of a football game or wildlife while on safari. Assisting in a photographers’ ability to capture the action is the 45-point all-cross type AF system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage and now supports up to 27 points in f/8 metering. In addition, the new AE sensor boasts an impressive 220,000 pixels and utilizes EOS iTR AF (face priority) detection. Together, these two features allow for the detection and tracking of faces in various environments and shooting situations while using the viewfinder.

The Compact-and-Lightweight Way: The EOS M6 Mark II

Bringing the controls and functionality of a Canon EOS DSLR into a compact mirrorless camera, the EOS M6 Mark II is destined to wow advanced-amateur photographers. With its enhanced usability, the EOS M6 Mark II is capable of shooting up to 14fps with AF and AE tracking as well as capturing a remarkable 30fps when using RAW Burst Mode with pre-shooting capabilities. The camera also features touch-and-drag AF when using the optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder . A popular and notable benefit of Canon mirrorless cameras allows photographers to select AF positions with the touch of a finger. The EOS M6 Mark II also includes Canon’s Dual Pixel AF with Eye AF Servo to help ensure images are in sharp focus and a 3.0-inch, touch-panel LCD screen with tilt-option to help ensure a user’s portrait or selfie game is and stays on point.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 90D is scheduled to be available mid-September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for body only, $1349.00 for EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit and $1599.00 for EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit*. The EOS M6 Mark II is scheduled to be available late September 2019 in both black and silver for an estimated retail price of $849.99 for body only, $1099.00 for EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit and $1349.00 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit*.

For additional information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Canon announced the EOS-90D APS-C DSLR camera









MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – It is often said that in life, having two options is generally considered a good thing. Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced two advanced amateur ILC cameras, the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II. These two models usher in the next generation of Canon APS-C sensor cameras and share many similar characteristics, while also being uniquely different at the same time. Both cameras are designed to fit the needs and preferences of a variety of photographers taking into account their skill level and subject matter.

“As camera technology continues to evolve, we find ourselves in a constant state of innovating and challenging the status quo to meet the various desires of our end-users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of these cameras, Canon is reaffirming its continued commitment to a broad range of photographers by offering them the digital imaging tools required to meet their needs.”

The EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II include many core features that are identical and hold true to Canon’s imaging excellence. These features include:

  • 32.5 Megapixel CMOS(APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K UHD up 30p and 1080p FHD up 120p video recording with no crop
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View with 5,481 manually selectable AF positions
  • Electronic shutter with a minimum of up to 1/16000th
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology

The Performance DSLR Way: The EOS 90D

The EOS 90D DSLR camera is ideal for the advanced-amateur photographer who values the look-and-feel of the DSLR body and benefits such as an optical viewfinder, 3.0-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD, addition of the multi-controller and a shutter button feel of professional EOS cameras. Now capable of shooting up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), a drastic increase from the 7.0 fps with the EOS 80D, users can capture all of the action on the sidelines of a football game or wildlife while on safari. Assisting in a photographers’ ability to capture the action is the 45-point all-cross type AF system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage and now supports up to 27 points in f/8 metering. In addition, the new AE sensor boasts an impressive 220,000 pixels and utilizes EOS iTR AF (face priority) detection. Together, these two features allow for the detection and tracking of faces in various environments and shooting situations while using the viewfinder.

The Compact-and-Lightweight Way: The EOS M6 Mark II

Bringing the controls and functionality of a Canon EOS DSLR into a compact mirrorless camera, the EOS M6 Mark II is destined to wow advanced-amateur photographers. With its enhanced usability, the EOS M6 Mark II is capable of shooting up to 14fps with AF and AE tracking as well as capturing a remarkable 30fps when using RAW Burst Mode with pre-shooting capabilities. The camera also features touch-and-drag AF when using the optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder . A popular and notable benefit of Canon mirrorless cameras allows photographers to select AF positions with the touch of a finger. The EOS M6 Mark II also includes Canon’s Dual Pixel AF with Eye AF Servo to help ensure images are in sharp focus and a 3.0-inch, touch-panel LCD screen with tilt-option to help ensure a user’s portrait or selfie game is and stays on point.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 90D is scheduled to be available mid-September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for body only, $1349.00 for EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit and $1599.00 for EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit*. The EOS M6 Mark II is scheduled to be available late September 2019 in both black and silver for an estimated retail price of $849.99 for body only, $1099.00 for EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit and $1349.00 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit*.

For additional information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Canon EOS-90D, EOS M6 Mark II cameras, RF 24-70mm, RF 15-35mm lenses shipment delayed


Canon has apparently delayed the shipment of the EOS-90D, EOS M6 Mark II cameras and RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lenses till mid to late September, 2019. You can download the EOS-90D camera Spec Sheet here.
  

RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.28m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.21 times
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • Size: 88.5 × 126.8 mm
  • Weight: 840g
  • Camera shake correction effect: 5 steps
  • North America Price : $2.299
  • Scheduled release date : Late September 2019


RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Lens construction: 21 elements in 15 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.21m (wide-angle end), 0.38m (telephoto end)
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.3x (when 32mm)
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • Size: 88.5 × 125.7 mm
  • Weight: 900g
  • Camera shake correction effect: 5 steps
  • North America Price : $2,299
  • Scheduled release date : Late September 2019






As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the EOS-90D DSLR camera at the end of August.

EOS-90D full specifications :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 10 fps shooting
  • 4K at 30p/25p
  • Full HD at 120p/100p
  • Optical viewfinder & face detection
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 220K dot RGB + IR metering
  • Touchscreen Vari-Angle LCD
  • Dust and water-resistant
  • Built-in flash, WiFi and GPS
  • Battery grip BG-E14
  • Comes with EF 18-55mm and EF 18-135mm lens kit
  • US list price $1,199 body only
  • With EF 18-55mm kit lens $1,349
  • With EF 18-135mm kit lens $1,599








The EOS M6 Mark II is also going to be announced soon.

Full specifications for this body :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 14 fps burst rate
  • RAW burst to 30fps
  • Up to ISO 26500
  • Eye detect AF
  • AF capable down to -5 EV
  • 4K video
  • Full HD at 120fps
  • Removeable OLED viewfinder
  • Available with EF 15-45mm and EF 18-150mm lens kits
  • EVF kit available
  • Comes in Silver / Black color


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Canon RF 15-35mm, RF 24-70mm and RF 70-200mm lenses coming next week



Canon is scheduled to announce the EOS 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II next week. In addition to the two cameras, there should be three RF lenses waiting to be announced - RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

The estimated prices are as follows. These are rather expensive lenses, albeit all equipped with IS but what does that tell us about Canon's plan to introduce IBIS in their new cameras?

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM  – US $2,499
Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM  – US $2,499
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM  – US $2,799

The RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM are scheduled to begin shipping in October and the RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM will begin shipping in December. There is still no word on pricing or availability for the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Canon released Firmware Version 1.3.0 for EOS-R camera




Canon has released a minor firmware release for the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera.

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following enhancement: 

  • Support for the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens has been added.

Download EOS RP firmware v1.3.0 at Canon UK

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Videos of Canon EOS-90D DSLR and EOS M6 Mark II cameras leaked




As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the EOS-90D DSLR camera at the end of August.

EOS-90D full specifications :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 10 fps shooting
  • 4K at 30p/25p
  • Full HD at 120p/100p
  • Optical viewfinder & face detection
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 220K dot RGB + IR metering
  • Touchscreen Vari-Angle LCD
  • Dust and water-resistant
  • Built-in flash, WiFi and GPS
  • Battery grip BG-E14
  • Comes with EF 18-55mm and EF 18-135mm lens kit








The EOS M6 Mark II is also going to be announced soon.

Full specifications for this body :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 14 fps burst rate
  • RAW burst to 30fps
  • Up to ISO 26500
  • Eye detect AF
  • AF capable down to -5 EV
  • 4K video
  • Full HD at 120fps
  • Removeable OLED viewfinder
  • Available with EF 15-45mm and EF 18-150mm lens kits
  • EVF kit available
  • Comes in Silver / Black color


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Canon EOS-90D APS-C camera coming at the end of August, 2019





As reported earlier, Canon  is definitely going to announce the EOS-90D APS-C camera in August, 2019. This new body may be the successor to the EOS-80D and the much-loved EOS-7D Mark II DSLRs.

The following preliminary specification will be quite close to the final camera.

Possible specifications of EOS-90D camera : 

  • New 32.5MP APS-C DPAF sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 8 processors
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 45 AF points with over a dozen cross-type points
  • Shoots 4K videos with no crop
  • Autofocusing covers 100% of sensor
  • ISO range 100-51200
  • 10 fps burst rate
  • 3.2 inch 1.62 million dot articulated LCD screen
  • Can support live eyeAF in 4K and Full HD video modes
  • LP-E6N battery
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Supports clean video to HDMI out
  • $1,399 MSRP US price. Camera body only
  • Comes with EF 18-55mm and EF 18-135mm lens kit

Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them. I will be interested in acquiring this camera for my wildlife photography tours.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Canon's upcoming EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS-90D, EOS-R Pro, EOS M5 Mk II, EOS M6 Mk II cameras






There are many rumors on the Internet the last few months about Canon's upcoming camera announcements, so I will give you a summary and my take on the current situation.

EOS-1D X Mark III should be announced by Q1, 2020 and shipped in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, 2020. I will definitely add this camera to my equipment bag for wildlife photography and use my current EOS-1D X Mark II as a backup body. The Mark III camera will remain Canon's top-of-the-line body for the foreseeable future.

EOS-90D will become a reality by the end of August 2019. This body may replace the much-loved EOS-7D Mark II and the EOS-80D cameras. I will also add this body to my inventory when I go on wildlife tours because of the extra reach an APS-C sensor provides.

EOS-R Pro debut is expected before the Summer Olympics in 2020 but the date is more fluid at this time. Many of my readers know I am not a fan of the current EOS-R. If this new pro mirrorless camera lives up to my requirement, I may add it to my inventory. Currently, I do not own any mirrorless body.   

EOS M5 Mark II and EOS M6 Mark II may come before the end of 2019. This is a good selling line of cameras for Canon, especially in Asia so they have every intention to keep the new models competitive and load them up with powerful functions and desirable features. I am not interested in APS-C mirrorless bodies.

Possible specifications for the EOS M5 and EOS M6 Mark II cameras :

  • 30+MP APS-C CMOS sensor (new sensor technology for higher dynamic range)
  • DIGIC 8+ Imaging Processor
  • 4K up to 30p (with no crop or 1.3x no pixel binning crop), Full HD up to 180p
  • No Canon Log but new Movie Picture Style
  • Dual Pixel AF Focus Guide
  • New Selfie mode and Vlog mode
  • Enhanced Movie IS
  • Burst rate of up to 16 fps (with AE/AF)
  • RAW Burst mode at 30 fps (with AE/AF)
  • Dual Pixel AF with expanded area
  • Eye AF (tracking possible)
  • Electronic shutter 1/16000s
  • Focus Bracketing
  • Supports external electronic viewfinder
  • USB-C charge power supply

Monday, July 22, 2019

Canon EOS-90D APS-C camera coming August 2019




Canon  is expected to announce the EOS-90D APS-C camera in August, 2019. This new body may be the successor to the EOS-80D and the much-loved EOS-7D Mark II DSLRs.

The rumor mill is on fire about how this new camera possibly coming in a mirrorless APS-C EF mount body. In my judgment, this is extremely unlikely.

Possible specifications of EOS-90D camera : 

  • New 30+MP APS-C sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 8 processors
  • Dual card slots
  • Shoots 4K videos with no crop (no mention of DPAF)
  • Autofocusing covers 100% of sensor
  • 10 fps burst rate
  • Can support live eyeAF in 4K and Full HD video modes
  • LP-6N battery
  • Supports clean video to HDMI out

Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them. I will be interested in acquiring this camera for my wildlife photography tours.