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Friday, November 30, 2018

Canon Patents New Diffractive Optics Lenses - 300mm f/2.8 and 400mm f/2.8

Canon has applied for two new Diffractive Optics (DO) lens patent. They are the 300mm f/2.8 DO and 400mm f/2.8 DO. My readers know I have owned the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II since its announcement in 2014 and its predecessor, the Series I lens.

This is an excellent lens for sports and wildlife photography and new DO lenses are rumored to be on next year's Canon's EOS-R camera lineup announcement.

Japan Patent Application 2018-189878

Focal distance: 392.58
F number:2.91
A half field angle: 3.15
Image height: 21.64
Length of the lens: 363.53
BF: 59.15

Focal distance: 293.40
F number: 2.91
a half field angle: 4.22
Image height: 21.64
length of the lens: 274.00
BF: 59.35

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Canon Announced ME20F-SH and ME200S-SH Camera Firmware Updates

Canon announced the ME20F-SH camera back in October 2015. Now they have released firmware updates for both the ME20F-SH and ME200S-SH multi-purpose cameras. See below for details.

Canon ME20F-SH v. and ME200S-SH v.

Firmware incorporates the following enhancements : 

  • Support for the color matrix function has been added.
  • Support for the color correction function has been added.
  • The following features are enabled for the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S when “NU Protocol” is selected :
  • Focus position control
  • Zoom position control

*In some cases, the firmware of these lenses needs to be updated in order to enable these enhancements. Contact your Canon dealer for details.

For further information, please refer to the latest version of the unit’s Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Canon Super Zoom Lenses Coming For EF and RF Mounts

Japan Patent Application 2018-180203 contains some new Canon Super Zooms lenses for both EF and RF mounts.

EF mount optical formulas included in this patent :

  • EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6
  • EF 35-400mm f/4.5-5.6 

RF mount optical formulas included in this patent :

  • RF 25-300mm f/3.5-5.6
  • RF 30-350mm f/2.8-4.5

My current Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS Super Zoom is one of my favorite lenses but it's heavy and a bit dated. I would like to upgrade to a newer model and prefer it to be a bit longer, perhaps 50-500mm.

Friday, November 16, 2018

New Canon Registered Camera Models Coming in 2019

The following registered Canon camera models are expected to be announced some time in the first half of 2019. I also expect the EOS-7D Mark III and the professional model of the EOS-R to be announced, perhaps around the middle of next year.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and the reason why I am not buying the current EOS-R camera right now. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on

The recently announced EOS-R is designed to appeal to a mass, prosumer market. When the pro model of the EOS-R is announced, I expect advanced features like a high burst rate with focus-tracking (similar to the EOS-1D X Mark II), in-body image stabilization, dual memory card slots and ultra-high resolution to be included. If that proves to be the case, I will give the EOS-R a second look and I expect to be invited to a VIP hands-on preview again.

DS 126751 (EOS 90D?)

  • Digital camera (single lens reflex or RF mounting machine)
  • Made in Japan (Oita Plant)
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • SKU: 3380C003AA, 3380C013AA, 3380C023AA
  • Body only and two lens kits?

DS 126761 (Entry level EOS R model?)
  • Digital camera (DSLR or RF mount)
  • Made in Taiwan or Made in Japan (Oita Plant)
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • SKU: 3454C001AA, 3454C002AA, 3454C003AA, 3458C001AA, 3461C001AA
  • Three color variations?
  • Black is only body and lens kit 2 types, the other two lens kit only?
  • What are the model names? (The model name differs perhaps in the United States, Japan and other regions)

PC 2355 (PowerShot G7 X Mark III?)

  • Digital camera
  • Made in Japan (Nagasaki Plant)
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Canon Announced World's Smallest & Lightest 4K Projectors

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 13, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new Canon Native 4K Laser LCOS Projectors – the REALiS 4K6020Z and 4K5020Z.  Compact and lightweight, both new projectors measure 18.8in (W) x 7.1in (H) x 21.4in (D) and weigh a mere 41.8 pounds, making both units the world’s smallest and lightest projectors in their class at less than half the weight of competing Native 4K laser projectors.[i]  In addition, both projectors offer peace of mind with an impressive Five-Year (or 12,000 Hours) Laser Limited Warranty[ii]. Canon is also adding to the company’s lineup of RS projector lenses with the introduction of the RS-SL07RST 4K Standard Zoom Lens. The RS-SL07RST projector lens is the seventh in the lineup and features Canon’s trademark red line around the barrel of the lens, signifying the highest level of Canon optical engineering and quality. All seven RS projector lenses are compatible with the two new projectors.

“As the demand for 4K projection continues to grow, Canon understands that we need to offer customers a variety of options that best suit each individual installation,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Not all 4K is created equal, which is why Canon is so excited that both new models feature true Native 4K resolution producing outstanding image quality with robust colors and high contrast.”

Canon REALiS 4K6020Z and 4K5020Z Native 4K Laser LCOS Projectors

The new 4K6020Z and 4K5020Z Native 4K Laser LCOS Projectors are ideal for a variety of applications, including art galleries, museums, schools and medical institutions. They are also suitable for product design and simulation use where both high-quality imaging and accurate color reproduction are a must. Both projectors feature LCOS panels and Canon’s proprietary AISYS optical system that helps to deliver 6000 and 5000 lumens respectively. This technology, when combined with true Native 4K (4096×2160) resolution, helps both projectors to produce a cleaner and more robust image with virtually no grid lines.

The laser-light source for both projectors can achieve up to 20,000 hours of operation in typical use or up to 40,000 hours when in Long Duration Mode 2[iii]. The laser-light source allows the projectors to start up in as little as two seconds while in Fast Boot mode[iv], as compared to conventional lamp projectors that may require additional time to light up and stabilize brightness. In addition, users are able to create presets to be set-up to their specific preferences and needs.

The HDR technology of both projectors increases the dynamic range ability, expanding not only the color-gamut range but also the overall brightness, resulting in a more realistic and lifelike image. Additionally, the projectors support HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), which produce broadcast-quality HDR images. HLG is becoming widely popular in broadcast industry use.

Additional Features of the 4K6020Z and 4K5020Z Projectors Include :

  • Compatible with seven optional genuine Canon interchangeable lenses for a wide variety of applications
  • High dynamic contrast of up to 22,000:1 in the 4K6020Z and 20,000:1 in the 4K5020Z is achieved by the combination of a powerful image engine that analyzes the contrast of each frame and a double-door type shutter system which allows the iris to operate fast — tracking scenes instantly and reducing light leaks.
  • Covers 99.9 percent of the sRGB color space
  • Supports HDMI, HDBaseT, Wi-Fi® technology and other various interfaces
  • Compatible with Canon Service Tool for PJ App
  • Six preset Image modes provide different variations of color reproduction characteristic suitable for the type and projection environment, includes DICOM[v] Simulation mode and additional five customizable modes that can be stored
  • Canon RS-SL07RST 4K Projector Lens
  • The new RS-SL07RST 4K Standard Zoom Lens features the distinguished red line around the barrel, indicating the highest level of Canon design and superb image quality. The lens can project images up to 600 inches and can even project onto curved surfaces; maintaining focus in the center of the image when peripheral focus has been adjusted.

Additional Features of the RS-SL07RST Projector Lens Include :

  • Unique Marginal Focus feature which allows incremental focus adjustment on peripheral areas of image, designed for concave and convex surfaces
  • Substantial lens shift of vertical ±73 percent and horizontal ±11 percent
  • Powered lens shift, zoom and focus
  • Equipped with a UD lens to help reduce color shift and bleeding
  • Minimal luminance difference from wide to tele position as F value exhibits minor change from 2.1 to 2.4
  • Deep focal length of 22.67mm up to 37.79mm
  • Large zoom ratio of 1.76x
  • Weighing in at 4.1 pounds, the easy-to-install lens can be conveniently secured in place or quickly taken out to be replaced with only one touch, using the spigot-type lever

Pricing and Availability

The Canon 4K6020Z, 4K5020Z Native 4K Laser projectors and RL-SL07RST Standard Zoom Lens are all scheduled to be available in late November 2018 for a suggested retail price of $45,799.00, $43,499.00 and $8,000.00 respectively*. For more information, please visit