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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Canon announced EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x





MELVILLE, NY, September 24, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company's first-ever RF mount Cinema EOS camera, the EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera. When the Canon RF mount was first introduced, imaging professionals began to dream about the possibilities that this revolutionary mount system might provide them. One request that Canon consistently heard was to put an RF mount on a Cinema EOS camera so that future lens performance could capitalize on the short flange depth. Just two short years later, those wishes have come true with the new C70 camera. 

The unique design of the EOS C70 camera puts a significant emphasis on operational convenience for the end-user. The small form-factor, weighing only 2.6lbs., allows the camera to be easily handheld and dramatically enhances a videographer's mobility, providing a seamless bridge between the EOS and Cinema EOS families for cinematic applications. Cleverly designed, the camera features a slim, motorized ND filter unit – having a mere 6mm depth – that is built into the short flange back of the RF mount. The motorized 10-stop ND filter provides users with the flexibility to control exposure while keeping the desired depth-of-field and capturing images that feature the desired level of bokeh. Thirteen customizable buttons allow users to select from more than 80 functions to be assigned based on individual preferences. 

"The Canon EOS C70 camera is truly a special tool that will undoubtedly satisfy and delight a variety of users on the search for a high-powered piece of video equipment," said Tatsuro "Tony" Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. "In today's fast-moving, ever-changing world of filmmaking and content creation, versatility is key, and the EOS C70 will provide a familiar form and feature set to our entire spectrum of imaging customers. We are eager to see how creatives use this tool and the projects that come from it." 

The camera features Canon's innovative and next-generation Super 35mm DGO Sensor that further extends the high dynamic range and lowers noise levels by reading out each photodiode with two different gains. One gain prioritizes saturation – protecting detail in highlight areas – while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with up to 16-plus stops of total dynamic range, clean, rich shadows, and vibrant highlights in up to 4K/ 60p or 2K/120p in Super16mm Crop mode. The EOS C70 camera also features Canon's recently developed DIGIC DV7 image processor that collects the extensive information captured from the DGO sensor and processes it into exceptional HDR imagery while offering choices between Canon Log 2 and 3, in addition to PQ and HLG gamma functionality. The C70 camera can also record 4K DCI or UHD up to 120fps and 2K DCI or HD up to 180 fps – with an important flexibility in the choice of codecs. 

The camera supports XF-AVC format (in variable bit-rate) – both Intra and Long GOP with MXF file format. The intra-frame format compresses the data after analyzing each frame separately, while Long GOP format compresses data at a higher rate, creating an even smaller file size. A secondary choice is Long GOP 10-bit 4:2:2/4:2:0 MP4/HEVC (a next-generation HDR video recording compression standard) with an MP4 file format – a first in the Cinema EOS line. 

The camera's independent air intake system is separated from the electrical systems to protect the sensor from water, sand, and dust. In addition, the camera also features two air outlet vents that allow uninterrupted recording for extended periods of time.

Additional features of the Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera include :

  1. New Direct Touch Menu System
  2. Coordinated Electronic Image Stabilization
  3. Two built-in Mini XLR inputs
  4. Time-code input/output terminal
  5. Custom picture processing via import of 3D LUTs and recording to Look Files
  6. Dual-SD card slots
  7. Built-in stereo mic
  8. Support for optional Canon RC-V100 remote control
  9. Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x 

The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is a new optical adapter that allows users to tap into Canon's extensive collection of superb full-frame EF lenses when operating the EOS C70 camera. The adapter implements two critically important functions – preserving the similar FF wide angle image onto the 4K Super 35mm image sensor while simultaneously elevating the lens camera sensitivity by one stop. The mount adapter preserves full electronic communication between the lens and camera, enabling optical lens corrections and transfer of lens metadata between the EOS C70 camera and select Canon EF lenses*. 

Price & Availability 

The Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2020 for an estimated retail price of $5499.00. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is scheduled to be available in December 2020 for an estimated retail price of $599.99**.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Canon explained EOS R5 overheating issue in an interview




The following is an excerpt from Cine D interview with Mr. Katsuyuki Nagai, Product Management Director of Image Communication Business at Canon Europe, concerning the 'overheating' issue of the EOS R5 camera.


The Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 are now shipping and as we all know, these new cameras have suffered severe overheating issues when first introduced to the market. The current situation of both cameras became (much) better with the recent introduction of firmware 1.1.1. Yet, we approached Canon with a request for an interview hoping that our questions regarding the situation can be answered. This morning we got a notification that Katsuyuki Nagai-san, Product Management Director of Image Communication Business at Canon Europe, took the time to respond. We do hope that the answers below will shed some light on how product rollout and decisions are being made.

Johnnie – CineD : The Canon EOS R5 is already shipping and there is no doubt that the camera is a technical marvel. What led Canon to introduce this product and don’t you think that introducing such an 8K mirrorless camera is a bit too early?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon: Someone has to be first, right?

Canon has always been a pioneer in video and stills camera development. The EOS 5D Mark II was the first full HD camera at a time when people asked, ‘why would you want to shoot video with a stills camera?’ We then followed up with the EOS-1D C in 2012, one of the first internal recording 4K cameras, and again people questioned the need for 4K when most were still moving to Full HD.

Someone has to push the boundaries as to what is possible. It’s worth noting that new games consoles support 8K and we are seeing more brands pushing 8K TVs, which will be in the homes of many users in the near future more so than 4K was back in 2012.

8K has been a goal for Canon for a while not just for video but stills/ hybrid shooters too. When we introduced the EOS 5D Mark II, customers who would become what we now know as hybrid shooters had been using separate video and stills cameras. They were asking for one product they could use to shoot stills and video at the same time. With a camera capturing Full HD, the stills result fell short of the 20MP still images the camera was capable of. The move to 4K improved this to 8MP, still 1⁄2 or 1/3 the quality of the still side of the camera. Now with 8K users do not have to worry so much about ‘do I shoot this moment in video or do I shoot stills?’ They can now grab high quality stills from the video footage afterwards.

Johnnie – CineD : When looking at Canon’s official online marketing material, both Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 were promised to be the “ultimate hybrid camera” and “ultimate content creation tool”. (https://www.canon-europe.com/ cameras/eos-r6/). Also, a “game-changing” tool was mentioned. (https:// www.canon-europe.com/cameras/eos-r5/). Now, looking backward, in your opinion, was this promise to customers fulfilled?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon : We stand by these claims – the EOS R5 and R6 are not dedicated video cameras, they are stills camera hybrids.

These cameras offer levels of stills performance not seen before. The high- resolution EOS R5 matches its closest competitors, coupled with the speed to match the fastest but lower resolution sports cameras on the market today.

Class leading autofocus, image stabilisation, 10bit recording and Canon Log are game changing features that make people re-evaluate what a mirrorless camera is. When it comes to video, even if we exclude the 8K and 4K 60p functions of these cameras, they are still two of the highest specification video enabled stills cameras Canon has launched to date and are the ultimate hybrid cameras for today.

Johnnie – CineD : Both cameras suffered from overheating issues in video recording and more than that, long recovery times. By introducing the latest firmware update, it seems as if Canon is trying to overcome some of those issues by allowing longer recording and shorter recovery waiting times (until the camera can film again). What exactly is causing those cameras to overheat and what’s the new FW doing in order to help here?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon : I think we should look at the fundamentals of the whole topic to give a better perspective. The cameras feature cutting edge features squeezed into compact bodies designed to offer weather resistance.

This is where we come to the first of the two governing factors that affect the cameras when it comes to overheating. Holding a very warm object for an extended period has the potential to result in what is known as low temperature burns. Secondary is to protect the internal components of the camera from the overheating. We limit how hot the external body of the camera can get to protect users, which is one of the causes of overheat shutdown. Some heat management must also be applied to ensure the camera continues to operate.

Recording time is controlled by monitoring the temperature inside the camera body and the last usage status information (operating time). With the new firmware we improved the temperature detection system and updated the video recording time control algorithm. The combination of these two points enables the system to increase recording time by taking into consideration things like external cooling during filming.

Also, the movie recording time displayed when powering the camera off/on quickly between recording consecutive short videos (at room temperature) has been improved.

Johnnie – CineD : Lots of information can be found on the internet showing how to “bypass” some of the restrictions Canon originally imposed on the EOS R5 to record long 8K RAW video. Of course, I can understand that you can not refer to “hacks”, so let me ask, is there any danger to the camera or sensor by allowing much longer 8K RAW recording times – longer than what Canon currently allows?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon : To ensure the safety of users, we control the recording time by monitoring the temperature inside the camera body and the last usage status information (operating time). We do not recommend resetting the camera via the removal of the battery during recording or via dismantling the camera. If the internal memory is reset in this way, the camera may become unusable, temperature control may no longer work correctly, and the camera may overheat more than expected resulting in the power supply components not operating correctly.

Johnnie – CineD : To some people, it seemed as if Canon was trying to protect their professional EOS camera line by restricting recording times. That might have caused some trust issues between potential customers and the company. Is there anything you would like to highlight in order to reassure people that whatever was done, was not intentional but to technically protect the camera?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon : This is an accusation we’ve seen before which belongs on the conspiracy theory pile. It is simply not a sensible business idea as users are more likely to switch to competitor systems than buy a much more expensive camera to get a certain feature.

There are factors that govern what a camera can and cannot do, the primary of which is the components used based on the cost of the camera. Making a camera that can do everything would require higher resolution viewfinders, bigger buffers, faster processors to handle the data, faster card buses to write to cards etc, all components which typically cost more.

It is important that we evaluate the primary customer for each product and decide what features would be required by that typical user. We do not ‘cripple’ our cameras, our aim is always to focus the product better to the typical user.

One issue manufacturers face is feedback that cameras are difficult to use and some people prefer to use their smartphones. If we follow the model of just making the same camera but cheaper, that does not tackle the issue of making a camera easier to use. We aim to make each model of camera more intuitive to use, without excess menus or features that may hinder or discourage use rather than expand it.

Johnnie – CineD : In regards to the EOS R6, are we going to see any future improvements in encoding quality, allowing All-intra on top of IBP or even 4K RAW recording for example?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon : We are constantly listening to customer feedback. EOS R6 sales have only just begun so we need to spend a little time listening to understand what is needed now the cameras are in the hands of end users, before making any further plans on updates for the EOS R6 over those we have already announced.

Johnnie – CineD : At the end of the day, what should we expect from the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras? Will you improve recording time in the near future (and keep the same video quality), or are we approaching the end of improvements and those 2 cameras will continue to be restricted as they are today?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon : We plan to keep enhancing these products but as explained in my previous answer, there are limitations that cannot simply be overcome via a firmware update.

I would like to Thank Katsuyuki Nagai-san from Canon Europe for taking the time to answer our questions. I also hope that you guys will take the time to comment below. Let’s keep the conversation respectful!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Canon EOS R5 camera firmware version 1.1.1 available for download




Canon EOS R5 camera firmware update version 1.1.1 is now available for download. New improvements for the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is added.

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • When the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is attached, an image stabilization effect of approximately six stops is achieved through collaborative control with the in-lens image stabilization.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the IS capabilities may be degraded when performing continuous shooting in cases where the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is attached to the EOS R5 running firmware version 1.1.0.

Canon EOS R6 camera firmware version 1.1.1 available for download




Canon EOS R6 firmware update version 1.1.1 is now available for download

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • A messaging is displayed when [HDMI display: Camera+External monitor] and [Overheat control: on] settings are both enabled.
  • When the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is attached, an image stabilization effect of approximately six stops is achieved through collaborative control with the in-lens image stabilization.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the IS capabilities may be degraded when performing continuous shooting in cases where the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is attached to the EOS R6 running firmware version 1.1.0.
  • When using certain RF lenses for movie shooting, the in-lens image stabilization mechanism has been improved.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the "Slow Synchro" setting screen is not accurately displayed, when the language is set to English.
  • Fixes a typo displayed on the communication setting screen, when the language is set to Korean.
  • Connectivity during FTP transmission has been improved.
  • Temperature detection and shooting time control in video shooting have been improved. In addition, the total shooting time when the short-time recording and power-on/off are performed repeatedly at room temperature is improved.
  • The phenomenon in which the movie recording time available is not correctly displayed when the Date/Time/Zone is not set has been corrected.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Canon is field testing high mega-pixel version of EOS R5 camera




Canon released new firmware updates to the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 cameras in August, 2020. Further firmware enhancement to support advanced video recording capabilities for both cameras was announced by Canon as well.

Since the EOS R5 basically replaced the venerable EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R cameras, it is not surprising Canon will be introducing a mega-pixel version of the EOS R5 (EOS R5s). Prototype version of the camera is already out in the field for testing, rumored to have a 90MP sensor.

Frankly, I find this mega-pixel sensor race to be silly but it is a marketing game and hype is essential to grab attention.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Canon announced All-In-One PIXMA TS9570, TS8270 and TR4570S printers



MELVILLE, NY, September 2, 2020 – Over the past few months, you’ve probably added some mileage to your desktop printer – by printing documents for school, work, and/or to help keep children entertained. Continuing the tradition of producing quality printers ideal for both work and play, Canon U.S.A,. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three new PIXMA printers: the PIXMA TR8620 Wireless Home Office All-in-One Printer, PIXMA TR7020 Wireless All-in-One Printer and the PIXMA TS6420 Wireless All-in-One Printer. Designed with easy connectivity and setup in mind, a sleek and compact design – and the reliability that comes with a Canon PIXMA series printer continues with these latest models.

“In 2020, we have seen the at-home and small business needs of our customers continue to evolve rapidly and Canon is proudly invested in striving to make sure the wants and needs of our various customers are met,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “These new PIXMA printers are a proof point in our steadfast commitment to making quality imaging products that provide ease and convenience to consumers in their home or small-business offices.”

Beneficial for a makeshift, work-from-home office or at your desk in a business office, the PIXMA TR8620 is the business personal printer to have at your disposal. This model features all the essential printer functions including print, copy, scan and fax as well as an ADF (automatic document feeder) for easy paper handling.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Canon announced future EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 camera firmware plans





Canon released new firmware updates to the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 cameras in August, 2020. In addition, Canon plans further firmware enhancement to support advanced video recording capabilities for both cameras.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. plans to introduce the following video recording functions via a series of future firmware updates :

EOS-1D X Mark III

  • Canon Log 3 option will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for 5.5K RAW video recording will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for all the IPB video recording modes will be added.

EOS R5

  • Canon Log 3 option will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for 8K RAW video recording will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for all the IPB video recording modes will be added.
  • A 119.88 fps option for Full HD (1080p) recording will be added.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 camera firmware updates available for download






Canon released new firmware updates to the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 cameras. Although the EOS R5 is a great improvement over the original EOS R model, I am still not ready to buy a high end mirrorless camera. My readers know the reason why I am waiting for the EOS R1, which should be coming next year, before the delayed Tokyo Olympics in July, 2021.

EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following enhancements :

1. Enhancements when using Browser Remote :

  • The image list displayed will be refreshed automatically on the browser.
  • On the shooting screen of the browser, you can set the movie resolution and a high frame rate.
  • On the shooting screen of the browser, you can change the movie shooting mode.
  • On the shooting screen of the browser, Live View will be displayed as soon as you select the movie shooting button.

2. Enhances Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.

3. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur during viewfinder shooting, in which the shutter may not be released or the camera may not operate in the following settings:

  • In One-Shot AF mode, when the AF Area Selection Mode is set as Zone AF, Large Zone AF or Automatic Selection AF.
  • In AI Servo AF, when direct AF point selection is made using the smart controller.
  • When the Register/Recall Shooting Function is assigned to the AE Lock button, in the Custom Controls.

4. Connectivity during FTP transmission, has been improved.

5. Improves Wi-Fi connectivity when using the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9.

6. Fixes a phenomenon, in which the card access time may take longer, when using certain CFexpress cards.

Canon EOS R5 camera firmware update version 1.1.0 available for download




Canon UK has the EOS R5 camera firmware update version 1.1.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Useful messaging is now displayed when [HDMI display: Camera+External monitor] and [Overheat control: on] settings are enabled.
  • When using certain RF lenses for movie shooting, the in-lens image stabilization mechanism has been improved.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the "Slow Synchro" setting screen is not accurately displayed, when the language is set to English.
  • Fixes a typo displayed on the communication setting screen, when the language is set to Korean.
  • Connectivity during FTP transmission has been improved.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, in which the card access time may take longer, when using certain CFexpress cards.
  • Temperature detection and shooting time control in video shooting have been improved. In addition, the total shooting time when the short-time recording and power-on/off are performed repeatedly at room temperature is improved.
  • The phenomenon in which the movie recording time available is not correctly displayed when the Date/Time/Zone is not set has been corrected.

The firmware scheduled for release in early September will incorporate the following improvements for the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM.

  • Supports 6-stop image stabilization. (CIPA-compliant)
  • Improves IS capabilities when performing continuous shooting under specific conditions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tear Down of Canon EOS R5 full frame mirrorless camera




Canon announced the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras on July 9, 2020. Here are some sample photos taken with the EOS R6. Many of you know why I am not interested in acquiring either the EOS R5 or EOS R6 at this time. My main and backup bodies are the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS-1D X Mark II.

My readers know me as the Wildlife Ho-tographer. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com
When the EOS R1 debuts next year, I may be interested in acquiring one. 

The semi-pro EOS-R5 mirrorless camera is a great improvement over the EOS R. Its phenomenal Animal Eye Auto Focusing feature is especially useful for wildlife photography but I am still not ready to buy an EOS R mirrorless camera yet.

Below is a video of the Canon EOS R5 camera tear down. This guy seems to know how to take it apart. Wonder if he is capable of putting it back together to its original condition. LOL.

https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Uv411q7CA

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New Canon Firmware Updates for EOS-R, EOS-Ra, EOS-RP cameras RF and EF lenses




Canon has announced a slew of Firmware Updates for EOS R, EOS Ra, EOS RP cameras, RF Lenses, and two EF Super Telephoto lenses.

Canon EOS R firmware version 1.7.0 — Download

Canon EOS Ra firmware version 1.5.0 — Download

New Firmware Version 1.7.0 and 1.5.0 incorporate the following enhancements :

1. Support has been added for the following lenses :

  • RF 600mm F11 IS STM
  • RF 800mm F11 IS STM
  • Extender RF 1.4x
  • Extender RF 2.0x

2. The operation of playing back through the multi-function bar has been improved (please refer to the latest version of the camera's Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update).

3. Support for the Battery Pack LP-E6NH has been added.

Canon EOS RP firmware version 1.5.0 — Download

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following enhancements :

Support has been added for the following lenses :

  • RF 600mm F11 IS STM
  • RF 800mm F11 IS STM
  • Extender RF 1.4x
  • Extender RF 2x

 Lens firmware updates incorporate the following enhancement :

The lens-based image stabilizer function works together with the camera-based image stabilizer function to achieve greater image stabilization effects with EOS R5/EOS R6.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens - Firmware version 1.0.7

Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens - Firmware version 1.0.7

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Firmware version 2.0.6

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens - Firmware version 2.0.4

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM Lens - Firmware version 1.0.6

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens - Firmware version 1.0.8

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - Firmware version 2.0.2


The following lens firmware updates incorporate the following enhancement :

Focusing performance has been improved when using the Servo AF continuous shooting mode.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens — Firmware version 1.1.3

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens — Firmware version 2.0.2

A complete hands-on review of Canon EOS R5 full frame mirrorless camera


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Canon EOS R5 camera 8K video real world testing


Canon announced the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras on July 9, 2020. Here are a couple of real world 8K video tests of the EOS R5's capabilities.





Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Canon EOS R5 camera's Animal Eye AF is a Game Changer for Wildlife Photography




Canon announced the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras on July 9, 2020. Here are some sample photos taken with the EOS R6. Many of you know why I am not interested in acquiring either the EOS R5 or EOS R6 at this time. My main and backup bodies are the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS-1D X Mark II.

My readers know me as the Wildlife Ho-tographer. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com
When the EOS R1 debuts next year, I may be interested in acquiring one. 

The semi-pro EOS-R5 mirrorless camera is a great improvement over the EOS R. Its phenomenal Animal Eye Auto Focusing feature is especially useful for wildlife photography but I am still not ready to buy an EOS R mirrorless camera yet.








Friday, July 17, 2020

Canon EOS R7 APS-C mirrorless camera (EOS-7D Mark II replacement) coming?



Canon announced the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras on July 9, 2020. Here are some sample photos taken with the EOS R6. My readers know why I am not interested in acquiring either the EOS R5 or EOS R6. My main and backup bodies are the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS-1D X Mark II.

However, there is a real possibility Canon may offer an APS-C version of the EOS R6, possibly called the EOS R7, to replace the EOS-7D Mark II DSLR, some time late 2020 or in Q1 of 2021. I will be interested in acquiring this body and of course, when the EOS R1 arrives some time in 2021, assuming the global pandemic will be under control and the Tokyo Olympics takes place in July 2021.

First hands on review of Canon EOS R6 full frame mirrorless camera


Canon announced the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras on July 9, 2020. Here are some sample photos taken with the EOS R6.






Tuesday, July 14, 2020

First look at Canon RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11 DO lenses for wildlife photography


Canon RF 600mm and RF 800mm DO lenses



See how Canon EOS R5 camera's Animal AF works in the real world







Canon issued details regarding EOS R5 and EOS R6 overheating during video recording





Details Regarding Canon EOS R5/EOS R6 Overheating During Video Recording

The EOS R5, one of the latest additions to Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera line, offers class-leading autofocus with high-resolution and high frame rate video recording options using the maximum width of the full-frame sensor at high bit rates. Inevitably, this combination of features has potential to generate some significant heat, which will limit recording time.

Canon has taken several steps to manage the potential for overheating, including:
Magnesium alloy was used in the body to dissipate heat away from internal components
An “overheat control” function to reduce heat generation when the camera is in standby
In regard to the installation of a fan: The decision not to install a fan within the body was made in order to maintain the EOS R5’s compact size, lightweight construction and weather resistance.

Before recording starts, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 display an estimate of the recordable time based on the current camera temperature and the set recording mode.

Canon has published and included below the approximate recording and estimated recovery times for 23°C / 73°F environments and ensure that the camera will warn users when it is getting too hot. Additionally, tips to reduce overheating as well as recovering time are listed below.

Timing :




How can you reduce heat buildup in the EOS R5?

Set Overheat Control function to "ON" (default). When the overheat control function is enabled, the movie size and frame rate are automatically changed while the camera is in standby mode to suppress the rise of the internal temperature.

Between recordings, it is recommended to turn off the camera and position the camera out of direct sunlight. Use an external fan to dissipate heat.

How long will it take for the camera to recover?

Estimated camera recovery times are indicated below. The time until full record time is available will vary with ambient temperature, continued camera operation and the selected shooting resolution.




What about the EOS R6?

Like the EOS R5, the EOS R6 offers powerful movie recording and stills capabilities within a compact body design. At the highest frame rates and resolutions heat is inevitably generated. We believe the EOS R6 offers best in class performance, especially for enthusiast photographers and video content creators.

The EOS R6 can record up to the 29 minutes 59 second recording limit in the 5.1K oversampled 4K 60p mode at (23°C / 73°F) before encountering any heat related issues within the camera and up to 40 minutes of 4K at 30p.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Canon announced EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras and 4 new RF lenses and two Teleconverters
















MELVILLE, N.Y., July 9, 2020 – With anticipation at a fever pitch, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the company’s next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras – the EOS R5 and EOS R6. These groundbreaking cameras are the result of many years of collecting and listening to feedback from Canon users and are sure to meet the needs and demands of a variety of creators. The EOS R5 is a camera designed for professional applications featuring a new 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and uncropped 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps.

The EOS R6 is geared towards advanced amateurs featuring a 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and 4K video recording up to 59.94 fps. The addition of the EOS R5 and the EOS R6 cameras within the EOS R series lineup further solidifies Canon’s commitment to providing the equipment needed for users to bring their content to the next level.

Canon is also introducing four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders: The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM, Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM, and RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM lenses. All four new lenses were designed to meet the ever-expanding demands of the skilled creatives who capture amazing imagery using EOS R series cameras, including the new EOS R5 and EOS R6. In addition to the lenses, there are two new RF lens extenders, a 1.4x and a 2x model, allowing for users to take their compatible RF lens focal lengths even farther, and a 13-inch professional printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300, to bring photos to life through the power of print.

“For all of the Canon research and development team members who worked tirelessly on the production of these new products, today marks the culmination of a long journey. For those people looking for the next great tools to work with to expand their creative possibilities, the door is now wide open,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The industry has asked for new products that can push their levels of creativity to new heights, and we are confident that the EOS R5 and EOS R6, alongside the new lenses, lens extenders, and the pro printer, will fulfill those needs and more.”

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6

Both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras have the ability to capture the action of a variety of fast-moving subjects with impressive accuracy and speed. When using the mechanical shutter, each can shoot up to 12 fps and up to 20 fps when using the completely silent shutter. Both cameras are the first to be outfitted with Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF II which utilizes up to approximately100 percent coverage of the AF area and EOS iTR AF X incorporating AF tracking algorithms using deep learning technology and enhanced readout speed of the CMOS sensor and processing speed thanks to the DIGIC X image processor.

The 1,053 automatically selected AF Zones are made even more potent by the ability to detect the human eye, face or head as well as the eye, face or body of animals such as dogs, cats and even birds. Adding to the feature set is the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer, having coordinated control with Optical Image Stabilizer in IS equipped RF lenses. This provides up to 8 stops of shake correction, a feature that many creators have long asked for from Canon. Both the EOS R5 and R6 cameras come with a new LP-E6NH battery with a higher capacity than the previous model.

As the new flagship model in the EOS R series lineup, the EOS R5 camera has features that pack a punch for a variety of users who create both still and video content. It has a powerful 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and is driven by the speedy DIGIC X image processor, giving wide dynamic range as well as boasting an ISO range of 100-51,200 that is expandable up to 102,400. In a camera full of eye-popping features, one that really stands out is the ability to record uncropped 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps and 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

The camera can also record 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). External recording in 4K is also available up to 59.94 fps. When in DCI modes, the 8K and 4K video recording is uncropped and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.

Additional features of the EOS R5 camera include :

  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II
  • Built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 5.76 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh rate
  • 3.2-inch 2.1 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen
  • 5GHz/2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth Technology with the ability to utilize the image.canon application, as well as optional WFT-R10A wireless file transmitter with Ethernet support
  • Enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial, multi-controller • The ability to voice tag photos and videos
  • Weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 5D series

The EOS R6 camera is well-equipped with a host of new features to push the limits of creativity for imaging enthusiasts. The combination of the EOS-1D X Mark III based 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC X image processor produces an ISO range of 100-102,400 and is expandable to 204,800. Internal video recording at 4K is capable up to 59.94 fps or 1080p up to 119.88 fps in 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon Log(H.265) or HDR PQ(H.265). The camera also features a built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 3.69 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh ratevi.

Additional features of the EOS R6 camera include :

  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • 3-inch 1.62 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen
  • 2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi®vii and Bluetooth Technologyviii with the ability to utilize the image.canon application
  • Enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial, multi-controller
  • Weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 6D series

Battery Accessory

The optional BG-R10 battery grip accessory will be available for both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The BG-R10 accommodates up to two batteries and is compatible with the new LP-E6NH, LP-E6N and LP-E6 batteries. The convenient BG-R10 grip accessory can also improve handling for users while capturing portrait photography.

Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

The Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is a high-performance and versatile super-telephoto zoom lens that will find its way into the bags of many photographers. The compact and lightweight lens features optical image stabilization of up to five stops* of shake correction with three different IS modes, including standard, panning and during exposure only. Two Nano USM motors are at the heart of this lens and provide users with high-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with a minimum focusing distance of three feet.

Additional features of the Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM include :

  • Rotation-Type zoom ring and torque adjustment allows for precision control and feel
  • Customizable control ring that enables photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Canon L-Series grade dust and weather-resistant construction with a fluorine coating
  • Lens hood with side window allows specialty filters to be adjusted even while Lens Hood is attached
  • Compatible with the new 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders (from 300 to 500mm focal length)

Canon RF600mm and 800mm F11 IS STM

The Canon RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are the first fixed focal length super-telephoto RF lenses and are incredibly compact and lightweight. The portability of the new lenses is made even greater due to the ability for the lens barrel to retract and lock in place when the lenses are stowed away and not in use. Diffractive Optics technology helps to reduce the necessary number of lenses and greatly diminish the cost of the lenses, making them affordable for a broader group of photographers.

Additional features of the Canon RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses include :

  • Lightweight – the RF600mm weighs approximately 2.05lb and the RF800mm weighs approximately 2.78lb, respectively
  • Compact size, RF600mm measures approximately 7.85inch and RF800mm with measures approximately 11.09inch when retracted, respectively
  • Fixed f/11 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization of five stops* for the RF600mm and four stops* for the RF800mm of Shake Correction
  • Lead screw-type STM enables smooth auto focusing for still-image and video shooting
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Compatible with the new 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders

Canon RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM

The third RF85mm lens in the RF lineup, the Canon RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM is compact and lightweight, featuring a bright f/2 aperture helping to capture images that have exceptional bokeh. The lens features a maximum magnification of 0.5x and a minimum focusing distance of 1.15 feet, providing users with macro-photography capability.

Additional features of the Canon RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM include :

  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to five stops* of Shake Correction
  • Hybrid IS compensates for angular and shift camera shake during macro photography
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes.
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Nine blade Circular Aperture

RF Lens Extenders

Lens extenders have long been a practical and useful tool for a variety of photographers. That story continues with the introduction of the Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x. The new lens extenders inherit the same high image quality, precision AF and reliability, such as being drip and dustproof, of EF lens extenders. When used in combination with the newly-released compatible lenses, the capturing range can be dramatically increased, providing consumers with additional use cases for their existing RF lenses.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300

Completing the lineup of professional printer options from 13 inches through 60 inches, Canon also unveiled today the new 13-inch Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Inkjet Printer along with a new Premium Fine Art Rough paper. Providing an improved workflow and high-quality output within a smaller footprint compared to previous models, this new printer excels at professional printing performance. Combined with the new Premium Fine Art Rough paper that features a textured surface to express the depth of an image, the printer along with the paper and new EOS R5 or EOS R6 camera introduces a new powerhouse professional imaging trio that meets creators’ demands.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available at the end of July for an estimated retail price of $3899.00 for the body only and $4999.00 for the R5 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit**.

The EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available at the end of August for an estimated retail price of $2499.00 for the body only, $2.899.00 for the R6 and RF 24-105 F4-7.1 IS STM lens kit or $3,599.00 for the R6 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit**.

The BG-R10 battery grip accessory and WFT-R10A are both scheduled to be available at the end of July for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and $999.99**, respectively.

The RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is scheduled to be available in September 2020 for an estimated retail price of $2,699.00. The RF600mm F11 IS STM and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are scheduled to be available at the end of July 2020 for an estimated retail price of $699.99 and $899.99, respectively. The RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in October 2020 for an estimated retail price of $599.99 **.

The RF Extender 1.4x and 2x are scheduled to be available at the end of July for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $599.99** each.

The imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Printer will be available later in July for a suggested retail price of $899.99. Premium Fine Art Rough paper will also be available later in July for a suggested retail price of $44.99 for Letter size, $109.99 for 13” x 19” inches and $169.99, 17” x 22” inches**.

For more information please visit, www.usa.canon.com/virtualproductlaunch

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Canon RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11 Diffractive Optics lenses coming very soon


Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO lens

Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO lens


Canon will be announcing two RF long lenses very soon. The RF 600mm and RF 800mm will feature a DO element and boast between 4 and 5 stops of image stabilization. The 800mm lens is made up of 11 elements in 8 groups and weighs 2.78 lbs (1260 g) while the 600mm is made up of 10 elements in 7 groups and weighs about 2.0 lbs (930 g).

The RF 600mm length is 7.8 inches (199.5 mm) when retracted and 10.6 inch (269.5 mm) extended for shooting. The RF 800mm will be 11 inches (281 mm) retracted and 13.8 inches (351.8 mm) extended for shooting. Both lenses are very slow with a minimum aperture of f/11 and have a list price of around $700 to $900 respectively.

I am a fan of Canon's Diffractive Optics lens technology, like the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, for wildlife photography but find it puzzling what these new cheap RF long lenses are good for?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Register for Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 LiveStream announcement on July 9, 2020




The Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras plus a lineup of lenses and accessories will be announced during a LiveStream event on July 9, 2020.

You will be the first to be informed by Canon ambassadors and experts about our largest product launch to date.

09.07.2020 | 14:00 CET | Broadcast available in English only.

You can register for the event here.

Canon cameras to be announced :

  • Canon EOS R5
  • Canon EOS R6

Canon Accessories :

  • Canon WFT-R10 (A/B/C/D/E)
  • Canon BG-R10
  • Canon LP-E6NH

Canon Lenses :

  • Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
  • Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM
  • Canon RF 600mm f/11
  • Canon RF 800mm f/11
  • Canon RF 1.4x Teleconverter
  • Canon RF 2.0x Teleconverter

Canon Lens Accessories :

  • Canon Lens Hood ET-101
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-88B
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-77
  • Canon Lens Case LZ1328
  • Canon Lens Case LZ1435
  • Extender lens cap RF

Canon Printers :

  • A3+ Printer

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Olympus announced Imaging Business will be sold by the end of 2020




Olympus Corporation ("Olympus") and Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. ("JIP") hereby announce that, today, the parties signed a memorandum of understanding to carveout Olympus’s Imaging business to a new company (“NewCo”) and subsequently transfer its shares to a fund managed, operated or otherwise handled by JIP (the "Transaction").

After the due diligence and further discussions and negotiations, the parties are aiming to sign a legally- binding definitive agreement for the Transaction (the "Definitive Agreement") by September 30, 2020. We will promptly make further announcement if any matters relating to the Transaction that needs further announcement occur.

1. Background and Purpose of the Transaction

Olympus's Imaging business began with the manufacture and sale of a camera using the photographic lens Zuiko in 1936. Through innovative technology and unique product development capabilities, Olympus has developed and launched various products, aiming to contribute to make people’s lives more fulfilling. Those products include: Olympus Pen, the innovative half-sized camera; Zuiko Pearlcorder, the world's first micro-cassette tape recorder; and Olympus OM-D series, the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Olympus has implemented measures to cope with the extremely severe digital camera market, due to, amongst others, rapid market shrink caused by the evolution of smartphones; Olympus has improved the cost structure by restructuring the manufacturing bases and focusing on high-value-added interchangeable lenses, aiming to rectify the earning structure to those that may continue generating profit even as sales dwindles. Despite all such efforts, Olympus’s Imaging business recorded operating losses for 3 consecutive fiscal years up to the term ended in March 2020.

Under such circumstances, Olympus considers that, by carving-out the Imaging business and by operating the business with JIP, the Imaging business’s corporate structure may become more compact, efficient and agile and it is the most appropriate way to realize its self-sustainable and continuous growth and to bring values to the users of our products as well as our employees working in the Imaging business. Olympus therefore has decided to sign the memorandum of understanding for the Transaction.

JIP has strong track records in supporting strategic carve-outs that realize growth potential and encourage autonomous growth. By adding support from JIP, the NewCo, as the successor of reputable brands such as “OM-D” and “ZUIKO,” will utilize the innovative technology and unique product development capabilities which have been developed within Olympus, and will realize continuous growth of the business by bringing better products and services to the users and customers and by making itself a productive and rewarding work place for its employees.

2. Imaging Business after the Transaction

NewCo will succeed and maintain the research and development functions and manufacturing functions globally as reformed under the contemplated structuring reforms to continue to offer high-quality, highly reliable products; and also continue to provide supports to the imaging solution products that have been distributed by Olympus.

3. Outline of the Transaction

The specifics of the Transaction shall be decided in the Definitive Agreement after careful examination and consultation between the parties. The parties currently consider the outline of the Transaction shall be as follows.

The parties will proceed with the actions and procedures for Transactions in full compliance with applicable laws including consultation obligations and other requirements under local employment laws.

Structure

Olympus’s Imaging business will be transferred to the NewCo by way of company split or otherwise, and then, shares in the NewCo will be transferred to a new company to be established by JIP.

Signing of Definitive Agreement : Scheduled to be signed by September 30, 2020
Closing : Olympus and JIP strive to close the Transaction by December 31, 2020.

Structuring Reform

Prior to the closing of the Transaction, Olympus plans to implement structuring reforms to the Imaging business aiming to change the business structure of Imaging business to be more profitable and sustainable. We are currently investigating costs and other impacts of the structuring reform. If any future event which requires disclosure arises, Olympus will announce it promptly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Canon Camera Connect App can remotely control many EOS camera or Camcorder




Camera Connect is a unified app that connects your mobile devices to any Wi-Fi® or Bluetooth®-equipped Canon camera or camcorder. Whether you shoot with a compatible EOS camera, PowerShot camera or VIXIA camcorder, one app is all you need.

With a fresh and intuitive new interface developed for both iOS® and Android™ operating systems, Camera Connect makes it easy to see what you’ve captured, transfer photos and videos to your mobile device, and use your device to control your camera. Click here for more information from Canon.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras and lens kit options coming in July 2020




Canon is expected to announce the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras the first week of July. The new cameras will also be sold with RF lens kits options. Pre-order will be accepted on day of announcement and delivery is expected to commence in Q3, 2020.

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 lens kit options :

  • Canon EOS R5 body only
  • Canon EOS R5 with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EOS R6 body only
  • Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

Below are the SKU for the newly registered RF lenses :

  • 4515C005 - Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • 4318C005 - Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • 4234C005 - Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
  • 4112C005 - Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM
  • 3986C005 - Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO IS STM
  • 3987C005 - Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM
  • 4113C005 and 4114C005 - RF 1.4x and RF 2x

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Canon EOS R5 camera possible specifications and list price. Announcement coming very soon











My readers know why I am not buying Canon mirrorless camera now. When the EOS R1 debuts next year, I may be interested in acquiring one. The semi-pro EOS-R5 mirrorless camera will be announced the first week of July. It will be positioned below the EOS-1D X Mark III and may have the following specifications :

  • All new 40+ MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
  • About 5 stops with IBIS, 8 stops with IS in lens
  • 12 fps with Viewfinder, 20 fps with Live View
  • Signature scroll wheel in back of camera (finally)
  • Dual memory card slots (One SD, one CFexpress)
  • AF On smart controller like the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • New Mode dial on top of camera
  • No-Crop on 8K video
  • Dual Pixel AF available in 8K
  • Internal recording
  • Body AF tracking
  • Face AF tracking
  • Eye AF tracking
  • Animal detection autofocus
  • 8K @ 30 fps RAW, 4K @ 120 fps and 60 fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Improved LP-E6NH battery with longer life
  • New BG-R10 grip with extra battery
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Development announcement. Available second half of 2020.
  • List price about $3,900 in the US.
  • Announcement date - second week of July
  • Shipping date - end of July