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Monday, December 28, 2020

Canon released video on their upcoming Cinema EOS 8K video camera




Canon Japan released a teaser video for its upcoming 8K video camera. It will be available on their Cinema EOS CXXX series of bodies. The prototype model is out for field testing. 

Some time in Q1 or Q2 of 2021, Canon is also expected to announce their top-of-the-line mirrorless camera, the EOS R1. I suspect it will come with unmatched video performance, perhaps in 8K as well and superior to what is available on the EOS R5. Stay tuned for the latest news and development.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Canon EOS R7 APS-C mirrorless camera coming in second half of 2021



* * * Check out the upcoming Canon EOS R3 camera * * *


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

Throughout the decades, I have owned and/or used all the EOS camera lines. I bought my first EOS 1 back in 1989 as my main camera and have upgraded to every model since. Now the EOS-1D X Mark III is my primary body and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV are my backup cameras and occasionally I use the EOS-7D Mark II for far away wildlife shots.

As you know I am not enamored with mirrorless cameras. When the EOS R was first introduced, I was invited to a VIP preview but found the camera wanting. The latest EOS R5 and R6 are great improvement over the original EOS R but they are not there yet and not wildlife centric cameras.

My biggest dislike of mirrorless camera is their small ergonomic size,  limited battery life and 'slow' EVF as compared to the real time sensation of SLR cameras. The EOS R5's BG-R10 grip solves the battery life problem but I do not like the look of addon grips.

The EOS R1 will have a comfortable grip sculptured into the camera body and holds a robust single battery. With the expected first-in-class EVF performance, hopefully with practically no latency and IBIS mated to a mid 20+MP state-of-the-art sensor, this new camera will most probably make a buyer out of me. 

The second mirrorless body that may interest me will be the EOS R7, a APS-C mirrorless camera. It should have the same 1.6X crop factor that all Canon APS-C cameras have. This new body will be very similar to the EOS R6 but designed for wildlife photographers who like to have the extra reach for certain circumstances. I expect the EOS R7 to come with the following features :

  • Dimension and weight similar to EOS R6
  • Mid 20 to 30+MP dual pixel CMOS sensor
  • Dual SD memory card slots
  • May use the same battery grip BG-R10 as the EOS R6
  • Uses the same LP-E6NH battery as the EOS R6.
  • IBIS and AF similar or perhaps identical to EOS R6
  • Video capabilities similar or perhaps slightly below the EOS R6
  • List price slightly below EOS R6 

I will not be buying any RF lenses. The marginal advantages of some RF lenses over their EF counterpart is not compelling enough for me. My complement of EF lenses have served me well and I do not need another series of lenses to clutter my equipment bags.

Stay tune as I get the latest leaks and information concerning the upcoming EOS R1 and EOS R7. Both cameras' prototypes are out in the wild now for field testing. If the Japanese government is serious about hosting the Summer Olympics on July 23, 2021, and Canon is not adversely impacted by further Covid pandemic delays, it is likely to have a development announcement in the first half of 2021 and possible limited delivery for both cameras in time for the Olympics. Otherwise, the announcement and delivery of both cameras will fall into the second half or late 2021.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Canon EOS R1 top-of-the-line full frame mirrorless camera development announcement coming in Q4, 2021

 



My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been a Canon user for over three decades, mostly in wildlife photography. I bought the first EOS-1 camera back in 1989 when it was first introduced and have upgraded to every new model since then. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Many of you also know I am not a fan of mirrorless cameras, notwithstanding the great improvement made in the EOS R5 and EOS R6 models. My biggest complaints are the latency in the EVF versus a top-of-the-line DSLR camera like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. The mediocre battery life even when a battery grip is added and the marginal benefit of the RF over the EF mount lenses.

Canon has announced the development of the EOS R3. Despite the ongoing Covid pandemic, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in July is still on. There is a good chance the EOS R3 will be available by then. This will push the development announcement for the EOS R1 to probably late 2021 and delivery should commence by the first half of 2022. The EOS R1 camera will be the best Canon top-of-the-line body ever and may include the following :

  • All new image sensor with a global sensor
  • Best-in-class AF system superior to the EOS R3 and EOS R5 cameras
  • Quad Pixel AF with best-in-class dynamic range 
  • The fastest frame rate of any Canon camera, not using Live View
  • Imperceptible latency in the EVF. Almost equal to a DSLR viewfinder
  • Best battery life of any Canon mirrorless camera w/o a battery grip

The EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot up to 16 fps using the viewfinder. That is more than enough for me. I hardly ever go over 12 fps. This kind of bragging right, similar to Super Mega Pixel sensors, bores me. If all the above features are in the new EOS R1, I may finally be buying my first mirrorless camera.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Canon announced Firmware Version 1.2.0 for EOS R5 mirrorless camera



Canon has released Firmware Version 1.2.0 for the EOS R5 mirrorless camera.

Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes :

  • When using high-speed or low-speed continuous shooting modes, in Drive Mode with [High-Speed Display: OFF], the visibility of the subject within the frame has been improved when shooting moving objects.*
  • *During continuous shooting black frames will be inserted between frames in the viewfinder and live view. This will improve the visibility of moving subjects in live view and in the viewfinder.
  • Adds the [Auto] setting to the [Viewfinder brightness] menu that will brighten and dim based on ambient light conditions.
  • Enables 2nd curtain shooting sync during radio transmission wireless flash shooting when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  • Enables manual flash output (excluding high-speed sync and optical transmission wireless flash shooting) to be selected and set up to 1/8192 from the camera menu screen when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  • Improves compatibility of HEIF images recorded in the camera with MIAF (Multi-Image Application Format) standards.
  • Adds support for AF and release during zoom operations for some RF and EF lenses.

Download firmware v1.2.0 for the Canon EOS R5

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Canon announced Firmware V 1.0.9 for EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens

 


Firmware version 1.0.9 has been released for the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens

The new firmware fixes the possibility that the IS mechanism may cause the image to jump.

This is my favorite handholdable Super Telephoto lens from Canon and I never go on any wildlife photography tours with it.

Download firmware V1.0.9 on Canon USA's website

Friday, November 6, 2020

Canon announced Firmware V 1.0.7 for EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens



Firmware version 1.0.7 has been released for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

The new firmware fixes the possibility that the IS mechanism may cause the image to jump.

This is my favorite zoom lens from Canon and I never go on any wildlife photography tours with it.

Download firmware V1.0.7 on Canon USA's website

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Canon announced ML-100 and ML-105 Industrial Machine Vision cameras




MELVILLE, NY, November 4, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the Company’s next generation of multi-purpose cameras, the ML-100, and the ML-105[i], which deliver amazingly high sensitivity to capture Full HD Color video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,500,000). With the ability to capture color low-light images, these multi-purpose cameras can be utilized in industrial system design, where seeing color images is critical during day and night.

Canon’s new series of multi-purpose industrial machine vision cameras employ a next-generation 19um, 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. The modular design of the cameras allows implementation and integration into industrial machine vision environments.

The ML series is available in two models with two different lens mounts and two video output configurations to choose from, for a total of four camera options. The ML-100 camera features a CoaXpress terminal, which allows for the transmission of video, camera-control data and power on a single coaxial cable, ideal for use in industrial systems. The CoaXpress terminal produces 12-bit RAW data output at up to 73 fps and allows for more flexibility during processing. The ML-100 features approximately 2.74 million pixels of maximum video output and supports Region of Interest, which can improve frame rate output up to 164 fps at 720p resolution. 

The ML-105 camera features a 3G/HD-SDI video terminal and can be suited for standard video environments where Canon image processing, including YCC 4:2:2 10-bit output, is required. The ML-105 features the Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, capable of delivering Full HD resolution at 60fps. Both cameras can be ordered with either an EF or M58 mount for total system design flexibility.

Canon announced RF 70-200mm f/4L IS and RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lenses




MELVILLE, N.Y., November 3, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the compact and lightweight RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM and the RF50mm F1.8 STM, two completely re-designed RF mount lenses with bloodlines to immensely popular EF models that feature new lens formulas and enhanced elements. Canon is also introducing the PIXMA PRO-200 printer, which is ideal for photography students and graphic designers.

“As Canon began to further build out the company’s RF lens portfolio, the goal in mind was to create advanced lenses, for a variety of experience levels, that also featured a sense of familiarity for longtime Canon users,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “Canon prides itself on being able to uniquely offer both input and output solutions to our customers. We are equally excited to see the images captured with the new lenses, and the prints that are to be created with the new PIXMA PRO-200 printer.”


Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens

The Canon RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM lens is ideal for photography enthusiasts ranging from advanced amateur to professional skill levels. The compact and lightweight nature of the lens makes it Canon’s shortest and lightest 70-200mm F4 zoom lens to date. This RF lens is approximately 32 percent shorter and 11 percent lighter than its EF counterpart with a large portion of the lens element arrangement closer to the camera body. This arrangement is designed to provide photographers with a more balanced feel and experience even at the zoom range’s telephoto end. Additionally, the shorter and lighter design allows the lens to more easily be stowed away in a camera bag when not in use.

The RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM features two independent Nano USM motors, providing an even greater level of high-speed autofocus for still image shooting as well as quiet and smooth autofocus for video shooting. The lens also incorporates a floating focus control that drives the two lens groups individually while using the two aforementioned Nano USM motors. The floating focus lens element shortens the focusing distance and helps reduce breathing, providing users with fast, consistent and reliable performance.


Additional Features of The Canon RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens Include :

  • 16 lens elements in 11 groups, including four UD lenses, that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 Stops[i] of shake correction
  • Up to 7.5 stops[ii] of shake correction with coordinated control of Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer
  • Three stabilizer modes
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather-resistant build with a fluorine coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.97 feet and a maximum magnification of 0.28x
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that helps minimize lens flare and ghosting


Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens

Creatives love using a 50mm lens because that focal length is similar to the natural viewpoint of the human field of vision. This perspective allows for the lens to be used in a wide variety of shooting situations, including portraits, landscapes and food photography. What’s more, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lenses have long been a popular tool for both photographers and creators due to their budget-friendly price point, extremely compact and lightweight form factor, and versatility.

The tradition continues with the RF50mm F1.8 STM that, in many ways, is improved over its EF counterpart. The first visually noticeable improvement is the customizable control ring that has become synonymous with RF lenses. The control ring allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO and with a flip of the side switch can adjust focus. The inclusion of a PMo aspherical lens helps to reduce chromatic aberration and provides high-image quality even at the periphery of the image. Additionally, the combination of the lens shape and Super Spectra Coating (SSC) helps to minimize ghosting and flaring.


Additional Features of The Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens Include :

  • Six lens elements in five groups
  • 12-pin communication system
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.98ft and a maximum magnification of 0.25x
  • Up to 7 stops[iii] of Shake Correction with EOS R Series cameras with In-Body Image Stabilizer

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 and RF 70-200mm f/4 lenses coming very soon

 


Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM

  • 6 optical elements in 5 groups
  • 7 aperture blades
  • 0.3m minimum focusing distance
  • 0.25x magnification
  • filter diameter: 43mm
  • 69.2 x 40.5mm
  • 160g
  • Price: $199


Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS

  • 16 optical elements in 11 groups
  • 4 UD elements
  • 9 aperture blades
  • minimum focusing distance: 0.6m
  • 0.28x magnification
  • filter diameter: 77mm
  • image stabilisation up to 5 stops (on EOS R/RP)
  • image stabilisation up o 7.5 stops (on EOS R5/R6)
  • 83.5 x 119mm
  • 695g
  • price: $1,599

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Canon released Firmware update V1.2.1 to EOS-1D X Mark III camera



Canon has released new firmware V1.2.1 for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III body. You can read a real life review of this camera and see the photos from my recent wildlife photography tours of Brazil and Japan.

Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following fix :

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in which, after updating the camera’s firmware to version 1.2.0, the Smart Controller may respond slowly or not at all on some cameras. *)
  2. *) The phenomenon described above may occur in cameras whose first two digits of the serial number are “01” “02” “03” or “04”.

Firmware Version 1.2.1 also incorporates the following fixes and enhancements from Firmware Version 1.2.0 :

Enhancements when using Browser Remote :

  1. The image list displayed will be refreshed automatically on the browser.
  2. On the shooting screen of the browser, you can set the movie resolution and a high frame rate.
  3. On the shooting screen of the browser, you can change the movie shooting mode.
  4. On the shooting screen of the browser, Live View will be displayed as soon as you select the movie shooting button.
  5. Enhances Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  6. 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:
  7. In One-Shot AF mode, when the AF Area Selection Mode is set as Zone AF, Large Zone AF or Automatic Selection AF.
  8. In AI Servo AF, when direct AF point selection is made using the smart controller.
  9. When the Register/Recall Shooting Function is assigned to the AE Lock button, in the Custom Controls.
  10. Connectivity during FTP transmission, has been improved.
  11. Improves Wi-Fi connectivity when using the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9.
  12. Fixes a phenomenon, in which the card access time may take longer, when using certain CFexpress cards.

Download firmware V1.2.1 at Canon USA

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Back from my wildlife photo tour of the Pantanal, Brazil

Back from my wildlife tour of the Pantanal in Brazil over the weekend. The wild fires that devastated parts of the Pantanal were not as bad as I had feared.

It was very hot down there and very few photographers. After all, Brazil has been designated as a Level 4 (Do Not Travel there) country by the US State Department due to the Covid 19 pandemic. I felt very safe down there and almost everyone wears masks and take precautions to avoid spreading the virus further. 

I brought the EOS-1D X Mark III as my primary body and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV as my backup cameras. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and more of my works on MichaelDanielHo.com










Canon EOS R1 and EOS R7 mirrorless cameras coming in 2021




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. I have returned from a wildlife photo tour of the Pantanal in Brazil over the weekend. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Throughout the decades, I have owned and/or used all the EOS camera lines. I bought my first EOS 1 back in 1989 as my main camera and have upgraded to every model since. Now the EOS-1D X Mark III is my primary body and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV are my backup cameras and occasionally I use the EOS-7D Mark II for far away wildlife shots.

As you know I am not enamored with mirrorless cameras. When the EOS R was first introduced, I was invited to a VIP preview but found the camera wanting. The latest EOS R5 and R6 are great improvement over the original EOS R but they are not there yet and not wildlife centric cameras.

My biggest dislike of mirrorless camera is their small ergonomic size,  limited battery life and 'slow' EVF as compared to the real time sensation of SLR cameras. The EOS R5's BG-R10 grip solves the battery life problem but I do not like the look of addon grips.

The EOS R1 will have a comfortable grip sculptured into the camera body and holds a robust single battery. With the expected first-in-class EVF performance, hopefully with practically no latency and IBIS mated to a mid 20+MP state-of-the-art sensor, this new camera will most probably make a buyer out of me. 

The second mirrorless body that may interest me will be the EOS R7, a APS-C mirrorless camera. It should have the same 1.6X crop factor that all Canon APS-C cameras have. This body will be designed for wildlife photographers who like to have the extra reach for certain circumstances. I expect the EOS R7 to come with an addon grip and use the same LP-E6NH battery as the EOS R5 and EOS R6.

However, I will not be buying any RF lenses. My complement of EF lenses have served me well and I do not need another series of lenses to clutter my equipment bags.

Stay tune as I get the latest leaks and information concerning the upcoming EOS R1 and EOS R7. If the Japanese government is serious about hosting the Summer Olympics on July 23, 2021, Canon is likely to have a development announcement in early 2021 and possible limited delivery for both cameras in time for the Olympics. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Canon gaining market share in mirrorless camera sales. Will surpass Sony eventually



Canon Inc. is gaining market share in mirrorless camera sales, both in Japan and worldwide, according the the latest BCN report. Nikon is falling further behind.


Japanese article machine translated from BCN’s report :

As of April, the decline in mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras was greater than that of the interchangeable lens type as a whole, and the number of units sold was 19.7% year-on-year, a decrease of more than 80%. However, it recovered rapidly after July. In September, the number of units sold was 97.8% compared to the same month of the previous year, and the amount was 90.3%, approaching the same level as the previous year. In reaction to the last-minute purchase before the tax increase that occurred in September last year, the number of interchangeable lenses as a whole increased temporarily to 52.1% and the amount of money was 56.3%. In such an environment, full-size mirrorless cameras are doing very well.

The positive environment for cameras, such as the Go To Travel Campaign, has been set up, and new full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are being released one after another. Canon will release the EOS RP in April, the R5 in July, and the R6 in August. Nikon released the Z5 in August, and Panasonic released the LUMIX S5 in September. After October, Sony will release the α7C and α7S III, and Nikon will release the Z6II and Z7II. Consumers’ choices are expanding all at once, and the camera market is returning to its bustling atmosphere.

The manufacturer share has also changed. Until the summer of 2018, Sony maintained a nearly 100% share of the market. Nikon and Canon entered the market one after another in the fall of 2018. Panasonic entered the market in February 2019 and Sigma entered the market in October, and the full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera market was launched in earnest. However, the structure in which Sony maintains a market share of 50% or more has not changed, and the situation of one-strong vs. others has continued.

This year, sales of new products introduced by Canon in particular increased, and the share of sales volume was 34.7%. It is just behind Sony, which has fallen to 43.9%. Nikon’s flagship product has not yet been released, and the momentum is the same as before. With the introduction of a low-priced model, Panasonic has finally gained a presence despite its single-digit share of 5.8%. Sigma, which temporarily overtook Nikon, has only one model in its lineup, so it has been overtaken by Panasonic and is content with 2.6%.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Canon ME20F-SH Ultra Low Light Camera can shoot in almost complete darkness







The Canon ME20F-SH camera can shoot in almost complete darkness and can achieve a mind-blowing ISO 4,500,000.  This camera was used for the Awavena documentary by Emmy awarding-winning artist and director Lynette Wallworth.

"For the Amazonian Yawanawá, “medicine” has the power to transport you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushuhu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawá, uses VR as medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding cutting edge technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story can be told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction."

Awavena contains some night scenes with fluorescent luminance of plants and insects in the Amazon.

"The challenge of shooting documentary footage at night in the jungle is that any lighting you may use will disrupt the activity of the creatures you’re trying to capture. In the award-winning documentary Awavena, Director of Photography Greg Downing used Canon’s ME20F-SH camera to showcase the remarkable fluorescent luminance of plants and insects in the Amazon. The project, which chronicles the Yawanawa tribe and its first ever female shaman, utilizes mixed reality to give viewers the experience of a vision quest. In this video, Downing describes how the incredible 4,500,000 ISO of the ME20 helped to create the stunning visuals to simulate a vision quest."

New firmware for Canon EOS-5D Mark IV and EOS-6D Mark II cameras announced



Canon has released a new EOS 5D Mark IV firmware update. Version 1.3.0 available for download

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
  2. *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
  3. *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC. 
  4. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on Image.canon.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which some camera operations may not be possible or an error may occur after an insufficient flash output is produced when shooting with the flash.



Canon has released a new EOS 6D Mark II firmware update. Version 1.1.0 available for download

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
  2. *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
  3. *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  4. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on Image.canon.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Canon EOS R1 mirrorless camera will be the most advanced camera in Canon's history

 

I am on a tour of the Pantanal in Brazil photographing Jaguars and other wildlife. Just want to update my readers on the latest news of the upcoming Canon EOS R1, top of the line full frame mirrorless camera. It will be something like no one has ever seen before from Canon.

It will come a brand new sensor, state of the art AF system and Global shutter with a frame rate even faster than the EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera. A development announcement should occur late this year or early with limited delivery perhaps before the 2021 Summer Olympics in July in Tokyo, Japan.

I am very busy and tired from a grueling schedule in the Pantanal. Visit my Facebook page to keep up with my tour.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Canon Super Telephoto RF 400mm f/2.8 and RF 500mm f/4 lenses to debut with EOS R1 camera?



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

Throughout the decades, I have owned and/or used all the EOS camera lines. I bought my first EOS 1 back in 1989 as my main camera and have upgraded to every model since. Now the EOS-1D X Mark III is my primary body and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV are my backup cameras.

As you know, I am not enamored with the current mirrorless cameras on the market. However, I may make an exception when the top-of-the-line Canon EOS R1 mirrorless camera debuts next year. So far, Canon has not produced any Super Telephoto lens in the RF mount. However, in 2021 there will be two new lenses available with the R1.

My guess is, it will be the RF 400mm f/2.8L IS and RF 500mm f/4L IS. Both lenses will come with a hefty weight reduction by perhaps one pound or more. As much as I am excited to try out the EOS R1, I will not be buying any RF lenses. My complement of EF lenses have served me well and I do not need another series of lenses to clutter my equipment bags.

Stay tune as I get the latest leaks and information on the upcoming EOS R1 and Super Telephoto lenses. If the Japanese government is serious about hosting the Summer Olympics on July 23, 2021, Canon is likely to have a development announcement in early 2021 and possible limited delivery in time for the Olympics. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Canon EOS R1 top-of-the-line mirrorless camera coming in 2021

 



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

Throughout the decades, I have owned and/or used all the EOS camera lines. I bought my first EOS 1 back in 1989 as my main camera and have upgraded to every model since. Now the EOS-1D X Mark III is my primary body and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV are my backup cameras.

As you know I am not enamored with mirrorless cameras. When the EOS R was first introduced, I was invited to a VIP preview but found the camera wanting. The latest EOS R5 and R6 are great improvement over the original EOS R but they are not there yet and not wildlife centric cameras.

My biggest dislike of mirrorless camera is their small ergonomic size,  limited battery life and 'slow' EVF as compared to the real time sensation of SLR cameras. The EOS R5's BG-R10 grip solves the battery life problem but I do not like the look of addon grips.

The EOS R1 has a comfortable grip sculptured into the camera body and holds a robust single battery. With the expected first-in-class EVF performance, hopefully with practically no latency and IBIS mated to a mid 20+MP state-of-the-art sensor will most probably make a buyer out of me. However, I will not be buying any RF lenses. My complement of EF lenses have served me well and I do not need another series of lenses to clutter my equipment bags.

Stay tune as I get the latest leaks and information concerning the upcoming EOS R1. If the Japanese government is serious about hosting the Summer Olympics on July 23, 2021, Canon is likely to have a development announcement in early 2021 and possible limited delivery in time for the Olympics. 

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