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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Canon establishes Professional Photographer Service Center inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Main Press Rooms



TOKYO, July 19, 2021 - Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that the company will establish a photo service center for professional photographers in the Main Press Center (MPC), where members of the international press gather, during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (henceforth, Tokyo 2020 Games) with the purpose of ensuring photographers are as best-equipped as possible to capture exciting and definitive moments of top-class athletes.

Professional photographers around the world require camera manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art technologies and top-class-performance equipment, as well as provide a comprehensive network of meticulous service and support.

Thus far, Canon has provided on-site support for press photographers, including camera and lens maintenance and technological support, behind the scenes at major sporting events around the world. The Tokyo 2020 Games are no exception—there too, Canon will apply its professional support know-how acquired over its long history in order to provide flexible and appropriate support for photographers and the various requests and equipment troubles they may have.

The Tokyo 2020 Games Main Press Center, located in the West Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, is expected to receive many members of the international press. As a Gold Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Games (still cameras and desktop printers), Canon aims to contribute to the successful operation of the event. With this goal in mind, the company will establish the largest camera photo service center of this event within the MPC.

At the photo service center, which will operate under the motto of "Zero Downtime" to ensure that photographers don't miss their chance at capturing decisive moments of this intense competition due to equipment trouble or other such problems, Canon will provide speedy maintenance service, equipment repairs and loaning of replacement equipment so that photographers can always be ready and in the best possible condition.

The Canon photo service center will provide such equipment as the company's professional flagship camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III, as well as the EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras and super-telephoto lenses. In addition, elite and highly trained staff will be working on-site to support photographers until the end of the closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In addition, Canon's remote camera system will be used at the event venues. The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R enables digital interchangeable-lens cameras (DILC) to be operated remotely, including the ability to adjust shooting angles, and can be installed and used in locations at the event areas where human photographers cannot access, such as from ceilings.

Canon strives to support photographers aiming to capture historic and powerful moments of top-class athletes engaged in fierce competition and contribute to the promotion and development of photographic culture. In addition, the company will support the efforts of the media to deliver to people around the world moments of passion and excitement during the sporting world's premiere event, thus contributing to the promotion of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

*The Canon photographer service center will take thorough precautions against the spread of COVID-19 infections in order to ensure that photographers and staff may use and operate the booth safely and witCanon adopts a white paint coating for its L-series telephoto and super-telephoto lenses.

Canon developed the signature white of its lens barrels as a tool for photographers at international sporting events. The first such lenses* produced by the company, the FD600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. and FD800mm f/5.6 S.S.C. large-diameter super-telephoto lenses, were released in June 1976.

Compared with standard lenses, super-telephoto lenses are much larger, and therefore more prone to the effects of sunlight and are frequently used under the intense heat of the summer sun.

In order to reduce the adverse effects that heat has on the lens' optical performance, Canon adopted its signature white coating for its lens barrels, which reflects heat more effectively than black. Canon continues to improve this technology through such improvements as a proprietary heat shield lens barrel coating used by the EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses (released in 2018).

At various sporting events held worldwide, there is often a "sea of white" in the photographers' section—rows upon rows of professionals using Canon lenses. Among photographers, these lenses gained the nickname "white lenses," and the color white came to be known as a marker of a high-performance professional lens.

*Among lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras. The lenses were used with the TV2000mm f/11 super-telephoto lens (released in September 1960) for broadcast cameras for broadcasting baseball matches. Reference: Realizing remote operation for DILCs that support on-location press

Remote still photography image capture solution Robotic Camera System CR-S700R

For on-location press at sports matches and other events, remote camera technology enables still photography from perspectives and angles that would not be possible through conventional means. Allowing photographers to operate their cameras from a distance, this technology is becoming increasingly widespread.

In February 2020, Canon released the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R solution for capturing still photos using interchangeable-lens cameras* via remote operation.

The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R, developed in response to and in order to meet the needs of users worldwide, supports the still image capture for press photographers.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Canon & IBM Japan form joint business operation to promote visual and performing arts



TOKYO, July 2, 2021 - Canon Inc. (Headquarters: Ohta-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Fujio Mitarai; heretofore: Canon) and IBM Japan Ltd. (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Akio Yamaguchi; heretofore: IBM Japan) announced today that, starting in July, the two companies will form a business partnership based on the use of volumetric video technology to promote the visual and performing arts.

Volumetric video technology entails the use of digitalized 3D spatial data, which is rendered by computers to create a virtual space in which video can be generated from any angle. This technology has attracted significant interest in the sporting world and is becoming increasingly widespread in the entertainment industry. In addition, Canon has implemented this technology during an international rugby tournament in 2019 as well as other sporting events. In July 2020, the company established its Volumetric Video Studio – Kawasaki, to expand its range of activities in the entertainment industry.

In this joint project both companies have leveraged their combined technologies, products and networks to propose a volumetric video solution for the visual and performing arts community, with the aim of exploring new business opportunities and creating and growing new value for audiences. In particular, Canon contributes its volumetric video technology, which makes possible nearly simultaneous video capture and generation of high-resolution video. Through this technology, the company provides a new method for video content production and audiovisual experiences, in addition to passing on valuable cultural traditions.

Leveraging its know-how and experience in the field of art, IBM Japan provides consulting services that include business strategies and project execution support for companies involved in the arts in order to help the visual and performing arts achieve a digital transformation.

In addition, using its IBM Power System AC922 for accelerated computing and IBM Elastic Storage System broadband storage technology, the company can provide technological support through high-quality, high-speed and secure visual data processing and streaming technology, thus increasing the value of services using volumetric data.

The first project created through this corporate partnership is the release today of a performance of the Noh theatre work “Lady Aoi,” produced by Hoshokai and utilizing volumetric video technology. Directed by Kazufusa Hosho, Head of the Hosho Noh Style, the performance gracefully flows between scenes of the Noh stage and the spiritual world. For the creation of the video, Canon obtained 3DCG data of a real-life Noh stage, generated dynamic backgrounds and CG animations, and captured video of the Noh actors’ performance at the Volumetric Video Studio – Kawasaki. These resources were then smoothly integrated into the completed product, right there at the studio. IBM Japan provided high-speed infrastructure and technological support through its IBM Power Systems AC922 advanced dedicated parallel processing server and IBM Elastic Storage System broadband storage technology, enabling the use of essential responsiveness required for real-time video rendering.

Through this partnership, both Canon and IBM Japan will aim to create new value within the visual and performing arts world while expanding the potential use cases of volumetric video technology.


Friday, July 9, 2021

Canon released latest version of DPP and EOS Utility software



The latest versions of Canon's Digital Photo Professional 4.15.0 and EOS Utility are available and is fully compatibility with the EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility :

  • Supports Firmware Version 1.5.0 or later for the EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • Supports Firmware Version 1.4.0 or later for the EOS R6.

Download the new software here

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Canon Log 3 is available on the latest firmware for Canon EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras


New firmware updates for Canon EOS R6 and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III cameras have been released.

Canon EOS R6 firmware 1.4.0 incorporates the following enhancements & fixes (download) :

  • Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. 
  • Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added.
  • Improves operation stability when using the RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.
  • Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection.
  • Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware 1.5.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes (download) :

  • Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. 
  • Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and RAW (Light) will be available in a future version of Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional software.
  • Support for the processing of RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and the application of Viewing LUT will be available in a future version of Digital Photo Professional software.
  • Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
  • Support for the VPG 400(Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification, has been added.
  • Fixes an issue in which there are rare instances where the shooting settings for Still Photo mode are retained when a user switches to Movie mode.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Canon EOS R3 full frame mirrorless camera announcement coming in September 2021




Canon may finally officially announce the EOS R3 camera in September 2021. They have made a development announcement of the camera on April 14, 2021. We will find out soon with additional photo leaks coming.

Canon EOS R3 Specifications :

  • 24 MP backside illuminated sensor. Canon designed & manufactured
  • Multi-Controller & Smart Controller
  • Vari-Angle Touch Screen
  • NEW accessory shoe
  • Wifi 5GHz
  • High speed 30fps electronic shutter with AF/AE tracking + RAW shooting at this speed
  • AF down to -7.0 EV
  • 8 Stops Coordinated Control IS with Optical IS and In-Body IS
  • 4K Canon Log3​
  • Oversampling 4K
  • Internal RAW video
  • Inclusion of cars and motorbikes in AF tracking technology
  • RAW internal movie recording
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter
  • The same weather sealing as the EOS-1D series
  • LP-E19 Battery
  • Dual card slot SD & CFExpress
  • List price > EOS R5 but < EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR ($6,499)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New Firmware enhance Cinema and Live Production capabilities of Canon Cinema EOS Equipment


MELVILLE, NY, June 1, 2021 -– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced upcoming firmware updates for several of its professional imaging products. Based largely on feedback from our users, these firmware updates provide improved workflow, ease-of-use, customization options, and enhanced lens compatibility and functionality for several popular Canon products. Some of the key free firmware updates are as follows :

EOS C70, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C500 Mark II

Adds BT.709 Standard Gamma, Custom Picture Name Support of 16 Letters – A BT.709 Standard/BT.709 option has been added under Gamma/Gamut. Standard BT.709 will be set to CP File “C6.” Also, a Custom Picture file can now have a maximum of 16 letters.

EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II (View Video)

XC Protocol Functionality – Canon’s new IP Protocol for streaming and camera control. Developed specifically for live production, the XC Protocol allows for camera control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-IP100 and easier development for 3rd party product collaboration.

12G-SDI Output Option for 2K/FHD – Adds the option to limit the 12G-SDI output to 2K/FHD when recording in resolutions at 4K and above. This allows compatibility from the SDI Out port with 3G-SDI devices.

MON. Out & HDMI Simultaneous Output –Adds the ability to use both the Mon. Out & HDMI output simultaneously. This brings the total number of monitor outputs to three, increasing flexibility in production.

Anamorphic 1.8x De-squeeze – Adds 1.8x de-squeeze function to further increase compatibility with anamorphic lenses.

“Look File” Feature – Originally introduced with the EOS C70, this feature allows the user to load a 3D LUT file onto the camera and apply the look to the recorded image. This allows the user to apply the results of a color corrected image to be recorded in-camera with no additional post-production necessary.

EOS C70 (View Video)

HDMI View Assist –Adds the View Assist feature, which allows for a WideDR/BT.709 LUT to be displayed over HDMI when shooting in a Canon Log gamma.

Improved AF Feature – This update adds a “Whole area” option to the AF Frame size, increasing the AF area to 80% of the frame. When “Whole Area” is selected the AF switches to “Tracking” by a single touch operation and switches to “Face Detection” when a face is touched.

When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter, the Possible AF Range Frame is now only momentarily displayed when selecting the AF Frame position.

Expanded EF Lens Support When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x Adapter – adds the following lenses, fully compatible with DPAF, optical corrections, and metadata transmission :

  • EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM
  • EF16-35mm F4L IS USM
  • EF24-105mm F4L IS USM
  • EF70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
  • EF70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM
  • EF70-200mm F4L IS USM
  • EF70-200mm F4L IS II USM
  • EOS C300 Mark III

60p -> 24p/30p Pulldown Feature –This feature allows for seamless switching of the frame rate aesthetic without interrupting the output signal to a production switcher. This allows you to change the frame rate “look” quickly with the press of a button with no blackout or glitch.

EOS C500 Mark II

Anamorphic 4:3/6:5 Resolution Options When Sensor Mode is set to Full Frame Mode (Cinema RAW Light only) –Adds these resolution modes to allow for more options and simplify the anamorphic post-production process.

EOS R5

Support for Both the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and 70-200mm Lenses[i] – Compact production now fits in the palm of your hand! The popular ENG lenses can now be used (via an EOS R adapter) on the dynamic EOS R5 camera when both the camera and lens firmware have been updated.

Firmware for EOS C70 is expected to be available for download on June 30, 2021, the firmware for the EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II cameras is expected to be available on July 30, 2021, and the firmware for the EOS R5 is expected to be available on August 18, 2021.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

More information on the upcoming Canon EOS R1 and EOS R3 mirrorless cameras





The head of Product and Consumer Expertise at Canon Russia was recently interviewed by PhotoWebExpo. To no one's surprise, he indicated the upcoming EOS R3 is not the top-of-the-line mirrorless camera, the future EOS R1 will have that title.

My readers know I am not a fan of the current crop 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.

The real question for me is does Canon intend the make the upcoming EOS R3 or the EOS R1 the sports and wildlife photographer's dream camera. I am not a videographer so all the 8K talk does not interest me. My current EOS-1D X Mark III camera is capable of taking 5.5K videos already. 

My requirements for a full frame, mirrorless wildlife camera is rather simple. A mid resolution state of the art sensor with a burst rate of around 30 fps. Eye Control AF2 and Servo AF activation with a No latency EVF in an all weather, sealed EOS 1 like body and battery.

Canon EOS R3 indicated specifications :

  • All new Canon 35mm full-frame body construction
  • A Stacked CMOS Sensor that delivers substantially faster read-out speeds and produces much lower “rolling shutter” distortion
  • Eye Control AF, with the ability to set your focus point in the viewfinder by looking where you want to focus
  • A powerful DIGIC X image processor for high-speed image processing
  • High-speed continuous shooting, up to 30 fps with AF/AE tracking when using the electronic shutter
  • A newly developed electronic shutter that reduces warping and noise in low-light environments, when capturing a moving subject
  • Enhanced AF performance and tracking, with better eye, face, head, and body detection
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • An integrated vertical grip, for a better transition from horizontal to vertical shooting
  • Weather-resistant and durable, built for the most challenging weather conditions
  • Compatible with Canon’s new Mobile File Transfer app, which supports high-speed workflows with iOS devices
  • Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Eye Control AF, Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Subject Tracking with Deep Learning
  • Integrated Vertical Grip with LP-E19 battery
  • Weather-Sealed Construction equivalent to EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Back illuminated buttons just like the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Dual card slots - CF Express and SD

As you can see, the upcoming EOS R3 camera can be a Sony Alpha 1 beater. The price of the EOS R3 will be less than the list price of $6,499 for the EOS-1D X Mark III. My guess is it might be $5,799 to $5,999. I should know by the end of 2021 whether there will be a full frame mirrorless camera in my equipment bag starting next year.

Summary of soon to be released Canon EOS R3 features :

  • First full-frame back-illuminated stacked CMOS imaging sensor designed by Canon, featuring high-speed read-out and low distortion
  • Electronic shutter with up to 30 fps with AF tracking and continuous AE
  • Eye and body detection AF for improved AF performance during portrait and sports photography, featuring Deep Learning
  • Additional recognizable subjects for AF tracking
  • Eye Control AF — select the initial area for AF tracking by looking at the to-be-focused-on subject during still image capture (only) for fast AF point positioning.
  • With Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame.
  • When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.
  • Eye Control AF may not function with all individuals, and with certain glasses or contact lenses
  • Dust resistance and drip/moisture resistance equivalent to EOS-1D X series cameras
  • Integrated vertical grip
  • Compatible with Mobile File Trasmitter
  • AF at EV -7 (extremely dark)
  • 8-stops coordinated control IS with IBIS and optical IS (in-lens)
  • Up to 30 fps continuous shooting in RAW format (again, with AF tracking and continuous AE)
  • New tracking subject for deep learning technology: motorsports (car/bike)
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter supported
  • High performance video, including Canon Log3, oversampling 4k, RAW movie internal recording, AF tracking for people, animals, and motorsports
  • Professional reliability and network capabilities, including wired LAN and 5GHz
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • New accessories capable of data communication and power delivery
  • Appearance and operability from the 1-series and R5
  • Multi Controller and Smart Controller (first appeared in Canon EOS-1D X Mark III)
  • Vari-angle monitor
  • 3-dial operation

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Canon to announce EOS C300S, C500S and C700DR 8K and 4K Cinema cameras soon



Canon Cinema EOS C300S

  • 8K Super 35mm
  • 8K/60p, 4K/120p in all modes
  • BSI Stacked 3.2um 8K DGO Sensor
  • Dual Pixel Autofocus
  • 16 Stops Dynamic Range in DGO Mode
  • 10ms Readout in 8K DGO Mode
  • Dual DIGIC DV 8 Image Processor

Canon Cinema EOS C500S

  • 8K Full Frame
  • 8K/60p, 4K/120p in all modes
  • BSI Stacked 4.65um 8K DGO Sensor
  • Dual Pixel Autofocus
  • 17+ Stops Dynamic Range in DGO Mode
  • 10ms Readout in 8K DGO Mode
  • Dual DIGIC DV 8 Image Processor

Canon Cinema EOS C700DR

  • 4K Full Frame
  • 4K/240p in Fast Mode, 4K/180p in WDR Mode
  • BSI Stacked 9.6um 4K WDR Sensor
  • 20+ Stops Dynamic Range in WDR Mode
  • 5ms Readout in 4K WDR Mode
  • Dual DIGIC DV 8 Image Processor

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Canon announced professional full-frame EOS R3 mirrorless camera coming soon


 


The Canon EOS R3 sounds like an exciting camera, although the development announcement lacks details. I will speculate the all new sensor should be between 30 to 40MP and the list price to be around $5,000 in the USA.  I am still going to wait for the EOS R1. No need to settle for the next best thing. Very happy with my EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR. It will take a lot for me to switch to a mirrorless camera.

MELVILLE, NY, April 14, 2021 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new, high-performance professional camera — the Canon EOS R3*. When it arrives, the EOS R3 will be an outstanding complement to the three new RF lenses the company also introduced today — The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.

“The development of the Canon EOS R3 and the launch of the new RF lenses are the latest testament to the company’s commitment to professional still and video image and content creators,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “When the camera becomes available, it will pair well with each of the new RF lenses announced today. Canon is excited to share this news today, and we look forward to seeing the images captured with the new RF lenses and upcoming EOS R3.”

Under Development – The Canon EOS R3

The Canon EOS R3 will join the current lineup of EOS R full-frame mirrorless series cameras. This camera will usher in a new category to the EOS R system, positioned squarely between the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. The camera will put great emphasis on superb AF performance and speed, with fast-moving subjects. It is being designed to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals, even when working in challenging conditions.

At the heart of the EOS R3 camera’s performance will be an EOS camera first, a Canon-developed, full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design, providing substantially faster read-out speeds during still-imaging recording. This completely new sensor is designed to produce less “rolling shutter” distortion during Electronic Shutter operation and offer continuous Electronic Shutter still-image shooting at speeds up to 30 fps — with full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and auto exposure1.

The AF system will leverage technology and performance from the well-received EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, using Deep Learning technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting. In addition, the EOS R3’s subject detection AF will offer new recognizable subjects for its AF system, bolstering its focusing capabilities during challenging shooting conditions.

The Electronic Viewfinder of the EOS R3 will offer photographers the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With Eye Control AF2 and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

The camera body will be entirely new and accentuates the camera’s high-performance design. It’s a one-piece design, integrating the body with a vertical grip section. The weather and dust-resistance will be equivalent to that of EOS-1D class cameras — an essential consideration for nature, wildlife, sports and photojournalism content creators working in extreme conditions. In addition, news photojournalists will be excited to add the Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS and Android devices that will be available.

Full details of all the EOS R3’s features and specifications will be provided at the time of its formal announcement*. To follow along for more news on the Canon EOS R3 camera, please visit: www.usa.canon.com/eosr3.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New Canon EOS R3 camera will have a development announcement soon






Canon is about to bring out a new camera with the venerable moniker of EOS R3. The development announcement will come soon. 

The Canon EOS-3 was a 35mm film SLR camera introduced in November 1998. It quickly became a favorite for serious and professional photographers. Is Canon trying to re-create the success of the EOS-3 with this EOS R3 before announcing the ultimate EOS R1 late in 2021, after the Summer Tokyo Olympics?

Possible specifications for the Canon EOS R3 camera :

  • 45MP image sensor
  • 60 fps full pixel quad-core auto-focus
  • 20 fps mechanical shutter
  • 30 fps electronic shutter
  • New white balance system
  • 8K / 30p RAW shooting

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Canon announced EF and EF-S lenses retirement



Canon announced the following EF lenses have been discontinued and the rest will be discontinued sometime in 2021.

Discontinued EF & EF-S Lenses :

  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Macro
  • Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
  • Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro


Lenses to be discontinued sometime in 2021 :

  • Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II
  • Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM II

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Canon U.S.A. announced UHD 4K portable CJ17ex6.2B zoom lens



MELVILLE, NY, April 7, 2021 - Designed to provide both stunning HDR imagery as well as beautiful 4K, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is introducing a new addition to its cost-effective UHDgc series of portable 4K broadcast zoom lenses — the CJ17ex6.2B. This lens supports 4K UHD quality optical performance and provides operators with a compact, lightweight, and highly portable form factor for easy integration into Houses of Worship, ENG, and commercial environments. With the addition of this lens, Canon further expands its lineup of 4K broadcast lenses, now at an industry-leadingi 18 models.

The CJ17ex6.2B features a wide-angle focal length of 6.2 mm and a 17x zoom ratio that brings the telephoto focal length up to 106 mm. The lens is also equipped with a built-in 2x extender that enables users to quickly double the focal length up to 212 mm while maintaining amazing image quality and fine details. The lens utilizes UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements, optimally arranged in a Canon proprietary optical configuration, providing superb color reproduction to the image's peripheral areas by enabling the suppression of potential chromatic aberrations such as color bleeding and fringing. Special lens coatings on all elements combine with a number of optomechanical strategies on the interior of the lens barrel to help reduce ghosting and flaring. Like all Canon 4K lenses, the CJ17ex6.2B comes standard with a drive unit that contains 16-bit absolute value encoders for smooth cooperation with CG environments, as well as three 20-pin connectors for easy integration into virtual and robotic systems. In addition, the lens supports HDR and WCG compatible color gradation, producing images rich with vivid colors and details.

The CJ17ex6.2B lens is easy to maneuver and shoulder, with its compact and lightweight design, weighing approximately 4.78 pounds and measuring approximately 6.49 inches (w) x 4.31 inches (h) x 9.46 inches (l) in size. The lens itself is designed with optimally located handgrips to help minimize operator fatigue when shoulder-mount recording.

Availability

The CJ17ex6.2B 4K UHD portable zoom broadcast lens is scheduled to be available in June 2021*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com/broadcast

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Canon to announce RF 600mm f/4L IS, RF 500mm f/4L IS, RF 400mm f/2.8L IS, RF 300mm f/2.8L IS, RF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS lenses



Canon will announce some of the following RF lenses this month. The 300mm and 500mm will come early next year.

  • RF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro
  • RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • RF 500mm f/4L IS USM
  • RF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Frankly, I doubt these big white lenses will be a best seller unless Canon announce the top-of-the-line EOS R1 mirrorless full frame camera soon to go with them.

Even then, many serious and professional photographers will find it hard to justify buying another series of big white lens after spending tens of thousands of dollars acquiring the Super Telephoto EF series.

Speaking for myself, I have the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 400mm f/4L DO IS II, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x extender, EF 500mm f/4L IS II, EF 600mm f/4L IS III. It will be the last thing on my mind to replace all of them with the new RF series version. I simply do not find the incremental 'improvement' of the RF over the EF series make any economic sense. 

For those starting their Super Telephoto inventory from scratch, it is a different story but for established photographers, it is a hard sell, at best.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Canon announced firmware updates to EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS R5, EOS R6, RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS, RF 100-500mm L IS





From Canon USA :

Building on user feedback, Canon’s firmware unleashes new photographic and video possibilities for the EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras.

Canon is introducing a firmware update for three of its EOS cameras in response to customer feedback. Users of the EOS R5 (firmware v1.3), EOS R6 (firmware v1.3), and EOS-1D X Mark III (firmware v1.4) cameras have access to several feature updates helping to streamline workflows and provide users with greater creative freedom.

Increased Image Quality and Usability

The EOS R5 camera will benefit from several upgrades offered with the firmware update, including Full HD 120p and support for greater customization of the camera. Users will now be able to save personalized and preferred camera settings to a memory card, which can be copied to a different camera or used when the settings are adjusted. There is also the option to turn the LCD monitor off during shooting and use it for playback only, providing a familiar DSLR-style operation. For both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, the firmware achieves full-time manual support update for select* RF lenses, allowing photographers to override the focus of RF lenses manually when in One Shot and Servo AF mode.

*RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM and RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM

Streamlined Professional Workflows

For the EOS R5 camera, professional photographers can safeguard and quickly share photos with the new Protect Image Transfer function allowing protected images to be locked - preventing them from accidentally being deleted - and transferred via FTP. Users of the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 cameras can now see FTP Transfer status on the LCD screen, clearly displaying how long it will take to transfer pictures.

Enhanced Video Functionality

The firmware enables low-bit rate RAW movies, which reduces the size of RAW video files allowing for faster file transfer rates for users of the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. The update also provides enhanced video capabilities for the EOS R5 camera with the addition of Canon Log 3 – a log gamma curve enabling greater dynamic range, superb color editing capabilities, and easier file management. For even greater flexibility of video formats across all cameras, the firmware unlocks a lower bit rate IPB movie option creating small, easily shareable video files.

Several software updates have also been released today to complement the firmware upgrades and bring forth support for Apple M1 processors via Rosetta for Digital Photo Professional (DPP) with v4.14 and EOS Utility with v3.13.1.

Canon’s commitment to photographers and videographers will continue through further plans to bring new functionality to these three models based on user feedback, including bringing Canon Log 3 to the EOS-1D X Mark III camera in a future update.

The firmware and software updates are now available to download on each product page :

Canon EOS R5 Firmware Update 1.3.0 - Download

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. You can select [Canon Log] or [Canon Log 3] from [Canon Log settings] in the Shooting tab of the menu.
  • - Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log3 and RAW (Light) will be available in Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional version in a future update.
  • - Digital Photo Professional will also support the processing of RAW movies shot in Canon Log3 settings and the application of Viewing LUT in future update.
  • Adds [RAW (Light)] to the movie recording size and [IPB (Light)] to 8K/4K to enable lower bit rate shooting. These settings can also be selected when RAW+MP4 is set.
  • Adds a high frame rate of 119.9 fps/100.0 fps to the Full HD movie recording size.
  • Adds [Electronic full-time MF] to the AF tab of the menu. When a lens is attached, manual focus adjustment is always possible with both One-shot AF and Servo AF.
  • Adds [6: Monitor Off] to [Shooting info. disp.: Screen info. settings] in the Shooting tab of the menu. This update makes it possible for the camera's monitor to be turned off at all times during shooting.
  • The transfer time (estimated value) now displays on the camera monitor during FTP transfer.
  • Adds the ability, when transferring images via FTP, to select protected images that failed to be transferred and protected images that have not yet been transferred and transfer them all at once.
  • Adds [Save/load cam settings on card] to the Function settings tab of the menu. This allows you to save the camera settings to a card, or load a saved file and restore the camera to the settings you saved to a card.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, in which, in rare instances, the camera does not function normally when using certain CFexpress cards.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, in which in rare instances, the camera cannot function normally when the drive mode is set to "High-speed continuous shooting" to shoot still images continuously.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the power may become suspended when the camera is powered via USB for an extended period of time.


Canon EOS R6 Firmware Update 1.3.1 - Download

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Adds [IPB (Light)] to 4K to enable lower bit rate shooting.
  • Adds [Electronic full-time MF] to the AF tab of the menu. When a lens is attached, manual focus adjustment is always possible with both One-shot AF and Servo AF.
  • The transfer time (estimated value) now displays on the camera monitor during FTP transfer.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, in which in rare instances, the camera cannot function normally when the drive mode is set to "High-speed continuous shooting" to shoot still images continuously.
  • Fixes a phenomenon that may corrupt the image displayed in the viewfinder.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the power may become suspended when the camera is powered via USB for an extended period of time.


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update 1.4.0 - Download

Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Adds [RAW (Light)] to the movie recording size and [IPB (Light)] to 4K to enable lower bit rate shooting. These settings can also be selected when RAW+MP4 is set.
  • The transfer time (estimated value) now displays on the camera monitor during FTP transfer.
  • Improves communication reliability when using FTP and USB simultaneously.


Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS Lens Firmware Update 1.1.0 - Download

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Adds a digital full-time manual focus function (a function that enables constant manual focus adjustment in both One-shot AF and Servo AF).
  • Improves a phenomenon in which the background is not blurred when performing slow panning with the IS (Image Stabilization) mode set to Mode 2 or Mode 3.


Canon RF 100-500mm L IS Lens Firmware Update 1.0.9 - Download

Firmware Version 1.0.9 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Adds a digital full-time manual focus function (a function that enables constant manual focus adjustment in both One-shot AF and Servo AF).
  • Improves a phenomenon in which the background is not blurred when performing slow panning with the IS (Image Stabilization) mode set to Mode 2 or Mode 3.

Canon holds Number 1 share of global Interchangeable lens Digital Camera market for 18 consecutive years



MELVILLE, NY, March 29, 2021 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has maintained the number one share of the global market for interchangeable-lens digital cameras (Digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) for 18 consecutive years1 from 2003 to 2020.

Canon develops their key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of digital interchangeable-lens cameras — CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses — under the core concept of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality.” Developing a wide-ranging product lineup — from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high-image-quality shooting with easy operation, as well as a rich selection of 1182 combined RF and EF series lenses that make possible a wealth of creative expression — Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.

During the dawn of Digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) in September 2003. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the Digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for industry-changing Digital SLR video recording. In September 2018, Canon announced the EOS R system — including the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lenses that fully leverage their optical technologies — that further expanded the range of imaging creativity and opened up new possibilities for visual expression. Over a long history beginning in the age of film, and with the support of loyal users, in 2019 the EOS series achieved the remarkable milestone of 100 million3 total EOS cameras sold.

In July 20204, Canon launched the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, equipped with cutting-edge technology in pursuit of next-generation visual expression. In striving to further expand its lineup, Canon managed to secure the number one share of the global market for the 18th consecutive year.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology while further strengthening and expanding the EOS series of cameras and RF/EF series of lenses, opening up new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and to promote the spread of photo and video culture.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Canon EOS R5C mirrorless camera will come in the second half of 2021

 



Canon is expected to launch a Cinema version of its wildly popular EOS R5 mirrorless camera. The announcement should come in the second half of the year with delivery perhaps in late 2021 or early 2022.

The EOS R5C should have no cooling 'problems' of the EOS R5 and may be a bit larger for those who prefer a slightly better grip but not add the extra battery grip. It may retain the same sensor as the R5 and will be just as capable with still photography as well as advanced videography, replete with C-Log 2

The cameras I am looking forward to review and possibly buy are the highly anticipated Canon EOS R1 and EOS R7. Hopefully it will be announced before the EOS R5C. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Canon USA announced a line of 4K UHD PTZ cameras for integration into various environments

 


MELVILLE, NY, March 17, 2021 - Designed for use in a wide-range of applications in broadcast, education, house of worship, sports, and corporate environments, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the company’s first line of 4K UHD PTZ cameras – the CR-N500 and CR-N300 for indoor live-streaming and the outdoor CR-X500.

This new line of cameras capitalizes on Canon’s digital imaging and operational expertise from both professional camcorders and network cameras. This enables the cameras to not only deliver brilliant 4K imagery thanks to Canon’s CMOS sensors, DIGIC DV 6 Image Processor, and optical zoom lenses, but also smooth pan, tilt and zoom functionality that allows for on-air camera movement. The new indoor PTZ cameras support various video interfaces, including HDMI, IP, and 3G-SDI, and are also compatible with popular live production protocols like NDI|HX®, RTMP and more. The new outdoor PTZ camera supports 12G-SDI, and includes a durable, IP55 rated weather-resistant housing. In addition to the cameras, Canon has also introduced a new remote camera controller, the RC-IP100, which supports IP and serial connections and can operate camera functions such as pan, tilt, zoom, focus, and iris.

“In 2020, Canon introduced the System Integrator Program with the goal of developing strategic relationships with integrators, providing the organizations world-class support and cutting-edge digital imaging equipment,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “These new PTZ cameras and remote camera controller were designed with the system integrator market squarely in mind. We are eager to see how these cameras are incorporated into the creative solutions that they develop for end users.”

The Vivid CR-N500 4K UHD PTZ Camera

When combined, the 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, 3.2µm pixel pitch, and DIGIC DV 6 image processor featured in the CR-N500 4K UHD PTZ camera provide users with the capability to capture images with high sensitivity, low noise, and a minimum subject illumination of approximately 1.5 lux1.

Utilizing a 15x optical zoom 4K UHD lens, users will also experience cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field and beautifully blurred backgrounds with brilliant image quality. The 15x optical zoom covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25.5-382.5mm, and the camera is capable of a variable pan and tilt speed from 0.1° - 100° per second to support smooth on-air movement or fast preset transitions. An independent, built-in three-density ND filter and nine-bladed iris create natural bokeh effects, with diffused, diffracted light. The CR-N500 features Dual Pixel CMOS AF with dual pixel focus guide, as well as face detection and tracking. The CR-N500 also supports Canon Log 3 for color grading and wide dynamic range gamma of 800%, along with image quality mode and adjustment functions to enhance an operator’s image customization capabilities from capture to post-production.

The Versatile CR-N300 4K UHD PTZ Camera

The CR-N300 4K UHD PTZ camera uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, DIGIC DV 6 image processor, and a 20x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.3-601mm. The camera features Canon’s Hybrid AF system that combines high-precision contrast AF and high-speed phase-difference AF, allowing operators to gain focus and lock-in subjects even in dim or dark situations. The variable pan speed of the camera clocks in at 0.2° - 300° per second and the variable tilt speed is 0.2° - 170° per second. The CR-N300 can also be used as a webcam via a USB connection.

The CR-N300 is equipped with four unique scene modes: portrait, sports, low-light, and spotlight, which allows users to select the mode most suitable for the desired subject.

  • Portrait Mode achieves sharp focus while blurring the background.
  • Sports Mode enhances the ability to capture moving objects.
  • Low-Light Mode brightens images when in dim or dark shooting situations.
  • Spotlight Mode allows users to capture beautiful images in brightly lit situations.

The CR-N300 and the CR-N500 both offer peace of mind, being backed by Canon’s 3-year limited warranty. (See website for more information)

The All-Weather CR-X500 4K UHD PTZ Camera

The Canon CR-X500 4K UHD PTZ is rated IP55 for water and dust resistance, and is designed for outdoor uses including sports, news/weather coverage, and television production. The camera features a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor that captures 4K UHD images in 60p/4:2:2/10-bit. The sensor’s 3.2µm pixel pitch combined with dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors produces improved signal-to-noise ratio from previous HD models and a minimum subject illuminance of 3 lux. The camera features a 15x 4K UHD lens with an optical 35mm equivalent zoom range of 25.5-382mm. When the camera is in FHD mode, operators can use the camera’s 4K multi-pixel sensors for up to a 30x advanced zoom. Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon’s renowned and popular autofocus system, allows for superb tracking performance and successfully captures 4K scenes where outstanding accuracy is required. Image Stabilization mode helps to reduce camera shake and produces stable and clear images even in windy conditions, and a built-in wiper helps to clear away rain from the camera. The camera also supports Canon Log 3 for color grading and a wide dynamic range gamma of 800%, as well as image quality mode and adjustment functions to enhance an operator’s image customization capabilities.

Features of the Canon RC-IP100 Camera Remote Controller

The Canon RC-IP100 camera remote controller supports IP and serial connections and is compatible with all three of the new PTZ cameras, allowing operators to control multiple cameras simultaneously. By virtue of the control and seesaw zoom levers and 7-inch touch panel, users can control each camera’s functions such as pan, tilt, zoom, focus, and iris. When connected via IP, it is possible to control up to 99 CR-N500/CR-N300 cameras, and when connected via serial, an outdoor CR-X500 can be controlled, allowing for a total of 100 cameras.

Included with the Indoor PTZ Cameras is the Remote Camera Control Application software which allows PC users to register up to 20 cameras, viewing up to nine different cameras live at once. Full camera control, including setting trace functions and presets, is easily accessible with the click of a mouse.

Along with the new PTZ cameras and controller, Canon is also introducing a newly-developed XC Protocol2 that offers control and communication with select Canon video production devices for high quality video streaming over IP. Later this year, Canon will look to release new firmware to introduce the new XC protocol to select Cinema EOS System cameras.

Availability

The Canon CR-N500, CR-N300, CR-X500 4K UHD PTZ cameras and RC-IP100 camera remote controller are scheduled to be available in the Summer of 2021*.

Friday, March 5, 2021

More rumors about the upcoming Canon EOS R1 top-of-the-line mirrorless camera



Canon is expected to announce their top-of-the-line, full frame mirrorless camera - EOS R1 and the APS-C EOS R7 cameras in the second half of 2021, perhaps just before the July Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. There may be a development announcement in Q2 of this year.

There are wild rumors all over the internet as to the possible specifications of the EOS R1, especially now that Sony has announced their Alpha a1 top-of-the-line camera. 

Canon EOS R1 Specs : (Rumored)
  • 85 MP global shutter CMOS imaging sensor
  • 85 MP at 20 fps, 21 MP at 40 fps, unlimited continued shooting
  • Full Sensor Large Quad Pixel Auto Focus
  • 15.5 EV+ Dynamic Range
  • ISO 160 - 1638400
  • 5-axis IBIS up to 9 stops
  • 3.5 inch 9.33 MP 1280nit 10-bit WCG RGB-OLED touch screen with 120Hz AE-AF
  • 9.44 MP 120Hz SuperSpeed AE-AF electronic viewfinder
  • Price $6,500 USD

These are obviously a fanciful wish list of many photographers but I venture to guess some specs are not too far from reality.  The current top-of-the-line Canon EOS-1D X Mark III has a brand new DIGIC X processor. It is almost certain the EOS R1 will have dual processors, perhaps DIGIC X but the 85 MP and 40 fps sounds silly for primarily a sports and wildlife photography camera. My guess is 40 to 50 MP and a 25 to 30 fps with the viewfinder is doable and very desirable.

Full sensor quad pixel AF is something Canon can produce and I hope this will be included in the new camera. 15 EV dynamic range sounds unlikely but around 8 to 10 EV and the 5-axis IBIS with up to 9 stops are realistic.

The 3.5 inch 9+M dot OLED electronic viewfinder with indistinguishable lag time from a DSLR camera will be most welcomed by me because this is one of my biggest complaint with the current crop of mirrorless cameras.  

The most expensive pure digital camera (not including the EOS-1D C) Canon has introduced so far was the EOS-1Ds Mark III in 2007, priced at $8,000. I hope the upcoming EOS R1 will be about the same price or less. 

Unless something drastic relating to the Covid pandemic happens in Japan in the next few months, the Summer Olympics will be a definitely GO. This means Nikon and Canon will announce (perhaps development announcement) their top-of-the-line mirrorless cameras this summer. Delivery will be pushed back to second half of the year at the earliest, depending on whether Canon can work through their supply chain delays due to the pandemic. I do not have any worthwhile rumored specs for the Canon EOS R7 camera yet. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest development and news. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Ethisphere Institute recognized Canon U.S.A. as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the fourth consecutive year




MELVILLE, NY, March 1, 2021 - During a time when it has been crucial for companies to prioritize the values and needs of their customers and employees, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has remained committed to developing solutions that are designed to support ever-changing business needs. Reflecting this commitment, Canon U.S.A. is proud to share it has been recognized as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

Of the 135 honorees spanning 22 countries and 47 industries, Canon U.S.A. is the only company to be recognized within the Imaging Technology industry category, showcasing the company’s strong global standards, business integrity, corporate citizenship and overall brand value. As a result of the company’s positive influence, impact in business communities, and ongoing support during COVID-19, Canon U.S.A. stands out amongst others to the Ethisphere Institute.

“While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies lead – above all other institutions – on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity,” said Timothy Erblich, CEO, Ethisphere Institute. “The World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at Canon U.S.A. for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.”

Rooted in Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient®, the World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process includes more than 200 questions on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework designed to showcase the leading practices of organizations across industries around the world. This year, the process was streamlined and set to further gauge how applicants are adapting and responding to the global health pandemic, environmental, social, and governance factors, safety, equity and inclusion, and social justice.

“Over the past few months, Canon U.S.A. has shifted its business to develop solutions and provide high-quality support to our customers to help them navigate through these difficult times,” said N. Scott Millar, senior vice president & general manager, Corporate Human Resources, Audit, Ethics & Business Consultation and senior vice president, Human Resources, Canon Solutions America, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute as it speaks to the ongoing support and developments we have made and reflects our company’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei. We look forward to continuing to develop solutions, participating in corporate social responsibility initiatives and supporting our customers for years to come.”

To check out the full list of Ethisphere’s 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies, please visit here.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

New firmware for Canon EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III coming soon

 


Canon is expected to announce new firmware for the EOS R5, EOS R6 mirrorless and the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR cameras soon.

The new EOS R5 firmware will include :
  • Canon Cinema RAW light addition
  • C-Log 3
  • 1080p @ 120 fps
  • New Codec(s)
  • Various bug fixes


I am on a trip in Hawaii to do some landscape and whale photography. I brought my EOS-1D X Mark III and it can double up as a walk around, travel camera with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens mounted on it.

Don't have any more information on the new firmware concerning the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R6 but what I am looking forward to are the announcement of the EOS R7 and EOS R1. Both cameras should be announced perhaps just before the 2021 Olympics in late July.   

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Canon USA announced Photo Culling app for cellphones



MELVILLE, NY, February 11, 2021 - According to a recent report from Keypoint Intelligence, 1.4 trillion photos were taken worldwide in 2020 and 7.4 trillion images were stored1. With these staggering numbers, it could be overwhelming for the average consumer to decide what photos are best to keep and store. Delivering expert photo advice in the form of an app, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announces its Photo Culling app. Compatible with iOS devices2, this brand-new app helps determine a user’s best photos based on scores against four models: sharpness, noise, emotions and closed eyes, using Canon’s Computer Vision Artificial Intelligence Engine known as “PHIL” (abbreviated for Photography Intelligence Learning)3. Additionally, the app will suggest deleting duplicative photos, making it easy for the consumer to free up space on their smartphone.

"In today's ever-changing and overwhelming world, where thousands of photos are captured and stored in a person’s smartphone, consumers need an expert, reliable and intuitive photo tool to help them decide the best photos based on years of trusted knowledge and technology,” said Tatsuro "Tony" Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon U.S.A.’s new Photo Culling App is the answer and we are proud to see how the company’s Computer Vision technology within this app can assist consumers with finding and keeping their best photos of their fondest moments."

The Photo Culling app features two culling options :

Whole Culling: Determines the best photos based on the absolute best scores against the four models: sharpness, noise, emotions and closed eyes. If the score is over the threshold the user sets, the photo is considered to be the best. The remaining images would be suggested as deletions.

Similar Culling: Determines the best photos based on score comparison among a similar group of photos. The highest-scoring photos within the group are considered the best photos. A second photo may also be selected as the second-best photo within the group. The remaining images would be suggested as deletions. The app is also able to find similar photos and group them together. For example, If a user selects 10 photos of a dog and 10 photos of a sunset, it will break the photos into two groups and find the best photo of each; one of the dog and one of the sunset.

In addition to its culling options, the Photo Culling app also features :

Photo Counts and Storage: Shows the number of photos a user has as well as the amount of phone storage on the Home Screen.

Event Album: Categorizing and placing photos in albums on the Home Screen. These are dynamic albums based on events/date throughout the year and the app will pull events that have a large number of photos and suggest the user review these photos to delete and save space.

Features in the Setting Screens: Displaying the number of photos deleted, the current subscription plan (see details below), option for notifications, parameter setting for each score against sharpness, noise, emotion and closed eyes. Users also can adjust these settings, such as changing how much of an impact noise has on a photo versus closed eyes4.

Dark and Light Mode Settings Screen Option: Displays screens either as a dark or light mode option

Price & Availability

Available for download via the App Store, the Photo Culling app will be available under two subscription options: $2.99 per month or $14.99 for the year, each with a three-day trial. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com/photo-culling-app.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Canon unveils new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (Version 2)




London, UK, 04 February 2021 – Canon Europe today announces the ST-E3-RT(Ver.2) – an update of the popular ST-E3-RT transmitter. Enabling wireless flash synchronisation and multiple control of Speedlites – positioned up to 30m away – this new transmitter gives professionals greater creative freedom in both a studio and natural environment. It supports key features of the recently introduced Speedlite EL-1 and also enables new capabilities when using previously launched RT Speedlites – including wireless (radio) second-curtain synchronisation.

Other new features of the ST-E3-RT(Ver.2) include support for the Speedlite EL-1’s low-power 1/8192 micro flash, and for photographers who use manual flash, the transmitter boasts a new FE Memory mode.

High-quality, flexible capture

Through introducing radio wireless transmission and second-curtain synchronisation, the ST-E3-RT(Ver.2) releases the flash at the end of a long exposure. As a result, it helps photographers produce natural looking images when capturing moving subjects. The ST-E3-RT(Ver.2) offers this feature as a new wireless option, giving users flexibility in a range of shooting scenarios.

When shooting with a large aperture and/or high ISO speed, the flash level can often overpower the subject and scene. This forces the photographer to change settings or set up, ultimately losing the look they desired. When partnered with the Speedlite EL-1, the transmitter’s 1/8192 micro flash adds beautifully subtle nuances of light without disrupting the atmosphere and ambient light reflected on set. This feature is perfect for fashion and portrait photographers looking to capture scenes with a natural atmosphere.

Building on the original transmitter’s flexible qualities, the ST-E3-RT (Ver.2) supports FE Memory – offering a quicker and more convenient manual flash set up. Alleviating the need for multiple test shots, professionals now have the option to perform an initial shot in E-TTL mode, capturing the E-TTL flash settings. Users can then switch the Speedlites to manual flash to allow for manual adjustments where needed – all whilst retaining the original E-TTL settings.

Maximising product life span

Canon Europe plans to offer a chargeable service update for existing ST-E3-RT users to include the new additional features and capabilities of the ST-E3-RT (Ver.2). Further information and dates of this service update will be announced later.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Wildlife Ho-tographer's latest equipment bag






For over thirty years, my passion for the environment and conservation has centered on my love of travel and wildlife photography. Many animal and plant species are going extinct at an alarming rate. We live in a time when nature finds itself in a fragile state. There are less habitat and more people, fauna and flora are under severe pressure.

Wildlife Photography can be a powerful tool for conservation. My mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the world's biodiversity and the need for its preservation, through the lens of wildlife imagery. Powerful wildlife and nature images are effective and emotive tools in building public awareness and education in combating this worrisome decline.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, using Canon equipment for over 30 years. My subjects range from small Hummingbirds to gigantic Blue whales, the largest animal on Planet Earth, ever. Every year, I go on multiple photo shoots around the globe and meet photographers and wildlife enthusiasts who want to know what equipment I use and how much camera gear I bring along on my trips. My philosophy is to keep things simple and my equipment bag as light as possible. I usually bring no more than 2 bodies and 3 lenses.

You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterFlickrInstagram and this blog. My blog and website do not accept advertising, have no tracking cookies and commissioned links of any kind and I do not receive compensation from any camera dealer or equipment manufacturer, including Canon.

A combination of the following gear in my equipment inventory is what I usually bring along but I have access to other lenses, cameras and gear when I have a need for them and still own cameras like the original EOS-1EOS-1 V and EOS-5D

One thing you will notice is I have no mirrorless camera in my equipment inventory. The reason is I am not enamored of the current crop of mirrorless models available. Later this year when Canon announces their EOS-R1 and EOS-R7 models, I may change my mind and add them to my inventory. You can read my wildlife articles and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com


My Equipment Bag :

EOS 1D X Mark III - With a maximum speed of up to 16 fps, new 20 megapixel sensor and 191-point AF system, this body is the successor to the venerable EOS-1D X, and an ideal wildlife camera. The superior native ISO performance and lighting fast frame rate makes photographing moving wildlife in dim light easier and when combined with the EOS-5Ds body, will provide me with unmatched flexibility on photo shoots. The EOS-1D X Mark III combined with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS lens, plus the 1.4X built in extender, make an awesome combo for wildlife photography. See my review of this awesome camera.

EOS 1D X Mark II - With a maximum speed of up to 14 fps, new 20 megapixel sensor and 61-point AF system, this body is the successor to the venerable EOS-1D X, and a versatile wildlife camera. The superior native ISO performance and lighting fast frame rate makes photographing moving wildlife in dim light easier and when combined with the EOS-5Ds body, will provide me with unmatched flexibility on photo shoots. The EOS-1D X Mark II works very well with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS lens. Read my review of this very good wildlife camera.

I have used all the EOS-1D bodies since its inception in 1989 and still prefer the 1.3X APS-H sensor of the MK IV for the extra reach. When I upgraded to the 1D X MK II, MK IV and 1D X, it was a small incremental improvement each time, but the EOS-1D X Mark III is a much improved DSLR. I have owned the EOS 1D X Mark III camera for about a year and make it my main camera body for wildlife photo shoots around the world. Click here to read my review of the original EOS 1D X camera.

EOS 1D Mark IV - 10 fps, 16 megapixel and 45-point AF system make this rugged camera an ideal wildlife choice for me. The 1.3X APS-H sensor brings me a little closer to the action. The noise level is good when photographing moving wildlife in dim light with ISO up to 3200. I have used all the 1D bodies through the decades and this is my one of my favorite cameras to date and trusted workhorse for wildlife shoots. The Mk IV has doubled up for me as a travel and landscape camera when combined with the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II and the 24-105mm f/4L lenses. The MK IV will serve me well as the other 1D body I turn to when I want a little extra reach. Read my comparison between the EOS-1D X and EOS-1D Mk IV.

EOS 5D Mark IV - 7 fps, 30 megapixel, 61-point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS technology make this 4th generation 5D camera my choice as a second camera when I am on tour. The EOS-1D Mark IV can feel a bit dated at times but this full frame body with built-in WiFi and GPS is an ideal camera for wildlife photography when the action is not too fast. The noise level is good when photographing moving wildlife in dim light with ISO up to 3200. It is becoming another trusted workhorse on my wildlife shoots.

EOS 5Ds - After much deliberation, I have finally replaced my venerable EOS-1Ds Mark III with this full frame, 61-point AF, 50 megapixel camera. The 5Ds will be used primarily for nature and travel photography but occasionally for wildlife that don't move too much. The resolution of its impressive sensor,  the ability to crop the image (on the camera) to 1.3x and 1.6x are great advantages for me when it comes to wildlife photography, offsetting its main disadvantage - the slow 5 fps burst rate. I will be taking this camera on many real world photo shoots and writing a comprehensive review on it in the next few months.

EOS 7D Mark II - In my opinion, this is the best value in cropped frame DSLR today. The 1.6X APS-C sensor, 10 fps, 20 megapixel and 61-point AF system make this body ideal for wildlife and bird photography. This new camera has the Dual Pixel CMOS technology built-in, can autofocus down to f/8 and has much improved ISO performance over the original 7D. With good light, the camera's performance is exceptional. I like the added reach of the 7D and put the Canon BG-E16 grip on the body to give it a 1D like feel. I am not completely without reservation on this body. You can read my review on the camera here.

EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II - A superb 'handholdable' Super Telephoto wildlife lens. If speed is not paramount, I will use the EF 300mm f/4L IS but it gives up a small difference in sharpness at about half the weight and a fraction of the price. Excellent image quality with 1.4x or 2.0x extender mounted. The lens is tack sharp and works well with 1D, 5D and 7D bodies and the image quality is unparalleled.

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II - This is one of my favorite Canon Super Telephoto lens for wildlife photography. This lens was announced on September 15, 2014. Its weight, speed and performance combination is hard to beat for a full day's photo shoot without a tripod. I have taken many of my bird-in-flight shots with the Series I model of this lens. The lens performs well with the 1.4x and 2.0x extenders. When used with the EOS-7D Mk II and EOS-1D MK IV, I can shoot at 1200+mm and 1000+mm focal length handholding the combo. This gives me unmatched mobility and reach. You can read my review of the Series II version. This is my favorite Super Telephoto wildlife lens when I travel light.

EF 400mm f/5.6L
 - This is another one of my favorite Canon lens for wildlife photography. First introduced in 1993, it lacks Image Stabilization found in most EF lenses these days but it is one of the sharpest lens in Canon's lineup. The relative light weight and performance combination is hard to beat for a full day's photo shoot without a tripod. I have taken many of my bird-in-flight shots with this amazingly under-rated lens as well. The lens performs well with the 1.4X extenders. When used with the EOS-1D bodies, it can autofocus down to f/8. This gives me unmatched mobility and reach. An upgrade of this venerable lens with an IS system would be great.

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x - My ideal lens combo for wildlife photography is the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and the 200-400mm f/4L IS with the built in 1.4X extender. This way I can travel 'light' and still have the highest quality glass covering a wide range of focal lengths. Canon has reduced the price of this lens recently, down from the original price of $11,799. It is a great buy for those who don't mind the weight of this glass. Click here to read my extensive review of this revolutionary lens. I have put this amazing glass through many vigorous wildlife photo shoots around the globe and it continues to surprise me by its performance.

EF 500mm f/4L IS II - One of my favorite Super telephoto lens in Canon's lineup. The Series II version is one of their sharpest and a great wildlife lens. When I use a full sized tripod, this glass is my choice and sometimes I handhold this lens for a short period of time. The Series I lens has been discontinued but one can still buy it from dealers with left over inventory. The new lens comes with superior optics and coatings, is incrementally better in every way and reduces the weight by 1 1/2 pound.

EF 600mm f/4L IS III - For those occasions when extra reach is paramount, I bring this ultimate Series III telephoto lens from Canon. For brilliantly clear results even in challenging situations, Super Spectra Coatings (SSC) and Air Sphere Coatings (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flare. Heat-rejecting paint and two-layer barrel structure help keep the lens cooler especially in hot climate like Africa or India. With a shorter minimum focusing distance, full-time manual AF, two selectable focus presets plus a major weight reduction of about 2 pounds over the Series II model make this lens a must have for serious wildlife and sports photographers.

Together with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II and EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, these lenses form the backbone of my Super Telephoto lens inventory. Click here to see how the EF 500mm f/4L lens is made.

EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS - My ideal lens combo for wildlife photography is the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and the 200-400mm f/4L IS with the built in 1.4X extender. However, there are situations when I am restricted to just one lens or it's impractical to change lens, then I reach for the EF 28-300mm. This versatile 10X+ zoom lens has very good optical performance and can focus down to less than two and a half feet over the entire focal length. This is a great wildlife lens especially in Hawaii. I call this my 'Maui lens' because the Humpback whales can come just a few feet from my zodiac and this lens will capture the image with little problem, even on APS-C cameras.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III - Super sharp and fast lens for close up wildlife action, providing up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. I have used this lens for years and the latest version is the best yet. An excellent lens for closeup, lowlight travel and wildlife photography and works well with both the 1.4X and 2.0X extenders.

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS - I held off buying this lens for a while because the 70-300mm DO was such a disappointment for me. The extra reach and lighter weight ( compared to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II ) of this lens comes in handy when I am photographing larger wildlife in decent light. Excellent 4 stop IS compensation. Another great lens for cetacean and wildlife photo shoots. The drawbacks are extenders cannot be used on this lens and it does not come with a zoom ring.

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II - This brand new lens is a 'light weight', all round wildlife lens with excellent build. It uses a zoom ring design to get from 100mm to 400mm. Excellent for wildlife and whale photography. Image quality is great even with the 1.4X extender on EOS-1D and EOS-7D Mk II bodies. You can read my review on the Series II version. I will write an extended review of this lens once I have taken it out on more photo shoots.

EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro - Superb macro lens that can be used with extenders. Excellent build with medium fast speed. A must own lens for serious macro photography. I have used it to photograph Hummingbirds closeup when the lighting conditions are good.


EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II - A great, all round lens for travel and landscape photography. This lens will be on my EOS-1D X Mark II or EOS-5Ds when I take travel photos or closeup wildlife shots. The focal lengths and speed are ideal for indoor and outdoor shooting conditions and the IS offers a 4 stop advantage. It comes with the latest coatings and fluorite technology.

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III - This lens is great for wide angle landscape shots on the EOS-1D X bodies and a versatile travel lens on the EOS-1D MK IV as well. Very sharp and fast. Can be used indoors when flash photography is prohibited. Canon has announced the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS and EF 11-24mm f/4L glass. The f/4 model found a home in my equipment bag.

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - This lens is for landscape and wildlife photographers who want the look and feel only possible with extreme wide angle and fisheye photography. With its unique focal length range, the EF 8-15mm f/4L USM is the world's widest fisheye zoom lens. It delivers 180° diagonal angle of view images for all EOS SLR cameras with imaging formats ranging from full-frame to APS-C, and provides 180° circular fisheye images for full-frame EOS models. I use this lens to photograph whales and other marine animals when I am in the water. To do it professionally, I use my EOS-1D Mk IV camera with the EF 8-15mm lens and the AquaTech underwater housing, topped with a dome lens port for maximum angle of view. On land, this super wide angle lens will capture stunning nature photos and stimulate creativity.

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM - This walk around lens is a solid performer and great value. I am not a portrait photographer and seldom use a 50mm lens so there is little need to own a better performing glass. An upgrade to Mark II of this lens is needed to take advantage of the advancement in optics and coatings since its first introduction in 1993.

Extender EF 1.4X and 2.0X III - Series III extenders offer a 40% or 100% boost to the focal length of the lens with a corresponding loss of 1 to 2 stops in aperture setting. Although they focus faster, I find no noticable IQ improvement in the latest extenders over the Series II versions under real world conditions and use them only sparingly. The Series III extenders are supposed to mate especially well with the Series II Super Telephoto lens but I cannot find any evidence to that claim. I am not a big fan of extenders and will use my legs first to close the distance between me and my subjects.

Speedlite 600EX II RT - I am not a big user of flash but sold my 580 EX II for a good price and upgraded to the 600EX II RT. Professional quality and build makes this flash perfect for the 1D bodies. It offers an expanded zoom range and a higher guide number, plus a number of improvements over its predecessor in both operation and feel. With the added wireless two-way radio communication, it allows additional creativity.

Kirk BH-3 Ball Head - This compact, light weight ball head is perfect for photographer like myself who prefers to travel light and do not want to over pay for any gear. It weighs a mere 1.2 pounds and is rated for a 15 pound load. I can mount the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens and the Canon 1D X camera with extender on it with no problem. It is professional grade, solidly built in the United States and comes with a very reasonable price. For heavier loads, I mount the Kirk BH-1 on my tripod. I have upgraded all my Canon tripod foot with the Kirk replacement.

Gitzo GT5543XL - This premium carbon fiber tripod is when I have room and weight to spare in my equipment bag and want to pack the heaviest load for my tour. It is longer than the SLIK tripods I have and weighs just about 7 pounds, comes with no center column, rated for over 80 pound load and extends to over 6 feet tall. Gitzo tripods are extremely well built and rugged but sell for a premium price and may not be a good value for all photographers.

SLIK PRO 824 CF - This light weight, full sized carbon fiber tripod weighs only 3.5 pounds but can support over 17 pounds of equipment. That's enough for a top of the line ball head, Canon 1D body and up to the Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens. It is almost 5 inch shorter than the Gitzo GT 2542LS. I use this tripod when the job calls for a shorter, full sized tripod than can handle a big load. SLIK is one of the best kept secret in carbon fiber tripods today. The technology and quality are first rate and the prices are reasonable.

Gitzo GM 2542 - This compact carbon fiber monopod is an ideal tool for me when it is not practical to deploy a tripod. It weighs a mere 1.1 pounds and is rated for about 66 pound load. I mount the Kirk BH-1 ball head and Canon 1D X Mark II or 1D Mark IV with 400mm DO IS II lens on it with ease.

Tamrac Expedition 8X Backpack - Sadly, Tamrac has been bought out by GuruGear but this is the pack I use to carry larger equipment when I go 'heavy'. The main compartment is completely foam padded with numerous adjustable dividers to protect multiple pro-size digital SLRs, a full range of lenses (up to the EF 800mm f/5.6L), flashes and a laptop. The best thing is it's 'small' enough to be carried on planes.

Tamrac Adventure 9 Backpack - I use this Backpack when I travel 'light'. This pack is divided into upper and lower padded compartments. The lower compartment can accommodate 2 pro-size bodies and 2 lenses. The upper compartment can accommodate additional equipment including the Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens and there is room for a laptop. The pack is small enough for me to take on planes in addition to a carryon suitcase.