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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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



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.