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I’ve had at least zero people ask me when they can preorder the new $70,200.00 Canon CINE SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-telephoto Zoom lens. So for all of you, here it is!


B&H Photo: EF Mount | PL Mount – Adorama: EF Mount | PL Mount


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EOS Bodies / Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:00:40 PM »

Well, this came a little sooner than we thought it would. Canon has announced the replacement to the Canon Cinema EOS C100 with a Mark II version.


Highlights



  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor + EF Mount

  • 1920×1080 60/50i, 24/25p, PF30, PF23.98

  • Built-In Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware

  • AVCHD + MP4 Recording

  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots

  • HDMI Output with Timecode & Canon Log

  • ISO 320 to 80,000

  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma

  • Two XLR Audio Connectors

  • Built-In 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz WiFi Capability


Preorder the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: B&H Photo | Adorama


Press release and features after the break.



The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF is Canon’s updated version of the C100 designed for event videographers, documentarians, and independent filmmakers. It incorporates the continuous autofocus function compatible with all Canon autofocus lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This new feature provides faster and more accurate autofocusing to assist users when operating with small crews.


The Mark II also adds a variety of upgraded features including face detection AF, MP4 recording, additional frame rates when recording in AVCHD and slow & fast motion options when recording in MP4. The Mark II also has an additional microphone on the camera body for recording sound when the top handle is removed. It incorporates a 3.5″ OLED display with increased resolution, and the EVF is now almost twice as large as on the original C100 and tilts as well. The Mark II supports GPS, and features built-in wireless functionality. The HDMI output supports timecode, as does the original C100, but it also supports Canon Log LUT.


The EOS C100 Mark II uses the same Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV III image processor as its big brother, the C300. With an EF lens mount, the camera is compatible with the full range of Canon EF, EF-S, and EF Cinema lenses. This is particularly useful for DSLR shooters who have already invested in Canon lenses. The camera uses the AVCHD codec to record 1080p video up to 24 Mbps. It supports dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards which, thanks to the efficient AVCHD codec, allows you to record nearly three hours of HD video on a single 32GB card. For professional applications, you can also record clean, uncompressed 4:2:2 video with embedded timecode via the HDMI output.


The ergonomic design of the EOS C100 Mark II is streamlined to support one-person shoots. Weighing only 2.2 pounds in its basic configuration, the camera’s flexible modular design supports a variety of shooting styles. Additional features such as One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris allow operators to spend less time checking camera settings and more time capturing cinematic footage.




Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology

The Continuous AF (Autofocus) function for all autofocus lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. This feature is ideal for users who regularly shoot with smaller crews, who shoot moving subjects, or who want smoother, more natural-looking autofocus.Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features a CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. The new feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while providing a natural, smooth autofocus movement with select Canon EF lenses — including newer-generation STM lenses — which offer even smoother and quieter operation.





Continuous Recording

The continuous, nonstop recording function allows you to create In and Out points in the footage every time the START/STOP button is pressed. At this time, the continuous recording function is compatible with Grass Valley’s EDIUS Pro 7 software.



320 to 80,000 ISO Range

With an extended ISO range from 320 to 80,000, the EOS C100 Mark II is even more sensitive to light than its predecessor. This lets you shoot usable footage during low-light and night shoots, even when using available or ambient lighting as your main light source. Being able to operate under lower light levels means you can work quickly with smaller crews and resources, ideal for low-budget and independent filmmakers.



Menu Navigation via Camera Buttons

Internal camera menus are now controllable from buttons on the camera body. While previously a removable joystick was the only way to control the internal menus, now buttons on the rear of the camera under the built-in monitor can be used. This lets you access the menus when the side grip is removed.



Viewfinder Magnification Location Shift

Manually move the center of the camera’s magnification viewing area to one of 25 different locations throughout the image frame using the joystick. Now camera operators can easily check focus even on subjects that are located away from the center of the image frame.



Record Button Lock

The Key Lock setting now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the record button. This helps to prevent accidental operation during a critical shoot by the operator inadvertently pressing a wrong button.



Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor

The Super 35mm-sized sensor provides an angle-of-view and depth of field that equivalent to that of traditional Super 35mm film. With a native resolution of 8.3MP and a wider pixel pitch than conventional professional camcorders, the sensor offers enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise in low light environments.



DIGIC DV III Image Processor

Designed and built by Canon for the highest HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB representations that originate in the single CMOS sensor of the camera into three channels (Red, Blue, and Green) to maintain the rich resolution and clean color fidelity formerly possible only in three-chip sensor designs.



Low Light Sensitivity

Working together, the Super 35mm sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor achieve a high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light.



Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma

Canon Log records an image with subdued contrast and sharpness, which preserves a high dynamic range and presupposes color grading in post production. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from mid-range to highlights, resulting in 12-stops of dynamic range. At ISO 850 and above, Canon Log Gamma enables 5.3 stops of latitude above optimal exposure (and 6.7 stops below), broadening the available dynamic range in color grading.Wide DR Gamma yields wide dynamic range by suppressing brightness while maintaining gradations, but is designed to produce finished-looking images without requiring any color grading in post-production.





EF Lens Mount with EF Contacts

The camera is fully compatible with Canon’s renowned EF mount lenses. Even specialty lenses, such as Canon’s 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens or the 8-15mm f/4L Ultra-Wide Zoom fisheye lens. When shooting with EF lenses, the camera features peripheral illumination correction, which automatically compensates for light fall-off in the corners of the image.



Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates in AVCHD

The camera supports AVCHD bit rates up to 24 Mbps (LPCM) at a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. Frame rates of 60i, 50i, 24p, 25p, PF30, and PF24 are all available to meet the needs of your production workflow. In addition, the 60i frame rate offers reduced rolling shutter artifacts. It supports relay recording of long takes between dual SD cards or can write video to both cards for redundancy in the event of SD card failure. Pre REC mode buffers approximately three seconds before the tally light activates.



Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates in MP4

The C100 Mark II supports recording in 1920 x 1080p recording to MP4, at multiple frame rates, and also supports 720 and 640 x 360 frame sizes.



Uncompressed HDMI Out with Timecode & Canon Log LUT Support

Outputting an uncompressed signal via HDMI. This signal can superimpose timecode and the 2:3 pulldown marker, which means an external recorder and converter can process the HDMI output as an SDI signal. External recorders provide an instant back-up and help to streamline post-production workflows. The HDMI output also supports Canon Log LUT output.



Compact and Ergonomic Design

Designed with the solo shooter in mind it is 85% the size of the Canon C300, and it is based on a mobile core design that allows additional accessories to be attached depending on the situation. Strip the camera down for a “run-and-gun” style, or complement the camera with the full range of camera-mounted accessories. With a compact body, you can even shoot dual-camera 3D without an over-sized and cumbersome rig. Its light weight reduces user fatigue and allows even elaborate rigging systems to remain mobile enough for a single operator. The removable accessory hand grip rotates 360 degrees for comfortable shooting positions, while customizable hardware buttons allow the camera to fit your own personal shooting preferences.



Removable Top Handle with XLR Inputs and Stereo Microphone

Including a top mounted handle unit, which features two XLR connectors and a microphone shock mount. XLR connections offer a high quality audio input for professional grade microphones and facilitate 2 channel 48kHz linear PCM (24 Mbps) audio recordings.



High Resolution EVF and Integrated OLED Display

Accurately check focus, composition, and exposure with the 1.23 million dot-equivalent 0.45″ electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage. The built-in 3.5″ 1.23MP equivalent OLED panel tilts 100 degrees for flexibility when composing tough perspective shots and rotates 180 degrees to protect the screen when not in use. Use the LCD display to review footage or to view the camera’s waveform monitor.



AVCHD or MP4 File Based Recording to SD Cards

The camera records video to SDHC/SDXC cards using AVCHD, a high-efficiency codec that has quickly become a standard in both the professional and consumer video markets. Maximum bit-rate is 24 Mbps. Video files greater than 2GB are split into multiple files while recording, which are automatically joined together upon import using Canon Data Import. AVCHD video is widely supported across NLE systems and is the standard codec for Blu-Ray.



The camera records using the MP4 codec, and can record in fast motion (25% faster) or slow motion (40% slower) in MP4 recording mode.



Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids

The camera offers complete manual control of each aspect of the recording process. Create and recall custom picture settings, camera functions, and display options. The camera also features several powerful and intuitive focusing aids in both the EVF and LCD monitor that make it easy to confirm critical focus distance; Peaking Modes and Magnify Focus Modes are available while in standby or while recording. Additionally, the LCD features Edge Monitor Display; green waveform display the overall focus of the scene and red waveform provide focus feedback of the three focus check boxes visible on the LCD monitor.



One Shot AF and Push Auto Iris

One-Shot AF executes focus adjustments with a dedicated button, and the Push Auto Iris button automatically adjusts the aperture of the lens to quickly and easily maintain proper exposure. Both of these functions can be accessed even when operating in manual mode.



Built-In ND Filters

In excessively bright environments neutral density filters are often required to avoid over exposure, without compromising desirable shutter and aperture settings. It features built-in ND filters in three densities, which make for four ND configurations (OFF, 2 stops, 4 stops, 6 stops). The built-in ND filters are deployed via a manual dial.



Remote Terminal

Remotely control the camera via its LANC-compatible remote terminal. Remote operation allows for single-person operation even in creative rigging situations.



Additional Features



  • Waveform monitor; standard and RGB modes

  • Exposure/Focus aids: Peaking, Zebra, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode

  • Drop Frame (DF) or Non-Drop Frame (NDF) Timecode

  • Timecode modes: Regen, Record Run, Free Run

  • Nice Customized Picture Profiles available in camera and up to 20 can be saved to an SD card

  • Custom picture profiles can be adjusted using the following settings: Gamma, Black, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Balance, Color Correction, Setup Level

  • 15 assignable function buttons

  • SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standard color bars can be selected




C1002_02


Press Release Below



MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct 21, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the popular Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera.


Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920×1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera weighs just 2.5 lbs. and is compatible with over 103 Canon EF Series lenses, including STM models which can deliver smooth and silent autofocus during filmmaking.


“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide1 – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”


Design Enhancements


Optimized for one-person operation, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera has a mobile core design enabling users to choose their preferred style of shooting. The existing design has been enhanced to include a large-size detachable eyecup for the camera’s large 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel color EVF (electronic viewfinder). Clearly marked red trigger buttons on the camera body, top handle, grip, and a built-in mono microphone on the camera body — for times when the top handle is not attached — can be used to capture basic sound for audio notation or as an aid to audio syncing during post.


Another major redesign of the new EOS C100 Mark II over its predecessor is an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel, delivering 100 percent field-of-view coverage, wide color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The new hinge design — which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface — opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release.


Visual Expression


Previously available only as an optional upgrade for earlier Cinema EOS models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a standard feature on the new EOS C100 Mark II, providing enhanced autofocusing capability. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain in focus even as they move off center. In addition, the compatibility of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon EF autofocus lenses combines outstanding optical tools with a wide range of creative options. It’s ideal for shooting sports, weddings and many more productions where focus pulling by a single operator is not feasible, such as when the video camera is attached to steadicams or drones. The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes Face-Detection AF2, a first in the Cinema EOS camera line, which utilizes contrast detection AF to maintain focus across most of the image plane, an advantage in one-person electronic news gathering (ENG) situations.


Imaging and Recording


Central to many of the new features of the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is its advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor. The Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the EOS C100) for noticeably improved image quality. The Canon DIGIC DV4 processor also includes a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (high-sensitivity recording on the camera ranges from ISO 320 to 80,000).


Another important benefit of the Canon DIGIC DV4 processor is Full HD recording in both the high-quality professional format AVCHD or the popular web-friendly MP4 format at a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates (up to the smooth look of 59.94p) to suit practically any production need.3 For special-effect requirements, slow and fast motion MP4 recording at up to 1920×1080/60p can also be performed.


Users can choose from multiple formats that support MP4 or AVCHD to suit a wide variety of production, post, and output needs. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in one or both formats simultaneously4 for back-up, or convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload.5 Extended clip times can be achieved by recording continuously from one card to the other without a break. In addition, a Data Import Utility application is included that can seamlessly join divided files to help reduce work during editing and to import video file data from an SD card inside the camera or a card reader.


As with the other cameras in Canon’s Cinema EOS line, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera includes Canon Log as a recording choice, providing maximum dynamic range for post-production color grading. New, however, is the addition of a built-in LUT (look-up table), enabling users to view the camera’s live video signal in Wide DR (dynamic range) or the BT.709 (TV standard) color space on the OLED or any external monitor connected to the camera’s locking HDMI® output (this feature can be turned off in the menu). Uncompressed video output (with time code data and 2:3 pull-down markers superimposed) can be output via HDMI to an external recorder.


Connectivity Innovations


The addition of wireless file-transfer capabilities further expands the versatility of the new EOS C100 Mark II camera for multiple production applications, including transferring time-critical news video or backing-up files. Utilizing dual 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, the camera can transfer video files via FTP server for instant relay, or send MP4 video to the web browsers of laptops or tablets for viewing and storage (even on PC’s lacking playback software). Remote control of the camera is also enabled via a compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes compatibility with the optional multi-functional Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, which can be used to adjust image quality and other important operations from a distance, a handy feature for shooting from a jib arm, drone, or other inaccessible location.


In addition, the optional Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver can be connected to the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera using a USB cable to record location and time information during shooting, a helpful feature for editing and archiving.


Pricing and Availability


The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.00.


About Canon U.S.A., Inc.


Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. CAJ, +0.29% ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013+ and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.


+ Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.


All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.


Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice.Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.


1Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to First Half of 2014.


2Requires use of Canon STM lenses.


3For complete specifications on bit rates and corresponding frame rates and recording formats please visit:www.usa.canon.com


4This function records the images on the card in the sub slot as well, while images are concurrently being recorded on the card in the main slot. Users have the following selection options for the format with which to record the images on the card in the sub slot.


(a)Slot recording using the same movie format (AVCHD/MP4)


(b)Different MP4 (4 Mbps or 3 Mbps) recording in sub slot from main slot However, 28 Mbps (AVCHD) and MP4 (4Mbps or 3Mbps) as well as 35Mbps (MP4) andMP4 (4Mbps or 3Mbps) double-slot recording is not possible. Use of double-slot recording together with slow & fast motion recording or relay recording is not possible, and if such an attempt is made, double slot recording takes priority.


5Footage shot in the 28 Mbps mode for AVCHD and 35 Mbps mode for MP4 cannot be converted.


SOURCE: Canon U.S.A., Inc.


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Pricewatch Deals / Canon Announces New Cinema EOS C100 & C300 Kits
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:28:19 AM »

October 20, 2014, B&H Photo, New York City – After updating its popular EOS C100 and C300 cameras to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology earlier in the year, Canon now offers two unique kits for each model. The C100 kit pairs the camera with an Atomos Ninja 2 monitor/recorder, while the C300 kit adds Zacuto accessories to give the camera an ENG-style design.


The C100 kit includes the camera body, 24-105mm f/4L lens, and an Atomos Ninja 2 external monitor/recorder to take advantage of the camera’s uncompressed 1080p 8-bit 4:2:2 HDMI output. The Ninja 2 then gives you the option of recording that signal in 10-bit Apple ProRes LT, 422, or HQ codecs to an included 240GB SanDisk Extreme SSD. An HDMI cable and an articulating arm for attaching the Ninja 2 to the C100 round out the kit.


The new Canon C300 EF-mount kit is designed to provide a complete shoulder-mounted shooting solution by outfitting the camera with Zacuto accessories. The first accessory is the C300/500 Helmet and Coldshoe Handle Kit, which screws into the top of the camera and provides additional threaded accessory holes and a wooden top handle. The next accessory is Zacuto’s Z-Finder for the C300/500, which slides over the camera’s LCD screen, turning it into an electronic viewfinder. To better position the monitor for shoulder-mounted use, the Z-Finder comes with a mounting kit for attaching to the Helmet. To place the camera on your shoulder, Zacuto’s VCT Universal Baseplate is provided, featuring a cushioned shoulder pad and 15mm rods to support additional accessories. Completing the kit is a Grip Relocator, which lets you mount the C300’s grip on the baseplate’s 15mm rods for comfortable handling and camera control.


MAINcinemeos300


Canon Cinema EOS C100 Kit | Canon Cinema EOS C300 Kit


If you’re interested in a C100 or C300, then these new kits from Canon offer out-of-the-box solutions designed to improve the capabilities and functionality of each model.


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Lenses / Review: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:25:30 AM »

PhotographyBlog has completed their review of the Canon PowerShot G7 X and came away impressed for the most part.


“The new Canon PowerShot G7 X is an excellent pocket camera for enthusiast photographers, offering a wealth of options for shooting both still and video, excellent image quality, speedy auto-focusing, intuitive and configurable handling, and solid construction. It can’t quite match the bigger and heavier G1 X Mk II in terms of performance at higher ISO speeds, but it does offer most of that camera’s functionality in a smaller package, and even out-performs it in some areas.”


Read the full reviewCanon PowerShot G7 X $699: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


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EOS Bodies / Patent: 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 With a Liquid Element
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:56:31 AM »

A patent showing a 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 optical formula with a liquid element has shown up. I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to end up as a consumer product any time soon, but it’s still pretty interesting.


liquidelementpatent



  • Patent Publication No. 2014-145883 (Google Translated)

    • Published Date 2014.8.14

    • Filing date 2013.1.29



  • Example 4

    • Zoom ratio 2.07

    • Focal length f = 10.30-13.12-21.35mm

    • Fno. 3.23-3.62-4.63

    • Half angle ω = 52.86-46.03-32.50 °

    • Image height 13.60mm

    • The overall length of the lens 135.13-133.91-135.09mm

    • BF 0.15mm



  • Canon patents

    • And by varying the shape of the boundary surface, thereby changing the refractive power

    • Zooming, and has a refractive power element is positive, the element is negative

    • And reduce the variation of the curvature




Source: [EG] via [NL]


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Pricewatch Deals / Deals: Some Canon Body & Lens Deals This Weekend
« on: October 19, 2014, 11:39:35 AM »

The Canon eStore has some refurbished lenses at an extra discount until the end of this weekend.



The Canon eStore also has some deals on refurbished EOS camera bodies.



GetItDigital (99.3% approval) has a few deals on Canon EOS bodies via ebay.



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EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon EF 2.0X TC With Diffractive Optics Element
« on: October 19, 2014, 11:07:08 AM »

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A patent showing a 2x teleconverter with a diffractive optic element (DO) has surfaced. The 2.0x teleconverter could use a little length reduction, though I’m not sure if DO would reduce the size of the current TC all that much.


Patent Publication No. 2014-145870 (Google Translated)



  • Published Date 2014.8.14

  • Filing date 2013.1.29



Example 1



  • Focal length -109.09mm

  • Magnification 2.00x

  • 4 group 9-lens configuration

  • One plane diffraction plane (the first group)

  • Master lens

  • Focal length f = 293.76mm

  • Fno. 2.91

  • Half angle ω = 4.21 °

  • Image height Y = 21.64mm

  • The overall length of the lens 275.41mm

  • BF 53.79mm

  • 15 sheets 11 groups lens configuration

  • Protective glass 1

  • Rear filter 1

  • UD 2

  • Fluorite 1


Canon Patents



  • I and the diffraction plane cemented surface of the cemented lens closest to the object side

  • This arrangement can suppress the flare


Source: [EG]


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EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon 2mm f/1.4 Lens for Small Sensors
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:06:29 AM »

A patent for a 2mm f/1.4 lens from Canon has appeared. This type of lens would be for a small sensor device such as a compact video camera or action camera.


canon2mmpatent


Patent Publication No. 2014-197128 (Google Translated)



  • Published  Date 2014.10.16

  • Filing date 2013.3.29


Example



  • Focal length f = 2.03mm

  • Fno. 1.44mm

  • Half angle ω = 59.18 °

  • Image height 3.00mm

  • The overall length of the lens 32.17mm

  • BF 0.51mm

  • Canon patents

  • Focus position of the periphery of the screen is shifted If you install the dome cover

  • And suppress the deviation of the focus by changing the air space of the lens in accordance with the presence or absence of the dome cover


Source: [EG]


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EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:57:51 PM »

According to Amazon and another local retailer, we should start seeing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II shipping on October 30, 2014. If you select overnight shipping, you should have it for Hallowe’en and that’ll be a great evening to test the ISO abilities of this new APS-C camera.


B&H Photo and Adorama are still showing November for availability.



thanks Doug


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EOS Bodies / Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 08:31:45 AM »

Canon introduces new 4K cine-servo, ultra-telephoto lens with world’s longest focal length


United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 16 October 2014 – Canon today bolsters its cine servo lens line-up with the new CN20x50 – a high performance, ultra-telephoto zoom lens for sport and nature TV production. Leveraging Canon’s long-standing and unparalleled expertise in lens design, the CN20x50 delivers superb image quality and exceptional creative control, and is the first lens of its type to combine a built-in 1.5x extender, class-leading 20x magnification and a removable servo drive, with a native 50-1000mm focal range that expands to a huge 75-1500mm.


Designed to be a portable solution for broadcast productions using super 35mm cameras – whether HD, UHD or 4K – the CN20x50 is a tool of unprecedented quality, versatility and usability. Featuring a completely removable updated servo drive unit that enables an agile shooting style that’s difficult to achieve with typical cine lenses, the new cine-servo lens helps to meet growing demands for Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution sport and nature television production.


Versatile and reliable

With productions today expected to shoot in demanding and unpredictable environments, a huge level of lens flexibility is required. For wildlife television, operators typically work in hostile and sensitive conditions which often necessitate shooting from extremely long distances, while sports productions typically require extremely high resolution for close-to-the-action stadium work. In both situations, operators require fast, reactive positional changes, shooting flexibility and nimble hardware that allow them to respond to changes in the scene.


Weighing just 6.6kg, the CN20x50 is conveniently portable and lightweight and offers an unrivalled focal length and zooming capabilities for its class. It enables sport and documentary crews to capture footage at a distance, while maintaining the highest quality throughout the zoom range. The lens’s huge zoom range also significantly reduces the volume of hardware that crews are required to carry, offering a superb solution for location shoots.


The latest in Canon’s cine-servo lens line-up, the CN20x50 is also user-friendly and robust. The design has been developed to ensure high levels of ruggedness and reliability, even in unforgiving broadcast environments – combining the finest quality optics with a weather-and-shock-proof construction that makes it suitable for use in the most hostile conditions when on location, to the same level as conventional Canon broadcast lenses.


Flexible operability

Compatible with a wide range of cameras, the CN20x50 also supports communication between lens and camera and will be available in both EF-mount and PL-mount variants. The EF-mount version utilises Canon’s own system, while the PL-mount variant supports Cooke’s /i Technology standard. Both models feature a 12-pin serial connection for integration with typical broadcast equipment.


The focus ring rotation is 180 degrees, balancing the accuracy required for 4K imaging with the speed needed for broadcast use. In scenarios where every second counts – and operators only have one opportunity to capture a shot – high speed zoom, iris and simple focusing operation mean that even rapidly changing scenes can be captured with ease and accuracy.


The lens’ design supports a range of cinema and broadcast accessories including operational zoom and focus controls, matte boxes and 0.8- and 0.5-type gear module accessories such as follow focus units, to provide a truly versatile solution.


CN20x50 key benefits:



  • Ultra-telephoto lens with class-leading focal length

  • Capture every detail in sports and nature TV broadcast

  • Achieve stunning shots in outstanding 4K quality

  • Enjoy a wide variety of shooting and expression

  • Portable and durable with intuitive operation


Source: [TDP] & [CPN]


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EOS Bodies / Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:47:05 AM »

A patent for a variable diffusion focusing screen from Canon is out there. The patent shows a focusing screen capable of showing sharp areas as well as giving the shooter a better idea of depth of field. Current DSLRs are quite difficult to manually focus accurately using fast primes with the default focusing screens. There are focusing screens out there you can swap out, but having it all in one screen would be ideal.


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Patent Publication No. 2014-191184



  • Published Date 2014.10.6

  • Filing date 2013.3.27


Canon patents



  • Spreading factor variable finder screen

  • First diffusion rate

  • Brightness priority

  • Setting of low diffusivity and high transmittance

  • Second diffusion rate

  • Blur priority

  • Setting of high diffusivity and low transmittance

  • The partially changed spreading factor according to the focusing range


Source: [EG] via [NL]


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EOS Bodies / EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:05:34 AM »

We’re told that Canon hasn’t been fully satisfied with the sales of the Canon EOS 6D, a camera which I personally love for its size and simplicity. We’re told that the next iteration of the camera is likely to move upmarket in features and pricing. As it sits, there’s about a $1500 difference between the EOS 6D and the EOS 5D Mark III.


I think most people would rather see a $1499 full frame camera, but Canon seems to be marketing the EOS 7D Mark II on par with the 6D as far as image quality goes, so that might drive the 6D upwards, which in turn could also move the next EOS 5D body up as well. This is the opposite of where I saw things going, but increasing margins to offset decreasing sales numbers is good business.


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Check out a four part interview with the developers of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Canon 7D Mark II Developer Interview


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AllNewShop (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS-1D X body for $5199 (Reg $6799) via ebay.


Canon EOS-1D X Body $5199 (Reg $6799)


GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2587 (Reg $3199 after MIR) via ebay.


Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2587 (Reg $3199 after MIR)


AllNewShop (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS White Box Version for $799 (Reg $999) via ebay.


Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS *White Box* $799 (Reg $999)


*as always with ebay, these items are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.


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Lenses / Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM from DXOMark
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:38:21 AM »

DXOMark has completed their review of the Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This relatively inexpensive lens has been receiving a lot of accolades for its performance/price value ratio.


From DXOMark:

“This lens isn’t a replacement for the existing, near pro-level EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM; it doesn’t match the range, speed (or build-quality) but with a similar optical performance, lower price and quiet STM AF motor this lens certainly has its place in Canon’s line-up. Knowing it will appeal to both stills and budding moviemakers it’s likely to be a popular addition, but it doesn’t really plug any holes in the maker’s range.”


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Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM $299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama


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EOS Bodies / "Cello" Short Film Shot With the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:14:34 PM »

Canon USA has posted a short film shot entirely with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a bunch of different Canon EF and EF-S lenses.


There’s one feature pointed out by The Digital Picture that looks to be a great feature for videographers:


“While Movie Servo AF isn’t exactly new, the EOS 7D Mark II brings a very important feature to the party – the ability to customize focus speed and responsiveness while shooting video. Take a look at the focus pull at the 2:13 mark; it’s absolutely beautiful. The ability to slow down the camera’s focus transition allowed for a very natural-looking focus pull.”



Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


Source: [TDP]


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