TOKYO, Japan, December 2, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that an ultra-high-sensitivity 4K camera was used to successfully capture video of the comet ISON from the International Space Station at approximately 7:08 p.m. JST on November 23, 2013. Canon technology contributed to this world’s-first achievement as video production equipment from Canon’s Cinema EOS System was used to record the astronomical phenomenon.
Discovered in September 2012, ISON was unique in that, among the many large comets that have passed through the solar system in recent years, none had traveled so close to the sun. Accordingly, expectations were high that the “sungrazing” ISON would provide earthbound stargazers with a rare performance that would not likely be repeated anytime soon. After the video was shot, however, the comet is believed to have largely broken up and evaporated, meaning that it will no longer be visible in the night sky.
The footage of the comet ISON was shot from the vantage point of outer space, which is not subject to atmospheric fluctuation, enabling the capture of clear video images that would not have been possible if shot from Earth. As a result, the video will likely prove of high value to the scientific community.
The Canon video production equipment taken on the mission, all from the company’s Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products, comprised the EOS C500 PL professional cinema camera (launched in October 2012) and two EF Cinema Lenses: the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (launched in December 2012) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (launched in October 2012). All three support 4K image resolution and the EOS C500 PL makes possible exceptional high-sensitivity imaging performance that facilitates the capture of usable footage even in low-light conditions.
The actual EOS C500 PL used on board the International Space Station underwent special modifications to further boost sensitivity and to enable the camera to withstand the rigors of shooting in space.
Gura Gear swag
I’m giving away a bunch of Gura Gear products this week!
You can enter on Facebook or on our forum, below is the basic rundown of what we’re looking for.
What are we giving away?
- Chobe Bag (I love mine)
- Et Cetera Cases
- Tembo Cases
- Sabi Stabilizers
- Anansi Stabilizers
- Gura Gear T-Shirts
- Gura Gear Steel Water Bottle
See everything at www.guragear.com
How to enter?
- Reply to a thread on the forum or Facebook with a picture of your gear.
- In that picture there must be a post-it note, a piece of paper, anything that says “Canon Rumors Gura Gear Giveaway”.
- From the above items, pick the 3 you’d most like to receive!
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No big megapixel camera?
NL has posted that a known source has told them that there would be no big megapixel camera coming in 2014. There will be 2 new pro level cameras announced, however the EOS-1 line would remain unified.
One of the new models (1D X replacement?) would see a “modest bump” in resolution and have a split pixel sensor. It would have a slight body shape change which would be the same as a new EOS-1D C camera. The full frame lineup would remain EOS-1D X/EOS-1D C/EOS 5D/EOS 6D.
I’m definitely not sold on this idea, too many mentions of large megapixel cameras in testing for something not to come. With Sony and Nikon moving beyond 35mp, it’s going to be important for Canon to have some kind of studio solution if they’re not going into the medium format segment.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals
The Black Friday and Cyber Monday barrage of deals appears over, however we should still see lots of deals going throughout December and into January.
I have added a page to the site that will show the deals currently offered by retailers, I will be updating it regularly.
Holiday Buying Deals
Please note that we suspended download services for Firmware Version 18.104.22.168.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 due to a discrepancy in color balance. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience. Firmware Version 22.214.171.124.00 corrects this color balance discrepancy. Any cameras that are running firmware version 126.96.36.199.00 should be updated to firmware version 188.8.131.52.00.
Firmware Version 184.108.40.206.00 incorporates all the functions and modifications listed below:
- EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera
- Fixes a phenomenon where the previous firmware version 220.127.116.11.00 offered incorrect color balance.
- Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function has been added.
- Support for a 1440×1080/35Mbps recording mode has been added.
- ISO up to 80,000 has been added.
- Functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1 has been added.
- A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
- Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link providing simultaneous camera operation and control and metadata input.
- [Lens Exchange] and [ND+]/[ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.
- A new Wide DR Gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%.
- Flicker Reduction has been improved.
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Two new full frame cameras coming?
We see talk of two new full frame cameras coming in 2014 with availability in the early part of 2015. It’s mentioned that the EOS 5D Mark III would move up the spec ladder once again, but wouldn’t be the camera for “total image quality”. That would be saved for studio based EOS-1 body that is coming next year.
There is no chance of an EOS-3D according to this report. Although medium format is “still an option”. This information apparently comes from a higher end dealer presentation that occurred in Japan.
This is the first mention we’ve seen for an EOS 5D Mark IV. If two new full frame cameras are on the horizon and one is an EOS-1DXs type of body, what could the other one be? I’m willing to wager the EOS 6D won’t be replaced before the EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X.
I assume he above report doesn’t consider the Cinema EOS branded EOS-1D C as one of the “full frame” cameras.
From B&H Photo
B&H Photo is selling the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II for $1799 (Reg $2299) after mail-in rebate. Shipping is free within the USA and also qualifies for B&H’s 2% rewards.
You must proceed to checkout to see the $2099 checkout price, and then there’s a $300 mail-in rebate above and beyond that. That brings the price of the lens down to $1799.
You can see the rebates for all Canon lenses here.
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1799 via B&H Photo
More Non L IS Lenses
We’ve been told that Canon will announce at least 2 new non-L IS prime lenses in 2014. The two you can bank on are a 50mm f/1.8 IS and an 85mm f/2 IS (the source wasn’t totally sure on the aperture, but did say it would be slower than the current f/1.8). Both lenses should be announced some time in the first half of 2014. The replacement to the 50 was originally slated to come in 2013, but fell into the status of delayed like a bunch of other Canon lenses.
The other lens that was mentioned was an IS version of a 135mm lens. It was unknown whether or not the lens would be an “L”.
More to come…
The Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM is now in stock at B&H Photo for $899
Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM $899 at B&H Photo
Bryan over at TDP has posted his ISO 12233 test shots using the new Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM Art lens.
Bryan has spent a little while with the lens and has added some images and thoughts to his review page.
ISO 12233 Sample Images | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM Preview