New Canon ME20F-SH Cinema Kit Offers Versatility For Filmmaking And Television Production

New Canon ME20F-SH Cinema Kit Offers Versatility For Filmmaking And Television Production

By Canon Rumors | April 13, 2016 | Cinema EOS News

ME20F-SH Cinema Kit Includes 10 Accessories to Ready the Camera for Cinematic Applications

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 13, 2016 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the ME20F-SH Cinema Kit, which bundles the ME20F-SH Camera with 10 accessories to enhance the user operation and provide significant savings compared to purchasing the accessories separately. The ME20F-SH camera’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 μm square1, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras2. Its large pixel size enables the ME20F-SH to deliver magnificent imagery in normal lighting conditions, while also possessing the high sensitivity to capture Full HD video in less than 0.0005 lux3 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of more than 4,000,000). Along with its modular body and compact size, the image quality delivered by the ME20F-SH camera allows users to capture clear images in even the most demanding of applications including cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries.

“We’ve been using the ME20F-SH camera to simulate military-grade night vision goggles and no other camera can simulate night vision goggles like this – it’s the only machine that could do what we needed,” said David Klein, ASC, cinematographer of The History Channel’s upcoming drama series SIX. “The camera takes sensitivity to a new level; its high end is not just noteworthy, it’s mind blowing. When we shoot with the ME20F-SH camera, nearly every light is turned off or knocked down to nothing, and the camera does the rest,” added Dominik Mainl, SIX’s First AC.  “I know this camera is capable of over four million ISO, but we found a remarkable singular image around 600,000 ISO, where signal to noise ratio was suddenly irrelevant.”

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Some Canon Mirrorless Talk [CR2]

Some Canon Mirrorless Talk [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | April 12, 2016 | Canon DSLR Rumors

Lost in the anticipation of the EOS 5D Mark IV announcement in August, is the likelihood of new EOS M camera(s) in the fall for Photokina. We’ve been told that there will definitely be 2 ILC EOS M cameras announced before the end of 2016.

One of the cameras that will be announced is a follow-up to the EOS M3 which was announced in February of 2015 and didn’t make its way to North America until October of 2015. The new camera we’re told will be equipped with the new sensor from the EOS 80D and will see “minor” ergonomic changes.

The second camera, which may actually be announced first will be Canon’s first “prosumer” focused mirrorless camera. Two sources have said that the camera will use a newly designed 24mp full frame image sensor. This camera will be designed to use EF lenses, but how that’s going to be done is presently unknown to us. Details beyond that are quite fuzzy, but we’re pressing for more.

We haven’t heard anything more about a fixed lens full frame camera from Canon, but we hope that’s coming as well.

Expect 3 to 5 new EF-M lenses to be announced before the close of the year. There will be faster prime lenses along with new zooms, but nothing beyond 300mm.

Review – Samyang (Rokinon) 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC for EF-M

Review – Samyang (Rokinon) 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC for EF-M

By Canon Rumors | April 11, 2016 | Canon Reviews

Dustin has completed the Canon Rumors review of the Samyang (Rokinon) 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC for EF-M. This is another in the series of fast primes for EF-M that only Samyang seems to be deveoping currently, though we do expect Canon to answer this need in the near future.

Every new gear choice is an evaluation of the compromises implicit with the gear versus the potential benefits. In the case of the Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC lens the benefit is nicely compact, well-built lens in a variety of native mirrorless mounts that offers up excellent, even class leading optical performance. The tradeoff is that this is a manual everything lens with no electronic communication to the camera body. For some that is the ultimate deal breaker, and some of you will inevitable comment “no AF = no buy”, but for some of you that aren’t put off by the premise of these lenses you will find the reality of them to be very enjoyable.  Read the full review

If you’re in need of some fast primes for EF-M and don’t mind manual focus, you’ll enjoy the Samyang 50mm f/1.2.

Patent: Sigma 200mm f/2 DG OS USM & 1.4 Teleconverter

Patent: Sigma 200mm f/2 DG OS USM & 1.4 Teleconverter

By Canon Rumors | April 11, 2016 | Canon Patents

It looks like Sigma is developing a competitor to one of my favourite Canon lenses, the EF 200mm f/2L IS. This is one of those lenses that once you try one, you never want to put it down. It’s a very versatile focal length and is especially magical for portrait work.

Patent Publication No. 2016-45314 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2016.4.4
  • Filing date 2014.8.21

Sigma 200mm f/2 DG OS

  • Focal length 194.93
  • F-number 2.05
  • Full angle of view 2ω 12.70
  • The image height Y 21.63
  • Overall length of the lens 231.33
  • BF 60.2233

Sigma 1.4x TC

  • Focal length 274.52
  • F-number 2.89
  • Full angle of view 2ω 9.06
  • The image height Y 21.63
  • Overall length of the lens 252.18
  • BF 39.5088

Along with the optical formula patent for a 200mm f/2 OS, it looks like Sigma is developing a dedicated 1.4x teleconverter for the lens.

Patent: Improved Image Stabilization

Patent: Improved Image Stabilization

By Canon Rumors | April 8, 2016 | Canon Patents

A patent showing how Canon could improve image stabilization in the future has appeared. It looks like Canon is trying to add a second image stabilization group to lens construction to improve its performance.

Patent Publication No. 2015-203862 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.11.16
  • Filing date 2014.4.16
  • Equipped with two vibration proof group
  • Shake detection, determine the amount of correction from the shooting information
  • Obtaining correction amounts of the two vibration proof group from the magnification ratio and the distance information of the lens

Going by the translation, it looks like the second image stabilization group would activate depending on magnification ratio and distance information read by the camera. I would assume this would be of great benefit to longer zoom lenses and super telephoto lenses.

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