NAB 2013 April 6 – April 11 – Las Vegas, Nevada Canon will be announcing new cinema lenses and a new cinema camera for NAB 2013 we are told.
The camera will sit somewhere between the EOS C100 and EOS C300, but will not be a direct replacement for the EOS C100. It will have both a PL and EF mount option. At present, no specifications for the camera have been given. Canon may also show a prototype that would come above the C500, but apparently that has yet to be decided internally.
Lenses, no mention of focal length. One will be a zoom and the other a prime. There is some suggestion both could be “lower quality” version of Canon’s current cine lenses. This is something similar to what Leica is doing with their cinema lens lineup.
No mention of a DSLR being announced for the show. I would expect some goodies for the EOS-1D C to come around NAB in the form of a firmware update. We already know they’ll be adding 25P in 4K, maybe there are a few other things they could add?
Real or a Joke? I received this tidbit of fun when I was at NAB, just getting around to posting it. It shows a model name “5DC” on an official Canon web site. The one issue I see with the “leak” is that it originated on April 1, so maybe a Canon employee was having some fun?
Anyway, here’s the evidence and direct quote from the submission.
Now if you click the link, the page is missing, but if you look at google’s cached version of that page, it has titles and headlines for a Canon Eos 5DC (which I am currently hoping for). But the actual content of the page is for the C300.
But it also says that this was a google snapshot done on April 1, so is this a cruel April fool’s joke for true Canon rumor junkies? See the screen shot. I have a few more scrolling down the page if you need.
Canon Cinema EOS | Products: Camera 5dc
Lenses for the EOS 5dc. Canon offers possibly the finest lens lineup available to cinematographers and videographers from any single vendor.
From Dan Carr Photographer Dan Carr had a brief hands-on with the 3 new lenses from Canon. He even had the chance to shoot a sample image with the new EF 24 f/2.8 IS. However, as noted in his article, the IS wasn’t operational on the prototypes.
There are some images of the new primes on the Canon EOS C300 as well. Are videographers looking forward to these primes?
There is also a sample from a hand assembled EF 24-70 f/2.8L II to view.
Dan’s take on the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Mounted to my 5dMKII it felt like a perfectly balanced package. Another physical difference is the 82mm thread on the front element, up from 77mm on the previous version. I remember the change from the old 16-35 f2.8 to the 16-35 f2.8 II which went through the same increase in diameter. The end of the MKII 16-35 appeared a fair bit larger than it’s predecessor, with a bulge in the lens casing. I’m happy to say though the the 24-70 doesn’t suffer from this at all. I was worried it would seem a lot bulkier but actually it feels quite svelte and apart from the annoyance of all your 77mm filters no longer fitting, it’s a change that will go unnoticed by most.
Dealers announced There will be 17 dealers for the new Canon EOS C300 camera in the United States. The launch price of the camera will be $15,999 USD. One in particular, FilmTools.com has put a video up explaining how the launch is going to work. It also sounds like all the third party manufacturers will have their accessories ready to go.
A novel new CMOS large-format single-sensor imager has been developed. It is intended to originate very high quality HD video, and it embodies a number of important technologies that collectively should support the goal to allow image capture that comes closer to the superlative imaging qualities of 35mm motion picture film.
The second whitepaper talks mostly about the system processing of the digital signal.
An important new 35mm single image sensor has been developed. It offers video imaging attributes reflective of the most contemporary in CMOS imager technology, and has elevated HD digital motion imaging to a plane that offers a viable creative alternative to 35mm motion picture film.
Bring on the noise It was inevitable, but now we have a comparison of the Canon EOS C300 & Red Scarlet when it comes to high ISO noise performance.
In all, it’s clear that the C300’s new sensor excels in low light situations, which will allow for whole new ways of filmmaking in dark zones, were much less artificial light can be used to accentuate something.