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Review: Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone

Review: Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone

By Canon Rumors | March 22, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone wide angle lens. Your options for wide angle prime lenses continues to grow with these new Irix lenses as well as the upcoming Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art series lens. This Irix lens appears to be a good once, especially when the “low” cost is considered.

Bryan Says:

While reviewing this lens, I was not being overwhelmingly convinced of its value proposition. But, when I started putting the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens up against the comparables, I began to see it in a different light. It is not a perfect lens, and I would especially like to see the wide open corner image quality improved. But for the price, its value is easy to recognize. Getting a weather-sealed aluminum-magnesium lens barrel with decent image quality for a relatively low price puts this lens squarely on the consideration list. And for a new lens manufacturer, that is an impressive feat. Read the full review

Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone at B&H Photo

C-Log Coming to EOS 5D Mark IV Confirmed [CR3]

C-Log Coming to EOS 5D Mark IV Confirmed [CR3]

By Canon Rumors | March 21, 2017 | Canon DSLR Rumors

Yesterday we reported we were pretty sure that the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV would get C-Log via a firmware update (service center update) that will likely be announced at NAB next month. We can now confirm that to a certainty that it’s coming. However, we do not have a release date for the firmware.

We’re now asking sources if the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II will see a similar firmware update, we’ll report back on that as soon as we’re able to.

There has been another suggestion that Canon has been actively looking at ways to “improve” the 4K video capture crop on the EOS 5D Mark IV. We cannot confirm at this time if we’re going to see that in a firmware update.

More to come…

C-Log Coming to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV?

C-Log Coming to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV?

By Canon Rumors | March 20, 2017 | Canon DSLR Rumors

We reported back at the beginning of March that we were going to see new firmware for the EOS 5D Mark IV in the near future, though at that time we didn’t know what might be included in the firmware.

We’ve now been told by a couple of people that there has been active communication within Canon about C-Log being added to the EOS 5D Mark IV via firmware, and that an announcement could come at NAB 2017 next month in Las Vegas.

We cannot confirm with 100% certainty at the time of writing this, but things seem to be lining up that we can expect some kind of a major firmware announcement for the EOS 5D Mark IV.

More to come…

Interview With the Heads of the Canon Utsunomiya L Lens Factory

Interview With the Heads of the Canon Utsunomiya L Lens Factory

By Canon Rumors | March 20, 2017 | Canon Business General

During DPReview’s tour of the Utsunomiya L lens factory, they had the opportunity to interview the 3 men that oversee the facility. This factory produced every L lens, cinema lens and broadcast lens in the Canon lineup.

From the interview:

What percentage of L lenses are manufactured in the Utsunomiya lens plant?
Because this is the ‘mother’ factory, 100% of L lenses are made here.

How many different lenses can be manufactured simultaneously in this plant?
Basically, we create all lenses every day [including L-series EF, Cinema EOS and broadcast]. The only exception is some of the broadcast lenses.

Which lenses in particular are the most difficult to manufacture and why?
Any large super telephoto lenses because of the size of the glass elements. In terms of skill required for lens assembly: the TV broadcast lenses are most difficult.

How many lenses are produced at this lens plant every year, both in terms of types of lenses and total units?
We do not disclose total production for this plant. That said, Canon has produced a total of 120 million lenses over the years. Of course, many of those are kit lenses, which are not produced here, but in our facility in Taiwan. Read the full interview

It’s nice to see Canon opening up a bit about how they manufacture what we think are consistently the best lenses in the world (No bias, honest!).

DPReview Tours Canon’s Utsunomiya Factory, Where the L is Made

DPReview Tours Canon’s Utsunomiya Factory, Where the L is Made

By Canon Rumors | March 20, 2017 | Canon Business General

DPReview had the priviledge of touring Canon’s Utsunomiya factory during their time at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan.

From DPReview:

Recently, following the CP+ 2017 show in Yokohama, we were granted the enormous honor of a guided tour through Canon’s Utsunomiya lens factory. Canon has been making lenses in Utsunomiya since 1977, and we were the first journalists ever to be allowed to see the L-series assembly line. View the full tour

The best part? Robots that deliver various components around the factory on pre-programmed routes.

image credit // DPReview

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