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Patent: Focal reducers for RF cinema applications

Patent: Focal reducers for RF cinema applications

By Canon Rumors | October 21, 2021 | Canon Patents

Canon News has uncovered a Canon patent showing off some focal reducers in their latest round of patents.

This patent is for RF mount Cinema cameras that would reduce the focal length of full-frame lenses on Super35 image sensors. These are not for EOS R cameras and certainly not for EOS M cameras.

The lens used for the embodiments is a 50mm f/1.4 full-frame EF mount lens.  The total lens length in the embodiments will show the 50mm lens as well as the focal plane distance which is 20mm, plus the reducer.

Canon Mirrorless Reduced 40mm F1.1

  • Focal length 40.14mm
  • F-number 1.13
  • Half-angle 20.24°
  • Image height 14.80mm
  • Lens Overall length 93.90mm
  • BF 11.81mm

Canon Mirrorless Reduced 35mm F1.0

  • Focal length 36.54mm
  • F-number 1.03
  • Half-angle 22.05°
  • Image height 14.80mm
  • total lens length 91.95mm
  • BF 10.70mm

Canon Mirrorless Reduced 32mm F.95

  • Focal length 33.45mm
  • F-number 0.94
  • Half angle of view 22.42°
  • Image height 13.80mm
  • Lens total length 91.91mm
  • BF 9.73mm

Industry News: Sony officially announces the A7 IV and new flashes

By Canon Rumors | October 21, 2021 | Industry News

San Diego, CA – October 21, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced three new additions to its imaging line-up: the Alpha 7 IV interchangeable-lens camera (model ILCE-7M4) with a newly developed 33-megapixel (approx.,effective) full-frame image sensor, as well as two new flashes – the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM.

The Alpha 7 IV takes “basic” to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the lofty standards set by the acclaimed Alpha 7 III. The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies, including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Alpha 1 combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals. The Alpha 7 IV also boasts a 33MP (approx., effective) image resolution, rich movie expression and various features to support the growing demand for remote communication, bringing new meaning to what a “basic” camera can accomplish.

Preorder the Sony A7 IV (Preorders begin at Noon).

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Leaked: Full review of the Sony A7 IV goes live prematurely

By Canon Rumors | October 20, 2021 | Industry News

As happens all of the time, a review for an upcoming product has leaked out ahead of tomorrow’s official announcement of the Sony A7 IV.

Check out the review above.

Update: It looks like takedown orders from Tony & Chelsea are hitting YouTube and Vimeo, so I won’t be scouring for another one. I’m sure it’s an annoying bit of work for them. The camera will be announced tomorrow, so there will be many reviews of the A7 IV to watch then.

Update 2: The official review from Tony and Chelsea is now live above.

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye VR Demo

By Canon Rumors | October 20, 2021 | Canon Lens News

A couple of weeks ago Canon Asia posted a VR demonstration of the brand-new Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Lens Fisheye on their YouTube Channel. I finally had the chance to view the video on my son’s Oculus, which he seems to always hide from me.

I think this lens is going to bring many new creators into the VR space.  I think this lens is going to make things easy for anyone to get into it.

If Canon’s VR software which will be subscription-based is well done, this lens is going to be a big seller.

I highly recommend you check out the above video with whatever VR viewing device you may have.

Preorder: Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens

Industry News: DJI Revolutionizes Filmmaking With World’s First 4-Axis Cinema Camera

By Canon Rumors | October 20, 2021 | Canon Business General

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today launches a comprehensive cinematography system that heralds the next generation of film production. DJI Ronin 4D combines the all-new full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera, a 4-axis stabilization system, a LiDAR focusing system, and an unrivalled video transmission and control system in a single unit. Designed and built to the exacting standards of professional filmmakers, DJI Ronin 4D makes high-end productions more efficient, makes spectacular camera moves possible in the most convenient way, and enables creative professionals to tell their stories with an entirely new visual language.

“DJI empowers creators with accessible and intuitive devices to capture and share the world exactly how they see it,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Line Manager. “With DJI Ronin 4D, we use the power of technology to make cinema-standard production more affordable, cinema cameras more flexible, and cinematic imaging available to a boundless array of filmmakers. DJI Ronin 4D draws on our expertise in both aerial and ground-based cinematic innovations to enable the next generation of professional content creators to amaze and inspire us.”

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Industry News: Nikon releases another teaser for the Nikon Z 9.

By Canon Rumors | October 20, 2021 | Industry News

Nikon has released the third of four teasers for the upcoming Nikon Z 9 flagship mirrorless camera. This teaser showcases some of the autofocus tracking abilities that the Nikon Z 9 will feature.

The Nikon Z 9 will be officially announced on October 28, 2021.

You can see the previous two teasers after the break.

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Canon tech specialist talks the Canon EOS R3

By Canon Rumors | October 18, 2021 | Canon EOS R

We have about 5 more weeks to wait before the Canon EOS R3 hits the streets for the lucky few.

Canon tech specialist Dave Parry talks to Clifton Camera about the features, specifications and technology in the Canon EOS R3.

There were actually a few bits of new information that I picked up from this presentation, but you may already know it all.

The Canon EOS R system turns 3 and gives us a breakdown of its progression

The Canon EOS R system turns 3 and gives us a breakdown of its progression

By Canon Rumors | October 18, 2021 | Canon EOS R

The Canon EOS R system launched on September 5, 2018, and began hitting the streets in October of the same year. Commemorating the 3-year anniversary of the new system, has done a nice article on the progression of the system.

What Canon has accomplished in 3 years is pretty remarkable when everything the system has to offer is broken down. I would think the system would be even further along if not for all of the challenges that the pandemic has had on labour, manufacturing and logistics.

If we just look at EOS R camera bodies, Canon launched the EOS R in 2018, and in 2019 they brought the EOS RP to market. Both of these camera bodies were built on image sensors that appeared in both the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLRs, it wasn’t until 2020 that we saw Canon build truly new camera bodies in the Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS R5. Both cameras have been massively popular.

In 2021, Canon is bringing us the Canon EOS R3, which isn’t even going to be at the top of the EOS R lineup. I expect that we’re going to see the flagship Canon EOS R1 in late 2022 or early 2023. It is definitely set up to be a remarkable tool as Canon will have to make it something amazing to separate it from the already impressive Canon EOS R3.

In three short years, Canon has also launched 24 new RF mount lenses, which is also a remarkable feat. I expect that we’re going to see another 10-15 new lenses over the next couple of years as Canon has always enjoyed having the biggest lens lineup on the market.

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Industry News: The Sony A7 IV will be announced on October 21, 2021

By Canon Rumors | October 18, 2021 | Industry News

It looks like Sony will be announcing a new Sony A7 IV on October 21, 2021. This camera has been highly anticipated by many.

SonyAddict reports that a teaser for the Sony A7 IV leaked, along with tags that likely tell us all of the main specifications for the upcoming camera.

Sony A7 IV Specifications (Rumored)

  • 4K
  • Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, AF, Eye AF movies
  • Field camera, pro camera
  • Silent shutter
  • FTP
  • 4K60p
  • Eye AF birds
  • 10fps
  • 33MP
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HLG
  • All-I XAVC S-I
  • S-Cinetone
  • S-log3
  • S&Q dial
  • Vari-angle LCD
  • Gimbal
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • USB 10Gbps live streaming
  • Creative Look
  • 15+ stops dynamic range
Canon EOS R3 will begin shipping on November 26, 2021

Canon EOS R3 will begin shipping on November 26, 2021

By Canon Rumors | October 18, 2021 | Canon EOS R

It looks like Canon USA has given the Canon EOS R3 an official ship date of November 26, 2021. The official announcement back in September said that the EOS R3 would launch in “November”, so now we have an official date. Some retailers are still showing November 30, 2021, but I’m sure that will be updated in the next little while.

I don’t expect every preorder to be met with the first batch and the Canon EOS R3 will likely be hard to find well into 2022.

Canon EOS R3 Key Features

  • High Image Quality with a Back-illuminated Stacked 24.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 204800
  • The First EOS Digital camera to feature Eye Control AF
  • 5.76-million-dot & 120fps blackout-free EVF with quick response, as well as a Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Capable of recording 6K 60P RAW or 4K 120p 10-bit (uncropped) with Canon Log 3
  • Dual Card Slots for CFexpress and UHS-II SD Memory Cards
  • Next Generation Multi-Function Shoe plus Speedlite EL-1 synchronization
  • Enhanced Connectivity


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