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Canon engineers talk all things RF, DS and DO

Canon engineers talk all things RF, DS and DO

By Canon Rumors | April 2, 2019 | Canon EOS R

DPReview had a chance to interview some senior engineers and planners at Canon to discuss all things lenses and the future.

Canon employees interviewed:

  • Manabu Kato – Head of EF + RF mount R&D
  • Yoichi Sato – EOS camera electronics R&D
  • Shogo Yamaguchi – Optical planning specialist

Some highlights from the interview:

How have you made the 70-200mm so small?

We were actually surprised as we started developing this particular product. The idea is that, with the introduction of the large diameter mount with the shorter back-focus distance, we were expecting it to be more suitable for designing wider-angle lenses, but it turned out to be very effective for designing this telephoto lens.

Can you give any insight into the DS technology?

With lens such as the 85mm F1.2 bokeh is a really important factor, because it’s a portrait lens. We really wanted to deliver something that was not possible with the conventional lenses, so we decided to develop this technology of defocus smoothing.

The fact with our DS technology is that it’s a coating technology, so it’s relatively easy to apply this technology to a range of different lenses. This is all we can say at this moment.

The pro-level ‘L’ series lineup looking impressive: how far into the future are you planning?

I’m sorry, the roadmap is all we can say for now. We have a full lineup of what there should be: a full lineup of the RF lenses. And what we do among those lenses we choose which to prioritize, that’s the concept of how we decide what to work on next.

With this many professional lenses being announced in 2019, does that mean a body isn’t far behind?

All we can say is that we’re working on a lot of different types of cameras. I can’t pinpoint when a specific camera will come. We understand that expectations are really high.

You can read the full interview over at DPReview.

Canon Introduces Two New UHDgc 2/3-Inch Portable Zoom Lenses Designed For 4K UHD Broadcast Cameras

Canon Introduces Two New UHDgc 2/3-Inch Portable Zoom Lenses Designed For 4K UHD Broadcast Cameras

By Canon Rumors | April 2, 2019 | Cinema EOS News

Press Release:

Two New Lenses Deliver Key Features for the Broadcast Industry: High Image Quality and Mobility

MELVILLE, NY, April 2, 2019 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of two new additions to its UHDgc series of portable-zoom 4K UHD broadcast lenses: the CJ18ex28B and CJ15ex8.5B. These new lenses are compatible with 4K UHD broadcast cameras that have 2/3-inch sensors. Both lenses provide 4K UHD imaging quality at a price point that is affordable to the majority of the broadcast market. Additionally, the new lenses provide impressive UHD optical performance, while maintaining a compact and lightweight design to meet versatile and ever-changing needs of a broad range of video productions including documentaries, sports, events and news coverage.

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Four New Canon XA Professional Camcorders Feature 4K 30p High-Quality Recording

Four New Canon XA Professional Camcorders Feature 4K 30p High-Quality Recording

By Canon Rumors | April 2, 2019 | Cinema EOS News

Press Release:

XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40 Camcorders Deliver Crisp 4K Imagery in Compact Bodies at Affordable Price Points

MELVILLE, NY, April 2, 2019 – Meeting videographer needs for a variety of applications, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced four new additions to the lineup of XA Series professional camcorders, the XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40. These four camcorders are the first in the series to feature 4K 30p recording. They also include a detachable XLR handle and the XA55 and XA45 each feature an HD-SDI terminal. In addition, the company has announced the Canon VIXIA HF G60 4K UHD camcorder, a budget-friendly, compact-and-lightweight camcorder.

Preorder the new Canon camcorders at Adorama:

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Feature update announcements coming to the Canon EOS R and Canon Cinema EOS C200 ahead of NAB

Feature update announcements coming to the Canon EOS R and Canon Cinema EOS C200 ahead of NAB

By Canon Rumors | March 29, 2019 | Canon Cinema EOS Rumors

UPDATE: We’re adding to the information about Canon’s NAB announcements coming next week.

  • The long-rumoured SUMIRE prime PL mount lens series will be announced. They’ll match the EF versions as far as focal lengths, but the optical formulas will be different.
  • Two BCTV lenses are coming, both will be 4K. Specs aren’t known at this time, but one will likely be telephoto and the other with IS for ENG purposes (B4 mount).
  • Four 4K camcorders, XA40/45 and XA50/55. All of them as priced below the XF405/400 and will be able to shoot 4k30p. The XA50/55 have a 1″ sensor and DualPixelAF with a 15x zoom lens, while the XA40/45 have a smaller sensor with a 20x zoom lens.
  • They may also unveil the development of a new cinema camera and 4K reference display. The display could be 30″ and DolbyVision certified.

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Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Sigma Mount Converter MC-21

Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Sigma Mount Converter MC-21

By Canon Rumors | March 29, 2019 | Canon Lens News

Press Release:

Available in April 2019, the new accessory ensures compatibility of the Sigma lenses in EF and SA mounts with the L-Mount camera systems

Ronkonkoma, NY – March 29, 2019 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced pricing and availability for the new Sigma Mount Converter MC-21, offering photographers a wider range of lens options for L-Mount cameras from Sigma, Leica and Panasonic. The Sigma MC-21 will start shipping in April 2019 and will be priced at $169.00 USD for Sigma SA-L mount and $249.00 USD for Canon EF-L mount.

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Patent: Canon in-body image stabilization

Patent: Canon in-body image stabilization

By Canon Rumors | March 28, 2019 | Canon Patents

A detailed patent showing IBIS from Canon has appeared at the USPTO. This is a broad patent, but one of the embodiments describes IBIS.

Canon News breaks down US Patent Application 20190094566:

“This patent application attempts to remove backlash from the ultrasonic motors in either an in body stabilization system or an in lens stabilized system without increasing their size.  The IBIS patent that they reference in this patent application is an Olympus patent application 2008-220031.

it’s a difficult patent to read; however in figure 5A; this shows the image stabilization unit as being inside the camera, and the text surrounding the description of this camera in 5A is as follows:”

FIG. 5A is a cross-sectional view of the camera system (optical apparatus) including the image pickup apparatus 10 including the image stabilizing apparatus 100 of Example 1 of the present invention and the lens unit 20, and FIG. 5B is a block diagram illustrating an electrical configuration of the camera system. A camera system includes an image pickup unit, an image processing unit, a record reproducing unit, and a control unit. The image pickup unit includes a photographing optical system 21, a shutter mechanism 18, and an image sensor 12, and the image processing unit includes an image processing unit 13. Additionally, the record reproducing unit includes a memory unit 14, and a display unit 15 (the display unit 15 includes a rear display apparatus 15a and an EVF 15b). The control unit includes a camera system control circuit 11, an operation detection unit 16, a shake detection unit 19, the image stabilizing apparatus 100, a lens system control circuit 22, and a lens driving unit 23. The lens driving unit 23 drives a focus lens (a lens forming a part of the photographing optical system 21), an aperture, and the like.

This isn’t the in-depth IBIS patent most would like to see, as they seem to be using Olympus technology here. There’s always a chance Canon may be working with Olympus for their IBIS solution, but that simply doesn’t seem likely knowing the way Canon works.

Patent: 8-15mm fisheye zoom for mirrorless

Patent: 8-15mm fisheye zoom for mirrorless

By Canon Rumors | March 28, 2019 | Canon Patents

An optical formula patent application for an 8-15mm fisheye zoom lens has appeared at the USPTO.

The patent covers both the APS-C (EF-M) and full-frame (RF) mirrorless mounts as the backfocus for each embodiment is well shorter than the EF’s 44mm.

APS-C embodiment:

Focal length: 5.30mm  – 9.51mm
F-number: 3.50   3.50
Angle of view: 181.00° 182.00°
Image height: 7.50mm  13.50mm
Total lens length: 77.28mm  – 69.52mm
BF: 11.09mm  16.77mm

Full-frame embodiment:

Focal length: 8.01mm  15.30mm
F-number: 3.78   4.60
Angle of view: 177.30° – 183.10°
Image height: 11.15mm  21.64mm
Total lens length: 105.23mm – 103.57mm
BF: 12.00mm  28.46mm

Canon announces the Canon IVY CLIQ+ (Zoemini S) and Canon IVY CLIQ (Zoemini C) instant camera printers

Canon announces the Canon IVY CLIQ+ (Zoemini S) and Canon IVY CLIQ (Zoemini C) instant camera printers

By Canon Rumors | March 28, 2019 | Canon PowerShot

Update: In North America, these cameras will be called the IVY CLIQ+ and IVY CLIQ, you can see the Canon USA press release here.

Preorder at Adorama:

Press Release:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Thursday 28th March 2019 – Canon Europe announces the release of two instant camera printers, the Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C. Building on the success of the original Canon Zoemini which launched in 2018, the new product range of all-in-one instant camera printers are the perfect pocket-sized companions for encouraging creativity with easy to print, peel-and-stick photos on the go.

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