From the Canon Digital Learning Center
With the launch of the EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon introduces its first camera with the ability to input IPTC metadata directly into each image file, as it’s taken by the photographer. For many years, digital cameras have been able to add numerous details of shooting data — date, time, file numbers, and even some user-defined information such as the user’s name and fields for copyright information.
But IPTC data is different, and completely in addition to the EXIF shooting data we’re accustomed to seeing in our image files. Far from simply displaying camera settings, IPTC data allows the user to input very specific types of detailed information, which can be used for numerous purposes once images are downloaded from the camera to a storage area. In this article, we’ll introduce this feature, and describe how it’s implemented in the EOS 5D Mark IV camera.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center
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From Reikan: New Features
- Full Canon EOS 5D Mark IV support added – calibrate this camera automatically with FoCal (more details below)
The following enhancements and fixes are included with FoCal 2.3
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Support Added
- Reinstate Raw support for Canon cameras.
- Improvements to speed and reliability of image downloading on all Canon cameras.
- Fix issue with selection of certain focus points on the D5 and D500 (affected MultiPoint Focus Test in some cases).
- Shutter count functionality restored for all mid-age cameras except Canon 1DX Mark II, 5DS/R, 5D Mark IV and 80D.
- Ensure FoCal Comparison Data is shown (where available) for Nikon cameras in File Mode.
- Ensure mirror lockup is used correctly during Aperture Sharpness tests.
- More informative message to indicate Distortion Correction should be disabled on Canon cameras where necessary.
- Opening Canon Cameras is now up to 3 times faster.
- Fully Automatic Calibration range, step size and shot count control hidden by default as they are more applicable for advanced users (enable from the Pro tab in Preferences)
- Fixed issue where communications with Canon cameras could be unreliable on Mac when camera connection had been closed and re-opened.
- Fix to ensure correct operation with certain Nikon zoom lenses when testing at the wide end of the focal length range.
- Improvement in Camera Info tool to provide more information.
- Fixed an issue for some users with the review of Dust Analysis setup on Windows.
- Fixed an issue where liveview zoom state would sometimes not be restored after focusing in Target Setup.
- Fixed an issue that could cause FoCal to hang on the splash screen.
This release brings full support for this new Canon camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and FoCal automates as much as possible during calibration.
The 5D Mark IV runs in User Assisted mode
, it’s automatic, and users will be prompted a few times to change the AF Microadjustment during a calibration. 5D Mark IV HotKey
The User Assisted Mode HotKey is the same as similar Canon cameras. Once the AF Microadjustment has been input on the camera screen, while half pressing the shutter button click the aperture dial once to change the aperture. This will notify FoCal to continue with the calibration (no need to go back to the computer!).
We are continuing to investigate what might be possible to make use of the Dual Pixel Raw functionality within this camera, so far we think there’s scope to make use of this extra data, blog post at 5D Mark IV “Dual Pixel Raw”
provides further details. macOS Sierra Support Status
macOS Sierra (OS X 10.12) is now officially released. We had already been working with beta releases of macOS Sierra and will finalise support for this new operating system in the next FoCal release. One of the factors is waiting for Canon to update their interface libraries, which at the moment will stop FoCal from initialising on Sierra (see also Canon’s OS compatibility page
As it stands, FoCal 2.3 will not
control any cameras when running on Sierra based systems.
There will be a fully working version of FoCal for Sierra, exact timescale is hard to predict but we expect this to happen soon. Software Support Status Mac
The following table shows the support for FoCal for Mac:
|Operating System||Camera Manufacturer||Status|
|OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|OS X 10.12 (Sierra)||Canon & Nikon||No Support in 2.3|
or earlier versions of FoCal
The following table shows the support for FoCal for Windows:
How do I get FoCal 2.3?
|Operating System||Camera Manufacturer||Status|
|Windows 7||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|Windows 8/8.1||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|Windows 10||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
Download FoCal 2.3 by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk
. Once logged in, you will see a download link to the software.
FoCal 2.3 is available for Windows (Windows 7 and newer) and Mac (OS X 10.9 – 10.11) operating systems, for users who are still within their Included Updates Period today (22nd September 2016). If your Included Updates Period has expired, you can purchase another 12 months by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk
If you don’t own FoCal, you can purchase the software as a download or boxed product, as well as Focal Hard Targets from the store
From Phottix: Another Phottix First!
Phottix presents the first studio light system compatible with Canon’s radio flash system. The Indra TTL was the next generation of Phottix’s innovative TTL products–the Indra500LC takes that one step further – incorporating the radio control and triggering the Canon RT and the Phottix Laso triggering systems. The Indra500LC gives photographers 500W/s of TTL power, opening up new possibilities and allowing photographers to shoot in shutter and aperture priority modes with incredible power. High Speed Sync
With the Phottix Indra500LC TTL’s High Speed Sync function photographers can shoot at higher sync speeds* allowing wider apertures while still being able to control ambient light. In manual mode the Indra500LC offers 8 stops of power adjustments - from full power to 1/128 in 1/3rd stop increments. With Stroboscopic Mode, the Phottix Indra can be used for special effect and creative shooting with flash frequency of 1-100HZ and flash counts of 1-100 times. Built-in Triggering
The Phottix Indra500LC TTL has the power and control of the Canon RT and Phottix Laso triggering systems built-in. Switchbetween TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and manual power levels and use high speed sync, all from the Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT Speedlites and the Phottix Laso Transmitter - no extra hardware is needed Supports older Canon non-RT flashes
One of the best things of the Phottix Laso Triggering system is it’s ability to incorporate older non-radio Canon flashes into your workflow. There’s no need to set aside your 580 EXII – add a Phottix Laso Receiver and have the ability to control and trigger it, and add it your other Canon RT-enabled flashes – and the Phottix Indra500 LC.
The Indra500 LC comes with a Li-Ion battery, cables, charger, carrying bag and a new, smaller 5” reflector to make the Indra500 LC easier to pack and take on location.
*On compatible cameras. A 500W Studio Light Compatible with Canon’s RT flash system
Phottix Laso System launched a year ago to much industry buzz and acclaim. It provided something sorely lacking in the Canon RT flash system – backwards compatibility with legacy non-RT-flashes.
Phottix’s is continuously developing new user-friendly products that provide efficient and innovative solutions to photographers and is proud to announce another industry first – a Phottix Laso and Canon RT compatible version of the award-winning Phottix Indra500. The Indra500LC offers Phottix Laso and Canon RT system users another tool in their lighting arsenal. INDRA500LC - THE POWER-UP FOR YOUR LIGHTING!
Fully compatible with the Phottix Laso and Canon RT ETTL System
- Control and trigger the Indra500LC directly from the Phottix Laso Transmitter, Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT-enabled Speedlites.Empower Canon Speedlites with a more powerful Big Brother: Take lighting to the next level.
- Augment the power of Canon Speedlites with the Indra500LC, featuring 500W/s of power, high speed sync up to 1/8000s and remote control and triggering.
Improved Accessories and functions
- 5” Reflector: Smaller and easier to take on location with a reflective angle of 135 Degrees.
- Smaller Gear Bag: More convenient for photographers that want to travel light-weight.
- Real-Time Control Details: Changes made on the Laso or other control device are displayed on the Indra500LC display.
Pricing and availability to be announced. B&H
carries the Phottix Laso TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter & Receiver
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Please find the following notes on the usage of SIGMA interchangeable lenses for EOS, when attached to Canon EOS 5D Mark IV that is released on September 8th.
- MO (Manual Override) function is unavailable with this camera (Full-time Manual function can be offered).
- When using a SIGMA interchangeable lens for EOS, setting the corrections to [Disable] is recommended, as “Lens Correction” functions of the camera, such as Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction and Distortion correction are not supported.*
* If those functions are activated, the performance of lenses may not be accurate.
* This is not only for EOS 5D Mark IV, but also for other camera bodies with the same function.
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