I have not seen anything official yet, but I am receiving multiple reports (thank you for sending them) that Canon Canada and Canon UK are suspending shipments of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III until the "Light Leak" issue is resolved.
This all seems a bit crazy to me right now. My only thought is that I'm glad that I have my 5D III already.
From Think Tank Photo:
Retrospective 7 Coming Soon!
In May, we will release our new Retrospective® 7 shoulder camera bag in three color options. Designed for standard DSLR systems, its classic design along with modern improvements create the perfect shooter’s bag. This lightweight shoulder bag comes in fabrics that offer a sense of “retro” style that appeals to many. A rear pocket has been designed to hold an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air.
Ergonomically designed to conform to the body, the bags are comfortable to walk with, provide quick access, and are inconspicuous to avoid unwanted attention. With broad appeal, the Retrospective series has quickly become one of the leading bag collections in the industry.
“Working pros to vacationers all will find the Retrospective 7 to be the most useful and functional bag for a day’s outing,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer. “It combines the broad appeal of the Retrospective design with the perfect size for carrying camera gear and your laptop or iPad.”
Along with the current fabric option of black polyspun or Pinestone canvas, Think Tank is introducing a new canvas color to the Retrospective line: Slate Blue.
Retrospective 7 features include:
Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 9” H x 7” D (33 x 22.9 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 8.5” H x 5” D (30.5 x 21.6 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop: 11.8” W x 8.2” H x 0.7” D (30 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm)
Weight: 2.3-2.75 lbs (1-1.2 kg)
The just-released Canon Digital Photo Professional version 188.8.131.52 does not address the Canon PowerShot G1 X RAW softness problem encountered with the DPP "High quality" (default) preference selected for processing.
Very disappointing. Here is the difference:
The "High speed" example is posted above the "High quality" example. The difference is dramatic.
I have not forgotten about the promised Canon PowerShot G1 X Review. The camera was delivered to me in Key West at the beginning of my recent Florida trip. I used it on the trip and now many of the standard tests are completed for it. These precise tests have taken a huge amount of time due to the point and shoot characteristics of this camera.
Then the 5D III showed up. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review of course became my top priority. I hope to finish part two of the 5D III review and, when the proper DPP fix is in place, will try to complete the G1 X review.
Corel has posted AfterShot Pro Update 1.0.1.
Version 1.0.1 is now available for Corel AfterShot Pro. This update includes support for many new camera RAW formats, improves Highlight Recovery processing, and resolves several issues found in the 1.0.0 release. This version also includes two popular plugins: Equalizer, for added color correction, and Nostalgia, for black-and-white and color film simulation.
Additional Camera RAW Support for:
Profoto Introduces New ProDaylight 200/400 Air
Latest continuous light sources add to the growing Profoto product line
North White Plains, NY (April 16, 2012) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and Light Shaping Tools, announces today the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air continuous light sources. In 2011, Profoto released the continuous light source ProDaylight 800 Air, thereby introducing the concept of light shaping to video. ProDaylight Air is an HMI light, which is ideal for most photo and video shoots.
These latest versions are even smaller and more lightweight, yet still as powerful and robust. The fact that the units do not use fans to keep cool makes them totally silent – a valuable feature when working with live sound video. The word “Air” simply means that they come with Profoto’s renowned Air radio remote function, which lets users control the light from the palm of their hand.
“The increasing popularity of modern DSLR cameras that are capable of not only shooting still photographs but high definition video as well prove that the worlds of photography and video are blending into one,” said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. “And as more and more photographers begin to specialize in offering photography and video services, these new HMI continuous light sources will perfectly complement their equipment and assist them in getting the most out of their video as well as photo shoots.”
These new products are compatible with Profoto’s wide assortment of Light Shaping Tools. Note that all HMI lights need a ballast to work. ProDaylight is no exception, and to fully support the new versions Profoto is also launching the new ProBallast 200/400. ProBallast is multivoltage, flicker-free and automatically senses that a 200W or a 400W head is connected – and adjusts itself accordingly.
At the NAB Show this week in Booth # C8217, Profoto will be showing the complete line of continuous light products including the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air systems as well as the new cine Reflector Lite. Also featured will be Profoto’s extensive line of light shaping tools.
For more information on the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air continuous light sources, including technical specifications, visit: http://www.profoto.com/us/products/continuous-light
Canon Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.26 including the English language is now available for download via Canon Canada.
I'm especially excited to see the last two changes. Though I reported both of those problems, I thought the last one may have been unique to my system.
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26
More Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26 download options:
Canon Asia (thanks Federico)
Canon Germany (thanks Herbert)
Canon Inc. has released Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.26 for download. Unfortunately for many of us, it is the Japanese version. Navigate the menu to get to the proper download page - then look for the red arrow button to download the update.
I expect the English version to show up very soon.
Hybrid HDSLR cameras and ever-smaller pro camcorders are changing videography dramatically; yet along with the obvious advantages and opportunities presented by smaller, lighter cameras, come new problems to solve: as ENG camera operators use smaller cameras, and photographers are expected to shoot broadcast-quality video footage on their HDSLRs, both groups are finding that their camera equipment doesn’t have the ergonomic form for steady shoulder-mounted or hand-held footage; nor the attachment points for monitors, batteries, light-modifiers or accessories; nor the inherent weight that helps minimise camera shake. SYMPLA is Manfrotto’s solution to those problems: a professional modular video rig system that extends and complements new cameras, allows for stable support and framing, supports essential accessories features, offering versatility and high performance as well as comfort, safety and much simpler and faster set up than existing rigs.
SYMPLA is built for flexibility and speed, so you can change anything and everything easily and quickly: hand grip positions, counterbalance, camera body, lens, accessories, filters, light-shielding angle; shoulder-supported, hand-held, or tripod/monopod-mounted… whatever you need to get the shot, the second you need it. SYMPLA is quick to fine-tune, so even when you need to make changes to your rig on-location and mid-shoot, SYMPLA’s minimal locks and tool-free adjusters will let you get back to shooting quickly. Thanks to our revolutionary camera remotes which fit the rig handgrips, SYMPLA allows precise fingertip control of framing and camera functions without losing the grip position and keeping your eyes on the frame, helping you capture stable, usable, creative footage. And SYMPLA can quickly be extended: whether you start from one of our kits, or from single components, you can build the exact rig you need for the shot, as soon as you need it.
For product images, visit Manfrotto's site.
The demo movie "Tumulus" has been shot with the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses (note: this movie is somewhat gory toward the end of the main script):
Canon, Inc. has issued a similar Canon EOS 5D Mark III service notice (Google translation).
Canon, Inc. adds that a "dark environment" is likely to be:
1. If you have installed the body cap
2. If you attach the lens cap
I've been asked if I am going to send my 5D III in for service. My answer was probably, but mostly for resale purposes. But I will not likely send it in anytime soon.
Canon USA has issued a service notice for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
To Users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Thank you for using Canon products.
The phenomenon described below has been confirmed when using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Canon is now examining the countermeasures and once the countermeasures are decided, we will post the information on our Web site.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Once the preparations are complete, we will be making an announcement on our Web site.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support
This service notice is addressing a 5D III anomaly being referred to as the "light leak".
Finding a real world situation where the "light leak" anomaly causes a problem is not easy - I have not encountered any - even when I tried to do so. And, I'm probably using manual exposures if shooting in situations this dark.
Turning off the top LCD panel illumination before metering is the easy workaround (and possibly covering the top LCD if the light source is external).
Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 1.
The 5D III has become my primary DSLR - at least until the 1D X shows up.
A new configuration option is now available on the site - allowing you to optionally exclude deals from the Canon News, Nikon News & What's New Sidebar.
The News sidebar appears on the right side on most pages on the site. A small on/off button in the titlebar of that sidebar allows deals to be included or excluded as you desire.
Now I have to find some deals to post so you can try out the new feature.
The-Digital-Picture.com has a new, much shorter, Facebook URL:
At this point, the facebook page is using the site's news feed with some discussion added.
Canon USA has issued an update regarding the just-announced Canon Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL 4K Digital Cinematography Camera:
Further details regarding the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras – including specifications and pricing – have yet to be decided, although preliminary plans are for a suggested list price of approximately $30,000†.
Plans also call for these new products to be launched later this year. In addition to targeting a swift launch of these cameras, Canon will continue to enhance other components of its Cinema EOS System product lineup, which is designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual expression and the development of cinematic culture.
Additionally, the prototype of the Cinema EOS C500 digital cinematography camera that will be on display at the 2012 NAB Show in the Canon booth, C4325, will be the EF-mount version only.
† Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Join us for a webinar on Advanced Studio Display Calibration
Many photographers encounter issues in calibrating color and luminance of their displays for studio use causing them to spend countless hours editing images and wasting paper to produce accurate images. In this webinar, you'll learn advanced techniques for accurate calibration and consistent viewing in your studio and other workspaces. This includes matching several displays in a work area or in a workgroup/collaborative team. The results will be saved time and money, and images that look the way they did when you shot them.
On Wednesday, April 18th from 3 pm – 4 pm EDT, join us as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the issues photographers encounter when calibrating displays for use in photo studios and related workspaces, including solutions for ambient light issues, Studio Calibration Standards, and Side-by-Side tuning of displays for visual matching. Webinar content will also include adjusting laptops to better match desktop displays, which is particularly useful if one is reviewing or editing images in the field, or shooting tethered to a camera.
Title: Studio Display Calibration for Photographers
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
X-Rite i1Profiler 1.3.1 color management software is now available for download.
"United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens, due to a delay to the start of mass production. The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012, and the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens from early-July."
Canon USA has mirrored this announcement:
Updated Availability for the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and Accessories
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and the camera's optional accessories, the WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter and GP-E1 GPS Receiver. The camera and accessories are now anticipated to be available in mid-June 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause."
Updated Availability for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. The lens is expected to be available in early July 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
The Canon EOS-1D C Digital SLR Camera (press release), featuring 4K high-resolution video capture, has been announced.
Canon has announced the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL 4K Digital Cinematography Cameras (press release).
Canon has announced that four EF Cinema Zoom Lenses are under development (press release).
From Canon USA:
Canon U.S.A. Introduces The HJ17ex6.2B Portable HD Lens With Improved Wide-Angle And Close-Up Imaging Capabilities
Superb Optical Performance and Innovative Design in 2/3-Inch Premium HD Lens Enhances Versatility for Shooting in Diverse News and Documentary Situations
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Responding to the demand for a portable HD lens that combines the improved wide-angle performance and telephoto range sought by TV news and documentary shooters, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the innovative HJ17ex6.2B lens to its HDxs Series product line. Offering superb optical quality with exceptional versatility, the new HJ17ex6.2B portable HD lens delivers a broad focal length range from 6.2mm to 106mm (212mm with built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4m (shortened by approximately 30 percent compared to previous models) for close shooting in news situations.
"Now that HD has become an almost universal standard for broadcast TV production, there is an increasing need for portable HD lenses that enable more efficient operation while also delivering high picture quality," noted Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. "On-location news coverage can frequently involve rapid changes in subject distance and associated focal length. The new HJ17ex6.2B is capable of adapting flexibly to all manner of filming situations, whether in close proximity to a subject or in shooting close-ups of a subject from far away. The product of Canon's decades of expertise as a leader in optics, the HJ17ex6.2B is a fully equipped 2/3-inch premium HD lens that embodies the uncompromising high-dimensional quality that has made Canon portable lenses the choice for TV news and HD documentary productions around the world."
Weighing in at less than 4.5 lbs., the HJ17ex6.2B provides videographers with a wide range of expressive possibilities that can help to minimize production costs by reducing the need for multiple lenses. At a 6.2mm focal length, the lens provides an impressive 75.5 degree horizontal viewing angle. Combined with the short 0.4 meter M.O.D. (reduced to 10mm with Macro), the extra-wide angle of the HJ17ex6.2B enables it to be used for vivid shooting even when ultra-close to the subject, such as in small rooms where adequate distance from the subject cannot be attained. The 17X magnification and built-in 2X extender of the HJ17ex6.2B, meanwhile, provide superb telephoto performance, which is so often needed in news and documentary applications. Although capable of focal lengths ranging from wide-end to tele-end, and subject distances ranging from infinite to extreme close-up, the HJ17ex6.2B minimizes optical aberration across the entire screen and exhibits superb optical performance throughout the field.
As with all of the lenses in Canon's HDxs Series product line, the HJ17EX6.2B makes optimum use of original Canon optical elements, Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass, large-diameter high-precision aspherical lenses, and other components maximized by Canon's original "Power Optical System" design technology. Canon HDxs Series lenses also suppress ghosting and flaring as a result of ray-simulation technology employed in the design process, in conjunction with original Canon spectral coatings. This combination of advanced Canon optical technologies also minimizes curvature of field, chromatic aberration, chromatic aberration of magnification, and axial chromatic aberration throughout the entire field regardless of focal length or subject distance, stably enabling peak optical performance.
The new HJ17ex6.2B also features Canon Enhanced Digital eDrive technology, which utilizes Canon ultra-high-precision, microprocessor-driven digital servos with 16-bit optical encoders. Canon eDrive technology enables users to easily program focus, iris, and zoom position and speed settings for precise, automated repeatability via an easy-to-use LCD menu, assignable "soft" function buttons, and a rocker switch built into the lens grip. Users can program multiple settings or none at all, depending on their personal preference.
From Canon USA:
Canon U.S.A. Debuts Two Third-Generation DIGISUPER HD Field Lenses Combining Wider Angles Of View With Long Zoom Ratios
Improved Optical Performance, Increased Responsiveness for Camera Operators, and Support for Virtual Studio Systems Among the Features of Cost-Effective HD Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – In response to input from the worldwide community of HDTV program creators, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced two HD field lenses designed for improved coverage of sports and other mobile-location productions. Designated as the XJ80x8.8B and the XJ76x9B*, both lenses combine highly telephoto performance, wider angles of view, and exceptional operability. Integrating Canon's latest optical and digital-control innovations, both lenses are third-generation additions to the DIGISUPER product line, which is renowned as a global favorite for outside broadcast coverage.
"Canon's extensive R&D and new computer-based optical design tools continue to advance the DIGISUPER product line," explained Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. "The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses deliver optical performance that has been significantly elevated over previous models. Canon's proprietary large-diameter aspherical lens technology, new glass materials, and sophisticated lens coatings minimize the aberrations and distortion that have always challenged large focal-length ranges. Significant reduction of these factors enhances the excellent resolution and contrast of these lenses in a manner that contributes to superb picture sharpness across the entire 16:9 HD image plane. The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B lenses deliver the image performance that creative camera operators have asked for, together with the operational enhancements that the HD production industry demands."
The new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses combine augmented telephoto and wide-angle performance. The premium XJ80x8.8B lens delivers an 80x zoom with a maximum wide angle of 8.8mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 57.2 degrees), which is approximately five percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. These capabilities enable the XJ80x8.8B to capture everything from a panoramic stadium-wide shot to a telephoto close-up of an individual player's face. The XJ80x8.8B's wide-angle capabilities enable the lens to pull back from a telephoto shot and replace it with a dramatic close-up - thus adding to creative flexibilities.
The new XJ80x8.8B HD field lens also includes a new built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS) as a standard feature. Integrating a new motion sensor, faster control circuit, and new correction algorithm, the improved Canon Shift-IS system significantly curbs vibrations, particularly in the high-frequency range. When the new Canon Shift-IS system sensor detects vibration, a correction drive signal is created that shifts compensating optics at high-speed to instantly deflect the incoming light rays in a direction that cancels out the vibration's effect on the image. The new Shift-IS system suppresses vibrations - such as those generated by excited fans in the stands, or by strong winds, or by acoustic perturbations at rock concerts - especially in video shot at extreme telephoto distances. Of special significance, the new Shift-IS system also improves image tracking by virtually eliminating the image drift that can be caused by the sudden cessation of panning and tilting operations.
The XJ76x9B combines 76x telephoto performance with a maximum wide angle of 9mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 56.1 degrees), which is approximately three percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. This enables cameras outfitted with the new XJ76x9B to capture panoramic shots at shorter distances without distortion.
Further enhancing the exceptional performance and operational ease of both the new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses are such features as Canon's CAFS (Constant Angle Focusing System). CAFS employs built-in 32-bit microcomputer control to help counteract "breathing," the phenomena known to change picture size/angle of view during a focusing operation. Both lenses employ improved digital servo systems using 16-bit miniature optical encoders and improved algorithms for zoom, iris, and focus that deliver increased responsiveness to camera operators in terms of ultra-slow to very high-speed zooms, high-resolution control of both iris and focus, and highly precise repeatability of zoom and focus operations.
Another added benefit of the sophisticated zoom, focus, and iris encoders built into the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses is their multiple support for discrete digital encoder outputs, analog outputs, and serial digital outputs. This ability to share focus, iris, and zoom-position data makes these new lenses compatible with many kinds of digital virtual studio systems. Both lenses easily adapt to such systems via Canon's standard 20-pin lens-interface connector.
The enhanced telephoto and wide-angle capabilities of the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses do not increase physical lens size, which facilitates easy panning and tilting operations. Both of these new HD field lenses also feature a charcoal-gray shroud designed to complement today's HD field cameras and blend into stadium surroundings.
*These devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased until authorization is obtained.
From Canon USA:
New Firmware Enhances Canon XF-Series Camcorders, Supporting Popular Broadcast Recording Format
New Firmware Enables 1440 x 1080 35mbps Recording at 60i or 50i for Canon's XF305, XF300, XF105, and XF100 Professional Camcorders
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for all four models of the Company's XF-series professional camcorders, enabling a new 35mbps recording mode. The new firmware enables a highly utilized recording mode, popular with many major news broadcast corporations, capturing 1440 x 1080 HD video at 35mbps at 60i or 50i. This format is designed to help the camcorders seamlessly align with standard workflows used by many major news broadcast organizations. Once the firmware is installed, the recording mode will be accessed through the regular mode selection menu on the camcorder and the frame rate will be automatically selected, dependent on the camcorder's PAL or NTSC setting. All previously supported XF-series video resolutions and frame rates will remain available in addition to the newly supported recording format.
"We are happy to continually enhance the capabilities of our products and technologies to meet the needs of professionals in the marketplace. This new firmware will enhance our ability to satisfy the diverse technical needs of broadcast news organizations," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
The firmware is expected to be available for download at the end of May 2012 for all XF-series camcorders and will be available on the individual product pages through the Canon website.
From Canon USA:
Canon To Exhibit Prototype of 30-Inch 4K Industrial Video Display Currently Under Development at NAB 2012
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced that the Company is developing a 30-inch, 4K resolution industrial video display*, a prototype of which will be exhibited from April 16 to 19 at the NAB Show 2012, the world's largest international digital event for audio, video, film, broadcast and communications, held in Las Vegas.
The prototype to be displayed will provide support for cinema and other video editing processes while also responding to film production needs for consistency and reliability through proprietary Canon high image-quality technology. While detailed specifications and pricing have yet to be finalized, Canon aims to commercialize the display before the end of 2012.