Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Aug 2016

 Wednesday, August 31, 2016
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, August 31, 2016—Canon Inc. today announced that it has developed a new CMOS sensor equipped with a global shutter function that, because it exposes all of the sensor's pixels at the same time, enables the capture of distortion-free images even when shooting fast-moving objects. Employing a new signal-readout drive system and new pixel structure that significantly expands the full well capacity and reduces noise, the sensor contributes to high-image-quality video capture by making possible the realization of a wide dynamic range.
 
Distortion-free image capture when shooting fast-moving objects
Standard CMOS sensors make use of the rolling shutter method, which sequentially exposes the pixels one row at a time. Because rolling shutters can create slight discrepancies in signal-readout timing depending on the location of the pixel, images of fast-moving objects may appear distorted and flash photography may result in the occurrence of the flash band phenomenon, in which the upper and lower portions of images display different levels of brightness. Because Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor employs a global shutter, when shooting such fast-moving objects as a rotating propeller or a speeding train, subjects are able to retain their proper form to create distortion-free images. Enabling the confirmation of object shapes with a high degree of accuracy, the sensor offers potential benefits in industrial applications, including as a sensor for use in inspection cameras.
 
Wide dynamic range realized through new proprietary drive method and pixel structure
When the newly developed CMOS sensor converts light into electrical signals and stores the signal charge in memory, the new drive system achieves a significant expansion in full well capacity. Also, because it employs a structure that efficiently captures light and each pixel incorporates an optimized internal configuration, the sensor makes possible increased sensitivity with reduced noise. The expanded full well capacity, realized through the sensor’s new drive system, and substantial reduction in noise, enabled by the new pixel structure, combine to deliver a wide dynamic range, facilitating the capture of high-image-quality, high-definition footage even when shooting scenes containing large variances in brightness.
 
Canon will explore various industrial and measurement applications for the newly developed CMOS sensor and consider deploying it in the field of video production for cinema production applications, TV dramas, commercials and more.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:50:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens page.
 
This lens lives at the bottom of Canon's telephoto zoom lens lineup. It is available in refurbished condition for less than the cost of a good filter. But, it was next in line to go in front of the highest resolution DSLR available. Check out how it fared.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens in stock. This lens is also available in a USM version. Why does the USM version cost $10 less?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The weather on much of this day in Banff National Park ranged from poor to terrible (including wind and strong thunderstorms). I knew that, if the rain at least mostly stopped, this was the perfect time to visit Johnston Canyon. The ground would be wet and colors would appear very saturated with a circular polarizer filter cutting reflections. The lighting would be void of hard shadows and ... would (somewhat) reach into this cave.
 
Johnston Canyon is typically packed during the short summer tourist season, but a late-in-the-day arrival timed just after a heavy thunderstorm (waited in the SUV for it to pass) meant that the trail was nearly void of people. Also, few people venture down the steep, slippery (at least when wet) slope to this cave and very unique land formation at the bottom of the canyon. A downside of the late day start meant that I had to run most of the trail, stopping only long enough to grab the occasional photo.
 
My initial plan (if I could find the cave in the first place) was to include the top of the interesting chunk of land in the frame, but that view included a bit of sky in the background. I went ahead and captured that set of images, but was undecided about the extreme difference in brightness the sky created. To eliminate the sky from the frame, I moved back/up into the large but shallow cave until the top of the cave blocked the sky.
 
As I find so often to be the case, the Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens were the perfect combination for this landscape situation.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:12:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.10:
 
  • Added support for the iOS version of SnapBridge.
  • Changed some help text.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Images would not display correctly if playback zoom was used during image review.
    • The focus point display would not light if the shutter-release button was pressed halfway after the standby timer had expired.
    • The camera would stop responding if a command dial was used in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU > f Controls > f1 Custom control assignment > Movie record button + menu.
    • If an option other than Off was selected for Active D-Lighting in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU, pictures taken with an optional flash unit in auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode would be underexposed.
Download Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.10
 


Nikon D3400 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.10:
 
  • Added support for the iOS version of SnapBridge.
Download: Nikon D3400 Firmware v.1.10
 
B&H carries the Nikon D500 and has the D3400 DSLR available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/31/2016 5:22:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Want a blast from the past? The Boston Public Library has uploaded thousands of old photos and postcards to its Flickr photostream with albums featuring:
 
  • Accidents: Aviation
  • Accidents: Miscellaneous
  • Accidents: Train & Trolley
  • Aerial Photographs
  • Animals: Farm & Domestic
  • Aviation: Charles Lindbergh
  • Alabama Postcards
  • Alaska Postcards
  • Arizona Postcards
  • Arkansas Postcards
Those are just some of the interesting albums I found before getting to the albums starting with "b." Have fun killing an afternoon perusing the seemingly endless supply of interesting images.
Post Date: 8/30/2016 10:25:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to inform you of the lens firmware updates which incorporate a new algorithm to improve AF performance even further. Although we announced on April 14th, 2016 that release of the firmware updates is planned around June to August, the development has been delayed and the actual release will start from October onward.
 
For customers waiting for the availability of the lens firmware updates, we apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding and will continue the development with our utmost efforts.
 
Release of the firmware updates will be announced as they become available.
 
Products that we are developing its firmware
 
LensMount
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon

B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/30/2016 9:29:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens pages have been updated. Updates include MTF chart comparisons (very interesting) and side-by-side new vs. old lens product images.
 
Important: Using this site's links to place your preorders provides the support we need to keep this site maintained. Thanks for that!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/30/2016 8:56:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
My pre-trip research placed Peyto Lake, along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, high on my to-photograph list. With a strong glacial flour flow in the summer, this lake takes on an amazing turquoise color, with Caldron Peak and Mt Patterson providing exclamation marks behind it.
 
To get the high sun position required to light up the lake color, a late morning or early afternoon-timed shoot was determined to be best. Of course, summer is the peak tourist season for this location and tourists come here in droves (and buses) ... and this time of day seems to be best for many non-photographers as well.
 
Combine this common timing with a relatively small viewing area at Bow Summit and, even though a hike is required, the place was packed. Upon working my way to the front corner of the platform, I took some photos but soon determined that somewhere below deck would work better. Even down there was challenging with people sometimes walking up and sitting right in front of the camera. Patience paid off when a thunderstorm rolled in and created some great drama in the sky and contrast on the lake. No, even the approaching thunderstorm did not chase the crowds away, but patience and my position worked out for the capture of an image that I was happy with. Then, I ran back to the safety of the SUV.
 
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens were the perfect combination for this location. The Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod (now GT1545T) and Acratech GP-s Ball Head were my choice for their light weight, small size and rigid support. As usual for middle-of-the-day landscape photography, I was using a circular polarizer filter for this capture.
 
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Post Date: 8/30/2016 8:22:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
Big Lights, Big City! A behind-the-scenes video (shot with Nikon’s D5) about creating a photo portfolio for a beautiful young dancer who just arrived in NYC. Follow Joe as he uses two new additions in Nikon’s line up, the D500 camera and the SB-5000 Speedlight, as he photographs this dynamic subject around town, in the studio and on stage.
 
B&H carries the following gear used for the video:
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/30/2016 5:44:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 29, 2016
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS) Supports Professional Photographers Urgently in Need of Replacement Equipment
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that from August 6 to August 20, nearly 70 percent of professional photographers on assignment in Brazil were Canon shooters. In addition, Canon brought a team of more than 70 highly trained technicians and support staff to Brazil this month to help maximize the uptime and performance of its professional broadcast and EOS imaging equipment users. Canon HDTV field lenses were ready on the evening of August 5 bringing viewers worldwide approximately 80 percent and nationwide 100 percent of the images they saw on TV.
 
"It is humbling to know that such a large number of the world's most talented sports photographers relied on Canon equipment to capture this historic sporting event. Their iconic images from so many different events have been and will be seen by millions of people around the world for years to come. To support the needs of our customers and help them accomplish their goals, Canon Professional Services is always set up and ready at major sporting events throughout the year to assist by providing comprehensive equipment maintenance and repairs, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
During the events, a photographer that had equipment stolen was quickly assisted by CPS staff so he could get back on assignment. According to Brett Costello, News Corp. Australia photographer, "The CPS team in Brazil was amazing. I was very upset at having my gear stolen on August 4 at a café and thought my ability to cover the coming events were over. When I told the Canon staff there what had happened to me, they didn't hesitate in helping with the loan gear I required. Thanks to Canon I put the event behind me and was able to complete my assignments."
 
The CPS team also:
 
  • Averaged a 12 hour turnaround time for products needing repair
  • Loaned 8,163 products with the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera and EF 200-400MM F/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X being the most requested product loans
  • Had in stock 950 cameras and 1,500 lenses
  • Communicated with photographers in 12 languages
Canon Professional Services proudly attends to photographers at major sporting, auto racing, Hollywood, and political events throughout each year.
 
For more information about CPS: http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/29/2016 9:49:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With the arrival of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, many questions are being raised. Recently, we answered the Should I get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the 5D III? question. Here, we're going to compare the 5D Mark III's successor to the ultra-high resolution 5Ds and 5Ds R models in attempt to answer the "Should I get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the 5Ds/5Ds R? question.
 
It seems logical to start such a comparison by showing a chart of the specification differences. For the purposes of this post, we'll lumping the 5Ds and 5Ds R models together as they are identical except for the low-pass cancellation feature found in the "R" model.
 
5D Mark IV5Ds/5Ds R
Resolution30.4M50.6M
DLAf/8.6f/6.7
Image ProcessorDIGIC 6+ plus iTR/AF processorDual DIGIC 6
Continuous Shooting / Buffer7 fps / 21 RAW5 fps / 14 RAW
AF Working RangeEV -3 - 18EV -2 - 18
AF points @ f/8615
Metering RangeEV 0 - 20EV 1 - 20
Sensor AFDual Pixel CMOS AFContrast AF
ISO SensitivityAuto 100-32000 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)Auto 100-6400 (L: 50, H1: 12800)
LCDTouch panel 3.2-inch (3:2) / 1,620K dots3.2-inch (3:2) / 1,040K dots
Video Recording4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) Motion JPEG
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 HDR ( 29.97, 25 fps) inter frame
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter frame
HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (119.9, 100 fps) intra frame
FHD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
SD (4:3) 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Wi-Fi / NFC / GPSBuilt-inGPS / Wi-Fi via accessories
Battery LifeApprox. 900Approx. 700
Weight31.4 oz (890g)32.8 oz (930g)

Here is the full EOS 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds specifications comparison.
 
Obvious from the table above is that the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R has one notable advantage over the EOS 5D Mark IV – resolution. The 5Ds R model, specifically, also has a slight sharpness advantage on the 5D IV as the latter features a traditional low-pass filter without the R's cancellation feature. Here is a resolution test chart comparison between the 5D IV and the 5Ds R.
 
Just as I noted in the 5D IV vs. 5D III post, if you're interested in creating 4K content, or otherwise need the benefits of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the choice is clear – get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
 
If you're a landscape, wildlife or studio photographer who requires the ultimate in resolution for making big prints, the 5Ds/5Ds R models offer 40% more resolution compared to the 5D IV. Aside from big prints, the additional pixels allow for more leeway in cropping while maintaining still-manageable resolutions. To put that into point perspective, the 5Ds/5Ds R's 1.6x crop feature (simulating the field of view realized by using an APS-C sensor camera) results in a 19.6 megapixel image. This difference is noticeable. To obtain the same APS-C field of view with a 5D IV base image, the end result would be 11.7 megapixels.
 
Does that make the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R a better camera for those interested in wildlife? Maybe, but not necessarily. There are a lot of factors that go into creating a compelling wildlife image. The ability to crop an image heavily is just one of them.
 
Other factors like burst speed, buffer depth, high ISO noise results and AF capability/performance also play significant roles. That the 5D IV allows for two additional frames-per-second in burst shooting may not seem like much, but it can definitely help. The greater buffer capacity is always welcome. As hinted to by the increased standard max ISO setting (to 32000), the 5D IV performs better in the noise department than its predecessor, the 5D Mark III, and the 5D IV also performs better than the 5Ds at the pixel level in this regard.
 
Downsize the 5Ds image to 5D IV dimensions and the comparison becomes considerably closer. The 5D IV is still the better performer, but the equivalent comparison shows this attribute being less of a decision factor. The 5Ds/5Ds R's standard max ISO tops out at 6400.
 
The 5D IV also features a vertically expanded AF point spread to its benefit. This is a feature that wildlife (and many other) photographers will appreciate. If a subject is moving, AI servo is needed and if AI servo is in use, a focus point must be held on the subject (usually their closest eye). Having a larger AF point spread sometimes permits better subject framing in these situations (I provided an elk photo example in the 5D IV review).
 
So, which body is best for you? If you want the most versatile, general purpose DSLR, the 5D Mark IV's feature set will likely make it the best overall choice. At their introduction, the ultra-high resolution 5Ds and 5Ds R were marketed more as specialty cameras rather than a camera for everyman. And their place in Canon's camera lineup hasn't changed; the only difference is that the everyman camera has a "IV" in its name and packs a great new feature set to go with it.
 
Get your Canon 5D Mark IV and/or EOS 5Ds/5Ds R at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2016 9:08:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Accodring to c|net, Adobe is planning to add Dual Pixel RAW support in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC.
 
While no time table was specified, it's promising news for those who don't want to be limited to using Canon's Digital Photo Professional for taking advantage of the new feature.
 
Read the entire article on c|net.
 
B&H has the 5D Mark IV available for preorder and carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/29/2016 9:06:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network** has published an article featuring fashion and beauty photographer John Swannell. It it, Swannell recounts a story of a bag he purchased from a thrift store for a couple of pounds.
We pause to reflect on Helmut Newton, an abrasive character to many, but to Swannell a bit of a diamond in the rough. “I once spent four days with Helmut on a shoot in the south of France and he took a shine to my camera bag.”
 
“I’d found the bag in a charity shop in London for a couple of quid and really loved it because it had lots of pockets. But Helmut wanted it and wouldn’t take no for an answer. He kept on offering me money for it during the shoot and went up to $500 and still I wouldn’t sell it to him.”
 
Swannell laughs at the recollection: “This made him really grumpy with me and on the last day, as we were walking across the tarmac to board the aircraft, he turned round to me and said ‘there must be something of mine you want, I have to have that bag!’ so I replied ‘OK, sign me a print from the cover of your book White Women’ and you can have it. He said ‘you must be mad, that’s about $3000!’
 
“He was so mean, was Newton, and wouldn’t have it. But I held my ground and said that was the price of the bag. And then suddenly, in front of everybody, he took my bag off me and tipped all my stuff onto the tarmac, and marched off with it. I turned to his wife Alice [Springs] and said ‘you are my witness!’ And a few days later, a signed print arrived. Ten years later I sold that print for £32,000. So that old bag wasn’t a bad investment...”
From Canon Professional Network.
 
** Because the gallery showcase images featured in this article contain nudity, we have chosen not to link directly to the article.
Post Date: 8/29/2016 8:51:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 26, 2016
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV owner's manual is now available for download. (thanks David)
 
676 pages of educational/leisure reading for the weekend!
 
If you have not already done so, preorder the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and other new gear here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2016 4:05:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With the recent announcement of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, I'm sure many are considering a DSLR upgrade in the not-so-distant future. For those currently shooting with a 5D Mark II or III, the upgrade path is reasonably clear (although the 5Ds and 5Ds R still deserve consideration); however, if a photographer is currently using a Rebel-series or **D model, there are still reasons to consider the very capable EOS 5D Mark III as one's upgrade of choice.
 
Let's look at some of the major differences between the 5D Mark IV and 5D Mark III:
 
5D Mark IV5D Mark III
Resolution30.4M22.3M
ISO Speed100–32000 (L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)100–25600 (L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)
Focus Points61 points (41 cross-type points, 61 points at f/8)
Vertically expanded AF area
61 points (41 cross-type points, central single point at f/8)
Metering RangeEV -3 – 18EV -2 – 18
Sensor AFDual Pixel CMOS AFContrast AF
MirrorMotor-drivenSpring-driven
Auto Exposure SensorApprox. 150,000 RGB + IR metering sensor with Anti-Flicker timingIFCL Metering System with 63-zone dual-layering metering sensor
Continuous ShootingApprox. 7fpsApprox. 6fps
Video Recording[4K] 4096 x 2160: 30p
[Full HD MOV] 1920 x 1080: 60p
[Full HD MP4] 1920 x 1080: 60p
[HD] 1280 x 720: 120p
(High frame rate movie: without sound)
[Full HD] 1920 x 1080: 30p
[HD] 1280 x 720: 60p
[SD] 640 x 480: 30p
Video Compression[4K] Motion JPEG
[Full HD / HD MOV / MP4] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Video ISO Speed[Full HD] 100–25600 (H2: 102400)
[4K] 100–12800 (H2: 102400)
[Full HD] 100–12800 (H: 25600)
4K Screen GrabYesN/A
LCD MonitorTouch panel 3.2-inch (3:2) / 1,620,000 dots3.2-inch (3:2) / 1,040,000 dots
USB3.02.0
Wi-Fi / NFC / GPSBuilt-inGPS / Wi-Fi via accessories

The increase in resolution is a big one – this one is going to be noticeable. The increase in the base ISO setting range will not likely make the differentiation list for most, but promised improvements in noise and especially in shadow detail will. The new AF system is a significant differentiator, especially in low light and when f/8 max aperture lenses are being used.
 
Dual Pixel AF is a game changer for video and the improved video capabilities, including 4k capture, must be considered. As this will be a popular camera for wedding photographers, the flicker-avoidance capabilities are going to be highly valued by some. Those who need Wi-Fi, NFC and/or GPS capabilities are going to strongly favor the 5D IV's built-in features. Not included in the above list is the 5D Mark IV's Dual Pixel RAW capabilities. While we see this as a good feature and we are anxious to see how it performs, the benefits are said to be subtle.
 
Very obvious is that the 5D Mark IV appears to be the better camera. The question is whether or not the 5D IV is worthy of the additional cost over the 5D Mark III, an upgrade expense for those coming from the 5D Mark III. If any of the 5D IV's upgraded features are "must-have's," then there really isn't any choice. But what about customers without such demanding requirements? What's important here is the incremental value of those differentiating factors and whether or not the 5D IV investment is worth the price difference to a potential camera buyer.
 
The EOS 5D Mark III is a solid camera. It has been used and loved by a huge number of photographers and it remains a solid upgrade from many other cameras. Its low noise full frame sensor image quality alone differentiates it from all of the APS-C models.
 
And that brings us to the biggest benefit of purchasing a 5D Mark III over a 5D Mark IV – price. The 5D Mark IV will likely be selling at its introductory price for a decent while. However, the 5D III currently sells for $900.00 less for a new/retail model with USA instant savings applied. And if you're willing to purchase a refurbished model, you can save even more.
 
In short, if you want a solid, versatile full-frame body at a bargain price, get the 5D Mark III. If you want/need the latest and greatest features, some being significant, get the 5D Mark IV. If upgrading to a 5D-series camera from any of the APS-C models, won't likely be disappointed either way.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2016 7:13:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2016 6:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 25, 2016
Live Now: B&H is hosting a live panel discussion on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV announcement starting at 2pm ET today. Guests include:
 
  • Ken Sklute - Explorer of Light
  • Denis Reggie - Wedding Photographer, Explorer of Light
  • Larry Becker - Canon and Kelby Advisor
  • Brent Ramsey - Canon Technical Advisor
  • Rudy Winston - Canon Technical Advisor
B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
 
Update: B&H will be giving away one Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to a lucky customer who preorders during the live broadcast.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 8/25/2016 12:59:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R users who have longed for a quick and simple way to add Wi-Fi capability to their cameras, rejoice! Canon is introducing a new and affordable way to enable wireless connectivity to compatible mobile devices, and even communicate with Windows or Mac computers — the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1.
 
This wireless adapter is going to open up new possibilities to users of these cameras — from casual shooters to working professionals. Being able to quickly view and store your DSLR images on a mobile device makes it easier to share images you’ve just taken with family members, friends, or even professional clients.
 
This device will be available separately as an optional accessory for owners of any of the above-mentioned EOS camera models. And from Fall 2016 onward, the EOS 7D Mark II will be sold with this Wi-Fi Adapter included in the box. We’ll go into detail about that below. First, some basics about this new Wi-Fi unit.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center
 
B&H has the Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2016 10:55:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Based on feedback from large photo organizations, news photojournalists, and so on, Canon has delivered a significant firmware upgrade for the EOS-1D X Mark II camera. Firmware upgrade version 1.1 clearly targets professional users and organizations, but as you’ll see, some of these features may be useful to individual working pros or even serious photography enthusiasts. We’ll examine what’s new in this firmware upgrade in this article.
 
In a nutshell: what’s new and different?
 
This new upgrade (version 1.1) addresses specific issues that professional news and photojournalism organizations have brought to Canon’s attention — we understand that not all of these will be important in more ordinary, everyday use to individual photographers. That said, the changes and new features that this firmware adds to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera are the ability to:
 
  • Install up to 39 items of IPTC information into the camera, and to add data (or deliberately not apply it) to images you take
  • Add set-up information for up to 40 new Wi-Fi networks to a memory card, and load that data as a full set of possible Wi-Fi networks to select from for connection
  • Transfer only “protected” images via Wi-Fi
  • Retain GPS position data: Continue to apply last known GPS location information to images subsequently taken, even if GPS connection is lost (photographer went inside a building, etc.)
  • Change LCD color tone (four pre-defined settings), to either approximate display from other cameras you’re working with, or to shift color tone based on ambient lighting as the LCD monitor is being used
Keep in mind that the EOS-1D X Mark II differs from other Canon EOS models in that it not only permits network communication and transfer of images via Wi-Fi (using the optional WFT-E8A or WFT-E6A wireless file transmitters), but also via wired ethernet connection — there’s a dedicated ethernet port on the camera for this purpose. This allows similar network connectivity, but without some of the variables users can encounter on-location with Wi-Fi transmission. Firmware v. 1.1 doesn’t change this; we only want to remind users of it here.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Note: The firmware is not yet availble for download on Canon USA's website.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2016 10:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Digital Learning Center has added a couple of in-depth articles highlighting new features in the EOS 5D Mark IV:
 
I found the Dual Pixel RAW information especially intriguing. [Sean]
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV available for preorder. Click here for all the latest preorder links.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2016 9:12:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Japan has posted official sample pictures for the EOS 5D Mark IV. [thanks Paul]
 
You might also want to check out Canon USA's 5D Mark IV dedicated site for more details on this versatile new body.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV available for preorder. Click here for all the latest preorder links.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2016 5:45:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As we anxiously await the arrival of the awesome just-announced Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and L lenses, I am assembling my expectations for the new gear along with a lot of product information, images and comparisons. There remains much work to be done here, but there is a lot of information on these pages already.
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
 
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Post Date: 8/25/2016 2:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Preorders for newly announced gear can be found below. We expect the high demand for a lot of this gear, so preorder now to ensure your order ships when stock hits the shelves.
 
Preorders
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Body – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-70 f/4L IS USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
 
Canon Battery Grip BG-E20 – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5L (Large) – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5M (Medium) – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S (Small) – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1 – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 – B&H | Adorama | Wex Photographic
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body with W-E1 – B&H | Adorama
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + 18-135 IS STM & W-E1 – B&H | Adorama
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Post Date: 8/25/2016 1:16:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Developed for Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Nature/Wildlife Photographers as well as Filmmakers, the EOS 5D Mark IV Delivers Excellent Image Quality and 4K Video Recording
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, the next generation of the popular and versatile 5D series of Canon professional DSLR cameras. Building on this legendary legacy, the EOS 5D Mark IV propels the series forward with a fusion of features and enhancements targeted to please even the most discerning creative eyes. The camera's 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting. To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon's propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.
 
In addition, Canon is also introducing two new L-series EF lenses – the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens– offering fantastic edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane, as well as improved durability and performance.
 
"Canon's EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV– the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery."
 
"Outdoor photographers will really appreciate the new EOS 5D Mark IV, as it offers more resolution, better detail in the shadows, and improved speeds in autofocus and frame rate," reported acclaimed nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp. "With the fabulous resolution of 4K video and the ability to make beautiful prints from a frame of that video as an added bonus, this camera sets a new mid-range standard for nature photography."
 
EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Specifications:
 
  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.
"I have owned every camera in the 5D line, so the new EOS 5D Mark IV feels like an old friend in my hands, only better" exclaimed renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore. "It has everything a professional photographer needs to create outstanding, quality images every time. Between its ability with still images and video capture, it is the complete package and—in my opinion—the best wedding camera on the planet."
 
"When working with macro beauty photography, I need fast and precise autofocus. With each breath of the subject I need to be able to check the exact placement of focus, whether on the tips of the eyelashes, the pupils or other detail of her face. The EOS 5D Mark IV gave me exactly the speed and precision required to capture the detail and stunning color that is a signature of my beauty work," remarked celebrated fashion and beauty photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler. "I'm always looking for ways to create visuals that help me stand out from the competition. Cinemagraphs, also known as 'living images,' allow me to combine still frames and video to create captivating images. Because of the EOS 5D Mark IV's 4K and slow motion capabilities, I now have the ability to create high quality and visually compelling cinemagraphs without having to invest in an expensive cinema camera!"
 
The Next Generation of EOS 5D Cameras
 
In addition to the new Full Frame sensor, the new EOS 5D Mark IV includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.
 
The EOS 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.
 
Following the groundbreaking video recording capabilities introduced in the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV takes the next leap forward offering DCI 4K video recording. Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, is Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera.
 
Mobile Connectivity
 
For the first time in an EOS 5D series DSLR camera, the EOS 5D Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App. The EOS 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera's built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera's time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70mm f/4L lens ($4,399.00, scheduled to be available early September) and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($4,599.00, scheduled to be available late October) .
 
For an exclusive, hands-on preview, the camera will be available at the customer support centers shown below. Visitors can experience the camera firsthand while Canon technical experts demonstrate new product features, answer questions, and spotlight the benefits of Canon products and service.
 
New Canon EF Lenses and EOS Accessories
 
In addition to the new EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon is also introducing two EF-Series L-series lenses as well as a variety of EOS accessories. The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant. The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00 and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00.
 
Additional EOS accessories include the Canon Battery Grip BG-E20, Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S/E5M/E5L and Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1.
 
Preorders*
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Body – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-70 f/4L IS USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Canon Battery Grip BG-E20 – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5L (Large) – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5M (Medium) – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S (Small) – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1 – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
* Links will be filled in once they become available. Note that the BG-E20 battery grip is listed at a significantly lower price at B&H ($349.00 vs $490.00 at Adorama/Amazon).
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Post Date: 8/25/2016 12:44:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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