Canon and Sony News for Oct 2020

 Saturday, October 31, 2020
Canon has made Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update version 1.2.1 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in which, after updating the camera’s firmware to version 1.2.0, the Smart Controller may respond slowly or not at all on some cameras. The phenomenon described above may occur in cameras whose first two digits of the serial number are "01" "02" "03" or "04".

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/31/2020 10:16:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 30, 2020
In the 2.5 Seconds, 70mm, No Tripod, Cadillac Mountain Moonrise post, I shared that I had locked a Canon EOS R5 and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head into a sunrise-ready position. It seemed logical to share the image that setup captured next.

I love photographing when the sun is below me and visible. In this case, a location with significant unshaded area (sloping toward the sun) (and void of people) was selected. Granite rock provides a solid foundation, and the evergreens on the right aid in framing the scene.

When the sun is in the frame, an HDR capture is often the ideal strategy. This capture involved using auto exposure bracketing (AEB) set to 5-shots 1-stop apart with the exposure adjusted so the brightest and darkest images had detail in the shadows and highlights, respectively. With the 2-second self-timer enabled, the shutter release simply needed to be pressed for the bracketed sequence to be captured, followed by shooting a few more frames with the other camera. Repeat until the scene decreased in photogenic value.

I use a variety of HDR software but selected Lightroom for this one. The set of images that seemed optimal (the sun reflecting in the water influenced this choice) were selected and processed.

You likely already noticed that this image is not in the typical out-of-the-camera 3:2 aspect ratio. There are two ways to get the aspect ratio shared here. Ideal from a final resolution perspective is to stitch multiple images together. Capturing and processing an HDR pano adds complications, and with the ultra-high resolution of the R5, the other option, cropping, proved easier with a very sufficient final resolution. The primary reason for this final aspect ratio was that the cropped away sky was not adding value to the image.

Some minor cleanup in Photoshop resulted in the picture shared here.

Why f/16? At 15mm, f/11 would have provided adequate depth of field for this scene and exhibited less softening from diffraction, but f/16 is a compromise that provides a stronger sunstar, a strong element in this image.
 
Go big. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/30/2020 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 29, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens page.

This lens is a great value. I'll get your comparisons started:

Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens compared to Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

The Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens is coming soon to B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/29/2020 8:11:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 27, 2020
On the Acadia National Park bucket list is to be the first person (or more accurately, among the first group of people) in the USA to see the sun on that day. Checking off that item requires an early morning drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Leading a small workshop on this day meant my priority was to make sure each participant was in their preferred location with their camera set up and ready for the action to start. With that goal accomplished, I moved into the next-best location and locked a Canon EOS R5 and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head into a sunrise-ready position.

During this setup, the incredible scene unfolding on the horizon had my attention. A tiny crescent moon is a great supporting element. Combine that feature with a strong, colorful pre-sunrise or post-sunset gradient in the sky and throw in some water and mountains, and images I like are easy to create.

While this scene was in my locked-down composition, even 35mm does not render the moon a substantial size in the frame. Fortunately, the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and another R5 were in my MindShift Gear BackLight 26L. What was not along was my second tripod, and I did not want to lose the locked-down composition held by the first. So, I sat down on the rocks, rested arms on knees, and began shooting with the settings that would have been used if tripod-mounted. Those settings were ISO 100 for the least noise, f/8 for considerable depth of field and reduced vignetting, and the shutter speed necessary to yield a right-aligned histogram.

That shutter speed was 2.5 seconds, a very long 70mm exposure without a tripod. Amazingly, all of the dozens of images captured at this and, later, faster shutter speeds were sharp. There was no need to use a higher ISO or a wider aperture setting — or a tripod. This is impressive performance from the R5 and RF 70-200 combination.

It is often easy to create nice landscape images with telephoto focal lengths, and the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is a great landscape lens. This image is simple — minimalistic. The dark mountain provides a base to the image, and the waterline is positioned approximately 1/3 into the frame. The position of the 3.2% waning crescent moon and silhouetted evergreen trees work together to create an overall balance to the scene. While many rules can be used for composition, overall balance is what I usually look for first.
 
Go big. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/8.0  2.5s
ISO 100
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 10/27/2020 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 26, 2020
Canon has releases 3rd quarter financial results that can be downloaded from their Investor Relations page.

Presentation Material
Results
Supplementary Data

Some Relevant Highlights

"As for cameras, we saw a faster-than-expected market recovery partially due to an increasing need to capture images at home since more time is being spent there. Furthermore, we raised profitability partially through the launch of competitive new products."

"For both cameras and inkjet printers, as our performance in the third quarter was better than planned, we raised our outlook for the Imaging System business unit and will work for full-year growth in profit."

"As for camera demand, amid ongoing market contraction, we expect a significant drop in demand due to COVID-19 this year. However, in the third quarter, the camera market was stronger than expected thanks to a gradual increase in image capturing opportunities as people became more active. Taking this into account, we raised our full-year projection for the interchangeable-lens camera market by 0.5 million units to 5.9 million units."

"Although we expect our full-year sales to decline in line with the market to 2.7 million units, the EOS R5 and EOS R6, new cameras equipped with full-frame sensors that we launched in the third quarter, have recorded strong sales since their introduction thanks to the high marks they have received for their revolutionary video recording function, AF performance, and image stabilizing function. Furthermore, for our enhanced lineup of lenses, we are achieving sales growth and improving product mix through synergy with camera bodies."

"In addition to shifting to high value-added interchangeable-lens cameras like the EOS R5, we will expand sales of other cameras based on new design concepts that actively incorporate the various ideas of our young employees."

"A recent example of this is the PowerShot Zoom, a hand held camera that combines the functions of a telescope and camera. We started crowdfunding this camera on a Japanese site in September. This gave us access to a new user base that was able to make advance purchase reservations for a limited number of cameras which was reached soon after we started taking orders."

"We will deploy this kind of product strategy and focus on improving profitability by streamlining product development, production, and market in preparation for decreasing sales"

"At the end of September, total inventory turnover in days was longer, reflecting the low level of sales over the past six months. However, in value terms, we show a general decrease, particularly in Imaging System."

"For cameras and inkjet printers, as the level of sales is exceeding our plan, we are augmenting production volumes while closely managing inventory to maintain appropriate levels."

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/26/2020 8:33:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 22, 2020
From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Canon EF mount

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Canon EF mount listed below.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D.

·It has improved the AF accuracy when using SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount

·SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D and the EOS-1D X Mark III.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount.

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D and the EOS-1D X Mark III.

·It has fixed a rarely-occurring communication problem during Live View shooting when mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark III.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D and the EOS-1D X Mark III.

·It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when attached with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and used for shooting movies.

·It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when used for shooting movies on Canon cameras. *

*The degree of improvement differs depending on the camera used.

[How to update]

Connect the lens to a computer via the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 (sold separately), then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the lens firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest lens firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

* Before updating lens firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/22/2020 9:43:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:

Firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We are pleased to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

[Benefits of the update]

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.03

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.02.

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.07.

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware 2.02.

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware 2.01.

[How to update]

Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If there is a newer firmware version available than the one currently installed on your converter, you will see the message ‘There is the latest firmware for the converter’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

?Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera then reinsert.

*Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version when updating the MC-11 firmware.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/22/2020 9:49:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:

Discover the new Manfrotto Professional Batteries and Chargers

The NEW Manfrotto Professional Batteries and Chargers go above and beyond your average charging solution! With higher quality batteries, and faster, more efficient charging to ensure content creators are never without the power they need.

Professional Batteries

Peak performance, durability & quality! The Manfrotto Professional rechargeable batteries offer an ultra-high capacity of 2000 mAh for a wide range of Canon and Nikon cameras. Using Lithium ion technology, you can recharge the battery at any point.

Injected with silicone for a shock-absorbing construction, Professional batteries are built to withstand extreme tough environments, and are drop proof up to 9ft! Never lose your batteries to the bottom of your bag again, thanks to the signature Manfrotto red coloured housing.

Think all batteries are the same? Think again.

ProCUBE Chargers

The Manfrotto ProCUBE is a DSLR twin charger made for a range of Canon, Nikon or Sony fit batteries. It features quick top up charge, a high-end LCD display, battery health check and can charge 1 or 2 batteries simultaneously! Each ProCUBE comes with a 12V car lead, an integrated 2.4A USB charger, numerous battery plates, and AA tray which charges 4 x AA batteries simultaneously.

The tray can also be used to store AA batteries when not in use, which makes the Manfrotto ProCUBE perfect for travelling, and is supplied with interchangeable US, Euro and UK plug heads.

No matter where your work takes you, you’ll never be without power!

Check out the new Manfrotto Professional Batteries and Chargers at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/22/2020 8:59:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sometimes, an ultra-wide-angle lens becomes a requirement to get the shot. Sometimes, a wide aperture is also required. Both were requirements down in Monument Cove, Acadia National Park, on this night. The Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens had the credentials to get the job done.

As I climbed down into the cove, the plan was to capture the monolith in front of the milky way. Upon arrival, I decided that the rock on the other side of the frame also had great character and wanted it included in the image. Even at the extreme 12mm full-frame angle of view, keeping everything seen here in the frame meant my back was against the rock wall.

The milky way is typically photographed against a black sky. However, if the sky is dark and the milky way is in view, it can be photographed at the end of the blue hour. This image was captured about 7 minutes after "nautical end." Despite a bit of light showing in the sky, it was very dark in the cove, and the f/2.8 aperture proved very helpful, keeping the ISO setting down to a still-high 8000.
 
This pic especially looks better big. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/22/2020 8:59:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/21/2020 7:38:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Canon has made Canon EOS 5D Mark IV firmware update version 1.3.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
    *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
    *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  2. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on image.canon.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which some camera operations may not be possible or an error may occur after an insufficient flash output is produced when shooting with the flash.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/20/2020 9:41:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS 6D Mark II firmware update version 1.1.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
    *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
    *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  2. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on image.canon.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/20/2020 9:38:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ProMediaGear has just introduced the BH50 Ball Head. Get more details on ProMediaGear's website.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: ProMediaGear News
Post Date: 10/20/2020 3:38:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:

Think Tank Photo has just released their new The Essentials Convertible Rolling Backpack. This rolling backpack goes where other rollers can’t. Roll it easily over smooth surfaces, or simply deploy the backpack straps to carry it over rough terrain.

Sized to meet most airline carry-on requirements, the Essentials fits two DSLR or Mirrorless bodies, a mounted 70–200mm, multiple lenses, and a 16-inch laptop. And because it’s from Think Tank, the bag will roll long into the future.

Use our link to get the detail and to receive a free Think Tank product and free U.S. shipping on all orders over $50.00.

Post Date: 10/20/2020 2:27:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 19, 2020
Update: Canon USA has published a press release that does not require translation:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Three New Industrial Imaging Sensors

MELVILLE, NY, October 19, 2020 – As imaging sensors continue to be an essential component of industrial processes, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce three new CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) sensors: the ultra-high-resolution LI8020 series, the ultra-high sensitivity LI3030 series, and the LI7050SAC. These sensors help expand the company’s lineup of industrial vision products while offering integrators and end-users additional capabilities when developing solutions for various applications.

LI8020SAC/LI8020SAM

The LI8020SAC (color)/LI8020SAM (monochrome) ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor features a pixel pitch of 1.5 µm (micrometer) and a resolution of approximately 250 million pixels, which provides detailed images in a wide range of applications and situations. The sensor will help meet the needs of manufacturers to inspect flat panel displays, which frequently exhibit 4K and sometimes even 8K content. The sensor can also be a tool for video production, digital archiving, wide-area monitoring, and the medical industry by providing ultra-high resolution and ultra-high-speed signal readouts. Due to the ultra-high pixel count of the sensor, images can be captured that maintain incredible image quality, even if an area of the moving or still image has been cropped and enlarged using an electronic zoom.

The new sensor can capture video at an ultra-high-resolution that is approximately 125 times higher than Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) and about 30 times higher than 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels). Still images can be captured at a speed of approximately five frames per second even when reading all the pixels. A fast signal readout of 1.25 billion pixels per second helps to avoid the potential of any signal delay or deviation. The rapid signal readout is achieved by advancing circuit miniaturization and signal processing technology. When the Read Return on Investment (Region of Interest) feature is utilized, the frame rate of the sensor can be increased by selecting an area and reducing the amount of information to be read. If a user doesn’t need the input of every pixel, the ROI readout function allows you to read every pixel at five fps, 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 30 fps, and Full HD at 60 fps. The sensor also features a "thinning-out read function" that enables high-speed readout by reducing the number of vertical pixels to be read out of the full shooting area, allowing selection of an output data format that suits users’ needs.

LI3030SAI/LI3030SAM

The LI3030SAI (RGB-IR)/LI3030SAM (monochrome) sensor is a 35mm full-size ultra-high sensitivity CMOS sensor with a large pixel size of 19 µm that allows for image capturing in low-light environments where it can difficult for the naked eye to identify the subject. The sensor can read 2160 × 1280 pixels, which is wider than Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels), enabling it to be a suitable solution for astronomical observation applications and the monitoring and industrial applications that require high-resolution images with a specific aspect ratio.

Compared to similar Canon models, the sensitivity of the LI3030SAI and LI3030SAM sensor is approximately 2.3 and 3 times higher in the near-infrared range, respectively. The sensitivity capabilities of the LI3030SAI allow users to see the pupil of a human-eye through sunglasses. The LI3030SAM sensitivity capabilities enable users to capture monochrome moving images and can reduce the appearance of dust, enhancing astronomical observation. By assigning one pixel of the color filter as a pixel for the near-infrared region, it is possible to simultaneously acquire color and near-infrared motion images with a single sensor even under low-light conditions. In addition, since the differences in the reflectance and absorbance of light in the near-infrared region can be detected from weak signals and the state of the inside of a substance can be observed, the sensor can be used in a wide range of industrial and medical fields. Use-case examples include long-distance monitoring at night, observation of crop growth in a wide area, inspection of foreign matter contamination in food factories, and visualization of biological tissues.

LI7050SAC

The LI7050SAC is a high resolution CMOS sensor that is ideal for security camera use because of its high sensitivity and price point. Featuring a pixel pitch of 4.1 µm and a resolution of approximately 2.12 million pixels, the sensor provides a High Dynamic Range (HDR) of equivalent to up to 20 stops with frame rates of 30fps and 60fps. What’s more, the sensor features a 54,000 green sensitivity level and can read 1936 × 1096 pixels, which is slightly higher than HD resolution.

For more information on Canon sensors including how to talk to a sales representative, please visit canon-cmos-sensors.com.

 
Original post:

From Canon Japan via Google Translate:

Released "LI8020SAC / LI8020SAM", an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with approximately 250 million pixels

October 19, 2020

Canon Inc.
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.

As a new product of APS-H size (about 29.4 x 18.9 mm) CMOS sensor, Canon will release "LI8020SAC (color) / LI8020SAM (monochrome)" capable of imaging about 250 million pixels (19,568 x 12,588 pixels) in 2020. It will be released in late October of the year.

LI8020SAC / LI8020SAM

Main features

The new product is an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with approximately 250 million pixels, which enables you to capture detailed information in an image while shooting a wide range. In addition, by setting the pitch of one pixel to 1.5 µm (micrometer), we have achieved approximately 250 million pixels in APS-H size, making it possible to use it for various purposes. It can be used for various purposes such as FPD (flat panel display) inspection, which has become higher definition due to the development of 4K / 8K video technology, industrial inspection, video production, digital archive, wide area surveillance, microscope, etc. Meet the needs of users.

Get detailed information even in a wide range of shooting with ultra-high resolution of about 250 million pixels

The new product is capable of imaging at ultra-high resolution of about 250 million pixels, which is about 125 times that of full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and about 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), and can be taken in any shooting range. Sufficient resolution can be obtained by trimming the area and enlarging it with an electronic zoom.

Achieves ultra-high-speed signal reading of approximately 1.25 billion pixels / second

With CMOS sensors, the amount of signal increases as the number of pixels increases, causing signal delays and slight timing deviations. The new product has an ultra-multi-pixel structure of approximately 250 million pixels, but by refining the circuit and advancing signal processing technology, it has achieved an ultra-high-speed signal readout of approximately 1.25 billion pixels per second. This enables ultra-high resolution imaging at a speed of approximately 5 frames / sec even when all pixels are read out.

Supports data output according to user needs with "ROI read function" etc.

The new product is equipped with a "ROI (Region of Interest) read function" that selectively reads only an arbitrary area. If you want to read only a specific area at high speed, you can use the "ROI read function" at 24 fps for 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels), 30 fps for 4K (3,840 x 2,160), and 60 fps for full HD (1,920 x 1,080). Video recording is possible. It also has a "thinning out reading function * " that thins out the entire image area in the vertical direction to read out, so you can select the data output method that suits your needs.

* 4 patterns of thinning are possible. 1/3 is about 15fps, 1/5 is about 25fps, 1/7 is about 35fps, and 1/9 is about 45fps.

CMOS sensor market trends

Digital technologies such as image processing are also undergoing rapid evolution as high-definition technology is advancing for FPD inspection equipment. High resolution is also required for CMOS sensors, which are the eyes of inspection equipment, and manufacturing sites are demanding inspection equipment equipped with ultra-high resolution sensors. In addition, ultra-high resolution sensors are expected to be used in applications such as wide area monitoring. (Research by Canon)

Post Date: 10/19/2020 8:20:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In my Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 Setup Guide, I indicated that "Focus bracketing" and "Number of bracketed shots" were included on the My Menu tab 2. The R5 is my first daily-use camera to have this feature (one of the first Canon EOS cameras to get it), and I've been anxious to put this feature to use in the field. Remembering that the feature is now a couple of button presses away is the first in-the-field challenge.

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society beautifully maintains the Somesville Bridge, Selectmen's Building, and the surrounding grounds. This includes planter boxes that always hold attractive flowering plant arrangements in the fall. These planters beg to be included in the frame, but including the plants, the bridge, and the building in the same frame requires extreme depth of field for all details to be sharp. Extreme depth of field generally requires a very narrow aperture, and a very narrow aperture generally results in a diffraction-softened image.

Focus bracketing solves this problem.

For this picture, the focal length that best composed the scene was first selected, and the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Tripod with an RRS BH-40 Ball Head was moved into a somewhat awkward position to lock the composition down. ISO 100 was selected for the least noise, f/11 was selected to gain a significant depth of field for each image (f/8 would have been a good alternative in hindsight), and the shutter speed, 1/10 sec., was selected for the final exposure brightness, just bright enough to cause minor overexposed highlights on the bridge (blinking during image review). The R5's "Focus bracketing" was enabled and the "Number of bracketed shots" was set to 15.

With the lens in AF mode, the focus spot was placed over the closest subject, the ornamental cabbage flower. When the shutter release was pressed using the 2-second self-timer mode, the camera took a series of images. While I selected 15 bracketed shots in the menu, the camera knew that only four were required for this scenario.

In Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP), the four RAW images were selected, and the Tools > Depth Compositing > Start depth compositing tool menu option was selected. The default settings were used to output a 16-bit TIFF file that only required minor adjustments unrelated to focus.

My wife thinks the cabbage is too big relative to the background elements, but moving into the street to capture a more distant view was not a good idea from a safety perspective, and that perspective would have resulted in sidewalk and other less attractive elements being included in the frame. Harder to argue against is that the flowers provide lots of color in the frame. Regardless, hopefully the ease of creating a focus bracketed image with the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 is illuminated.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/19/2020 7:10:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, October 17, 2020
Earlier this week (I just returned from leading a photo workshop in Acadia National Park and am catching up), DJI announced a pair of new gimbals:

DJI’s Ronin Series Grows Stronger, Lighter, and Smarter with New DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 Gimbals

Two Stabilization Systems Offer Reworked Designs and New Creative Functions to Become Workhorses for Filmmakers and Content Creators

October 14, 2020 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today expands the legacy of the highly popular and prestigious DJI Ronin series, by introducing the rebranded DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2. Redesigned and reimagined, both systems offer the filmmaking and content creation community an extremely robust, versatile, and professional 3-axis camera gimbal for their various needs. DJI RS 2 brings added strength and agility to creators using heavier camera systems such as DSLR and compact cinema cameras. At the same time, DJI RSC 2 was created to be more portable, meeting the needs of mirrorless and more compact camera operators.

“DJI’s first Ronin-S and the original Ronin-SC created so much excitement when they launched that we immediately went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make our products even better,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager. “Just like with the first version, we took time to research how our professional customers use their Ronin products and what new features they wanted in the next generation of a handheld gimbal. Yet again, the result is the culmination of user feedback, years of design and development, and significant advancements in stabilization technology. Now we are excited to showcase two new filmmaking tools designed to meet the needs of a wide array of filmmakers. From cinema cameras to mirrorless systems, we have a solution for you.”

DJI RS 2: Masterfully Crafted

Considering a tremendous amount of feedback from professional operators, DJI RS 2 incorporates carbon fiber in vital structural components, reducing weight down to 1.3 kg (2.86 lbs) while remaining highly durable. Pushing the innovation of single-handed gimbal technology even further, DJI RS 2 now supports a tested dynamic payload of 4.5 kg (10 lbs) for creators to use heavier camera and lens combinations while still achieving up to 12 hours of battery life. A new quick-charge function directly to the battery handle has been added for urgent situations, providing an extra two hours of battery life with just a 15-minute charge.

DJI RS 2 continues pushing gimbal technology forward with the ability to support heavier payloads while capturing ultra-smooth cinematic footage. Based on years of experience developing predictive technology, a newly optimized Titan Stabilization Algorithm reduces the need for manual user input while compensating for user movement and optimizing the gimbal tilt and angle. Additionally, a new SuperSmooth mode provides another level of camera stability, especially for compensating longer focal length lenses of up to 100mm.

Simple to set up, easy to operate, and highly customizable, DJI RS 2 was created to allow filmmakers to adapt their system to their filming needs while feeling confident it will easily integrate into their workflow. Axis locks enable easier transportation and balancing, while a dual-layer camera mounting plate is compatible with both the Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto standard. A fine-tune balancing knob allows for even more precise balancing of the camera payload. The built-in 1.4” color touchscreen can display camera data, gimbal settings, or a live feed from the camera. Supporting 11 different languages, the ultra-bright screen can also initiate key functions such as ActiveTrack and intelligent shooting modes. The built-in front dial above the trigger allows for precise focus control and complements a DJI Focus Wheel mounted on the RSA port to create two-channel focus and zoom[1]. DJI RS 2 also turns into a versatile tool that can be attached and used with other systems such as jibs, car attachments, and sliders. Two RSA ports double as NATO ports so that users can mount accessories and attachments such as grips and a remote controller.

DJI RSC 2: Filmmaking Unfolds

A completely new and portable folding design makes DJI RSC 2 easy for creators to carry everywhere without adding additional weight to the gear list. Additionally, the folding design provides creative ways to use the gimbal such as vertical filming without additional accessories, as well as a new Briefcase mode, where the main gimbal arm can be loosened and slung forward to provide unique shooting angles. Durable materials like steel are used on vital and frequently used components, while lightweight materials such as aluminum reduce overall weight. DJI RSC 2 weighs in at 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs), nearly 35% less than the original Ronin-S, and has a folding footprint of 180×190 mm, the same size as a sheet of A5 paper. The built-in battery offers an impressive 12 hours of battery life and – like DJI RS 2 – the new quick-charge function directly to the battery handle has been added for urgent situations.

DJI RSC 2 remains lightweight and portable, featuring stronger motors to support a tested payload of up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs). This increased dynamic payload supports popular mirrorless cameras along with heavier combinations like the Panasonic S1H and a 24-70mm lens. Using the same advanced technology as DJI RS 2, the newly optimized Titan Stabilization Algorithm generates a new level of stability – smoothing out fine details in conjunction with the motorized gimbal for some of the most advanced stabilization on the market. DJI RSC 2 is compatible with a wide array of camera models so users can get the most out of the system. Axis locks enable easier transportation and balancing, while a dual-layer camera mounting plate is compatible with both the Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto standard. A 1” built-in OLED screen displays camera data with the ability to adjust settings directly.

Multifaceted Gimbals Supported by an Advanced App and Accessories

DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 were designed to expand beyond single-handed stabilization into tools that can be customized with additional accessories to achieve the desired shot. These accessories include a cheese plate, Focus Wheel, 3D Focus System, Twist Grip Dual Handle, RavenEye Image Transmission System, Tethered Control Handle, counterweight systems, and more[2]. For remote operation, both DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2 can use ActiveTrack 3.0 when the RavenEye Image Transmission System is connected, sending a 1080p/30fps low-latency feed to a mobile device using the Ronin app from up to 200 meters away.

Vital features and functions can now be controlled and adjusted over long distances with the Ronin app such as gimbal movement using the virtual joystick and Force Mobile, where the gimbal mimics the mobile device’s movement. For solo operators using manual-focus lenses, the 3D Focus System uses state-of-the-art TOF sensors mounted above the camera to provide autofocus. This enables a single shooter to capture smooth and cinematic footage using a manual lens, without relying on a second camera operator or focus puller.

Pre-Programmed Movements and Features That Make Stories Come to Life

DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 expand on their predecessors’ suite of creative modes, movements, and features with tools to help capture content that stands out, including:

  • *New* Time Tunnel: The system performs a 360-degree roll while capturing a hyperlapse, adding a level of creativity to footage[3].
  • Flashlight: The system tilts the camera all the way forward so users can grip the base like a flashlight.
  • One-Tap Portrait Mode: The gimbal quickly orients the camera into vertical shooting for professional-level social media content.
  • Panorama: After configuring sensor and focal length, choose a start and stop point for panoramas up to gigapixel size.
  • Roll 360: The gimbal enters into the Flashlight position and rolls the camera system 360 degrees.
  • Timelapse: This classic feature shows subtle changes over durations of your choosing.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for both DJI RSC 2 and RS 2. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

Price and Availability

DJI RS 2 and DJI RS 2 are available for purchase today from authorized retailers and on www.store.dji.com. Each product offers purchase options for a standalone gimbal and a combination pack that includes additional accessories. The standalone DJI RS 2 is available for the retail price of $849 USD, and the standalone DJI RSC 2 is available at the retail price of $499 USD. The Pro Combo includes additional accessories such as a phone holder, Focus Motor, RavenEye Image Transmitter, dedicated carrying case, and more. The DJI RS 2 Pro Combo is priced at $999 USD, and the DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo is priced at $739 USD. Full details on this can be found below.

Orders

Order the DJI RS 2 and DJI RS 2 at B&H or Adorama.

Learn more at B&H Explora

[1] Compatibility varies by camera model. Please check the Ronin Series Compatibility Search at www.dji.com.

[2] The 3D Focus System will be available at a later date after launch.

[3] Time Tunnel for DJI RSC 2 will be available at a later date via firmware update.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 10/17/2020 3:44:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 15, 2020
Canon has released new versions of its Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility Picture Style Editor, and EOS Utility software.
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.13.10:

  • Supports EOS Kiss M2 / EOS M50 II.

Download: DPP 4.13.10, EOS Utility 3.13.10, and Picture Style Editor 1.25.00
 
(Thanks, Scott)

Post Date: 10/15/2020 3:07:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 14, 2020
From Canon:

IMPROVED EYE AUTOFOCUS PAIRED WITH NEW VIDEO AND STREAMING FUNCTIONS MAKE THE NEW CANON EOS M50 MARK II CAMERA A STRONG IMAGING TOOL FOR CONTENT CREATORS AND IMAGING STORYTELLERS

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Back

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 14, 2020 –– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M50 Mark II Interchangeable Lens Camera, the successor to the #1 selling mirrorless camera in the U.S. market – the EOS M50*. An all-in-one product for content creators with improved video features and autofocus capabilities, the EOS M50 Mark II is the latest, high-quality digital imaging camera in the notable EOS lineup.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Front Open

“Our customer base includes future content creators and imaging storytellers; it’s in our best interest to continuously provide high-quality products that are easy to use in the creative world of photography and video content creation, as well as streaming,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The EOS M50 Mark II continues to pave the way for photography and video enthusiasts to experience a lightweight interchangeable lens camera with many similar features as our full-frame professional mirrorless cameras.”

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Top

For the family who strives for high-quality output when capturing their precious moments or for the budding social media creator, the added and improved capabilities of the EOS M50 Mark II camera make the upgrade to an ILC extremely appealing. The new features include:

  • Improved autofocus including eye autofocus for stills and video
  • Vertical video shooting support
  • Vari-angle touchscreen LCD with newly added tap video record button and movie self-timer for better vlogging experience
  • High quality webcam capability, when used with compatible services, with the free EOS Webcam Utility software or Clean HDMI output
  • Wireless YouTube Live streaming capability**
  • The ability to tap the screen to auto focus on your subject while looking through the EVF, helping to control who the main focus of the image is

The EOS M50 Mark II camera is inclusive of many of the beloved features of its predecessor. Overall, the EOS M50 Mark II is a well-balanced package deal for those interested in both still photography and videography – including those with sparks of social media content creation, thanks to the 4K UHD 24p. Providing a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 8 image processor and built in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® technology, as well as access to image.canon cloud service for better workflow, the EOS M50 Mark II camera remains compact and a lightweight addition to your carry bag.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Back Open

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II camera is scheduled to be available in Late November 2020 at an estimated retail price of $599.99^ – body only, $699.99^ for the camera body plus EF-M 15-45mm lens kit and $929.99^ for the camera body plus EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M55-200mm double zoom lens kit.

Orders

B&H | Adorama

Canon EOS M50 Mark II White

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Flash Up

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* Source: The NPD Group, Inc. U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Mirrorless Detachable Lens Cameras, Based on camera family unit sales, Jan. 2020 - Aug. 2020 combined.

** The live streaming service available with this product is for live streaming on YouTube only. To use live streaming, you need to have an active YouTube account and an image.canon account. Please be aware that YouTube may change, stop, or terminate its services, including live streaming, at any time without notice. In accordance with YouTube’s "Restrictions on live streaming" users must have a minimum of 1,000 channel subscribers in order to live stream from a mobile device (including camera products with live streaming capability). For up-to-date information from YouTube on restrictions, please visit https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2853834?hl=en. Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party product or service, including live streaming.

^ Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Body

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:

PHOTOGRAPHERS: EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY AND VERSATILITY TO ANOTHER DIMENSION WITH NEW SPEEDLITE EL-1

Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash Back

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 14, 2020 –– As a photographer, the equipment you invest in needs to measure up to the standards you set forth as a creator. In the true spirit of exemplary creativity, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Speedlite EL-1. This new generation professional speedlight provides higher performance and reliability unlike ever before, in comparison to previous models, with a new rechargeable Li-ion battery and newly designed user-friendly interface.

Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash Kit

“As an extended form of expression, we understand that integrating a flash into your photography is an art form, and having the right equipment to meet your artistic demands is imperative to client service,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “We’re excited to bring the Speedlite EL-1 into our product catalog which continues to offer photographers, who are experts in their field, the right high-quality professional imaging tools of the trade.”

Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash Side

The Canon Speedlite EL-1 works seamlessly with EOS cameras and is ideal for any photographer who works in portrait, still-life, wedding or in-studio photography. It’s also a resourceful tool for those photographers who work for news agencies, red carpet events or entertainment reporters. Its durability and reliability are at the core of the newest features, which include:

  • A powerful rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack providing high speed recycle and increase in number of flashes while utilizing the Canon LC-E6 battery charger
  • An increased continuous firing number of approximately 170 thanks to a new active cooling system
  • Wireless second-curtain sync
  • New joystick, FE one-touch memory, LED modeling lamp and user interface display design
  • A high-durability Xenon glass flash tube to provide higher accuracy and durability of the flash head

Additionally, the Speedlite EL-1 provides an expanded power range for versatility of exposure with “micro flash” minimum flash output as low as 1/8192 power, a zoom flash head that covers a wide focal length range of 24-200mm, bounce angle expanded to 120° and the same level of weather-sealing comparable with the EOS-1D camera series. Also included are two color filters and a bounce adapter for additional lighting control making the EL-1 a strong addition to the evolving catalog of Canon Speedlite flashes.

Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash Rotate

Pricing and Availability

The Canon Speedlite EL-1 is scheduled to be available for in-store purchase in February 2021 at an estimated retail price of $1,099.00*.

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* Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Orders

B&H | Adorama

Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash Bounce

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:

CANON DEBUTS THE COMPANY’S FIRST-EVER, COMPACT TELEPHOTO MONOCULAR, THE POWERSHOT ZOOM

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Back Angle

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 14, 2020 –– Hiking, birdwatching and nature gazing, consumers are embracing the beauty of the outdoors this season and beyond. With this in mind, it is important to have a convenient and intuitive imaging tool to explore the world. Developed to showcase an impressive telephoto reach in a user friendly, compact design, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today launches the PowerShot ZOOM, the company’s first telephoto monocular.

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Back

The lightweight telephoto monocular sports 100mm, 400mm and 800mm telephoto viewing capability1 with a one-touch switch, and is equipped with impressive instant zoom capability to help users view distant subjects. Additionally, the monocular can capture images and videos to a micro SD card, and by pairing it with a compatible smart device2 and the Canon Camera Connect app3, these files can easily be downloaded. This pairing feature transforms the PowerShot ZOOM monocular into a friendly companion to compatible smartphones for viewing and capturing super-telephoto scenes.

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Top

"In today’s ever-changing world, consumers are looking for intuitive and portable imaging tools to view telephoto scenes up close and with ease,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Built for those users who enjoy outdoor activities, the PowerShot ZOOM monocular delivers a small, compact viewer with a long focal length. We are eager to see how consumers use this tool and the convenience it will add to their daily lives."

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Front

In addition to its zoom capability, compact size and ability to pair with compatible smartphones, the PowerShot ZOOM telephoto monocular also features:

  • Auto focus when viewing through the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and recording images and video with face tracking
  • Optical Image Stabilization for shake correction
  • 0.39 inches, 2.36 million dots EVF
  • 12-megapixel still-image capture
  • Full HD video capture up to 30p (29.97)
  • Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® connection with the Canon Camera Connect app and use of compatible mobile devices2
  • Live view and download of photos and videos with the use of the Canon Camera Connect app3
  • USB C terminal for charging and supplying power
  • Micro SD memory card slot

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Angle

Price & Availability

Available in white, the Canon PowerShot ZOOM compact telephoto monocular is scheduled to be available in late November 2020 for an estimated retail price of $299.99*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.

Orders

B&H | Adorama

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Door Open

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*Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 35mm film equivalent focal length. Both 100mm and 400mm uses optical lens and 800mm uses 2x digital zoom.

2 Compatible with iOS® versions 12.4/13.7, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 6.0/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1/9.0/10. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app.

3 This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app. Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen.or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.1 or later and the Camera Connect App Ver. 2.7.10. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.

Canon PowerShot Zoom Compact Monocular Kit

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 9, 2020
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Post Date: 10/9/2020 9:39:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 8, 2020
The day before my arrival, still late summer, Rocky Mountain National Park received a wintry weather blast that included a snowstorm. With a clearing storm forecasted for the next morning, heading to a high elevation mountain lake for a dramatic landscape image seemed the right plan. That excitement ended abruptly. Instead of an amazing set of landscape images, I was delivered dense cloud cover, continuous snow, and brutal winds.

However, the sunset conditions easily made up for the AM troubles. The wind became still, and the remaining clouds took on great color.

There are times in the field when you know that you are capturing an image that you will be excited about. This was one of those times. I quickly shot a variety of images from my rock perch, capturing bracketed exposures, varying the focal length, and fine-tuning the composition. This selected image was a single exposure captured at an extremely wide 12mm focal length, enabling the large rocks on the lower right side of the frame to be included along with the high clouds and their reflections. A fully-level camera keeps especially the trees on the left side of the frame straight.

What do I like least about this composition? The wide-angle focal length makes the distant mountain appear small in relation to the foreground. I decided that there was enough valuable supporting detail in the frame to offset that deficit (and I zoomed in to capture that image also).

Unknown to me this evening was that the snowstorm had cleaned the air of wildfire smoke and that this would be the last time I would see an even marginally photogenic sunrise or sunset for the duration of my time in Colorado.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/8/2020 1:01:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I'll start by saying, "in-depth" is relative in this case. The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens are two of the best telephoto zoom lenses ever made. As long as the lens will mount on your camera (the RF lens requires a Canon EOS R-series camera), there is no bad choice to be made here. Overall, these lenses are similar in so many regards that it is a stretch to create an "in-depth" comparison.

Let's start by looking at the name. Obvious is that the RF lens has a considerably longer focal length range. The 400mm vs. 500mm difference is illustrated in the RF 100-500mm Lens review. The 500mm focal length is very noticeably longer than the 400mm focal length, and I can think of no reason to not prefer the longer range. That is, no reason as long as the maximum aperture remains similar at 400mm.

We know from the name that the RF 100-500's max aperture is narrower at the 500mm end, and the unusually narrow to-f/7.1 spec gives us pause. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system in Canon's R-series cameras autofocus lenses with narrow apertures very adequately, making very narrow openings quite usable, but we still want to know if the aperture opening size was being sacrificed at the 400mm focal length to keep this lens compact and light.

What is the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens's maximum aperture opening at 400mm? The early answers were:

Answer 1: When the camera is set to 1/3-stop increments, the maximum 400mm aperture reported to the camera is rounded to f/6.3.

Answer 2: When the camera is set to 1/2-stop increments, the maximum 400mm aperture reported to the camera is rounded to f/5.6.

While the max aperture does not change in these modes, the rounding of the actual opening size does, and the true aperture is likely between these two numbers, holds for only a short range of focal lengths, and the 1/3-stop difference in noise made visible by an offsetting 1/3-stop ISO change will matter to few. For the RF lens, Adobe software says that 400mm is f/6.2 (and that 500mm is 7.0).

Here is a comparative look at the max aperture step-down by focal length for these two lenses:

Modelf/4.5f/5.0f/5.6f/6.3f/7.1
Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II100-134mm135-311mm312-400mm  
Canon RF 100-500mm L IS100-150mm151-253mm254-362mm363-471mm472-500mm

While the RF 100-500 holds f/4.5 modestly deeper into the focal length range, the EF 100-400 L II holds a modest advantage at the longer focal lengths. Still, the differences are minor.

Back to the focal length range available: both lenses accept extenders, enabling the native focal length range to be significantly lengthened. Noteworthy is that the RF lens will not zoom wider than the marked 300mm native focal length while an extender is mounted. Extenders are primarily used for obtaining a focal length not native to the lens, meaning the 300mm wide end limitation is not important. The RF 100-500 better avoids the need for extender use, but being able to zoom out is sometimes helpful when an extender is mounted, such as when finding a subject in the viewfinder, and being able to fully zoom out makes the lens significantly more compact. Very noticeable is that the 100-500 range can be extended substantially longer than the 100-400mm range, up to 1000mm vs. 800mm. The max aperture of 500mm with extenders becomes rather narrow, though as we just looked at, the difference at the equalized 400mm focal length is minor.

Let's look at the image quality comparison next. The RF lens has less lateral CA in the periphery at 100mm and might be slightly sharper at this focal length at f/4.5. That is the only even somewhat noteworthy difference I see in the shared focal length range. Comparing the image quality from these two lenses at f/8 will hurt your eyes.

Of high interest to many of us is the RF 100-500mm lens at 500mm vs. EF 100-400mm with 1.4x at 560mm comparison. In this comparison, the RF lens is sharper, especially in the center of the frame. The EF lens leapfrogs the RF lens focal length, but the RF lens has a wider aperture. Mount 1.4x extenders behind both lenses and the EF lens appears to hold a very slight edge. Keep in mind that the comparison is now 700mm f/10 vs. 560mm f/8, not especially apples-to-apples. I'm not a fan of the 2x extender behind either of these lenses, but they perform very similarly in the 1000mm vs. 800mm comparison.

The RF lens shows fewer flare effects in our testing (having one less lens element is likely advantageous) and has modestly more peripheral shading with a wide-open aperture at 100 and 200mm.

Looking at specs and measurements, the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens vs. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens comparison shows the RF lens slightly longer and noticeably lighter.

As illustrated in the image included with this article, today's length equation is:

EOS R5 + Canon RF 100-500mm L IS Lens = Canon EOS 5Ds R + Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II Lens

The EOS R5's extended viewfinder rises modestly higher than the 5Ds R's viewfinder, but this increase is advantageous in use.

Let's change the RF vs. EF equation to weights:

In ounces: (26.0 + 48.2) - (32.8 + 56.1) = 74.2 - 88.9 = -14.7 oz

In grams: (738 + 1,365) - (930 + 1,590) = 2,103 - 2,520 = -417g

Overall, the RF lens and R camera combination gives us an additional 100mm of focal length range in a similar-sized package that weighs nearly a pound (over .4 kg) less. Primarily, this line summarizes the significant differences between these lenses.

The RF lens has a control ring, providing additional functionality. The EF lens requires a Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R to mount on an R-series camera, and an adapter with a control ring is available to equalize this difference. With the RF lens control ring positioned where the EF lens's switches are located, the RF lens switches required a move and are now located between the zoom torque adjustment ring and the focus ring. The RF lens focus ring and zoom rings are modestly smaller in length, and the focus distance window is omitted on RF lenses.

The EF lens tripod foot is removable (and has a lower profile), while the RF lens's entire tripod ring is removable. I prefer the RF design for stability.

The RF lens has a slightly higher maximum magnification (0.33x vs. 0.31x), but both lenses have a great capability in this regard. The RF lens's image stabilization system is rated at 5-stops vs. the EF lens's 4-stop rating.

The RF lens paint color is whiter (the new white) than the EF lens's color, and RF lens hood is primarily white, while the EF lens hood is black. The RF lens zoom torque adjustment ring is now fully ribbed, and the RF lens barrel holds a more constant diameter over its length. Both lenses are well-built and fast-focusing.

The RF lens costs more, but neither lens is inexpensive. If paying this much, the difference is relatively small. Factor in the cost for an adapter for the EF lens to mount on an R-series camera, and the net difference is even less.

Order the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Reviews
Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/7/2020 10:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review.

Simply outstanding lens.

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (at B&H, I use this card exclusively)

Rent the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/6/2020 9:56:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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