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Monday, 23 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III quality issue announcement

When the LCD panel of some EOS 5D Mark III cameras illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change.

The affected cameras are those where the sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2.
For example, 'xxxxx1xxxxxx' or 'xxxxx2xxxxxx' (x represents any optional number)

If you feel that the problem might affect your photography, you can have your camera inspected and repaired free of charge after 10 May 2012. Contact an authorised Canon Service Centre for details.



Saturday, 21 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III shipments delayed

Canon UK is holding back further shipments of the EOS 5D Mark III camera until the light leak issue (see below, 14 April) has been resolved.



Wednesday, 18 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III firmware version 1.1.2

Firmware Version 1.1.2 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera's power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre



Monday, 16 April 2012

Canon wins six honours at the 2012 TIPA Awards

Canon has been awarded six separate honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – Europe’s leading photo imaging and press association. Designed to recognise the best products launched in the preceding year, the TIPA Awards are considered the most coveted imaging honours worldwide.

Comprising editors from leading photography titles worldwide, the TIPA panel meets annually to discuss the latest products, taking everything from innovation to design and overall product quality into account. The panel selects and acknowledges the outstanding imaging products from the previous 12 month period, and this year awarded accolades to the following Canon products:

Best DSLR Professional: Canon EOS-1D X
Best Expert Compact Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM fisheye
Best Multifunction Photo Printer: Canon PIXMA MG8250
Best Video DSLR: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Best Professional Videocamera: Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera

For more information visit http://www.tipa.com


Saturday, 14 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III exposure issue in low light

Canon has confirmed that, in extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel of the EOS 5D Mark III illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.

The company is investigating the problem.


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Revised on sale dates for EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm lens

Canon has revised its revised on sales dates for the  EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens. This is due to a delay to the start of mass production.

The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012. The EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will be available to buy from early July 2012.


Canon to expand EF Cinema Lens series with four compact, lighter, low-cost 4k models

Canon is developing four new digital cinematography zoom lenses, as the company expands its EF Cinema Lens range to provide greater creative options for video professionals. Joining the seven high-end lenses announced in 2011, the new models support 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolutions and will be smaller, lighter and more compact – offering outstanding mobility and quality. Available with both EF and PL mounts, the lenses will also be available at competitive prices, offering premium performance to a wider range of users.

The expanded EF Cinema Lens series will include two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), alongside two telephoto cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL). Ideal for use with next-generation 4K cinema cameras, the new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories.

Availability:
The CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount), CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount) will be available from September 2012.


Canon announces development of digital cinema camera supporting 4K video capture

Canon is developing a new digital cinema camera capable of recording 4K-resolution (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) video. Targeting both the motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 will offer 4K RAW output and will be available with Canon’s EF mount and the industry-standard PL mount.

In November 2011 Canon announced the EOS C300 – the first camera in the Cinema EOS System, marking the company’s entry into the motion-picture and digital production market. Highly acclaimed by video professionals since launch, the EOS C300 offers exceptional video quality performance, outstanding mobility, durability and expandability, thanks to its modular design and its compatibility with Canon’s range of EF and EF Cinema Lenses. The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will be based on the same advanced platform, adding support for 4K RAW video capture, and 4:4:4 sampling during 2K capture.

Supporting next-generation 4K-resolution video capture and RAW data output, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will achieve exceptional video results without any loss in quality. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output will unleash the full potential of Canon’s premium range of EF Cinema Lenses, combining with Canon Log Gamma, which delivers the high-quality video and wide exposure latitude required by digital cinematographers.

Pricing & availability:
The EOS C500 will be available from Q4 2012, priced at £20,000 / €24,600 RRP inc VAT.


Canon expands Cinema EOS System with new EOS-1D C

Canon has announced the introduction of the new EOS-1D C, a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera targeting the motion picture, television and high-resolution production industries. Delivering outstanding video quality, advanced low light performance and film-like dynamic range, the compact and lightweight EOS-1D C supports in-camera 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling, offering greater creative freedom for video professionals.

The first SLR camera of its kind, the EOS-1D C offers a unique and highly portable package optimised for high-quality video recording. Advanced creative flexibility is provided with support for a range of resolutions and variable frame rates. 4K video is recorded using 8-bit Motion JPEG compression at 24p, and Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture is available at frame rates up to 1080/60p. The camera supports internal recording to CF cards at all resolutions up to and including 4K, offering enhanced mobility. Video can also be output to external recorders (excluding 4K video) via an integrated HDMI terminal using an uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal.

The EOS-1D C also features Canon Log Gamma, which facilitates the capture of high-quality video rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range. Ideal for video professionals who want to retain the maximum amount of information without huge file sizes, Canon Log Gamma offers a dynamic range uniquely comparable to film, minimising shadow-detail loss and highlight-detail loss to provide greater grading freedom for colourists in post-production.

Key features:
4k movies
1080p at 50/60fps; Canon Log Gamma
Uncompressed HDMI output
18 MP Full Frame CMOS
Up to 12fps stills; 14fps mode
61 point AF system
ISO range 100-25600
Dual DIGIC 5+ processors
Clear View II 8.1cm (3.2”) LCD
EF lens compatible

Pricing & availability:
The EOS-1D C will be available from October 2012, priced at £10,000 / €12,300 RRP inc VAT.


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26

Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26 is  available.

- Supports images taken with EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X.
- Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
- The digital lens optimizer function has been added.
- The multiple image composition and HDR tools have been added.
- Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when processing RAW images, the original image characteristics could not be obtained.
- Fixes a malfunction that occurs when using the quick check tool to check a large volume of images.
- Now supports the following new lenses.
EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM
EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM
EF 500mm F4L IS II USM
EF 600mm F4L IS II USM

>> Canon Download Centre




Abnormal noise with EOS 5D Mark III and some lenses

When the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera is used with the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses, with the Image Stabilizer switch on the lenses set to 'on', an abnormal noise may occur. This noise does not affect captured images.

Canon is investigating the cause and examining countermeasures to correct this phenomenon.



Tuesday, 3 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III and DPP v. 3.11.10

Canon has identified an issue that prevents users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III from processing their RAW format images when using Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.10, the RAW image development software that is bundled with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Ther company will shortly release an update for Digital Photo Professional which will address this issue. The update will be released in mid-April.


Star gazing with the EOS 60Da

Canon has expanded the EOS series with the launch of the EOS 60Da – a high resolution digital SLR designed for astrophotography.  Based on the specifications of the EOS 60D and succeeding the EOS 20Da, the EOS 60Da is designed to capture rich red colours produced by emission nebulae, with a modified low pass filter that makes it more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha (Há) wavelengths of light.

The EOS 60Da is ideal for shooting astronomical phenomena such as diffuse nebulae – a favourite among astrophotographers due to the distinct red colour caused by the ionisation of hydrogen. In a standard DSLR, an infrared (IR) filter limits the amount of Há light that passes through to the camera sensor, reducing the transmission of red signals to prevent unwanted colour artefacts in the final image. However the EOS 60Da features a new modified filter that offers three times more transparency for Há light than the EOS 60D, combined with an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processing and a high ISO range to capture crisp, clear images of red-coloured emission nebulae.

The EOS 60Da provides astrophotographers with high performance and creative flexibility. Its 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is ideal for capturing rich detail in star clusters, and advanced performance at high ISO speeds up to ISO 6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800) ensures images are low in noise, reducing the need for longer exposures and star tracker mounts. Working alongside powerful 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing, the sensor also provides excellent signal-to-noise ratio in final output data, producing pictures that are rich in natural colour with smooth tonal gradations – ideal for capturing the subtle colour transitions of interstellar gas clouds, for example.

Utilising the advanced ergonomics of the EOS 60D, the EOS 60Da has been designed to be comfortable to hold and highly customisable. A curved shape features an easy-to-reach button layout, with frequent controls grouped together for easy access. Controls can be easily adjusted and reassigned to suit each user’s individual requirements, and a top LCD screen with backlight illumination provides additional flexibility to monitor and adjust image parameters mid-shoot. A dedicated Quick Control button also provides instant and convenient access to the full range of camera settings during shooting.

The EOS 60Da also features a 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD screen and Live View support – ideal for composing shots using a tripod. The screen’s Vari-angle hinge provides flexibility, while Live View mode provides convenient, precision control, allowing photographers to finely adjust composition and camera settings. The LCD’s fine 1,040k-dot resolution also provides exceptional levels of on-screen detail during and after shooting, allowing astrophotographers to compose and review their shots with confidence.

Key features
Enhanced sensitivity to IR light
18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen
ISO 100-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800)
Time-lapse shooting with EOS Utility or optional Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 60Da is available from June 2012, priced at £1,174.99/€1,399.00 RRP incl. VAT.


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