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Thursday, 30 July 2015

See the unseen: video camera captures colour images at ISO 4,000,000



ME20F-SH Key features:
·         Ultra low-light performance at ISO 4 million
·         High quality Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output
·         Flexible control with auto and custom settings
·         Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses
·         Remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters possible
·         Small and lightweight for ease of integration

Canon has announced the the ME20F-SH, a professional multi-purpose video camera capable of capturing full colour images in extremely low-light environments. Boasting an industry leading unrivalled maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75dB), the ME20F-SH is designed to be as small as possible whilst delivering high quality professional grade Full HD footage.

Supporting image capture in situations where it previously would not have been possible, the ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of night-time wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with remote control operability, also means that for documentary and natural history filmmakers, long term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing. 

First class infrared capability
Capturing video in low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination, a technique that traditionally only yields footage in black and white. The ME20F-SH however, achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of colour Full HD video with reduced noise, even in low-light conditions and without the need for infrared illumination.

Exceptionally high sensitivity
Designed to be used in situations where ambient light levels are extremely low, the ME20F-SH features a newly developed Full Frame 35mm with 2.26 MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC DV4 processor. The sensors pixels and readout circuitry use Canons proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity, allowing you to capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. Similar to Canons Cinema EOS cameras, the ME20F-SH includes Canon Log and Wide DR settings, which enable a wide dynamic range (800%), delivering high-quality results across a variety of ambient lighting conditions, without the need for supplemental lighting.

Connectivity
The ME20F-SH offers several options with regard to connectivity to external third party devices for recording or remote viewing purposes, and is also compatible with Canons RC-V100 for full remote control over the camera.

Enabling a wide range of imaging possibilities
The new ME20F-SH employs Canons EF mount with Cinema Lock, as found on the Cinema EOS C500, allowing users to take advantage of the companys extensive lineup of interchangeable lenses. By enabling operators to select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, the multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide range of shooting possibilities.

Price and availability
Canon UK has not announced price or availability, but a Canon USA press release says that the ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000. Due to the specialist nature and demand for this product, the ME20F-SH will only be available to selected partners.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Firmware update 1.0.1 for EOS M3

Firmware Version 1.0.1 for the EOS M3 improves the autofocus speed of an EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM attached to the EOS M3 (mount adapter EF-EOS M is required). 



Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Canon celebrates production of 110 million EF lenses

Canon has announced a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of their 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens on 22 June 2015 - an EF 11-24mm f4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom.

Production of Canon’s interchangeable EF lenses began in 1987 at the Utsunomiya Plant, when the series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system. Since then the global demand for Canon’s EOS products and lenses has continued to gather pace and garner support from a wide range of users. In order to meet demand, production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan. The EF lens series line-up currently comprises a total of 71 models - including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography. 





Canon unveils the Speedlite 430EX III-RT

Canon has expanded the EOS system with the introduction of the Speedlite 430EX III-RT, which replaces the Speedlite 430EX II. It provides a collection of advanced features, including integrated radio control, opening up a world of creative lighting options for enthusiast and professional EOS photographers alike.
 
The new unit is Canon’s most capable mid-range Speedlite flash to date. A maximum guide number of 43 (metres, ISO 100) provides enough power to light subjects in a wide range of conditions. With a lens coverage range from 24mm to 105mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter, the Speedlite offers a wide or narrow spread of light which is controllable by the user.

The Speedlite 430EX III-RT enables users to experiment with off-camera lighting set-ups, working alongside Canon’s existing radio or optical wireless flash control systems as a master or slave. Also compatible with cameras that feature an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, including the EOS 7D, 60D, 70D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D and 760D, the new Speedlite can be used as an off-camera flash with output and power controllable from the camera menu.

The Speedlite 430EX III-RT joins Canon’s flexible Radio Transmitter (RT) system, providing users with the flexibility to control up to five groups of RT flashes with up to 15 flashes per group, at distances of up to 30 metres away. The 430EX III-RT can also be controlled by Canon’s ST-E3-RT or Speedlite 600EX-RT units, further expanding the available options for professionals and enthusiasts.

Reduced in size compared to its predecessor, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a portable additional source of light and offers faster and silent power recycling – ensuring the flash is discreet and always ready for the next shot. Additionally, the bounce adapter allows for a softer spread of light from the flash, perfect for shooting indoors when a more natural, flattering light is required.

An integrated orange colour filter allows users to match or contrast the colour of the flash light with the light sources around them, while a built-in catch-light panel provides the opportunity to add a sparkle of light to the eyes and bring portraits to life. 

Also featured is a new and enhanced illuminated dot matrix LCD display, which provides easy control over every aspect of the flash. A multi-control dial provides shortcuts to the main functionality.
 
Pricing and availability
The Speedlite 430EX III-RT will be available from July 2015 with an SRP of £249.99/€349.99.


Canon at Birdfair 2015

Canon will be in Rutland, Leicestershire, from the 21 to the 23 August 2015, at Birdfair 2015. They will have the latest EF lenses for capturing birds in flight and you will be able to get hands-on with the full EOS line-up.

One-day admission tickets cost £13.50. For further information go to:


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Digital Photo Professional version 4.3

Canon has released an updated version of Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP 4) RAW processing software. This expands the support to include the EOS 1200D, 60Da, 60D, M2 and M.

The new update – version 4.3.0 – also incorporates two critical fixes, including a phenomenon in which the picture style set on the camera is not transferred to Digital Photo Professional properly and a phenomenon in which the copy and paste command using keyboard shortcuts cannot be used for the folder name.

Key features
•  Faster, real-time adjustments
•  Improved RAW file workflow
•  Better, more approachable user interfaces
•  Compatible with 64-bit native environments
•  Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts
•  Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality
•  Improved shadow recovery function
•  Support for movie playback
•  Auto Lighting Optimiser can be applied to JPEG images
•  Better integration with EOS Utility 3 software

Supported cameras are the EOS-1D Mark IV, 1D X, 1D C, 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 60D, 60Da, 70D, 100D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 1200D, M, M2, M3

You can download the software updates by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA




Thursday, 2 July 2015

EOS magazine in merger to provide one-stop resource for EOS enthusiasts

Robert Scott Publishing, the owner of EOS magazine, has joined forces with the EOS Training Academy. By adding the Academy to its existing range of EOS activities, the company now provides a unique one-stop solution for keen photographers wanting to learn how to use their Canon EOS camera, lenses and accessories for the best results.

The EOS Training Academy provides practical courses and one-day workshops for EOS photographers. Combined with EOS magazine’s existing classroom-based programme, this will broaden the reach and accessibility of EOS-specific training within the UK. The extended programme will offer in excess of 100 courses and events in 2016, from camera-specific workshops to practical events at varied locations.

Alongside the workshop programme sits the EOS Online Training Academy, a subscription-based video streaming service which currently features over 320 video tutorials. First launched in January 2014, this library of EOS-specific training modules offers photographers worldwide the opportunity to learn about their camera and photography from the comfort of their own homes and at their own pace.

Nina Bailey and Brian Hall, the founders of the EOS Training Academy, are former Canon UK employees with extensive knowledge and experience of the Canon EOS system. Both are joining the management team at Robert Scott Publishing. Nina, who will also become Technical Editor of EOS magazine, will bring her extensive training and writing skills to the expanded organisation. Brian will be able to use his considerable experience at board level in the imaging industry to help develop the new combined business.

For more information contact Claire Barrett, Marketing Director, on 01869 331741 or email claire@rspl.eu

Launched in 1993, EOS magazine is the publication for Canon EOS owners wanting to get in-depth information to take their photography to the next level. The magazine focuses on the EOS system, showing its readers how to use the equipment they have to get the results they want. EOS magazine is published every three months and is available in print, digital and as dedicated apps for iOS, Android and Kindle.


EOS magazine and the EOS Training Academy are trading names of Robert Scott Publishing Limited, a company registered in England and Wales. Registration number 4663971.



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Recommended lenses for EOS 5DS and 5DS R

Which EF lenses are good enough to match the 50.6 megapixel resolving power of the EOS 5DS and 5DS R sensor?

The designers of Canon lenses have obviously been aware of this high-resolution sensor for some time. Canon says that EF lenses introduced since the second half of 2013 will give maximum performance with the new cameras. 

Canon has been testing other lenses in its range and has now published a list of lenses which offer the required resolution. You will find details here (scroll down until you reach the heading 'Recommended lenses'):


Of course, any EF lens will fit the new cameras, but the results might not match the performance of the latest lenses.


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