Rumours of a mirrorless 1DX level body have been around for a while. Since before the 1DX Mark III development was even announced, actually. But now according to a new report on Canon Rumors, it looks like it might actually be on the cards for 2021. They say that Canon “will definitely be announcing an […]
According to Fujitsu, Canon Inc. has just placed an order for one of its ultra-powerful PRIMEHPC FX1000 supercomputers with the goal of turning their product development cycle into a “no-prototype” affair where things like impact, functionality, and airflow tests can be run on CAD designs instead of real products.
It’s no mystery that, thanks in large part to its deep coffers, Sony has taken a very aggressive stance on research and development in the camera sector. For several years, it seemed like you couldn’t go three months without a new alpha-series full-frame or APS-C camera being announced, each one at least a little bit (and often a lot) better than the last.
How established camera makers like Canon and Nikon would try to keep up has been an open question, but for Canon, part of the answer seems is the adoption of a “no-prototype” product development process that will be helped along by a Fujitsu supercomputer.
According to the press release, once it’s arrived at Canon headquarters, the FX1000 “will play a key role in contributing to Canon’s initiative of ‘no-prototype’ product development, delivering enhanced capabilities and scope of applicability of analysis in Canon’s product development process.”
In practice, that means using 3D CAD designs and putting them through detailed simulations to answer questions about everything from functionality, to “impact analysis” from drop testing, to ease-of-manufacturing without actually having to build a prototype. Notably, the system will also work for “airflow analysis”… which might help Canon with some of its overheating concerns.
Canon has previously relied on older Fujitsu supercomputers (the FX10 and FX100) to do some of this work, but the FX1000 will hopefully make “no-prototype product development” a reality by throwing a lot more computing power into the mix. The goal is to have the system operational in the first half of 2021. As for whether or not it’ll have any real world impact on how quickly Canon can design, test, and launch cameras—as opposed to, say, printers—remains to be seen.
The RED KOMODO still hasn’t started shipping to the general public, but there are already quite a few cameras out in the wild that have been in the hands of what RED describes as ‘Beta Testers’ for several months now. For anyone who happens to have a white Stormtrooper version of the KOMODO, SmallHD has … Continued
Tamron has officially announced the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD, a budget-priced telephoto zoom for full-frame Sony E mount cameras. Tamron has tried to keep the size and weight of the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD to aminium. The lens tips the scales at 545g (19.2 oz). It is also just 5.8″ (14.7cm) long. This … Continued
New Broadcast Lens Features a Powerful 20x Zoom, Built-In 2x Extender and an Advanced Digital Drive Unit
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 24, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a remarkable new addition to its UHDxs series of 4K UHD broadcast portable lenses: the CJ20ex5B. Within this category of portable lenses, Canon presently has two models that are very wide-angle (4.3mm at their wide end) and four models that are telephoto (and consequently constrained in their wide-angle settings). Between these two groupings, Canon applied the latest in contemporary optical design technologies to empower the creation of a dynamic and versatile new lens that would simultaneously extend both extremes of the focal range – a wide 5mm and a telephoto 100mm – a game-changing focal range that is tailor-made for coverage of modest-sized sports venues such as basketball, boxing and more. Documentary capture and newsgathering will also be further empowered.
Canon CJ20ex5B UHDxs Portable Zoom Lens
“As the demand for high-quality 4K UHD lenses for sports and newsgathering continues to grow, Canon strives to develop and implement the best possible optical design technologies to meet the needs of end-users,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The new CJ20ex5B lens provides the optical excellence that makes Canon a leader in broadcast lenses, and helps to round out a seamless lineup of 4K UHD portable broadcast lenses. We look forward to seeing the multitude of ways professionals will use this versatile lens.”
The new lens, which is designed to be used with broadcast cameras that have 2/3-inch sensors, delivers outstanding 4K UHD image quality in a lightweight (4.76 lbs.) and compact form factor (9.9 inches long) that empowers agility in shooting. The lens also features a built-in 2x extender that can expand the zoom range up to 200mm. The ergonomics and digital servo operational controls of the lens are similar to Canon’s current lineup of portable zoom lenses, providing users with maximum mobility in a variety of shooting situations.
The CJ20ex5B lens achieves a high-level 4K UHD performance across the entire zoom range thanks to Canon’s proprietary optical design technology and coatings, which incorporate materials such as UD and Super-UD lens elements, and a fluorite coating, that help to reduce chromatic aberration and minimize ghosting and flaring. Focusing fluctuation has also been decreased due to an improved inner focusing system that improves resolution in the periphery areas of the screen. In addition, the lens supports the wide color gamut approved by the ITU-R BT.2020 UHD broadcasting standard – all features that are essential to HDR/WCG imaging.
The CJ20ex5B lens also boasts enhanced operational control over its previous models. The quick power-on button allows the value encoder to initialize at the same time the lens is turned on, enabling users to operate the lens more quickly. The lens also features an on-board display that provides users with the ability to access and adjust various settings rapidly. It is also compatible with Canon’s recently announced G-Series zoom and focus controllers, which deliver increased control of zoom and focus speeds and range.
The Canon CJ20ex5B 4K UHD Portable Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available early in 2021.* For more information about the CJ20ex5B, and Canon’s complete line of innovative broadcast lenses, please visit usa.canon.com/broadcast.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $33 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2019† and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2020. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
* Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
The First Cinema EOS Camera with an RF Mount, this New Compact and Lightweight Model Features a Super 35mm Dual Gain Output (DGO) Sensor, DIGIC DV7 Image Processor, Still Camera Ergonomics and 16+ Stops of Total Dynamic Range
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 24, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company’s first-ever RF mount Cinema EOS camera, the EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera. When the Canon RF mount was first introduced, imaging professionals began to dream about the possibilities that this revolutionary mount system might provide them. One request that Canon consistently heard was to put an RF mount on a Cinema EOS camera so that future lens performance could capitalize on the short flange depth. Just two short years later, those wishes have come true with the new C70 camera.
Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera
The unique design of the EOS C70 camera puts a significant emphasis on operational convenience for the end-user. The small form-factor, weighing only 2.6lbs., allows the camera to be easily handheld and dramatically enhances a videographer’s mobility, providing a seamless bridge between the EOS and Cinema EOS families for cinematic applications. Cleverly designed, the camera features a slim, motorized ND filter unit – having a mere 6mm depth – that is built into the short flange back of the RF mount. The motorized 10-stop ND filter provides users with the flexibility to control exposure while keeping the desired depth-of-field and capturing images that feature the desired level of bokeh. Thirteen customizable buttons allow users to select from more than 80 functions to be assigned based on individual preferences.
“The Canon EOS C70 camera is truly a special tool that will undoubtedly satisfy and delight a variety of users on the search for a high-powered piece of video equipment,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “In today’s fast-moving, ever-changing world of filmmaking and content creation, versatility is key, and the EOS C70 will provide a familiar form and feature set to our entire spectrum of imaging customers. We are eager to see how creatives use this tool and the projects that come from it.”
The camera features Canon’s innovative and next-generation Super 35mm DGO Sensor that further extends the high dynamic range and lowers noise levels by reading out each photodiode with two different gains. One gain prioritizes saturation – protecting detail in highlight areas – while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with up to 16-plus stops of total dynamic range, clean, rich shadows, and vibrant highlights in up to 4K/ 60p or 2K/120p in Super16mm Crop mode. The EOS C70 camera also features Canon’s recently developed DIGIC DV7 image processor that collects the extensive information captured from the DGO sensor and processes it into exceptional HDR imagery while offering choices between Canon Log 2 and 3, in addition to PQ and HLG gamma functionality. The C70 camera can also record 4K DCI or UHD up to 120fps and 2K DCI or HD up to 180 fps – with an important flexibility in the choice of codecs.
The camera supports XF-AVC format (in variable bit-rate) – both Intra and Long GOP with MXF file format. The intra-frame format compresses the data after analyzing each frame separately, while Long GOP format compresses data at a higher rate, creating an even smaller file size. A secondary choice is Long GOP 10-bit 4:2:2/4:2:0 MP4/HEVC (a next-generation HDR video recording compression standard) with an MP4 file format – a first in the Cinema EOS line.
The camera’s independent air intake system is separated from the electrical systems to protect the sensor from water, sand, and dust. In addition, the camera also features two air outlet vents that allow uninterrupted recording for extended periods of time.
Additional features of the Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera include:
New Direct Touch Menu System
Coordinated Electronic Image Stabilization
Two built-in Mini XLR inputs
Time-code input/output terminal
Custom picture processing via import of 3D LUTs and recording to Look Files
Dual-SD card slots
Built-in stereo mic
Support for optional Canon RC-V100 remote control
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x
The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is a new optical adapter that allows users to tap into Canon’s extensive collection of superb full-frame EF lenses when operating the EOS C70 camera. The adapter implements two critically important functions – preserving the similar FF wide angle image onto the 4K Super 35mm image sensor while simultaneously elevating the lens camera sensitivity by one stop. The mount adapter preserves full electronic communication between the lens and camera, enabling optical lens corrections and transfer of lens metadata between the EOS C70 camera and select Canon EF lenses*.
Price & Availability
The Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2020 for an estimated retail price of $5499.00. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is scheduled to be available in December 2020 for an estimated retail price of $599.99**. For more information please visit cinemaeos.usa.canon.com.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $33 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2019† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2020. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
* Compatible EF lenses are EF16-35mm F2.8L III USM, EF24-70mm F2.8L II USM and EF24-105mm F4L IS II USM. As of September 24, 2020. Firmware update provided free of charge, compatibility will be added for additional EF lenses in the future. Even if you do not update the firmware, you can use the EF lens, but it is recommended to use the firmware update in order to effectively use the function linked with the camera.
** Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Today, Tamron has announced its latest full-frame E-mount lens, the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD. Not only is it quite thrifty at $549, it’s also the smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens available for the Sony mount.
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