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Thursday, 25 August 2016

EOS 5D Mark IV arrives

The eagerly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, the newest addition to the EOS 5D family, has been announced.

A successor to the EOS 5D Mark III, the camera has been designed using first-hand feedback from the photographic community. Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high-speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the camera combines speed and resolution with excellent low light capability and movie functionality.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to premiere the innovative Dual Pixel RAW file format, allowing photographers to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting.

The devil is in the detail 

The EOS 5D Mark IV features Canon’s brand new full-frame 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, delivering images that are packed with detail, even in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows. With an ISO range of 100 to 32000, expandable from 50 up to 102400, images can be captured in an array of lighting environments. The enhanced noise processing algorithm further improves low light shooting, ideal for photojournalists who need to capture breaking stories no matter what lighting conditions they face.

Tracking faces and colour of fast moving subjects is easy with the camera’s 61-point wide area reticular AF system. The 61-points / 41 cross-type AF points cover an expanded sensor area and provide the ability to focus even under moonlight at EV -3 in viewfinder shooting mode, or EV -4 in Live View mode.

The EOS 5D Mark IV enables you to use extenders with all telephoto lenses for f8 AF with all 61 points, including 21 cross type for even greater precision. The high-resolution 3.2-inch LCD with full touch panel operation across all menus is combined with a new AF ‘Area Selection’ button providing quick AF point selection. Additionally, the camera features an advanced 150K RGB+IR metering sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 6 processor for accurate exposures and precise subject detection and tracking.

A need for speed

Designed to respond in an instant and never miss a shot, high-speed readout technologies and DIGIC 6+ processor mean you can shoot at 7 fps at full resolution, with full AF/AE tracking. Up to 21 RAW images or unlimited JPEGs can be captured in a single burst. The camera features ‘Silent Single’ and ‘Silent Continuous’ modes, offering shooting with minimal noise.

Take the jump to 4K movie-making

With the EOS 5D Mark IV, 4K movie-making is open to anyone who wants to use the power of video to tell the bigger picture. It features DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 30/25/24 fps shooting and provides the ability to extract 8.8MP JPEG images from 4K videos, making it a great companion for those wanting to switch easily from video to stills. Delivering quality footage has never been more important with streaming services increasingly demanding content be shot using the latest technology in the field. The EOS 5D Mark IV brings this advancement in the form of a video DSLR with internal 4K, 120p HD, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, time lapse movie and new HDR movie mode.

Enhanced operability and connectivity

Packed with a range of new and refined features requested by Canon’s professional community, the EOS 5D Mark IV provides unrivalled flexibility in connectivity. Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote operation and secure file transfer (FTPS/FTP) via smart devices using the Canon Camera Connect app, and NFC provides instant connections between compatible devices. GPS geotags each image in the EXIF data with automatic time updates helping to manage images and, for the first time, IPTC metadata, such as details of a shoot, is automatically embedded.

Enhanced water and dust resistance makes the camera ideal for travel photographers or photojournalists working in challenging terrain.


Pricing and Availability 
The EOS 5D Mark IV is available from September 2016 with an RRP of £3,629/€4899.99

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Two new wide-angle zoom lenses

Canon adds the EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM and the EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM to its  zoom lens lineup.

A flexible and durable everyday lens, the EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM is ideal for any photographer wanting to achieve high edge-to-edge sharpness over the entire zoom range. The 24-105mm focal length and f4 aperture suits for a variety of scenes, subjects and lighting conditions, while improved 4-stop IS and a new video design EDM provides quiet aperture adjustment during movie capture.
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For exceptionally high quality images, Canon unveils the EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM. Working in harmony with high resolution sensors such as the one seen in the EOS 5D Mark IV, this high-performance lens provides exceptional image quality for professionals and enthusiasts. The versatile focal length range will appeal to wedding photographers and photojournalists who need to work up close, whilst the fast, constant, f2.8 maximum aperture makes it an obvious choice for those shooting in low light.
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Pricing and availability
The EF 24-105mm f/4 L II USM  is available from Q4 2016 with an RRP of £1,129/€1,449.99
The EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM is available from October 2016 with an RRP of £2,349/€2,999.99



Dedicated Wi-Fi adapter for EOS 7D Mark II, 5DS and 5DS R

Canon has announced the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1, a dedicated Wi-Fi adapter for Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. The new accessory gives you the freedom to transfer shots directly from compatible EOS DSLRs to iOS and Android smart devices and computers whilst on-the-go. It also offers remote shooting, perfect for capturing unique angles, landscapes or wildlife. 

Compact connectivity
Portable and lightweight, the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 is the size of an SD card and fits into the memory card slot of compatible dual-card slot EOS DSLRs. Photographers can review and display images on a tablet or monitor, upload to the web from smart devices, and save a copy whilst out on location.

Take control with remote shooting 
With the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 you can also shoot remotely, directly from a smart device running Canon’s Camera Connect app, PC or Mac using EOS Utility software, from up to 10 meters away. It’s ideal for photographing wildlife up close, or wirelessly shooting in a home studio, thanks to remote real time view and camera control – allowing you to activate the shutter, adjust exposure and change the focus point.

Inclusion with EOS 7D Mark II
From the end of October 2016, the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 will be included in the box with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II giving enthusiasts the ability to control the camera wirelessly and download images and MP4 movies on the move.

Pricing and availability
RRP of £39.99 / €49.99. Available October 2016.


New firmware update for EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon has announced a new firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark II. Adding IPTC support and LCD colour tone as featured in the EOS 5D Mark IV, the update also improves the network and GPS functionality. The firmware will be available in September.


Monday, 15 August 2016

Canon wins four EISA awards


Canon has won four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).
The EOS 80D has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’.

The EF 35mm f1.4L II USM and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 received awards for ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017’ and ‘European Photo Printer 2016-2017’ respectively. 

Voted for by panels of editors representing nearly 50 prominent magazines from across 20 European countries, the EISA Awards celebrate products which combine the most advanced technology, distinctive design and desirable features, with genuine value for end users.
  
Discussing the four awards, the EISA panel said:

• The EOS 80D is more than just another SLR. Canon has brought a camera to the market that incorporates many innovative functions for photo and video. The key feature is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF which enables fast focusing during Live View and video, which is also supported by the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which works together with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens. The AF is also greatly improved and now sports 45 cross-type sensors, while the high resolution vari-angle LCD allows touchscreen operation. Last but not least, the EOS 80D has class leading image quality.
Find out more about the Canon EOS 80D

• The EOS-1D X Mark II is the fastest DSLR ever, making it the best tool for the professional sports photographer. It can take 14 images per second of moving subjects, an impressive achievement that’s particularly useful for action photography. Compared to the previous model Canon has increased the still image quality significantly, and improved the autofocus particularly when using lenses with extenders. The video function is also much more advanced with high quality 4K recording and fast autofocus in Live View mode. All the improvements together with the rugged body make the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II an even better all-round camera than its predecessor.
Find out more about the EOS-1D X Mark II

• The EF 35mm f1.4L II USM gives exciting performance: it is the best 35mm lens on the market. Image sharpness is unbelievably high, both at the centre and at the edges, even at f1.4. Canon uses key technologies such as Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) to increase light transmission, reducing both flare and ghost images. In addition a Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) lens, made of organic material, enables very efficient correction of axial chromatic aberration that’s impossible to correct by software. The 9-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very attractive bokeh and a seal on the mount protects the camera from dust and moisture.

• Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is a dedicated A2 photo printer that uses pigment inks for the best possible print quality, including great light fastness [the resistance to colours fading] and print longevity. With a maximum print resolution of 2400x1200dpi, it uses 12 ink cartridges including separate matte black and photo black to prevent wastage of ink, money and time. It supports printing from a wide range of devices, with connection options including Hi Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Pictbridge and Ethernet. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000’s external design is reminiscent of Canon lenses.


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