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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

EOS C200 launched with new recording format

Canon is launching the EOS C200, the latest addition to the Cinema EOS range. As the first Cinema EOS camera to support the new RAW recording format – Cinema RAW Light – the EOS C200 provides the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, enabling filmmakers to record internally to a CFast 2.0 card.

The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85MP, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. As a result, it can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0 card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.

Supporting up to 15-stops of dynamic range with Cinema RAW Light and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log / Log 3), the camera is able to capture a wide range of highlight and shadow details.

The EOS C200 is also capable of delivering both slow and fast motion recording at up to 120fps with no crop in Full HD/MP4, ideal for those wanting creative slow motion capture.

An ISO range of 100 to 102,400 provides excellent performance, even in difficult lighting conditions, such as when quickly switching between locations. The built-in optical ND filters of up to 10 stops provide further flexibility and convenience, allowing filmmakers to shoot in bright light and expand the depth of field control.

Advanced operability and ergonomic design
Built for professionals and ideal for single shooters, the EOS C200 features an advanced AF system that provides reliability and accuracy when shooting 4K, as well as a touch screen LCD panel for filmmakers to easily select their subject.  For those who need to switch effortlessly between several subjects in a single shot, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables smooth AF operation whilst the Manual Focus Assist Function, Face Detection with Face Priority and Face-Only options provide greater creative focus control.

The EOS C200’s lightweight body of just 1.4kg is designed for comfortable hand-held shooting and will benefit those who are filming for long periods. The compact size also makes the camera suitable for mounting onto a drone or gimbal.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows for browser remote control and the ability to transfer files via FTP, whilst the camera’s compatibility options mean new and existing accessories can be used, including Canon’s electronic viewfinder - the EVF-V70.

Cinema RAW Light for next generation workflows
Canon has worked with several partners to ensure Cinema RAW Light is integrated with various software programs. As a result, editing and grading of the Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported in DaVinci Resolve of Blackmagic Design. Editing will be possible in Media Composer from Avid Technology, using Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access[ii]. This format can also be processed using a Canon application, Cinema RAW Development[iii].

Support for Cinema RAW Light is also scheduled for EDIUS Pro, Grass Valley’s editing software, during 2017. Additionally, a future version of Final Cut Pro X from Apple Inc. will support Canon’s Cinema RAW Light, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X[iv].

Future Firmware upgrade
Canon’s XF-AVC video format will be available with a future firmware upgrade. This upgrade is free-of-charge and is planned to be available in 2018.
 
Pricing:
·         EOS C200 RRP £7,699.99/€9,229.99
·         EOS C200 with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Kit RRP: £8,589.99/€10,299.99
·         CHARGER CG-A20 RRP: £389.99/€464.99
·         CLAMP BASE CL-V2 RRP: £429.99/€519.99


Saturday, 20 May 2017

AF malfunction with some EF 24-105mm f4L IS II lenses

Canon has found that some EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM lenses exhibit an AF operation-related malfunction. At the wide-angle end, focus is not achieved properly when peripheral AF points are selected, regardless of the AF area selection mode.

Affected Lenses
If the first two digits in the serial number (see the image below) of your lens are 48, 49, 50 or 51, then your lens may possibly be affected.

How to check if your lens is affected:
(1)   Visit Canon's serial number checker page at:
https://secure1.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/serial/ef/ef241052.html
(2)   Input your lens’ serial number (10 digits) and then click the [Submit] button. Double check that the serial number you entered is correct before you click the [Submit] button.
(3)   One of the following three messages will be displayed:
       •   Your lens is NOT an affected product
       •   Your lens is an affected product
       •   Invalid number
(The list of affected lenses will be updated periodically in accordance with the handling status.)

If your lens is affected, support will be provided free-of-charge regardless of the warranty status. Please note that even if your lens is affected, inspection/repairs for any issue other than the above phenomenon will be handled as normal repairs. If you wish to make a request for support for this issue, please attach the lens cap and dust cap to the lens and take/send the lens only to a Canon Service Centre.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Problems with firmware version 1.1.1 for EOS 7D Mark II

A communication error has been discovered when using the EOS 7D Mark II running firmware Version 1.1.1, released on 27 April 2017, in combination with the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1. Remote shooting with the Camera Connect App is not possible after connecting the EOS 7D Mark II to a smartphone via the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1. This error occurs for cameras that have been updated from firmware version 1.0.5 or earlier to Firmware Version 1.1.1

This phenomenon will not occur if the camera meets either of the two conditions below:
•  If the camera has been updated from firmware version 1.1.0 to version 1.1.1
•  If the camera was already equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 at the time of purchase

Canon is currently making preparations to correct this phenomenon with the release of a firmware update in early June. In the meantime:
•  Firmware version 1.1.1 will no longer be available for download, and firmware version 1.1.0 will be made available for download again.
•  Users whose camera is affected by this phenomenon are asked to download Firmware Version 1.1.0 and install Firmware Version 1.1.0 onto the camera.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Canon launches 365 days of summer competition


Canon is looking for someone to fill a unique position as it begins its search for the ultimate storyteller. The lucky person will spend a year chasing summer across the globe in order to identify 365 inspiring stories. Applications will be taken via Instagram and judged by actress, producer, musician and storyteller, Zoƫ Kravitz (pictured above).

The successful candidate will chase summer all over the world, visiting destinations from Lisbon to Melbourne to Brazil, curating their own story of the summer.

Those who think they have what it takes to inspire people to find their own stories can apply by sharing their most memorable summer story on Instagram with the story behind it (no more than 50 words), tagging @CanonUK and #liveforthestory. Submissions will be judged on a number of elements including storytelling ability, visual appeal, originality and inspirational qualities. The successful candidate will be required to travel the world chasing summer in order to identify 365 inspiring stories throughout the course of the job. The role is all expenses paid and, of course, offers a holiday allowance of 365 days per annum. 

Canon’s storyteller will be tasked with identifying 365 new summer stories throughout the year, bringing back the art of storytelling and inspiring people to make the most of every moment in their life. The journey they choose is for them to decide, it will be their story to create and inspire.  

Matthew Searle – Country Director, Canon UK and Ireland said: “Every moment has the potential to be important, even more so in the summer when we are open to new challenges and experiences. We are on the hunt for someone to inspire us, to help us ‘Live For The Story’ every day and ensure none of us miss those special moments.”


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

EOS M5 firmware update 1.0.1

Firmware Version 1.0.1 for the EOS M5 incorporates the following fixes:
1. Corrects a phenomenon in which, when the playback grid is set to "6x4", and a vertical image is displayed, or a horizontal image is rotated to be displayed vertically, the grid does not display correctly.
2. In languages other than Japanese, the phrase "no. of shots" has been corrected to "value" in the "Time-lapse movie settings > Interval/Shots" setting screen.

The firmware can be downloaded at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support


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