Unboxing the Canon 200-400 F4 L IS 1.4 Ext

Well the day finally came.  Canon’s most anticipated professional lens is making its way into public hands and I was able to get one of the first few that landed in Canada.  As I say in the video, every photographer should get the opportunity to experience the excitement of unwrapping one of Canon’s “Big Whites”.  Gear porn? Yes indeed, but i know some of you love these kinds of videos. Now time to go and shoot! Buy your own Canon 200-400

Canon 200-400 F4 L IS 1.4x Finally Announced

I’ve honestly lost track of how many times I have written about this lens.  That wouldn’t be that unusual apart from the fact that this lens had not even been officially announced yet, let alone available to purchase! A couple of years ago (or maybe even three?)  Canon put a development announcement out there and showed the world the first concept, a super tele zoom with a built in converter.  Why would they do this you might ask ?  They don’t normally do things like that.  Well Nikon have had a 200-400 f4 for an eternity, maybe even ten years. 

Pre-Order the New Canon 200-400 F4 L IS

Well yes it finally happened, many years after we first knew about this lens!  You can pre-order the lens using the links below.  I expect this to be in very high demand and short availability so if you really want one then act FAST.

The 5D Mark 3 Just Got Way More Awesome

Canon have released firmware update 1.2.1 today for the 5DMK3 which is one of the most comprehensive firmware feature additions ever seen for a Canon camera.  You can download it HERE. Here is a list of the changes made with this firmware: Of course the big news here is uncompressed output from the HDMI port as this allows film makers to plug in external recording devices and record to other formats directly like ProRes or DNXHD in a much less compressed way then you can create files in camera.  Video recording quality should be vastly improved with this.Also important is

New Firmware & Features for Canon C100, C300 and C500

Canon announces firmware updates for EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and improvements to Cinema RAW Development software London, UK, 3rd April 2013 – Canon has today announced the development of firmware updates for three of its ground-breaking Cinema EOS System cameras, as well as a selection of new functions for its Cinema RAW Development (CRD) software. The upgrades are the latest to be developed in response to feedback from imaging professionals, demonstrating Canon’s continued commitment to supporting the needs of the professional video community. Following the release of the upgrades, the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 will

Canon Quietly Announces 35mm Cine Lens Development. New EF 35mm L II on the way ??

Canon put out a press release today, a few days prior to NAB, announcing the development of a new 35mm cine lens to match their growing set of cinema primes.  This lens was conspicous  in its absence before with a 14, 24, 50, 85 and 135mm in the lineup.  These cinema lenses are based on the optics of existing L-Series still camera lenses and the speculation is that there was no 35mm in the launch lineup because a new 35mm still lens was in development and it would make more sense to base the cine lens around those newer optics

Canon Launches XA25 and XA20 HD Cams

Like many people, I was a big fan of the Canon XA10.  The diminutive little HD cam really created a new niche for ultra-portable professional video camera with it’s dual XLR mic inputs and it was widely adopted for all manner of productions including trips to the North Pole! Just a few days prior to NAB, Canon have unwrapped the XA10s successor and added some killer new features to create what looks to be a great pro package for those that need a b-cam or just for traveling light.  Photographers like myself can put a little cam like this to

New Canon 24-70 f4 L IS and 35mm f2 IS Official

As reported earlier today, new Canon lenses have now become official. Pre-Orders Canon 24-70 F4 L IS @ B&H Canon 35mm f2.0 L IS @ B&H     Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS London, UK, 6 November 2012 – Canon today adds to its world-famous EF lens series with the launch of two models designed for enthusiasts and professionals – the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Offering first-class optical technologies alongside highly compact designs, the new lenses are perfect for a range of creative purposes, including reportage, landscape, portrait,

Two New Canon Lenses Leaked! 35mm f2 & 24-70 f4 IS

Well here’s a turn up for the books.  Two Canon lenses leaked onto the net today via Digicame-info.  A 35mm f2.0 and a 24-70 f4 L IS.  The 35mm will be an interesting lens, much smaller than the f1.4 L bigger brother and if it follows the same optical quality of recent 24mm and 28mm lenses it should be very nice. Now the 24-70 though….. this is just an odd lens to me!  Seems like a replacement to the 24-105, but why oh why would they lower the range like that ?!!  It’s also going to have recent purchasers of

Canon C500 IN STOCK

Canon’s current flagship Cinema EOS camera has just hit stores and B&H has them shipping today for $25,999.  That’s quite a bit cheaper than people were expecting it to be!  Great news and allows you a 4K solution for in the region of $30,000 if you just add a KiPro Quad recorder.  

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Gives F8 Autofocus & More…

Canon have been listening to the desires of the professional community and implemented a very important firmware update to the EOS-1D X today.  With this update the 1D X will now be able to focus with f8 lens combinations such as an 800mm f5.6 + 1.4x extender, or a 400mm f4 DO + 2x extender.  This has previously been the case with 1D cameras but for some reason Canon decided to remove it from the 1D, much to many peoples annoyance. The second major fix addresses the illumination of AF points during focus and further details can be found below.