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November 5, 2014
Posted in News

Disneyland Paris Uses Canon Cinema EOS Cameras for its New Attraction Ratatouille

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Press release:

Disneyland Paris uses Canon Cinema EOS Cameras for its New Attraction Ratatouille

London, UK, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses. The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.

The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.

Canon pioneered the development of 4K cameras with the release of the EOS C500 and the EOS-1D C SLR in 2012, which rapidly became popular in the broadcast market. After testing the different brands and products available, Disney finally chose both Cinema EOS cameras for the project, as they were best placed to produce a professional quality result and tackle the challenging filming environment (light, 3D projection, etc.). Thanks to its compact size, the EOS-1D C was attached to the attraction’s ratmobiles, bespoke vehicles shaped as rats, with on-board devices specially designed for this work.

Stéphane Dery, Canon France Professional Imaging Group Director comments: “We are very honoured to count Disneyland Paris as one of the brands that has decided to rely on the Canon Cinema EOS system for its new attraction. This partnership once again demonstrates the unquestioned know how of Canon in the imaging and optical industry, and particularly in 4K.”

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November 5, 2014
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Posted in Reviews

Canon C100 Mark II First Impression and Exclusive Footage (pre-production model)

Cinema5D felt the pulse of Canon’s new C100 Mark II. They got a pre-production model or “beta stage camera”. Some excerpts from the hands-on:

The list of improvements over the original Canon C100 is rather large. MP4 recording, 1080 50/60P in up to 35 Mbps data rate, an OLED screen, a new high resolution EVF and an overall new placement of buttons just to name a few.

They found the following highlights:

  • Dual media recording for backup or continuous recording
  • “In-body” microphone. No need to attach the top handle (for sound reference only. Microphone is always in automatic mode).
  • Pre recording function
  • Jog cursor is now placed on the foldable OLED screen for easier navigation
  • Very good EVF and OLED screens assuring easy manual focusing

There were also things they didn’t like. To read about them head over to Cinema5d and read the review.

The Canon C100 sells for $5,499 and can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo and Adorama.

C100 Mark II

November 4, 2014
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Into Eternity – An Impressive Time-Lapse Inspired by a Witnessed Suicide

The very impressive b&w time-lapse in the video above was made by Philadelphia based photographer Bruce Wayne. He says:

About a year and a half ago while shooting a long exposure photo, I witnessed a man commit suicide off the Ben Franklin Bridge. The experience is something that I’ll never forget. The mood was so heavy and dark that one could feel the loss of the person’s life in the air. I can only imagine what this person saw and felt the day he took his own life; what the city must have felt like and looked like to him. It was pretty hard to shoot this time-lapse without thinking about what I had witnessed.

Using Black & White Long-Exposure photography, I wanted to capture Center City Philadelphia in a darker light. Rarely when walking through the city do we look up and see the towering buildings above us. In this Time-lapse I wanted to capture what we don’t see. The last scene is where I saw the man take his own life.

I dedicate this time-lapse to him. May you forever rest in peace…

More about this experience on his blog.

Bruce Wayne used an EOS 7D and a Hoya ND400 filter for this work. All b&w conversion was done in post-processing along with other effects.

Music by the “Music Bed”, song from A. Taylor, “Who Will Remember”.

[Bruce Wayne via PetaPixel]

 

November 4, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal Alert: NEC MultiSync PA272W 27″ Color Accurate Display – $899 (Adorama, compare to $1,400)

NEC MultiSync PA272W

Adorama has a very good deal for photographers looking out for a good 27″ display to edit photos. I usually post only select deals for Canon gear, but this deal is too good not to be posted.

The NEC MultiSync PA272W 27″ Color Accurate LCD Desktop Display is on sale for $899 (compare to $1,400 on Amazon). Note: the deal expires tomorrow, 11/5.

Features:

  • GB-R LED backlight consumes 37% less power than a comparable CCFL backlight
  • 99.3% coverage of AdobeRGB color space
  • Superior screen performance (1000:1 contrast ratio, 2560×1440 native resolution, 340cd/m2 brightness)
  • 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration
  • Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes increase productivity by displaying two sources simultaneously
  • MultiProfiler software provides complete control over the five picture modes, including the loading of any ICC profile directly into the monitor for optimal color space matching
  • DisplaySync Pro controls two computers with only one keyboard and mouse
  • Wide connectivity includes both regular and Mini DisplayPort with 10-bit support, 10-bit HDMI, a DVI-D input as well as a USB hub
  • DisplayPort cable compatibility notice
  • NaViSet Administrator 2: software solution that greatly eases administration and management of larger display device installations
November 4, 2014
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Roger Cicala Tears The EOS 7D Mark II Apart (best weather-sealing he saw)

The red arrows point to thick, flexible rubber gaskets sealing the back of the 7D Mark II (the one above, below you see the classic 7D, image courtesy of lensrentals.com)

Lensrental’s Roger Cicala took a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and teared it apart.

He says the “Canon 7D Mk II may be the best weather-sealed camera [he has] run across“. As you may figure out, the weather-sealing of the EOS 7D Mark II was of major interest while dissecting the camera.

Enough said. Head over to LensRentals to see all the pics and the description of how they dismantled the EOS 7D Mark II.

More about the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

Back of the 7D2 (image courtesy lensrentals.com)

[via LensRental]

World-wide EOS 7D Mark II order links after the break Read the rest of this entry →

November 4, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent To Reduce Ghosting Artefacts

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Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon to reduce ghosting artefacts by a new engineering of the micro-lenses (that stay above of the pixel sensors). If I got the patent right, a reverse-phase layer is applied on the micro-lens.

Machine translated patent description:

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-207253
    • Published 2014.10.30
    • Filing date 2012.4.17
  • Challenge
    • Micro-lens is a positive phase structure are aligned periodically
    • Periodic phase structure, the incident light is reflected and diffracted
    • Angle of incidence of the reflected diffracted light is unexpected, UV IRCF is reflected in ghost to generate and produce a red regular pattern
  • Canon patent of
    • Another of the members on top of the micro-lens
    • Phase structure of the member
      • Reverse of the phase structure of the micro-lens
      • Negative refractive power
      • It does not have a refractive power
      • Short form and trapezoidal cross-sectional shape
    • And reflected and diffracted light of the sensor surface (concave), offset by the reflected and diffracted light of the micro-lens (convex)

[via Egami]

November 4, 2014
Posted in Rumors

More On The Lego-Style Canon DSLR

Canon DSLR
More about the “modular” DSLR.

Canon Rumors, correcting the previous leak:

[…] don’t think we’re going to get a camera that is fully modular, such as swapping out image sensors and that sort of thing. I think we’re going to see a camera that can maybe swap between an optical and electronic viewfinder,  as well as ergonomic changes depending if you’re shooting stills or video.

So, no lego-style DSLR as in the first rumour days ago, just a camera that can “maybe swap” the optical viewfinder with an electronic one (for what reason do you want to do this on a DSLR?), and some “ergonomic changes” depending if you shot stills or video. If for one minute you forget that you can “maybe swap” the VF, what else is there you can say it’s modular?

Doesn’t sound very modular to me but still a bit like non-sense.

Crazy how fast rumours change or get corrected, and how fast they get published. Got a good example yesterday after posting a rumor I got over a week ago, and that caused a lot of emails that found their way into my and others inbox and to some sites on the web. Good to know that even the shallowest rumour eventually finds a site to call its home :-)

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