A Canon EOS C300 Mark II on the summit of Mount Everest

EOS C300 Mark II

Philip Flaming and a Canon EOS C300 Mark II on Mt. Everest

Thanks Daniel for the tip. All pictures © Furtenbach Adventures, and used with permission.

A Canon EOS C300 Mark II made it to the summit of the Everest. It happened on May 19, 2016, when an Austrian expedition reached the summit of the highest mountain on earth. The EOS C300 Mark II was used for what is going to be the first 4K production of Mt. Everest. The expedition was organised by Furtenbach Adventures.

There is a long interview with the guys who did it, mainly about the mountaineering-challenges, and it is in German. However, you can get a pretty decent machine translation here (at least you’ll grasp what is said). An excerpt:

Using the latest camera technology, the team led by Tyrolean expedition organiser Lukas Furtenbach, filmed all the way to the summit. It’s the first full 4K production from Mount Everest. Overall, they spent more than 1.5 hours at the top to create footage with various camera systems (including 360 ° VR cameras) for two projects of a German private television station and a cinema project.

EOS C300 Mark II

Shooting 4K on Mt. Everest

The Canon EOS C300 Mark II was sponsored by Canon Germany as part of a case study for the company. As Lukas Furtenbach told me via email, they were very happy with the EOS C300 Mark II and its performance, which all along the way to the summit never missed a hit. The EOS C300 Mark II was operated by German cameraman Philip Flaming. The two projects mentioned above are TV-documentaries. Hope there will soon be a “making of” of these productions.

EOS C300 Mark II

Shooting 4K on Mt. Everest

Furtenbach Adventures, the company that organised the ascension to Mt. Everest send me a brief press statement that I translated for you.

After no one was on the summit of Mount Everest for almost two years, we were one of the first expeditions reaching the summit of Mount Everest from Nepal. On 19/05/2016 at 6:15am there were 5 of 6 participants and a camera crew at the top. And they wrote film history.

After decades there was again an expedition of a Tyrolean [Austria, editors note] organizer with special features:

We were the first commercial expedition ever which has acclimatised  at home as cohesive team high in the mountains, six weeks before the start of the expedition. This gave us an almost twice as long acclimatization time compared to other teams and we were better prepared to do the summit, could climb faster, and head right back to the secure Camp 2 (usually after having done the summit, people descends only into the more exposed Camp 4). As successive events on Mt. Everest have shown in the following days, this was the key to a safe ascent and descent. There were six deaths and more than eighty people with severe frostbite. The time our expedition had to spent on spot was far below that of most other teams, thanks to our acclimatization efforts at home. For us this is the future of commercial high altitude mountaineering, as it increases security and chances of success.

We had connected two film projects. Using the latest camera technology we shot all the way to the top. It is the first full 4K production from Mount Everest. Overall, we spent more than 1.5 hours at the top, to use the various camera systems (including 360 ° VR cameras) for two projects of a German private TV station. Our expedition also hosted the mammoth 360 Project.

EOS C300 Mark II

Canon EOS C300 Mark II

Canon C300 Mark II (B&H Photo | Adorama) at a glance:

  • New Canon 8.85 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Canon DIGIC DV5 Image Processors
  • Canon XF-AVC H.264 Codec
  • Internal 4K/2K/Full HD Recording
  • Twin 3G-SDI Outputs for up to 30p 4K
  • Full Manual Control
  • 1.77 Megapixel Color OLED EVF With Adjustable 60o Tilt Angle
  • Uses All Canon CN-E Cinema Prime and Zoom Lenses
  • Uses All Canon EF and EF-S Photo Lenses (Including Specialty Tilt-Shift and Other Models)
  • Built-In Mono Microphone
  • Removable LCD Monitor and Control Panel with XLR Inputs
  • Removable Hand Grip
  • Improved Low-Angle Camera Handle Extension
  • Built-in Dual-Band Wi-Fi for Remote LiveView Display and Camera Control
[via Bergsteigen via Furtenbach Adventures]

Canon EOS 80D review (ephotozine)

Canon EOS 80D Review (ephotozine)

Canon EOS 80D: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

ephotozine posted their Canon EOS 80D review. The EOS 80D is getting pretty good press out there. From the conclusion:

Live view focus and shutter response has been improved and there is now almost no difference between shooting through the optical viewfinder and rear screen in terms of speed and camera responsiveness. With new auto white balance options, you can choose whether you want warm results or more accurate white results, which is excellent for product shots, and it’s great that you have the choice of both, without having to set white balance manually, or correct images later, which could save someone hours of additional work. There are also new options regarding image sharpness, and with the new 24 megapixel sensor you can get sharp, detailed images straight from the camera, with lower levels of noise than the 70D. Read the review…

The Canon EOS 80D user manual can be downloaded (click here). Good if you want to have a closer look to the EOS 80D’s features.

A somewhat different time-lapse of New York City

A Somewhat Different Time-lapse Of New York City

I featured a work of Israeli  artist, director and animator Ynon Lan before (see here), so I am happy he contacted me to share another of his time-lapse works.

What you can watch in the video below is not just another time-lapse video of NYC, there is an artistic touch in it that makes it different. It combines stills photography, collage and stop motion, and was made from hundreds of still photos Ynon Lan took in the streets of New York. In his own words:

small fleeting moments captured in the camera lens are looped over and over, the small details that often go unnoticed unfold and become a thing to admire

The photos were taken in different areas all around NYC, “street photography” style, no tripod and only natural lighting.

And do you know what is the best part of it all? Ynon Lan didn’t use fancy and expensive equipment. He used a Canon EOS 550D with the legendary Nifty-Fifty, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, and the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Kudos Ynon!

The song “If and When” is performed by Amana Melome.

[via Ynon Lan]

Canon EF 1000mm F5.6 DO lens coming, filed patent suggests [CW3]

ef 1000mmm F5.6

Among all the patents filed by Canon, this may be one that actually could hit the market (in my opinion). The patent refers to an EF 1000mm F5.6 DO (Diffractive Optics) lens. Would be perfect for the upcoming Olympic Games :-) Who knows…maybe Canon is already field-testing this lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-102852
    • Published 2016.6.2
    • Filing date 2014.11.27
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 1.00
    • Focal length 950.00
    • F-number 5.80
    • Angle of view 1.30
    • Image height 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 485.94
    • BF 0.40
  • Canon patent
    • Positive and negative Shibomake
    • Diffractive optical element (first group)
    • Inner focus (the second group)
[via Egami]

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer deal – $49 (and more cool stuff, B&H Photo)

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer Deal – $49 (and More Cool Stuff, B&H Photo)

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 at a glance:

  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10″ in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19″
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP

B&H Photo has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer on sale for just $49, using coupon code BHOPTIC16 at checkout, and after mail-in rebate (info). The printer comes with Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (13 x 19″, 50 Sheets) photo paper.

There is more discounted gear at B&H Photo: