Canon announce the HJ24ex7.5B lens with outstanding Optics, Created for HD TV production


Canon announce a new high-profile cinema lens, the HJ24ex7.5B. No indication on the price so far (won’t be a inexpensive lens). Available from May 2015.

Press release:

Canon unveils the HJ24ex7.5B lens – outstanding optics and lightweight design created for HD TV production

London, UK, 18 February 2015 – Canon today unveils a new addition to its HD broadcast lens range – the HJ24ex7.5B. A successor to the hugely popular HJ22ex7.6B, the lens has been updated using customer feedback and includes a number of new features, including a wider and longer focal range with enhanced image quality, as well as an improved design and user handling. A truly versatile lens, the HJ24ex7.5B is perfect for a diverse range of broadcast environments, including studio sets, live production and news gathering, thanks to the unique combination of a high quality 24x zoom – the longest zoom in this class available today¹ – an impressive 7.5-180mm wide-angle view and a lightweight, portable design.

Advanced optical performance, both wide and far
Created specifically for the world of TV production, the HJ24ex7.5B’s enhanced optical design allows broadcasters and producers to go both wider and closer on their shoots, with the new 24x zoom giving added freedom whilst on set or on location. Demonstrating Canon’s expertise in optical design, the lens’ 7.5-180mm focal range surpasses that of its predecessor and removes the hassle of mounting different lenses, enabling users to switch seamlessly between long distance, fast action shots, to close ups. The HJ24ex7.5B’s revised optics also produce a sharper, more refined image throughout the entire zoom range, with the quality and clarity that’s required for HD productions.

Exceptional portability and professional performance in one
An enhanced ergonomic design and revised optical structure ensures operators can quickly and comfortably shoot on the go. The weight of the lens has been reduced down to just 1.78kg, allowing shooters to freely move around sets and locations, as well as easily keep pace with subjects. The lens has been engineered to be both lighter and better balanced than its predecessor, with an improved centre of gravity – thanks to the weight reduction and optimisation of the optical layout and body structure. The lens can also be easily handled when shoulder mounted, with access to settings easily accessible in the palm of the hand, ensuring operators don’t have to move away from the camera’s viewfinder.

Designed to provide the best possible performance for broadcasters, the HJ24ex7.5B features the same Digital Drive Unit found in the latest HD High-end ENG lens line-up, which enables camera operators to select repeatable zoom positions and speeds, as well as focus and iris settings as they wish. An absolute value encoder, built into the Digital Drive unit, also allows operators to quickly commence shooting without any initialisation, ideal in news gathering and sports environments. Also suited to virtual applications, the absolute value encoder improves the lens’s power consumption, helping operators to shoot for longer, as well as enabling the lens to automatically detect lens positions so the chromatic aberration compensation function on cameras works instantly.

The HJ24ex7.5B will be available from May 2015.

Are you a Canon Shooter, is there something you are not happy with Canon?

Image © Photography Bay & used with permission

Canon is the leading camera manufacturer, Canon is the market leader. However…

Canon does a lot of things in the right way (though not all agree) but this doesn’t mean everything is ok. Photography Bay made a list of things you may really dislike as a Canon bound photographer (my comments in parenthesis).

  1. Price of Lenses and Accessories
  2. One-Year Warranty on ALL Products (not for EU)
  3. Major Lag Between Product Announcement & Availability (think 5DS, it will be available in June 2015)
  4. Affordable 4K (uh, this is a good point – c’mon Canon give us this stuff)
  5. Lack of Internal Interval Shooting Options (this was eventually featured on the EOS 7D Mark II and the upcoming 5DS and 5DS R)
  6. Where is the Next Generation of Storage Formats?
  7. Slow to Adopt New Technologies and Trends (another good point)
  8. Mild Upgrades in the Canon Rebel Line
  9. Abandonment of the Serious HDSLR Shooter (I do not agree on this one)
  10. Market Segmentation

Each point of the list is discussed and explained, just have a look at Photography Bay to learn the reasons.

Canon Cameras Dominate the World Press 2014 Photo Award


Quesabesde made some interesting infographics about the cameras (and camera brands) used for the World Press 2014 Photo Award (won by Canon photographer Mads Nissen). The infographic above shows which camera models have been used the most. As you can see the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, and EOS-1D X clearly dominate. Canon predominance is  visible also in the next infographic below.


The Spanish text says (machine translated): Infographic created from data provided by World Press Photo. In the series of images made with several models has posted only the most used camera. The identity of a total of seven cameras are known.

[via Quesabesde ]

Q&A with Canon about Full-Frame Mirrorless, EOS 5DS, Auto-Focus Technology, and More


At CP+ Imaging Resource interviewed some Canon reps. And these people are big shots in the Canon-Universe: Yasuhiko Shiomi (Senior General Manager, ICP Development Center, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi (Group Executive, ICP Group, and Naoya Kaneda (Senior General Manager, ICP Development Center, all from the Image Communication Products Operations division at Canon Inc.

The interview touches many topics, among them: AF technology, Canon’s future plans with mirrorless cameras, the video features of the EOS 5DS, and more. Some excerpts:

Dave Etchells/Imaging Resource: My first question is on autofocus technology: The most recent generation of Hybrid CMOS AF is much faster than the previous one. Can you tell us what technical advances led to that improvement? Also, how would you compare the new Hybrid CMOS AF III’s performance to that of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, in terms of speed and accuracy?

Yasuhiko Shiomi/Canon Inc.: Compared with conventional models, first of all the number of pixels has increased significantly, and the pixel density has also increased. So we’ve incorporated Hybrid CMOS AF across the board with all of the models [that don’t already use Dual Pixel CMOS AF]. We’ve also improved the algorithms used to calculate AF, which has improved speed. However, with regard to Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the conditions that are required for applying this technology are different. It’s not really an apples to apples comparison.

What about Canon’s mirrorless strategy?

DE: Switching to mirrorless: Where do mirrorless systems fit into Canon’s longer-term strategy? Does Canon view mirrorless as primary or exclusively a sub-frame platform? Or do you see it as being more broadly applicable, and appropriate for both sub-frame and full-frame systems? And then the second half of the question is will we see the EOS M line evolve further, or will there be a completely new platform at some point?

Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi/Canon Inc.: Okay. In terms of how we view the role of mirrorless, first it’s within the EOS framework that we’re talking about. There was obviously the need to pursue smaller products that were more lightweight. So we kind of view the EOS mirrorless cameras from that perspective to begin with. It’s not just looking in terms of solely as a mirrorless product, but within the interchangeable lens camera segment. We kind of view it as playing a role within that … sort of an extended view, as a means of achieving a more compact, lightweight product. There was obviously the question of whether or not, within the regular DSLR format, there was a demand for lighter, smaller products. You know, there are various approaches on that, but this is a means for us to address that issue within sort of the EOS universe.

The interviewer also tryed to get some information from Canon reagrding the possibility of a full-frame mirrorless camera. Canon did not answer in a clear way. The interviewer thinks that “while Canon would never say “never” to a full-frame mirrorless body/lens system, their current thinking is that “compact” and “full-frame” really don’t belong in the same sentence together”.

There is obviously much more in the interview, and I reccoment you have a look at it.

[via Imaging Resource]

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Review (ephotozine)

ephotozine reviewed the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. From the conclusion:

With the popularity of this lens’ predecessor, Canon’s new 100-400mm lens has a lot to live up to. As far as the performance of the lens is concerned, it has no problems living up to the reputation created by the old lens. Images are sharp, it focuses fast and handles well, especially thanks to the novel resistance adjustment on the zoom.

Where this lens my struggle is with how much it costs. Continuing the trend for new versions of lenses to be a fair bit more expensive, this lens is priced at a level higher than its predecessor ever was. Even so, for some people, the differences will be worth it. It’s credit to the old version of this lens that it is so hard to beat in terms of quality and value.

They liked the excellent build quality (see what R. Cicala has to say about the build quality), the relatively light weight, low distortion, weather and dust resistance, low chromatic aberrations, the built-in image stabilisation, and the fast auto-focus.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is not a budget lens, selling for $2,199 (B&H Photo | Adorama  | Amazon. EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay. More EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II coverage here at CW.

[via ephotozine]