Canon Developing Faster And More Accurate Auto-Focus For Continuous Shooting (Patent)


Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon regarding a faster and more accurate AF method for continuous shooting. If I understood the patent correctly, the method is using the “classic” AF method (using the dedicated phase difference sensor) for the first shot, and phase difference AF on the “image plane” (i.e. the image sensor) for all subsequent shots. The advantage: you do not need to move the mirror for focusing after the first shot, hence allowing for a higher frames per seconds rate.

Could this patent point to the EOS 7D replacement we expect to be announced in September? Possibly. A higher fps is one of the features most of us think will be implemented in the camera Canon is going to announce.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-142372
    • Published Date 2014.8.7
    • Filing date 2012.1.22
  • Canon patents
    • I use the phase difference AF the first time
      • I use the OVF
    • I use the image plane phase difference AF with the second and subsequent
      • There is no need to wait for the stable state up mirror, the mirror down

Another Mention Of A Possible Canon Medium Format Camera

Canon Medium Format Camera

If you follow Canon Watch you know that I am highly sceptical regarding the rumors that point to a Canon medium format camera. However, Photography Bay cites a source “who has had advanced knowledge in the past” claiming that Canon may announce a camera with a “sensor bigger than 35mm” in September (which means for Photokina).

While I am still not convinced about the possibility of such an announcement, I know that I may also be wrong. There is no doubt that Canon has the facilities and engineering know-how to produce a medium format sensor. Only time will tell.

What do you think?

[via Photography Bay]

Canon USA Awarded 2014 Conservation Colleague Award By Friends Of Acadia

Image © Canon

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Awarded 2014 Conservation Colleague Award By Friends Of Acadia

Company Honored for Helping to Preserve and Protect Acadia National Park, Maine

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 4, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that it has been awarded the 2014 Conservation Colleague Award for the Company’s involvement with Friends of Acadia, a non-profit organization that helps to preserve, protect and promote the cultural and natural resources of Acadia National Park, located on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Established in 1996 by Friends of Acadia, the Conservation Colleague Award honors corporations and other businesses deeply involved in protecting the park’s values.

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Looking Inside The Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS (Lensrentals)

Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS
Taking apart the EF 16-35 f/4 IS (image courtesy: R. Cicala/Lensrentals)

Lensrental’s Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz took apart Canon’s new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM to see how (and how well) it is build.

The weather sealing appears to be pretty good (better than usual). The article is long and comes with lots of pictures shot while disassembling the EF 16-35 f/4 IS. R. Cicala writes:

Now that I’ve seen the insides I’m very optimistic that this lens will be less likely to deteriorate optically over time, and will be more easily corrected when it does.

Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS price check:  [via lensrentals]

Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS
Image from Canon’s White Paper (note that the aperture is also moving)

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS

An Award Winning Start To 2014 For Canon

Canon Announcement

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Celebrates an Award-Winning Start to 2014

Company Receives Industry Recognition for Environmental Honors, Energy Efficient Printers, and Innovative Imaging Products

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 7, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is honored to be recognized by top industry organizations and publications for award-winning products and efforts in 2014. From environmental efforts to help minimize its carbon footprint, to industry-leading imaging products, Canon has been honored by many top accolades for its efforts both in the market and in the office.

The Canon Americas Headquarters was awarded LEED® Gold certification, a recognition of design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. Located in Melville, N.Y., the facility stands as a model for environmental stewardship and innovation and serves all North, Central and South American countries. Interbrand and Newsweek also acknowledged Canon for its environmental sustainability efforts. Canon was placed 26th out of 50 on Interbrand‘s Best Global Green Brands 2014, and 125th out of 500 on Newsweek‘s 2014 Green Rankings, placing the company in the top 25 percent for this year’s Newsweek‘s list. Additionally, Canon Inc. has been placed on Fortune Magazine’s 2014 World’s Most Admired Companies List as sixth overall globally in the computers category. And, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Canon with its Global Intellectual Property Center’s 2014 IP Champions Award for its “Anti-Counterfeit Consumer Awareness Campaign” that highlights the dangers of counterfeit electronic goods.

“Canon has always sought to stand as an example with both its products and practices. Customer support and environmental initiatives are two areas where a company may not see a direct financial return, however we remain dedicated to both of these areas as they serve a greater corporate responsibility and yield great personal satisfaction for our organization and staff,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications Division, Canon U.S.A. “Canon is also proud and extremely pleased to have secured numerous awards in the first half of 2014. We will continue to strive to listen to and meet the needs and demands of our customers for the rest of 2014 and into the future.”

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Canon Professional Network Article About DPP 4.0 (support for new DSLRs will soon be added)

DPP 4.0

CPN Europe published a technical article about Canon’s new Digital Photo Professional 4.0, Inside Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.0:

Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 4.0 is the latest release of Canon’s free RAW image management and editing software, and this incarnation is heralded as the first major update since the software was launched. Canon has responded to feedback from Digital Photo Professional users and incorporated feature requests and suggestions into version 4.0 to create a better looking package that offers a smoother, faster workflow. In this article CPN writer George Cairns examines how DPP 4.0 is better equipped to support your photographic workflow – as you import, browse and develop large numbers of RAW images – and investigates new features, such as the ability to make selective hue, saturation and luminance adjustments for eight colour gamuts.

The good news is that “support for more models will be added in due course“. When DPP 4.o was announced, the disappointment was big since for the time being DPP 4.0 (officially) supports only Canon’s latest full-frame cameras. However, you can already use DPP 4.0 with some newer Canon APS-C cameras (Rebel SL1/EOS 100D,  Rebel T4i/650D, EOS M, EOS 70D, Rebel T5i/EOS 700D) if you follow these simple instructions.

You can download DPP 4.0 here. Note: when you download DPP 4.0 you have to enter the serial number of your Canon DSLR. I downloaded DPP 4.0 from the EOS 5D Mark III support page using my EOS 70D’s serial number.

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