Venus Optics will announce the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens on July 30

Laowa 12mm f/2.8

Venus Optics will soon announce a new lens, the Laowa 12mm f/2.8. The announcement is expected for July 30, 2016. The lens comes in various mounts, Canon included.

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 specifications:

  • Image circle: 24×36
  • Field of view: 121.96°
  • Optical formula: 16 elements, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion, in 10 groups
  • Number of aperture blades : 7
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • Manual focus
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.18m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.2x
  • Maximum diameter: 74.8mm
  • Length: 82.2mm
  • Weight: circa 570g.
[via Mirrorless Rumors]

Canon showcases the future of broadcast and cinema at IBC 2016

IBC 2016

Canon press release:

London, UK, 22 July 2016 – Canon Europe will be demonstrating its full range of professional imaging products at IBC 2016, the leading global tradeshow for the media and broadcast industry in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Having exhibited at IBC for more than three decades, Canon will display its latest industry-leading innovations – the range will include professional cameras, broadcast live streaming, reference displays and in excess of 100 lenses.

The Canon stand will provide visitors with the opportunity to get hands-on with Canon’s Full HD, 4K and HDR products, through a variety of end-to-end workflow scenarios – from shooting experiences, to review and editing processes, including innovative low-light and long distance live shooting demos.

Since its inception in 2011, Canon’s Cinema EOS range has been instrumental in transforming the professional video industry – with a range of innovations, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF for effective autofocus, leading sensor technology and advances in resolution. In April 2016, Canon saw the family of Cinema EOS products expand further with the launch of the versatile ME200S-SH, a compact professional multi-purpose video camera, and CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS, a compact cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality. Both will be on display for touch and try, for the first time in Europe.

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Interview with the people who made the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II

Interview With The People Who Made The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II

Powershot G7 X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 20.1MP 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-f/2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 8 fps Shooting
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Manual Control Ring, Time Lapse Movie

The Canon Professional Network posted a long interview with the engineers who are behind the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II development.

From the interview:

Q: Have any other improvements to image quality been made?

Kota Terayama: Correction of diffraction blurring, even for a small aperture, has been added. DIGIC 7’s high-speed processing performance is used along with optical information for compensation. Be sure to experience this for yourself, especially in dynamic landscape shots and performance shooting!

Hideaki Yamaki: Also, the EOS Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) is included on this model for the first time on a compact digital camera. As the first model to be equipped with DIGIC 7, one feature of this camera is even more advanced ALO performance than on the EOS M3 mirrorless compact. This makes it possible to compensate the brightness while maintaining contrast, making it the perfect feature for photographing people in backlit scenes. Read the interview at Canon Professional Network…

The Powershot is getting many positive reviews, click here to see al our Powershot G7 X Mark II coverage.

Update: Another mention of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV announcement at the end of August (25/26) [CW4]

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Update: Some very blurry images of a supposed Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera have been posted at Northlight Images.

This morning (in EU, last night in US) we reported a rumor suggesting the highly anticipated Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will most likely be announced on August 26. Now another announcement date leaked on the web, August 25. The one day difference may be because of different geographic areas: 8/25 in North America, 8/26 in Europe. Given two different mentions on practically the same date I upgrade the rumor to CW4.

So, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is finally coming. Stay tuned!

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II review (DPReview)

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II Review (DPReview)

Powershot G7 X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 20.1MP 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-f/2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 8 fps Shooting
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Manual Control Ring, Time Lapse Movie

It seems Canon hit the mark with the Powershot G7 X Mark II. This little yet powerful compact camera featuring a 1″ sensor and a fast lens, gets remarkable reviews. DPReview‘s review is one of the more critical reviews I saw. In the conclusion they write:

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the PowerShot G7 X Mark II is that Canon listened to its customers (and maybe some camera reviewers) and dealt with a large number of the problems that people had with its predecessor. Whether it’s something cosmetic like the new grip or noticeably better burst shooting, the G7 X II is what the original should’ve been back in 2014.

[…]

Overall, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II is one of the best cameras in this class, though its JPEG image quality and below average battery life keep it from earning our top award. Read the review…

Powershot G7 X Mark II

Powershot G7 X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV announcement coming last week of August 2016? [CW3]

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It appears Canon is set to announce (thanks) the highly anticipated yet not leaked EOS 5D Mark IV towards the end of August. Makes sense since Photokina is happening at the end of September, and most of those in the industry believe the EOS 5D Mark IV will be on display during the show. New source but at least a plausible suggestion. The candidate dates I’ve been told are, in order of likelihood: 26 August, 22 August, and 29 August.

So far no reliable EOS 5D Mark IV specs have leaked. Click here to see all EOS 5D Mark IV rumors. Stay tuned, and keep a grain of salt ready…