It’s Real: Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus, Coming For Photokina


The first image of the upcoming Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens showed up on the net.

It’s rumored that the optical performance of the new 85mm /1.4 Otus is better even than the acclaimed Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens. The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus will first be available with Canon/Nikon mount. Will this be the best full-frame lens on the market?

[via Sonyalpharumors | Digicameinfo]

Canon Americas Headquarters (Video)

Just a short video by CanonUSA on Youtube. The Canon HQ in Melville, USA are presented:

Did you ever want to know what it’s like at the Canon Americas Headquarters in Melville, New York? In this exclusive video, take a tour of our showroom, lobby, courtyard and other great amenities that Canon USA HQ has to offer.

Canon Reveals IBC 2014 Programme


Canon press release:

Canon has announced more details about its activities at IBC – the leading global trade show for media and broadcast professionals to be held at the RAI exhibition and convention centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 12-16 September 2014 – which will include demonstrations of the advantages of its latest firmware upgrades and live presentations by top filmmakers.

Canon has been an exhibitor at IBC for over 30 years, and the company’s stand at the show – Stand E50 in Hall 11 of the RAI – will display Canon’s complete range of world-class products, including the full range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras, HD camcorders and broadcast, cinematography and EF lenses, as well as cutting-edge Full HD and 4K workflow solutions.


Will RED Kill The Canon (and Nikon) Predominance?

According to this fstoppers’ article RED’s next cameras might be the Canon (and Nikon) killer in the near future.

They start the article with…:

[…] After making a huge splashes in the motion-capture industry since 2005, Red has big plans to be the only camera system you use on set for both your motion AND still photography needs, and it’s closer to being a reality than you would think. Prepare to have your minds blown.

Imagine a still camera that can shoot 16.5 stops dynamic range at 19 megapixels. It’s also modular, which means it’s infinitely customizable via proprietary and third party accessories. It can also use lenses by Canon, Nikon, and an huge library of PL mount cinema lenses. In addition, it can also shoot up to 6K RAW video files at the frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.96, 48, 50, and 59.94. It would also have a similar form factor and size to popular digital medium format still camera systems. Sounds amazing right? When does it come out you say? It’s out NOW.

Fstoppers puts 2 basic questions:

  • Can a 5k video camera at 24fps produce an image equal to or better than [a] 22 megapixel still camera?
  • Will Video Kill The Photographer?

Curious? Head over to fstoppers and read the whole story. And if you like let me know what you think in the comments. My 2 cents: Nikon will die before Canon, if ever Canon should encounter such a inauspicious destiny 😉

Canon Announces New Firmware Upgrades For Cinema EOS Cameras And 4K Display

Cinema EOS Cameras

Canon press release:

Canon has announced details of firmware upgrades for its EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, DP-V3010 4K reference display and Cinema RAW Development (CRD) software. The firmware upgrades, scheduled for release as free downloads from Canon Europe in Q4 2014, have been designed to better integrate acquisition and management of 4K footage into every workflow situation.

When Canon first entered the digital cinema market, it did so with a firm commitment to fully support every aspect of filmmaking. The latest firmware upgrades provide more compelling reasons for filmmakers to enjoy the significant advantages offered by the Cinema EOS system.


The EOS C500 will be able to, thanks to new firmware, deliver BT.2020-defined Ultra High Definition (UHD) video.

Since launch, Canon’s Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and lenses have earned widespread praise and the C500 and C500 PL, which capture 4K video in stunning detail, can now be enhanced even further with a new firmware upgrade offering support for BT.2020, the recently-defined colour space for Ultra High Definition (UHD) video, the next-generation broadcast standard.

Supporting end-to-end BT.2020 workflow, Canon’s DP-V3010 4K professional reference display will also be upgraded to support content shot in BT.2020. BT.2020 input signals will be mapped to the native colour space of the DP-V3010 for output, implementing the latest derivation of luminance and colour-difference signal specified by the International Telecommunications Union, to ensure that images are displayed with the widest possible colour gamut and the greatest possible accuracy.