‘Speed it up’ says Canon’s Masaya Maeda (CP+ interview)

The folks at DPReview posted an interview with Canon, taken at the last CP+ show in Yokohama. They interviewed Mr. Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon. An excerpt (emphasis mine):

Question: Canon offered a maximum pixel count of ~22MP for seven years before the launch of the EOS 5DS and 5DS R. Why did it take that long to increase resolution?

Answer: I wasn’t actually aware that it had been seven years! The biggest reason it took this long to get to 50MP is the targets we set for pixel-level quality. Every year we sit down with photojournalists, and listen to their demands – what they need to do their job – and the biggest demand was that even if pixel count increased, actual pixel-level image quality would not decrease.

Obviously at the same time as we were seeing demand for increased pixel-level quality we were also being asked for increased pixel-count. The reason the time finally came for us to release the EOS 5DS and 5DS R this year was that we found a means of satisfying the demand for increased pixel count without sacrificing quality. It took us that long to reach this level.

I like this part of the interview. When pointed to the criticism that Canon is somewhat slow when it comes to innovation, Mr Maeda answered:

Personally, I think we’re slow as well. Every day I’m saying ‘speed up, make it faster!’. One of our themes now as a company is upon developing a new technology, to shorten the time between development and when that technology is introduced into a product. We need to shorten that time. That’s our goal.

Keep it rolling Canon! Read the interview at DPReview –>

How To Make a Cinemagraph (aka animated GIF, Canon DLC article)

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Thanks Niklas

The Canon Digital Learning Center posted an article about how to make a “Cinemagraph”, which is a fancy term for what the rest of us knows as animated GIFs. You know those pics where something is moving, looping thru the same animation all the time?

Have you ever looked at an image online and thought it to be a still photo, but then suddenly, a little part of it comes to life? Not the whole image, but maybe a smirk of the mouth, a blink of an eye or a wag of a tail while all else remains static? Call them a “Cinemagraph,” a GIF or a picture where something in it moves; these hybrid motion/stills have become ubiquitous. They have an element of the unexpected and further explores how to tell a story in a single frame. And when executed well, they allow the visual story to expand and become infinitely richer and more engaging.

They have a very nice Cinemagraph on their site, where you can read the article.

More Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R Technical Articles

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Image: Canon

Canon Asia posted a two part article about the new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R:

EOS 5DS and 5DS R previews and hands-on: Canon Japan’s EOS 5DS image and video samples and EOS 5DS R image samples. EOS 5DS and 5DS R preview at Photography Blog, hands-on and sample pics at ephotozine, preview at DPReviewCPN Europe ArticleThe Digital Picture. A tip about which lenses are best for the EOS 5DS at The Phoblographer. A more technical and in-depth article by CPN. First impression from the videographer’s point of view at EOSHDFotosidan interview with Mike Burnhill at CPS, Canon Europe to talk about the upcoming, high resolution Canon Eos 5Ds and 5Ds R (12min video). Hands-on video in Italian. Hands-on video in German.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Real World Review

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Thanks Niklas

Photographer Tim Dodd got a brand new Canon 11-24mm f/4L lens and reviewed it. The Canon 11-24mm is the widest rectilinear lens ever produced. From Tim’s conclusion:

Canon has produced a lens that’s as sharp or sharper than its prime counterparts. Although slower (F stop wise). It has chromatic aberration and distortion well under control. Vignetting is probably its biggest fault. But, that’s probably the easiest thing to have fixed in post, so I’m not shaken by that.

[…] I’ll be using this lens primarily for architectural and real estate shoots. It’ll also be a travel companion, although I don’t use wide angle lenses for my landscape shots. It also won’t replace my 24mm F1.4L for weddings and events because I need the additional brightness of the prime. There’s just too many times that I’m hand holding at F1.4, ISO 3200, 1/50th of a second and I have NO room for a slower F stop, let alone a lens that lets in 8 times less light.

The review comes with a lot of sample pics at all focal ranges and ISO settings. This is a real-world review that puts the Canon 11-24mm in the midst of the action.

Canon’s new EF 11-24mm f/4L is now available for pre-order at Amazon US. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L is available and ships for $2,999. More pre-order link: Adorama | DigitalRev | B&H Photo. Sample pics at ephotozine, product images at Photography Blog and DPReviewDavid Norton on the EF 11-24mm f/4L. Sample pics at Canon UK.

[via Tim Dodd]

Deal Alert: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with PIXMA Pro-100, and more stuff – $2,250

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B&H Photo has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III bundled with PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, 50 sheets Canon photo paper, a camera bag, a 32B memory card, and a spare battery – all on sale for $2,249 after $300 instant rebate and $250 mail-in rebate. Not to miss if you are on the fence for a 5D3.

Amazing Time-Lapse Video that took 2 Years to make gives a quick Taste of Austria

This amazing short time-lapse video giving you a taste of Austria took two years, 600 sequences, and 5 terabytes of photos to make. It’s produced by FilmSpektakel, an Austrian time-lapse making team made of two persons, Thomas Pöcksteiner and Peter Jablonowski. To make the video a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, two EOS 6Ds, a Rebel T3i/EOS 600D, and a bunch of lenses  –Canon 24-105mm, Tamron 150-600, 24-70mm, and 28-300mm – were used.

[via PetaPixel]