Canon C300 Firmware Update Released (ver. 2.1.3.1.00)

C300 Firmware
Canon EOS C300 (alongside EF Cinema Lenses)

Canon released a new firmware for the C300:

Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
1. Supports exFAT file system of CF cards over 128 GB, which decreases the waiting time required for accessing the card before being able to record footage.
2. Simplifies the process when fine-tuning the preset White Balance values.

Note:
Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 is only for EOS C300 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C300 camera does not have Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 1.1.3.1.00.

Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 is for Cinema EOS C300 cameras running firmware version 2.1.2.1.00. If the camera’s firmware is already version 2.1.3.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest firmware version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Download the firmware here.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II DxOMarked

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DxOMark tested the sensor performance of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

In the conclusion they write:

On paper, the Canon EOS 7D Mk II looks to be a solid choice for sports and action photographers, but its sensor performance is somewhat behind the best in class, at least at low ISOs. Relatively high noise, less discriminating color, and below-average DR at base ISO all continue to hold back Canon sensors against rivals, but that’s not the case at higher sensitivities. In fact, when light levels fall, the Canon EOS 7D Mk II performs competitively, even surpassing rivals slightly. If Canon could only address performance at base and low ISO, the EOS 7D Mk II would make a thoroughly convincing all-round choice, but in this category the Sony A77 II looks to be the more compelling option.

Well, we had more enthusiastic reviews about Canon’s new APS-C flagship (1 | 2 | 3). As often, real life performance and experiences differ from lab figures. For the DxOMark’s findings have a look at the review.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

The video below by CanonAsia is not related to DxOMark.

It’s Coming: Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM (after almost 10 years of rumours, edited)

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The EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS

It’s the lens Canon makes out of sympathy after almost 10 years of rumoring. Just kidding :-)

Digicame-Info (translated) reports that the EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II lens will soon be announced. No specs so far (but I am sure they will surface soon). For the time being all we know is that the hood will have model number ET-83D, and that it doesn’t appear to be a big evolution from the 16 year old predecessor.

Edit: I got the last point wrong from the machine translated text. In the meantime I have been told that you can expected a substantial evolution from the previous model.

More to come…

Disneyland Paris Uses Canon Cinema EOS Cameras for its New Attraction Ratatouille

Press release:

Disneyland Paris uses Canon Cinema EOS Cameras for its New Attraction Ratatouille

London, UK, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses. The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.

The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.

Canon pioneered the development of 4K cameras with the release of the EOS C500 and the EOS-1D C SLR in 2012, which rapidly became popular in the broadcast market. After testing the different brands and products available, Disney finally chose both Cinema EOS cameras for the project, as they were best placed to produce a professional quality result and tackle the challenging filming environment (light, 3D projection, etc.). Thanks to its compact size, the EOS-1D C was attached to the attraction’s ratmobiles, bespoke vehicles shaped as rats, with on-board devices specially designed for this work.

Stéphane Dery, Canon France Professional Imaging Group Director comments: “We are very honoured to count Disneyland Paris as one of the brands that has decided to rely on the Canon Cinema EOS system for its new attraction. This partnership once again demonstrates the unquestioned know how of Canon in the imaging and optical industry, and particularly in 4K.”

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