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

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.”


Canon C100 Mark II First Impression and Exclusive Footage (pre-production model)

Cinema5D felt the pulse of Canon’s new C100 Mark II. They got a pre-production model or “beta stage camera”. Some excerpts from the hands-on:

The list of improvements over the original Canon C100 is rather large. MP4 recording, 1080 50/60P in up to 35 Mbps data rate, an OLED screen, a new high resolution EVF and an overall new placement of buttons just to name a few.

They found the following highlights:

  • Dual media recording for backup or continuous recording
  • “In-body” microphone. No need to attach the top handle (for sound reference only. Microphone is always in automatic mode).
  • Pre recording function
  • Jog cursor is now placed on the foldable OLED screen for easier navigation
  • Very good EVF and OLED screens assuring easy manual focusing

There were also things they didn’t like. To read about them head over to Cinema5d and read the review.

The Canon C100 sells for $5,499 and can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo and Adorama.

C100 Mark II

Into Eternity – An Impressive Time-Lapse Inspired by a Witnessed Suicide

The very impressive b&w time-lapse in the video above was made by Philadelphia based photographer Bruce Wayne. He says:

About a year and a half ago while shooting a long exposure photo, I witnessed a man commit suicide off the Ben Franklin Bridge. The experience is something that I’ll never forget. The mood was so heavy and dark that one could feel the loss of the person’s life in the air. I can only imagine what this person saw and felt the day he took his own life; what the city must have felt like and looked like to him. It was pretty hard to shoot this time-lapse without thinking about what I had witnessed.

Using Black & White Long-Exposure photography, I wanted to capture Center City Philadelphia in a darker light. Rarely when walking through the city do we look up and see the towering buildings above us. In this Time-lapse I wanted to capture what we don’t see. The last scene is where I saw the man take his own life.

I dedicate this time-lapse to him. May you forever rest in peace…

More about this experience on his blog.

Bruce Wayne used an EOS 7D and a Hoya ND400 filter for this work. All b&w conversion was done in post-processing along with other effects.

Music by the “Music Bed”, song from A. Taylor, “Who Will Remember”.

[Bruce Wayne via PetaPixel]


Deal Alert: NEC MultiSync PA272W 27″ Color Accurate Display – $899 (Adorama, compare to $1,400)

NEC MultiSync PA272W

Adorama has a very good deal for photographers looking out for a good 27″ display to edit photos. I usually post only select deals for Canon gear, but this deal is too good not to be posted.

The NEC MultiSync PA272W 27″ Color Accurate LCD Desktop Display is on sale for $899 (compare to $1,400 on Amazon). Note: the deal expires tomorrow, 11/5.


  • GB-R LED backlight consumes 37% less power than a comparable CCFL backlight
  • 99.3% coverage of AdobeRGB color space
  • Superior screen performance (1000:1 contrast ratio, 2560×1440 native resolution, 340cd/m2 brightness)
  • 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration
  • Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes increase productivity by displaying two sources simultaneously
  • MultiProfiler software provides complete control over the five picture modes, including the loading of any ICC profile directly into the monitor for optimal color space matching
  • DisplaySync Pro controls two computers with only one keyboard and mouse
  • Wide connectivity includes both regular and Mini DisplayPort with 10-bit support, 10-bit HDMI, a DVI-D input as well as a USB hub
  • DisplayPort cable compatibility notice
  • NaViSet Administrator 2: software solution that greatly eases administration and management of larger display device installations

Roger Cicala Tears The EOS 7D Mark II Apart (best weather-sealing he saw)

The red arrows point to thick, flexible rubber gaskets sealing the back of the 7D Mark II (the one above, below you see the classic 7D, image courtesy of

Lensrental’s Roger Cicala took a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and teared it apart.

He says the “Canon 7D Mk II may be the best weather-sealed camera [he has] run across“. As you may figure out, the weather-sealing of the EOS 7D Mark II was of major interest while dissecting the camera.

Enough said. Head over to LensRentals to see all the pics and the description of how they dismantled the EOS 7D Mark II.

More about the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

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

Back of the 7D2 (image courtesy

[via LensRental]

World-wide EOS 7D Mark II order links after the break

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