Canon patent for 11mm F4L USM lens

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This could be a very cool lens, if the optical formula described in this Canon patent will ever go into production. Canon filed a patent for a 11mm F4L USM lens. The optical formula appears to refer to a relatively small lens with good control of optical distortions.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-81005
    • Published 2016.5.16
    • Filing date 2014.10.22
  • Example
    • Focal length 11.33 11.47
    • F-number 4.11 4.12
    • Half angle of 62.36 62.08
    • Image height 21.64 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 109.13 109.12
    • BF 38.90 38.40
  • [0003]However, even in the little lens distortion, by the emphasis of perspective, it may appear to be distorted photographic image. Furthermore, suitable amount of distortion varies depending on the subject and the composition to be photographed. For this reason, it is required that the distortion in the variable.
  • Canon patent
    • It is less distortion in the normal state
    • A large distortion in the distortion change state
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Canon Announce Four New Media for the Fine Art and Production Markets

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Canon press release:

Canon Continues Large Format Momentum with Four New Media for the Fine Art and Production Markets

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 15, 2016 – Expanding upon the excitement of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of four new large format media options, including three media for the fine arts and photography market, as well as a signage media that can be used outdoors. The Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media, previously available in cut sheet for the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer users, are now available in 100-foot rolls for those images that were meant to be printed in large format. The first of its kind to be added to the imagePROGRAF media lineup, the Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene paper expands the applications available for imagePROGRAF large format printers.

Fine Arts and Photography Media
Providing photographers with an outstanding medium for their images, the Photo Paper ProPlatinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media are available in widths of 17, 24, 36 and 42-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length. Leveraging the image performance of the newly developed LUCIA PRO pigment ink, these newmedia are great for customers with 12-channel models, including the new imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 and PRO-4000 printers.

For prints with vivid color and deep blacks, the durable Photo Paper Pro Platinum (300gsm) provides excellent color fastness, to help minimize fading or running. Another medium offering ample fade-resistance, the Photo Paper Pro Luster paper (260gsm), features a calm texture that is resistant to the effects of lighting, making it suitable for exhibition and gallery settings. This photo paper also dries quickly for easy handling. The Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (210gsm) offers professionals and skilled amateurs a media with smooth surface quality for outstanding color performance. Great for printing black-and-white photography, this paper provides a natural whiteness, thickness and smooth texture while also offering superb gradations.

Outdoor Media
With this newly developed, Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene media, posters can now be displayed outdoors for up to six months without lamination.* The durable, synthetic medium uses a binder for water and light resistance, helping to prevent the ink-receiving layer from peeling. The addition of a UV absorber limits density reduction on printed areas to help keep output vibrant over time while exposed to sunlight.

Best-suited for the production signage and poster printing markets, this new media is compatible with existing imagePROGRAF pigment printers, including the new PRO Series and the imagePROGRAF branded 12-color, eight-color and six-color devices. At 115gsm, this paper is available in widths of 24, 36, 42 and 54-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length.

“Whether printing a photo to be hung in a gallery or outdoor signage subject to the elements, image quality should be consistently vibrant and beautiful from the moment a picture is captured to the time it leaves the printer,” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With these new media, large format customers can expect their prints will be created with the same Canon quality they have come to know and love.”

Availability
These new media are now available for purchase through authorized Canon dealers. The new imagePROGRAF PRO Series Large Format printers are now available for ordering and will ship mid-June.

For more information about Canon U.S.A., Inc., visit www.usa.canon.com.

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Price increase for Canon gear coming June 19 [CW4]

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As anticipated a month ago (though we were wrong on the exact date), Canon will raise prices for their products after June 19.

According to my information there will be a general price increase by 2.7% on all imaging products, with some exceptions. Six mid-range DSLR models will see an increase between 6% and 11.5%, and 38 lenses will increase between 11% and 12.7%.

Mail-in rebate schema may also change.

Canon EOS 80D DxOMarked, best performing Canon APS-C sensor, still behind competitors

Canon EOS 80D DxOMarked, Best Performing Canon APS-C Sensor, Still Behind Competitors

Canon EOS 80D: Park Cameras | Amazon UK | Warehouseexpress | DigitalRev | eBay.uk | Calumet Photographic

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO 100-16,000 (H: 25,600) sensitivity
  • 7fps full resolution continuous shooting rate with 3fps silent continuous mode with reduced vibration
  • Swift and accurate full time continuous focus in Live View and Full HD movies with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which can be fine-tuned for tracking sensitivity and speed for movies
  • 45-point wide area all cross-type AF system with 27 f/8 compatible AF points
  • DIGIC 6 processor with 14-bit processing for high quality images
  • Large 7.7cm (3.0”) capacitive touch panel Vari-Angle LCD, 1040k dot, 3:2 ratio
  • Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage
  • 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection
  • Full HD movies with 60p
  • Timelapse, HDR and Creative filters in Movie
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for instant connection, sharing and remote control
  • Creative Filters and Special Scene Modes plus Fine Detail Picture Style
  • In-camera Multiple exposure, Interval timer and Bulb timer
  • Electronic level for straight horizons when shooting landscapes
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

DxOMark posted their lab results for the Canon EOS 80D. I am not a big fan of such measures since I think the say very little about a camera’s performance in real world settings.

The Canon EOS 80D features Canon’s best performing APS-C sensor, with a score of 79. To compare: the EOS 7D Mark II scores 70, and the EOS 70D scores 68. Never the less, the score is still behind competitors. The Sony A6300 scores 85, and Nikon’s D7200 scores 87.

Writes DxOMark:

While the results from the 80D on DR should appeal to landscape photographers who routinely adopt the base ISO setting, it’s worthwhile to remember that Canon probably had other priorities in mind when developing this sensor. While there may have been some trade-offs in DR at high ISOs, noise levels aren’t far behind the class leaders, and the Dual Pixel AF mode in live view and video looks promising for video and certain still applications. Lowering the noise floor at base while increasing pixel count remains an impressive feat, and ultimately the Canon EOS 80D sensor offers a pretty decent performance overall. Read the review…

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Is this the patent for the next EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens?

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A few weeks ago a rumor suggested that Canon may announce a new EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens along with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Both are expected to be announced in August, ready for Photokina 2016.

This may easily be the pertinent patent for the new EF 24-105mm F4L IS Mark II.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-71283
    • Published 2016.5.9
    • Filing date 2014.10.1
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 4.13
    • Focal length 24.70 32.04 102.11
    • F-number 4.10
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 41.22 34.03 11.96
    • Image height 21.64
    • The total lens length 148.96 152.86 207.64
    • BF 35.80 36.22 53.51
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That’s what happens when Leaf Cutter Ants chew away on your gear

The video above tells the story that happened to two photographers who wanted to set up a photo trap to capture a shot of a jaguar.

Things didn’t work out as expected. They were using a Canon EOS 7D, an off-camera flash, and an IR sensor. Everything seemed fine, the surprise came when they went back the day after. A horde of leaf cutter ants destroyed all the equipment. Incredible what this little pesky insects can do!

[via PetaPixel via The Jungle Diaries]