Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera Enables Viewers to ‘See in the Dark’ on National Geographic’s ‘Earth Live’

Canon ME20F-SHME20F-SH at a glance:

  • Up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops DR
  • Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV 4
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
  • Canon Locking Cinema EF Lens Mount

Canon’s mighty and underestimated ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera, able to go up to ISO 4M and to deliver 12 stops of dynamic range, got some press. The ME20F-SH was used in National Geographics “Earth Live” project. The Canon ME20F-SH is not for anyone, it’s a specialised camera and it sells for $20,000 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

The trailer…

Canon press release:

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera Allows Television Audiences to Enjoy a Live-Broadcast First: Wildlife in Full Color at Night

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 2, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to congratulate the team behind the National Geographic’s live television special “Earth Live”. The two-hour broadcast featured a live-production first, by using Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera along with a variety of Canon lenses, including the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF to show television viewers live images of illusive nocturnal wildlife from around the world at night, in color, without using artificial lighting. Hosted by award-winning actress Jane Lynch and award-winning television personality Phil Keoghan, the unprecedented two-hour event gave viewers an unfiltered, real-time broadcast feed to see Earth’s wildlife in various natural habitats with the use of 51 cameras shooting simultaneously in 25 different locations across six continents. The show premiered on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO on Sunday, July 9, and aired in 171 countries and 45 languages.

Working closely with National Geographic, executive producer Al Berman’s idea for “Earth Live” involved several locations that were in total darkness during the live production and those dark locations would either require lights that would disturb wildlife, or the use of infrared or thermal cameras, which didn’t suit Berman’s idea. It wasn’t until 2015 when Canon debuted the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera that Berman saw the opportunity to broadcast undisturbed nocturnal wildlife in color. The announcement of this revolutionary four million ISO, full-frame sensor camera that can shoot full-color video in extreme low-light conditions, immediately caught the attention of Berman, who approached Canon U.S.A. with his idea. The Company’s technical support team worked closely with Berman and his crew to provide and test equipment to help bring this concept to life.

“The Canon ME20F-SH camera made it possible to do the show, and we were awed by the footage this camera was able to capture in challenging low-light environments,” said Berman. “Through Canon’s ongoing, hands-on support, viewers were able to see Earth’s greatest wildlife and further deepen their understanding of the world.”

The incredible ISO capability of the ME20F-SH allowed for viewers to virtually see in the dark and watch—in full color—live wildlife lit only by the moon. Dubbed the “Canon Moon Cam” by cinematographers during the live production, filmmakers were awed by the footage they were able to capture and broadcast in color around the world.

“Using Canon’s ME20F-SH allowed viewers to see these marvelous creatures in their natural environment, opening a portal into this beautiful unknown world,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We feel honored that National Geographic and Mr. Berman called on Canon to be a part of such a pioneering and magnificent piece of work, allowing the world to see what has never been seen before. This kind of innovation is the bedrock of our company, and we look forward to more opportunities to show the power of imaging.”

“Earth Live was an ambitious television special that allowed us to go beyond what we thought was possible” said Tim Pastore, president, original programming & production, National Geographic. “The footage and images deeply resonated with our audience, and we couldn’t be happier that Canon was a part of the incredible moment for our network and in television history.”

The broadcast featured live feeds from nine Canon ME20F-SH cameras positioned in the parts of the world that were in nighttime during the live broadcast. Additional Canon equipment used by the National Geographic Channel for the television special included the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP Cinema Zoom Lens and the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T.2.95-3.9 PL.

“Earth Live” is produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, Berman Productions and Plimsoll Productions for National Geographic. Al Berman, Gil Goldschein, Andrew Jackson, Martha Holmes and James Smith are executive producers. For National Geographic, Michael J. Miller is the executive producer; Kevin Tao Mohs is vice president, production and development; and Tim Pastore is president of original programming and production.

For additional information on Earth Live and to view the full show, visit natgeotv.com/EarthLive.

For more information about Canon EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at usa.canon.com.

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Canon Unveils New Binoculars Featuring Enhanced Image Stabilization Technologies

Canon Unveils New Binoculars Featuring Enhanced Image Stabilization Technologies

Canon’s new 14×32 IS, 12×32 IS and 10×32 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1449, $1399 and $1349 respectively.

Canon press release:

New Binoculars are the Ideal Tools for Outdoor Enthusiasts, Travel, and Sports

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 2, 2017 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three new additions to its portfolio of Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars with the 14×32 IS, 12×32 IS and 10×32 IS. While all current Canon binoculars are equipped with an image stabilization (IS) function, new to these binocular models is Lens Shift Image Stabilization Technology. The IS technology, found in Canon EF lenses, allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to correct optical axis. This technology incorporates a vibration gyro mechanism that assists in canceling out the effects of user-shake or movement.

In addition, the new binoculars are the first Canon binoculars to feature Powered Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. Even the slightest shake when using high- magnification binoculars could translate into a blurred or unstable image from the binocular. When a user utilizes the Powered IS user-shake and movement can be quickly corrected and image quality remains intact.

“Canon is very proud of its imaging heritage and ability to utilize technologies and solutions across a broad spectrum of products, including our line of Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The technology implemented into these new models will enhance users’ experiences while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”

Additional features include:

  • Microcomputer Control Technology
  • Improved Design and Comfortable Grip
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super Spectra Lens Coating
  • 6.6 ft. (2m) Minimum Focusing Distance

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s new 14×32 IS, 12×32 IS and 10×32 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1449.00, $1399.00 and $1349.00 respectively.* For more information, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/binoculars/image_stabilizer

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Canon might announce a high-end mirrorless camera in Q4 2018, or later, rumor suggests

Canon Might Announce A High-end Mirrorless Camera In Q4 2018, Or Later, Rumor Suggests

A rumor about a camera Canon might announce at the end of 2018.

It’s becoming a long-running thing this thing about a high end mirrorless camera by Canon. While the latest murmurings do not explicitly mention a full-frame sensor, you can assume it is about a FF mirrorless camera.

Canon Watch was the first site to report Canon’s plans to work on a professional-grade, full-frame mirrorless camera (at the end of 2014). We then had more hints about but nothing that really made me think a full-frame mirrorless camera was around the corner. 

It’s hard to classify the latest rumor. You can be pretty sure Canon is working on such a camera, the question is when if at all they will release it. I’ve told that prototypes already exist, and I am sure this is true.

Will Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera have EF mount? There where some speculations and pertinent rumors. The possibility of EF mount on a FF mirrorless camera isn’t that crazy. A serious, full-frame MILC by Canon with EF mount would be the ultimate killer camera.

A rumor pointing to an announcement that’s over a year away, unfortunately, has to be considered a teaser. Moreover, an announcement set at the end of 2018 might easily become an announcement in 2019. I recommend you stick with your camera for the time being, and enjoy taking pictures. We keep you posted.

Stay tuned…

Shipment of Canon EOS 6D Mark II with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS is delayed because of too many orders

Shipment Of Canon EOS 6D Mark II With EF 24-70mm F/4L IS Is Delayed Because Of Too Many Orders

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

Another proof that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a total failure, as the many Internet-experts are telling us.

Canon Japan posted a statement where the company tells us that shipment of the EOS 6D Mark II kit with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lens is delayed because…too many people wants one and they cannot fullfill all requests as for now.

My my, does all these foolish people know that the EOS 6D Mark II lacks 4K video and has a limited dynamic range? Or do they just give a s*** about all those self-proclaimed, Canon-bashing experts and the crap they write on the web?

Below: screenshot of the machine-translated statement by Canon Japan:

Canon EOS 6D Mark II field test (by CameraStoreTV)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Field Test (by CameraStoreTV)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

The usually not very Canon-friendly (but always fair)  folks at Camera Store TV took the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II and put it under test.

Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake compare the EOS 6D Mark II with the original EOS 6D, discuss its features, and obviously wont forget the sensor and all the futile discussions about dynamic range, not to mention the pointless polemics about the lack of 4K video.


Edit: it has been suggested in the comment section that what is written below was meant for the folks at The Camera Store TV. It’s not. I consider both Chris and Jordan to be fair and professional reviewers.


Various retailers in Europe and some in the US told me that the EOS 6D Mark II will sell like hot cakes, that’s already assested from the sheer amount of pre-orders. How the hell is this possible if the EOS 6D Mark II is that crippled DSLR all the supposed experts on the web are telling us it is?

Be a photographer, not a pixelpeeper.

The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM gives you a lot for less (money), says LensRentals

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three SLD and Four Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Optical Stabilizer
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM was one of the most anticipated lenses as of late. Can this lens, covering a popular full-frame focal range, beat the offerings of Canon and Nikon?

According to LensRentals’ review, it appears Sigma build another winner, another lens that many people will purchase instead of other offerings. Not only the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM has a significantly lower price ($1,300 vs $1,750 of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II), but it also has image stabilisation (the Canon has not). Add to this the excellent buid quality and you have a what is another great SIgma lens. However, the reviewer points put that both the Canon and Nikon offering in this focal range are sharper.

In the conclusion, the reviewer writes:

[…] the Sigma 24-70mm Art Series does a lot of things great. Keeping the form factor small, while adding the functionality of stabilization is impressive in its own right, and the price point is incredible when compared to what it’s up against. No doubt, if this is the first pro-grade 24-70mm lens you’ve used, you’ll be really impressed with the quality. For those who aren’t in a rush to update their 24-70mm lens, it might be best to wait and see what Tamron has in their newly announced Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2.

Read the review at LensRentals.