Purchasing Greeting Cards Just Got A Whole Lot Easier, Thanks To Canon

Canon Rumors Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Canon Eos R

Press release:

Purchasing Greeting Cards Just Got A Whole Lot Easier With The Card Isle Print-At-Home Platform

MELVILLE, NY, April 19, 2019 – Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, – all of these big holidays have something in common: greeting cards. When 82% of Americans choose printed greeting cards over their digital counterparts1, the demand for high-quality greeting cards is astounding. In the spirit of celebration, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to work with Card Isle Corporation to help bring the ease and convenience of printing greeting cards at home to Canon customers with the new Card Isle Print-at-Home Platform. 

Compatible and available with four Canon PIXMA-series printers the PIXMA TS9521CPIXMA TS9520PIXMA TS8220 and PIXMA TS6220, the new online platform allows users to design, purchase, and print full-sized 5 inch x 7 inch greeting cards in the comfort of their own homes. Card Isle offers thousands of crowd-sourced designs by local and independent artists, and a user-friendly dashboard making it easy to personalize greeting cards for any event, holiday, or special occasion. 

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Canon Might Have a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28mm f/1.8 For The EOS R System On Their Agenda, Patent Suggests

50mm F/1.8

Canon patent application 2019-0113711 (USA) describes the optical formula for an RF 50mm f/1.8 and RF 28mm f/1.8 lens, both for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

Focal length 48.50
F-number 1.85
Half angle of view (degrees) 24.04
Image height 21.64
Total lens length 95.00 
BF 15.80

Focal length 28.80
F-number 1.85
Half angle of view (degrees) 36.91
Image height 21.64
Total lens length 80.30 
BF 7.00 

It’s likely Canon will launch these non-L lenses sooner than later. Both are popular focal lengths on full frame, and it’s also likely Canon is set to offer some less expensive (aka budget) lenses for the EOS R system.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production in the next few years are these:

Source: Canon News

Canon UK: Easter Offers Let You Save Up To £150 On Canon Cameras

Canon Cameras EOS M100

Canon UK has an Easter offer going on (expires 4/24) which allows you to save up to £150 on a selected list of Canon cameras (and the SELPHY printer).

Drone Deal: Power Vision PowerEgg Drone – $369 (reg. $1099, today only)


At a glance:

  • Collapses Into Egg-Shaped Form
  • 14MP Photos and UHD 4K Video
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • PowerModes Provide Autopilot Assistance
  • GPS and Optical-Positioning System
  • Return to Home
  • Range of up to 3.1 Miles
  • Gesture-Based Control with Maestro
  • Traditional Joystick Controller Included
  • Customize with Available Skins

Only for today (4/18/19) B&H Photo has the Power Vision PowerEgg Drone on sale at $369. Compare at $1,099. Free shipping.

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Lens Maker Irix Reaches For The Stars, Literally


Lens manufacturer Irix announced the Irix 300 SR, a lens ready for outer space.

Press release:

Young photographic company Irix is reaching infinity…literally.

Irix, young company which successfully entered photography world just few years ago with innovative and properly designed products is reaching another level of evolution. Quality, durability and precision were always strong points of Irix. It has been just proven. Irix has been selected as cooperating company in exciting, high technology project.

Irix Team is proud to announce its participation in the project of the first Polish Earth observation satellite named Światowid. Nanosatellite equipped with the test platform of future Irix 300SR lens, on April 17, 2019, will be elevated to Earth’s orbit.

The collaboration between the manufacturer of Irix lenses and SatRevolution company began in mid 2017. The result of this collaboration is the first prototype of the Irix 300 SR experimental lens, which, combined with the camera installed in the Światowid nanosatellite, will provide the best possible quality of Earth’s images from space.

Irix 300 SR – the first Space Ready Irix lens

The technical requirements for the lens design were a real challenge for the Irix R&D department, as they included strictly defined optical parameters such as: focal length, f-number, optical resolution and very low level of optical aberrations. The design of the lens has to be also modular in order to provide the possibility of use with satellites equipped with cameras of a different resolution and specific diagonal size of the sensor. Such an optical system has to fit designed place for optical system in satellite’s construction. Maximum diameter, but what is more important in case of nanosatellites weight must be strictly controlled. (Światowid’s optical system limit is 300 grams / 0.66 lbs).

Very important for the success of the satellite’s mission are launching standards. Launching into orbit and working in open space is a complicated process. Extremely high standards of materials and technologies used must be fulfilled. The same requirements were applied to the Irix 300SR lens. Design and construction process must follow NASA guidelines for materials and technologies permitted for space flight. In other words, the Irix 300SR has to meet requirements much higher than lenses used on a daily basis by astronauts photographing from the board of the International Space Station.

Today’s launch is a first step in research project supported by EU funds (Polish National Centre for Research and Development). Irix R&D center in Poland for next several months will be preparing lens for next launch. Except optical performance which will be on highest level individual components of the lens as well as the complete lens will have to pass various tests. Among other things resistance to overload as well as mechanical and acoustic vibrations occurring during the launch of the rocket will be tested. The aging tests will verify the lens’ resistance to a wide temperature range of -50°C to 150° (-58°F to 302°F), UV radiation and extreme vacuum conditions.

Knowledge and technologies of this project will be used in other lenses and products intended for the “civil” photographic market. In other words, Irix product will become even better and more innovative.

Ready for the mission

The satellite Światowid with the test platform of future Irix 300SR lens onboard will be delivered to the International Space Station via the NanoRacks operator as part of the Cygnus NG-11 Commercial Resupply Service. The launch of Antares 230 rocket is planned for April 17, 2019 at 4:46 PM EDT (20:46 UTC) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, Virginia (US).

Irix Team cordially invites you to visit the special website dedicated to Irix 300SR lens available at https://space.irixlens.com

We also invite you to visit the SatRevolution website at www.satrevolution.com, where you will find more details about the Światowid satellite project.

Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Comparison Review

Canon Eos R

The folks over at Mirrorless Comparison posted a pretty exhaustive comparison between the Canon EOS R and the Canon EOS RP. As far as I know this is the first serious EOS R vs EOS RP comparison review.

Most of you likely know that the image sensors of the EOS R and EOS RP are derived form the image sensors found in the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II, respectively. This reflects in the sensor performance, and is clearly visible in the image below where 4 stops of exposure recovery have been applied.

+4Ev, +50 shadows, -100 highlights (Lightroom Classic CC) – Image © mirrorlesscomparison.com

The EOS RP holds up better to the EOS R when it comes to high ISO performance.

Image © mirrorlesscomparison.com

If you’re interested in 4K video have a look at the video below to learn more about how both cameras perform.

Mirrorless Comparison sums up:

Strengths of the Canon EOS R:

  • more dynamic range
  • better ergonomics thanks to the larger grip
  • a bit more advanced in terms of ease of use (top LCD panel, memory card access, bigger battery)
  • larger and more detailed viewfinder which helps with manual focus
  • faster AF with 4K video
  • more settings for video including C-Log

Strengths of the Canon EOS RP:

  • less expensive
  • more compact yet almost as easy to use
  • as of now, it has some extra features the EOS R doesn’t have (intervalometer, focus bracketing, eye detection in Servo AF)

To consider:

  • 4K crop is severe on both models
  • not the best options for action due to viewfinder lag and slow burst shooting in C-AF
  • Canon is building a very interesting lens selection for the RF mount, but many of them are large and will suit the EOS R ergonomics better

Choose the Canon EOS R if:

  • you prefer a larger and more robust body
  • you want extra options for video
  • you find it at a good price

Choose the Canon EOS RP if:

  • you want an affordable full-frame camera

Mirrorless Comparison’s review examines every feature in both cameras and compares them. If you are on the fence and don’t know which camera is best for you, be sure to have a look at the review.

Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

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