Camera News: Leica M10 Monochrome Camera Announced

Leica M10 Monochrome

Leica just announced another ultra-expensive photographic gadget, the Leica M10 Monochrome. You likely already got it: The Leica M10 Monochrome shoots only black and white images.

If you have over $8000 (!) to throw away, we are happy if you buy the new Leica toy through our links, though we recommend you get a Canon EOS R instead. If you have, pre-order the Leica M10 Monochrome for ridiculous $8,295 at our exclusive partners B&H Photo and Adorama. But then, yeah, take an EOS R instead.

Key features:

  • 40MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder

Leica press release:

LEICA M10 MONOCHROM: BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY ENTERS A NEW DIMENSION OF QUALITY

Leica Camera AG has taken the next step forward in its successful digital black-and-white photography concept and presents the new Leica M10 Monochrom. With a newly developed 40-megapixel black-and-white sensor, the next camera generation delivers exceptional pictures that achieve an entirely new level of quality in black-and-white photography.

The ultra-high resolution black-and-white sensor of the M10 Monochrom delivers images with natural sharpness and previously unrivalled resolution of details in all lighting conditions. At the same time, the new M10 Monochrom is the first black-and-white camera of the rangefinder system to offer an exceptionally broad sensitivity range of ISO 160 to ISO 100000. Images captured at all ISO settings impress with finely grained rendition of details and no disturbing artefacts. As is the case with all Leica M-Cameras, the new black-and-white sensor is ideally matched to all lenses of the Leica M portfolio and fully exploits their performance with regard to contrast, resolution and rendition of finest structures. Photographers can therefore rest assured that the exceptional quality of the black-and-white images they capture brings out the best of every subject.

Leica M10 Monochrome
The Leica M10 Monochrome
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Canon U.S.A. Wins Lawsuit Against eBay Counterfeiters

Canon Rumors Color Calibration

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A., Inc. Wins Lawsuit Against eBay Counterfeiters

MELVILLE, NY, January 10, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. and its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan, are pleased to announce that the companies have won a lawsuit involving the unauthorized and infringing use of the Canon trademarks and the illegal sale of counterfeit “Canon” merchandise against two defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge C. Darnell Jones II entered a Final Consent Judgment on December 12, 2019 prohibiting the defendants from infringing and counterfeiting the valuable Canon trademarks. As part of the resolution, the defendants also paid a significant amount of money to Canon for their unlawful activities.

The legal action against Joey Fang and Kyung “Kay” Kwak resulted from Canon’s investigation into the defendants’ distribution of counterfeit Canon camera batteries on eBay, and is part of Canon’s ongoing efforts to protect Canon consumers’ health and safety from counterfeit products. The complaint, which was filed on October 16, 2019, alleged that defendants’ unfair competition and misuse of the Canon trademarks to mislead the public as to the source and authenticity of the Canon trademarks could put Canon consumers’ safety at risk and damage Canon’s business and reputation. The Canon companies are represented by Mark Schonfeld of Burns & Levinson LLP of Boston, MA and Teri M. Sherman of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP of Philadelphia, PA.

Canon aggressively pursues counterfeiters in the United States and around the world to protect its customers from spurious and potentially unsafe products which unlawfully use the Canon name, as well as to protect the value, trusted reputation and loyalty that the Canon brand has acquired over decades in producing high-quality, safe and reliable products.

US Patents: Canon World’s Only Company To Be Ranked Among Top 5 For 34 Years

Canon Patent Application

Well, still there is some people loudly claiming Canon doesn’t innovate. We feature a lot of Canon patent applications, and they are all listed here.

this Canon patent application

Canon’s press release:

It’s Official: Canon Places 3rd in IFI CLAIMS 2019 U.S. Patent Rankings

The Only Company in the World to be Ranked in Top Five for 34 Years

MELVILLE, NY, January 15, 2020 – Aligning with its mission of empowering innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., was granted 3,548 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office and maintained its third place ranking for patents granted in 2019 according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, a leading producer of global patent databases. With this year’s ranking, Canon has become the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for number of patents granted for 34 consecutive years. Additionally, Canon has once again ranked first in patents among Japanese companies for the 15th consecutive year.

These patents continue to demonstrate Canon’s contribution to science and technology which are used to develop fundamental technologies designed to drive innovation and support customer and business needs.

“As technology continues to evolve, we too will continue exploring new areas and future innovation opportunities,” said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Canon is proud to be in the top three patent holders as it reflects our dedication and commitment to delivering innovative ideas and solutions to meet market and customer demands.”

For more information on Canon and its products, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

BCN Awards Confirm Canon Is Market Leader In Japan

Bcn Awards

Latest BCN sales data for 2019 in Japan show that Canon is still the market leader in Japan.

Here are some sales figures.

Mirrorless cameras market share:

  • Canon 30.9%
  • Sony 25.9%
  • Olympus 23.4%

Lenses market share:

  • Canon 19.9%
  • Sony 16.9%
  • Nikon 14.4%

Compact cameras market share:

  • Canon 39.3%
  • Nikon 22.9%
  • Sony 15.2%

I think there is not much to say here, but you might sound off in the comment section :-)

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Canon Honors Legends Of Photography And Introduces New Talents

Top 10 Cameras Canon Rumors Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Canon Eos R Pro Eos R Canon Lens Explorers Of Light

Canon extends their Explorer of Light program honouring legends of photography.

Canon press release:

With the New Decade, Canon Explorers of Light Program Introduces New Talent and Honors Legends of Photography

MELVILLE, NY, January 14, 2020 – Imagery is powerful, it can elicit emotions, reinvigorate memories and forever capture new ones. The Explorers of Light (EOL) program created by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, showcases industry leading photographers who leverage Canon products to see and capture the most evocative images of our time. Today, five new Explorers of Light are revealed from an assortment of genres, as well as Canon Legends, a new program that honors photographers who have broken barriers and lead the way within the photographic community.

Pushing the boundaries of creativity and discovering what is possible with Canon equipment, the newly introduced EOLs are:

Landscape Photographer – Erin Babnik

  • About Erin: Known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, writer, and speaker, Erin’s ambitious and expressive style of landscape photography brings together an unusual integration of adventurous exploration, progressive techniques, and formal education in the arts. In her writing and public speaking, Erin explores topics with a unique blend of art history philosophical, and instructional ideas, an approach that has made her one of the most influential voices among the current generation of landscape photographers.
  • What’s in her Bag?: EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS M50, EF 11-24mm f/4L, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS, EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS
  • Thoughts on Photography: “Exploration is the key to creativity. The more that you find to photograph, the more that you find yourself.”

Car Culture/Automotive Photographer – Larry Chen

  • About Larry: Larry is a world-renowned car culture and commercial automotive photographer from Los Angeles. His work has graced the covers of magazines like Hot Rod000 and SuperStreet and he is known for his work with the Hoonigans. When Larry is not covering editorial, he also works with major automotive brands and he is the official series photographer for the Formula Drift series and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
  • What’s in his Bag?: EOS 1DX Mark II, EOS 5DsR, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye, EF 35mm f/1.4L II, EF 85mm f/1.2L II, EF 200mm f/2L IS
  • Thoughts on Photography: “There are not enough weekends in my lifetime to photograph all the automotive related gatherings and events, but you can bet I will sure as hell try my best.”

Wedding and Portrait Photographer – Sal Cincotta

  • About Sal: Exposed to the darkroom at a very young age, Sal photographed his first wedding at the age of 17 and his love affair with photography was born. Today, he is an international award-winning photographer, educator, author, and the Publisher of Shutter Magazine. In addition, Sal created ShutterFest.com, an immersive hands-on photography event geared towards helping photographers master their craft.
  • What’s in his Bag?: EOS R, RF 85mm F1.2L, RF 50mm F1.2L, RF 28–70mm F2L, RF 70–200mm F2.8L IS, RF 15–35mm F2.8L IS, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, EF 24mm f/1.4L II
  • Thoughts on Photography: “How will you stand out? Today’s photographers have to be so much more than just a photographer. We are the visionaries and creative directors. Our clients are looking to us to help them bring that vision to life.”

Wedding and Portrait Photographer – Vanessa Joy

  • About Vanessa: Starting her photographic journey in 1998, Vanessa has since branched into public speaking, has earned five college degrees and received a PPA Photographic Craftsman degree. Vanessa has spoken at almost every major convention and platform such as CreativeLIVE, The Wedding School, Clickin’ Moms, WPPI, ShutterFest and Imaging USA, in addition to hosting personal workshops and numerous small business and photography conventions around the globe.
  • What’s in her Bag?: EOS 1DX Mark II, EF 70-200mm II f/2.8L, EF 135mm f/2L
  • Thoughts on Photography: “Remember how you felt, not how you were posed.”

Outdoor Photographer – Zak Noyle

  • About Zak: Based on the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, Zak spends countless hours in the water, creating dramatic imagery and artful interpretations of the world’s most magnificent ocean environment. He has worked with a variety of high-end clients from the worlds of technology, automotive and fashion – he has also worked on highly visible and successful advertising campaigns. With careful planning, hard work, and sheer luck, Zak has made a lifestyle out of his passion of photographing swells, surf and sea.
  • What’s in his Bag?: EOS 1DX Mark II, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS, EF 24mm f/1.4L II, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II
  • Thoughts on Photography: “It’s the moments in between that are worth living for, water and light only enhance it. Capturing ensures its timelessness.”

Legends Program
Started in 1995, The Explorers of Light program was created to celebrate and highlight the work of outstanding professional photographers. These professionals have made a profound impact within the photography industry and are leaders within their respective genres of photography. As a new class of EOL creators are ushered in, an influential group of EOLs will make up the inaugural class of Canon Legends, which provides a means for Canon to recognize, honor and preserve the legacy and leadership of some of the most accomplished Explorers of Light. These legends of photography have made and will continue to make a substantial impact on not only the photography and imaging industry, but on the Company as well. Canon Legends provides deserved notoriety for this elite group’s hard work and dedication and will be an anchored honor within the Explorers of Light program, continuing to grow in the coming years.

The inaugural Legends Program class members include:

Harry BensonArt WolfeParish KohanimArnold Newman*
Duane MichalsSam AbellDenis ReggieDavid Stoecklein*
Melvin SokolskyGreg HeislerJoyce Tenneson Brian Lanker*
Walter IoossDouglas Kirkland   

For additional information and samples of work, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/explore/explorers-of-light

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens For EOS M Announced

Laowa 4mm F/2.8 Fisheye

The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens as launched back in August 2019 for the MFT system.

Now Venus Optics announced the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye for three more mount types, Canon EF-M (EOS M), Sony E, Fuji. And the best thing? It sells for $200.

Specifications:

Laowa 4mm F2.8 Fisheye 
Focal length4mm
Max aperturef/2.8
Min aperturef/16
Angle of view210°
FormatMicro Four Thirds
MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual Focus
Lens typeFisheye
Optics7 elements in 6 groups
Aperture blades7
Min focus distance8cm (3.15″)
Dimensions25.5 x 45.2mm
Weight135g

This new lens from Venus Optics has an ultra-wide field of view (210°) and obviously a lot of distortion. It almost sees behind itself, and it can be used or 360° panorama photography.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye
Venus Optics 4mm f/2.8 fisheye
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