Canon Announces Development Of RF-S 7.8mm F4 STM Dual Lens For EOS R7

Canon press release:

Canon Developing New RF-S 7.8mm F4 STM Dual Lens for EOS R7 Camera for Recording Spatial Video For Apple Vision Pro

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 10, 2024 — Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. is developing the RF-S 7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens for its popular EOS R7 camera1, enabling users to capture life’s most precious moments in spatial video, and then relive those memories on Apple Vision Pro. The new STM DUAL lens is the latest addition to Canon’s EOS VR System lineup, and will be available later this fall2. Canon is the first3 camera manufacturer to introduce a dedicated, interchangeable lens that enables pro users to capture stunning spatial video to experience on Apple Vision Pro.

With the RF-S 7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens, videographers can record gorgeous spatial video even in the most challenging lighting conditions. After capturing video with the interchangeable lens, the EOS VR Utility app transforms the video captured from the camera to spatial video, which viewers can enjoy on Apple Vision Pro.

The RF-S 7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens features a field angle that is similar to a person’s field of view, which enables videographers to naturally capture memorable moments. The lens is also equipped with a high-speed autofocus mechanism, so users of all levels can record amazing spatial video.

Canon launched the EOS VR System for capturing immersive and VR video in 2021, and since then has met the needs for video production in diverse fields including entertainment, tourism, and education. The EOS VR System features dual lenses and utilizes the left and right lenses to produce beautiful content with incredible depth and dimension. To streamline the video production workflow, the light entering from the respective lenses is recorded on a single CMOS sensor, which eliminates the need for camera position adjustments or synchronization prior to shooting, or the need for piecing together footage after filming.

The RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens is the latest example of how Canon is continuing to meet the creative needs of pro users who strive to produce stunning immersive video as they explore new ways of storytelling.

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Canon Announces New RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 Dual Fisheye Lens (VR content creation)

RF-S 3.9mm F3.5

Pre-order the new RF-S 3.9mm f3.5 at $1,099 at B&H Photo.

Canon press release:

Canon Unveils the Future of Everyday VR Content Creation With New Dual Fisheye Lens

MELVILLE, NY, June 10, 2024 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the new RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens, bringing ease, affordability and quality for social media creators interested in exploring VR content creation. The RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens is compatible with the EOS R7 camera* and will be available in June 2024.

The new RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens makes VR content creation with a mirrorless camera more accessible and efficient than ever. Engineered to empower creators of all types, this lens offers a perfect balance between clarity and usability for vlog-style VR creation. This APS-C Stereoscopic VR lens’ ability to achieve a 144º wide-angle view and utilize equidistant projection makes it ideally suited for every day, virtually hassle-free VR production. Also designed for versatility, this lens permits multiple methods of camera handling, from hand-holding, mounting on a gimbal, or tripod-mounting. Canon’s available EOS VR Utility software (separately available with a paid subscription) is designed for a smooth editing process.

“The RF-S3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens offers a solution to the growing demand for more affordable and accessible tools in the VR market,” said Brian Mahar, senior vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Whether you’re a social creator looking to expand your content into VR, or a filmmaker interested in making the jump from 2D to 3D content, this lens enables creators of all levels to comfortably explore VR content creation and generate amazing content.”

Get to know the RF-S3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens:

  • One-shot AF and Left/Right focus Adjustment with Focus ring, helping to create effortless and precise shooting in virtually any environment.
  • An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) is a first for Canon non-L Series lenses and helps to minimize ghosting and facilitate pristine image quality.
  • Rear filter holder that accommodates both 30.5mm screw-on filters and sheet-type filters, i.e. gelatin or polyester filters.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens is scheduled to be available in June 2024 for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00**. For additional information, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

RF-s 3.9mm
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Canon Firmware Updates: EOS R6 II, EOS R8, EOS R7, EOS R10, EOS R50

Canon Eos R7 Review Canon Firmware Updates

Canon released a batch of firmware updates, here they are. I linked Canon Japan because they are available there first.

EOS R6 Mark II firmware ver. 1. 4. 0

  • [Number of shots] for [Interval timer] can now be set up to 9999.
  • [FEM] has been added to [Strobe Custom Function Settings]. Also, [ON/ETTL→M] has been added to [Button Customization]. When using a strobe without a display panel, you can now use FEM (FE memory) from the camera side.
  • [Protect after transfer] has been added to [FTP transfer settings]. As a result, images transferred via FTP can now be automatically protected. You can also determine whether the image has been transferred via FTP.

The following bugs have been fixed.

  • Corrected a rare phenomenon where the camera took a long time to start up, such as when returning from auto power off.
  • Enhanced security during FTPS connection.
  • Fixed a phenomenon that could occur only under certain conditions, where images would not be displayed properly on the viewfinder or monitor, and camera operations would become inoperable (Error 70 may be displayed).
  • Fixed a phenomenon where the in-body image stabilization unit would not be initialized and error 20 would be displayed if the camera was started while shaking.
  • Corrected a phenomenon where error 70 may occur when shooting in A+ mode or AI Focus AF.
  • Fixed an issue where the card access lamp would blink and the camera would no longer accept operations when shooting a small subject.
  • Corrected an issue where the shutter would continue to release when the shutter button and another button were pressed at the same time under certain settings.

EOS R8 firmware ver. 1. 3. 0

  • [FEM] has been added to [Strobe Custom Function Settings]. Also, [ON/ETTL→M] has been added to [Button Customization]. When using a strobe without a display panel, you can now use FEM (FE memory) from the camera side.

The following bugs have been fixed.

  • Corrected a rare phenomenon where the camera took a long time to start up, such as when returning from auto power off.
  • Fixed a phenomenon that could occur only under certain conditions, where images would not be displayed properly on the viewfinder or monitor, and camera operations would become inoperable (Error 70 may be displayed).
  • Corrected a phenomenon where error 70 may occur when shooting in A+ mode or AI Focus AF.
  • Fixed an issue where the card access lamp would blink and the camera would no longer accept operations when shooting a small subject.
  • Corrected an issue where the shutter would continue to release when the shutter button and another button were pressed at the same time under certain settings.

EOS R7 firmware ver. 1. 5. 0

  • Added support for the software development support kit (EDSDK/CCAPI) for digital cameras.

The following bugs have been fixed.

  • Corrected a rare phenomenon where the camera took a long time to start up, such as when returning from auto power off.
  • Fixed a phenomenon that could occur only under certain conditions, where images would not be displayed properly on the viewfinder or monitor, and camera operations would become inoperable (Error 70 may be displayed).
  • Fixed a phenomenon where the in-body image stabilization unit would not be initialized and error 20 would be displayed if the camera was started while shaking.
  • Corrected a phenomenon where error 70 may occur when shooting in A+ mode or AI Focus AF.
  • Fixed an issue where the card access lamp would blink and the camera would no longer accept operations when shooting a small subject.
  • Corrected an issue where the shutter would continue to release when the shutter button and another button were pressed at the same time under certain settings.

EOS R10 firmware ver. 1. 5. 0

  • Added support for the software development support kit (EDSDK/CCAPI) for digital cameras.

The following bugs have been fixed.

  • Corrected a rare phenomenon where the camera took a long time to start up, such as when returning from auto power off.
  • Fixed a phenomenon that could occur only under certain conditions, where images would not be displayed properly on the viewfinder or monitor, and camera operations would become inoperable (Error 70 may be displayed).
  • Corrected a phenomenon where error 70 may occur when shooting in A+ mode or AI Focus AF.
  • Fixed an issue where the card access lamp would blink and the camera would no longer accept operations when shooting a small subject.
  • Corrected an issue where the shutter would continue to release when the shutter button and another button were pressed at the same time under certain settings.

EOS R50 firmware ver. 1. 2. 0

  • [FEM] has been added to [Strobe Custom Function Settings]. Also, [ON/ETTL→M] has been added to [Button Customization]. When using a strobe without a display panel, you can now use FEM (FE memory) from the camera side.

The following bugs have been fixed.

  • Corrected a rare phenomenon where the camera took a long time to start up, such as when returning from auto power off.
  • Fixed a phenomenon that could occur only under certain conditions, where images would not be displayed properly on the viewfinder or monitor, and camera operations would become inoperable (Error 70 may be displayed).
  • Corrected a phenomenon where error 70 may occur when shooting in A+ mode or AI Focus AF.
  • Fixed an issue where the card access lamp would blink and the camera would no longer accept operations when shooting a small subject.
  • Corrected an issue where the shutter would continue to release when the shutter button and another button were pressed at the same time under certain settings.

Canon Announced The RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM Lens

RF 35mm F/1.4L VCM

Canon announced the RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM lens. The RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM lens is expected to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $1,499. Pre-orders are available at B&H Photo.

At a glance:

  • Full-Frame Format | f/1.4 to f/16
  • Extremely Fast Design, Advanced Optics
  • Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for Rear Focus
  • Nano USM for Fast Floating Autofocus
  • Manual Iris/Full-Time Focus Rings
  • Air Sphere (ASC) Coating
  • Two Aspherical Elements, Two UD Elements
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Attachable Rear Gel Filter Holder

Canon press release:

Canon Announces First Lens in Series of Fixed Focal Length RF Hybrid Lenses – RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM

New Portable Speedlite with New Multi-Function Shoe Design Also Available

MELVILLE, N.Y., – June 5, 2024 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM1 lens and Speedlite EL-10 flash. The new RF35mm lens is the first in a series of fixed focal length RF lenses with hybrid video and still design, and the Speedlite EL-10 integrates with Canon’s new multi-function shoe design, for users of recent Canon EOS cameras.

Answering the needs of many professional high-level photographers, the new RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM lens can be looked upon as a standard lens for video and still users — for example, those who use the EOS R5 and EOS C70 cameras. This lens is the beginning of a new hybrid lens series and with its fixed focal length, fills a gap as there is not a fixed focal length lens wider than 50mm in the L-series — until now. Ideal for low-light, the RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM lens features a manual iris (aperture) ring which helps provide better control when shooting movies. The lens allows very little focus “breathing” as focus is moved, and it’s highlighted by two Aspherical lens elements and two ultra-low Dispersion glass elements. Overall, this lens has the outstanding L-series optical design many professionals have grown accustomed to. In addition, the lens can be used with the newly announced Canon EOS C400 cinema camera, further reinforcing Canon’s full support of the video market.

“The new RF35mm F1.4 L VCM lens is the answer for high-level video in the mirrorless market – while also providing still-imaging storytellers the durability and optical performance that is synonymous with Canon lenses,” said Brian Mahar, senior vice president & general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The Speedlite EL-10 flash is designed for the amateur photographer who is stepping into the mirrorless world, and the veteran user who is looking to get reacquainted with flash photography. The multi-function shoe helps the still imagery storyteller by providing immediate access to the flash control menu, and either an on-camera EL-10 or the optional super-compact Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 assists with triggering from one through up to fifteen off-camera flashes2. The Speedlite EL-10 is a radio-based wireless flash with 2nd-curtain sync capabilities, and leverages four AA batteries instead of a separate battery that requires charging — making operation more streamlined for some users. In addition, it features a Custom Flash Mode function, allowing the end-user to register and store up to three sets of flash settings, and is approximately the same size and weight as its predecessor the Speedlite 430EX-III RT — while also pushing out the same amount of power. Automatic balanced fill flash is a key benefit to using flash photography, whether during daytime or low-light with slow shutter speed, and the Speedlite EL-10 is an excellent gear bag addition to achieve that creative look in one’s photos.

“Flash photography is a simple yet versatile way to add drama to one’s photos and with Canon’s steadfast commitment to reliability, the Speedlite EL-10 provides a full-circle Canon shooting experience,” continued Brian Mahar, senior vice president & general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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Canon Announces EOS C400 6K Full-Frame Cinema Camera

Eos C400

Canon announced the Canon EOS C400 full frame Cinema camera with RF mount, along with other stuff.

At a glance:

  • 6K FF Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor
  • Full Frame, Super35 & Super16 Modes
  • 6K60, DCI 4K/2K, UHD 4K120
  • Triple-Base ISO: 800, 3200, 12,800
  • PL Mount Adapter Available Separately
  • Improved Dual-Pixel CMOS AF II
  • Record Internal XF-HEVC S, XF-AVC S
  • Record Internal Cinema RAW Light, XF-AVC
  • Timecode, Genlock & Return Video Ports
  • Compact Form, Ethernet & Wi-Fi Control

The Canon Cinema EOS C400 Full-Frame RF Mount Camera is scheduled to be available in September 2024 for an estimated retail price of $7,999.00. The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm will be available in October 2024 for an estimated retail price of $23,850.00. The MOUNT ADAPTER PL-RF will be available in September 2024 for an estimated retail price of $1,599.00.

Pre-orders are available at B&H Photo

Canon press release:

Canon Announces New EOS C400 6K Full-Frame RF Mount Cinema Camera and RF-Mount CINE-SERVO Lens

New EOS C400 Camera Features a 6K Full-Frame, Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor, With Triple-Base ISO; New CINE-SERVO Lens Compatible with RF Mount Cinema Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 5, 2024 —Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is pleased to announce the new Canon EOS C400 cinema camera, with a native RF-mount and full-frame, back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, designed with the film and live production markets in mind. Canon is also proud to announce the company’s first MOUNT ADAPTER PL-RF, and an RF-mount version of the popular and award-winning CINE-SERVO 17-120mm cinema lens.

“Canon is proud to provide filmmakers and videographers with a variety of tools to capture high-quality and visually stunning images,” said Brian Mahar, senior vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new camera and lens strengthen Canon’s already impressive lineup of cinema products.”

EOS C400 Camera Back-Illuminated Stacked Sensor

For the first time in the cinema EOS system, the Canon EOS C400 camera features a newly developed 6K full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, with triple-base ISO, allowing the camera to deliver stunning imagery in a wide range of lighting conditions. The base ISOs of 800, 3200, and 12,800 maximize the full dynamic range of the camera.

An additional benefit of the EOS C400 camera’s sensor is the support for the next generation of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, Dual Pixel AF II. The back-illuminated stacked positioning offers better light-capturing efficiency, which widens the area of the sensor that can be used for autofocusing. The sensor also empowers faster readout speed, as well as better 4K image quality from 6K oversampling.

EOS C400 Camera Recording Options

The EOS C400 camera records in 6K full frame up to 60p in 12-bit Cinema RAW Light. By changing the sensor mode, the camera can record 4K RAW up to 120fps and 2K RAW up to 180fps. This is all recorded in Canon’s latest iteration of Cinema RAW Light, which provides three different recording modes to choose from depending on your file size preference and workflow.

Other recording options include the Canon-developed, industry standard XF-AVC codec which can be recorded in 10-bit 4:2:2 with oversampling from the 6K sensor, helping to create rich detail and smooth imagery, at frame rates up to 120P, without the need for cropping the image from the sensor. Canon is also introducing two new recording codecs into the EOS C400 camera, XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S. These formats feature an easy-to-manage naming system and folder structure, while recording in the familiar MP4 format and preserving metadata.

All of these options are recorded to the camera’s CFexpress slot with sub-recording and proxy options available to the SD Card slot, which allows for simultaneous recording even when shooting RAW.

EOS C400 Camera Production Options

For live productions, the EOS C400 camera body features a dedicated 12-pin lens terminal for broadcast and cine-servo lenses, a variety of output and input interfaces including mini-XLR audio inputs, DIN connectors for time code, genlock and return video, 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI monitor outputs, a full-size HDMI output, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, Ethernet and much more. The camera also features SRT protocol for IP streaming of video and audio. For shooting scenarios where the camera will be controlled remotely, you can use the Ethernet port or Wi-Fi connectivity to enable remote control, including support for the Canon Multi-Camera Control app, browser remotes, or the Canon RC-IP100 or RC-IP1000 controllers via use of the included XC protocol.

The EOS C400 camera can also provide frame-by-frame metadata in real-time and post-production to support virtual production workflows. Ready for 180-degree VR shooting, the EOS C400 camera has built-in compatibility with the Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L dual fisheye lens.

CINE-SERVO 17-120mm Cinema Lens

This latest cinema lens from Canon builds upon the legacy of the company’s CINE-SERVO line, with the added benefit of a native RF mount. The additional pins of the RF mount increase communication with RF-mount cameras such as the EOS C400, enabling auto focus, distortion correction and metadata output for virtual productions. The lens comes in either RF or PL mount configurations, with the PL mount version supporting ZEISS eXtended Data and ARIA (Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation)1.

The lens’ new e-Xs V servo drive unit helps to improve its focus and iris speed, enables focus breathing compensation, and includes a USB-C connector for copying drive unit configurations.

PL to RF Mount Adaptor

Canon is also introducing the newly developed MOUNT ADAPTER PL-RF. This adapter opens up a broad range of PL mount lenses to the EOS C400 camera. The adapter maintains compatibility for Cooke i/Technology metadata communication between camera and lens and includes locking plates to help achieve maximum mount strength. To learn more about these new products and Canon’s array of cinema solutions, please visit here.

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