Canon Pulls Olympics Promotional Booths Along With Other Sponsors, Report

Olympics Tokyo 2020

A different kind of rumor today. It seems many Japanese sponsors of the Olympic Games 2021 are cancelling promotional events and booths. Canon is also rumored to pull their promotional booths from the Olympics.

Sources told Reuters that sponsors are “frustrated by ‘very last minute’ decisions by organisers and a delay on whether spectators would be allowed“. It’s less than two weeks to go until the Olympics start. Citing two “people familiar with the matter”, Reuters reports:

Camera maker Canon Inc […] have scrapped plans to set up promotion booths along the “Olympic Promenade”

According to Reuters’ sources, Canon planned to set up a photo spot for visitors along the Tokyo waterfront. With no spectators allowed, it wouldn’t make much sense. Canon declined to comment to Reuters about the rumor.

Thanks Edina for the tip.

Firmware Update: Canon EOS R6 & EOS-1D X III Get Log 3 And Simultaneous Video Recording To 2 Cards

Canon Firmware EOS R6 Firmware

New firmware updates for the Canon EOS R6 and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Canon EOS R6 firmware 1.4.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes (download):

1. Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. 
2. Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added.
3. Improves operation stability when using the RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.
4. Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection, if the camera's screen turns off, a zebra pattern
is displayed via the HDMI output.
5. Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware 1.5.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes (download):

1. Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. 
• Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and RAW (Light) will be available in a future version of Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional software.
• Support for the processing of RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and the application of Viewing LUT will be available in a future version of Digital Photo Professional software.
2. Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
3. Support for the VPG 400(Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification, has been added.
4. Fixes an issue in which there are rare instances where the shooting settings for Still Photo mode are retained when a user switches to Movie mode.

Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS Added To List Of Lenses Having Supply Shortage

RF 14-35mm F/4L IS

It seems demand for the new Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS is higher than Canon can fulfill.

Canon Japan posted a product notice where they point out that the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS (and other lenses, see below) are having supply shortage.

We have received more orders than expected for each of the following products, and it will take some time before delivery.

We thank you for your many orders and apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.

[Applicable products]

・ RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 IS USM

・ RF 100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM

・ RF4 00mm F2.8 L IS USM

・ RF 600mm F4 L IS USM

・ Ring type tripod mount E (B)

・ RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM

Pre-orders for the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS are available but it seems uncertain when the lens will be delivered. An August 2021 shipping start was predicted by Canon. If you are interested in the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS it might be a good idea to act quickly.

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK


Giveaway: Win A CosySpeed Photohiker 24 Backpack For Photographers

Cosyspeed Photohiker 24

We have a new giveaway, and it’s a pretty cool one. My friend Thomas from COSYSPEED sponsors one of his new backpacks and you can win one.

You can win a COSYSPEED Photohiker 24 backpack. The COSYSPEED Photohiker 24 is a professional Vaude backpack for mountaineering modified by COSYSPEED to work best for photographers. It’s very comfortable to wear for long times, it’s sturdy, it’s a quality product. I personally own other COSYSPEED products and they never let me out in the rain.

You can learn more and back the COSYSPEED Photohiker project on Kickstarter. Have a look at all COSYSPEED products.

Enter the giveaway to win a COSYSPEED Photohiker 24 backpack:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is COSYSPEED’s press release:

PHOTOHIKER Hiking Backpack for Photographer

A camera backpack build around a prograde carrying system from high-end hiking backpacks

The global backpack market was valued at USD 18 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 22 billion by 2026. Over the last few years, photography and adventure sports have witnessed a significant increase in the number of participants contributing to the growth of the backpack market. One such new market entrant is Cosyspeed’s new outdoor photography backpack called the Photohiker.

Cosyspeed has collaborated with German outdoor equipment specialist, Vaude, to bring photographers a sturdy backpack that can withstand rough use while safely storing sensitive photography equipment such as cameras and laptops. The unique feature of the PHOTOHIKER is the carrying system which is normally used in high-end hiking and trekking packs. COSYSPEED has turned around the design process of a camera backpack by designing the carrying system first and in a second step the photo functionality. This gives landscape and nature photographers maximum comfort on extensive photo-hikes. The Photo Cube XL accessory ensures the photo functionality of the backpack is utilized to its maximum capacity. In addition, Photohiker comes with sturdy plastic panels installed on the sides that provide crucial protection for expensive camera systems and lenses against tripods stored in the side pockets.

The collaboration with Vaude enables the Photohiker to boast a pro-grade carrying system for challenging photography conditions. With up to two removable Photocubes and a laptop compartment, the bag offers enough space and protection for the equipment of photographers. It accepts system cameras and medium-sized DSLRs, as well as standard and telephoto lenses and accessories. Smaller accessories can be stowed in zip pockets nestled inside the bag’s inner flap. The optionally available Photo Cube M fits into the upper compartment of the Photohiker and can thus increase the capacity for photo equipment storage. In the back, there is a padded zip compartment that has enough space to hold a MacBookPro 16” comfortably. The side pockets and underbody are outfitted with a rubberized material on the inside that can hold a tripod each. Available in two different capacities of 44 and 24 liters, the Photohiker is a perfect companion to bring onboard aircraft for your mid-travel photo editing sessions as both sizes are in accordance with IATA guidelines.

The carrying system features a very well-ventilated Aeroflex 3D back system with an integrated metal frame. Comfortable ErgoShape straps and adjustable back length allow for comfortable carrying, and uncomplicated adjustment to different body sizes even for extended outdoor sessions without having to take breaks to manage equipment.

The bag is made with tough nylon materials with a rain hood at the bottom that gives it the ability to withstand heavy rain showers. The bag is made in compliance with high environmental standards and is free of PFC, meaning that it meets the stringent criteria for the Green Button Alliance Certification, the government seal for environmentally sound production, and fair working conditions.

Has The Canon EOS R3 Been Delayed Because Of Production Issues?

Canon Eos R3 Specifications

We were expecting the Canon EOS R3 announcement this week. It didn’t happen. The reason might be a production issue.

It seems that the Olympics do not play a role in the Canon EOS R3 announcement. Also, it is not sure that the EOS R3 was delayed. It might well be that Canon didn’t plan to release it in June 2021. If there was a delay, Canon Rumors suspects it’s due to production issues. This most likely means supply chain issues. There is a chip shortage going on. It’s real and it is reported even on Wikipedia (see here too for more information).

Hard to say if the chip shortage is really affecting Canon’s production chain. It’s entirely possible, though.

Here are are the known and rumored EOS R3 specification in one list:

  • 30.1mp backside illuminated image sensor (resolution is not confirmed yet)
  • Multi-Controller & Smart Controller
  • Vari-Angle Touch Screen
  • NEW accessory shoe
  • Wifi 5GHz
  • High speed 30fps electronic shutter with AF/AE tracking + RAW shooting at this speed
  • AF down to -7.0 EV
  • 8 Stops Coordinated Control IS with Optical IS and In-Body IS
  • 4K Canon Log3​
  • Oversampling 4K
  • Internal RAW video
  • Inclusion of cars and motorbikes in AF tracking technology
  • RAW internal movie recording
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter
  • The same weather sealing as the EOS-1D series
  • LP-E19 Battery
  • Dual card slot SD & CFExpress

All our Canon EOS R3 coverage is listed here, product images are here and here. There has been some discussion about who makes the imaging sensor of the EOS R3. You can get notified when the Canon EOS R3 will be available for preorder.

More about the EOS R3 after the break.

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Yongnuo YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM For Canon EOS R Announced

YN RF 85mm

Yongnuo announced a new lens, it’s for the RF mount and it’s the YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM.

YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM press release:

Small body, lightweight

This product is designed for RF mount mirrorless camera,the maximum diameter and length of the lens is about 67×88mm, and the net weight is only about 380g. The lightweight design is good for long-term handhold shooting and video recording.

Equipped with a control ring, supports silent operation

Users can assign common functions such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, etc. to the control ring according to their needs. Rotating the control ring can quickly adjust the corresponding parameters, greatly improving operation convenience creative efficiency.

The lens is also designed with a “Click” switch: After Click is turned on, turning the control ring will have a clear sense of gear and a “click” sound; When the Click is turned off, turning the control ring will not make any noise, which is helpful during video recording.

Note: The control ring and manual focus ring are integrated designs, please set the switch to the corresponding position when using.

Equipped with AF/MF focus mode switch,supports full-time manual focus.

Through the AF/MF focus mode switch, you can quickly switch the focus mode. When the autofocus operation is set to [ONE SHOT], you can focus manually after you keep pressing the shutter button halfway to complete the focus (full-time manual focus).

Note: The full-time manual focus function can only be used normally after enabling the corresponding settings on the camera. For detailed operations, please refer to the camera manual.

Equipped with quiet DSM stepping motor

Digitally controlled stepping motor (DSM) has a quick start-stop response, high focusing accuracy, and quieter focusing action, which is suitable for photo shooting and video recording.

The lens mount is equipped with a dust-proof and water-proof rubber ring

The lens mount is equipped with a dust-proof and water-proof rubber ring,which can effectively resist the entry of dust and water droplets.

Note: The mount position of this lens has a certain degree of waterproof performance, but it is not completely waterproof. If you are shooting in rainy weather, please try to keep the lens from getting wet.

YN RF 85mm

Equipped with a low-dispersion lens

Equipped with one low-dispersion glass, which can effectively suppress the dispersion problem.

With 9 optical lenses in 8 groups, the nano-multilayer coating process

The lens adopts an optical structure of 9 lenses in 8 groups, and the lens has a nano-multilayer coating process, which can effectively increase the light transmittance and suppress back-light ghosts and glare.

F1.8 large aperture, 7 aperture blades

Flexible use of F1.8 large aperture, easy to obtain soft blur effect, highlighting the subject.

The lens is designed with 7 aperture blades. It can shoot circular diffuse spots. It can also take pictures with 14 starburst effects if the aperture is appropriately reduced.

USB firmware upgrade

Equipped with a USB Type-C interface, you can download the latest firmware to upgrade the lens to keep the lens at its best performance.

Metal bayonet, gold-plated contacts

The lens adopts high-precision metal bayonet and gold-plated contacts, which can effectively improve the signal conductivity and corrosion resistance. At the same time, it can maintain reliable communication between the camera and the lens, and realize functions such as autofocus, aperture control, and EXIF information transmission.

[via Canon Rumors]