Canon No. 1 In Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market For 19 Consecutive Years

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Canon is no. 1. Period. :-)

Canon press release:

Canon Celebrates 19th Consecutive Year of No. 1 Share of Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market

MELVILLE, NY, March 28, 2022Canon Inc. announced today that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 19 consecutive years1 from 2003 to 2021.

Canon develops the key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of digital interchangeable-lens cameras — including CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—under the core notion of, “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality.” Amassing together a wide-ranging product lineup—from high-performance flagship models that are go-to tools for professionals to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high-image-quality shooting with easy operation, as well as a wide variety of RF and EF series lenses that make possible a broad spectrum of creative expression—Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.

During the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital in Japan (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) in September 2003. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of revolutionary products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording. Launched in October 2018, the EOS R System was born from Canon’s desire to construct the ideal lens mount and maximize the appeal of its new RF lenses. Canon has since continued to expand the range of imaging creativity and new possibilities for visual expression, including the release of the EOS R5—the first Canon camera to feature 8K video recording2—in July 2020.

In 2021, Canon announced the EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera (released in November 2021) featuring the high performance and reliability demanded by professional and enthusiast users, alongside eight new RF lenses3. While further expanding its lineup through such new launches as the EOS VR System, Canon managed to secure the No. 1 share of the global market for the 19th consecutive year.

Canon will continue to enhance its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology while further strengthening and expanding the EOS series of cameras and RF and EF series of lenses, opening up new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and to promote the spread of photo and video culture.

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Venus Optics Announced The Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Lens

Laowa 20mm

A new Laowa lens was announced, the Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Lens, and it comes for Canon EF and RF mounts too.

At a glance:

  • 20mm Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens
  • ±11mm Shift Amount
  • Outstanding Optical Performance
  •  “Zero” Distortion 
  • 14-blade Aperture
  • Close Focusing Distance
  • 82mm Filter Thread
  • Rotatable Lens hood
  • Special Design Lens Support*
    *Not included, sold separately.

Venus Optics announced another rather interesting and uncommon lens, the Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift.

The Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website and authorized resellers. The US price for 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift is USD1,299 for all mounts.  Pricing varies in different countries. The Lens support is now available for sale at USD249: Venus Optics / BHphoto / Amazon US / Adorama

Venus Optics press release:

Anhui China, 28 March 2022 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer that specialized in making unique camera lenses, is presenting a new Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift, expanding its shift lens line-up. On top of the fascinating ultra-wide angle of view, the lens delivers incredible sharpness with close-to-zero optical distortion (Zero-D). A ±11mm shift amount on full-frame (±8mm on Medium Format) allows architecture photographers to have maximum control on the perspective. The lens also comes with a rotatable lens hood for avoiding flare and protecting the front lens element. Pair with the special design lens support*, it can now create perfect high-res stitching with ease. This carefully crafted lens can absolutely satisfy professional users for both architectures, interior and landscape works.

20mm Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens

With a 94.4° angle of view and up to 117° for panorama photography, giving you an option to capture the whole scene with one shot. It is ideal for architectural and interior photography to balance the subject and the surrounding with a pleasing ratio.

±11mm Shift Amount
With its large image circle, the maximum possible shift amount of the lens is ±11mm for full-frame camera and ±8mm for medium format camera. Sufficient shift capability allows photographers to correct converging vertical lines created by distance. By changing the perspective of the lens, straight architecture can be easily maintained. The ±11mm shift amount also allows photographers to expand the rooms for compositions by stitching multiple images. Creating an extraordinary image perspective.

Outstanding Optical Performance
This lens has 16 elements in 11 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements, bringing impressive control on chromatic aberration and ensuring the image sharpness is consistent from the center to the edge.

“Zero” Distortion
As one of the “Zero-D” members, the distortion is nearly zero. Any straight lines can be maintained from corner to corner. It is a must-have advantage for architectural, commercial and interior photographers which not just saving effort in post-editing, it also prevents any issues when stitching.

14-blade Aperture
The 14-blade aperture produces a pleasant 14-point Sunstar for commercial architecture photography. It also able creates smooth circular bokeh when shooting close focus subject.

Close Focusing Distance
Apart from far-away architecture, Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift also supports capturing very close objects with a 22cm minimum focusing distance. A wide-angle macro style images can be created.

Rotatable Lens hood

The 360° rotatable lens hood shades the front of the lens, keeping the images away from unwanted flares. It is extremely convenient when there is a strong light source from the side. Photographers can also adjust the angle of the lens hood to avoid blocking the image during extreme shifts

82mm Filter Thread
Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift is designed with 82mm filter thread which a screw-in filter can be used. Photographers can now use a lighter and more compact setup when compared to a heavier and more expensive filter holder.

Special Design Lens Support
Lens support is specially designed to work with the new 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift. The rotatable ring is extremely helpful for stitching by retaining the principal axis when changing orientations and shifting. It is especially important for achieve perfect stitching and panorama photography.

Product Page

20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift: https://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-20mm-f-4-zero-d-shift/
Lens support: https://www.venuslens.net/product/shift-lens-support 

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Here Is What Happened To The Camera Industry In The Last Two Years

Camera Industry

Out friends at LensVid put together what happened to the camera industry during the 2020-2021 period. LensVid is not new to this kind of analysis.

LensVid writes:

Interestingly in 2021, we have already seen about 20% more income going to manufacturers from camera sales. If you consider the aforementioned 5% reduction in overall cameras sales compared to 2020 this means that the average price per camera sold globally increased significantly over the past year.

Looking forward, it is hard to be optimistic for 2022. Talking to people inside the industry we have been told that the shortages and supply issues are expected to continue for at least the first half of the year and even if miraculously the second half will see record sales compared to the previous two years, we are still looking at another very difficult year for the industry.

LensVid’s finding are summed up in the video below.

Canon Australia Indeed Recalls “very small number” Of EOS R5 C Due To AF Issues

Canon Eos R5 C

Days ago a rumor came up suggesting Canon Australia is set to “halt sales of the Canon EOS R5 C“, without any apparent cause. Well, reality is a little less dramatic.

As Canon Australia itself revealed in a product advisory, a very small number of Canon EOS R5 C units is going to be recalled. The issue seems to be related to autofocus issues.

Customers who recently purchased the EOS R5 C digital cinema camera

18th March 2022

It has been discovered that the following minor defect may occur in some EOS R5 C digital cinema cameras. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and concern this may cause to customers using this product. We will continue to ensure thorough quality control so that customers can use this product with peace of mind.

Issue
Due to a manufacturing defect in t
he autofocus, the camera may repeatedly go in and out of focus in movie mode.

Products
Selected units in Australia of the EO
S R5 C digital cinema camera.

Our action
We are aware that a very small number of units have been delivered to customers prior to this issue being identified. For those who received their unit on or before 21 March 2022, please contact the retailer you purchased the product from to organise the return and replacement or repair of your camera. We appreciate your un
derstanding.

For those customers eagerly awaiting their EOS R5 C we expect this may delay shipping of your product.

So far it seems other markets than Australia are not affected by this.

Canon Firmware: New Release For Canon EOS C70 (ver. 1.0.3.1)

Video Gear Cinema Eos C70 Firmware Review

Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS C70.

Canon firmware Version 1.0.3.1 for the EOS C70 incorporates the following fix and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for the Cinema RAW Light recording modes. Resolution:4096×2160,2048×1080 Bit Depth:12 bit Frame rate:59.94P,50.00P,29.97P,23.98P,25.00P,24.00P
  2. Adds [Frame Recording] modes.
  3. Adds [Interval Recording] modes.

Download Canon EOS C70 firmware 1.0.3.1 here.

Canon Firmware Update For EOS R5 And EOS R6 Released (ver. 1.5.2, autofocus improvements)

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Canon firmware updates for both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 have been released.

Canon EOS R5 firmware Version 1.5.2 (download) incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Optimizes AutoFocus accuracy when Extender RF1.4x or Extender RF2x is attached to the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM lenses.
  2. Enhances the stability of Eye Detection. 3. Enhances AutoFocus tracking when shooting moving subjects.

Canon EOS R6 firmware Version 1.5.2 (download) incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Enhances the stability of Eye Detection
  2. Enhances AutoFocus tracking when shooting moving subjects.