Canon Patent: Automatic Self-composing Selfie Stick (extends, retracts, changes angle)

Canon Patent

You read it right. This Canon patent application might refer to a selfie stick that automagically adjusts length and angle to take the perfect selfie.

Canon patent application 2021040089 (published 9/26/2022, Japan) discusses methods and technology for an automatically self-composing, robotic selfie stick. From the patent literature:

An object of the present invention is to provide an imaging device capable of adjusting the composition in real time when taking a selfie.

An imaging apparatus as one aspect of the present invention includes an imaging unit, an extendable rod attached to the imaging unit, a grip provided on the rod, and a target composition and a current composition of the imaging unit. control means for adjusting the composition of the imaging unit based on the difference, wherein the control means controls the focal length of the imaging unit, the first angle between the imaging unit and the rod, the grip unit and the At least one of a second angle with the bar or the length of the bar is changed to adjust the composition.

The Canon patent’s selfie stick adjusts the composition of a selfie by recognizing the subject and automatically extending or retracting the stick, and by adjusting the angle. A fully automatic composition for the perfect selfie.

The Canon patent was spotted by Digicame Info. More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Laowa 58mm f/2.8 APO 2x Macro Review (great value, D. Abbott)

Laowa 58mm F/2.8

Here is a Laowa 58mm f/2.8 APO 2x Macro review by one of the most serious and professional gear reviewers you may find. The The Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO has been just announced, and sells at $499 at Venus Optics.

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive and complete Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO review. From Mr. Abbott’s conclusion:

[…] I’m delighted with the Laowa 58mm F2.8 APO 2x Macro. While it is very similar in many ways to the 90mm F2.8 APO 2x Macro, the wider focal length opens up a lot of different and unique opportunities. Very close macro is a little more difficult due to the closer working distance, but I do think that is compensated for by the versatility of the focal length for other subjects.

It is that versatility that makes this such an appealing option, much like my Voigtländer 65mm but with more macro capabilities […]

When you look at the price tag (about $500 USD) relative to the competing lenses, the Laowa really starts to feel like a great value, particularly if you tend to do your macro work utilizing manual focus anyway. Modern mirrorless bodies eliminate a lot of the sting of doing macro work, and you can’t argue with the kinds of results you can get from this lens. This is a top-notch value lens, and should be near the top of your macro list if you own a Canon, Sony, Nikon, or Leica mirrorless body and would prefer a slightly wider angle of view in your macro lens.

Read the full review on Dustin Abbott’s website…

The review comes with test charts, sample pics, and much more. As usual, D. Abbott also posts a video-review that someone might prefer to the written review. It’s here for your viewing pleasure.

More reviews by Dustin Abbott are listed here.

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Firmware Update For Canon C70 Released

Video Gear Cinema Eos C70 Firmware Review

Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS C70, which resolves an issue that emerged in July 2022.

Canon EOS C70 firmware 1.0.4.1 incorporates the following fix:

1. Fixes an issue, in which, in rare instances, the camera cannot be normally operated when operating the REC button with the camera set to the [Continuous Recording] function.

You can download Canon EOS C70 firmware 1.0.4.1 here.

Today Only: Datacolor SpyderX Capture Pro – $199 (reg. $299)

Datacolor SpyderX

Only for today (9/22/2022) B&H Photo has a 50% discount on the Datacolor SpyderX Capture Pro. Every photographer needs a calibration tool, here is a good one with a solid discount.

At a glance:

  • SpyderX Elite Colorimeter
  • SpyderLENSCAL Autofocus Calibration Aid
  • SpyderCUBE Exposure Calibration Tool
  • SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Chart
  • Metal Transport Case

Get the Datacolor SpyderX Capture Pro on sale at $199. Compare at $399. Full description after the break.

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Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO Lens Announced

Laowa 58mm F/2.8

Venus Optics announced a new lens, the Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO, RF mount version available among other mount types.

The Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO sells at $499 and is available at Venus Optics.

Press release:

Anhui China, 22 September, 2022 – Venus Optics, the lens manufacturer that has been always endeavouring to invent unique lenses, is stoked to release the Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO. This mirrorless-designed macro lens offers a 40.9° angle of view on full frame sensors. And like many other Laowa macro lenses, it can focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity which makes it suitable for professional macro, portrait or a walk-around lens. It features an apochromatic (APO) design that chromatic aberration is compressed to the minimum. With 3 ED elements and 3 Ultra-High Refractive Index elements, the lens delivers an outstanding sharpness. Despite its metal housing, the lens only weighs 595g which is extremely portable. It comes with 4 mount options: Sony E / Canon R / Nikon Z / L mount and a price of USD499.

Up to 2x magnification 

This new 58mm lens has the capability to focus from 2X magnification to infinity. The minimum focusing distance is 7.29” (18.5cm). Giving you more flexibility in subject selection. From tiny ant to larger dragonfly, you can capture it with one single lens.

More than a macro lens

Being able to focus infinity, the 58mm focal length (40.9° AoV) pair with the f/2.8 aperture give the lens more usage than just a macro lens. You can also use it for portrait, product photography or use as walk-around lens.

Apochromat (APO) design

The lens is engineered to suppress both longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration across in-focus & out-of-focus areas. Purple fringing and ghosting are controlled to the minimum throughout the aperture range. The APO design greatly reduces your post-editing time substantially especially in macro photography.

Outstanding sharpness and image quality

Specially designed for mirrorless system, the lens packed 3 ED elements and 3 Ultra-High Refractive Index elements. With a shorter flange distance, it is not only improving the image sharpness but also makes the lens more compact. It brings you a whole new macro shooting experience.

Deeper depth of field 

The shorter focal length relative to 100mm would give greater depth of field. You can get more in-focus details from your subject under the same aperture. This gives you more control when creating unique visual narratives.

Smooth and Pleasant Bokeh

The 13 aperture blades would create smooth and pleasing bokeh. A stunning background can easily achieve.

Compact size

This lens weighs only 595g with the dimensions of Ø74 x 117mm, making it much smaller than other main-stream option in the market. You can carry it around without burden.

Internal Focusing

The internal focusing design avoids collision of the lens and your subject. It also reduces the chance for dust particles getting into the lens.

New Canon EOS R1 Rumor, But Nothing That’s Really New

Canon Eos R5 Mark Ii Canon EOS R6 Mark Ii Rf Mount Eos R6 Mark Ii Rf 300mm Rf 35mm Canon Eos R100 Rf 24mm F/1.8 Rf-s Canon Eos R7 Eos R100 Canon High Resolution Eos R R10 Eos C5 Canon Eos R1 Eos R5c Canon Rf 16mm Rf 35mm F/1.2L EF Lenses Tilt-shift Lenses Rumor

A new Canon EOS R1 rumor surfaced, restating things that have already been suggested.

The latest Canon EOS R1 rumor confirms the rumored announcement date in the second half of 2023 and adds that first teasers might start already in Spring 2023. What else? This:

  • Canon EOS R1 to be the “new resolution king” in Canon’s lineup
  • Focus on 8K video, looking at the Cinema lineup
  • New form factor and ergonomics
  • New features

And that’s all, folks. Stay tuned because there will be more rumors like this one.

Source: Canon Rumors