The Canon EOS R5 Is A Mirrorless 5-series Camera, Canon Exec Says

Canon EOS R5

It was already clear to most of us that the Canon EOS R5 was playing in the same league as the EOS 5D-lineup.

Now it’s officially stated by David Parry, Canon’s Product Marketing Specialist, in an interview with Techradar about the Canon EOS R5.

Here are some excerpts:

So is that why this camera is called the EOS R5?

It’s aimed at that level of the market. This isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it’s aimed at that segment of the market” […]

The EOS R5 has impressive video credentials. How does it handle heat issues when shooting 8K video?

We’ve been doing this for a while now and we’ve learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup. For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other” […]

The EOS R5 has Animal Eye AF. Does this work in both video and stills?

We can’t divulge that at the moment, but what’s really exciting about that for us is that it’s dogs, cats and birds – as far as I’m aware no other manufacturer has mentioned birds in their Animal AF

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Canon already announced the development of the EOS R5. A few weeks ago Canon revealed more EOS R5 specifications to stop “fantasy speculations“. The announcement is expected to be released in June 2020 but it might get delayed because of the Coronavirus outbreak. In the interview David Parry says “we can’t say whether [the release of the R5] is going to be affected or not, but let’s just wait and see what happens over the next few weeks“.

Summing up everything, here is what we know about the game-changing EOS R5:

  • 45mp full frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation)5 stops with IBIS alone
    • 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
  • 8K video with 29.97fps (30fps)
  • No-Crop on 8K video
  • Dual Pixel AF available in 8K
  • 4K@120fps
  • 4K@60fps
  • Internal recording
  • Animal detection autofocus – tracks animal subjects (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) by detecting the body, face, or eye of the subject.
  • 12fps mechanical, 20fps electronic
  • Scroll wheel added to the back
  • No touch bar
  • Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
  • Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi
  • New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Shipping in July 2020 

All Canon EOS R5 rumors and known facts are listed here.

Image.Canon Cloud Platform To Start April 14, 2020

Image.canon

Canon’s upcoming cloud platform image.canon is set to launch on April 14, 2020.

image.canon was announced in February 2020:

Serving as a hub for users’ content, image.canon allows the transfer of image files from connected compatible PCs, smartphones and external web services. The service will provide new ways to enjoy photography and will cater to a wide range of photographers seeking to improve their post-production workflows, including professionals who want to enhance their creative process, enthusiasts who want to streamline image editing and entry-level users who want to enjoy casual photography and share their images on social media.

image.canon features:

Seamless upload from camera to the cloud

image.canon is a cloud service designed to ease your imaging workflow, whether you are a professional, enthusiast, or casual user. Connecting your Wi-Fi compatible Canon camera to the image.canon service will allow you to seamlessly upload all your images and movies in their original format and quality and access them from the dedicated app or a web browser – and automatically forward them to your computer, mobile devices, and third party services.

All original images stay for 30 days

You can upload all of the images you have taken to image.canon cloud in original data and save for 30 days. Although the original data will be automatically deleted after 30 days, the display thumbnails will remain.

Auto download images to PC and Mac

Downloader for image.canon, available for compatible Windows and MacOS computers, automatically downloads the contents of your image.canon account to your computer – for image management made simple.

Auto forward images and movies to other storage services

Connect image.canon to your Google Drive or Flickr account and automatically forward your compatible images and movies. Forward to Google Photos and Adobe Creative Cloud is coming soon (around June 2020).

Up to 10GB long term storage

Need to hold on to your originals for more than 30 days? Want a library of reduced resolution images? Store 10GB of images and movies long term.

Share and play with images

Access your image.canon images from the app and any compatible web browser. The library of reduced resolution images is ideal for sharing with friends and family over messenger and social media apps or printing with Canon portable printers.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Deal – $249 (reg. $329, today only)

Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Deal

Only for today (3/23/2020) B&H Photo has a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 deal.

Get the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC (Canon EF mount) on sale at $249. Compare at $329. Free shipping. Rokinon lenses are also branded Samyang.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 deal key features:

  • Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens
  • Compatible w/ Full Frame & APS-C Cameras
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses — Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare

More hand-picked deals are listed here.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBayAdorama.

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals to be found here)

Save $10 on Luminar 4 and/or Aurora HDR 2019 using our code “WATCH” at checkout.

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How To Disinfect Camera Equipment And Working Space, Told By A Physician

Disinfect Camera

Here are some tips about how to disinfect camera and lenses. Did you know that Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals was a physician? I did not.

So, instead of tearing down lenses, this time Roger Cicala gives some valuable and professional advice about how to disinfect camera gear and the space where you are working.

We feature only a small excerpt of the instructions and invite you to head over to Lens Rentals to learn the best practices to disinfect and properly clean cameras, lenses, and your working space.

Alcohol  and Soap

Despite what some manufacturers have said, we, and every repair shop I know have used isopropyl alcohol in 60% or greater concentrations on camera equipment for a long time and haven’t seen any adverse effects. Some manufacturers said 99% isopropyl might maybe affect lens coatings. I respectfully disagree, although I will say vigorous rubbing can affect some lens coatings, so take it easy and don’t use wire brushes or such.

Don’t soak it; that is asking for trouble and isn’t necessary. Just moisten it. Use common sense to try to keep your disinfectant on the outside and not let it run into the inside. A light mist with a spray bottle, or a cloth or paper towel dipped in alcohol works great for large surfaces. You might want to dip a Q tip or similar thing to get into small areas or places where you’d rather not spray.

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Stay safe!

Canon Rumor: 5 New EOS M Lenses Might Be Announced Within Next 2 Years

Canon Rumor EOS M50 Full Frame Mirrorless

Here is a Canon rumor we got about the future of the EOS M mirrorless camera system.

A new source told us that Canon is planning to expand the EF-M lens lineup with five new lenses. The commercial success of the Canon EOS M50 seems to have motivated Canon to develop new EF-M lenses.

The five lenses that Canon might release over the next two years are:

  • EF-M 15mm f/2 STM
  • EF-M 52mm f/2 STM
  • EF-M 62mm f/4 Macro IS STM
  • EF-M 18-45mm f/2.8-4 IS STM
  • EF-M 100-300mm f/5.6-8 IS STM

According to the source, the EF-M 52mm f/2 STM and EF-M 100-300mm f/5.6-8 IS STM where initially planned to be released in late 2020. The Coronavirus outbreak and the disruptions in supply and manufacturing chains will make it likely that both these lenses will be released in 2021 along with the other lenses.

The next camera Canon will release is the game changing EOS R5. All we know about the R5 is listed here. More Canon rumor stuff is listed here.

Stay tuned.

Skylum Luminar 4.2 Released, Adds “AI Augmented Sky” Feature

Luminar 4.2

Skylum released Luminar 4.2, an update that brings he AI Augmented Sky feature.

The Skylum Luminar 4 update free and is installed from within the application. You can get Luminar 4 with a $10/€10 discount by using code WATCH at checkout (reg. $89).

The video below shows what you can do with the AI Augmented Sky feature.

Press release:

Luminar 4.2 opens up the doors to creativity with sky-based composite photography opportunities

With new AI Augmented Sky capabilities, photographers can create unique, one-of-a-kind digital art pieces.

NEW YORK, NY – March 19, 2020​ — Today, Skylum announced the latest update for its flagship product, ​Luminar​, version 4.2. This free update for all Luminar 4 users contains important enhancements across the application, plus a brand-new feature — AI Augmented Sky — to help photographers create incredible digital art.

While ​Luminar​ remains dedicated to being an award-winning photo editor, it also expands into being a creative powerhouse, allowing artists to express themselves through new, fun and unconventional ways of editing images.

The new AI Augmented Sky tool lets photographers transform their photographs to the new heights, by helping create unique digital art creations. The tool lets photographers place different objects directly on the sky, enabling creatives to make either a realistic landscape or transform it into something straight out of a fairy tale.

NEW AI Augmented Sky
In the Creative tab inside Luminar 4.2, there’s a new AI Augmented Sky tool present. Artists can choose objects from the Luminar database or use their own. Even with photos that have complex backgrounds like trees or buildings, there’s no need to involve masking or layers. Instead, the object seamlessly fits into the photograph, resulting in realistic self-expression.

AI Augmented Sky detects a photo’s sky automatically and adds the chosen element to the sky area. Thanks to content-aware technologies, foreground objects are taken into account automatically, making the object blend naturally with the sky. And if you want more control over the placement, you can easily drag the new element around the sky area.

“We’re really excited to see how photographers use the AI Augmented Sky to create digital works of art,” said ​Dima Sytnyk, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Skylum.​ “AI Augmented Sky can be used to make everything from subtle tweaks, like moving the moon in the sky, or to totally transform the world around us. The possibilities are endless!”

Transform the sky
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