Canon Japan Execs Interviewed By CPN Europe

EOS 1D-X bodies at the London Olympics (image credit: inkiboo)

Therefore we have two points that we always keep in mind for professional photographers – Canon contributes to photo culture and also Canon develops products. Those are the two roles Canon has.

Canon Europe published an interview with Mr. Ken-ichi Shimbori (Advisory Director, Group Executive, Photo Products Group). The focus is on the EOS system and professional photographers. Discussed topics include video modes on the EOS 5D Mark II and what Canon thinks about DSLR video making, the development and philosophy of the EOS system, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens, and more. The interview is worth to be read.

CPN: Do you have a dream EOS camera that you’d like to develop and have in the EOS range, or is there something that the EOS System has achieved that you are most proud of?

KS: “My personal dream to develop EOS would be that EOS can do more than what a human eye can do. Just for example, at high ISO the human eye cannot sense lightness or darkness, so actually EOS with high sensitivity can recognise the subject and can shoot – that is one example.

For example, in the film ‘Blade Runner’ a picture is enlarged and enlarged with no reduction in the high quality, so even when it’s enlarged, enlarged and enlarged again the detail still remains. That is also a dream – high pixel count technology.”

[Rumor] Canon’s Mirrorless Camera To Be Announced July 23?

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Canonrumors published the above invite for a Canon event to be hold July 23th. Is this the day Canon will finally announce its eagerly awaited mirror less system camera? Looks like! CR suggests that the same day Canon could also announce the new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens.

Two more weeks and we will (maybe) eventually learn Canon’s mirrorless projects.

[Rumor] EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens To Be Released Soon?

Image courtesy of Northlight Images (northlight-images.co.uk)

According to Northlight Images the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens has been spotted out in the wild, shooting a tennis match in Wimbledon. There are no exact specifications for this lens. We know that the extender is build-in and switchable, meaning it becomes a 280-560mm F5.6 lens. The price is also unknown, a tag of $11,000-12,000 is rumored. This is a long awaited lens, and an imminent release now sounds plausible. The lens was announced by Canon last year:

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon Inc. today announced the development of a new super-telephoto lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x, for use with all EOS SLR cameras. A prototype of the new lens will be exhibited at the CP+ tradeshow, held in Pacifico Yokohama, from February 9 – 12, 2011.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x is being developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.

[via NL]