Here are Canon firmware updates for two big white telephoto lenses.
Canon released firmware 1.1.2 for the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III lens (download) and firmware 1.1.2 for the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III lens (download). Both Canon firmware updates deal with the following issues:
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following enhancements:
- Increases the manual focus speed when the manual focus speed switch is set to 1 or 2.
*The speed when the switch is set to 3 (slowest speed) will be unchanged.
- Improves the image stabilization effect during handheld shooting with a slow shutter speed when used with EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 6D, or EOS R.
*Enables a full-time manual focus function during Servo AF when used with the EOS-1D X Mark II. The lens must be sent to the Factory Service Center in order for this funcion to be enabled.
If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
The lens’ firmware version can be checked from the camera’s menu.
These are big and heavy professional lenses with a equally big and heavy price:
At a glance:
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
- Two Fluorite Elements
- Sub Wavelength Coating
- Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
- Optical Image Stabilizer
- Power Focus, Focus Limiter, Focus Preset
- Weather-Sealed Construction
- Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Hi Lows Note spotted a Canon patent application (2019-95525, Japan) which describes optical formulas for telephoto lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.
The optical formulas are for 400mm f2.8, 500mm f4 and 600mm f4 lenses.
Focal length: 392mm
Image height: 21.64 mm
Lens length: 360.03 mm
Back focus: 31.01 mm
Focal length: 490mm
Image height: 21.64 mm
Lens length: 412.08 mm
Back focus: 33.39 mm
Focal length: 588mm
Image height: 21.64 mm
Lens length: 476.08 mm
Back focus: 33.21 mm
More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:
- A cooling adapter for the RF mount (R5 overheating?)
- A bunch of macro lenses for the RF mount.
- A 8mm f/4 circular fisheye lens for the Canon EOS R system
- A battery grip that works with differently siszed cameras
- A 100-400mm f/5.5-7.1 lens for APS-C cameras. EOS M or DSLR?
- RF 17-70mm lens for EOS R system
- IBIS coming to the EOS M and PowerShot lineup?
- Patent Application: mirrorless camera with large display and virtual control wheel
- Patent Application: IBIS and Lens IS Working Together
- Patent application for high speed mirror movement and control
- Patent application for an RF 14-28mm f/2 lens
- Patent application for an RF 50mm f/1.8 lens
- Patent application for a smart lens cap
- Patent application for celestial auto-focus
- Patent application describing a Pop-Up Flash With LED
- Patent application describing the optical formula for a RF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS lens for EOS R systems
- Patent application describing how to improve burst rate by compressing raw files
- Patent application describing a new way to review photos from a sequential shot
- Patent application that describes technology to improve wireless communication while reducing power consumption
- Patent application to spot and reduce moire artefacts in image data
- Patent application for weather sealed lens adapter
- Patent application for AI powered predictive camera control system
- Patent application for 18-55mm kit lens with LCD display
- Patent application to reduce noise in image files
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The interview is available as a PDF and you can see it here.
Interviewer: Please tell me about the background, design policy, and your enthusiasm at the start of development.
Nagao (Development Leader): Pro photography situations require the ability to capture split-second, one-of-a-kind moments in high quality. I accompanied pro photographers as they shot, and I noticed how many times that they were all packed into a tight space while tracking a subject. In order to capture such photo opportunities, I realized just how important it is to have a piece of equipment that feels like a part of you and that can be manipulated with complete ease in such tense shooting situations. We then started research from the question of “what should the pinnacle of next-generation lenses be?” We listened to the opinions of experienced photographers, thinking of how we could provide the best piece of equipment to satisfy such users, and engaged in the development process with the ideal lens in mind, but without being caught up in the framework of the conventional lens.
Shimada (Product Planning): The foremost product concept was a lightweight design. This means a dramatic sense of lightness that one can feel when holding in the hand, as we achieved with the EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM. The reason we are committed to a lightweight design is because even though the pro and advanced amateur photographers who use super-telephoto lenses have their own ideals when it comes to specifications and style, they all invariably request a lighter lens. We also took into consideration the common view that simply lighter is not enough — rather, the weight balance when holding the camera is an important factor as a professional tool of the trade. Of course one requirement that absolutely must be met is high image quality. Just how light could we make the lens while achieving high image quality? That was the key point of this project.