Canon Receives 2017 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award

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Lenses they can make at Canon. More about Canon’s 4K zoom lenses here.

Press release:

And the Winner is…Canon Receives 2017 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Honors Canon’s Impressive Lineup of 4K Zoom Lenses

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 28, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company Canon Inc. will be recognized at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for its complete lineup of 4K field production zoom lenses for large-format, single-sensor cameras, which includes all of Canon’s CN-E, CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO lines of zoom lenses. Presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.

“We are grateful to receive this esteemed recognition for our comprehensive collection of 4K zoom lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “As resolutions leap from HD to 4K and beyond, it is important to recognize the lens’ role in resolving those pristine images and the importance placed on manufacturers and optical engineers to keep pace and match the sensor technologies of the more advanced cameras and sensors in the market today. The images we admire on screen all start with the lens.”

Among those lenses recognized with this prestigious award is Canon’s far-reaching CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens, the world’s longest 4K ultra-telephoto zoom lens. Canon announced the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm Zoom Lens in October 2014 and it began shipping in early 2015. Since its launch, the lens has been a part of many live broadcast, and innovative television productions including National Geographic’s groundbreaking live television event, “Earth Live.”

“The CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens was the ideal piece of glass for what we were trying to capture while shooting Earth Live,” said Al Berman, Executive Producer, Earth Live. “Often when shooting wildlife in their natural habitat, videographers don’t have the opportunity to be up close and personal with their subjects, but Canon’s CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm made it as if we were right there with them. It’s probably the best wildlife lens on the market.”

Canon’s remarkable CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens was a response to an international plea for a long zoom, Super 35mm lens to extend creative flexibilities in 4K / UHD natural history and documentary productions. The design challenge that Canon faced was significantly elevated by the urging from potential users that the lens be easily portable in the demanding in-the-field situations faced by those originating wildlife productions in remote locations. The necessary focal range was predicated on the expressed desire to fully frame a subject having a height of four to five feet from a distance of 350 feet. This requirement dictated a focal range of 1000 mm. An additional consensus recommendation from the production community was for the lens to be no more than 15 pounds in weight and 16 inches in length. Canon mobilized the most advanced computer simulation tools to seek the necessary optimization in both the optical system and the optomechanical systems to achieve success.

The design of these lenses leveraged Canon’s decades of expertise in such system designs as well as the deployment of the latest in glass materials to achieve a balance of telephoto 4K optical performance and acceptable image brightness within the physical constraints. The 4K optical performance of the lenses are carefully managed across the entire image plane to ensure superb subjective sharpness especially on the wider angle settings.

The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards will be presented on October 25th, 2017, during the SMPTE 2017 Annual Conference in Hollywood, CA.

For more information about Canon’s line up of 4K Zoom Lenses, please visit:www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/lenses/cinema

10% off on refurbished lenses at Canon Store

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Refurbished Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II are in stock (at the time of writing)

The Canon Direct Store has all refurbished lenses 10% off. You can be sure that the best deals will be over soon, so hurry up and look out for the lens you are thinking about. For the time being the Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II is in stock at $1583.28. Refurbished gear from the Canon Store has 1 year Canon USA warranty.

More refurbished gear listings at Canon Store:

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

Techart announces Canon EF to Fujifilm GFX Smart Adapter

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Techart EF-GFX adapter at a glance:

  • Support Autofocus for most Canon EF & Sigma EF lenses
  • Support Automatic Aperture control from Fujifilm GFX body
  • Support Lens Image Stabilisation (IS)
  • Transfer EXIF data to camera
  • Firmware upgradable via Micro USB plug
  • Aluminium finishing, brass bayonets and streamline design.
  • Powered by camera body

The Techart EF-GFX adapter can be pre-ordered, delivery is expected to start mid October, 2017.

Techart unveils the Canon EF lens to Fujifilm GFX 50S adapter with Autofocus & Aperture control

Guangzhou China, Sep 20, 2017 – The innovative adapter developer, Techart, who has previously launched the first autofocus adapter for manual lenses, has unveiled the world’s first Autofocus adapter for Canon EF lenses & Fujifilm GFX 50S camera. The Techart EF-GFX adapter provides autofocus function as well as in-body aperture control for using Canon /Sigma EF-mount lenses on the Fujifilm GFX body.

Techart has tested extensively on the modern Canon / Sigma EF-mount lenses in the market and found the autofocus performance on the GFX is satisfactory. Aperture of the lenses can also be adjusted on the camera by simply turning the command dial. The EF- GFX adapter currently supports AF-S mode for shooting and supports the lens Image Stabilization function (if applicable). Focal length and aperture data will also be saved into the adapter.

Techart is also working to unlock the AF-C and video-shooting feature. It is expected to be seen in future firmware release. The firmware of the adapter is user-upgradable and can be done by simply plugging the adapter into a computer via the Micro USB cable and running the update program.

The short flange distance of Fujifilm GFX 50S provides a perfect platform for adapting different mount lenses. Although not every one of the full frame EF-mount lenses has a big enough image circle to cover the GFX sensor, Techart EF-GFX adapter still opens up a wide range of lenses options for GFX users to consider.
Pricing and Availability

The Techart Canon EF – Fujifilm GFX Autofocus Adapter is currently available for pre- order at our official website (http://www.techartpro.com). The recommended retail price is USD 499/pc. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Delivery will commence from mid Oct onwards. 1-year warranty is included.

[via Fuji Rumors]

Refurbished Lenses at Canon Store are 10% off for the whole week (but hurry up)

To celebrate National Photography Day, the Canon Direct Store has all refurbished lenses 10% off. The offer lasts for the whole week but you can be sure that the best deals will be over soon, so hurry up and look out for the lens you are thinking about. For the time being most lenses are still in stock.

More refurbished gear listings at Canon Store:

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

History and Science of lenses in a 25 minutes video

What’s behind the technology we put in front of our cameras, optical technology and engineering, and how did it evolve? If you have 25 minutes to spare then have a look at this educational video by Filmmaker IQ.

Learn the history of the lens and its optical design and science from the early beginning as a tool to light up a fire to the multitude and advanced technology of modern lens designs.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

The Utsunomiya lens factory is where all Canon L lenses are made

 

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Both DPReview and Imaging Resource had the rare opportunity to visit Canon’s primary lens factory. The Utsunomiya lens factory – about 80 miles north of Tokyo – is where Canon assembles all its “L” lenses. Both articles offer a pretty interesting journey into the Utsunomiya lens factory, accompanied by plenty of pictures and insights. Definitely worth to have a look.

DPReview also posted an interview with Canon execs taken at the Utsunomiya lens factory. Some excerpts from the interview:

What percentage of L lenses are manufactured in the Utsunomiya lens plant?

Because this is the ‘mother’ factory, 100% of L lenses are made here.

How many different lenses can be manufactured simultaneously in this plant?

Basically, we create all lenses every day [including L-series EF, Cinema EOS and broadcast]. The only exception is some of the broadcast lenses.

Which lenses in particular are the most difficult to manufacture and why?

Any large super telephoto lenses because of the size of the glass elements. In terms of skill required for lens assembly: the TV broadcast lenses are most difficult.

How many lenses are produced at this lens plant every year, both in terms of types of lenses and total units?

We do not disclose total production for this plant. That said, Canon has produced a total of 120 million lenses over the years. Of course, many of those are kit lenses, which are not produced here, but in our facility in Taiwan.