Canon exhibits a range of broadcast lens solutions at the 2009 NAB Show
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, will be expanding its broadcast lens arsenal with the introduction of several new products at the 2009 NAB Show. In the Canon booth, #C4325, the Company will be exhibiting its portfolio of HD lenses, Free Space Optics, robotic pan-tilt cameras, professional camcorder equipment as well as the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera. These and other Canon imaging solutions will be on-hand throughout the 2009 NAB Show, April 20-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
New HJ14ex4.3B Wide-Angle Portable HDTV Lens
The HJ14ex4.3B wide-angle portable HDTV lens is the product of Canon’s latest development tools, newly developed glass elements, and highly advanced optical coatings. The HJ14ex4.3B combines an extended 14 times zoom range and unprecedented 4.3mm wide angle while also improving on the exceptional optical performance of its predecessor. In addition, the HJ14ex4.3B’s newly developed Digital Drive unit provides improved operability and ergonomic advances for user comfort and convenient control of lens functions.
New KJ17ex7.7B 2/3-Inch HDgc Lens
The KJ17ex7.7B is a ’second-generation’ HDgc lens in that it draws upon all that was learned with the original HDgc products to direct an optimized design based upon recent advances in Canon’s computer-based optical-design tools and the use of the most contemporary optical technologies. Canon’s new KJ17ex7.7B HDgc lens represents a higher bar in cost-effective imaging value and performance for a wide range of broadcast and professional users.
BU-50H Remote-Control Robotic Indoor Pan-Tilt HD Camera System
A follow-up to Canon’s BU-45H remote-control outdoor robotic pan-tilt HD 16:9 camera system, the BU-50H remote-control robotic indoor pan-tilt HD camera system is engineered to provide exceptional HD video imagery and versatile performance in locations such as houses of worship, legislative chambers, studio POV camera positions, indoor security areas, and many other environments. The BU-50H is an extremely quiet P/T system and features a maximum noise level of NC30. It is well-suited for operation in very quiet environments, including studios, conferences, lectures and classical music concerts.
Day/Night DJ40×14B HD Zoom Lens
The third member of the Company’s long-zoom portable lens family, the Day/Night DJ40×14B lens provides the ability to image subjects in total darkness when illuminated by near-infrared (IR) light. The Canon Day/Night DJ40×14B HD zoom lens is designed to work with the many day/night video cameras available from professional camera manufacturers, and it offers a broad range of uses, from wildlife videography to homeland security applications.
Canon XL H1S and XL H1A HD Camcorders
Canon’s XL H1S and XL H1A shoulder-mount HD camcorders feature a Canon 20x HD Video Lens with three independent manual adjustment rings (focus, zoom and iris), as well as manual focus and zoom control. Additionally, the XL H1S and XL H1A incorporate an array of controls for customizing the image, display and operation to match individual needs. Utilizing the industry’s most affordable digital video recording media – HDV tapes – both models are ideal for such long-form production applications as wedding and event videography, digital filmmaking, documentary production and media education.
Canon XH A1S and XH G1S HD Camcorders
The Canon XH A1S and XH G1S HD handheld camcorders incorporate an expanded array of controls for customizing the image, display and operation to match individual needs. Both models record to the industry’s most affordable digital video media, HDV tapes. Both the XH A1S and XH G1S camcorders are ideal for digital and documentary filmmaking, wedding and event videography, as well as government and media education.
Canon VIXIA HF S10 Flash Memory Camcorder
Canon’s top-of-the-line high definition Flash Memory camcorder, the Canon VIXIA HF S10 boasts an impressive range of new and advanced features. The VIXIA HF S10 offers the option of recording video to a 32GB internal Flash drive or directly to a SDHC memory card. This model features the new DIGIC DV III Image Processor, an 8.59-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, an advanced Auto Exposure system and Video Snapshot and Dual Shot Modes. In addition, The VIXIA HF S10 delivers stunning 8.0-megapixel digital photographs.
EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera
The EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera builds upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D camera so successful. Canon has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and affordable camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers and cinematographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.
- Petition to Canon Inc. « 5D Mark II
- There are too many people who are taking the video capability of the EOS 5D Mark II VERY seriously. Even professionals from many production studios.
A good example of serious work that can be done with the 5D Mark II (despite ALL the workarounds needed to use the video feature professionally) is the Feature Film “Searching for Sonny”
These independent filmmakers have a blog that explain and share lot of workarounds and experiences that might be the interest of lot of users:
Check their blog: https://patathread.com/
- There are also renowned designers & manufacturers that had started to build and sale gear for this camera (Redrock, Zacuto, etc). That also demonstrates HOW MUCH customers and designers & manufacturers are taking the video capability of the EOS 5D Mark II seriously and professionally.
- The remaining question still not answered is HOW LONGER will it take to Canon to release a Firmware Update allowing the users to have Full Manual Control in Movie mode wich is extremelly necessary for serious purposes without the need of using so many “tricks” and workarounds (one of them is using other brands manual lenses) to get (AT LEAST) some control to achieve the so remarked and advertised “amazing depth-of-field control” by Canon.
- Canon’s “clarification” (page 3 of Revised White Paper), and answers to online inquiries sent from customers, telling them that depth of field can be controlled by the “focal length” of the lens and the “distance to the subject” is NOT a Real control. It
is an obvious workaround that ANY serious photographer and videographer already knows, and does not give any “amazing depth-of-field control” at all.
It is NOT a professional answer either due to that reason.
- The REAL depth-of-field control, as ANY photographer and videographer knows, is achieved controlling the Aperture setting along with those previous aspects, and NOT WITHOUT Aperture control.
- The worst situation is that MANY customers bought the camera relying in Canon’s statement of “depth-of-field control”:
Page 6:”With it activated, photographers and videographers can capture high definition video with depth-of-field control found only in professional video models”
Page 14: “It’s lighter, smaller, and lower-priced than most professional HD camcorders, yet provides amazing depth-of-field control, exposure compensation and white balance controls”
It is also remarkable that the camera does NOT accurately display the settings values used for video when filming. So the user must just “guess” what the current values are. You can not even trust on the displayed values, it’s surprisingly frustrating, as so many people have reviewed and reported on specialized forums and blogs.
- THOUSANDS of people have expressed their request for FULL MANUAL CONTROL in video mode (wich is an ESSENTIAL feature to allow the serious use of this camera, as it is meant to be) along with the existing Program mode, that CAN be really implemented via Firmware Update (without any hardware change, with no redesign, with no big costs to Canon)
These people have expressed their suggestions and request via online inquiries, customer feedbacks, online reviews, and even phone calls to Canon.
There is also an INTERNATIONAL PETITION TO CANON Inc. started on March:
It’s interesting to see how many professionals from many video and production studios & companies AROUND THE WORLD have already signed in short time.
It is just another effort by and for the entire community of Photographers, Videographers and Filmmakers, wich also has a small blog to spread link with some additional information: https://5dmark2.wordpress.com
- CANON would certainly achieve a LOT more sympathy, loyalty, credibility and sales (on this camera and Canon lenses) if they simply deliver the huge potential the camera already has inside, that was advertised, but wasn not still given to the customers.
THOUSANDS of people around the world are requesting for Full Manual Control in Video mode on the 5D Mark II…
CANON could take advantage of their position right now, update the Firmware, increase sales on camera and lenses, and also develope new accessories for it, because of the HUGE interest on this camera and it’s possibilities.
So far, they are the ONLY company with a Full Frame DSLR camera that is in such condition. But the competition is hard, and will not wait much…