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Canon Launches the new EOS R System

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Canon Europe has launched the EOS R System. The new RF mount has been built on the strengths of the existing EF mount and is the result of detailed research by Canon engineers, who have designed an impressive optical system with a flange back distance of 20mm and a wide 54mm diameter lens mount – allowing for even greater freedom when designing lenses. The new mount’s 12-pin connection enables enhanced communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, further enhancing lens design options, resulting in higher image quality and enhanced usability.

Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO, Canon Europe, Middle East & Africa, commented: “When we launched the EOS System 30 years ago, we sent a clear message that the future of photography was here. Now, as one of the most iconic imaging systems in the world, our commitment remains. Canon will continue to invest in the unrivalled EOS world with cameras, lenses and accessories that set new heights in image quality, optical excellence and performance, all while satisfying the ever-evolving needs and demands of its customers.”

Built from the ground up, the new System has been re-engineered with invaluable input during the System’s development from professional and enthusiast photographers and filmmakers. The EOS R System with RF mount and Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers unrivalled optical excellence, the world’s fastest autofocus and faster communication between camera and lens. Features that are synonymous with EOS – fast performance, superb ergonomics and superior, uncompromising, image quality – remain at the heart of the EOS R System.

Featuring innovative technology for photography and filmmaking alike, the EOS R System allows all users to shoot and film in extremely low light with accurate focusing, thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Small and discreet, the EOS R System gives flexibility, plus the advantage of silent shooting. It also offers the highest standard of movie output from any Canon EOS System camera, outside of the Cinema EOS range, enabling filmmakers to take their storytelling to the next level in 4K with output in 10-bit over HDMI. The whole system has refined handling and enhanced ergonomics, including an electronic viewfinder and extensive customisation, allowing the user to the focus on the subject rather than the camera.

The EOS R System inherits all the existing system advantages, importantly full compatibility with existing EF and EF-S lenses and accessories, when using one of three newly-developed lens adapters, expanding the boundaries of image capture. Canon has today also launched four new lenses, compatible with the EOS R System – the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM. Building on Canon’s lens heritage, these high-performance lenses will push forward the frontiers of creative capture thanks to the new cutting-edge optics and advanced image processing for both stills and video. Additionally, users of existing Canon EOS full frame or APS-C DSLR cameras can enjoy the EOS R System with their existing EF and EF-S lenses thanks to the adapters, while retaining the same performance as when used on a DSLR, as well as access to EOS accessories and Speedlite flashes.

Adding to the EOS full-frame line-up, Canon has today unveiled the first camera body to carry the EOS R name and RF lens mount – setting the new standard for the camera of tomorrow. With the world’s fastest autofocus, it is also the world’s first camera with the ability to focus in light conditions as low as -6EV and totally silent shooting, providing stunning quality results every time. Further expanding the existing EOS System, Canon today also launched the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM – a new 32mm lens for the EOS M mirrorless system – and the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM, two revolutionary, lightweight professional super telephoto lenses for the EF System.

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Review: Canon EOS M50 Mark II

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Ever since the pandemic, the world of content creation has changed drastically. During lockdowns, many turned to creating and watching content online as their favourite thing to do. No wonder, many vendors have started coming out with products focused on content creators, including vendors of laptops, smartphones, displays, desktop PCs, and so on.

Canon is the latest to jump onto the bandwagon with its EOS M50 Mark II. This mirrorless camera, which is aimed at helping content creators create vlogs, live streams, selfies, images, and so much more, is a successor to the widely popular M50. While both the M50 and the M50 Mark II may look a bit similar, there are some big differences.

The M50 Mark II offers improved autofocus, including eye autofocus for stills and video. You also get vertical video shooting support, which is great for using on social media platforms. In addition, you can just tap the video record button and movie self-timer for a better vlogging experience.

There’s also support for wireless YouTube Live streaming, an AF Working Range down to EV -4 vs. EV -2 on the M50, and a metering range down to EV -2 vs. EV 0 on the M50. The only thing that’s missing from the Mark II is the NFC, which isn’t a biggie.

The M50 Mark II rocks a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, that offers excellent picture quality and shallow depth of field. You also get 4K recording capabilities at 24 frames per second, and Full HD recording at 120 frames per second. Canon has used the DIGIC 8 Image Processor to process all the footage you shoot with the M50 Mark II.

There’s also a high-resolution OLED EVF and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. Images or videos shot using the camera can also be automatically transferred to compatible devices while shooting or when a Wi-Fi network is available. The ISO range on this one ranges from 100 to 25600. There’s also a 3-inch touchscreen LCD II monitor, with Vari-Angle that allows you to open it at an angle of 180° to the side.

There is also a 7.4-fps high-speed continuous shooting and you get up to 10-fps continuous shooting with AF Lock. The camera also comes packed with a Dual Pixel CMOS AF that allows for up to 143 AF points. You can also touch and drag the AF to easily adjust the AF point directly on the LCD panel. You also get a 5-axis image stabilization when shooting movies.

Handling the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is pretty easy since it is styled like a mini DSLR. The body itself does not have a heft to it – so vloggers and content creators would find it easy to operate with one hand. The control dial, shutter button, record button, and M-Fn can all be found on the top right-hand side of the camera’s body.

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We found the touchscreen of the camera to be very responsive. It is quite bright as well – so viewing it won’t be a task under direct sunlight. The camera also comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack, micro-HDMI, and USB Micro-B slots running down the side.

One of the biggest upgrades on the M50 Mark II, as mentioned earlier, is its autofocus capability. The Mark II features face and eye tracking when shooting both stills and video. During our review period, we found the M50 Mark II to perform quite well in terms of eye-tracking, even when shooting fast-moving subjects under low light conditions.

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Image quality is top notch – it was able to provide images with good colour and detail. The quality of images and videos are comparable to those found on the M50 since the Mark II uses the same sensor as its predecessor. While the M50 Mark II is capable of shooting 4K videos, we found the quality of the Full HD footage much better to look at.

On a Full HD 1080p capture, you can use the dual pixel autofocus feature, which lets you use eye tracking on your subjects. Here, too, the M50 Mark II did a brilliant job. The camera also allows for direct live-streaming to a YouTube channel. The only catch here is that you need to have at least 1000 subscribers on your channel to be able to use this feature, a limitation, which we found a bit weird, at first.

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It may be because YouTube’s streaming guidelines add this restriction to mobile devices such as smartphones. However, streamers who use a webcam are not bound by this limitation. Possibly, YouTube’s ToS classifies the Canon EOS M50 Mark II as a mobile device and thus the minimum 1000 subscriber requirement.

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is available at a price of AED 2600 for just the body. For AED 400 more, you could opt for the Canon EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Camera, Black and EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM bundle. The pricing, as you can see, is very affordable and pocket-friendly.

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The performance of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is also very good, considering it offers a wide range of features that can help content creators create outstanding content. If you are looking for an able mirrorless camera to start your stint with vlogging or content creation, at an affordable price point, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II might be just for you.

Price: AED 2600 (body only), AED 3000 (body and 15-45mm lens kit)

Canon EOS M50 Mark II AED 2600 (body only), AED 3000 (body and 15-45mm lens kit)
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The M50 Mark II rocks a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, that offers excellent picture quality and shallow depth of field. You also get 4K recording capabilities at 24 frames per second, and Full HD recording at 120 frames per second. Canon has used the DIGIC 8 Image Processor to process all the footage you shoot with the M50 Mark II.

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Canon Launches EOS R3 and new RF Lenses

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Canon has launched the new EOS R3 – a powerhouse for sports photography and reportage. Blending tradition with cutting-edge technology, the EOS R3 offers all the familiarity and speed of Canon’s renowned EOS-1 series, with the innovation and versatility of the pioneering EOS R System. Designed using feedback from the most demanding professional press and sports photographers, the EOS R3 features over 100 improvements upon Canon’s mirrorless and DSLR models.

The result is a camera that streamlines workflows and takes the connection between camera and photographer to new levels, for unbeatable speed and responsiveness. With a brand new, innovative 24.1 megapixel sensor, the EOS R3 gives the optimal balance of performance, resolution, and speed to offer news and sports photographers a camera to outperform and outpace the competition. Leveraging the new 24.1-megapixel backside-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, the EOS R3 offers lightning-fast image capture and enhanced responsiveness.

The powerful sensor almost entirely eliminates rolling shutter distortion and with a rapid shutter speed, offering a range of 30 seconds to 1/64000th of a second, it helps sports photographers freeze the fastest of subjects. When using the electronic shutter, photographers can shoot up to 30fps with AE and AF tracking even when shooting RAW files, as well as options for shooting at 15fps and 3fps. The electronic shutter can also be used with both Canon and third-party flashes for the first time. Removing the traditional weaknesses of electronic shutters, Canon has introduced Flicker detection and a High-Frequency anti-flicker shooting mode to detect and correct flickering light sources and prevent banding or colour and exposure issues.

Capable of focusing in 0.03 seconds, the EOS R3 is the fastest EOS R series camera yet – perfect for capturing the unpredictable action of sport and reportage. Powered by Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, the EOS R3 features an improved Deep Learning algorithm, offering AF tracking including human and animal eye, body, and face detection as well as head detection for humans in both stills and videos. Designed with motorsports photographers in mind, Canon has also introduced a vehicle tracking function, to expertly track motorbikes, open cockpit Formula cars as well as GT and rally cars – with the ability to prioritise the vehicle or the driver’s helmet. Eye, face, head, and body detection are now available in all AF modes, as well as a new Flexible Zone allowing users to select the size and shape of the Zone AF area. The EOS R3 sets a new standard for its ability to focus in lighting conditions as low as – 7.5 EV – making this one of the most capable low-light cameras available.

To maximise control over all these AF options the EOS R3 offers three different ways to select the AF points: the quick smart controller, the precise multi-controller, and the instinctive Eye Control AF. Eye control AF provides a more natural connection between the camera and the photographer. This intuitive and pioneering AF point selection method moves the focus point to where the photographer looks. In situations where the story can quickly unfold, this allows photographers to instinctively focus on the action with just a look. Enhancing the ability for handheld shooting and steady movie production on the move, the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer can combine with optical Image Stabilizer in selected RF lenses and offers industry-leading performance with up to 8-stops.

For professional photographers shooting in the field, it’s not just about the speed of capturing a moment but also the speed of getting it to the news desks and editors that matters. With a number of professional connectivity options including built-in version 5.0 Bluetooth and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, the EOS R3 streamlines workflows and simplifies the connection to a smartphone or Wi-Fi network. Ideal for sport arenas, the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port enables a high speed wired connection. And, for when speed really matters, photographers can transmit images to clients via FTP. For existing EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III users, network settings can be shared between the three cameras.

Users can remotely control the camera from a mobile device using the Canon’s Camera Connect App or using the Browser Remote function via an ethernet connection. A popular feature from the EOS-1D X Mark III, the Browser Remote function also enables users and head offices to remotely change metadata, browse and download images. Users will also be able to use Canon’s Mobile File Transfer (MFT) app – a mobile application for professional photographers that transfers images over a mobile device to an FTP/FTPS/SFTP server.

Future enhancements of the app will include text conversion of voice memos, enhancing the ease of use for professionals. A new smartphone holder accessory for the EOS R3, the Smartphone Link AD-P1, allows users to mount their iOS or Android device on top of the Multi-Function Shoe Adapter and easily transmit images via the new MFT app. The Canon Camera Connect app now enables the EOS R3 firmware to be updated via your phone – a first for an EOS camera.

As with the EOS R5, the EOS R3 takes Canon’s hybrid offering to the next level – meeting the demand for photographers to capture the action in both high-quality stills, and impressive high-resolution video. It offers powerful video capability, capturing 6K 60p RAW resolution footage, which offers 50 per cent more detail than 4K. With 6K CRM RAW files, exposure and white balance can be corrected post capture to ensure stunning image reproduction. 4K footage up to 60p is oversampled from 6K guaranteeing the highest possible 4K movie quality. Great for high speed and dynamic sports, the EOS R3 captures 4K 120p footage for stunning 4K resolution slow motion. It’s now possible to record up to six hours of regular video or 1.5 hours at high 119.88/100p frame rates.

At its core, the EOS R3 is designed to help photographers outpace their competitors – and the same is true for video. To reduce the file size and speed up video workflows, CRM light or MP4 footage can be recorded in All-I, IPB, or the smaller IPB light option, allowing users to select from a range of bit rates to meet their needs and storage requirements. Dual card slots, including a UHS-II SD card slot and the ultra-high-speed CFexpress make shooting 6K RAW video possible and support simultaneous recording to both cards in MP4, providing a fail-safe backup of vital footage.

Canon’s renowned Canon LOG 3 enables 10-bit internal recording, to achieve a greater dynamic range or 10bit HDR PQ which minimises the need for editing or grading footage in post-production. Excellent for roving reporters, the EOS R3 features Canon’s new Multi-Function Shoe and is compatible with the newly launched Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1D – a camera-powered directional stereo microphone using digital processing – and the TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d-C XLR adapter which enables two channel recording with professional XLR microphones.

The EOS R3 employs a new lightweight, dust and water-resistant magnesium body for use in harsh conditions. Weather resistance can be also maintained when using existing Speedlites, by connecting them to the newly announced Multi-Function Shoe Adapter AD-E1. The EOS R3 also powers the new, compact Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 through the Multi-Function Shoe, which gives photographers the ability to remotely control multiple radio Speedlites.

Canon has also announced the launch of two new RF lenses, designed to help the next generation of enthusiasts and content creators curate a kit bag with great potential, at a low cost. These two lightweight and compact lenses include Canon’s first ultra-wide prime lens in the EOS R line-up, the RF 16mm F2.8 STM, and the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM – a telephoto zoom lens that brings the photographer closer to the subject. The versatile RF 16mm F2.8 STM meets the growing demand for vlogging, while also offering a lens that’s perfect for landscape, architectural, and astrophotography. Helping photographers bridge the gap to distant subjects, the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM is ideal for sports and wildlife photography.

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Canon Reveals its Widest RF Lens to Date Offering a 14mm Focal Range

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Canon has announced the launch of the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM, its widest RF lens to date. The zoom lens completes its RF trinity of kitbag-friendly, compact f/4 lenses which together offer enthusiasts and professional photographers a versatile focal range covering 14-200mm. With quiet autofocus, 5.5-stop optical image stabilisation, and a 14-35mm focal length incorporating aspherical and UD elements for crystal clear results, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM is the perfect lens for shooting landscape and architectural photography, as well as vlogging where content creators need a stable and broad field of view.

The RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM joins Canon’s expanding range of class-leading RF lenses, built on the firm foundations of the EOS R System. When coupled with the innovative camera bodies, the full line-up of RF lenses deliver unrivalled optical performance and unlocks new possibilities for photographers and videographers. Enabled by the RF Mount communication system, this lens takes advantage of the combined lens and in-body image stabilisation on compatible EOS R-series cameras. It achieves a 7-stop benefit when used with the Canon EOS R5 or EOS R6, with autofocus and control – making it a practical powerhouse for both stills and movie shooting.

Bengü Topçu, Regional Marketing Director – B2C Business Unit at Canon Middle East, said, “We are excited for film and photography enthusiasts to experience this new addition to Canon’s expanding range of class-leading RF lenses. Through our extensive investments in lens design and high-precision manufacturing technology, L308 offers advanced features which reduce aberration and create pin-sharp images. It comes with an Optical Image Stabilizer feature, making it suitable for both stills and movie shooting. This is perfect for shoots under any weather conditions whether in an indoor or outdoor landscape.”

Taking advantage of the EOS R System’s large-diameter mount, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM achieves a powerful combination of wider coverage, high image quality – all in a compact optical system. Weighing just 540g, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM stands alongside the compact, lightweight RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM and RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM lenses to deliver a range of f/4 lenses at different optical lengths that can suit almost any photography need. As with the other lenses in this trinity, it shares the same 77mm filter thread and compact form factor, which makes them convenient travel companions – users can be confident, capturing a range of perspectives whilst reducing the size and weight of the kit they carry with them.

Offering a broad focal range, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM affords photographers the flexibility to capture a multitude of different subjects, including landscape and architecture. The lens features a class-leading minimum focus distance of 0.2m and a 0.38x magnification thanks to its rear focusing system. This makes the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM particularly effective in confined spaces, enabling photographers to squeeze an entire scene into the image.

The RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM employs an advanced optical design of three ultra-low dispersion and three glass moulded aspherical lens elements – one of which is both UD and aspherical – that builds on Canon’s 50 years of research and development into aspherical lenses for interchangeable lens cameras. Through extensive investment in lens design and high-precision manufacturing technology, these components feature a non-spherical curvature that gathers light at a single point to reduce aberration and create pin-sharp images, replicating the image quality of Canon’s renowned prime lenses.

These elements ensure the highest resolution from edge to edge of the image, which is particularly challenging in wide-angle lenses where the presence of spherical aberrations greatly increases. Combined with Canon’s advanced proprietary Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC), which prevent ghosting and flare, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM achieves exceptional sharpness and contrast.

Delivering the very best qualities of the L-series, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM gives photographers and videographers consistent, precise performance. The rear focus design that enables the close focusing ability of this lens also reduces focus breathing to less than a third of the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM. Its Nano USM focus motor delivers fast, smooth, and quiet autofocus; while the wide-angle, fixed f/4 aperture stays constant over the full focal length range ensuring there is no variation in shutter speed or ISO when zooming.

When combined with the 5.5-stop Image Stabilizer (IS), increasing to 7-stops when used with Canon’s EOS R5 and EOS R6, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM is an essential tool for videographers using the EOS R System, providing steady footage throughout the entire video. Photographers can shoot handheld, even at very low shutter speeds. The RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM employs a control ring to give users fast, direct control of the TV, AV, and ISO settings without the need to delve into menus or take their eye away from the viewfinder. Along with the full-time manual focus ring, which leverages L-series weatherproofing for a robust design, photographers and filmmakers can confidently shoot in all conditions.

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