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Canon celebrates 50th anniversary of lens employing synthetic fluorite

Canon Inc. and Canon Optron, Inc. announced the 50th anniversary of the release of the FL-F300mm f/5.6 (released in May 1969), the world’s first lens for consumer interchangeable-lens cameras which employed synthetic fluorite. Alongside Canon’s interchangeable-lens range, synthetic fluorite is also used in a wide selection of Canon’s optical products, including broadcast lenses and astronomical telescope lenses.

When combined with optical glass, fluorite – the mineral form of calcium fluoride (CaF2) – can correct chromatic aberration to such a degree that it is near non-existent. However, naturally occurring fluorite crystals are too small to be of practical use in photographic lenses. To create the vivid, subtle rendering – not possible with typical optical glass – Canon turned its attention towards effectively harnessing fluorite early on. The Canon F Plan commenced in August 1966 with the aim of developing a high-performance lens that employed fluorite, setting in motion the company’s commitment and development of high-performance lenses.

In 1950, a technique for synthesising fluorite with naturally occurring fluorite crystals was discovered, which paved the way for its use as an optical material. However, a vacuum environment at temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius was required to cultivate fluoride crystals, which caused many in areas such as installation and manufacturing, to achieve the mass production of large-size high-purity crystals.

Fueled with a desire to develop high -performance lenses, Canon succeeded in the first fluorite crystals synthesised in an electric furnace in March of 1967, and in February of 1968, established synthetic fluorite crystal production technology. At that point in time, fluorite could not be polished like typical optical glass. Canon therefore developed non-conventional machining technology capable of polishing the delicate material, which took four times as a long. In May 1969, Canon’s first interchangeable-lens employing synthetic fluorite, the FL-F300mm f/5.6, was released. Since then, the use of synthetic fluorite has been crucial to Canon’s development of high-performance lenses.

In December 1974, Optron Inc. (now Canon Optron) was established to commercialise the fluorite crystal mass production technology Canon had cultivated. Canon Optron developed a variety of other optical crystal materials while refining its high-temperature vacuum and temperature control technologies for the mass production of synthetic fluorite. In July 2007, Canon Optron provided 12 lenses to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory – including a synthetic fluorite 40cm wide lens, capable of registering signals from over 10 billion light years away.

Canon is committed to improving its imaging technologies, with a focus on optical performance, to ensure its imaging solutions meet the high expectations of its users. Canon will continue to develop and manufacture reliable products, with enhanced optical performance, which play such an integral part in society.

Reference: About fluorite properties

When light hits water or something transparent, it refracts. The lens uses its properties to focus light that is transmitted. However, the degree of refraction depends on the color: for example, blue light with a shorter wavelength refracts at a steeper angle than red light with a longer wavelength. As a result, light emitted from the same light source is separated into different colors in the lens, and their focal positions are different. This causes a color bleed called “chromatic aberration”.

Because chromatic aberration occurs in the opposite direction between a convex lens and a concave lens, correction is made by combining a convex lens with a small dispersion and a concave lens with a large dispersion, aligning the direction of travel of the light rays with one, canceling the aberration, and matching the focal point. However, even with lenses combined to correct chromatic aberration, the green focal point, which is halfway between the red and blue wavelengths, still shifts near the focal point. This slight residual chromatic aberration is called secondary chromatic aberration or secondary spectrum. “fluorite” is effective in eliminating this aberration completely.

Compared to optical glass, fluorite lenses are characterised by “very low refractive index”, “low and anomalous partial dispersion characteristics”, “Excellent permeability to infrared and ultraviolet light”, etc. Making use of this characteristic, which is not found in ordinary optical glass, a fluorite convex lens is made, and the secondary spectrum becomes extremely small by achromatisation, and almost all of the red, green, and blue focal points coincide, and the light is focused at a single point, thus achieving almost complete elimination of chromatic aberration.

In super telephoto lenses, which are greatly affected by the secondary spectrum due to their long focal length, fluorite is highly effective. For this reason, Canon has adopted fluorite for its newest lenses such as “EF400 mm f/2.8 L IS III USM” “EF600 mm f/4L IS III USM” and (Both launched in December 2018). The super telephoto lens series using fluorite is highly popular with photographers all over the world for its delicacy of description and high contrast.

Canon confirm a firmware update to include 24p mode for video recording in new EOS and PowerShot models

In response to customer feedback about the recently launched EOS and PowerShot models, Canon Europe will introduce 24p (23.98fps) mode for video recording, via a series of future firmware updates for select models. Once downloaded, the free firmware updates will enable users to shoot 24p (23.98fps) in Full HD and 4K resolutions for the select models.

The first Canon models to benefit from the new 24p (23.98fps) firmware will be the recently launched EOS 90D and EOS RP in late October. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III and G5 X Mark II will follow by the end of December and the EOS M6 Mark II update will be available during 2020.

This announcement comes after the recent availability of the new firmware version 1.3 for EOS RP and 1.4 for EOS R which further enhances the eye and subject detection AF performance of both mirrorless cameras. Canon is committed to providing a diverse and full line-up of products to cater for all capabilities and interests by listening to our customers feedback and providing enhancements accordingly.

The Canon IVY REC activity camera embodies the spirit of the great outdoors

Designed to capture the spirit of the great outdoors, the Canon IVY REC is a fun and easy to use activity camera, that clips to a belt, bag or slips into a pocket seamlessly. Waterproof and shockproof, the rugged Canon IVY REC is made to go where the moment takes you. Packed with a host of features, including Full HD video shooting at 1080p up to 60fps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connectivity and USB charging, the Canon IVY REC is the activity camera that just wants to have fun.

Weighing only 90 grams, the Canon IVY REC features 13.0 Megapixels, allowing adventure seekers to capture quality images and Full HD videos to a microSD card. Waterproof to a depth of 2 metres for 30 minutes and designed to withstand an impact from up to 2 metres, this lightweight and portable camera is equipped to survive the elements and challenging environments. What’s more, there is no screen to crack as the clip doubles as a viewfinder and can be attached to a belt, bag or lanyard for easy access, making it the perfect camera for thrill seekers.

From skiing, skateboarding, water sports or mountain biking, this robust camera is designed to handle extreme sports or more leisurely outdoor activities with ease. Its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connectivity allows social media savvy users to instantly share their images and videos using the free Canon Mini Cam app with compatible iOS and Android devices. The app features fun image editing and Remote Live View capability, enabling users to view their images or videos wirelessly from the camera’s perspective.

Available in four eye-catching and vibrant colours: Dragon fruit (Pink), Avocado (Green), Stone (Grey) and Riptide (Blue), this fun camera is the perfect accessory for those seeking to capture and share spontaneous moments with the world, without risking damage to a smartphone.

Complementing the popular Canon Zoemini range, the Canon IVY REC forms part of an exciting and innovative line-up of products, specifically designed for a young and connected generation. By focusing on fun, ease of use and affordability, Canon is committed to producing world-class products that enable content creators to unleash their creativity and share their experiences.

To benefit from an exclusive introductory offer, customers can now register their interest online. Be one of the first to own the Canon IVY REC when it goes on sale, by registering here.

Canon awarded gold rating from EcoVadis for sustainability

Canon, a global provider of imaging technologies and services, has been awarded the EcoVadis gold rating, for a fifth consecutive year, which puts the company within the top 5% for sustainability performance.

To decide company ratings, the EcoVadis CSR analysis system assesses 21 criteria across four themes of environment, fair labour practices, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Canon submitted data relating to CSR practices across its businesses to support these themes.

“We are pleased to have been awarded a gold rating from EcoVadis for the fifth year in a row. Demonstrating why our customers and partners can trust in our sustainability credentials” commented Stuart Poore EMEA director of Sustainability and Government Affairs.

Canon’s commitment to sustainability stems from its philosophy of Kyosei: living and working together for the common good ensuring we act as a responsible business in society and limit our impact on the environment. It continues to monitor and assess its environmental impact to identify ways to improve its sustainability performance across all areas of the business.

EcoVadis is an independent CSR assessment agency. Its unique CSR assessment methodology covers 190 purchasing categories, 150 countries, and 21 CSR indicators. The methodology is also built on international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000.

Canon takes five 2019 EISA Awards

Canon Europe is recognised as an industry-leader, with the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) honouring Canon with five prestigious accolades. The 2019 EISA Awards showcase Canon’s optical excellence and heritage, with the awards going to the EOS RP alongside RF and EF lenses. Since the high-profile launch of the EOS R System in September 2018, Canon has redefined photographic boundaries, designing bodies and lenses to expand shooting possibilities for amateur and professional photographers alike – which is reflected in this year’s awards.

Awards:

  • Canon EOS RP named EISA Best Buy Full-Frame Camera 2019-2020
  • RF 28-70mm F 2L USM named EISA Lens Innovation 2019-2020
  • RF 50mm F 1.2L USM named EISA Standard Prime Lens 2019-2020
  • RF 24-105mm F 4L IS USM named EISA Standard Zoom Lens 2019-2020
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM named EISA Super-Telephoto Prime Lens 2019-2020

For decades, Canon has been developing the core components of imaging, using in-house research and development across the full line-up from mirrorless bodies to EF lenses. The expertise and technical knowledge in place create innovative and award-winning products – developed in-line with technological advancements and end-user feedback, the EOS R System incorporates the best of the original EOS world. The RF lens mount’s short back focus and wide 54mm mount diameter has made it possible for Canon optical engineers to have the degree of freedom to create a new generation of optics – providing balance between reducing the size of the system, high-quality images and high-spec performance.

Earlier this year, Canon bolstered its commitment to the future of the EOS R System, by showcasing a robust lens roadmap, consisting of six RF lenses to be launched during 2019 and an expanded range due in 2020. As well as updates to the EOS R System expected in the future, including silent, fast and smooth autofocus, and constant aperture. With a strong focus on developing new technologies, Canon is creating tools for the future of imaging – utilising the EOS R System, expanding capabilities and providing versatile products across the full line-up, from full frame mirrorless to DSLR.

“Canon has a long-standing reputation of delivering best-in-class products, built on the foundations of the three core components of imaging; lenses, sensors and processors. These pioneering products span the full line-up – from photography, to cinema and broadcast – which is something we are hugely proud of,” commented Yuko Tanaka, Product Marketing Director at Canon Europe. “We have a desire to continuously innovate, which keeps Canon at the forefront of optical excellence as our expertise shapes the industry standard for lens development. These awards from EISA reinforce that we’re 100% committed to delivering an incredible imaging experience for every one of our customers – we are happy that EISA recognises the value of our EOS R System, bodies and lenses. Our optical heritage continues to pave the way for future innovations within the industry.”

Looking ahead, Canon will continue to invest in the unrivalled EOS world, with a range of cameras and RF and EF lenses, setting new heights in image quality, optical excellence and performance – all while satisfying the ever-evolving demands of its customers.

Voted by a respected and well-known panel of judges, consisting of editors from 60 internationally respected consumer electronics magazines across 30 countries, EISA continues to celebrate products that combine the most advanced expertise and desirable features in their class. In recognition of Canon’s award-winning products, the EISA judging panel delivered the following citations:

EISA Standard Prime Lens 2019-2020: Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM

The Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM is a no-compromise, large-aperture standard lens that shows off the potential of the new EOS RF lens mount. Combining a very bright maximum aperture with impressive sharpness from f/1.2, the lens also renders attractive bokeh thanks to its 10-bladed aperture. The convenient lens control ring allows the photographer to adjust shooting parameters. The assembly of fine optics is built for heavy use and to withstand challenging shooting conditions, while delivering amazing results across a wide range of subjects including portraits and wedding photography.

EISA Standard Zoom Lens 2019-2020: Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM

This high-quality all-round zoom lens is the perfect everyday companion for Canon’s new breed of EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers an extremely versatile zoom range that covers everything from wide-angle landscapes to short-telephoto portraits, while providing consistently high image quality at all apertures and focus distances. Canon’s Nano USM focusing provides silent and accurate autofocus for both stills and video shooting, complemented by the highly effective optical image stabilisation that keeps images sharp when shooting with long shutter speeds. Robust weather-sealed construction rounds off an impressively versatile package.

EISA Lens Innovation 2019-2020: Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM

The Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM is the first standard zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras to maintain a constant aperture of f/2 throughout its entire focal length range. This allows photographers to limit depth of field to a degree previously only possible with prime lenses and allows faster shutter speeds in low-light conditions. The image quality and sharpness are excellent throughout the zoom range, while the USM motor provides fast and reliable autofocus. The lens is a spectacular demonstration of what can be achieved with the EOS R mount.

EISA Best Buy Full-Frame Camera 2019-2020: Canon EOS RP

With the EOS RP, Canon has delivered an impressively affordable entry into the full-frame mirrorless market. Based around a 26.2-megapixel sensor and the powerful DIGIC 8 processor, it’s capable of delivering excellent image quality. Another strong point is the very sensitive 4779-point hybrid autofocus system, which enables reliable focusing in extremely low light. The compact and lightweight body can be used with both the outstanding new RF lenses and with all existing EOS EF and EF-S lenses using Canon’s EF-EOS R mount adapter. The streamlined control layout and fully articulated LCD touchscreen also make the camera very easy to use.

EISA Super-Telephoto Prime Lens 2019-2020: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

Like its smaller sibling, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, this super-telephoto lens uses a completely new optical design to deliver outstanding image quality, along with magnesium alloy and titanium construction to reduce weight without compromising on strength or quality. The ultrasonic motor provides extremely fast autofocus, while the built-in image-stabilisation technology enables handheld shooting with shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal. Thanks to the f/4 aperture, the lens can be combined with the Canon Extender EF 2.0x III to give a focal length of 1200mm while maintaining autofocus.

The official EISA Awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on 6 September 2019.

Canon bolsters its iconic PowerShot G series with two new compact cameras

Canon Europe bolsters its PowerShot G series with two new large sensor compact cameras that deliver a harmonious blend of performance and portability. With high speed continuous shooting and 4K movie (no crop), Canon provides content creators, vloggers and photography enthusiasts with a model to take their creativity and technical capabilities to the next level. Building on the quality of Canon’s existing range, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II features a new 5x f/1.8-2.8 lens and pop-up EVF, perfect for passionate photographers in need of a lightweight yet powerful travel camera. Meanwhile, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III boasts a 4.2x f/1.8 – 2.8 zoom lens and 3.5mm microphone input, providing content creators and aspiring vloggers with both incredible image quality and pin-sharp sound.

High quality imaging in a compact body

Weighing only 340 and 304 grams respectively, both the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III employ Canon’s powerful DIGIC 8 image processor for unbeatable shooting performance in a pocket-sized camera. With a 20.1 megapixel 1.0-type stacked sensor, both models achieve sensational image quality and vibrant colours for photos and 4K video footage. Making use of the CR3 RAW format, the latest additions to Canon’s G series have a wide dynamic range fully supported by Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) and other major third-party developing software, giving users greater flexibility during post-production.

The PowerShot G5 X Mark II is equipped with a superb 5x zoom lens – developed using Canon’s optical excellence expertise – to create crisp imagery for advanced photographers looking for a secondary camera. Along with its incredibly fast f/1.8-2.8 aperture, this model is perfect for low-light shooting scenarios such as capturing cities after dark – helping photographers to shoot further, faster and brighter than ever before. Comparatively, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III has a 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens to help vloggers, who film in varying locations and conditions, shoot high-resolution videos, whatever the lighting. The shallow depth of field, produced by the large aperture in the latest additions to Canon’s PowerShot G series, allows photographers to capture subjects with stunningly sharp detail and create a beautiful bokeh effect for professional-looking images.

Complete creative control from Auto to Manual

For both advanced photography enthusiasts and vloggers looking to build their profile, these new compact cameras provide complete creative control in both Auto and Manual modes. From the first touch, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III feel familiar and easy to use, with a menu design inspired by Canon’s best-in-class EOS cameras. With DSLR-like levels of control and personalisation with these models, users can enhance their technical abilities while on the go. A control ring provides users with direct access to crucial settings for a more hands-on approach and simpler operation. The PowerShot G5 X Mark II’s corner mounted pop-up OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF) with 100 per cent coverage and 2.36m dots allows for easier creative compositions, while the tilting touchscreen provides excellent visibility of shots from a wide variety of angles. For vloggers, the touchscreen feature on the PowerShot G7 X Mark III guarantees the ability to capture videos and photos of themselves in perfect focus – positioned correctly in the frame, for flawless looking content.

The PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III both provide autofocus with confidence. A useful AF+MF feature has also been incorporated to allow for the focus to be manually adjusted, even after the autofocus has been achieved, to precisely capture subjects. A built-in ND filter promises stunning images with bold colours even when capturing in bright light.

To ensure users never miss a moment whilst travelling or on a city break, both cameras provide fast autofocus and incredible shooting speeds of 20fps in continuous mode. Both models also have a 30fps RAW Burst mode guaranteeing that even the most spontaneous moments can be captured. These unique capabilities make the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III essential for travel photographers and vloggers in need of a lightweight yet reliable camera.

Future-proof your content in 4K

Users of both cameras can create smooth, shake-free videos when filming on the go – whether they’re walking on uneven terrain or travelling in a vehicle, thanks to the in-camera digital image stabilisation. The HDR movie function minimises the loss of detail and the enhanced dynamic range enables video enthusiasts to unleash their creativity and capture natural-looking footage. These new compact cameras will future-proof both video and still imagery, thanks to super 4K movie quality, for vloggers and photographers looking to upskill their videography capabilities. Frame rates up to 120fps in Full HD mode create a beautifully smooth slow-motion footage ideal for vloggers B-roll, while a vertical shooting mode produces footage purposefully designed for social media. Automatic settings are also available for movie capture in both the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III to produce balanced exposure and high image quality – ideal for those developing their skills and defining their style. Manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO are still available to offer video enthusiasts the opportunity to develop their technical skills.

Stay connected on the go

The compact nature and improved connectivity of these models makes them the perfect companion for vloggers and photographers on the go. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®[i] connectivity allow users to capture spontaneous moments and send them to their computer, phone or social media instantly; while a live streaming function on the PowerShot G7 X Mark III enables vloggers the ability to share live content with their social media followers for real-time engagement. When connected to a compatible smart device, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III can receive GPS coordinate information for images automatically, helping to simplify the process when tagging images on social media.  A clean HDMI output for streaming and external recording, using the cameras in conjunction with an external device, simplifies production workflows for users of both cameras.

Click here for more information on Canon’s PowerShot G series line-up, including the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III.

Step into Canon’s world of smart imaging at South Africa’s first ever Photo & Video Experience

Visitors to the the first ever Photo & Video Experience from 26 to 28 July 2019 can look forward to a hands-on, immersive event that will demonstrate how Canon offers an unrivalled, high-quality, end-to-end imaging solution – from hardware to digital services and print.

“Canon’s aim is to inspire and enable photographers to capture, store, print and share their life experiences through the universal language of imagery,” says Michelle Janse van Vuuren, Marketing Director of Canon South Africa. “We will be showing visitors just how to do that by giving them the opportunity to capture nine  different interactive zones through a Canon lens. They can also engage with some of the stars in Canon’s award-winning camera and video product ranges, as well as our inkjet printers.”

In pursuit of the shot

Besides Canon’s wide range of cameras, lenses and video cameras, the revolutionary EOS R System and RF lens collection will be a highlight on the stand at the Photo & Video Experience 2019.  Building on over three decades of EOS innovation, the EOS R System is based around a pioneering lens mount which offers greater creative possibilities and even more dynamic ways of capturing every moment. It redefines the boundaries of photography and filmmaking. Throughout the range, Canon has a camera to meet all needs. Canon’s product experts will also be on hand to help visitors identify the ideal product requirements to develop their photographic skills.

Explore the universal language of imagery

Throughout the duration of the event, visitors have the opportunity to listen to some of the most respected professional photographers in South Africa who will offer tips on capturing incredible imagery, using different styles and techniques.  The presenters to look out for include Andrew Aveley, Anton and Darryl van Niekerk, Josie Borain, Natalia Arentseva, Steve Castings and Michael Trucker.

Enjoy your images from capture to print

Canon will also demonstrate its innovative apps, encouraging visitors to start sharing their images with the world, whether it be digitally or physically. Canon’s cameras integrate effortlessly with smart devices¹  via Bluetooth®² and Wi-Fi using the free Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. Images and videos can then be downloaded to a smart device, reviewed and posted on social media or shared with friends and family.

There will also be a range of Canon’s latest PIXMA photo printers on show, allowing visitors to print stunning high-quality images. Canon’s printers use world-class print technology and inks to transform digital image libraries into high-quality prints. Make sure to visit the Canon stand and see the impact and magic of a high-quality printed image.

“We are excited to be showcasing our smart imaging products and hope to inspire photographers in their pursuit of the perfect shot. Pushing creative boundaries and championing visual storytelling is what defines Canon and we are constantly reinventing what’s possible in the world of imaging, for consumers and professionals alike,” concludes Janse van Vuuren.

 

Meet the Editor: Haiko Boldt

Haiko Boldt is a freelance video editor and graphic designer currently living in Namibia, who worked as editor and cinematographer on #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm. He has received a Namibian Film Award for his editing work and is the owner of Thunderboldt Design & Post Production.

#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, produced in Nambia, traces the journey of policewoman Meisie Willemse: a tough cop with an illustrious career, who hides a dodgy past. As she solves one the biggest cases of her career, she is forced to face herself; the closer she gets to catching the killer, the more the dark secrets of her past are revealed, ultimately derailing her life.

Screen Africa chatted to Haiko about the interesting story, the equipment used to capture the epic Namibian landscapes and the need to “kill your darlings” in the editing room…

How did you first become involved in working on the film?

My involvement came about through the director, Tim Huebschle, and producer David Benade. We had worked together on short films and various other projects over the years. I was given the opportunity to read one of the early drafts of the script and I enjoyed the story immensely. It is a local story, which I hoped would turn into a local production and would give me the chance to stretch my creative muscles as an editor. Initially, my involvement was only meant to be editor of the film, but during the pre-production phase Tim and David approached me and asked if I would also like do the cinematography for the film, as well. This was an amazing opportunity and daunting, as well, but of course I accepted.

The teasers all look amazing – especially the wide-angle shots. What cameras and lens set-ups were used on the film?

The early teasers were filmed on a Canon 60D with the 18-135mm kit lens. Some of the aerials were done with the Phantom 2 and later with the DJI Inspire One. For principal photography, we used the Sony A7s II with a Metabones adaptor and Canon lenses (EF 16-35mm, EF 24-105mm and the EF 100-400mm), as well as a Sigma Macro lens. We recorded onto the Blackmagic Design 4K Video Assist from the Sony A7s II HDMI out to be able to capture in 4K (UHD) and Apple ProRes HQ 422.

The director’s monitor on set was an identical 4K Video Assist. In the beginning of the production, the director’s monitor would get its feed via SDI cable. We did have a wireless video transmission option but could not use it because it only worked with HD and we were shooting in UHD. A bit into the production, however, I found a new solution after the launch of a few products from Blackmagic Design. Among these was the Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K. This was used to down-convert the UHD to HD and to connect the wireless video transmitter. Luckily, the device is small and compact and did not add too much weight to the camera rig. The whole setup was powered from a V-Mount battery plate system via 12V and D-Tap cables to the devices. Aerials were filmed with the DJI Inspire One and the DJI Ronin MX gimbal was used for the motion shots.

Can you talk us through your choice to complete full picture post in Resolve? What advantages did this bring?

Working on other projects, we had gotten into a bit of a workflow issue between FCP X and the export and import of the audio through third-party software for audio post.

I always assumed that the colour grade was going to happen in DaVinci Resolve, which led us to decide to choose Resolve for editing as well. Because of the free version, we could install DaVinci Resolve, give it a try and see if it would be the right fit. The advantages were clearly the fact that the entire workflow happens within one ecosystem. It is so easy to switch from edit to audio to colour workflow with a click of the mouse. This became evident when, during the rough cut of the film, the sound designer would come in over the weekends and clean up the audio for the past week’s rough cut. This meant that by the time we had a first full rough cut, we had clean audio, too.

Recording on the 4K video assist in ProRes HQ, which is optimised for DaVinci Resolve, also meant no transcoding. It was liberating, as we edited in full resolution – and so what we saw on screen was what we would get out, and it didn’t slow down the computer.

What was your Resolve setup, including panels, hardware, monitoring and more?

The studio setup consisted of an entry-level iMac Pro running DaVinci Resolve and a 16TB G-Tech Raid Drive for the media. Connected to this was a 4K Ultra Studio. We opted for a BenQ SW271 monitor and the Blackmagic Design Micro Panel for the colour grading. During editing, the audio was taken out of the 4K studio and sent into a small mixer and out to two Yamaha speakers. We also had a big screen TV for viewing in studio.

Can you describe the brief for the edit? What were you trying to achieve with it?

The brief was to forget what I had seen on location, and craft the edit from the footage that was there. The director and I started to make editing decisions as early on as the storyboarding stage. The edit was quite predetermined in a way, as we had created an extensive storyboard with more than 700 boards. We spent about five weeks on it and had already made decisions on shot sizes and angles, and had specified the shots we would use for specific parts of the dialogue. This helped us immensely on set, but also set the tone for the edit.

The story is really interesting – and the female lead, too. Did you face challenges in telling her story through your work?

‘To kill your darlings’, like the director said, was and is probably always a challenge. We all loved some shots for whatever reason, but for the greater good of the story, some of them didn’t fit or just felt a bit ‘out.’ Letting go of shots like these can only make the film better.

Do you have a favourite scene or sequence? Can you tell us why, and give us an insight into the workflow behind creating it?

In #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, my favourites are the shots that involved small edit decisions. Omitting certain parts of the story, or even just seconds of footage – small decisions that ultimately strengthened the film. Always remember that sometimes the things you don’t say also have an impact. For a specific example, I really like one of the city skyline shots. We kept the bottom of the shot at normal speed and sped up the top part to get some movement into the clouds, to create the effect that time was passing.

 

Canon launches an iconic new lens – the RF 85mm F1.2L USM

Canon Europe, a world leader in lens manufacturing, builds on its ongoing commitment to photographers, with the launch of the latest generation of Canon’s iconic 85mm f/1.2L lens, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM. Offering the highest resolution of a Canon lens launched to date, it features a super-fast aperture and outstanding AF speeds, making it ideal for capturing candid portraiture and wedding photography.

Following Canon’s lens development announcement in February, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM is the first of six RF mount lenses being introduced by Canon in 2019. This lens, endorsed by award-winning Canon Europe Ambassador Félicia Sisco, will take users of the legendary EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM to the next level of performance. All six RF lenses will offer incredible quality and versatility for those looking to get the perfect shot.

Impressive resolution for every detail

Designed for the EOS R System, the RF mount redefines the possibilities of photography and videography, providing the tools for users to enhance their skills and shoot creatively without limitations. Developed in line with technological advancements and end user feedback, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM uses the RF mount’s advanced possibilities to enhance image quality and communication between the lens and the full-frame mirrorless camera body.

The 85mm short telephoto lens provides the ideal focal length for portraits and a flattering perspective for faces. The RF 85mm F1.2L USM is only the second lens in Canon’s line-up, after the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, to use Canon’s unique BR optic technology, which effectively corrects axial chromatic aberration that is not completely correctable with a combination of traditional glass lenses – improving resolution and sharpness. Ensuring incredibly high image quality for every shot, the aspherical and UD lens elements reduce lens aberrations enabling stunning optical performance.

High-speed, high-quality

The RF 85MM F1.2L USM is one of Canon’s fastest aperture autofocus lenses for its full-frame mirrorless range of cameras.

When coupled with the short telephoto length and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the fast f/1.2 aperture creates stunning shallow depth of field, bokeh and background separation. The lens aperture makes the subject leap from the image, whilst the nine-aperture blade system enhances the subject against the smoothly blurred background, ideal for portraiture photography. The ultra-wide aperture transmits 50 per cent more light than a f/1.4 lens for shooting in challenging, lighting conditions – down to -6EV (EOS R) and -5EV (EOS RP) – capturing the atmosphere in every moment.

Using the same ring type USM motor as the RF 50mm F1.2L USM, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM ensures sharp focus is found swiftly and accurately, allowing objects to be tracked as they move around the frame. Coupled with a new microprocessor, which uses a new high-performance CPU and firmware, the lens utilises the EOS R system increasing data transfer, resulting in faster operation and AF, allowing the photographer to capture split-second moments.

Exceptional handling and durability

Incorporated in Canon’s RF lenses is a control ring – where settings are programmable to TV, AV, ISO and exposure setting – adds a layer of customisation, making it ideal for wedding photographers who need ranging settings for both perfect candid moments and beautifully modelled shots. The lens is also equipped with a full-time manual focus ring, which allows manual focusing by turning the focusing ring, without the need to switch to MF mode. Ideal for shooting outdoors, or on location, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM features the iconic L-series weatherproofing, sealing the lens to protect against adverse weather conditions when shooting outdoors or on location.

Award-winning wedding photographer and Canon Ambassador, Félicia Sisco commented, “As a wedding – and portrait – photographer, I need to be able to trust my tools so that I can focus on the subject and tell their story. I have been using Canon’s iconic 85mm 1.2 lens for over 20 years because of its speed and wide-aperture which guarantees beautiful images, even in low light.

“The new RF 85mm F1.2L USM is better than I could have imagined. This lens produces a depth of field and bokeh that is impossible to achieve with other lenses and I already know it will become a staple in my kitbag. It separates the subject from the background and delivers a sharp focus on the subject’s eyes which is simply breath-taking, capturing every special moment.”

The Canon EOS 250D is the world’s lightest DSLR with a moveable screen

Canon Europe recently announced the launch of the Canon EOS 250D, the world’s lightest DSLR camera with a moveable screen[1].

Successor to Canon’s multi-award winning EOS 200D, the EOS 250D has a guided user interface for easy operation, a large 24.1 Megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor, 4K movie capability, super-fast and responsive autofocus, and excellent connectivity to smart devices. In addition, the camera features DIGIC 8, Canon’s latest image processor which powers many of its functions, including 4K movie recording, 4K time-lapse and 4K frame grabs from 4K movies.

Straightforward handling in a lightweight and compact body, the EOS 250D enables the whole family to enjoy capturing life’s experiences, whenever, wherever. The guided user interface makes this effortless from the moment the camera is switched on, with on-screen hints and tips to ensure everyone is getting the most out of the camera. It is also easy for users to capture their experiences in imaginative ways with Canon’s Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustment tools to apply to photographs when composing an image or after it has been taken.

Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor supports a variety of improvements in Live View autofocus precision and Eye AF, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Digital Lens Optimizer and Highlight Tone Priority for sharp high-resolution images ready to share straight from the camera. The 24.1 Megapixel sensor performs well in low-light and facilitates a shallow depth of field, adding beautiful background bokeh to treasured family portraits. The camera’s cutting-edge technology combined with its ease of use, makes the EOS 250D the perfect DSLR for those wanting to capture precious family moments so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The EOS 250D is a camera for every occasion. Its intuitive Vari-Angle touchscreen enables comfortable shooting from a variety of angles, making family selfies a joy or recording a vlog effortless. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology will also keep family and friends in sharp focus when shooting stills and video via the touchscreen. Delivering a classic shooting experience, the EOS 250D features an optical viewfinder with a  responsive 9-point AF, so moments can be framed clearly and as they were seen with the naked eye.

When images and videos are ready to be shared, the EOS 250D integrates effortlessly with smart devices[2] via Bluetooth®[3] and Wi-Fi using the free Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. From here, images and videos can be downloaded to a smart device, reviewed and posted on social media or shared with friends and family.

The Canon Camera Connect app also facilitates shooting remotely from a smart device, perfect for capturing family group shots or a hands-free selfie. Images can then be sent to a paired smart device as soon as they are taken via the Automatic Image Transfer function, delivering peace of mind that cherished memories are safely backed-up.

The EOS 250D is available in three sleek finishes: black, white and silver and is part of the Canon EOS ecosystem, comprising of over 80 world-class lenses, flashes and accessories, offering an optimum level of choice as users look to expand the camera’s capabilities.

The EOS 250D’s guided and creative features, combined with Canon’s cutting edge technology, will set families up for storytelling greatness and equip them with the tools and knowledge to make beautiful memories in a click.

The EOS 250D is available across South Africa from May 2019.

[1] Canon EOS 250D (Black/Silver) is the world’s lightest DSLR among all the digital single-lens reflex APS-C size sensor cameras with a moveable screen. Including battery and memory card as per CIPA guidelines. As of April 9th, 2019 (researched by Canon).

[2] Requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart device to be using operating system iOS 8.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later).

[3] The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Canon Inc. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

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