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Information following Canon’s introduction of serious video in the 5D mk2 in 2008.

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2015 December

28th CN-E 70-200 T2.8 patent for a new cine lens [EG-Goog xlt]
70-200 T2.8 cine lens from Canon


23rd 25-125 f2.8 cine lensA new Canon 25-125mm F2.8 patent appears, but only for a cinema lens (Super35) [EG-Goog xlt]
19th The Canon EOS C300 Mark II mount conversion that was announced a while ago is now available in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK. [CPN]
11th Canon announce the XA35 and XA30 Full HD professional camcorders [CR]
5th C300 mkII review [LS]


21st The ME20F-SH camera is now starting to show up for preorder at a mere $20k (B&H link)


18th Canon announce a firmware update for the 1D C – note that this is not user installable.

Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
Fixes a phenomenon which occurs when the “Shutter button half-press” menu item, configured in “C.Fn5: Operation”>”Custom Controls Menu”, is set to metering start only; depending on when the shutter button is half-pressed, it may initiate AutoFocus.
Firmware Version 1.4.0 includes all improvements and fixes provided in previous firmware versions.
Notes: As a result of this fix, cameras with Firmware Version 1.3.9 (or later) will not be able to read the “camera settings file” created with cameras running Firmware Version 1.3.5 (or earlier). If you require the “camera settings file”, please create it after updating to firmware version 1.3.9 (or later).


21st Canon white paper about technology in the C300 II [PDF]
20th Interesting tear-down of Zeis 85 and Xeen 85 cine lenses [LR]
13th Three more Xeen cine lenses (14, 35, 100/135) next year? [DH-Goog xlt]

12th canon 20-120mm patentAnother Canon cine lens patent for a CN-E20-100 and 20-120 [EG-Goog xlt]

10th Samyang/Rokinon launch a new line (XEEN) of Cine lenses at $2495 a pop. [NFS]

24mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85 T1.5
Covers Full-Frame 35mm/Vista Vision
Available in PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, and Micro 4/3 Mounts
Metal Construction & Fully Manual, No Electronics
Internal Focus Design
Multi-Coating for Color Consistency
Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
11 Blade Iris
Cinema Gearing for Focus and Iris
200° Focus Rotation
Min. Focus Distance: 24mm — 10″, 50mm — 18″, 85mm — 3′ 9″
114mm Front Diameter
1/4″-20 for Lens Support
Weight: 24mm — 2.6 lbs., 50mm — 2.56 lbs., 85mm — 2.7 lbs.
3 Year Limited Warranty
Availability: August 2015 [see at B&H]

A Canon patent for a CN-E18-85 T2.8 [EG-Goog xlt]

canon cn-e 18-85


30th Canon announce [Canon] a 4,000,000 ISO video camera with EF mount. This makes use of a type of full frame sensor they first announced in 2013[ISW]
28th An interesting Canon interview with Masaya Maedya on C500 future, XC10, mirrorless 4K, future DSLR Log option at EosHD

2015 July

15th A quick test of the XC-10 [LR] – ‘not bad, but limited for pro use’


9th The C700x press release and brochure is doing the rounds again, with the press release date now at April 13th (Monday).

I’m told there are some other minor differences, but it still doesn’t look quite right – compare with the C300 mk2 announcement.

I believe the document has been soundly picked apart on video related forums?

Follow these links and see for yourself

8th The C300 mk2 is announced [CPN]

8.85MP Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor.
Shoot 4K at up to 410Mbps/10-bit with the Canon XF-AVC H.264 codec for easy 4K integration into existing workflows.
15 stops of dynamic range with Canon Log2.
Simultaneously record 4K to dual internal CFast 2.0™ cards*, 2K/FHD proxy files to SD card and output 4K RAW to external devices.
Concentrate on the action with improvements in Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face Detection AF and Auto White Balance.
High-sensitivity, low-noise images up to ISO 102,400.
Sensor readout speed is improved, producing even lower rolling shutter distortion.
Support for BT.2020, Canon Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3 colour space
4 channel 16/24-bit audio.
Huge range of compatible lenses, servo zoom support and service changeable PL mount option.

Canon C300 mk2

The XC10 is also announced. 4K camera with a 12MP sensor – released in mid June 2015. [CPN]

29th Yay! … a 4k camcorder from Canon [CR]

1″ CMOS Sensor
Removable grip
58mm filter
Built-in Wi-Fi
External Viewfinder
Canon 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm f/2.8-5.6 4k video fixed lens (35mm Equi. 24-240mm)

27th Canon makes a few video announcements for a big show in the US in mid April [CR]

24th We’re sent a C700x press release and PDF brochure [thanks] – only thing is that the press release is dated today, and there is no sign of it from Canon.

I note that the press release is treated exceedingly sceptically at CR

There is even a huge 20 page PDF ‘brochure’ – have a read and let me know what you think ;-) [zipped PDF]

19th A wide T3.5 zoom for the cine range is suggested [CR] – also C300 and C500 updates are due for the NAB event in the US.

5th A Canon patent for a 12-35/15-50 cine lens [EG – Google xlt]


25th A C500 mk2 for NAB as well as the C300 mk2? [CR]

20th More C300 mk2 suggestions [CR]

9th The C300 mk2 should be fully 4k [CR] – coming at NAB in April

5th The 1DC has dropped massively (~$4k) in price. bringing it down to the original 1D X price.

No signs yet of a replacement and some hints that the 5D variant (as a 5D C, to go with the 5Ds and 5Dsr) will take its place.

We’re told (thanks) that the ‘general purpose’ 5D4 will come along with 5D C specialist video DSLR. 1D C sales have not been good enough to get the return on development of a new version.

Has anyone any info on this?

I’ve no idea about this one, since video on DSLRs just has no use in any of my work?

2014 December

5th A fixed lens 4k camera from Canon for CES in January? [CR]


7th The next version of the C300 will do 4k [CR]

5th Some video testing for the C100 mk2 [C5D]


24th Some mixed rumours [CR] put the appearance of 4k video in several cameras (DSLR and cinema EOS) next year.

22nd c100 mark 2A new video camera from Canon C100 mk2

Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor + EF Mount
1920×1080 60/50i, 24/25p, PF30, PF23.98
Built-In Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware
AVCHD + MP4 Recording
Dual SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
HDMI Output with Timecode & Canon Log
ISO 320 to 80,000
Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma
Two XLR Audio Connectors
Built-In 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz WiFi Capability

B&H preorder $5499

Press info:

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct 21, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the popular Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera.

Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920×1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera weighs just 2.5 lbs. and is compatible with over 103 Canon EF Series lenses, including STM models which can deliver smooth and silent autofocus during filmmaking.

“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide1 – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”

Design Enhancements

Optimized for one-person operation, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera has a mobile core design enabling users to choose their preferred style of shooting. The existing design has been enhanced to include a large-size detachable eyecup for the camera’s large 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel color EVF (electronic viewfinder). Clearly marked red trigger buttons on the camera body, top handle, grip, and a built-in mono microphone on the camera body — for times when the top handle is not attached — can be used to capture basic sound for audio notation or as an aid to audio syncing during post.

Another major redesign of the new EOS C100 Mark II over its predecessor is an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel, delivering 100 percent field-of-view coverage, wide color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The new hinge design — which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface — opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release.

Visual Expression

Previously available only as an optional upgrade for earlier Cinema EOS models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a standard feature on the new EOS C100 Mark II, providing enhanced autofocusing capability. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain in focus even as they move off center. In addition, the compatibility of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon EF autofocus lenses combines outstanding optical tools with a wide range of creative options. It’s ideal for shooting sports, weddings and many more productions where focus pulling by a single operator is not feasible, such as when the video camera is attached to steadicams or drones. The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes Face-Detection AF2, a first in the Cinema EOS camera line, which utilizes contrast detection AF to maintain focus across most of the image plane, an advantage in one-person electronic news gathering (ENG) situations.

Imaging and Recording

Central to many of the new features of the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is its advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor. The Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the EOS C100) for noticeably improved image quality. The Canon DIGIC DV4 processor also includes a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (high-sensitivity recording on the camera ranges from ISO 320 to 80,000).

Another important benefit of the Canon DIGIC DV4 processor is Full HD recording in both the high-quality professional format AVCHD or the popular web-friendly MP4 format at a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates (up to the smooth look of 59.94p) to suit practically any production need.3 For special-effect requirements, slow and fast motion MP4 recording at up to 1920×1080/60p can also be performed.

Users can choose from multiple formats that support MP4 or AVCHD to suit a wide variety of production, post, and output needs. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in one or both formats simultaneously4 for back-up, or convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload.5 Extended clip times can be achieved by recording continuously from one card to the other without a break. In addition, a Data Import Utility application is included that can seamlessly join divided files to help reduce work during editing and to import video file data from an SD card inside the camera or a card reader.

As with the other cameras in Canon’s Cinema EOS line, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera includes Canon Log as a recording choice, providing maximum dynamic range for post-production color grading. New, however, is the addition of a built-in LUT (look-up table), enabling users to view the camera’s live video signal in Wide DR (dynamic range) or the BT.709 (TV standard) color space on the OLED or any external monitor connected to the camera’s locking HDMI® output (this feature can be turned off in the menu). Uncompressed video output (with time code data and 2:3 pull-down markers superimposed) can be output via HDMI to an external recorder.

Connectivity Innovations

The addition of wireless file-transfer capabilities further expands the versatility of the new EOS C100 Mark II camera for multiple production applications, including transferring time-critical news video or backing-up files. Utilizing dual 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, the camera can transfer video files via FTP server for instant relay, or send MP4 video to the web browsers of laptops or tablets for viewing and storage (even on PC’s lacking playback software). Remote control of the camera is also enabled via a compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes compatibility with the optional multi-functional Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, which can be used to adjust image quality and other important operations from a distance, a handy feature for shooting from a jib arm, drone, or other inaccessible location.

In addition, the optional Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver can be connected to the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera using a USB cable to record location and time information during shooting, a helpful feature for editing and archiving.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.00.

1 Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to First Half of 2014.

2 Requires use of Canon STM lenses.

3 For complete specifications on bit rates and corresponding frame rates and recording formats please

4 This function records the images on the card in the sub slot as well, while images are concurrently being recorded on the card in the main slot. Users have the following selection options for the format with which to record the images on the card in the sub slot.

(a)Slot recording using the same movie format (AVCHD/MP4)

(b)Different MP4 (4 Mbps or 3 Mbps) recording in sub slot from main slot However, 28 Mbps (AVCHD) and MP4 (4Mbps or 3Mbps) as well as 35Mbps (MP4) andMP4 (4Mbps or 3Mbps) double-slot recording is not possible. Use of double-slot recording together with slow & fast motion recording or relay recording is not possible, and if such an attempt is made, double slot recording takes priority.

5 Footage shot in the 28 Mbps mode for AVCHD and 35 Mbps mode for MP4 cannot be converted.

SOURCE: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

16th Canon announce two cine lenses, a 50-1000mm (75-1500 with built in extender) and a 17-120mm

10th The next new model is likely to update the C100 and appear next year (at NAB?) [CR]


8th New firmware for the C300 and C500 due later this year.

“MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that its parent company, Canon Inc., will be releasing free firmware upgrades for both the Cinema EOS C500 4K and C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, as well as Cinema RAW Development 1.3, an updated version of Canon’s Cinema RAW Development software, in November 2014.

Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of digital cinematography cameras and lenses has earned the praises of a wide range of progressive professionals working in the cinema and television production industries. The new firmware upgrades, which will deliver enhanced performance to effectively respond to the needs of various users, are being offered for the EOS C500 and EOS C300 camera models while the updated Cinema RAW Development software for 4K Cinema RAW footage is intended for the Cinema EOS C500.

Support for ITU-R BT.2020 next-generation broadcast standard color space (for EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL camera models)
Offering compliance with the ITU-R BT.2020 (Rec. 2020) color space employed in the 4K TV broadcasting tests carried out earlier this year in Japan, the firmware upgrade for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL camera models facilitates the capture of high-resolution video supporting the color space employed in the ITU-R BT.2020 next-generation broadcast standard. When used in combination with Canon’s DP-V3010 professional 4K reference display (released in January 2014), the system effectively responds to input and output needs within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.

Enhanced Cinema RAW Development functionality (for EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL camera models)
The upgraded Cinema RAW Development software features the addition of 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to such highly versatile color space standards as ITU-R BT.709 (Rec. 709) and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma color reproduction and high-chroma color gradation. Additionally, support for EDLs (edit decision lists)3 enables only necessary time code-designated segments to be converted to the DPX and ProRes formats suitable for editing, effectively doing away with the need to process unnecessary files. Also, when using a PC equipped with Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics, Cinema RAW Development 1.3 makes it possible for faster development of 4K Cinema RAW data.4

Improved operability when setting color temperature of white balance (for EOS C500 and EOS C300 camera models)
The new firmware upgrades contribute to improved operability by allowing users to easily set color temperature values using the camera’s FUNC button.

Canon plans to exhibit products supporting the ITU-R BT.2020 color space at the company’s booth during the IBC2014 broadcast technology tradeshow, to be held in the Netherlands, September 12-16, 2014.”


18th Are Sigma looking at the Cine lens market? [SigR]

13th Firmware updates for C100 and C500 [Canon via CR]

5th New firmware for the 1D C – needs installing by Canon.

“Firmware Version 1.3.5 incorporates the following improvements.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the line-level audio input function of some EOS-1D C cameras does not operate as expected with Firmware Version 1.3.4.
Affected Product
The phenomena described above will occur in cameras running Firmware Version 1.3.4 whose sixth digit from the left of the serial number is “1”, “2”, “3”. Examples of affected serial numbers are: “xxxxx1xxxxxx”, “xxxxx2xxxxxx”, “xxxxx3xxxxxx”.
Canon USA will perform Factory Updates on the EOS-1D C free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details.”


30th CPN Europe publishes C300 dual pixel AF information [Canon]

22nd Canon have a US information page about the new dual pixel AF ‘Feature’ upgrade for the C300 [Canon]

“Now available from Canon is a feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF autofocus Lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to help reduce out of focus video while providing for smooth focus transitions and assist users when operating with small crews.”


5th The Sony A7s is due tomorrow, 12MP sensor and 4k video [SAR]

4th Suggestions of possible cold weather AF problems with 1D X and 1DC [1D X page]

2nd Two new ‘pro’ camcorders from Canon (XF205 and XF200)

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 2, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, shared today that its parent company, Canon Inc., announced a software upgrade for the EOS C500 digital cinema camera (launched in October 2012), part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products, that will enable users to more efficiently on-set production workflows. The Company plans to offer the free-of-charge Cinema RAW Development software upgrade* starting in October 2014.

Two video lenses from Canon [CR]


31st In the ‘very expensive category’ is a likely zoom cine lens from Canon for NAB [CR]

28th Suggestions that a C200 and C400 will be seen at the upcoming NAB show [EHD]

20th Canon and Zeiss cinema lens supports from Zacuto [P5D]

19th A suggestion that we might see 2 Cinema EOS cameras at the upcoming NAB show in April [CR]

17th Magic Lantern runs on a 5D3 with latest firmware [P5D]

7th A Canon CPN article about the dual pixel AF upgrade for the C100.


28th A query about a possible dual pixel AF upgrade for the 5D3 [P5D]

More likely something for the 5D4 I suspect?

24th Firmware updates on their way: “Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders Along with Optional Cinema EOS C300 Camera Dual Pixel AF Upgrade.

Announcements Include a New Canon RC-V100 Remote Control and Firmware Updates for Peripheral Illumination Correction Support and Continuous Recording for EOS C100 Video Camera” [Canon]

2014 January

27th Canon to offer a ‘Global shutter’ on upcoming video DSLR? [CR]

Meanwhile, how about 4k video in the upcoming D4s [NR]

24th Four Cinema EOS ‘White papers’ from Canon

2013 December

24th New firmware for the C500. Firmware version provides for the following modifications and improvements:

EOS C500 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C500 PL Cinema EOS Camera

1. When using the Magnify focus assist function, the ability to move the magnified viewing area around the LCD has been added.

2. Maximum ISO setting has been increased to ISO 80,000.

3. Cinema Gamut mode and DCI-P3+ mode have been added to provide expanded color gamut options in RAW capture.

4. 4096×1080-pixel RAW format resolution has been added.

5. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.

6. Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows up to two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link providing simultaneous and independent control of camera operation and metadata input.

7. Canon Log LUT support has been made possible for HD/SD SDI terminal output.

8. ACESproxy output from monitor terminal has been added.

9. [ND]/[ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.

EOS C500 Digital Cinema Camera only

10. Ability to assign the two control dials (body and grip) to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently has been added.

11. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and eleven (11) Canon EF Lenses.


24th New EOS Cxx models to need Digic 6? – seen main Canon rumours page

20th An interesting video interview [via CR] suggest that the C100 and 300 already have split pixels, and that the updates for AF do not involve a new sensor.

Canon will be moving to CFast card support some time, and STM motors will make their way into ‘L’ lenses over time.

15th Whoops – hold off on that C300 firmware download… this from Canon

“We have suspended download services for Firmware Version that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8PM EST, because it has been determined that discrepancies in color balance can occur with footage captured by the EOS C300 and EOS C300PL running Firmware Version

We are currently preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue and will release it as soon as it is available.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but we ask for your patience during this time.

We are preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue. If you have updated your EOS C300 or EOS C300PL firmware to version, Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region for further details.”

13th Firmware updates for C100 and C300

“…an optional feature upgrade for the EOS C100 Digital Video camera which will support innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, enabling continuous autofocusing with Canon’s entire EF lens lineup. This optional upgrade is expected to be available in February 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C100 camera body to be shipped to a Canon service center.”

6th It seems that Canon are going to offer a sensor upgrade for the C100 [Canon]

14. A function has been added to enable continuous focus and iris setting on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses** is attached

10. Provides Push Auto Iris and One-Shot AF operation has been added.
11. A new AE Shift function and the selection of various light-metering modes are now available when used with some Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and Canon EF Lenses.
12. Ability to assign the two control dials to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently.
13. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and fifteen (15) Canon EF Lenses.

1. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function has been added.
2. Support for a 1440×1080/35Mbps recording mode.
3. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.
4. Added functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1.
5. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
6. Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi® link providing simultaneous camera operation and control and metadata input.
7. [Lens Exchange] and [ND+/ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.
8. A new Wide DR Gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%*.
9. Flicker Reduction has been improved.

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera only

Changes for the EOS C300:

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C300PL Cinema EOS Camera

6. In addition to the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the function to enable continuous focusing and correct aperture on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses is attached, has been extended to include the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

5. Internal camera menus are now controllable from buttons on the camera body. Previously, they were only controllable from the joystick grip unit.

4. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and eleven (11) Canon EF Lenses.

3. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.

2. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.

1. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function has been added.

EOS C100:

I believe this is the first time we’ve seen such a hardware update available for a Canon camera.

There is additional info at CPN


23rd New firmware is coming up for the 1D X and 1D C – full details on the 1D X page

2013 September

24th Tokina announce a forthcoming 16-28mm T3.0 Cinema lens for EF and PL Mounts [PB]

19th New firmware soon to be aailable for the 1D C

“The following features are now available as menu options:

Peripheral Illumination Correction: This feature maintains even brightness from corner to corner of an image. This will virtually eliminate vignetting and any other unevenness of light across the image.
Chromatic Aberration Correction: This feature reduces color fringing in areas of an image with high contrast color. It reduces color bleeding, which is easily noticeable at edges and degrades perceived image quality.
In addition, communication between the lens and camera body will allow the F-stop to now be seen on the viewfinder. Focus position and F-stop will also now be recorded by the camera.
Flicker caused by manual aperture adjustment has been reduced with this update, this could cause slight underexposure which may result in exposure compensation in some cases.

Sound recording with Line input:

After requests from users in the field, audio recording through a mini plug (3.5mm) connected to the external microphone terminal is now supported. This will allow for the recording of audio sources other than microphones, such as mobile devices or audio players. The standard input level is -8 dBV and can reach an input signal of up to +6 dBV. Sound recording levels are adjustable at 64 sound-recording levels.”

Note that this is not a user installable upgrade, so check your local Canon service centre from mid October

4th New firmware due for Canon video cameras [Canon US]

Canon Cinema EOS Cameras and XF300-Series Camcorders Receive Enhanced Upgrades Through New Firmware

New Capabilities Include ACESproxy Output, Full RAW 120fps 4096 x 1080 Resolution and DCI-P3+ Color Gamut Support for the EOS C500 Camera, and 80,000 ISO Shooting for All Three Cinema EOS Camera Models

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced significant enhancements for the EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, and the EOS C100 HD Digital Video Camera, through new firmware scheduled to be available starting in November 2013 for the EOS C300 and EOS C100 camera and December 2013 for the EOS C500. In addition, the XF305 and XF300 series camcorders are scheduled to receive firmware updates in early 2014 that include GPS support and enhanced digital tele-converter capabilities. Based on input from the motion picture and television production communities, these updates are designed to extend image capture capabilities, increase operational convenience, enhance the versatility of recorded files, and facilitate postproduction workflow efficiencies, particularly with regard to maintaining accurate industry-standard color values.

A new cine lens: 35mm

Canon Expands Its Cinema Prime Lens Family to Six Models with the Introduction of the New CN-E35mm T1.5 L F for Single-Sensor 35mm Cameras

Designed for Film-Style Operation, the Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver Exceptional 4K / 2K / HD Imaging Performance and a Broad Range of Focal Lengths

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced today the new CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers. Delivering outstanding optical performance in contemporary 4K / 2K / HD motion imaging, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F prime lens is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact, precision-matched EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm EF-mount models.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens is expected to be available in December 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200


28th A 52 minute presentation by Philip Bloom about using the 1DC [PB]

14th Canon set to really push their video range, with a big presence at the IBC show in September [CPN]

12th Magic Lantern Dual ISO video may have been cracked on the 5D2 and 6D [P5D]

6th Just what is Canon’s strategy for lower end DSLR video? Interesting commentary at EHD

3rd A suggestion that the 7D might be capable of RAW video via Magic Lantern [P5D]


25th There’s a suggestion of a ~47MP DSLR next month, that’s seemingly pitched very much at the video side of things – see the last few days rumours on the 1DXs page

17th Magic Lantern software can boost the dynamic range of a 5D3 (vid and photo) and just for photo for the 7D. Lots more details at [P5D]

“What are the benefits? more dynamic range (less shadow noise).
The functionality was not really in Canon firmware, but in the chip that samples the sensor. Canon firmware does not make any use of it (they just set both ISO “registers” to the same value). It was implemented on the hardware side though (and that’s why it works only on these 2 cameras, because only they have two ISO amplifiers).”

3rd Video from Canon about the new ‘dual pixel’ AF system in video making

2013 June

30th New firmware for EOS C100

– A function has been added which allows automatic continuous focusing and iris setting on a subject in the centre of the screen when using the EF-S18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

– The polarity of the XLR terminal has been modified to improve compatibility with external audio devices. The pin configuration has been modified to be consistent with the Instruction Manual.

18th Product advisory from Canon for 1D X and 1D C. [details on 1D X page]

6th More insights about what’s inside the 50D at C5D


30th Service centre upgrade for 1D C to do 25P 4k [info]

Canon has announced that a feature upgrade for the groundbreaking EOS-1D C DSLR, that includes the addition of support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution, is now available from Canon’s authorised service facilities in Europe. See below for more details of the feature upgrade…

The new EOS-1D C feature upgrade makes a number of new features available in the camera:

Provides support for 25.00p (fps) video recording frame rate (PAL settings) at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.

A function to disable the image size selection button has been added.
Fixes a phenomenon in which a difference in exposure appears on every other shot when shooting continuously and the auto

lighting optimizer is turned on (on weak, standard or strong).

Furthermore, this upgrade provides a number of additional fixes for existing features:

Fixes a phenomenon in which video recorded onto an external recorder sometimes becomes two-layered if it has been recorded through HDMI output.

The video frame rate now displays two additional decimal places, e.g. 24p -> 23.98p (fps).

Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Auto ISO Range” option.

Corrects errors in the Portuguese language menu.

27th Magic lantern software offers the chance to shoot video on the 50D [EHD] and good video quality too…

10th Using the new clean HDMI output on the 5D3 [CPN]

2013 April

27th Magic Lantern finds potential 14 bit RAW video output from the 5D2 and 5D3 [PP]

8th Sony show off a DSLR style 4k [PR]

4th A new 35mm cine lens from Canon – “currently expected to officially launch sometime this year”

Also, new firmware and software support for the C300/C500 [CR]

2nd New 1D C firmware is on its way – includes 25P @4k [CR]


3rd Capturing stills from the 1D C at 4k – Canon


15th New firmware for the EOS C300 and C300/PL [Canon]

Firmware Version incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. Some of the EF lens products that can be mounted on the camera can be controlled more reliably.

2. Corrections to the Spanish and German language texts in the View Assistance function [View Assist.].

3. Efforts to correct image color fringing when a subject is of high contrast have been made.

Note: Firmware version incorporates items 2 and 3 above. Firmware Version is for EOS C300/EOS C300 PL cameras with Firmware Version through If the camera’s firmware is already Version, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

12th A new video DSLR (betwixt C100 and C300) and some ‘not so expensive’ lenses to appear at the NAB show in Vegas in April [CR]

Leica to announce some video lenses too [LR]

Similar upgrade for 1D C announced by Canon US – note that it’s called a ‘service upgrade’ – no mention of firmware

2013 January

30th New firmware will be along in April for the 1D C.

This from Canon UK

“Canon today announces the development of a new feature upgrade for the ground-breaking EOS-1D C. The upgrade has been developed taking into account feedback from the European professional video community, and adds support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.”

25th More about the 1D C [CR] including that upcoming firmware will include 25P

10th Two new cine lenses announced.

“CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm imagers. These two new lenses join with Canon’s CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F primes to provide a broad line of five precision-matched, competitively priced EF-mount Cinema prime lenses”

8th A look inside the 1D C reveals that it’s not that different to the 1D X [CR]

Also a rather unsubtle threat to people wanting to customise their 1 series firmware

– best of luck to the Magic Lantern crew ;-)

3rd 6D review at [Gizm[ Good camera but doesn’t like video.

2nd The 1D C is seemingly available in Germany for 12k euros [MS]

2012 December

31st 2nd Alpha release of Magic Lantern software for the 7D [ML] and 1st Alpha for the EOS-M and 650D [ML] – just remember that it’s Alpha level software and read all the instructions/warnings.

28th A suggestion [CR] that there will be a new Cinema EOS body in 2013 – smaller (7D2 based?)

27th Interesting article on using the 1DC for stills photography – grabbing frames for that perfect moment [UF]

21st An article about moviemaking with the 5D3 at CPN


30th If you’ve ever wondered whether cinema lenses were what you needed (and had deep enough pockets), there is an overview of what’s different with them at CDT


23rd Canon in the US announce new firmware for the 5D Mk3 Next April! (my itallics)

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.

Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.

The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

April 2013 – ?!?

14th A stable Alpha version of Magic Lantern software for the 7D is available [ML]

Audio meters while recording
Focus peaking
Magic Zooom (via half-shutter, or focus ring)
Cropmarks, Ghost image
False color
Histogram, Waveform
Movie logging
Movie auto stop
Trap focus
LiveView settings (brightness, contrast…)
Level indicator
Image review tweaks (quick zoom)

2012 September

29th As widely suspected, the 1D C is ‘just’ a 1D X with different firmware [EHD]


31st Canon is extending the warranty in Europe for ‘Pro’ cameras (EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS C100, EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL) – camera must be purchased in Europe

See Canon for more details [PDF].

30th Two Zeiss cine lenses: CZ.2 28-80mm/T2.9 ($20k) and CP.2 25mm/T2.1 ($4.5k) [PR]

Two other lenses were ‘previewed’ by Canon yesterday, the 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 EF

canon 14mm and 135mm cine lenses

Likely to be in the $5-6k price range.

29th New C100 and C500 announced by Canon

“…EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera* and the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera*. The C500 will take its place as the flagship camera model in Canon’s Cinema EOS System while the C100 provides another option for beginning filmmakers working on a budget. The C500 is Canon’s high-end professional 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) cinema camera capable of originating uncompressed RAW output for external recording to meet the demands of premium cinematic productions and other top-quality production markets. The C100 digital video camera is a compact, affordable entry-level model delivering full 1920×1080 HD video and integrating the popular AVCHD codec for universal compatibility with laptop and desktop editing systems. The C500 will be available in both EF- and PL-mount versions; while the C100 will be offered in EF mount only…”

More at Nino

Main features of the Canon C100:
– EF mount
– S35mm sensor
– magnesium body
– 2 XLR audio inputs
– 24/25/30p and 50/60i
– ND filters | ISO 320 – 20.000
– DIGIC DV III processor
– Canon Cinema Log Gamma
– 85% of the C300’s size
– AVCHD codec
– 2 slots for SD-/SDHC-/SDXC- cards
– AF function to be introduced via FW upgrade in 2013

Two new Cinema Zoom Lenses: CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L.

“…The latest of these Canon products, two new compact and lightweight cinema zoom lenses available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, were first announced at NAB 2012 and have now been officially added to the Canon Cinema EOS product line. Designated as the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens, both are engineered to deliver exceptional optical performance for the latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. Both lenses feature a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and SteadicamTM shooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths…”

From Canon US

Specifications for the Canon CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens

CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP CN-E 30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP
Image Coverage (Diagonal) 31.4mm 31.4mm
Zoom Ratio 3.0x 3.5x
Focal Length Range 15.5 – 47 mm 30 – 105 mm
Maximum Aperture T 2.8 (15.5-47mm) T 2.8 (30-105mm)
Iris Blades 11 11
Minimum Operating Distance 1’8” / 0.5m 2’ / 0.6m
Angle of View 1.78:1 (24.0×13.5mm) (H) 75.5º (Wide)/28.6º (Tele) 43.6º (Wide)/ 13.0º (Tele)
Angle of View 1.78:1 (24.0×13.5mm) (V) 47.1º (Wide)/16.3º (Tele) 25.4º (Wide)/7.4º (Tele)
Angle of View 1.9:1 (26.2×13.8mm) (H) 80.4º (Wide)/31.1º (Tele) 47.2º (Wide)/14.2º (Tele)
Angle of View 1.9:1 (26.2×13.8mm) (V) 48.0º (Wide)/16.7º (Tele) 25.9º (Wide)/7.5º (Tele)
Focus Rotation 300º 300º
Mount PL (SP)/EF (S) PL (SP)/EF (S)
Filter Size Dia. 105mm Dia. 105mm
Lens Front Diameter 114 mm 114 mm
Dimensions (WxHxL) (PL) 114 x 125 x 214 mm 114 x 125 x 210 mm
Dimensions (WxHxL) (EF) 300º 300º
Weight (approx.) 4.8lbs/2.2 kg 4.8lbs/2.2 kg
Follow Focus Gear Pitch 0.8 0.8

25th Some reports of the 1D C being available [CR], but it’s still not listed anywhere for pre-order (~$15k)

23rd PB tries out the 1D X for video, and is impressed.

20th Magic Lantern 2.3 is available for download for 5D2, 60D, 600D

Customizable menu and shortcut keys
Fast zebras
Automatic HDR bracketing
A powerful timelapse tool
Contrast and saturation adjustments for LiveView
Image analysis tools in photo mode
Very fast playback zoom
Advanced FPS control
Advanced ISO control

2012 July

23rd The EOS-M is launched with two EF-M STM lenses – silent for video use.


18th Canon UK announce new firmware for the C300

“18 May 2012 – Canon today announces the availability of a new firmware update for the ground-breaking EOS C300 and the EOS C300 PL. The update, version, will add Genlock synchronisation for 24.00P, 24.00PsF, 23.98P and 23.98PsF signal inputs. In addition, the new firmware will add support for Korean language to the menus.

The new firmware will be available from the end of May 2012 from


27th Magic Lantern software looks as if it can be ported to the 5D3 [EHD]

12th Cameras:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon today announces the introduction of the new EOS-1D C, a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera targeting the motion picture, television and high-resolution production industries. Delivering outstanding video quality, advanced low light performance and film-like dynamic range, the compact and lightweight EOS-1D C supports in-camera 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling, offering greater creative freedom for video professionals.

The first SLR camera of its kind, the EOS-1D C offers a unique and highly portable package optimised for high-quality video recording. Advanced creative flexibility is provided with support for a range of resolutions and variable frame rates. 4K video is recorded using 8-bit Motion JPEG compression at 24p, and Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture is available at frame rates up to 1080/60p. The camera supports internal recording to CF cards at all resolutions up to and including 4K, offering enhanced mobility. Video can also be output to external recorders (excluding 4K video) via an integrated HDMI terminal using an uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal.

The EOS-1D C also features Canon Log Gamma, which facilitates the capture of high-quality video rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range. Ideal for video professionals who want to retain the maximum amount of information without huge file sizes, Canon Log Gamma offers a dynamic range uniquely comparable to film, minimising shadow-detail loss and highlight-detail loss to provide greater grading freedom for colourists in post-production.

“The EOS-1D C is a fantastic addition to the Cinema EOS System,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “Since the introduction of Cinema EOS we’ve had an excellent response from professionals who are hugely excited by the image quality and creative freedom the system offers. The new EOS-1D C will expand those creative options further – it’s a unique camera, supporting 4K video recording in a highly compact body that can be used in a number of different ways. We’re very excited to see what the professional community can achieve with it.”

Advanced performance meets creative flexibility

Based on the core specifications of the EOS-1D X, the EOS-1D C provides exceptional image quality and versatility, with an 18.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Optimised for high quality video capture, the sensor provides video professionals with the freedom to adjust image resolution to suit a subject or desired output. During 4K shooting pixels are cropped to an area equivalent to an APS-H sensor, preventing the need to resize or scale the image, ensuring maximum image quality. Additionally, a Super 35mm crop in Full HD recording caters for cinematographers who typically work in the Super 35mm field of view.
The sensor provides high quality performance in all conditions, delivering advanced creative blurring and light capturing abilities when used in combination with Canon’s EF Cinema prime lenses. Its size enables professionals to achieve an extremely shallow depth of field with beautiful background blur, and sensitivity up to ISO 25,600 provides excellent quality and reduced noise in low-light situations.
1D C
In addition, support for 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60p frame rates in Full HD resolution shooting provides additional flexibility, satisfying the shooting needs of professionals across the industry. Industry-standard timecode and codec support and a choice of compression methods provides compatibility with established workflow processes, facilitating easy editing and grading immediately after shooting.
The EOS-1D C ships with an exclusive software package, including a suite that allows 4K/Motion JPEG and Full HD/60p video shot on the camera to be output on an external monitor (Requires the use of a PC equipped with an SDI port) with no loss of image quality. It also enables video shot with Canon Log Gamma to be output on a monitor with standard video gamma applied.
Additional advanced applications, including Picture Style Editor and EOS Utility, also enable adjustments to various camera settings to be conducted from a PC. Real-time procedures, such as the editing and registration of picture styles or checking results on a monitor, can be conveniently performed on-set using a PC or Mac – allowing users to promptly carry out adjustments, and ensuring efficient shooting and post-production procedures.
EF lenses and EF Cinema Lenses – freedom to explore
As part of the EOS system, the EOS-1D C is compatible with more than 60 EF lenses, all of which offer high resolutions to support 4K image capture. The EF lens series offers exceptional creative freedom, with focal length options ranging from 8mm to 800mm. Over 70 million EF lenses have been manufactured since the EOS system launched in 1987 – a measure of its unparalleled quality and popularity. As part of the Cinema EOS System, Canon has also introduced a range of 4K EF Cinema Lenses, utilising the company’s unique optical heritage to produce leading-quality lenses optimised for high-quality video capture.
Canon EOS-1D C – key features:
4k movies
1080p at 50/60fps; Canon Log Gamma
Uncompressed HDMI output
18 MP Full Frame CMOS
Up to 12fps stills; 14fps mode
61 point AF system
ISO range 100-25600
Dual DIGIC 5+ processors
Clear View II 8.1cm (3.2”) LCD
EF lens compatible
Pricing & availability:
The EOS-1D C will be available from October 2012, priced at £10,000 / €12,300 RRP inc VAT.
EOS C500

Canon announces development of digital cinema camera supporting 4K video capture

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon today announces the development of a new digital cinema camera capable of recording 4K-resolution (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) video. Targeting both the motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 will offer 4K RAW output and will be available with Canon’s EF mount and the industry-standard PL mount.
In November 2011 Canon announced the EOS C300 – the first camera in the Cinema EOS System, marking the company’s entry into the motion-picture and digital production market. Highly acclaimed by video professionals since launch, the EOS C300 offers exceptional video quality performance, outstanding mobility, durability and expandability, thanks to its modular design and its compatibility with Canon’s range of EF and EF Cinema Lenses. The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will be based on the same advanced platform, adding support for 4K RAW video capture, and 4:4:4 sampling during 2K capture.
Supporting next-generation 4K-resolution video capture and RAW data output, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will achieve exceptional video results without any loss in quality. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output will unleash the full potential of Canon’s premium range of EF Cinema Lenses, combining with Canon Log Gamma, which delivers the high-quality video and wide exposure latitude required by digital cinematographers.
Furthermore, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal during 2K (2,048 x 1,080 pixels) video output will deliver rich colour and high compatibility with image processes such as chroma key compositing. Support for frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K resolution will provide enhanced creative flexibility, enabling high-speed (slow motion) video capture in high resolution.
A development prototype of the EOS C500 digital cinema camera will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16-19 in Las Vegas, USA.
Pricing & availability:
The EOS C500 will be available from Q4 2012, priced at £20,000 / €24,600 RRP inc VAT.
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon today announces the development of four new digital cinematography zoom lenses, as the company expands its EF Cinema Lens range to provide greater creative options for video professionals. Joining the seven high-end lenses announced in 2011, the new models support 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolutions and will be smaller, lighter and more compact – offering outstanding mobility and quality. Available with both EF and PL mounts, the lenses will also be available at competitive prices, offering premium performance to a wider range of users.
The expanded EF Cinema Lens series will include two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), alongside two telephoto cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL). Ideal for use with next-generation 4K cinema cameras, the new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories.
In addition to compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, the four cinema zoom lenses will also offer superior flexibility. Each lens will feature a compact, lightweight body supporting a wide focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting. Combined with the Canon’s existing high-end EF Cinema primes, the new lenses will offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for video professionals of all types.
Prototypes of the new cinema zoom lenses will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16 to 19 in Las Vegas, USA.
The CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount), CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount) will be available from September 2012.
11th The NAB show in the US starts soon, and it seems we are going to get two cameras announced – both aimed at the video market. [EHD]
C500 for $25,000.

4K at 120fps with EOS RAW via 3G HD-SDI.

Officially certified raw recording deck solutions are being provided by Blackmagic and AJA.

60 fps EOS RAW from the C500 is 12 bit. 10 bit at 120p.

C500 also supports 1080p, 2K and Quad HD.

The ‘4K DSLR’

$10k. Full frame, supports ALL-I, IPB and MJPEG 4K.

2 zoom lenses (~$15k)
15.5-47mm T2.2
30-105mm T2.2

2012 March

30th A rather terse warning not to hot swap lenses on the C300 [CEU]

Odd this, since the EF lens mount is designed to avoid this problem, and I’ve been hot swapping EF lenses for years.

29th Canon have an event at NAB [DM] on the 16th of April
Time for the 4k DSLR to get a mention?
27th We’re told to expect well over a year between the ‘mention’ of the video DSLR and anyone getting one.
If you were having difficulty with using English on the menus of your XF video camera (XF300, XF305, XF100 and XF105), then a firmware update adds more foreign language support – V1.0.3.0 – no sign of any other changes.
24th Sharpening, Cinestyle and noise with 5D3 video [EHD]
22nd A video oriented 5D3 review [EHD]
12th In mid April at NAB, we may well see that 4k video DSLR that was mentioned last October. Whatever it is, the Canon EOS teasers are out [CR]


5d3 showing headphone socket28th Video card data rates for the 1Dx
Canon projects the EOS-1D X’s typical video data rates to be:

1080p, all fps, IPB compression: 235MB/minute
1080p, all fps, ALL-I compression: 685MB/minute
720p, all fps, IPB compression: 205MB/minute
720p, all fps, ALL-I compression: 610MB/minute
640 x 480, all fps, IPB compression: 45MB/minute

Canon recommends a CompactFlash card with a 10MB/s minimum sustained write speed capability for capturing IPB-compression video. For All-I, 30MB/s. The same values are recommended for read speeds, to enable video to play back without interruption in the camera.
The 5D Mk3 pictures doing the rounds show a headphone socket on the side
27th New C300 video shot at 10k ISO by the light of the moon [PB]

2012 January

27th A new Canon patent for recording raw video [P5D | EHD]
26th X-Circle is a new F mount to EF converter aimed at video users announced by Lockcircle
23rd We’re told that Canon won’t be going for a high MP FF DSLR until that 4k ‘concept’ camera is a reality (with a 30+MP sensor to get ‘cleaner’ 4k video)
Given that Canon have said that this camera is -not- part of the EOS range of still cameras [see BJP] does this support recent 5D3 rumours that are clustering round low MP estimates (18-24)?
17th C300 and lenses are now available for preorder at B&H in the US
Canon EOS C300 EF Mount $15,999
Canon EOS C300 PL Mount $15,999
Cine Lenses
Canon CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L S Cinema Zoom Lens with EF Mount for $42,750
Canon CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP Cinema Zoom Lens with PL Mount for $42,750
Canon CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S EF Mount Cinema Zoom Lens for $44,650
Canon CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP PL Mount Cinema Zoom Lens for $44,650
All products will ship after January 30, 2012.
9th Looks like compacts and camcorders for PMA/CES – so onwards to CP+ (9-12 February 2012)…
Today’s announcements: LEGRIA HF M-series moves on with the launch of the LEGRIA HF M52, LEGRIA HF M56 and LEGRIA HF M506 along with entry level LEGRIA HF R38, LEGRIA HF R36 and LEGRIA HF R306
8th C300 lenses and AF are mentioned in a Japanaese interview with Canon [from our Canon mirrorless page]
6th C300 demo in US [P5D]
2nd Two ‘white papers’ from Canon about the C300
One about the new sensor [PDF] and one about image processing and sensitometric characteristics [PDF]
For an overview, see discussion at [ISW]

2011 December

24th Comparison of low light performance between Red Scarlet an C300 [C5D]
23rd Magic Lantern software now offers some interesting hacks for video on the 60D/550D/600D [P5D]
21st There are some CANON C300 C-LOG and SONY F3 S-LOG comparisons at WGF
hdmi adapter13th From the makers of the most overengineered camera bodycap known, comes the Lockport Universal Z, a ‘5D 7D  HDMI PORT SAVER UNIVERSAL Z ADAPTER CLAMP’ [LC]
12th Three new Cine lenses from Leica [LR]
Summilux-C 16, 29, and 65mm.
10th Zeiss are bringing out new cine lenses next year: CP.2 Compact Primes, Compact Zooms, and a line of Anamorphic lenses. [1k1]
5th The manual for the C300 is available from Canon.


30th Long Canon article about the C300 by John Yi – additional comments/video [P5D]
The ‘video concept camera’ is not the same as the 5D3, says Canon in a BJP interview.

Superb overage – watch it full screen, although I believe some people at Canon totally missed the point and had a bit of a sense of humour failure over it :-)
26th Interview with Canon video people at AmP
25th There are suggestions that the ‘street’ price of the C300 may be around 10k euros [DVX]
10th Canon EOS video FAQ [Canon]
7th Two more video primes will be added to the collection – some interesting snippets about Canon’s video ‘roadmap’ from Dan Carr [DC]
5th Lots of comment on the various announcements [PDRGP5DDPR]

There is also quite a bit of speculation about the ‘under development’ model – a lot of people seem to be reading a lot into it, including it being based on the 1D X – I don’t see any detail pointing to this, it could just as easily look like a 5D.

4th Red also announce a camera, the Scarlet X

$9750 and will be shipping as early as November 17th
4k video: 4096×2160, at up to 25FPS, or quad HD at 30
3K at 48fps
2K at 60fps
1K at 120fp

CPN technical info on the new c300 video cameras.
Canon start to directly supply rumour market… ;-)
This waiting for me in a Canon press release when I got up this morning.

TOKYO, November 4 / HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011—Canon Inc. today announced that the company is developing a new-concept EOS-series digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Incorporating an enhanced version of the video-capture capability offered in the current EOS-series line-up, the new camera will be ideally suited for cinematographic and other digital high-resolution production applications. The model will be equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and, enabling the recording of 4K video* (at a frame rate of 24P, with Motion-JPEG compression), will make possible the type of exceptional image quality and sublime imaging expression to be expected from the next generation of “EOS Movies.”

The announcement coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital video camcorder and digital SLR camera product categories.

Further details regarding the new EOS digital SLR camera currently under development, including the product name, specifications and scheduled launch date, have yet to be decided.

EOS Movie: A New Industry Standard
Movie recording has been a standard feature in all newly introduced Canon EOS-series digital SLR cameras since the launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in November 2008. Coupled with the diverse array of lenses in Canon’s current interchangeable EF lens line-up, this feature has heralded rich visual expressive possibilities, delivering such characteristics as beautiful image blur and low noise while also garnering kudos for the mobility and manoeuvrability made possible through the cameras’ compact and lightweight body designs.

The impressive images created by the combination of Canon EOS digital SLR cameras and EF lenses, known as “EOS Movies,” have already earned their screen credentials on the sets of multiple productions, from television commercials and artist promotion videos to episodic dramas and even major motion pictures.

* Cropped to APS-H-equivalent size (dimensions measuring approximately 80% vertically and horizontally of a 35 mm full-frame sensor) when recording in 4K.

3rd The Canon ‘Cinema EOS’ event in Hollywood is underway.
The Canon EOS c300 is unveiled
eos c300
Main features of the C300 / C300 PL:

Single 8.3 megapixel 2160×3840 Super-35 CMOS sensor (4K resolution) with Digic DV III processor
Canon XF codec (50Mbps 4:2:2 1080p30 MPEG2 MXF) records to two Compact Flash card slots
Canon Log gamma, SDI, compact body, Custom Presets and menus similar to Canon XF series
Exposure and focus control are completely manual — there is no AE or AF on either camera
Sold as a system, incl. LCD monitor / XLR audio unit, side grip, top handle, batt. & charger
Availability: Jan. 2012; Price: appx. $16,000 USD (for C300)
The rest of the Cinema EOS system includes Canon’s own high-end cinema zoom lenses… first their two zooms, the PL-mount versions of which were previously announced and exhibited earlier this year back in April at NAB2010. All resolve to 4K:

Canon Zoom Lens CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (wide zoom, EF version)
Canon Zoom Lens CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (wide zoom, PL version)
Canon Zoom Lens CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (telephoto zoom, EF version)
Canon Zoom Lens CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (telephoto zoom, PL version)
And three yet-to-be-released primes, all resolve to 4K but all are EF-mount only:

Canon Prime Lens CTZ-029 (24mm)
Canon Prime Lens CTZ-030 (50mm)
Canon Prime Lens CTZ-031 (85mm)

2nd We’ve seen no good 5D2 replacement rumours of late… but, there is a good rumour collection that suggests that a 5D3 -will- be announced tomorrow [WOC]

* There will be at least two cameras announced, possibly three.
* PL and EF for sure. I also think a 5D3 will be “announced” but not shown.
* A Set of Canon Prime Lenses will be shown. All manual capability.*** This is Big.
* We already know about two PL zooms shown at NAB 2011.
* Removable LCD.
* No 60P Full HD. Only 720
* 4:2:2 with 4:4:4 Upgrade as an additional upgrade.
* $10K plus for the EF model and up to $15K for the PL version.
* I think the 5D3 will be a little higher than 5D2 at around $3K.
* There will be less expensive models to follow.

Interesting, although I’m minded to thing that a 5D2 replacement ‘announcement only’, would seriously dent what are still (I’m told) very healthy 5Dmk2 sales.

2011 October

30th Comment at a trade show in Canada… [DPR]

“… there might not even be a 5d M3 but a completely different line. They also mentioned March 2012 as a possible time of replacement.”

23rd Lots of (wishful) specs doing the rounds – we were sent this from DPR (thanks)

“5D Mark III 32 mpx Full Frame BSI Cmos
2 Digic 5+ For Prosesing Power
6.5 fps
way better Video
AF 45 points
Price $2999.00”

Not unreasonable, but I suspect that we are going to see that 18MP 1D X sensor get re-used in a year or so’s time. It’s worth looking though that particular thread to see the general confusion that the 1D X announcement has brought to some of the ‘where is my 5D3’ crowd ;-)
20th Quite a few people have been looking at the 1D X specs and trying to guess what’s coming…
Meanwhile the next event is supposed to be Nov 3rd – video is expected [PB]


23rd Canon announce $100 ‘Instant rebate’ for the 5D2 in the US September 25th (till October 29th) Info at B&H
5D2 price in Canada is down to $2000 in some offers (Henry’s)

16th It seems that there are Canon announcements of some form next week (22nd) [via CR]
Canon has a Hollywood event on the 3rd of November – be warned, it’s flagged as ‘an historic global announcement’ so is probably copier related [EG]

Wild speculation suggests that it’s the 5D3 – with a emphasis on new movie functionality – the 1Ds4 having been announced between now and then. Or how about a new range of EF and PL mount movie cameras

canon november announcement

2011 August

30th A new dealer related comment (thanks) says no 5D3 for this year.

“…why replace something that still sells really well, is still the best value on the market and with no real competition. ”

Matches what I’ve heard in the UK as well.

29th We’ve had another comment (thanks) suggesting that 5D3 development was seriously hampered by the events in Japan earlier this year, and that efforts were concentrated on the 1Ds3 replacement – any 5D3 is unlikely to ship before the end of 2012 at the very earliest.


26th No 5D3 this year and maybe a camera between the 5 and 1 series [CR]

No real surprise – fits in with ‘not until the 1Ds3 replacement is shipping’ comments we’ve had.

21st We’re told (thanks) of a Canon rep in Australia saying that there will not be a 5D3 in 2011

19th I was wondering where all the good photoshopped fakes had gone – this appeared via [DPR]. I’m still wondering ;-)

14th A good round-up of 5D3 rumours at P5D

12th There is a fake ‘5D3’ video doing the rounds along with 28MP specs [1k1PR]

Thanks to all the reports about its appearance. It seems that there are a lot of people wishing for a 5D3 really soon.

Without a 1Ds3 replacement actually shipping, I don’t see a 5D3 announcement this year, if it’s going to follow form and offer similar MP to the top of the range model. I’d also suggest that with the Nikon D700 unlikely to be replaced this year, Canon is happy selling the 5D2 as fast as they can make them.


13th No 5D3 until next summer? A 3D rumour suggests that the 5D3 will use a version of whatever goes into the 1Ds3 replacement and will be seen at photokina 2012 (August release)

1st 5D series to split? [CR]


12th From Australia we hear of comments (thanks) from a Canon source suggesting that the 5D3 will be at least 6 months after the 1Ds4.

9th It’s suggested that Canon are looking at a new Codec for video for the 5D mark 3, a new MPEG variant 4-2-2 at 50Mbit. [EHD]. At The UK Focus show I was also told (thanks) that I wouldn’t have too much longer to wait for the announcement of a potential replacement for my 1Ds3, and that it would precede any replacement for the 5D Mk2.

2011 January

28th We’re told that the the new 5D3 (Q2/Q3) will feature a new RAW vdo video format and that DPP will allow it to be edited.

    • Given my limted knowledge of video encoding – I’ve no idea about this one, other than it came from someone I know…

2010 December

26th More ‘RAW’ video [MTM]
Some 5D3 ‘specs’ at CR, 28MP, 2 Stop Noise Improvement, 63-segment metering, 1920×1080 30/25/24 fps Video, RAW Video. A CES announcement is mentioned.

Whilst the specs are entirely plausible, we were told some time ago that nothing would happen with respect to the 5D2 replacement until -after- a new ‘flagship’ appeared. We’ve also had several comments in the past to expect a big announcement at the CP+ show

CP+ ?? – this directly from Canon back in September:

For CP+ 2011, which will be held at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center between 9-12th February 2011, CIPA has adopted the following theme:
World Premiere—Leading the way to the new age of photo imaging
Because of the fact that no other major photo exhibitions are expected to be held in the early part of 2011, CP+ 2011 will provide the ideal opportunity for companies in the photo-imaging industry to announce their new products for spring. In addition, CIPA believes the theme of the 2011 exhibition will make the event more significant, to both business users and general attendees.

It’s interesting to note how little this was picked up on around photokina, certainly by Europe/US web sites.

Perhaps next year is time for something big to be announced – I can’t see Canon having the guts to make as big a big change such as FD->EF lens change, but we’ve had more and more suggestions of 2011 being significant
(reality check – we’ve seen this before though, every time a ‘big’ camera model is getting on in years ;-)


29th A suggestion (thanks) that the 5D3 is being moved forward from the expected Q3 2011 date.

Not much, I’d have thought. Not unless the 1Ds4 appears pretty soon and ships much faster than its previous versions – our most solid response is still the ‘next year’ comment from last month.

2010 May

3rd It seems that Vince Laforet is suggesting the 5D3 for next year – no prize for fortune telling there, given we don’t have a 1Ds4 yet.

At CR it is also suggested that the 5D2’s HDMI connector is in some way to be ‘improved’


14th The 5D2 is being solidly pushed by Canon as the DSLR video solution. The 5D2 is old enough that we get regular questions as to whether an ‘N’ version will appear. Our most emphatic comments (thanks) say that nothing will change until a year -after- the 1Ds4.


15th Some talk of an FF camera being tested in Europe, that shoots raw video [P5D]

2010 January

18th Whilst most would look to the forthcoming 1Ds4 for an indication of how many MP will fit into the 5D Mk3. The 5D2 will point the way for video features.

Canon were genuinely surprised at the enthusiasm in the video market for the 5D2 and, for video, we hear that the 5D2 is Canon’s preferred choice as an HD Video solution.

The forthcoming firmware update will address more video usability issues than just framerates.

We’re told to expect video functionality as a key marketing feature of the Mk3.

No details on release dates, but at least a year after the 5D2 firmware update. How about Summer 2011 when Digic 5 will allow a lot more in-camera processing.

2009 February

2nd A DPR thread to follow… It’s all there – splitting the line (3D and 7D of course) – well OK not much, as you’d expect really.

All our technical Canon info (sensor predictions etc) is currently (’08) on the 60D page.

5d2 oblique viewWhat does the 5D Mk2 replacement have to beat?

  • 21MP CMOS sensor (similar but newer design to EOS-1Ds Mark III)
  • Sensor dust reduction by vibration of filter
  • ISO 100 – 6400 calibrated range, ISO 50 – 25600 expansion (1Ds Mark III and 5D max ISO 3200)
  • Auto ISO (100 – 3200)
  • 3.9 FPS continuous shooting
  • DIGIC 4 processor, new menus / interface as per the EOS 50D
  • Image processing features:
    Highlight tone priority
    Auto lighting optimizer (4 levels)
    High ISO noise reduction (4 levels)
    Lens peripheral illumination correction (vignetting correction)
  • RAW and SRAW1 (10 MP) / SRAW2 (5 MP)
  • RAW / JPEG selection made separately
  • Permanent display of ISO on both top plate and viewfinder displays
  • AF microadjustment (up to 20 lenses individually)
  • Three custom modes on command dial, Creative Auto mode
  • Image copyright metadata support
  • 98% coverage viewfinder (0.71x magnification)
  • 3.0″ 920,000 dot LCD monitor with ‘Clear View’ cover / coatings, 170° viewing angle
  • Automatic LCD brightness adjustment (ambient light sensor)
  • Live view with three mode auto-focus (including face detection)
  • No mirror-flip for exposures in Live View if contrast detect AF selected
  • Movie recording in live view (1080p H.264 up to 12 minutes, VGA H.264 up to 24 mins per clip)
  • Two mode silent shooting (in live view)
  • New jump options in play mode
  • HDMI and standard composite (AV) video out
  • Full audio support: built-in mic and speaker, mic-in socket, audio-out over AV (although not HDMI)
  • IrPort (supports IR remote shutter release using optional RC1 / RC5 controllers)
  • UDMA CompactFlash support
  • New 1800 mAh battery with improved battery information / logging
  • New optional WFT-E4 WiFi / LAN / USB vertical grip
  • Water resistance: 10 mm rain in 3 minutes

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