Canon is to close its Irista cloud-based service for photographers. The photo image-hosting service was first opened in 2014.
Press release issued by Canon Inc.:
The new action hero: Canon Inc. announces development of the EOS-1D X Mark III
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24 October 2019 – Canon Inc. today announces the development of the highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III – the successor to the world-renowned EOS-1D X Mark II. Perfect for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers, including extensive real-world testing with professional photographers globally. Boasting Canon’s rich heritage creating optically excellent products, the EOS-1D X Mark III offers an impressive step change in autofocus, with dramatically improved image quality, video and communications. Using the camera, professionals have the confidence they will get ‘the shot’ and can deliver it at a competitive speed – faster than ever before – ideal for the increasingly fast-paced industry.
Canon’s DSLRs continue to dominate professional photography. Speed, autofocus and high-speed communications are at the heart of the EOS-1D X Mark III making it ideal for professionals – especially in sports or wildlife – that are under pressure to capture and deliver optically excellent images of action that could be over in a fraction of a second.
Unrivalled: a step change in autofocus
The EOS-1D X Mark III is blisteringly fast – offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus and subject tracking – giving photographers a greater choice when it comes to the perfect shot selection. The camera’s new autofocus algorithm improves stability and tracking – with both optical viewfinder and Live View shooting – using deep learning technology to ensure accurate focus tracking for every shot. When using the optical viewfinder the EOS-1D X Mark III makes use of a new autofocus sensor offering approximately 28x the resolution in the centre of the sensor than the one in the EOS-1D X Mark II – the current go to camera for professional photographers.
Richard Heathcote, Senior Sports Photographer, Major Events, Getty Image said: “The new autofocus algorithm in the EOS-1D X Mark III takes subject tracking to a new level, with an intuitive controller and accurate results. It delivers as you would expect from the ultimate professional sports photography camera.”
Offering expanded AF brightness range with greater precision, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a range of autofocus capabilities enabling photographers to get ‘the shot’. In Live View users can make use of 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system covering approximately 90×100 percent of the image sensor. Using the same AF algorithm as when shooting with the optical viewfinder, it ensures enhanced flexibility when framing subjects, whether it’s a race car on a track or a bird in flight. The EOS-1D X Mark III supports significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder (up to approx. 16fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to approx. 20fps mechanical or electronic shutter), in addition to this the camera’s CFexpress card slots enable five times the RAW burst depth of its predecessor.
Challenge creativity – capture everything
A clear example of Canon’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging with optically excellent technology, the EOS-1D X Mark III supports an all new, Canon-developed, CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor, delivering greater image quality, at even higher ISOs, with the ability to capture stills in 10bit using the HEIF file format. The power of 4K resolution brings stories to life with the capabilities to shoot cinematically with 4K movies including 4K60p with 10bit Canon Log internal recording. Reducing the amount of equipment needed for professionals on any given project, the EOS-1D X Mark III also shoots in RAW for both movie and stills.
Content delivery, quicker than ever before
For professionals, content delivery is just as important as image capture – the EOS-1D X Mark III makes it easy, featuring built-in Wi-Fi and low-energy Bluetooth in addition to GPS. To keep pace with ever-shortening deadlines, the camera transfers data at twice[i] the speed of the EOS-1D X Mark II when using the built in ethernet, or the new optional wireless file transmitter – the WFT-E9 – which is also compatible with Canon’s recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera. Coupled with simpler network set-up, the EOS-1D X Mark III greatly enhances the professional workflow.
An extension of the professional kit bag
Existing EOS-1D series users will be comfortable handling the EOS-1D X Mark III, allowing seamless navigation with trusted ergonomics – whilst the magnesium alloy body offers the durability expected from Canon’s EOS-1 cameras. Professional photographers can expect the same impressive build-quality as the EOS-1D X Mark II – phenomenal weather-sealing allows the camera to stand up to harsh conditions, including wind, rain and humidity. With incredible low-light shooting capabilities, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s illuminated buttons allow for precision operation in challenging, dark and dimly-lit conditions. The camera also offers a new additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition – further simplifying their work. Dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 – also allows professionals to shoot for longer periods of time, without having to change batteries, reducing the chance of missing a shot.
Press release issued by Intro 2020:
Tamron announces three close-focusing fixed focal lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras
20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2（Model F050）
24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2（Model F051）
35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2（Model F053）
October 23, 2019. Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the launch of three fixed focal lenses for Sony E–mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050), the 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051), and the 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053).
Having already produced award-winning zoom lenses* in this mirrorless category, we turned our attention toward fixed focal lenses. When using a fixed focal lens, the photographer must decide the composition based on their distance from the subject.
This puts the joy of capturing the image exactly as envisioned and the pure fun of shooting on a different level. The three new models include a 20mm focal length (Model F050) to fully explore the world of ultra wide-angles, a 24mm focal length (Model F051) as the perfect general-purpose wide-angle lens, and the versatile 35mm focal length (Model F053) that is ideal for everyday/every subject use.
Developed under the concept of “letting as many as possible learn the joy of fixed focal lenses in a more accessible way,” each lens strikes a balance between gorgeous image rendering and superior operation. We managed to match the same filter size (φ67mm) for all three fixed focal lenses as well as the two previously launched zooms and achieve our aim of compactness.
Furthermore, the 20mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses are all capable of focusing very close, to an unprecedented in this category magnification ratio of 1:2. Other features include Moisture-Resistant Construction (for outdoor shooting) and a Fluorine Coating on the front element for easy maintenance and fingerprint removal.
They also support various camera features offered by certain Sony cameras, such as Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF, and offer a multitude of advanced functions to ensure a pleasant shooting experience and fantastic results.
This series of highly practical lenses lets photographers enjoy the photographic expression of wide-angle lenses, often regarded as the sweet spot for most photographic pursuits, plus unprecedented light weight and ful-blown performance.
*28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) standard zoom and 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046).
|PRODUCT NAME||DATE OF LAUNCH|
|24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051)
35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053)
|20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050)||Launch planned by January 2020|
1. Enhanced close-focusing capability expands lens usefulness and versatility
These fixed focal lenses focus very close. The MOD (Minimum Object Distance) for the 20mm, 24mm and 35mm is 0.11m, 0.12m and 0.15m (4.3, 4.7 and 5.9 inches) respectively. Plus, the maximum magnification ratio for all three is 1:2. This remarkable performance allows users to create compositions that emphasize perspective (closer subjects are larger and distant ones are smaller) and that are unique to wide-angle lenses.
Being able to get in close is one of the most desirable specifications for a wide-angle lens. With dramatic closeup shooting performance for full-frame lenses, the series unleashes an unprecedented level of shooting freedom. Plus, by moving close to the subject, strongly blurred backgrounds are easier to attain.
2. A compact, lightweight 67mm filter diameter system offering excellent portability
Weighing in at 220g (7.8 oz) for the 20mm (Model F050), 215g (7.6 oz) for the 24mm (Model F051) and 210g (7.4 oz) for the 35mm (Model F053), the lenses are exceptionally light, allowing photographers to enjoy shooting comfortably without hesitating about whether to carry the lens. All three lenses combined weigh under 1.5 pounds (645g)! Meanwhile other lenses in Tamron’s lightweight full-frame mirrorless series such as the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036) standard zoom or 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046) ultra wide-angle zoom make the perfect companions to broaden the range of shooting possibilities.
As testament to their compactness, all three new models feature the same 67mm filter diameter as Tamron’s zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This significantly reduces cost and packing space when working with PL, ND and other filters. Even the front lens caps are the same size, eliminating the hassle of sorting caps when switching lenses. These features combine to produce a highly convenient and mobile system that adds more fun to photography.
3. Superb high-resolution performance that matches the latest high-resolution image sensors
The sophisticated optical formula created with the latest lens design technologies boasts exceptionally high rendering performance from edge to edge thanks to the optimal arrangement of LD (Low Dispersion) and GM (glass-molded aspherical) lens elements. Any remaining minor distortions sometimes common in wide-angle lenses are corrected using in-camera functions.
Additionally, Tamron’s legendary BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. With excellent resolving power achieved through uncompromising optical performance and camera-based distortion correction, these lenses can be used with complete confidence for a wide range of applications from casual family snaps to serious professional photography.
4. Consistent 64mm (2.5 in) overall length facilitates ease-of-use
All three lenses are the same length: 64mm (2.5 in). Achieving excellent balance with Sony E-mount cameras, these compact lenses employ a front element extension system but are designed to maintain the same exterior length during focusing operations. Therefore, there is less chance of an extended front element accidentally coming into contact with a subject during closeup shooting. And optional manual focusing is easier because the focus ring is positioned toward the front of the lens within natural reach of the thumb and index finger.
5. Silent autofocus driven by OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor
The AF drive system employs an OSD to ensure quiet operation. In comparison to conventional AF types with built-in DC motors, Tamron was able to greatly reduce the drive noise as well as vastly improve AF performance and speed. The lower ambient noise level is sure to be appreciated by video shooters. Overall, this fixed focal lens series provides superlative AF precision for exact focus even when shooting moving subjects, as well as outstanding accuracy and tracking capability. Additionally, this fixed focal series supports various AF features offered by certain Sony cameras, including Fast Hybrid AF, Eye AF, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to ensure a pleasant shooting experience.
6. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating
Environmental seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. These protective features are keenly important for lenses that allow you to get in close to a subject.
7. Compatible with main camera–specific features and functions
All three of Tamron’s new fixed focal lenses are compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. These include the following:
-Fast Hybrid AF
-Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
-In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
-Camera-based lens unit firmware updates
* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera’s instruction manual for details
* As of September, 2019
|Angle of View
|Optical Construction||10 elements in 9 groups||10 elements in 9 groups||9 elements in 8 groups|
|0.11m (4.3 in)||0.12m (4.7 in)||0.15m (5.9 in)|
|Weight||220g (7.8 oz)||215g (7.6 oz)||210g (7.4 oz)|
|Aperture Blades||7 (circular diaphragm)**|
|Standard Accessories||Lens hood (Flower-shaped), Lens caps||Lens hood (Cap-type),
|Compatible Mounts||Sony E-mount|
* for full-frame mirrorless format
** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
*** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
Huawei reinforces its claim to the smartphone photography crown with the new P30 Pro
- Quadruple cameras: three photo cameras plus a ToF (Time Of Flight) 3D sensing camera
- No more mono camera
- Radical new SuperSpectrum 40MP camera sensor enables remarkable low light capability
- Longer 125mm (5x) telephoto lens thanks to clever folded optics
- Mate 20 Pro style 16mm (0.6x) ultra wide-angle lens
- Almost 100% 6.5 inch display apart from a ‘tear drop’ style micro-notch for the selfie-camera
- On-screen optical fingerprint sensor (don’t worry it’s better than the Mate 20 Pro’s)
- No 3D face-sensor (Mate 20 Pro) so face-unlock will be less-efficient and less-secure
- Mate 20 Pro style extra-large 4200mAh battery and fast 40W Supercharging
- Mate 20 Pro style wireless charging with reverse charge mode
Improving on the already remarkable P20 Pro
A year ago Huawei built on its already established reputation for photography innovation in smartphones with the P20 Pro. This was the first triple-camera smartphone, featuring a 40 megapixel sensor and a mono camera, plus remarkable low-light capabilities. It also brought AI smartness to the fore.
Today, Huawei has unveiled the P30 Pro, and what a successor it is. I’ve had the privilege of being briefed by Huawei in advance, which included hands-on use of pre-production samples, though no images taken with these were allowed to be retained.
A radical new image sensor and a cleverly implemented telephoto camera, plus a fourth ToF camera/sensor, top the list of exciting new features the P30 Pro can boast. Here’s my hands-on preview:
Seeing in the dark and that new sensor
It was widely speculated that Huawei would opt for Sony’s new 38 megapixel Exmor RS IMX607, which features a modified Bayer filter array that incorporates white, as well as red, green and blue (RGB) pixel filters. White (colourless) filters increase light transmission and the effective sensitivity of the sensor.
So imagine our surprise when we were told that the P30 Pro uses a sensor that substitutes all the green filters in the Bayer array for yellow filters. Yellow filters transmit substantially more light than green filters. You could call this a RYB filter.
Huawei says this enables the effective maximum ISO sensitivity rating of the sensor to be raised from ISO 102400 on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro to 409600 ISO, or two stops (EVs) extra sensitivity. That’s four times more sensitivity.
To back up this seemingly outlandish claim Huawei invited us to use pre-production P30 Pros in an almost completely darkened room. Lo and behold, the P30 Pro was able to record discernable images in what appeared to be almost total darkness.
I also tried a Mate 20 Pro at the same time and virtually nothing recorded on the image.
Under those conditions the picture quality wasn’t great but I’d certainly be thankful of being able to take a picture, without the need for flash, in certain circumstances, when a typical camera would be unable to.
I can’t wait to see for myself if the extra sensitivity of the sensor can be harnessed to improve quality in more realistic low light shooting conditions.
You might think that using yellow instead of green Bayer Filter Array pixels would be a recipe for chromatic disaster. While we were unable to bring shots taken with the pre-production sample devices away with us to show you in this preview article, examination of the P30 Pro results in-phone at the time revealed no obvious colour anomalies.
Indeed, top pro photographer and Leica ambassador, Alex Lambrechts, who has used the older P20 Pro extensively, told me the colour and tonal quality he has been seeing in P30 Pro images is discernibly better than the P20 Pro.
We just have to find out if that’s because the P30 Pro’s new 6.47 inch AMOLED display is better, or maybe the camera and the display are both improved. Alex also says the photographic aperture blur/bokeh effects are processed in a more pleasing way.
What is the ToF camera for?
We’ve already seen a ToF camera on Huawei’s sub-brand model, the Honor View20. Samsung followed this example in its Galaxy S10+.
So what is ToF? It stands for Time of Flight – think of it as a kind of radar or sonar using invisible LED or laser light, transmitted in pulses. This light is reflected back and the time it takes to return to the ToF camera sensor can be calculated in real time as a distance between the phone and whatever reflected it back to the phone.
ToF cameras are like digital cameras and they have thousands of sensor photosites and each one can record a distance value, building up a three-dimensional view of what the camera sees. And it can do this in real time.
It’s really accurate and potentially better than existing optical image-reliant measuring apps, like Google Measure. You will be able to use it to measure in one and two dimensions and also three, for volume.
ToF capability will also boost the power of AR (Augmented Reality) where 3D computer-generated animated graphics are blended with a real scene.
The Honor View20 prioritises the use of its ToF camera for gaming; you can model your own body and a game can then sense your body motion for real-time avatar control.
I understand that on the P30 Pro the ToF camera aids the optical cameras to more-precisely sense object boundaries so artificial background blur/aperture algorithms make less mistakes. I suspect that the ToF camera can also assist in focusing and object/scene sensing in dark conditions.
Folded telephoto optics
The P30 Pro’s extra-long 125mm (native optical 5x) equivalent telephoto lens camera would have required an unsightly lump in the phone’s otherwise slimline form. Telephoto lenses, by their very nature, have to be long. So Huawei and Leica went for a folded-optics arrangement.
Folded optic lenses in other more conventional digital cameras have also been around for a long time and for the same reason, to fit a powerful telephoto lens into a slim camera body.
This means the lens elements are stacked 90 degrees between the front and back of the device. A key benefit is that there is less of a compromise on the optical design forced on engineers trying to keep the optics as short as possible.
To enable the lens to see in the same direction as the other cameras, a 90 degree prism is used at the top of the lens stack, resembling a periscope. You can tell which is the tele lens because the prism is square rather than round on the camera array.
As far as I know this is a first for a contemporary smartphone. Apple did patent a folded optic layout for an iPhone optical zoom lens a couple of years back, though it hasn’t been demonstrated yet. The P30 Pro telephoto lens is a fixed-focal length lens, though seamless bybrid optical and digital zooming is possible in conjunction with the other cameras from 16mm (0.6x) to 125 mm (5x). A lower resolution 10x tele mode is also provide and there is even a 50x mode for emergency use.
The P30 Pro’s telephoto camera has a resolution of 8MP, is optically stabilised (OIS) and has a native optical equivalence to a 125mm lens, or 5x the main 27mm (1x) 40MP camera lens. 10x and 50x digital zoom options are available. The ultra-wide camera is equivalent to a 16mm lens (full frame), or 0.6x.
There is another tweak to the main camera, which now has a faster (brighter) aperture of f/1.6 compared to f/1.8 on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.
Comparing the P30 Pro with the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro
|P30 Pro||P20 Pro||Mate 20 Pro|
|Screen size||6.5 inches||6.1 inches||6.4 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2240||1080 x 2240 (408ppi)||1440 x 3120 (538 ppi)|
|Curved edge display||Yes||No||Yes|
|Camera 1||40MP SuperSpectrum 27mm f/1.6 (1x)||40MP 1/1.7” 27mm f/1.8 (1x)||40MP 1/1.7” 27mm f/1.8 (1x)|
|Camera 2||20 MP 1/2.7” 16mm ultrawide f/2.2 (0.6x)||20MP 1/2.7” 27mm f/1.6 MONO (1x)||20 MP 1/2.7” 16mm ultrawide f/2.2 (0.6x)|
|Camera 3||8MP 135mm f/3.4 OIS (5x)||8MP 1/4” 80mm f/2.4 OIS (3x)||8MP 1/4” 80mm f/2.4 OIS (3x)|
|ToF camera sensor||Yes (back facing)||N/A||Front facing proximity|
|Selfie camera||32MP||24MP 26mm f/2.0||24MP 26mm f/2.0|
|Face/selfie depth sensor||N/A||N/A||IR dot projector|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 980||HiSilicon Kirin 970||HiSilicon Kirin 980|
|Battery||4200 mAh||4000 mAh||4200 mAh|
|Wireless charging||15W with reverse mode||N/A||15W with reverse mode|
|Fingerprint sensor||In-display (improved)||Front below display||In-display|
The in-screen fingerprint sensor on the Mate 20 Pro was a cool entry on the features list and a headline-grabber, but in reality it was slower and less-reliable than the P20 Pro’s conventional scanner built into a button-like pad below the display.
The P30 Pro also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner but I am cautiously optimistic it has been significantly improved after trying it on a pre-production device. It’s also further down the display, which – personally – I feel is a more sensible position.
I certainly hope my initial impressions are confirmed because the P30 Pro doesn’t inherit the 3D face sensing IR dot projector of the Mate 20 Pro, which makes that phone fast and secure at face-unlocking, even in darkness.
The P30 Pro relies solely on the selfie-camera, which is less secure and not likely to work in low light.
The P30 Pro borrows all the power goodies from the Mate 20 Pro, including the huge 4200 mAh battery, 40W charger, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging so you can top-up other devices from your phone. With Huawei’s more efficient HiSilicon Kirin 980 chip-set, more processing grunt isn’t at the cost of huge battery drain.
Resolution remains at 1080 x 2240 for the AMOLED screen, which is marginally larger (6.47 inches) than the P20 Pro, so you don’t get the super-fine res display of the Mate 20 Pro, but it’s an impressive looking display, nonetheless.
It’s also a curved-edge display, which may polarise opinion. I like this because it makes Android Pie 9 gesture navigation from the sides of the display more comfortable. However, it will severely limit your choice of screen protector options.
The Infra red transmitter or IR Blaster has been retained, however, rumours that a headphone socket had made a return are only half-correct; the lower-spec P30 (not the Pro version) gets the headphone socket.
Huawei are constantly tempting us with mesmerising new colours and the P30 Pro has a suitably cool selection, including a pearlescent white, which is my favourite.
As a photographer, the radical new RYB sensor and the folded optics 125mm telephoto, with Leica genes, is very exciting indeed. I’ll post my feedback on using a production device as soon as possible; we’ll be provided with a production P30 Pro for testing after today’s launch event.
The loss of the P20 Pro’s mono camera will frustrate some. It’s a polarising issue, but my personal view is that I can convert colour to mono effectively in post-processing, with especially good results when shooting RAW. Therefore, the ultra-wide camera, first introduced with the Mate 20 Pro, is very much worth the change. But I do concede this view is not universal.
The fact that the P30 Pro gets much of what was, until now, exclusive to the Mate 20 Pro is also very welcome.
I’m also looking forward to finding out what the fourth ‘camera’ – the ToF camera/sensor contributes and if it makes noticeable improvements to the photographic capabilities of the P30 Pro.
There’s so much to report back on! Watch this space.
Cameras and ToF sensors, galore, plus an amazing folding display smartphone/tablet - Samsung has announced its Galaxy S10 range and the Galaxy Fold.
Is a dedicated camera bag necessarily the only option for carrying camera gear, especially with a laptop. We look at the Riutbag R15.3 laptop backpack to find out if it passes muster as a dual-purpose bag for photographers.
After down-sizing my laptop, I need a smaller/more convenient bag to carry it and my mirrorless camera gear. Could a crowd-funding project be the answer?
The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, like its earlier stablemate, the P20 Pro, has a 40 megapixel camera that can records DNG RAW files. We find out if it has real potential or is just a tick-box gimmick.