Canon Launches Print For Action Initiative

Canon Logo

According to Canon, a survey by Canon USA found that 47 percent of Americans “Would Feel Sad in a World Without Print.” Thus, Canon’s new initiative seeks to “highlight the power of print’s versatility by coupling Canon’s deep heritage…with [statistics] to educate and help empower future business leaders.”

The study’s results found that 48% of millennials still read books, 51% of millennials gave someone a printed card in 2018, and 43% of millennials use printed calendars.

Read Canon’s Announcement here.

FAA Changes Drone Marking Rules

drone marking requirements

The FAA recently changed the marking requirement for both hobby and commercial drone operators. Prior to the rule change, operators had to display the drone registration number anyplace that did not require tools to access. Given recent drone incursions and concerns over drones rigged with explosives, the required registration number must now be clearly visible on the outside of the aircraft. This change applies to both hobbyists operators and Part 107 licensed commercial sUAV pilots. You can find drone registration and marking requirements at FAA Dronezone.

Canon Announces EOS RP Camera and Development of Six RF Mount Lenses

Canon EOS RP

The Camera

Canon announced the second RF-mount camera body, the EOS RP — a 26.2 MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP retails for approximately $1300 and is available in kits that include an EF mount adapter and a small grip extension.

The camera itself looks similar to the EOS R but is smaller. It has a buil-in 2.36MP electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle touchscreen that should please vloggers. Video capabilities include 40K 24P and 1080 60P. Mobile workflows, bluetooth, and built-in wifi make it pair well with canon’s Digital Photo Professional Express App.

Canon released an intro video about the camera as well.

The Lenses

In addition to the camera body announcement. Canon also announced six new RF lenses that they are developing and expect to release later in 2019. The six lenses are as follows:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

The 85mm F1.2L USM DS is interesting. Its defocus smoothing feature should yield very nice results coupled with a lens with a maximum f1.2 aperture. However, the difference between it and the standard 85mm F1.2L USM will have to be remarkable for both to have a place in the market.

Canon’s Press Release on the lenses is here. The folks over at DP Review already have a first look of the camera body. Check it out here.

Prograde Digital Announces Recovery Pro Software

Prograde Digital announced Recovery Pro, a software solution to assist with recovery of photo and video files “that have become lost, accidentally deleted, and/or corrupted.” It is compatible with a large variety of file types. Additionally, it reverse more than 90 audio file formats. Recovery Pro is compatible with Mac OSX and Windows 10 and higher. The software requires a $49.99 US annual subscription. Read more here.

Leica Announces M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition:’ The M For Cinematographers

Leica M10-P ASC Edition

Leica announced the latest limited edition of the M10-P rangefinder camera today. The Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. It comes with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, a VISOFLEX electronic viewfinder, and an M-PL Mount adapter.

Leica M10-P ASC Edition with 35mm SUmmicron-M ASPH

Additionally, the camera features “authentic Cine Looks” looks–shooting modes accessed through the camera’s menu. The looks include ASC Cine Classic, ASC Contemporary, as well as cinematic aspect ratios.

See Leica’s press release here.

Leica Announces Limited M Lenses: APO Summicron 50, Summilux 28, and Summaron 28

Leica Limited Production M Lenses: APO 50mm f2, 28mm f5.6, 28mm f1.4
Leica announced new limited production variants of three lenses for the Leica M-System. The text below is from Leica’s announcement. Read the full press release here
APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 F/2 ASPH., BLACK CHROME
Available February 21, 2019
Reminiscent of the vintage Summicron 50 mm f/2 (II) from 1956, the APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH., black chrome features a scalloped focusing ring with barrel components machined from brass. This special lens has engravings for the focal length and distances measured in feet with red enamel paint, meticulously applied by hand. Limited to 700 lenses worldwide.
SUMMARON-M 28 F/5.6, MATTE BLACK PAINT
Available February 28, 2019
The Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5., matte black paint bolsters the range of classic Leica lenses with a new and exclusive color option, making for a stealthier variant of such an iconic lens with vintage aesthetic signature. Limited to 500 lenses worldwide.
SUMMILUX-M 28 F/1.4 ASPH., SILVER ANODIZED
Available February 28, 2019
For the first time, the Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens is available in a silver anodized version. Owners of M-System cameras and lenses in silver now have another matching high-performance lens for their systems in one of the most versatile and fast wide-angles of the Leica portfolio. Limited to only 300 worldwide.