by Johnnie Behiri | 20th April 2017
Canon has just announced the first major upgrade to their Canon 5D Mark IV. This paid upgrade will set you back about $99 (€99), but promises to give the camera a new life when it comes to video production. The paid upgrade unlocks Canon Canon Log for the 5D Mark IV Back when I tested the camera in August 2016 (see my original review and article here), I came up with a list of Pros and Cons related to the camera. My list proved to be identical to what others in our global filming community were thinking and, based on this global feedback, I’m happy to report that Canon has listened and decided to implement a C-LOG picture profile. While this upgrade might not fulfil everybody’s wish list, it is certainly a good move in the right direction, one that raises hopes that Canon may have decided to re-join the healthy DSLR/Mirrorless competition and support independent filmmakers with flexible creative tools. Although, while on this subject: Canon, please give us the ability to record 4K in full-frame mode and also send a 4K signal via HDMI to an external recorder. As a side note, one immediate question remains: What about the Canon 1D X Mark II? Will this fine camera also be treated soon? Unfortunately, we have no news regarding this matter for now. Why Shoot in a Log Picture Profile? Shooting with a Log picture profile brings some benefits to filmmakers who want the most amount of information to work with. This specific Canon Log picture profile is identical to the one found on the Canon 1D C, and was specifically designed to work best with 8-bit colour sampling information. Needless to say, for filmmakers who use other Canon cameras on set, the main benefit will be the ease of camera matching while filming and colour grading during post production. About the Canon 5D Mark IV Upgrade Mind you, in order to take advantage of this new upgrade, you will have to send your beloved camera in to a Canon service center, so don’t look for a firmware download link. Once you get your Canon 5D Mark IV back, you will find in you can now navigate and activate Canon Log in the menu. According to Canon, for best results use ISO 400 in order to achieve the claimed 12 stops of dynamic range. In addition – and for those who feel uncomfortable working with a flat, low contrast image with subdued sharpness – Canon is now offering the possibility to use a “view assist” to look at the full range of the image. Availability The paid upgrade will be available as of June. It is yet to be seen if the new Canon 5D Mark IV cameras with the upgrade already installed, and if so, if those cameras will be 99 Euro more expensive. Do you work with the Canon 5D Mark IV? If so, will you be sending your camera in for an upgrade? If you don’t have the camera, will you be considering buying it now that Canon Log has been implemented?Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 29th July 2016
The recently released firmware update for the Canon C300 Mark II includes a couple of nice operational improvements as well as enhanced lens compatibility. Most importantly, however, it introduces of the new Canon Log 3 Gamma. A lot has been discussed about the capabilities of the Canon C300 Mark II. Sebastian’s findings in the lab published back in September opened up a debate about the actual usable dynamic range of the camera, which the manufacturer clarified in November. At NAB 2016, we had the pleasure of talking to Larry Thorpe, Senior Fellow at Canon, who talked to us about the upcoming improvements to the camera and the introduction of Canon Log 3. Watch this interview here in case you missed it: Larry Thorpe Announces Canon C300 mark II Dynamic Range Improvements from cinema5D on Vimeo. Well, July has come and gone, and the Canon firmware update is finally here. Here is a quick look at what version 126.96.36.199.00 has to offer. In addition to the new Canon Log 3 profile and low-light improvements for the existing Canon Log 2, operational improvements include magnification during recording and enhanced menu operations, retaining some settings when changing things such as frame rate. There are also many lens compatibility enhancements, including (from Canon’s press release): The following features are enabled when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1*3, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN20x50 IAS H/E1*3. – Enables autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function. (Not applicable to the CN20x50 IAS H/E1 lens) – Enables the joystick on the camera’s grip unit to be set to operate the zoom. – Enables control of iris to be set to manual operation, and control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100. – Enables automatic aperture and push auto iris functions. – Enables retrieval of metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance of the lens attached, and display of metadata on the camera, Enables Dual Pixel Function when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1 lens, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens or any of the EF cinema prime lenses. Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses: – COMPACT-SERVO lenses: CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S – CINE-SERVO lenses: CN20x50 IAS H/E1 – EF lenses: EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Similar lens-related improvements have also been added to a new firmware update for the Canon C100 Mark II, although unfortunately no Canon Log 3. You can find the upgrade and installation guide for the C300 Mark II here. Also be aware that there is a new handbook for the camera available in the download section in PDF form. Have you upgraded yet? How is that shiny new Canon Log 3 working out for you so far? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Patrick Zadrobilek | 9th January 2015
This is a guest post by contributor Patrick Zadrobilek (website), a filmmaker based in Vienna, Austria, who likes to dig into the technical nitty-gritty details of his gear to get the best results possible. It was originally published on his own blog. (nl) This test shows the different noise levels when ramping up ISO values on the most used Custom Picture Profiles (CPs) for the Canon C100 and C300.Read more
We only send updates about our most relevant articles. No spam, guaranteed! And if you don't like our newsletter, you can unsubscribe with a single click. Read our full opt-out policy here.