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Canon launches compact, 10x zoom lens for EOS R cameras

Canon has expanded its RF lens range with the launch of the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM (Image Stabilisation, Ultra-Sonic Motor) – its newest lens for creative enthusiasts starting out on the EOS R System.

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The compact lens offers a large creative scope with its 24-240mm 10x zoom range. Aimed at those wanting to express creativity through photography, particularly for travel, this lens is highly versatile – capturing wide-angle shots and telephoto close ups. 

Following the development announcement of six RF lenses in February and the recently launched RF 85mm F1.2L USM, the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the second lens to be introduced by Canon in 2019 and has the highest zoom in its range. All six RF lenses can offer quality and versatility for those using the EOS R System.

Impressive and affordable full-frame zoom

At 750g, the compact and portable lens has an excellent weight to focal length coverage ratio. With its 10x zoom, variety of focal lengths and variable f/4-6.3 aperture, this lens is a good choice for enthusiast photographers. Giving expanded scope for creativity, its wide angle focal length is good for group photos, landscape and cityscape photography; while the lens’s 240mm telephoto length is great for photographing mid-distance sports, events, wildlife and people. Its diamond knurled focus/control ring and large, lockable zoom ring with 100° rotation provides the lens with greater control. The large diameter and short back focus of the RF mount allows for the lens to be designed with large rear elements and maximises image quality.

Exceptional image quality with AF and stabilisation

With its five-stop image stabilisation, it is the first full-frame lens with Dynamic IS, providing photographers with increased stability when used in hand-held mode – even at very low shutter speeds – allowing photographers to shoot in more situations. This key feature allows for the capturing of clear shots in low light and stable movies – the latter which has a 1/8 stop aperture control. With Nano USM autofocus, which combines the benefits of STM and ring USM, across 88% horizontal by 100% vertical of the frame with Dual Pixel CMOS AF – the lens is fast and quiet and smooth in shooting movie footage.

A great pairing with Canon’s lightest full frame mirrorless camera – the EOS RP – the lens offers the full benefits of the EOS R System with a native lens. Canon Ambassador Richard Walch recently completed a 12-day voyage along the coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes. In his kit bag was a RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM.

Walch said: “I wanted to take this lens on a journey to test its true ability. My mission was to find the counter perspective; land to water and water to land.  With its great versatility I wanted this lens for those spur-of-the-moment captures along my travels. Norway’s beauty is astounding – and when you find yourself in a place of greatness such as this you feel compelled to do the landscape justice with outstanding imagery.”

For product information on the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM, please visit: https://www.canon.co.za/lenses/rf-24-240mm-f4-6-3-is-usm/

RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Key Features:

  • 24-240mm Zoom Range
  • 5 Stop IS with Dynamic IS
  • Aspheric and Ultra-Dispersal Lens Elements and Super Spectra Coating
  • Circular 7-Bladed f/4-6.3 Aperture
  • Nano USM Autofocus
  • Switchable Focus/Control Ring
  • Built in DLO Profile and Electronic Distortion Correction

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Fujifilm creates pro-level Instax pictures with Mini Link

Fujifilm’s Instax instant cameras have taken an interesting turn: Fujifilm dropped the camera and kept the printer. BRYAN TURNER reviews the latest instant printer.

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When one thinks about the Instax brand, instant cameras come to mind. While these high-quality cameras have gone from shoot-and-print devices to being able to print voice notes, one factor has been constant. The device one generally uses for pictures is a smartphone. 

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Link printer changes that. It provides Instax style printing that’s linked to a smartphone, instead of a dedicated camera. This way, users can print out photos that they’ve taken with their smartphones on an Instax print.

With smartphones having advanced features like bokeh depth effects and high colour accuracy, the images that are produced are visually stunning. Making these pictures ‘immortal’ by printing them does them the proper justice of appreciating their beauty. What’s better is that this camera prints in 12 seconds, so there’s virtually no wait time for printing.

The printer weighs around 200g and is smaller than most smartphones, while being quite a bit thicker to fit the film cartridges. It’s highly portable and can fit into a handbag or medium-to-large-sized pocket.

The app and device link fairly easily: one has to download and open the app, then turn the Instax Mini Link on and wait for it to appear in the app. Thereafter, one can select photos to print from the camera roll or using the Instax camera app function.

One of the more interesting features is motion control. Putting this printer in different positions performs different actions: flat, standing up, or holding it upside down. Moving around the printer also changes the mode within the app.

To activate Print mode, one must put the printer upright. This offers a straightforward printing experience where one can select Simple Print for picking a photo and printing it, Video Print for selecting a frame from a video to print, or Instax camera for lining up a shot within a virtual Instax print.

The Instax Camera can be controlled with motion control as well: tilting the camera forward zooms in, while tilting it backwards zooms out. Pressing the Instax button will take a picture, where a user can review the picture and optionally add filters before printing.

To activate Fun mode, one must set the printer flat. This offers a more creative printing experience. One can select Frame Print to put a sticker on photos before printing, and Collage Print which allows several frames to appear on a single print out. Match Test is one of the cooler modes, which uses a photo of two people and asks questions to see who well they match.

The user must hand the smartphone over to the other person who answers questions, and then the user is tested to see if they can get those questions right. Thereafter, a printout with a score is done with a photo of the friends together.

If several smartphones in the same area have the Mini Link app, they can use Party Mode. This mode accepts several photos from various phones and prints out a surprise collage photo at the end.

The printer takes the same Instax film cartridges as the Instax cameras, so finding replacement film won’t be difficult. It charges via micro-USB and claims to do 100 prints on a single charge. While this may be possible in a single mode, we found after printing 20 shots and using the printer as a remote for about an hour, it was down to 60% battery life. That said, it still offers great battery life for such a small device.

Overall, we were extremely impressed with this device and its brilliant quality print-outs. Even its more gimmicky features were charming and add to the memory-making experience.

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Shoot for the stars with the Canon EOS Ra

Canon has produced its first full-frame camera for astronomical photography – taking pictures of deep space and constellations.

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Canon builds on its iconic full-frame range and EOS R System line-up with the launch of the EOS Ra, which is its first full-frame camera for astronomical photography.

The EOS Ra, unlike other full-frame astro cameras, is portable and has no need for external power and connection to a computer, resulting in exceptional image quality of visible reality, but also of deep space photography with a wide range of optical devices.

The camera shares features with the September 2018-launched EOS R. The EOS Ra inherits the camera’s fast autofocus, the ability to focus in light conditions as low as -6EV, a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approximately 30.3 million effective pixels and a DIGIC 8 image processor. While boasting this advanced and cutting-edge optical technology, the EOS Ra is a modified EOS model – developed in direct response to the specific needs of astrophotographers looking to capture the vivid colour of deep space and constellations.

Featuring a new infrared blocking filter (IR filter) allowing even higher hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light to reach the imaging sensor, it enables four times as much of this hydrogen-alpha light to be transmitted compared to the EOS R. Photographers can capture, both crisply and clearly, the distinct red colour of nebula – an interstellar cloud of dust made up mostly of hydrogen and helium – impossible to capture on a traditional camera where the UV/IR cut filters block the IR light that gives these nebulae their red colour.

With its mirrorless design and full-frame sensor, the EOS Ra is a camera for photographers looking to capture images of deep space. With no mechanical mirror system, vibrations are minimised ensuring sharp images. What’s more – the high performing Canon-developed sensor offers a mix of high ISO performance, impressive resolution, fast readout and exposure latitude, helping to create interstellar images of exceptionally high quality.  

With Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF), the EOS Ra features a range of AF and MF focus functions ensuring images are of high optical excellence – including shots captured in low-light conditions. Retaining the -6EV AF from the EOS R, low-light performance with RF lenses and existing EF lenses is possible. When astrophotographers use it with a telescope, focus assist functions like focus peaking and magnification up to 30x – that’s three times more than the EOS R – ensure focusing with any optical device is fast. What’s more, with its 4K movie and 4K time-lapse capabilities the EOS Ra is also the first astro camera on the market with a 4K movie function.

Sharing the same mount as the EOS R, the EOS Ra has been designed to enhance lens design possibilities. The RF lens mount enables a radical new optical design – the 20mm flange back and wide 54mm mount diameter has made it possible for Canon engineers to design new lenses that weren’t achievable before. The camera, and system is also compatible with three lens mount adapters, giving photographers a wide choice of lenses and telescopes to use with EOS Ra.  More than 70 EF and EF-S lenses can be used with Canon’s innovative EOS R System, adding new functionality to existing optics, while maintaining the excellent levels of performance and functionality previously seen with EOS DSLRs. As when attached to an EOS R, the Canon mount adapter enables users to maintain their setup whether using RF or EF and EF-S mount lenses.

The EOS Ra’s compact and lightweight design makes it easier to attach to a telescope – suitable for photographers shooting for long periods of time. Combining existing EOS ergonomics with new controls the camera provides maximum control with familiarity. The Vari-Angle touch screen makes the camera comfortable for photographers shooting in many positions, with the benefit of having up to 30x magnification to check focus. The EOS Ra’s electronic viewfinder means photographers can really shoot what they see, with the ability to view their subjects clearly in the dark.

The EOS Ra, like the EOS R, supports connection via EOS Utility and the Canon Camera Connect application. This allows remote camera control for still and video via USB or via wireless. The software can be downloaded free of charge from the Canon support website – enabling remote shooting, for example from indoors on a cold evening, and time-lapse operation.

For more information about Canon South Africa, visit www.canon.co.za.

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