Canon R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera and 4 RF Lenses Coming Sep 5th
The cat is out of the bag. As rumors foretold, Canon will indeed be announcing its first full-frame mirrorless camera and 7 different new lenses next week on September 5th.
Canon Rumors and Nokishita have both published the full list of gear that will be unveiled on that day. Canon has been keeping this camera announcement as an extremely closely guarded secret that was largely under wraps up to this point.
The big announcement that photographers will be keen to learn about is Canon’s new R full-frame mirrorless camera and the ecosystem that will be launched around it.
The R body will be sold both by itself and with a 24-105mm f/4L kit lens with the company’s new RF mount
In addition to the 24-105mm f/4L lens, Canon will also be announcing three other RF-mount lenses: an RF 35mm f/1.8 M IS, RF 50mm f/1.2L, and RF 28-70mm f/2.
Canon will also be announcing a new BG-E22 battery grip, an EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens, and two EF super-telephoto lenses: the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III and the EF 600mm f/4L IS III.
The moisture-resistant lens features an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) and multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to greatly reduce the distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations often seen in wide-angle photos.
The front of the lens features a new AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating that reduces ghosting and flare. There’s also a Fluorine Coating that provides water- and oil-repellent properties.
Inside, the lens features a built-in Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) for greatly faster autofocus performance and precision. And like its predecessor, this new lens offers image stabilization (4.5 stops).
Full-time Manual Focus override in the lens allows you to make manual focus adjustments at any time.
The Canon EF version of the lens also includes a rear filter holder that supports gelatin and other sheet filters.
“This makes photography using filters much easier and simpler by overcoming the problem of the curvature of the front lens elements that made shooting with filters so difficult in the past,” Tamron says.
As with Tamron’s other new lenses, this new lens is compatible with the company’s TAP-in Console for making firmware updates and fine focus adjustments via USB using your own computer.
Here are some official sample photos captured with the new 15-30mm G2:
Bop Refresh: 8/31
The Struts and Kesha, “Body Talks”
Kesha always excels when she dabbles in glittery glam rock. This time around, she’s helping rising rock band The Struts give a new take on their rousing and snazzy hit single, her valley girl rasp complimenting lead singer Luke Spiller’s old-school British rock accent and giving the jam a welcome flirty touch.
Trailer: The First Documentary About Street Photographer Garry Winogrand
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is an upcoming documentary film about the life and work of famous American street photographer Garry Winogrand. You can watch the 2-minute trailer above.
Here’s the synopsis of the 90-minute film that was directed by Sasha Waters Freyer:
Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made hundreds of thousands of them with his 35mm Leica, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. When he died suddenly at age 56 in 1984, Winogrand left behind more than 10,000 rolls of film – more than a quarter of a million pictures!
These images capture a bygone era: the New York of Mad Men and the early years of the Women’s Movement, the birth of American suburbs, and the glamour and alienation of Hollywood. He produced so many unseen images that it has taken until now for the full measure of his artistic legacy to emerge.
Endorsed by his gallery and estate, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic survey of that legacy. The film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was – like America’s in the late decades of the 20th century – larger-than-life, full of contradictions and totally unresolved. In addition to hundreds of iconic photographs, the film makes ample use of Winogrand’s 8mm color home movie of his parents, three wives and children, plus the wealth of footage created as he roamed city streets and 1960s protests.
The film also uses newly discovered audio cassette tapes of Winogrand which are the only un-staged media of the artist in existence. These cassette tapes capture conversations with an old friend recorded in a forgotten Texas diner – about ex-wives and parents and children and sex, about quitting smoking and students and the meaning and making of art. Forged by his own words and images, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of a man who both personified his era and transformed it.
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable will hit the silver screen in select theaters across the US on September 19th, 2018.
Cardpackr is an Expandable Magnetic Case for Storing Memory Cards
Cardpackr is a new memory card storage solution designed by a design partnership called W2. It’s a stackable magnetic case that can expand to hold as many memory cards as you need.
The Cardpackr system consists of one cover layer and as many standard layers as you’d like.
Each layer has 4 strong neodymium magnets — memory cards aren’t harmed by magnets — built in that keep all the layers together when your cards are put away.
“These give just the right amount of grip to stop the layers accidentally coming apart whilst at the same time making it simple to separate them to access the cards,” the company says. “We trialed numerous strengths, sizes and quantity of magnets as well as the positioning to get it just right and we think you’re going to love how it works.”
The layout of the magnets allows you to slide each layer apart sideways if you’d like to quickly access the cards within.
Each ABS plastic layer comes with 4 different EVA rubber inserts (with double-sided tape on the back) for various combinations of memory cards (and SIM cards). There are also blank inserts for cutting your own custom holes.
Cardpackr is being launched on Kickstarter, where it has already been successfully funded. There’s less than a day remaining in the campaign at the time of this post, and you can get yourself a first Cardpackr (assuming the company delivers on its promises) with contributions starting at about $13 for a basic 2-layer set.
How These Former Kodak Engineers Helped Prevent World War III
During the Cold War, the US enlisted the help of Kodak to create a satellite camera for spying on the Soviet Union. This 4-minute video by CNN is a look at the program and the former Kodak employees who “helped prevent World War III.”
During the Cold War, the Kodak employees (who still meet for a monthly luncheon) were tasked with developing the KH-7 Gambit reconnaissance satellite that was used from July 1963 to June 1967.
The program in Kodak’s “Research and Engineering” division — the government side of the company — was so top secret that information was kept on a need-to-know basis: the employees didn’t know what the government was doing with their camera, and the family and friends of the employees didn’t know what their loved ones were working on.
What the employees created was a high-res satellite that gave the US the first high-resolution photos of Soviet nuclear and missile installations. It was so powerful that photos could reveal objects smaller than 1 foot in size. Even to this day, the highest resolution of the Gambit camera is still classified information.
After the photography phase of each mission, the film would be ejected from the satellite in a capsule and recovered mid-air by a C-130 Hercules airplane as the film floated down to Earth on a parachute.
By the end of the Cold War, the Gambit satellite spy camera had exposed nearly 100 miles of film containing nearly half a million photos of the Soviet Union.
Lady Gaga Gives Us A Preview of Hedi Slimane’s Celine
This year, there was perhaps no announcement that shook the fashion world to its icy core more than the news of Hedi Slimane succeeding Phoebe Philo as creative director of Celine. Back in 2009, there was perhaps nothing that shook up the entire world more than the arrival of Lady Gaga, a woman that continues to shock and inspire in various ways.
So it made so much sense when Gaga took to The Lourve last night (and Instagram early this morning) proudly donning Slimane’s first design for C…
Thriller: Hugo Boss Reissues Michael Jackson’s Suit
This article appears in the pages on V115, our Fall 2018 issue. Head to shop.vmagazine.com to order your copy!
Michael Jackson’s influence on culture transcends his own self-made artistry. Through his unparalleled talent, he pushed our expectations of what a performer could bring to the recording booth or stage. In doing so, he also became an omnipresent muse for other creatives, moonwalking his way into fashion, film, and every imaginable form of modern visual art.
Such is the focus of Mi…
LEGO’s New People Pack Has a Female Wildlife Photog (and Selfie Stick)
If you’re a fan of both LEGO and photography, you may want to check out this year’s City People Pack, which has an “Outdoor Adventures” theme. The kit features a female wildlife photographer who has a camera with a flash and hefty telephoto lens.
The 164-piece kit is LEGO item #60202.
Here’s a closer look at the photographer:
There’s even an eagle figure for the photographer to take pictures of:
Oh, and the new people pack even contains a dad who brought a selfie stick on his family vacation: