Canon has announced a new firmware upgrade at NAB New York that is sure to please C300 shooters. The main features for the Mark II are enabled audio recording in 2K crop mode and the ability to turn off the internal microphone. The update brings an expanded Zebra range (5% to 100%) on the Mark II and shutter angle priority (keep your desired shutter angle as you change frame rates) on both the original C300 and the Mark II.
The other updates coming with the firmware relate to Canon’s Cine Servo Zoom lenses in EF mount. Auto and push iris are now available for Cine Servo EF 17-120mm and EF 50-1000mm, as well as the new 18-80mm that will be released shortly. Dual Pixel autofocus will also be supported for the EF 17-120mm and 18-80mm on the Mark II and original cameras with dual pixel capability. We currently do not carry these lenses (we have the 17-120mm available in PL mount only), but we will have an 18-80mm once it is released later this month.
Check out this video with Canon Technical Advisor, Brent Ramsey, for more information about the upgrade. We’ll be updating the C300 Mark II EF Mount and PL Mount cameras in our rental inventory when the firmware is released on December 13th. Interested in buying the C300 Mark II? See links below and contact us at email@example.com or 800-rule-com.
Canon EOS C300 EF 24-70 Kit
Canon EOS C300 with Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade
Canon EOS C300 MK II
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Picture this… I am sitting in a staff meeting and I see, through the glass door, a cart with 4 cardboard boxes from Fed Ex roll by headed my way. I know that I am expecting a delivery of 4 Canon C300 cameras for our Special January Pub Night with Larry Thorpe. For those of you not aware, Larry is Senior Director of Professional Engineering and Solutions at Canon. He will be presenting an overview of the C300 followed by Q&A. By the way, if you are interested in joining us, it goes from 6-8pm. and you can RSVP to email@example.com Just like a kid on Christmas day, I rush to open these boxes. I was fortunate to be invited by Canon to attend their grand unveiling in Hollywood on Nov. 3rd so I already had my hands on the camera but I knew that today, I would be able to spend some real time tinkering with these and in quantity! We received two EF mount and two PL. We will be showing them in various configurations – from bare bones DSLR-like handheld configs to fully built-up studio style cinema rigs with Optimo zoom cinema lenses. Very shortly I will follow this up with a more detailed blog about my observations, but in summary, the C300 is a winner for sure! It is elegant, logical, sturdy and tight. Its modular design does not feel like you are taking apart a child’s toy and the more I played with it the more I understood that a lot of consideration was given to each module. The pistol grip side handle has a 4 pin electronic connector cable that plugs in before you set your angle for mounting. The mount itself is a very sturdy metal thread which gives you confidence in its reliability. The menu and controls are straightforward in intuitive. You have options to label in ISO or Gain, Shutter in Degrees or fractions, White balance presets displayed in iconic sun or light bulb form or in kelvin (K) The base sensitivity is shown at , for use when utilizing Canon Log, and as most of you have already heard it goes up to an astounding 20,000 ISO! This of course doesn’t mean that you should always shoot this way nor does it mean that there is no amplifier noise but when the judgement of “acceptable” is yours to make for some shots, its is nice to know you’ve got it when you need it. The EF mount with one of our 24-70 EF lenses looked great and of course an Optimo on the PL version looks stunning. – Tom Talbot Director of Technology