Canon C200 and Canon C200B Firmware Update Released

Canon USA has just released the Canon C200 and C200B firmware version 1.0.4.100 update that is available now. If you’re an owner of one of the two cameras we highly recommend to update and keep your equipment up to date. Here are a few things on what’s been updated and fixed with this new update.

Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements

  • Fixes image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:

– recording format XF-AVC

– frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i

– 1920×1080 resolution

  • Optimizes the Black Gamma compensation when Normal 1 to Normal 4 is set for Gamma in the Custom Picture settings.
  • Optimizes color accuracy in areas of high brightness when Normal 1 to Normal 4 is set for Gamma in the Custom Picture settings.

Caution

  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  •  Firmware version 1.0.4.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C200 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 – 1.0.3.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 1.0.4.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Steps for the Firmware Update

After the firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu and custom picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and custom picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. You can download the firmware update here. The downloaded folder will contain the firmware (file name: VNC4.FIM / file size: 39,287,424 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures.

Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.

The following things are required to perform this firmware update:
1. An EOS C200 or EOS C200B camera body
2. A computer (OS Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1)
3. A 128 MB or higher-capacity SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (both commercially available)
4. An SD card reader/writer (commercially available) or an SD card slot built into the computer
5. A fully charged battery pack for the camera
6. Compact power adapter bundled with the camera
7. The firmware (the downloaded file)

Once you have everything ready it’s just a matter of uploading to your camera. For a complete detailed version of how to update the firmware on your camera click here.

Canon C200 C200B firmware

If you have any questions give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today or shop Texas Media Systems online here

 

RED HELIUM and RED MONSTRO 0% Financing Available Now

RED Digital Cinema has announced 0% financing on the RED MONSTRO 8K VV and RED HELIUM 8K S35 on camera purchase or upgrade plus accessories. The promotion is available now through September 30, 2018!

(L-R) RED MONSTRO 8K VV and RED HELIUM 8K S35

Leasing Promotion: 

  • 0% available at 24 months
  • $1 Buyout, you own the camera at the end of term
  • Promotion subject to credit approval.

What you’ll pay for 24 months financing: 

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ HELIUM 8K S35 SENSOR – 710-0304 

  • $24,500 total*
  • $1,021 monthly payment*

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ MONSTRO 8K VV AND AI PL MOUNT – 710-0303 

  • $54,500 total*
  • $2,271 monthly payment*

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 CF BRAIN W/ MONSTRO 8K VV – 710-0306 

  • $59,500 total*
  • $2,479 monthly payment*

Apply now by completing the leasing application below and get same day approval! 

Online Lease Application

*Estimated monthly payments and total. Final amount may vary. Accessories not included in amount listed. 

We will provide  a tax exemption form if applicable in your state of purchase. Insurance will be needed on the camera. You may add to an existing insurance plan that qualifies or get insurance through the leasing company. 

Give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today!

“Let People See” Founder Chris Brank talks cameras and lenses

At Texas Media Systems our goal is to help you get the equipment you need, when you need it. Chris Brank is the founder and CEO of Let People See, a video production agency based in South Carolina.  His business has utilized the leasing options we have to get the gear he needs or to simply add another tool to his kit. Let People See just won a Gold American Advertising Federation award for a mini-doc that was shot in the Congo that you can watch here. We took the time to chat with Chris about how he got started, his business and more.

Photo courtesy of Chris Brank/Let People See

What’s your earliest memory of filmmaking or the moment you knew you wanted to pursue this as a career?

Chris: It might not be the earliest moment, but back in 2012 I was planning a trip to Lima, Peru. I had been shooting fun little promos and corporate work, some of them profitable, but I decided it was time to shoot for the moon. Canon announced the Canon C100 and one of the first stores in the U.S. to get one was this place called Texas Media Systems. I struck up a conversation with Leroy and we worked for weeks to get one of the very first Canon C100’s shipped to me before my Peru trip. The giant box was delivered the night before the flight, and the whole week in Lima I only brought it out of the case twice! I said I was terrified to get it dirty, but secretly I didn’t even know how to use the thing. Three Canon C100’s later (along with two Canon 5D Mark IV’s, a Canon 1DX Mark II, two Canon C300 Mark II’s, and four Canon C200’s), I still don’t know how to use them to their full potential. But along the way, I’ve found team members who are way better than I am.

Your company Chris Brank Films started in 2011 and you recently transitioned to a new banner, “Let People See.” Can you talk about some of the projects you started working on and what’s the story behind “Let People See.”

Chris: I never liked working alone! And so even as “Chris Brank Films” it would always be “Hi, I’m Chris, and this is Taylor, David, John, Lauren….” And because of the team approach, nothing was ever just a “Chris Brank” film. I was thrilled to change the name! After many nights on godaddy.com, we finally found something that resonated with what we do. We “let people see” the awesome things our clients are doing! And Let People See was born. Or…registered.

Photo courtesy of Chris Brank/Let People See

As an independent filmmaker with a small team, expenses must be very important. You’ve leased quite a bit of equipment with us, can you talk about how that’s been a benefit to your company and being able to grow?

Chris: Absolutely! Payroll is tough – cash flow is of utmost importance. We’ve often got 2-4 shoots happening at the same time. And as we’ve continued to grow, I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve sent to Leroy along the lines of: “We’ve got 20 shoots over the next 3 months and we need another camera and another set of lenses. Can you get it here by next Tuesday?” The leasing options are fantastic because we usually don’t have the money until after shoots are wrapped, but we need the gear to accomplish the shoots. Leasing gives us no hesitation to grab gear at 0% or incredibly low interest rates. We know we can get the gear and get the job done!

What would you tell people who may be hesitant about the lease to own program?

Chris: Cash flow is what can make or break a business. There’s so many 0% options or incredibly low interest rate options through Texas Media Systems (we’ve found the 36 month with 1.9% interest to be a sweet spot), it’s a no-brainer for us to split up the cost of equipment. “Spend it all now” or “split it up over time”… seriously, it’s a no-brainer when interest rates are ridiculously low.

What’s in your arsenal right now? Do you have any must-have lenses or cameras you can’t live without now? Any favorites to shoot with or your team’s favorites?

Chris: Right now, each of our kits has two Canon C200’s, a Canon 5D Mark IV on a DJI Ronin-M, and a full set of Canon L primes and zooms (24mm 1.4L, 35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, 85mm 1.4IS, 100mm L Macro, 24-105mm 4.0L II, 70-200mm 4.0L IS, 16-35mm 4.0L IS, 100-400mm II). We’ve got two of those kits, and also two C300 Mark II’s. For stills, we’ve got a 1DX Mark II and we’re working on building another Canon L lens set. We’re also traveling with Quasar Science bulbs that we bought through Texas Media Systems…those have been game-changers!

Quasar Lights in action | Photo courtesy of Chris Brank/Let People See

Can you talk about the approach to a project “Let People See” takes and how having the varied equipment helps you make the best product for a customer.

Chris: We really serve as a video factory for agencies and brands. They tell us what they want, we make it happen. We’re incredibly involved on the execution side, so takes plenty of crew and plenty of gear. With equipment like DSLRS, Canon C200’s, and Canon C300 Mark II’s, we’re able to work on a wide range of production levels. The Canon C200’s are used on 95% of the work (with the .mp4 codec on beautifully inexpensive SD cards), but they have the ability to step up to RAW if the project calls for it.

What are you working on now that you can share with us?

Chris: At any given time we’ve got 10-20 projects in the works, the juggle is half the fun! Some of the most exciting projects right now are an upcoming conference in Minneapolis, some tourism work in the mountains of North Carolina, and a trip to Toronto for an awesome scrap metal company.

Why do you keep coming back to Texas Media Systems?

Chris: The customer service is exceptional. We’ve been able to get everything we need exactly when we need it for seven years straight. The access to a real person on the phone in under 30 seconds is getting harder and harder to find! There are plenty of suppliers closer to us in South Carolina, but when you find someone you trust, it doesn’t matter where they are. I trust Texas Media Systems, and they go above and beyond to retain that trust. That’s what matters!

Take a look at Let People See’s demo reel that was shot on Canon. 

Let People See Hype Reel from Let People See on Vimeo.

You can see more of Let People See’s work by visiting their website www.letpeoplesee.com.  If you’re looking for equipment for your company, give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today!

Introducing the Next Generation of Canon 70-200mm Lenses

Canon has introduced two new telephoto zoom lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM.

The new lenses serve advanced amateur and professional photographers in a variety of applications and solutions including wildlife, landscapes, portrait and sports photography. Canon EF 70-200mm focal-length lenses are a popular option for photographers in need of a long zoom range that maintains a relatively compact design. In addition, these updated lenses inherit the same overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect from the Canon EF L-series line of lenses.

“At the core of image capturing, Canon believes the lens is just as important as the camera. A seamless relationship between the two allows photographers to produce emotion-evoking and timeless images,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to offer photographers two distinct options in the 70-200mm focal-length, continuing to further expand our optics heritage.”

Take a look at the new features below!

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon 1D and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.

Additional noteworthy features of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM include:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer up to 3.5 shutter speed stops of correction
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor
  • One fluorite lens and five UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.2m (3.9ft)
  • Lens features 23 elements in 19 groups
  • Circular eight blade aperture

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III is scheduled to begin shipping in August 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2,099.00.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM

Additional noteworthy features of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM include:

    • One fluorite lens and two UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
    • Minimum focusing distance shortened from 1.2m to 1m (3.9ft to 3.3ft)
    • Super Spectra Coating technology and optimized lens element placement helps minimize ghosting and flaring
    • Circular nine blade aperture producing a beautiful bokeh quality, ideal for portrait shooting
    • Lens features 20 lens elements in 15 groups
    • Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
    • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II is scheduled to begin shipping in late June 2018 with an estimated retail price of $1,299.00

Call us at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today! Interested in financing the lenses? We have leasing options for you.

Firmware Notice for the Canon EOS C200 and EOS C200B

If you own a Canon C200 or C200B camera, you’ll want to read the following announcement from Canon. They have determined that a recording error may occur with the EOS C200 / C200B. The details of the phenomenon and support plan are described below.

Canon C200
Canon C200

 

Phenomena
Image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:

  • recording format XF-AVC
  • frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i
  • 1920×1080 resolution

Workaround
Users should use a configuration that does not include the settings listed above, although we acknowledge that this may not be possible for all users. Note: This Phenomenon only affects internally recorded footage. Output signals from the output terminals are not affected.

Affected Products
EOS C200 / C200B Digital Cinema Cameras equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.3.1.00 are affected.

Support
Firmware Version 1.0.3.1.00 has been removed from Canon’s Web site.

  • The new Firmware is scheduled to be released mid-June 2018.
  • If you have not already done so, please register the EOS C200/C200B. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
  • This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free)
1-855-246-3367
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: usa.canon.com/support

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today! Looking to buy the Canon C200 or C200B, financing options are available! 

Quasar Science LED Lights – The Future of Film Lighting!

Quasar Science has released some exciting lighting products that DP’s, Grips, and lighting technicians will love. All of their bulbs are LED powered meaning they are dimmable and are more durable than Kino Flo bulbs while providing nice, even flicker-free lighting.

Photo by Jason Youngblood

Do you have an old Kino fixture lying around because you got tired of replacing the bulbs when they break? Just buy some Quasar tubes, throw them in the fixture and you’re good to go. All of Quasar’s light tubes have a milk glass plastic diffuser coating that gives it a nice soft quality and subject falloff like you would expect to find with Kino Flo’s.

These lights are truly the LEGO of the lighting world. You can rig them up like you would Kino Flo’s or you can strip it down to just a bulb and mount it anywhere.

Photo by Jason Youngblood

There are five main types of lights Quasar makes. The Q-LED Rainbow Linear Lamps with RGBX comes in either 2′ or 4′ and gives you a color temperature range of 2000 to 6000 Kelvin. They also are able to reproduce a full 360° hue palette for vibrant fully saturated color or mixed with X-fade white light for soft beautiful pastels. Includes color presets for Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, and Purple. All Rainbow Lamps are equipped with on-board digital interface giving you command of Intensity, Kelvin, hue & saturation. Each lamp has a built in Lumen Radio CRMX chip for wireless control. The Rainbow can also be wired to DMX via Cat5 I/O Port.

The Q-LED T-8 comes in 2′ or 4′ at either 5600 or 3 Kelvin. The Q-LED Crossfade comes in 1′, 2′, 4′, 6′, and 8′ and offers a changeable color temperature range from 2000 to 6000 Kelvin. They also make a battery powered light called the Q-LED Lithium Ion Battery LED that comes with magnets on either end making it a really handy option to add a hair light, eye light, or adding a little fill without having to run extension cords all over the place. Quasar also makes a line of practical lighting bulbs.

Quasar Science

Each light tube comes with a P1G or “PIG” as we are calling it at Texas Media Systems. This plugs into the end of the light and will let you plug the light in to power it. If you are running more than one light together you’ll probably want to pick up the Cluster Power Adapter so you can plug lights into this (depending on the cluster power adapter) and then into your dimmer or the wall. If you are going to be using more than one light and don’t have an old Kino-Flo lying around you may want to consider getting a backplate. These come in 1, 2, and 4 light configurations making it simple to run multiple lights on one stand. We are also carrying the Mathews MQ Mount designed to hold the bulbs with minimal light loss. They are also designed to make it impossible to crush your light.

Kill Switch and Reset Button

Quasar Science has a nifty option to ensure that your lights don’t turn on when traveling or transporting your gear. All you need to do is follow the steps below!

  • To disable the Power Button when traveling, using a pen, press and hold the the KILL button button on the side for 5 seconds.
  • To enable the Power Button after it has been killed, plug it into your charger.
  • To Reset the lamp to default settings of 5600k and 100%, press the RST button.

Check out Cameron Gallagher’s review of Quasar lights and check out the Quasar Science kit here

 We are authorized Quasar Science dealers so stop by and try them out or place your order online today! Give us a call at 512-440-1400.