Canon XF705 Video Tutorial Series

Canon’s new XF705 4K Camcorder has a new Tutorial Series, Canon XF-705:  From Prep to Post, just released today on YouTube.

The five videos feature Charles Zablan, Senior Trainer for Canon USA, showing how to customize and use the feature settings in the Canon XF705.

Canon has also announced new lease financing promotional interest rates available through Canon Financial Services.

0% 12 Months

0% 24 Months

1.99% 36 Months

 

Canon XF-705: From Prep to Post

Episode 1: XF-705 Function, Form, and Design

Episode 2: Canon LOG 3—Expanding the Possibilities

Episode 3: Advancing Forward – Technology Driving the XF-705

Face Detection, Tracking, Continuous AutoFocus, and Push AF

Episode 4: IP Streaming on the XF-705

Built In Ethernet Port on Camera with Efficient XF-HEVC Codec

Episode 5: Canon XF-705 Custom Picture Menu

CANON XF705 4K 60P 4:2:2 10-BIT PROFESSIONAL CAMCORDER $6,999

 

 

Canon Announces New Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit

Canon has announced a new kit for the Canon EOS C300 Mark II. And the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit is priced at only $9,999! That’s the same price as the traditional C300 Mark II.

C300 Mark II Touch Auto Focus Kit

The new Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit enables touchscreen auto focus using the 4″ Touchscreen LCD Monitor (LM-V1) that has been shipping with the C200. Also included is the MA-400 XLR accessory, which is a separate XLR unit. Canon spent a lot of time rethinking how the C300 Mark II could be rigged using the LM-V1 Touch Screen LCD and the MA-400 XLR accessory. Using these two accessories instead of the traditional “clamshell” Monitor/XLR unit allows for a more flexible and arguable more streamlined set-up. Additionally, if a user doesn’t need XLR, they can now rig the C300 Mark II with the LCD only for an incredibly small set-up. This also allows easier rigging with Gimbal Stabilizers. And the Top Handle is still included! The LCD and XLR accessory can be configured in many ways with or without the top handle.

New items included in the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit include: 
  • Canon LM-V1, Touchscreen LCD (the same unit included with C200)
  • Canon MA-400, XLR accessory
  • Camvate Mount To Shoe Adapter (Item # C0993)
  • Manfrotto 492 LCD Micro Ball Head (Item # 492LCD
  • Does Not Include C300 Clamshell Monitor/XLR Unit

C300 Mark II Touch Auto Focus Kit

In the box:  EOS C300 MK II Body (EF Mount), Grip, Camera Cover, Handle Unit, Handle Bracket, Battery Pack BP-A30, Battery Charger CG-A10, Compact Power Adapter CA-A10, Eye Cup, Hexagon Socket, Allen key, Viewfinder Cap, Thumb rest, Tripod base TB-1, WFT Attachment, Measuring Hook, AC Cable x2, DC Cable(for CA-940), Shoulder Strap SS-1200, LM-V1, MA-400, Mount To Shoe Adapter, 492LCD Micro Ball Head, Instruction Manual

Pre-order the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus kit here

Lease to own financing is available for the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit. Apply here or click below. 

Online Lease Application

Have questions? Give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today. 

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

 

“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! 

Canon 1DC Factory Update: Firmware Version 1.4.1

Canon has announced a free firmware update for the 1DC which must be performed by Canon Cinema EOS Support.

Details below.

Firmware Version 1.4.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Changes the maximum number of “Release cycles” displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the “Camera system information” menu.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which a synchronization failure may occur during multiple flash shooting.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which Error 80 occurs depending on the shutter release timing.

Firmware Version 1.4.1 includes all improvements and fixes provided in previous firmware versions.

Support

Canon USA will perform this Firmware Update on the EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register the EOS-1D C. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future Firmware Updates become available for download. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
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: www.usa.canon.com/support

New shipment – Canon Compact-Servo 70-200mm

We have a new shipment of Canon Compact-Servo 70-200mm lenses tracking to arrive on Friday. The Compact-Servo lenses have a $300 Instant Rebate + Free ZSG-C10 Grip $474.05 promos running.

The Compact-Servo Instant Rebate increases from $300 to $500-$800 if you bundle a lens the following camera bodies:

  • C300 Mark II $800
  • C200 $600
  • C200B $600
  • C100 Mark II $500

The 0% 24 Month or 1.99% 36 Month Lease Promos can be combined with the Rebates.

Canon Compact-Servo 70-200MM W/ ZSG-C10 GRIP UNIT – 2568C002                                                                      $6,274.05 – $774.05 Discounts = $5,500 In Stock

Canon Compact – Servo 18-80MM W/ SERVO UNIT ZSG-C10 – 1714C002                                                                  $5,699.05 – $774.05 Discounts = $4,925 In Stock

Canon C300 Mark II Body + Compact-Servo 18-80mm Lens Bundle                                                                                $9,999 + $5,225 + $474.05 – $800 Rebate – $474.05 Rebate = $14,424 In Stock

Canon C300 Mark II EF Camera Body 0635C002 – $9999 In Stock

Canon C200 Camera Body with EVF, LCD & Grip 22155C002 – $7,499 In Stock

C200 24-105mm II Lens Kit 2244C002 – $8,399 In Stock

Canon C200B Body (No EVF, LCD, Grip, or Handle) – $5,999 In Stock

Canon C200 B Complete Kit – $7,499 In Stock

Canon C200 Body + 18-80mm Compact-Servo Lens Kit – $12,124 In Stock

Canon C200B Body + 18-80mm Compact-Servo Lens Kit – $11,198.05 In Stock

Canon C200B Accessories $199 $699 In Stock

Canon BP-A30 3200 mAh Battery – $299 In Stock

Canon BP-A60 6400 mAh Battery – $499 In Stock

Canon Announces C200 Triple Lens Kit

The Canon C200 Triple Lens Kit. Includes the 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, the 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens, and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.
The Canon C200 Triple Lens Kit

Canon announced today that they are bringing the triple lens kit to the EOS C200. Much like the “Triple Lens” kits that accompanied the C100 AF and C100 Mark II in the past, this lens kit includes three of their latest lenses: the 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, the 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens, and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. All three L-Series lenses share an f/2.8 aperture, and combined they fully cover an impressive focal range. These three lenses make this kit versatile and a great choice for filmmakers who are trying to get the most out of their gear.


Savings Over Purchasing Each Product Individually:
Canon C200 $7,499.00
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III + $2,199.00
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II + $1,899.00
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + $2,099.00
Canon C200 Triple Lens Kit $11,999.00
Cool Savings, Bro: = $1,697.00

The C200 Triple Lens Kit is priced at $11,999 and qualifies for Canon’s promotional financing program (0% for 24 months, 1.99% for 36 months). Canon expects to start shipping this kit at the end of 2017 — a fast approaching deadline! If you’re interested in this kit, you can always preorder online or with one of our sales associates. If you’re interested in financing this package for as low as $310/month, apply online in minutes with our online application for lease credit.

Apply Now! Canon lease credit application.

The kit includes:

  • EOS C200 Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
  • LCD Monitor
  • LCD Attachment
  • Camera grip
  • Handle Unit
  • Mic Holder
  • Eye-cup
  • Thumb Rest
  • Body Cap
  • Battery Pack BP-A30
  • Battery Charger CG-A20
  • AC Adapter CA-A10
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-CP200B
  • Measuring Hook
  • Shoulder Strap SS-1200

Canon also announced two different kits for the EOS C700: the EOS C700 MultiDyne 4K Kit and the EOS C700 MultiDyne HD kit. These kits expand the current C700 EF 19mm ARRI Pro Kit with either a 4K or 3G camera back and base station from MultiDyne. We’ll be posting more information on those kits as it becomes available.

CANON C200 and C200B EF to PL MOUNT SWAP SERVICE $1500

 

 

Canon announces a EF to PL mount swap service for ALL C200/C200B camera owners.

The service will cost $1500.

The camera will have to be sent to Canon to have this service done.

Contact the Canon Service Center at 855 CINE EOS (855 246 3367).

 

After the service, Canon will ship back the camera along with the EF mount parts.

If you choose to switch back to the EF mount, simply send the camera back to Canon

and the customer will only pay the labor cost.