C-Log officially comes to the Canon 5D Mark IV, but you’ll have to send it to Canon and it’ll cost you $99

Apr 20, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apr 20, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s been long awaited and long demanded, but C-Log is now officially coming to the Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s a firmware update, but not one you can do yourself. You’ll need to send your camera off to a Canon service centre, and hand over $99 to make it happen. While this isn’t going to make a difference to most photographers, it will be a welcome addition for video guys.

The paid upgrade is available from July, and new 5D Mark IV with Canon Log pre-installed will be coming soon. But, with the upgrade,  you should be able to make the 5D Mark IV achieve a similar look to that of Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras.

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In theory, C-Log allows the camera to capture a wider dynamic range in its 4K and 1080p Full HD footage. Essentially it compresses the dynamic range that the sensor sees into a smaller space. It produces a very flat image which you can then correct and grade in post to produce the final result.

Looking at Log footage as it’s being recorded, though, isn’t very nice. It’s not a great representation of how your scene will look in the final result. So, the upgrade also includes a “View Assist” setting, which provides a preview on the LCD of how the shot might look with post-processing tweaks.

Two Look Up Tables (LUTs) that correct the recorded images gamma and colour space when viewed on an external monitor are also included. There’s Canon Log 10 to Wide DR, which converts it to a wide dynamic range gamma. This preserves the highlights and shadow detail. And there’s also Canon Log 10 to ITU-R BT.709, which converts it to conventional Rec.709 consistent with an HDTV.

A great boost for 5D Mark IV video shooters, but $99? And you have to be without your camera while they do it?

You can find out more on the Canon Log website.

[via 4K Shooters]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “C-Log officially comes to the Canon 5D Mark IV, but you’ll have to send it to Canon and it’ll cost you $99”

  1. Great Dear Leader Avatar
    Great Dear Leader

    DLC for cameras?

  2. hırkadan Fikirler Avatar
    hırkadan Fikirler

    technicolor cinestyle is still free. who cares C-Log

  3. Salim Waguila Avatar
    Salim Waguila

    So canon i changed to sony 2 years ago with no regret. People sony is the way to go believe me. And once u go sony u buy a pony or never go back.

  4. Florian Franke Avatar
    Florian Franke

    A bit misleading. It’s not a simple firmware upgrade that you can do at your own. On canonrumors you can read that canon will install additional heatsinks for these new features to prevent overheating. That is the reason why they will charge money.

  5. Kenni Kuhlmann-Clark Avatar
    Kenni Kuhlmann-Clark

    The good news is that EOS 1DX Mark II will now get the same C-Log update option too! Thanx Canon!