Kuuvik Capture 4.1 Supports the EOS R

Today is EOS R day. We’ve released ShutterCount 3.4 with EOS R support in the morning, and now I’m happy to announce that Kuuvik Capture 4.1 is also available on the Mac App Store with full Canon EOS R support.

The EOS R is a special camera – having the fastest multi-point live view among the whole Canon repertoire, it is eminently suitable for use with tilt/shift lenses or view cameras. Pictured below is the R on my Cambo Actus-G digital view camera.

Canon EOS R on a Cambo Actus view camera

It’s not just the speedy multi-point live view that makes the R a great companion to the Actus-G, but the RF mount’s reduced flange focal distance (20mm instead of 44mm for the EF mount) allows you to use shorter lenses. A Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 60mm f/4 for example. Well, it will once Cambo starts selling an RF bayonet holder.

For those of you who aren’t aware of multi-point live view in Kuuvik Capture: it’s a unique feature (that is, no other app offers such a thing) allowing you to select up to three points on the live image and display them simultaneously in 5x magnification. An indispensable tool for product photographers.

Below is a screen shot of a the app showing multi-point live view in a typical scenario where you want to place the focal plane along the plane of the subject (the desk in this case).

Multi-point live view in action

It was shot with the Actus-G and a Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 180mm f/5.6 lens stopped down to f/8, with around 10 degrees of front tilt.

You can learn more about the multi-point live view in my free eBook, Kuuvik Capture Inside Out.

Besides EOS R support, there are a few fixes and support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode in this release.

Kuuvik Capture 4.1 is available on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for users who purchased the app earlier from there. You can see the complete list of new features and changes in the release notes.

ShutterCount 3.4 Supports the EOS R

We did it again! Canon introduced a new shutter actuation counter method for its mirrorless cameras, starting with the M50. The just released version of ShutterCount supports this new method, as you can see on the following screen shot.

ShutterCount is the first and only app that can do it.

The new mirrorless counter for my EOS R.

Instead of giving a shot-by-shot counter, the M50 (Kiss M in some markets) and the EOS R will give a value measured in thousands. ShutterCount displays it similar to the 1-series cameras do it in their menu: <= 2000 means the counter is between 1000 and 2000, <= 15000 means the counter is between 14000 and 15000, etc.

The Distribution Chart and live view counters are not available for mirrorless cameras, since all photos are taken in live view mode.

Being Wi-Fi capable, both the EOR R and the M50 are also supported in the iOS version of the app.

Speaking of mirrorless, we also certified the app with the Nikon Z 7. Just like all other Nikons, the Mac version supports this camera via image files.

The Mac version adapts to Dark Mode in macOS 10.14, and the iOS version supports the large screen size of iPhone XS Max and XR.

Version 3.4 is a free update for existing users on both operating systems. New users can purchase the app in the respective App Store. Live View Pack and Plus Pack are available as in-app purchases.

Kuuvik Capture 4 : Self-Timer(s)

Kuuvik Capture 4 supports two methods to achieve the self-timer functionality: one built right into the app, and another via the camera.

The app’s implementation is accessible through the intervalometer. In version 4 we’ve lowered the minimum for the Number of Shots field to 1 (it was 2 in previous versions). In this case Trigger Interval is ignored, and the app waits the time specified in Beginning Delay before capturing an image. It also works for brackets, and mirror-lock up (even in auto-release mode) just like the normal intervalometer functionality. Since this is an exposure sequence, you have to use the Run Sequence button (Cmd+R) instead of Capture. This is the method we recommend to use.

There’s one situation, however, in which the camera’s 2s and 10s self-timer drive modes come into play. In a rather awkward fashion, the RC-1/5/6 infrared remote control works only with self-timer drive modes. Kuuvik Capture manages the camera’s drive mode to avoid potential issues caused by some of those (for example continuous drive), and switches back to single frame capture when the camera is in an incompatible drive mode. Now the app accepts both the 2s and 10s self-timer as compatible, so you can use the IR remote to trigger the camera.

You need to set the self-timer/remote control drive mode directly on the camera. While mirror lock-up set in the app will work, auto-release will not.

Kuuvik Capture 4.0 is available on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for users who purchased the app earlier from there. You can see the complete list of new features and changes in the release notes.