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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 now compatible with EOS 6D

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.03 adds compatibility for the EOS 6D to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 software.

You can download the update at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1604



Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Updates for DPP, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor

Canon has introduced updates for three of its software applications. These applications are on the CD supplied with EOS cameras.

Digital Photo Professional (DPP)
DPP version 3.12.52 includes the following changes:
1. Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
2. Supports new lens (EF 24-70mm f4L IS USM).
3. Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
4. Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.
5. Corrects cases of software freeze caused by handling folders containing 2000 images in Mac OS X v10.8.

EOS Utility
EOS Utility version 2.12.3 includes the following changes:
1. Supports EOS 6D.
2. Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.

Picture Style Editor
Picture Style Editor version 1.12.2 includes the following changes:
1. Supports EOS 6D and EOS M.
2. Applied Noise Reduction processing when displaying images.
3. Added support for the new Picture Style file (.pf3).
4. Changed the user interface of the Tool Palette.
5. Added the Tone curve (RGB) function.
6. Added the Six Color-Axes adjustment function.

You can download these these software updates for your camera and computer operating system at:
http://software.canon-europe.com/
The software must be installed from the CD supplied with the camera before updates can be applied.



Firmware update resolves EOS 6D video issue

Firmware Version 1.1.2 for the EOS 6D fixes a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras from being played back on YouTube.

You can download firmware version1.1.2 at http://software.canon-europe.com/

However, firmware version 1.1.2 may present some Video Snapshot limitations, as follows:
1. EOS 6D running Firmware Version 1.0.9: If a video snapshot captured when the camera was running firmware 1.0.9 is combined with a video snapshot created by a camera which was running firmware 1.1.2, the resulting video snapshot album will be corrupted.
2. EOS 6D running Firmware Version 1.1.2: If you try to add a video snapshot from a camera running firmware 1.1.2 to the video snapshot album created when the camera was running firmware 1.0.9, a warning message "Cannot select this movie" will appear and the video snapshot cannot be added to the album.

The following workaround addresses the two scenarios described above:
1) Shoot a video snapshot and create a video snapshot album.
2) Import the captured video snapshot album to your computer.
3) Start ImageBrowser EX, an application bundled with the EOS 6D.
4) Select the video snapshot album, and select [Edit Movie] in the [Edit] tab.
5) MovieEdit Task will start.
6) Select [Add Image] and select video snapshot album to add the movie snapshot.
7) Select [Save] and [Save image type] and then click [Save].



Tuesday, 4 December 2012

EOS-1D X and the f8 issue

Auto-focusing may not function at f8 on some EOS-1D X cameras with firmware version 1.1.1. This version enabled the centre AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with lens/extender combinations, whose combined maximum aperture is f8.

On some of the cameras with firmware version 1.1.1, auto-focusing does not function at f8. This is not an issue with the firmware itself, but with its installation at the factory. The problem can be overcome by overwriting the firmware. This phenomenon does not occur with a camera whose firmware has been updated by a user, or by a Canon service center.

Cameras with 4 or 5 as the sixth digit from the left in the serial number are affected.

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Even when the sixth digit from the left in theserial number is 4 or 5, cameras with a white dot in the battery compartment are not affected.

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To overwrite the installed firmware and activate the auto-focusing at f8, simply re-install firmware version 1.1.1. There is no change to the firmware version, as this is not an issue with the firmware itself.
You can download the firmware from the Canon Download centre at:
http://software.canon-europe.com/



Thursday, 29 November 2012

EOS 6D available early December

The EOS 6D will be available in stores from the beginning of December 2012. It has an RRP of £1799.99 (body only), £1959.99 with EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens or £2519.99 with EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens.

For more information about this camera, select 'EOS 6D' from the category list to the right.



Friday, 9 November 2012

Canon renews sponsorship agreement of World Press Photo

Yesterday, at the opening of the World Press Photo exhibition in London, Canon signed a three-year renewal of its worldwide partnership with the World Press Photo Foundation. The new contract also marks the 20th anniversary for the two organizations working together to empower photographers to tell a story.
 

World Press Photo, an independent, non-profit organization, was founded in 1955 and is universally recognized as the world's leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession. Attracting thousands of professional photographers, the competition offers a unique and often icon-setting view into global issues and events.
 

Canon has been a worldwide partner of World Press Photo since 1992 and while the market in which visual journalists show their stories continues to evolve, the power of image is as important and influential now as it has always been.

www.worldpressphoto.org/ 




Tuesday, 6 November 2012

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Canon has introduced two new lenses to its range:
•  EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
•  EF 35mm f/2 IS USM


EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

•  high image quality 24-70mm lens with f/4 aperture
•  lightweight design
•  built-in IS
•  macro function
•  dust / moisture resistant

This lens combines an essential everyday focal range with a premium quality L-series construction. A new macro function optimises the placement of lens groups during close-up photography, allowing shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.7x.

The optical system includes two aspherical elements alongside two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lenses, each with optimised Super Spectra Coatings to minimise chromatic aberration, colour blurring and flare. A nine-blade circular iris delivers beautiful out-of-focus highlights (bokeh).

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM also features a newly designed IS system. The advanced optical IS offers a 4-stop light advantage, while Hybrid IS effectively compensates for angular and shift shake during macro shooting for stable close ups.

Superfast AF performance is provided by a small, ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM). Working in combination with a high-performance CPU and advanced AF algorithms, USM technology enables accurate, silent and ultra-responsive autofocusing. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged.

A dust and drip-proof construction is resistant to dust and moisture, a lock function protects lenses from knocks when travelling, while fluorine coating minimises the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear lenses – helping to reduce the need for cleaning.


EF 35mm f/2 IS USM


•  fixed prime 35mm wide angle lens
•  4-stop Image Stabilizer
•  fast f/2 minimum aperture
•  compact size and design
•  circular aperture

This is Canon’s first 35mm prime lens to feature optical Image Stabilizer technology, giving a 4-stop advantage. Intelligent detection of panning motion is supported, with Panning IS mode automatically engaged.

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an aspherical glass-moulded (GMo) element positioned at the rear of the optical path to correct aberrations for the entire optical system. Additionally, each individual element features optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare – ensuring excellent colour balance with minimal need for post processing. A combination of a ring-type USM and high performance CPU  provides rapid AF performance, with full-time manual focus also available for users who want to retain maximum control.

New lens caps
Both new lenses come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps. These incorporate a hook mechanism in the centre of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013 and will also be available to buy separately.

No prices or availability have been given.



Thursday, 1 November 2012

Half-price accessories with a new EOS

Canon has an attractive offer for Christmas. Buy a new EOS 7D, 60D or 60Da by 27 January 2013 and you can purchase selected accessories at half-price. The accessories includes battery grips, batteries, remote switches and remote timers.

Full details are at www.canon.co.uk/eosaccessories


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

EOS M available in UK

The EOS M is now available at a range of retailers across the UK. It has an RRP of £769.99 including the 18-55mm standard lens and Speedlite 90EX flash gun.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Apple updates software for EOS M

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.01 supports the EOS M (among other camera) for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.

System requirements are Mac OS 10.7.5 or later or 10.8.2 or later.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1604 for more details.


EOS 5D Mark III firmware update next April

A firmware upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark III will add features for both still and video shooting. The new firmware offers improved AF performance and enhanced HDMI output.

When the camera is fitted with a lens and extender, resulting in a maximum f/8 aperture, the new firmware enables the camera to use the EOS 5D Mark III’s central dual cross-type focal points, currently only available up to an f/5.6 aperture.

Following feedback from cinema and TV production professionals, the new firmware includes ‘clean’ HDMI output, enhancing overall video editing and monitoring procedures. Videographers will be able to output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) without any embedded icons or symbols from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder using the camera’s HDMI terminal. This will enable easier editing of data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during production, as well as the option to record to the internal memory card at the same time.

The enhanced features also include outputting of time code over HDMI to an external recorder, as well as the ability to synchronise start and stop of video capture with the start and stop of recording to an external device. Real-time output to external monitors will also be available, ideally suited for on-set monitoring by the wider production team.

The free firmware update will be available from April 2013.



Monday, 22 October 2012

DPP and EOS Utility updates

Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) and EOS Utility have been updated to support the EOS M camera.

DPP is at version 3.12.40 for Windows and version 3.12.41 for Mac OS. The software also supports the EF-M 18-55mm and EF-M 22mm lenses.

The latest version of EOS Utility is 2.12.0 (Windows and Mac OS).

You can download the software at http://software.canon-europe.com/



Thursday, 18 October 2012

Canon winter cashback offers

Canon has launched its Winter Cashback offer giving you up to £160 cashback on selected purchases. If you purchase two Canon products included in this offer, you’ll receive an extra £25 cash back bonus. The two products must be bought from the same retailer at the same time to be eligible.

The Winter Cashback offer delivers savings across a range of EOS cameras, EF and EF-S lenses, Extenders, Speedlites, a GPS unit, PIXMA multifunction printers and LEGRIA digital camcorders.

The cashback offer is claimed by downloading and completing a claim form and returning it to Canon along with the original receipt by 28th February 2013.

Visit www.canon.co.uk/wintercashback for full details



Autofocus at f8 for EOS-1D X

Firmware update v1.1.1 has been released for the EOS-1D X. It improves the scope and performance of the AF function and provides minor fixes.

New features
•  The centre AF point (one cross-type with four supporting points) can now be used to autofocus at a maximum aperture of f8. This means that L-series telephoto zoom lenses will autofocus when used with an Extender (f5.6 lenses will only maintain autofocus with the Extender EF 1.4x I, II or III).
•  During AI Servo AF shooting in low light, viewfinder information is now illuminated. The AF points blink intermittently in red, allowing them to be easily confirmed whilst shooting without affecting the metering of the scene.

Corrections
•  Corrects a phenomenon where the metering value of the AE sensor becomes abnormal, affecting the final image
•  Corrects a phenomenon where Error 70 may occur during AEB shooting
•  Corrects a phenomenon where the firmware of the lenses cannot be updated normally
•  Minor corrections to Arabic menu

Firmware update v 1.1.1 is available to download from http://software.canon-europe.com



Wednesday, 10 October 2012

EOS Utility 2.12.0 updater for Mac OS

According to Canon, the main change for EOS Utility 2.12.0 is that it supports the EOS M.

However, a problem with the earlier EOS Utility 2.11.4 when used with Mac 10.7.x (Lion) or 10.8.x (Mountain Lion) was an incompatibility with the EOS 5D Mark III. This appears to have been resolved by the latest update.

If you are using a Mac OS earlier than 10.6.8, Canon recommends that you use EOS Utility 2.10.2. Also, EOS Utility cannot be used with WFT on computers running Mac OS X 10.8.0 to 10.8.1 (it can be used on Mac OS X 10.8.2.

Supported cameras are the:
EOS 1D X, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 7D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 40D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 500D, 450D, 1100D, 1000D, EOS M.

>>more information and download



Friday, 5 October 2012

LCE Lincoln Photo & Optics Show


The 'LCE Lincoln Photo and Optics Show 2012' takes place between 1 and 7pm on Wednesday 14 November. This annual event moves to a new venue: The Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln. Entry is free.

The show brings together big name manufacturers such a Canon, Nikon and Sony along with a host of photo brands covering everything from tripods to monitor calibration. Attractions include hands-on demonstrations areas giving visitors the chance to get to grips with the latest products such as the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D600 and Sony Alpha 99. Expert advice is on hand if required.

There is a used camera marketplace featuring over 30 stalls of vintage, classic and modern equipment, with dealers looking to buy and sell all kinds of vintage, retro and traditional camera gear. LCE is also offering some great part-exchange deals on new equipment.

For further details visit www.lincolnphotoshow.com or call LCE Lincoln on 01522 514131.


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Canon printer and scanner drivers for Mac OS X

Apple has released Canon Printer Drivers v2.10 for Mac OS X. The update installs the latest software for Canon printers and scanners.

The update required Mac OS X 10.6.1 or later, including Lion and Mountain Lion. The file size is 322MB!

For more information go to: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL899



Southampton equipment shows

The London Camera Exchange has two equipment shows planned for the beginning of December.

A Canon Pro In-store day is on Saturday 1 December 2012 at 11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton.
>>more details

The LCE Digital Photo & Optics Show takes place on Sunday 2 December 2012, from 11am to 5pm at The Novotel Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1RA.
>>more details



Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Lightroom 4.2 adds more support for Canon EOS

Lightroom 4.2 adds support for the EOS 650D and EOS M. It also adds tethered captured support for several recent EOS models, plus new lens profile support for recent lenses, including the three new STM lenses.

You can read more about the changes and download a Windows or Mac update at:
http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2012/10/lightroom-4-2-now-available.html



Thursday, 27 September 2012

'Understanding lenses' eBooks

Andrew Gibson, former Technical Editor of EOS magazine, has published part II of his 'Understanding Lenses' eBook.

Part I covered Canon wide-angle and kit lenses for EOS cameras. Part II looks at standard and telephoto lenses.

Details of these and other eBooks by Andrew are available at:
http://www.eos-magazine.com/ebooks/




Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Calumet autumn open days

Calumet’s Open Day events are back at stores from Edinburgh to Bristol and Belfast to London.
Expert representatives from leading brands, including Canon, will be on hand to demonstrate latest products and help with photographers’ workflow challenges.

There will be a variety of special ‘on the day’ offers at each venue and FREE sensor cleaning Canon bodies (photographers must have cameras with fully charged batteries).

Event calendar at Calumet stores:
Wednesday 3 October - Bristol (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 10 October - Birmingham (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 17 October - Belfast (10am to 4pm)
Tuesday 23 October - Edinburgh (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 24 October - Glasgow (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 31 October - London, Drummond St. (10am to 6pm)
Wednesday 7 November - Manchester (10am to 5pm)

*Not all brands will be present at all venues. Photographers should check with their local Calumet store. For more information visit: 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Canon unveils its smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR

EOS 6D - key features
•  Full-frame 20.2 Megapixel sensor
•  Tough, lightweight construction
•  Maximum ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400)
•  11-point AF sensitive down to -3EV
•  GPS records your location
•  Wi-Fi file transfer and remote control
•  Full-HD video

Canon has unveiled its latest EOS DSLR for serious photography enthusiasts. A similar size and weight to the EOS 60D, the EOS 6D is the world’s lightest DSLR (at 17 September 2012) to feature a full-frame CMOS sensor. The model creates a new entry point into Canon’s full-frame line-up.

The EOS 6D combines full-frame imaging and low-light performance with a compact, robust and lightweight design. For the first time in any EOS model, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity are included, empowering photographers to capture images on the move, tag them with location information and wirelessly transfer them to a computer, the cloud, or smartphones.

Full frame sensor
The EOS 6D features a newly-designed 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. A native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 is extendable to 50 and 102,400.

A new 11-point AF system offers the strongest low-light performance of any Canon AF system to date. With focusing down to EV -3, the equivalent of moonlight, subjects remain in-focus in even the most challenging lighting conditions.

Powerful DIGIC 5+ image processing offers a host of automatic modes and creative shooting features, complementing full manual controls to offer total flexibility to a wide range of users.

The EOS 6D is full of advanced features to assist photographers in capturing landscapes and portraits. HDR mode enables the capture of both highlights and low lights in tricky lighting conditions, while Multiple Exposures allow photographers to combine up to nine separate exposures into a single image in-camera, creating a dramatic effect in the final picture.

A silent drive mode offers a more subtle option for shooting candid portraits or weddings, and a single-axis electronic level accessed through the viewfinder or via the LCD screen helps to ensure that horizons are level during image composition.

Built for sharing
The first EOS to feature integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS 6D enables photographers to share their work immediately after shooting. Images can be wirelessly transferred to external storage devices, uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or printed wirelessly using a Canon Wi-Fi enabled printer. Alternatively, movies and images can be viewed on DLNA-enabled HDTVs – enabling high-quality, big-screen viewing. By wirelessly connecting to a smartphone, photographers can also remotely control the camera, adjusting shooting settings and focus before remotely triggering the shutter and viewing the captured image.

Using the integrated GPS, images can be tagged with location data as they are shot. Travellers can also build a more complete record of their trip by using the GPS logger function to track their route, which can be displayed using the supplied Map Utility software.

Robust, intuitive design
Measuring just 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm and weighing 770g (with battery and card), the EOS 6D is the most compact full-frame EOS DSLR ever manufactured. Its dust and drip-proof, part-magnesium body offers robust protection and an intuitive button layout for easy control. Photographers can view their shots on the high-resolution 3-inch Clear View LCD screen – this features an enhanced anti-glare design to permit viewing in bright sunlight and at extreme angles.

A new Battery Grip BG-E13 provides additional power for extended shooting, while also making it easy to shoot both vertically and horizontally. When used with two LP-E6 batteries, the battery grip offers double the number of shots, and it can also be used with AA batteries for added convenience and flexibility.

Pricing and availability
Available in December.
EOS 6D (body only) – £1,799.99
EOS 6D plus EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – £ 2,519.99
BG-E13 battery grip – £249.99

>>more information, photos and video



Monday, 10 September 2012

EOS 7D firmware updated to version 2.0.3

Hot on the heels of firmware version 2 for the EOS 7D comes version 2.0.3. This incorporates the following fixes.
1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder.
3. Corrects some errors in the message displayed on the LCD screen when saving RAW images developed in the camera (these errors do not appear in the Japanese and Korean language displays).

The fixes listed above are corrections for the phenomena experienced with firmware version 2.0.0. These phenomena will not occur in firmware version 1.2.5 or before.

Updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.0.0 / 2.0.3 from version 1.2.5 or before will incorporate many new functions into the camera. For the details of these new functions, see: firmware version 2 features.

>> more information and download for firmware version 2.0.3



Tuesday, 28 August 2012

EOS-1D X firmware update v.1.0.6

Firmware version 1.0.6 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following:
1. fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out;
2. fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM or EF 200mm f2L IS USM and the Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III the images captured become back-focused;
3. fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens cap or the body cap is attached), an Error 80 appears on the camera;
4. fixes a phenomenon, where if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the 'Standard' or 'Auto switch card' setting is selected for the recording method [Record func+card/folder sel] and then one of the CF cards is removed and reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other CF Card;
5. fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of captured images;
6. displays an 'O' or 'X' to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

Friday, 24 August 2012

EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens firmware update

Firmware version 1.2.0 for the EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens addresses the phenomenon where, if pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (or if the lens is placed and carried around in a bag with the lens cap attached), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working. Without the firmware upgrade the issue can be resolved by removing and reattaching the lens.

Firmware version 1.2.0 is for lenses with firmware version 1.1.0. The lenses with the following serial numbers were supplied with firmware version 1.1.0 installed:
- the third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, or 2 (xx0xxxxxxx、xx1xxxxxxx、xx2xxxxxxx).

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above already have firmware version 1.2.0 installed.

The lens firmware is updated by attaching the lens to an EOS-1D X, 5D Mark III or 650D. The downloaded firmware file is copied to a CF or SD card which is inserted into the camera before running the update procedure.

A detailed firmware update procedure is supplied as a PDF document with the firmware download.

If you do not own any of the cameras listed above, but wish to have the lens firmware updated, contact a Canon Service Centre.

>>more information and download



Thursday, 23 August 2012

Cashback on EOS 7D and 60D cameras

Purchase an EOS 7D or 60D between 23 August and 31 October 2012 and receive a cashback of £80 (on EOS 7D) or £40 (on EOS 60D).

The camera must be purchased within the UK or ROI and must have been supplied and distributed to retailers by Canon UK Ltd or Canon group companies located in the European Economic Area.

>>more information and claim form



Cashback on Canon Pro printers

Purchase a PIXMA Pro 1 or Pro 9500 Mark II and receive £100 cashback. There is £50 cashback on the PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II). The purchase must be made between 23 August and 31 October 2012.

The printer must be purchased within the UK or ROI and must have been supplied and distributed to retailers by Canon UK Ltd or Canon group companies located in the European Economic Area.

>>more information and claim form



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

80 million EF lenses

Canon has now manufactured 80 million EF lenses. This new milestone comes just over nine months after the company announced the production of the 70-millionth lens in October 2011 and coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Canon EOS System.

Production of Canon’s EF lens series began in March 1987 alongside the introduction of Canon’s first EOS SLR camera system.

In addition to EF and EF-S lenses designed for EOS digital SLRs, the range now includes an expanding selection of 4K-resolution EF Cinema Lenses.

In July 2012, Canon also announced a new line of EF-M lenses developed specifically for the company’s EOS M compact system camera, which combine Canon’s signature image quality with compact, lightweight designs.



Wednesday, 15 August 2012

EISA award for EOS 5D Mark III

The EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR has been awarded ‘European Advanced SLR Camera 2012-2013’ by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The EISA awards are voted by panels of editors representing 50 prominent magazines across 18 countries. Commenting on the camera, the EISA judging panel said: “The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile still camera as well as being an easy-to-use, professional quality, DSLR movie camera. While the specification seems similar to its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a substantial improvement in real life photography as well as in performance. Its 22-million-pixel CMOS sensor yields great results under normal and low light conditions, and the camera gets its advanced 61-point AF system from Canon’s new professional models. Additionally, this new EOS 5D generation has significantly improved weather resistance and 6fps continuous shooting speeds.”

Canon also received awards for the PowerShot G1 X (‘European Compact Camera 2012-2013’), the LEGRIA HF M52 camcorder (‘European Camcorder 2012-2013’), and the PIXMA PRO-1 (‘European Photo Printer 2012-2013’).


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Autofocusing issue with EF 40mm lens

Canon has confimed an autofocusing problem with the new EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens.

If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working. Attaching the lens cap or carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag can cause the error.

The problem does not occur during normal shooting and does not result in a malfunction of the lens. To restore autofocus, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery.

Tests suggest that not every EF 40mm lens is affected.

Firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

EOS 7D firmware update

EOS 7D firmware v2 is now available (see news item 28 June 20122). It offers greater control of image settings and functionality, including a higher maximum RAW burst rate, now up to 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs. A new range of in-camera editing functions includes processing of RAW files, as well as easier adjustment of white balance, sharpness and Picture Style.  Enhanced control over Auto ISO levels during both still and movie shooting now allows users to limit ISO speeds to within the native ISO 400-6,400 range.

Videographers will benefit from new manual control of audio levels, with the ability to choose from 64 different sound levels. New compatibility with Canon’s high-performance GPS unit, the GP-E2, enables photographers to track the locations of their images using longitude, latitude and altitude geo-tagging.

EOS 7D firmware v2 new features:
Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
In-camera RAW image editing
In-camera Image Rating
In-camera JPEG resizing
Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
GPS compatibility
File name customisation
Time zone settings
Faster scrolling of magnified images
Quick control screen during playback

Firmware v2 is available to download now from http://software.canon-europe.com/



Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Free firmware update for super-telephoto lenses

Canon has released firmware update version 1.1.1 for the EF 300mm f2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM, EF 500mm f4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be carried out free of charge from 6 August 2012 by Canon Service Centers.
Version 1.1.1 changes the control algorithm of the focus drive and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.

The new firmware is for lenses which currently have firmware version 1.0.0. The serial numbers (10 digits) of the lenses equipped with firmware version 1.0.0 are as follows:
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx、xx1xxxxxxx、xx2xxxxxxx、xx3xxxxxxx).
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM / EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).


Monday, 30 July 2012

EOS Utility and Mountain Lion

Canon has reported that EOS Utility will not start when used with Mountain Lion, Apple's latest operating system (OS X 10.8).

An update to EOS Utility will be issued later in the year to fix this issue.



Monday, 23 July 2012

Canon enters mirrorless market with EOS M

 Key features
18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body
Scene Intelligent Auto
Be versatile with interchangeable lenses
Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact
Easy-to-use touch-screen
Atmospheric photos in low light
Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode

Canon's first compact system camera
Canon  expands its EOS range with the launch of the EOS M. This is the company’s first compact system camera (CSC). It offers DSLR-quality imaging, creative features and Full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model. Canon says that the EOS M is for enthusiasts who chronicle their lives through images without necessarily considering themselves to be photographers.

The EOS M features an 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor. A super-fast shutter allows you to capture split-second action. The atmosphere of evening shoots and  night-time scenes can be captured by the ISO range of 100-12,800 (extendable to 25,600).
The camera features a Hybrid AF System that supports super-fast, accurate autofocusing when shooting stills and movies.  

With its bright, high-resolution, 3-inch, Clear View LCD II Touch screen, the EOS M gives as much or as little control over your photos as required. You can select different shooting modes and settings via the on-screen icons, or let the Scene Intelligent Auto mode adjust the camera settings according to the subject and shooting conditions.

Whether you want to capture every detail of a close-up or zoom in to frame a subject in the far distance, any one of Canon’s extensive range of over 70 EF lenses can be connected using the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

You can create unique images with a range of Creative Filters, such as Toy Camera effect, Grainy B&W or even a filter that mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens. The filters can be applied before the shot is captured, with the result previewed in Live View, allowing you to experiment with different effects before selecting the  treatment for your final image.

The EOS M lets you switch easily to Full HD video with stereo sound. Video Snapshot mode helps family and friends avoid long home movie viewing sessions, guiding you to create edited movies in-camera.

Extending the EOS System with dedicated accessories
In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF and EF-S lenses (using Mount Adaptor EF-EOS M), accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own bespoke range of compact accessories.

 Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

The EOS M will ship with a new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard. Lightweight and highly-compact, it offers a maximum guide number of nine and supports wide-angle lenses, making it a general-purpose flash for everyday use. A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, giving more advanced users the opportunity to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours.

>> more photos, information and specification


Pricing and Availability
The EOS M will be available in the UK and Republic of Ireland from October 2012
EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM:  £769.99 /  € 909.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EOS M + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM + Lens Adapter  £879.99 /  € 1,049.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM  £949.99 / € 1,129.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM         £269.99/ € 320.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM         £229.99 / € 273.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Lens Adapter         £129.99 / € 154.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Speedlite EX90. £119.99/€139.99 RRP incl. VAT



Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Canon launches Facebook app and PIXMA software for printing photos

Canon is introducing new photo printing software solutions.

Print Your Days
A new Facebook application, 'Print Your Days' makes it easier to enhance and print photos directly from the site without the need for any additional software. The app, available online via Facebook, includes tools which allow you to automatically adjust photo layouts and create unique collage prints with up to five photos printed on a page. It also provides a range of style and editing options, including borders, cropping and the ability to add captions as well as colourful photo effects, such as sepia tone for a popular vintage look. A selection of 24 colourful backdrops can be chosen to decorate the background of a collage, ranging from fun spots or stripes to more natural effects such as grass or cork.

'Print Your Days' also makes it possible to print photos uploaded to Facebook by friends (providing friends on Facebook have given permission to access their photos), so photos of holidays, birthdays and other special occasions can be  enjoyed and shared in print as well as online.

'Print your Days' is compatible with Windows 7 and Vista only. It requires Silverlight 5 or later. If this is not installed you will be guided to the download site of Microsoft where Silverlight 5 can be downloaded.

My Image Garden
New PIXMA printing software, 'My Image Garden', makes navigating between Canon’s printing and scanning software effortless. Available for all PIXMA printers launched since Autumn 2010, My Image Garden, compatible on both Windows and Mac operating systems, is a one-stop platform that combines all software currently available for Canon PIXMA printers through a single, easy-to-use interface. New advanced features include Automatic Suggestion, which searches your PC for stored images and displays forgotten photos on the desktop via a slideshow. The images can then be edited and printed through 'My Image Garden'. Automatic Layout uses image technology to recognise images and automatically recommend the optimum layout for print. Face recognition software also detects faces in photos and automatically groups images together, making it easy to locate shots of particular friends and family.

'My Image Garden' software will be available for download by the end of July 2012.

Creative Park Premium
Available through Canon’s new 'My Image Garden software' is 'Creative Park Premium' (only available when using genuine Canon inks with a Canon PIXMA printer). This is a free resource for downloading and creating printable cards, crafts, calendars and other stationery. It includes access to exclusive imagery and artwork from famous photographers and artists, with popular designs featuring Paddington Bear, Peter Rabbit and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

'Creative Park Premium' has  been upgraded to feature a new, easy-to-use photo selection process that enables you to display, download and print images through a single user interface. Also featured in the updated software is a range of new content, such as photos and crafting templates from National Geographic that can be used to create calendars. New content from NASA includes a selection of printable crafting templates for building 3D space shuttles.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Problems with some EOS 650D cameras

Canon Europe has posted two notices about issues with the new EOS 650D camera.

Camera model name
Canon has indentified a phenomenon in which the camera model name embedded in the EXIF data of captured images incorrectly shows 'EOS Kiss X6i'. This is the model name for the EOS 650D in the Japanese market. Even if this occurs, the image taken is still captured correctly. Some units with '3' as the second digit of the serial number are affected.

Click here for further information. Details of Canon Service Centres are provided if the camera needs to be returned for repair. A free repair service begins on 17 July 2012.

Front rubber grips
The front rubber grips of some EOS 650D units produced between 31 May and 15 June 2012 may turn white after a short period of time. After investigation and analysis with the rubber manufacturer, Canon has determined that zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is the substance that causes the problem. The amount of this substance that has been detected on any individual unit is minimal, but in rare cases, depending on individual sensitivity, contact with this substance may cause an allergic skin reaction.

Click here for further information. You can enter the serial number of the camera to see if it is one of the affected units. Details of Canon Service Centres are provided if the camera needs to be returned for repair. A free repair service begins on 17 July 2012.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Revised on-sale date for EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens

A further delay to the start of mass production means that the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will now be available from September 2012.


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Canon adds new features to the EOS 7D

Canon has updated the EOS 7D with firmware v2, adding a range of new features. These include a higher maximum RAW burst rate, in-camera editing functions, user-definable Auto ISO and support for Canons latest GPS Receiver.

Enhanced raw performance
The  RAW buffer is now extended to a maximum of 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs (was 15 RAW or 126 JPEG).

In-camera editing Photographers can now process their RAW files and correct artefacts such as peripheral illumination, distortion and chromatic aberration in-camera. Additionally, adjustments to white balance, sharpness and Picture Style, as well as a host of other parameters, can  be made immediately after shooting, with the results saved as new JPEG files. JPEGs can be  resized without the need for a PC or Mac.

Image rating Photographers can now filter large volumes of pictures on their way back from a shoot using an image rating facility. Image rating data is stored in each files metadata, which can be read by a range of editing applications, including Canon Digital Photo Professional, Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge.

Extra control in stills and movies
A newly-added control of Auto ISO enables photographers to limit the maximum ISO speed to any point within the native ISO 400-6,400 range.

Improved audio functionality Users can complement the cameras Full HD (1920x1080p) movie footage with 16-bit digital stereo sound, sampled at broadcast-quality 48KHz. A new manual control of audio levels allows users to choose from 64 sound levels. A digital wind-cut filter also reduces noise made by movement of air around the microphone, ensuring sound is clear and free from peripheral interference.

GPS compatibility Firmware v2 also provides added capacity for users to track the location of their images with new support for the GPS Receiver GP-E2  Canons latest high-performance GPS unit. The GP-E2 is attached securely to the hotshoe and connected to the camera via a cable. It allows EOS 7D users to geo-tag photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken  adding the information to the EXIF file of the image. A GPS Logger tracks movements by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, and compatibility with Google Maps means users can view their route in Canons free Map Utility software.

Other  feature updates include
• Time zone settings
• Faster scrolling of magnified images

• Quick control screen during playback

Version 2 firmware for the EOS 7D will be available to download from August 2012.


Friday, 8 June 2012

EOS 60D/60Da firmware version 1.1.1

 Firmware Version 1.1.1 for the EOS 60D and 60Da incorporates the following fixes.
1. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera's serial number displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number. If the camera's serial number is 2147483648 or higher and the camera firmware is Version 1.1.0 or earlier, the images captured with the camera will be affected. This phenomenon only affects the EOS 60D; it does not affect the EOS 60Da. Both of these cameras are equipped with the same firmware. To obtain the serial number correctly in the shooting information of images that are already captured using the old firmware, Canon is preparing updates for Digital Photo Professional and ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser applications.
2. Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


EOS 5D Mark III firmware version 1.1.3

Firmware Version 1.1.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports the single focal length EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June 2012.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera's power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens is mounted to the camera with an extender (EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM;  Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III)
5. Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Canon unveils the EOS 650D

Key features
• 18 MP APS-C  Hybrid CMOS sensor
• Full-HD movies with manual controls and continuous AF
• 5fps continuous shooting
• Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen
• ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity, extendable to ISO 25,600
• 9-point wide-area AF
• Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Canon has launched the EOS 650D – a camera that offers high image quality and simple touch-screen operation. Ideal for newcomers to the system, the EOS 650D combines intelligent automatic shooting modes with a range of advanced features – making it easy-to-use today, with a full range of manual modes to explore tomorrow.

The EOS 650D is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system, which ensures exceptional detail in stills and continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies. At the camera’s heart is an 18 megapixel (MP) Hybrid CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 processing, enabling the capture of sharp, full resolution images at up to 5 frames per second (fps). A Vari-angle capacitive touch-screen also makes camera operation quick and easy, providing instant access to an extensive range of settings and scene modes.

Outstanding quality in all conditions
A newly-developed 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor provides super-fine resolution, capturing images that are rich in colour and detail. Ideal for shooting in low light without flash, the camera features a native 100-12,800 ISO range, allowing the capture of natural-looking shots with minimal noise, while an expanded ISO 25,600 range also offers the ability to shoot in more extreme low-light conditions.

The EOS 650D is the first entry-level EOS to be powered by Canon DIGIC 5 processing, offering greater speed, responsiveness and advanced colour rendition. DIGIC 5’s 14-bit image processing provides beautiful and subtle transitions between colour tones, such as those of an evening sky, and its vastly-increased power also makes the camera ideal for capturing fast-moving action such as football or other sports.

The new dual AF system makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. A superior 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View AF in Live View and Movies - subject to use with Canon stepping motor (STM) lenses mode.

Touch control and Vari-angle flexibility
The new 7.7cm (3-inch) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen features capacitive technology. The screen is highly responsive and supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping – making it easy to access shooting modes, alter settings and even capture a shot using the screen alone.

Touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. You can select AF points, track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the camera’s Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant and intuitive, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. The Vari-angle hinge allows the screen to be angled and tilted to suit virtually any situation, while a super-sharp 1,040k-dot resolution ensures every detail is clearly displayed.

EOS Movie: enhanced with Continuous AF
The EOS 650D makes it easy for anyone to shoot Full HD (1920x1080p) videos. Thanks to Hybrid AF, users can focus exclusively on story-telling while the camera continuously tracks the subject. New EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses are also ideal for shooting videos, utilising a virtually-silent stepper motor to ensure movies are smoother and clearer than ever.

With Video Snapshot mode, anyone can create fun, fast-paced videos with a professionally-edited feel. Snapshots can be recorded in two, four, or eight second segments, and then combined or reordered in-camera ahead of playback. An integrated mini-HDMI port also makes it easy to share the results on any HDTV.

Explore with EOS
Two brand new shooting modes located on the mode dial help beginners to shoot confidently in difficult lighting conditions. HDR Backlight Control tackles tricky, brightly-backlit scenes by capturing three different exposures – under, correctly, and over-exposed – and combining them into one HDR image displaying both highlight and shadow detail. Handheld Night Scene, meanwhile, makes it easier to capture beautiful low-light evening shots with no tripod, rapidly shooting four different images before combining them into one detailed, blur-free picture.

The camera’s range of shooting modes also allows you to explore the boundaries of your creativity. Basic+ allows you to go beyond basic automatic settings, with a range of presets you can use to dramatically and instantly alter the mood of a shot. Canon’s fun range of Creative Filters can now be applied to images using the Touch-screen, with new ‘Art Bold Effect’ and ‘Water Painting Effect’ offering more ways to apply a creative twist to a shot.  If you simply want to point and shoot, Scene Intelligent Auto mode does the work for you – analysing the scene and automatically selecting the best settings, so you can take great shots out of the box.

Over 60 EF lenses cover everything from wide-angle and macro to extreme telephoto, and countless accessories provide the tools to meet virtually any creative challenge.

New lifestyle camera bag - 300EG
Canon also today announces the launch of a new camera bag, the new 300EG - designed with enough room to hold one camera body, 2-3 lenses, as well as a number of accessories.  The 300EG bag also features padded pockets and compartments to keep your photographic equipment safe and secure. The cross strap, messenger style bag makes it easy to access your equipment when you need it, while the additional waist straps give you a more stable carrying position when on the move. For a limited time only, you can purchase the new EOS 650D and receive the Canon 300EG camera bag free of charge. The promotion runs from 15th June to 31st August 2012. Participating retailers only.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 650D is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £699.99/€839.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EOS 650D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £799.99/€949.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EOS 650D + EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2012, priced at £1019.99/€1219.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The 300EG Camera Bag is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £79.99/€89.99 RRP incl. VAT.

>> more information, specifications and photographs


EF-S 18-135mm and EF 40mm lenses


EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Versatile 18-135mm zoom range – perfect for travel
• Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
• Dynamic Image Stabilizer for smooth movie footage
• Fast autofocus with full-time manual override
• Minimum focusing distance of 0.39m

EF 40mm f2.8 STM
• Portable pancake design
• Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
• Fast f2.8 maximum aperture for low-light shooting
• Close focus to 0.3m
• Fast, quiet AF for pin-sharp results
• Great image quality right across the frame 

Two new compact, lightweight lenses - the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f2.8 STM have been introduced. Both offer a number of new features, including continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

Fast, accurate autofocus for film-makers and photographers
As well as offering full-time manual focus controls when shooting stills, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f2.8 STM are also ideal for aspiring movie makers, allowing you to focus more accurately during shooting. The perfect companion lenses to the new EOS 650D, both models feature new stepper motor technology (STM), enabling fast, continuous focus when recording moving subjects - ensuring movies will be smoother and clearer than ever before.

Offering enhanced AF performance with high-speed, high-precision focusing, the two new lenses make it easy for photographers to capture more spontaneous shots, with exceptional detail and clarity. This is particularly useful for documentary, action or travel photography. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.39m and 0.3m respectively, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f2.8 STM allow you to get even closer to the action whilst keeping the subject in perfect focus.



EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM – versatile, high-performance zoom
Offering a focal length range of 18-135mm, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM has been created to offer photographers a compact, versatile zoom lens which can be used to capture a variety of subjects, from portraits to landscapes and action shots. Ensuring high-quality stills at slow shutter speeds, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM features an intelligent optical Image Stabilizer which offers a 4-stop advantage over non-IS models. The lens will also sense whether the photographer is shooting normally or panning, engaging the most appropriate IS mode to capture the best possible image. When shooting movies, Dynamic IS automatically engages, countering any shake caused by the videographer’s movement to produce smooth, stable footage.

For subtle background blur when exploring shallow depth-of-field in stills and movies, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM features a circular aperture with an Electro Magnetic Diaphragm (EMD) which permits highly-accurate control over aperture settings. High image quality is also assured throughout the zoom range thanks to four groups of lens elements including one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Precision Molded Optics (PMo) element to counter chromatic aberration. Canon’s optimised Super spectra coatings on each lens element also reduce ghosting and flare, ensuring images require minimal post-processing.  

EF 40mm f2.8 STM – super-slim, high image quality
The EF 40mm f2.8 STM is Canon’s first EF pancake lens, making it ideal for photographers who want a versatile, compact and lightweight lens for portrait, reportage, travel or landscape situations. Precision control over the circular, seven-blade aperture is enabled by the EMD, producing a beautiful bokeh effect and an aspheric lens with Super spectra coatings ensures optimal image quality from the centre of the lens to the periphery for stunning shots of practically any subject.  

Pricing and Availability
The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2012, priced at £479.99/€569.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £229.99/€279.99 RRP incl. VAT.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 update

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.1 update  is available and includes these enhancements:
• The ability to process HDR TIFF files. (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files)
• Additional Color Fringing corrections to help address chromatic aberration.
• Save photobooks created in the Book Module to JPEG
• Publishing photos to Adobe Revel is now accessible via a Publish plugin
• Additional camera support for several new cameras including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
• Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom


Adobe Camera Raw 7.1 available

Camera Raw 7.1 is now available at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/ and through the update mechanism in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Support for the EOS 1D X, 5D Mark III and 60Da has been added.

Camera Raw 7.1 adds new Defringe controls to help address chromatic aberration. Defringe is available as part of the Lens Correction panel. Camera Raw can also now read 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit HDR files. Supported HDR formats are TIFF and DNG.

Photoshop CS6 customers can upgrade to Camera Raw 7.1. Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 7.1 for raw file support for newly added cameras. The DNG Converter 7.1 is also available for download from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Apple Digital Camera RAW compatibility update 3.13

This update adds RAW image compatibility for the EOS 1D X to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.

If you have not updated though the Mac Software Update system, you can downoad at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1535
 System requirements are Mac OS X 10.6.8 or OS X Lion 10.7 or later


Friday, 18 May 2012

Canon plans robot production

Canon plans to fully automate its lens and camera manufacturing, according to a report from The Associated Press. Although some aspects of production have been automated since the manufacture of the Canon AE-1 camera back in 1976, the new plans are a move to machine-only production. The first robot-constructed cameras could appear as soon as 2015.

The decision should mean a cost-saving for Canon and allow manufacturing to continue in Japan, rather than being outsourced to other countries. There is also potential for high quality control, as machine are not distracted by other machines.

A Canon spokesperson says that no jobs will be lost - existing staff will be moved to other types of work.


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Award for EF 8-15mm Fisheye lens

Canon's EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens has received the Camera Grand Prix 2012 'Lens of the Year' award.

The Camera Grand Prix is organised by the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club, made up of journalists from major photography and camera magazines.


Monday, 23 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III quality issue announcement

When the LCD panel of some EOS 5D Mark III cameras illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change.

The affected cameras are those where the sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2.
For example, 'xxxxx1xxxxxx' or 'xxxxx2xxxxxx' (x represents any optional number)

If you feel that the problem might affect your photography, you can have your camera inspected and repaired free of charge after 10 May 2012. Contact an authorised Canon Service Centre for details.



Saturday, 21 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III shipments delayed

Canon UK is holding back further shipments of the EOS 5D Mark III camera until the light leak issue (see below, 14 April) has been resolved.



Wednesday, 18 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III firmware version 1.1.2

Firmware Version 1.1.2 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera's power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre



Monday, 16 April 2012

Canon wins six honours at the 2012 TIPA Awards

Canon has been awarded six separate honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – Europe’s leading photo imaging and press association. Designed to recognise the best products launched in the preceding year, the TIPA Awards are considered the most coveted imaging honours worldwide.

Comprising editors from leading photography titles worldwide, the TIPA panel meets annually to discuss the latest products, taking everything from innovation to design and overall product quality into account. The panel selects and acknowledges the outstanding imaging products from the previous 12 month period, and this year awarded accolades to the following Canon products:

Best DSLR Professional: Canon EOS-1D X
Best Expert Compact Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM fisheye
Best Multifunction Photo Printer: Canon PIXMA MG8250
Best Video DSLR: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Best Professional Videocamera: Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera

For more information visit http://www.tipa.com


Saturday, 14 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III exposure issue in low light

Canon has confirmed that, in extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel of the EOS 5D Mark III illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.

The company is investigating the problem.


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Revised on sale dates for EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm lens

Canon has revised its revised on sales dates for the  EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens. This is due to a delay to the start of mass production.

The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012. The EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will be available to buy from early July 2012.


Canon to expand EF Cinema Lens series with four compact, lighter, low-cost 4k models

Canon is developing four new digital cinematography zoom lenses, as the company expands its EF Cinema Lens range to provide greater creative options for video professionals. Joining the seven high-end lenses announced in 2011, the new models support 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolutions and will be smaller, lighter and more compact – offering outstanding mobility and quality. Available with both EF and PL mounts, the lenses will also be available at competitive prices, offering premium performance to a wider range of users.

The expanded EF Cinema Lens series will include two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), alongside two telephoto cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL). Ideal for use with next-generation 4K cinema cameras, the new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories.

Availability:
The CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount), CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount) will be available from September 2012.


Canon announces development of digital cinema camera supporting 4K video capture

Canon is developing a new digital cinema camera capable of recording 4K-resolution (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) video. Targeting both the motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 will offer 4K RAW output and will be available with Canon’s EF mount and the industry-standard PL mount.

In November 2011 Canon announced the EOS C300 – the first camera in the Cinema EOS System, marking the company’s entry into the motion-picture and digital production market. Highly acclaimed by video professionals since launch, the EOS C300 offers exceptional video quality performance, outstanding mobility, durability and expandability, thanks to its modular design and its compatibility with Canon’s range of EF and EF Cinema Lenses. The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will be based on the same advanced platform, adding support for 4K RAW video capture, and 4:4:4 sampling during 2K capture.

Supporting next-generation 4K-resolution video capture and RAW data output, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will achieve exceptional video results without any loss in quality. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output will unleash the full potential of Canon’s premium range of EF Cinema Lenses, combining with Canon Log Gamma, which delivers the high-quality video and wide exposure latitude required by digital cinematographers.

Pricing & availability:
The EOS C500 will be available from Q4 2012, priced at £20,000 / €24,600 RRP inc VAT.


Canon expands Cinema EOS System with new EOS-1D C

Canon has announced the introduction of the new EOS-1D C, a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera targeting the motion picture, television and high-resolution production industries. Delivering outstanding video quality, advanced low light performance and film-like dynamic range, the compact and lightweight EOS-1D C supports in-camera 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling, offering greater creative freedom for video professionals.

The first SLR camera of its kind, the EOS-1D C offers a unique and highly portable package optimised for high-quality video recording. Advanced creative flexibility is provided with support for a range of resolutions and variable frame rates. 4K video is recorded using 8-bit Motion JPEG compression at 24p, and Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture is available at frame rates up to 1080/60p. The camera supports internal recording to CF cards at all resolutions up to and including 4K, offering enhanced mobility. Video can also be output to external recorders (excluding 4K video) via an integrated HDMI terminal using an uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal.

The EOS-1D C also features Canon Log Gamma, which facilitates the capture of high-quality video rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range. Ideal for video professionals who want to retain the maximum amount of information without huge file sizes, Canon Log Gamma offers a dynamic range uniquely comparable to film, minimising shadow-detail loss and highlight-detail loss to provide greater grading freedom for colourists in post-production.

Key features:
4k movies
1080p at 50/60fps; Canon Log Gamma
Uncompressed HDMI output
18 MP Full Frame CMOS
Up to 12fps stills; 14fps mode
61 point AF system
ISO range 100-25600
Dual DIGIC 5+ processors
Clear View II 8.1cm (3.2”) LCD
EF lens compatible

Pricing & availability:
The EOS-1D C will be available from October 2012, priced at £10,000 / €12,300 RRP inc VAT.


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26

Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26 is  available.

- Supports images taken with EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X.
- Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
- The digital lens optimizer function has been added.
- The multiple image composition and HDR tools have been added.
- Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when processing RAW images, the original image characteristics could not be obtained.
- Fixes a malfunction that occurs when using the quick check tool to check a large volume of images.
- Now supports the following new lenses.
EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM
EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM
EF 500mm F4L IS II USM
EF 600mm F4L IS II USM

>> Canon Download Centre




Abnormal noise with EOS 5D Mark III and some lenses

When the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera is used with the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses, with the Image Stabilizer switch on the lenses set to 'on', an abnormal noise may occur. This noise does not affect captured images.

Canon is investigating the cause and examining countermeasures to correct this phenomenon.



Tuesday, 3 April 2012

EOS 5D Mark III and DPP v. 3.11.10

Canon has identified an issue that prevents users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III from processing their RAW format images when using Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.10, the RAW image development software that is bundled with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Ther company will shortly release an update for Digital Photo Professional which will address this issue. The update will be released in mid-April.


Star gazing with the EOS 60Da

Canon has expanded the EOS series with the launch of the EOS 60Da – a high resolution digital SLR designed for astrophotography.  Based on the specifications of the EOS 60D and succeeding the EOS 20Da, the EOS 60Da is designed to capture rich red colours produced by emission nebulae, with a modified low pass filter that makes it more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha (Há) wavelengths of light.

The EOS 60Da is ideal for shooting astronomical phenomena such as diffuse nebulae – a favourite among astrophotographers due to the distinct red colour caused by the ionisation of hydrogen. In a standard DSLR, an infrared (IR) filter limits the amount of Há light that passes through to the camera sensor, reducing the transmission of red signals to prevent unwanted colour artefacts in the final image. However the EOS 60Da features a new modified filter that offers three times more transparency for Há light than the EOS 60D, combined with an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processing and a high ISO range to capture crisp, clear images of red-coloured emission nebulae.

The EOS 60Da provides astrophotographers with high performance and creative flexibility. Its 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is ideal for capturing rich detail in star clusters, and advanced performance at high ISO speeds up to ISO 6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800) ensures images are low in noise, reducing the need for longer exposures and star tracker mounts. Working alongside powerful 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing, the sensor also provides excellent signal-to-noise ratio in final output data, producing pictures that are rich in natural colour with smooth tonal gradations – ideal for capturing the subtle colour transitions of interstellar gas clouds, for example.

Utilising the advanced ergonomics of the EOS 60D, the EOS 60Da has been designed to be comfortable to hold and highly customisable. A curved shape features an easy-to-reach button layout, with frequent controls grouped together for easy access. Controls can be easily adjusted and reassigned to suit each user’s individual requirements, and a top LCD screen with backlight illumination provides additional flexibility to monitor and adjust image parameters mid-shoot. A dedicated Quick Control button also provides instant and convenient access to the full range of camera settings during shooting.

The EOS 60Da also features a 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD screen and Live View support – ideal for composing shots using a tripod. The screen’s Vari-angle hinge provides flexibility, while Live View mode provides convenient, precision control, allowing photographers to finely adjust composition and camera settings. The LCD’s fine 1,040k-dot resolution also provides exceptional levels of on-screen detail during and after shooting, allowing astrophotographers to compose and review their shots with confidence.

Key features
Enhanced sensitivity to IR light
18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen
ISO 100-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800)
Time-lapse shooting with EOS Utility or optional Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 60Da is available from June 2012, priced at £1,174.99/€1,399.00 RRP incl. VAT.


Friday, 30 March 2012

Lightroom 4.1 supports EOS 5D Mark III

An update to the recently release Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 includes support for the EOS 5D Mark III. Version 4.1 is a release candidate. This indicates that this update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to customers.

You can download the update at:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4-1/


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Canon cashback promotion

Canon has launched their latest Cashback with offers on selected DSLRs, lenses, accessories, compact cameras and inkjet printers. The Cashback will run from Thursday 29th March until Tuesday 5th June 2012. The last claim date for the promotion will be 31st July 2012.

Full details are at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/euro2012cashback/


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Firmware update for EOS 1D Mark IV

Firmware Version 1.1.1 for the EOS 1D Mark IV incorporates the following change.
• Optimizes the camera's exposure accuracy when using EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses, which are scheduled for release in June 2012. If these lenses are used with an EOS-1D Mark IV camera that has not been updated with the new firmware, the image may be overexposed depending on the subject and shooting scene.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Camera Raw 6.7 adds new EOS cameras

Adobe Labs has made available Photoshop Camera Raw 6.7 as a 'release candidate'. This label indicates that the update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing.

Version 6.7 includes support for the EOS 1D X and 5D Mark III cameras.

It can be downloaded at:
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw6-7.html



Friday, 2 March 2012

EOS 5D Mark III

Canon has announced the latest addition to its EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The new camera builds on the performance of the EOS 5D Mark II offering improved speed, greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for both stills and Full HD movies.

Key features
22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor
61-point autofocus
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity
Full HD video with manual control
14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
Enhanced Weather sealing
3.2 inch 1,040,000-dot screen
HDR mode with presets

The EOS 5D Mark III utilises the same 61-point wide-area AF system as the EOS-1D X. It features an impressive 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points, providing unsurpassed accuracy across the frame. The customisable AF pre-sets introduced in the EOS-1D X are also available, helping the capture of traditionally challenging subjects and providing additional reliability in situations where subject movement can be unpredictable.

Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system.

The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor, which powers a range of new functions without affecting the camera’s performance. 14-bit A/D conversion provides smoother tonal gradation and transitions between colours, while in-camera HDR shooting combines three different exposures and allows one of five preset tone maps to be applied, enabling photographers to capture all the detail in high contrast scenes. With in-camera RAW processing and editing capability, photographers also have the option to immediately begin post-processing their images while still on a shoot.

The increased power of DIGIC 5+ also enables a range of tools which contribute to higher image quality. Lens peripheral illumination correction, Lens chromatic aberration correction (lateral and axial) and high ISO noise reduction are all performed in-camera without affecting performance, allowing photographers to continue shooting without any camera lag. Additionally, in-camera image rating via a dedicated button makes it easy for photographers to organise images ahead of post-production.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot.
 
Next generation EOS Movies
As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged.
 
Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.

Digital Lens Optimizer
The EOS 5D Mark III comes complete with the most advanced version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) yet – Canon’s free, in-box software enabling high-speed, high quality processing of RAW images. New in DPP v3.11 is Digital Lens Optimizer – a revolutionary new tool designed to drastically improve image resolution.

Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO) precisely imitates lens performance, with a series of complex mathematical functions replicating each stage of the journey of light through the optical path. Using this information DLO can correct a range of typical optical aberrations and loss of resolution caused by a camera’s low pass filter, by applying an inverse function to each shot to take the image nearer to how the scene appears to the naked eye. This creates exceptionally detailed, high-quality images with highly manageable file sizes, providing photographers with maximum image quality and greater flexibility.

EOS System compatibility
As part of the EOS System, the EOS 5D Mark III is immediately compatible with over 60 EF Lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – the new, essential wide-angle zoom lens from Canon’s  L-series. The camera is also compatible with a newly-announced range of accessories designed to offer extended creativity, including the Speedlite 600EX-RT – a high performance TTL flash with wireless radio connectivity. Additionally, the new Battery Grip BG-E11 offers greater handling flexibility alongside the ability to double the camera’s battery life.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available from end of March 2012, priced at £2999.99 / €3569.99 RRP including VAT.

EOS 5D Mark III first look
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available to touch and try on the Canon stand at the Focus on Imaging Show, 4th March to 7th March 2012, NEC Birmingham.

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