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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Firmware version 1.1.3 for EOS 700D

Firmware Version 1.1.3  for the EOS 700D incorporates the following fixes.

1. Fixes a fault in which the camera displays Err 01 or Err 60, or in rare instances will lock-up when in Live View shooting mode (or Movie shooting mode) when attached to the following STM zoom lenses:
- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
2. Corrects some Korean language misspellings displayed on the menu screen.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA


Thursday, 19 December 2013

EOS-1D X firmware version 2.0.3

Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
2. The number of release parameters settings for the 'AI Servo AF 2nd image priority' AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool  has been increased.
4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
6. A new function has been added to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses.
7. A new option has been added to to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
8. A new option has been added to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection.
9. New customization of the exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA



Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Updates for Canon software

Canon has published updates for a range of software.

Digital Photo Professional 3.13.51
- addition of Digital Lens Optimizer applicable lenses;
- an error in which font settings are sometimes not reflected on print contact sheets has been fixed (Mac version only).

EOS Utility 2.13.40
- a function has been added to allow the loading of just protected images to your computer

ImageBrowser EX 1.1.0

- up to 100,000 images can be registered to the database;
- organizing and searching image functions are newly added;
- quicker Search by Faces.

ImageBrowser 6.9.0a (Mac only)
- fixed an error where the camera's serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image is not displayed correctly for some of the EOS 60D.

Picture Style Editor 1.13.30
- adds support for EOS 70D, EOS 100D  / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss X7, EOS 700D  / EOS Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss X7i , EOS-1D C.

PhotoStitch 3.1.23
(Windows)
- support added for Windows 8.

PhotoStich 3.2.6
(Mac)
- support added for Mac OS 10.7;
- QuickTimeVR has been removed from the supported image type when saving a composite image.

You can download the software updates by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

EOS Remote update

Canon has updated EOS Remote - an iOS app available through Apple iTunes.

EOS Remote is a free application for convenient remote shooting, image browsing and other operations on EOS digital cameras with Wi-Fi functionality. As you view live images from the camera in EOS Remote you can remotely set the focus, adjust shooting values and fire the shutter. You can also browse images on the camera's memory card, select images and save them to your device.

EOS Remote requires iOS 5 or higher and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Although not optimised for the iPad, EOS Remote can be used in iPhone mode at the original resolution or enlarged.

Compatible cameras are currently the EOS 6D and 70D (not compatible with movie mode).

Version 1.2.0.0 adds manual focus for remote shooting in Live View. In previous versions EXIF information was removed when transferring or saving images. In the latest version, some EXIF data (rotation, date/time of shot, GPS) can be added.


Canon dealer Park Cameras opens London store

Park Cameras has opened the doors to its  new camera store in London.

Park Cameras’ aim was to create the best camera store in London and they believe that they have done this. Their plan was to recreate the award-winning formula that has served them well since opening their flagship Burgess Hill store in 2008. But it’s their 42-year history and over 400 years’ combined experience in the photo industry that has helped them design their new specialist camera store in central London.

Park’s store is extremely accessible in the heart of the west end of London. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from either Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube stations and can be found at 53-54 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JR. The store spans over 4,000 square feet dedicated to photography. The store is so large in fact, it even has its own postcode!

With this amount of retail space, there is a fantastic display from each of the leading photographic brands, including Canon – not just cameras, but also lenses and accessories.

There were over 1,000 applicants, so Park Cameras has been able to select the best people to offer the highest possible customer service. All of the staff are photographers or videographers themselves, keen to pass on their skills and experience. Park Cameras have also worked with their key brands to have additional technical experts in store most days of the week.

The store is already open, but planning their grand opening event for Saturday 14 December 2013. Further information about the day is available on their website:
http://www.parkcameras.com/article/32/Events.html


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

EOS M2 previewed – but only for Japan

A news release on the Canon Japan website gives a preview of the forthcoming EOS M2 camera. The M-series are mirrorless models - though Canon prefers the term CSC (compact system cameras).
The release date is given as mid-December 2013, but we understand this is for Japan only. There is no indication if or when the camera will be available elsewhere.

Key features include:
•  Faster autofocusing than the EOS M
•  Built-in Wi-Fi can transfer images to a smartphone
•  Smaller body size than EOS M (about 8% reduction)
•  18 megapixel sensor (Hybrid CMOS AF II)
•  Touch screen control
•  DIGIC 5 processor
•  4.6 frames per second continuous shooting speed
•  Movie Servo AF gives smooth tracking of moving subjects

Update 4 December 2013: Canon UK says that it is not planned to introduce the EOS M2 in Europe at the moment, but distribution and demand will be constantly reviewed and the situation may change in the future.


Monday, 2 December 2013

Firmware version 2.0.5 for EOS 7D

Firmware Version 2.0.5 for the EOS 7D incorporates the following:
– fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5 (A/B/C/D).

In compliance with the law regarding electro-magnetic waves in each region, there are four types of WFT-E5 (Types A, B, C, and D) for each of the respective target regions.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

EOS C300 firmware update available again

Canon suspended download services for EOS C300 firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 posted 12 November 2013 due to a discrepancy in colour balance. Firmware version 1.1.1.1.00 corrects this color balance discrepancy. Any cameras that are running firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 should be updated to firmware version 1.1.1.1.00.

For more information and download links click here.


Thursday, 14 November 2013

First EOS single-lens reflex camera with a white finish

The EOS Kiss SL1 (White) fitted with
the EF 40mm f2.8mm STM (white) lens.
Canon has introduced its first EOS camera with a white finish. It is the EOS Kiss X7 (White) and will be available in Japan from 28 November 2013. Also available with the same white finish is the EF 40mm f2.8 STM (often referred to as a 'pancake' lens).

The EOS Kiss X7 is known in Europe as the EOS 100D and in the USA as the Rebel SL1 – the smallest and lightest digital single-lens reflex camera in the EOS range, introduced in spring 2013. The specification of the white camera appears unchanged from the EOS 100D/Rebel SL1.

There is no information about worldwide distribution. The white camera and lens might remain exclusive to the Japanese market.

Most EOS cameras have a black finish. Exceptions were the EOS 300D (introduced in 2003), which was available in a chrome-style finish, and the non-reflex EOS M (introduced in 2012), which comes in black, red, silver and white. Further back, there was a special edition of the EOS 10 film camera, introduced in 1991 to commemorate Canon's production of 60 million cameras. This camera had a metallic grey finish.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Canon withdraws latest firmware update for EOS C300 camera

A malfunction has been found in firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 for the Cinema EOS 300 cameras. This can cause discrepancies in colour balance. Canon has temporarily stopped download services for this firmware.

New firmware with a fix for this issue will be released once it is complete.

Customers who have already updated their camera's firmware should contact Canon for further information.



Canon UK will be at The Photography Show

Canon is the latest major manufacturer to confirm their attendance at The Photography Show.
Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, between Saturday 1 and Tuesday 4 March 2014, this new event will combine highly interactive features to entertain and engage consumers, with dedicated conferences and events for professional and retail attendees. Over a hundred companies, including EOS magazine, will exhibit.

For more information visit www.photographyshow.com



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

EOS-1D C meets EBU HD Tier 1 imaging requirements

The EOS-1D C digital SLR camera, part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of digital cinematography products, has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition. The tests found that the EOS-1D C is the first digital SLR camera to satisfy the stringent testing criteria for HD production.

Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides exceptional HD resolution from a 4K source with very low aliasing, and good colour performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirmed that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.

A new free-of-charge firmware update for the EOS-1D C enables the camera to correct for insufficient peripheral illumination when outfitted with supporting EF Cinema Lenses and make possible audio line input.



Tuesday, 5 November 2013

AF upgrade for Canon C100

Canon has announced an optional feature upgrade for the EOS C100 Digital Video camera - Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, enabling continuous autofocusing with Canon's entire EF lens lineup.

First employed in the EOS 70D SLR camera launched in August 2013, the innovative new AF technology helps facilitate greater shooting efficiency across a variety of shooting situations. For users that work with moving subjects, this optional Dual Pixel CMOS AF upgrade for the EOS C100 camera will allow for a smoother, more natural autofocus that can be particularly useful for video markets like documentary, sports, event and wildlife.

Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes use of the company's proprietary CMOS sensor technology with a new structure that both captures light and performs phase-difference detection autofocus. While focusing on the EOS C100 camera is primarily performed manually, the feature upgrade will enable smooth continuous AF, a capability that can be particularly beneficial when operating with a small production crew, electronic news gathering, or run-and-gun documentary-style shoots. 

This optional upgrade is expected to be available in February 2014 for a cost of $500.00. It will require the EOS C100 camera body to be shipped to a Canon service center.


Friday, 1 November 2013

Fujifilm Processing Lab to close November 2014

Fujifilm will close its E6 processing lab facility in November 2014. The lab is a partnership between Fujifilm and Leeds-based pro lab CC Imaging. CC Imaging is unaffected by this decision and will continue trading as normal.

The closure has been planned in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them processed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers will continue to be available, but must also be used before the closing date of 1 November 2014.

CC Imaging will continue with their existing lab facilities after the closure, including the E6 processing line. Customers will still be able to have their transparency films processed as normal, but not under the 'Fujifilm Processing Laboratory' brand after 1 November 2014.

www.fujifilmprocessinglaboratory.co.uk



Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Firmware version 1.2.3 for EOS 5D Mark III

Firmware version 1.2.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Fixes a fault in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
2. Fixes a fault in which the AF microadjustment value may change. (This was first addressed with firmware version 1.2.1, and has been further improved with firmware version 1.2.3).
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
4. Fixes a fault in which the histogram of a Live View image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
5. Enables the brightness of the camera's LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA



Thursday, 24 October 2013

Canon's winter cashback

Canon’s Winter Cashback gives you a chance to make Christmas shopping a little  easier. You can receive up to £70 cashback on your purchases, plus an extra £35 bonus if you ‘Mix and Match’ by buying two promotional products at the same time.

The Winter Cashback offers savings across a wide range of Canon’s high-quality compact cameras, DSLRs and accessories, camcorders and a printer.

To take part and to see the entire range included in the offer, simply visit www.canon.co.uk/wintercashback where you can easily find out how much you can save.

The offer runs from 24 October 2013 to 26 January 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers, excluding grey/parallel imports. For more info about the risk of grey imports visit http://www.canon.co.uk/greymarket

The campaign will be accompanied by a wide range of advertising including TV, out of home, print and online. You can get involved with the promotion on Canon UK’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/CanonUKLtd



Wednesday, 23 October 2013

USA rebates for EF lenses

Canon USA is offering mail-in rebates for selected EF lenses purchased by 4 January 2014. For full details see:
Canon USA lens rebates



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

EOS-1D X firmware announcement

Canon is planning a major firmware upgrade for the EOS-1D X, to be avalable from January 2014. Firmware version 2.0 will bring improvements and enhancements to a range of features, including autofocusing and exposure metering.

Canon USA has a detailed guide to the changes at:
www.usa.canon.com/eos1dxfirmware


Friday, 18 October 2013

Park Cameras plans new London store

Park Cameras is planning to open a London store to add to its flagship store in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. The new store is based in the heart of London’s West End and is expected to open in December.

www.parkcameras.com


Friday, 11 October 2013

LCE Southampton Photography Show 2013

The LCE Southampton Photography Show will again be held at the Novotel hotel on Sunday 1 December 2013. Visitors will be able to see, try & buy all the latest enthusiast/pro digital SLRs, lenses, accessories, printers and profilers, enthusiast/pro digital compacts, studio flash, astroscopes and more.

Many hot new DSLR & CSC products will be on demo including the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM 1.4x Extender Zoom, EOS 70D and  PowerShot G16. Show-only deals and  cashback offers will be available from many brands.

Expert advice and in-depth demos will be on offer from a host of manufacturer experts as well as highly-trained, friendly LCE staff.

Brands exhibiting are to be confirmed but should include: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Samyang, Lowepro, Tamrac, thinkTANKphoto, Manfrotto, Gitzo, Velbon, Giottos, CamRanger, TriggerSmart, Nissin, Marumi, Kenro, Celestron, Lens Baby, Hoya, Cokin, SanDisk, Hama & Op-tech.

Seminar Talks will be held during the day featuring speakers from leading brands: details are to be confirmed, but should include new product or photographer showcase talks from Canon, Nikon, Sony & Olympus. Wild Arena (in association with Canon) will  be running photo workshops throughout the day, including animal macro, high-speed water droplet and super macro sessions.

The Novotel hotel is at 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA. Entrance to the event is free and doors are open from 11am to 5pm (limited car parking is available at the Novotel – please enquire at hotel reception on arrival, charges may apply).

Every visitor will also have the chance to win a Sony NEX-5R+16-50mm Power Zoom (SRP £569) in the free prize draw on the day.




LCE Southampton Pro In-store Day

Canon Pro In-store Day, Saturday 30 November 2013,  9am to 5.30pm. Free admission.
London Camera Exchange, 11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton SO14 7FJ. Telephone  023 80331720

•   Expert product demonstrations from Canon personnel – on-hand all day to answer your queries
•   Great LCE Deals on the latest professional/enthusiast Canon gear
•  Huge range of EOS DSLR & CSC system kit available to try & buy, including the EOS-1D X & EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D and the new EOS 70D.
•  A wide selection of Canon enthusiast and L-series lenses including the new EF 200-400mm f4 L IS USM 1.4x Extander Zoom, EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II, EF 300mm f2.8 and EF 500mm f4 L IS USM II.
•  Canon flashguns and accessories including the Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT Transmitter.
•  The latest Canon PowerShot high-end compacts including the new G16 and S120, plus the SX50HS, etc.
•  View and buy the superb PIXMA A3+ printer range, including the Pro-1, Pro-10 and Pro-100.
•  Special deals and trade-in offers only on the day. •  Free basic sensor clean for your EOS DSLR by Canon technicians (only one per customer)
•  Wild Arena will be holding holding free photo workshops on the day, including animal macro, high-speed water droplet and super macro studio sessions.
•  Plus up to £50 cashback on selected Canon DSLRs, lLenses & compacts (from Canon UK – details to be confirmed).



Monday, 7 October 2013

Calumet autumn open days

Calumet is launching an exclusive six city in-store Autumn Open Day programme starting in Edinburgh and finishing at the company's flagship London branch.

Imaging specialists from leading brands including Canon, Nikon, Epson, Manfrotto, Bowens, Lowepro and Profoto will be on hand each day to demonstrate latest products and discuss workflow challenges with photographers.

Sian Hamer, Calumet marketing executive said: "These open day events continue to be extremely popular with our customers.  They can just drop by and get to grips with all the latest products and free of charge expert advice, along with a variety of special on the day in-store promotions. Photographers across all disciplines and from novices to seasoned professionals are welcome. We will again be offering free sensor cleaning for all Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras – but photographers must bring cameras with fully charged batteries (only one sensor cleaned per person; subject to availability).

"Additionally, this autumn we have got a special Manchester United shirt (courtesy Epson) to give away in our exclusive registration prize draw."

Short seminars hosted by professional photographers and product experts will be available at Calumet Manchester and Drummond Street stores (see the Calumet website for more details)

The autumn open day event calendar:
Calumet Edinburgh: Wednesday October 9 (10am -4pm)
Calumet Glasgow: Thursday October 10 (10am-4pm)
Calumet Birmingham: Thursday October 17 (10am-4pm)
Calumet Belfast: Thursday October 24 (10am -4pm)
Calumet Manchester: Thursday October 31(10am -4pm)
Calumet Drummond Street, Euston: Thursday November 7 (10am -6pm)

For more information visit www.calumetphoto.co.uk

Canon USA Instant Rebates

Canon USA is offering Instant Rebates in the EOS 7D, 6D, 70D, 60D, SL1, T5i, T3i and T3 until 2 November 2013. Rebates range from $50 to $300.

Details are at Canon USA EOS Instant Rebates.
 
Rebates are also available until 2 November 2013 on lenses and Speedlites.

Details are at Canon lenses and Speedlite rebates



Monday, 23 September 2013

Canon launches the Student Network

Canon has unveiled a new program to help engage students in the world of photography. The Canon Student Network (CSN) is designed to help aspiring photographers studying photography or equivalent courses to take their next step with imaging and further develop their love of photography along with real world business advice.

The initial phase of the programme, which launched on 23 September 2013, rolls out to 11 universities across the UK and Ireland and provides tailored experiences, opportunities and offers to help the students develop as their course progresses. The scheme is open exclusively to photography students and students who use photography as an element of their degree.

Initial universities consist of Ravensbourne, Norwich University, City of Westminster College, Leicester College, Reid Kerr College, Middlesex University, Plymouth College of Art, University of the Arts London, University of East London, University College Falmouth, Griffith College.

Access is easy and free for eligible students. Those in first year simply need to be studying photography or equivalent course, within one of the initial roll out universities and sign up to the free Project 1709 – Canon’s beta online imaging management system. Students in their second year will also be required to own a current Canon DSLR and lens.  A course for students in their third year will be rolled out in the next academic year – there will be no extra requirement for students in order to join.

To sign up students need to register at www.canonstudentnetwork.co.uk



Friday, 20 September 2013

Digital Photo Professional (DPP) update

Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software has been updated. The latest version of this versatile raw converter is 3.13.45.

Changes from the previous version are:
- now supports images taken with EOS 70D, EOS 100D / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss X7, PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120.
- supports new lenses EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM, EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM).
- the accuracy of white balance in M-RAW and S-RAW images has been improved.

Interestingly, the help section of the software makes mention of an EOS M2 camera, implying that an update to the EOS M camera is not too far away.

You can download the update by going to the Canon Support Centre (Europe)
or Canon Support (USA)


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

First anniversary for Canon's Project1709

Project1709 is Canon's cloud solution for backing up and storing your digital images. The name comes from the date the beta version was launched - 17 September 2012. Project1709 is still in beta mode.

The intuitive search functionality allows you to filter photos to locate the image you want to enjoy or share. Meaningful tags added by you, as well as EXIF data, device information, dates, and geo-tags, can all be searched within the Project 1709 interface.

Using advanced indexing technology, you can build up a lifetime of images with an extensive collection of contextual data that can be used to theme images, organise collections and make special photos easy to find.

Discover more at Project1709.



Saturday, 14 September 2013

EOS-1D C approved for broadcast use

Canon has announced that the EOS-1D C, its unique and ground-breaking DSLR designed principally for motion picture capture, has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition¹. The tests found that the EOS-1D C is the first-ever DSLR to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool.

More information here.



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Canon sensor captures fireflies at night

Canon has captured video footage of Yaeyama-hime fireflies flying in darkness, a feat made possible by the high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor developed by Canon for video capture that was announced in March 2013.

The high-sensitivity, low-noise video-shooting capabilities of the dedicated 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video capture were made possible not only through the integration of the high-performance sensor technologies employed in Canon's digital SLR cameras, but also through the incorporation of new pixel and readout circuitry technologies that reduce noise.

Using a camera prototype equipped with the CMOS sensor Canon, in cooperation with Zero Corporation succeeded in capturing video of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies that inhabit Japan's Ishigaki Island, located off the northeastern coast of Taiwan. No artificial lighting was used during shooting, which took place after sunset amid the island's mountains.

Despite an exceptionally dark shooting environment of less than 0.01 lux, a level in which the naked eye would have difficulty discerning surrounding objects, the CMOS sensor was able to capture not only the color of the light emitted by the fireflies, each of which measures only a few millimeters in length, and their movements, but also the surrounding vegetation in which the species lives.

In addition to astronomical and natural observation, Canon is looking into applying this CMOS sensor to medical research purposes as well as surveillance and crime-prevention equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the realm of photographic possibilities while cultivating the world of visual expression.

An excerpt from the video of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies can be seen here.



Wednesday, 4 September 2013

New 35mm EF Cinema prime lens

The launch of the EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens in December 2013 will increase the range of EF Cinema primes to a total of six. The new lens has been designed following strong demand from Cinema EOS users. It features a compact design that combines Canon’s outstanding optics with fast performance – making the lens ideal for shooting in challenging low-light conditions.

Ensuring consistency when shooting across a number of different Cinema prime lenses, the new 35mm lens provides colour reproduction that matches others in the range. It also features the same form factor and uniform markings, making it easy to switch between lenses when on a shoot.


Firmware updates for Cinema EOS cameras

Canon is increasing the maximum ISO setting of the Cinema EOS C500, C300 and C100 from 20000 to 80000. This will allow shooting in extreme low-light conditions.

The firmware updates will also add feature enhancements to these cameras and the EOS-1D C.

For full details see the Canon press release.



Thursday, 22 August 2013

Updated EF-S 55-250mm lens introduced

Canon has unveiled the latest addition to its EF lens range – the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. The new model is the first EF-S telephoto zoom lens to feature Canon’s advanced Stepper Motor (STM) technology, alongside a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer.

STM technology ensures that the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM provides high-performance autofocus (AF) when capturing stills and smooth, near-silent AF in movies with compatible cameras. Offering fluid continuous focus tracking when shooting movies of moving subjects, STM also provides clean and natural focus transitions when the focus shifts from one subject to another. Audio on movie footage can  be captured without the intrusion or distraction of focusing noise from the lens, thanks to the near-silent STM mechanism.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM incorporates a new design, featuring Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology. The 3.5-stop advantage over non-IS models helps to reduce the effects of camera shake – which are more exaggerated when shooting handheld with a telephoto zoom lens – making it easier for photographers to capture crisp and striking images in all conditions.

The new optical design of the lens includes 15 elements arranged in 12 groups, with an improved focusing distance of just 0.85m throughout its zoom range. An Electro Magnetic Diaphragm (EMD) with a circular aperture gives photographers fine control over aperture and smooth, blurred backgrounds, while an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens tackles chromatic aberration, ensuring images are sharp and clear. Canon’s optimised Super Spectra Coating (SSC) also minimises internal reflections, as well as ghosting and flare. The redesigned lens now incorporates a non-rotating front element, ensuring a consistent effect when a filter is attached to the front of the lens.

Weighing just 375g  the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is  compact and lightweight – making it easy to carry around whilst on holiday or at family events.

Pricing and availability
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available in the UK and Ireland from late September 2013 with an SRP of £349.99 / €419.99



Thursday, 15 August 2013

Canon Cashback (Autumn 2013)

Canon UK is offering Cashback on a range of products purchased between Thursday 15 August 2013 and Thursday 31 October 2013. Purchases must be made in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland from a retailer supplied with product by Canon UK. Purchases from ebay and from third-party sellers on Amazon will not be eligible for cashbacks under this promotion. Claims must be made by the end of Saturday 30 November 2013.

EOS 6D – £150 / €190 cashback
EOS 7D – £85 / €100 cashback
EOS 60D – £50 / €60 cashback

EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM – £200 / €250 cashback
EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM – £200 / €250 cashback
EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM – £170 / €200 cashback
EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM – £170 / €200 cashback
EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM – £85 / €100 cashback
EF 17-40mm f4L USM – £60 / €70 cashback
EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM – £40 / €50 cashback
EF 70-200mm f4L USM – £60 / €70 cashback
EF 24-70mm f4L IS USM – £85 / €100 cashback
EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM – £85 / €100 cashback

Speedlite 600EX-RT – £60 / €70 cashback

PIXMA PRO-1 – £100 / €125 cashback
PIXMA PRO-10 – £75 / €95 cashback
PIXMA PRO-100 – £50 / €60 cashback

There are also cashbacks on Canon PowerShot cameras, camcorders and Pro Video Cine Prime models. Further details and full terms and conditions are available at:
www.canon.co.uk/autumncashback



Canon receives three EISA awards

Canon has been given three product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EISA awards are voted for by panels of editors representing 50 prominent magazines from up to 20 countries. The awards recognise the products that combine the most advanced technology, desirable features and leading design with genuine value. Here are the comments from the EISA panel.

European SLR Camera 2013-2014: Canon EOS 100D
“The Canon EOS 100D is the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C Digital SLR. As a reflex camera, it offers a very high level of performance, and it is compatible with the accessories and lenses of the EOS family, even though some of the lenses will look big when attached to this tiny model. The miniaturised body will appeal to those looking for a small, lightweight and portable camera that still affords the user the controls needed for creative photography. A collection of automatic modes, and touch-screen operation, make the camera very easy to use for those new to photography, but the 18-million-pixel sensor still produces top-level image quality.”

European Professional Lens 2013-2014: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

“A great sensation for the optical world, this super telephoto full-frame stabilised zoom lens opens a new era for professional optics. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x has a built-in teleconverter, that allows the photographer to switch to extended focal lengths in just a second. As the teleconverter is integrated into the design of the lens it can be activated safely in harsh conditions without exposing the camera’s mirror and sensor. With the converter in place the lens becomes a 280-560mm F5.6, but for those who need even greater reach this optic is compatible with Canon’s Extender EF 2x III. Although for the enthusiast this is an extremely expensive lens, its ultimate optical quality guarantees uncompromised results for sport and wildlife photography.”

European Advanced SLR Camera 2013-2014: Canon EOS 6D
“The Canon EOS 6D offers many of the features and benefits of Canon’s professional full-frame bodies, but at a much more accessible price. Some features even outclass those of the company’s EOS 5D Mk III, such as the camera’s AF performance in low light conditions – it is both faster and more effective in darker situations. With the full-frame benefits of low noise, expanded exposure latitude and high dynamic range, the EOS 6D also offers a shutter delay of only 47 m/s and a continuous shooting frame rate of 4.5fps for up to 1250 pictures. The EOS 6D is the smallest Canon full-frame camera and, with Wi-Fi and GPS, makes a great choice for enthusiast photographers.



Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Firmware updates for EOS-1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III

Canon has released firmware upgrades for three of its professional EOS models

Firmware version 1.1.4 for the EOS-1D Mark IV
Firmware version 1.3.2 for the EOS-1D Mark III
Firmware version 1.2.3 for the EOS-1Ds Mark III
incorporate the same two fixes:

•  Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual, causing premature battery drain.

•  Resolves a phenomenon in which 'Err 02' ('Err 70' on the EOS-1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III) may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Shooting football with Brighton and Hove Albion

On Saturday 27 July 2013, Park Cameras will be conducting a unique photographic masterclass at the American Express Community Stadium, home to Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph a friendly match against Spanish team Villareal from the unique perspective of the touch line.

Prior to this, there will be a detailed tour of the stadium and a presentation given by the official Brighton & Hove Albion photographer who will share his considerable knowledge as to tips and tricks in order to ensure participants capture the best images possible during the match and beyond.

This is event aimed at Canon shooters with a decent working knowledge of photography who are looking to extend their experience.

Park Cameras will be offering the loan of Canon equipment for use on the day, including the latest EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X bodies as well as a variety of telephoto lenses. Park Cameras' own training manager Anthony Sinfield will also be on hand to offer instructions on best settings to yield the best results including the various focus case scenarios on the EOS 7D, 5D Mark III and 1D X cameras.

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 8. If you are interested in this exclusive event and wish to book your place, call Park Cameras on 01444 237070 or visit their store at York Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9TT.



Saturday, 6 July 2013

New EF-M lens will not be sold in the USA

The EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM was announced in the UK and Ireland on 6 June 2013. It should be available in July - but not in the USA.

On 6 July 2013, a Canon moderator on the Canon USA Forum site said: "Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA."

No reason for this decision has been given.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

EOS 70D launched with new 20.2 megapixel APS-C sensor

Key features
•  20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
•  19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
•  Dual Pixel CMOS AF
•  Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
•  ISO 12800 (H:25600)
•  Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
•  Intelligent viewfinder
•  Full-HD movies

Canon has announced the EOS 70D. Designed for enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D combines completely new Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode.

Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst (a UHS-I card is required for maximum burst duration). An ISO range of 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

Designed for professional control

The powerful features of the EOS 70D are packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98% frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0 inch) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the width and height of the Live View frame simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

Pricing and availability
The EOS 70D is available from late August, with an SRP of:
£1079.99 / €1399.99 – body only
£1199.99 / €1599.99 – with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
£1399.99 / €1849.99 – with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Launch promotion
Pre order or purchase a new Canon EOS 70D from 2 July to 31 August 2013 and receive a Canon 300EG Gadget Bag free of charge (selected retailers only). For more information  visit: www.canon.co.uk/EOS70Dbagpromotion
(promotional webpage  live from 3rd July 2013).

Further information about the EOS 70D, including more photographs, technical data and a full specification, is available here.





Thursday, 27 June 2013

EOS M firmware update version 2.0.2

Canon has introduced firmware version 2.0.2 for the EOS M camera. The following fixes and improvements have been incorporated.

- Improves focusing speed in One-Shot AF mode.
- Now supports the EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens.  (When using this lens without the EOS M firmware update, there might be occasions when the EOS M will not function - however this is rare.)
- Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Traditional Chinese and Korean language menus.

In Europe, you can download the firmware from:
http://software.canon-europe.com/ 

In the USA, you can download the firmware from:
EOS M drivers and software


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Photography Show

Following the news that the UK event 'Focus On Imaging' has closed (see story on 31 May), Future has stepped in to run a mainstream photography event in its place. Supported by the Royal Photographic Society, 'The Photography Show' will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), near Birmingham, UK, from Saturday 1 to Tuesday 4 March 2014.


 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

EOS-1D X/1D C lubrication issue

Due to inconsistency in the amount of lubrication which has been applied to the driving mechanism of some EOS-1D X and 1D C cameras, Canon has identified a phenomenon in which a small number of the affected products may over time, develop the following symptoms:
- AF searches but does not lock in on the subject (caused by minute particles produced by wear due to the inconsistent lubrication mentioned above)
- The image shown in the viewfinder is 'blurry' or 'not steady'(occurs if wear progresses.

For details of the cameras affected and the free repair available, click here.



Thursday, 6 June 2013

Ultra-wide lens for EOS M

Key features
•  Ultra-wide 11-22mm EF-M zoom lens
•  Compact, retractable lens design
•  Smooth, quiet STM focusing in movies
•  Dynamic IS for steady movies
•  3-stop optical Image Stabilizer
•  High image quality
•  0.15m minimum focusing distance
•  Manual focus ring

Canon has introduced a third lens to its range of EF-M lenses for the EOS M camera. The EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM is Canon's first ultra wide-angle EF lens to feature an optical image stabilizer and the first EF lens with a retractable design.

The lens uses Super Spectra Coatings designed to minimise ghosting and flare, providing excellent results with every shot. Images are crisp and clear thanks to the image stabilizer, which works to keep image blur to a minimum by reducing the effects of camera shake. A 3-stop shutter speed advantage helps to ensure sharp stills, even when light levels start to fade.

Shooting smooth Full HD movies is helped by the advanced Dynamic IS mode which combats more exaggerated forms of camera shake that occur when shooting video on the move. Near-silent STM technology suppresses focus noise during movie capture, so the audience can enjoy crystal clear sound to match the visual quality of the footage captured.

Incredibly compact and lightweight, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has been designed to fit easily into the smallest of spaces so it can be carried everywhere. A new retractable lens design – a first for the EF lens range –  locked in place by a switch, allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. This keeps the body slim and compact, reducing the lens length by 13mm. An integrated full-time manual focus ring also provides the freedom to make precise adjustments to focus as needed.

The EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2013 with an RRP price of £379.99 / €449.99.

When using the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM with the EOS M it is recommended that the camera is upgraded to firmware version 2.0.0 or later. In addition to improved compatibility with the EF-M 11-22mm lens, the firmware update, due at the end of June 2013, is claimed to improve AF performance with the EF-M 18-55mm lens by up to 2.3x



Friday, 31 May 2013

Focus On Imaging closes after 24 years

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Focus On Imaging – the long-running photographic show – will run no more. Mary Walker Exhibitions has announced that the 2013 event, held at the NEC Birmingham at beginning of March, was the last.

"There are now so many elements of a photographer's working life that we simply could not have imagined back at the inception of the original 'Focus On Photography' as it was 24 years ago," commented Mary in a press announcement. "It's been an immensely rewarding job that has brought experiences and friendships that will always remain. I am certain that the time is right for the industry to perhaps find fresh opportunities and bring new ideas to photographers – maybe we're due a new revolution of some kind?"



Thursday, 30 May 2013

Apple Digital Camera Compatibility update

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06 adds RAW image compatibility for the following EOS cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
EOS-1D C, Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss X7, EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / Kiss X7i

System requirements are Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later, OS X 10.7.5 or later

The download is available from:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1656



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Canon Pro In-Store Day, Southampton

London Camera Exchange, Southampton, is hosting a Canon Pro In-Store Day on Saturday, 20 July 2013, from 9am to 5.30pm. The store is at 11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7FJ. Admission is free.

•  Expert product demonstrations from Canon personnel – on-hand all day to answer your queries
•  Great LCE Deals on the latest professional/enthusiast Canon gear
•  Huge range of EOS DSLR & CSC system kit available to try and buy, including the EOS-1D X,  5D Mk III, 6D, 700D, 100D and M.
•  A wide selection of Canon enthusiast & L-series prime and zoom lenses including the new EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM 1.4x Extender Zoom, EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM II, 300mm f2.8 and EF 500mm f4 L IS USM II.
•  Canon flashguns and accessories, including the amazing Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT Transmitter.
•  The latest Canon PowerShot high-end compacts including new G15, SX50HS, S110, etc.
• View and buy the superb PIXMA A3+ Printer range including the Pro-1, Pro 10 and Pro 100
•  Special deals and trade-in offers only on the day!
•  PLUS up to £55 Canon Summer CASHBACK on Selected Items (from Canon UK)

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/EventOpen/?449


Canon celebrates production of 90 million EF lenses

Canon has reached a new lens manufacturing milestone - the 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens.

Production of Canon’s signature interchangeable EF lenses began in 1987 at the Utsunomiya Plant, when the series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system. Since then, the global demand for Canon’s EOS products and lenses has continued to gather pace and in 2011 there was only nine months between the increase from 60 to 70 million units manufactured. In order to meet this demand, Canon scaled up its production with facilities across Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan.

Throughout its history, Canon has continued to drive the imaging industry forward, introducing world firsts (among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras) such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

Canon’s current EF lens line-up features 71 models for EOS cameras and nine lenses for use in cinema and TV production.

EF lens production milestones:
·  1995: Production of EF lenses surpasses 10-million units
·  2001: Production of EF lenses surpasses 20-million units
·  2006: 30-million EF lenses produced
·  2008: 40-million-unit milestone reached in April
·  2009: 50-million units produced
·  2011: 60-million units reached in January
·  2011: 70-million units reached in October
·  2012: 80-million units reached by August



Friday, 24 May 2013

EOS-1D C firmware update 1.2.0

Firmware version 1.2.0 for the EOS-1D C incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
1.  Provides support for 25.00p (fps) video recording frame rate (PAL settings) at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.
2.  A function to disable the image size selection button has been added.
3.  Fixes a phenomenon in which a difference in exposure appears on every other shot when shooting continuously and the auto-lighting optimizer is active (on weak, standard or strong).
4.  Fixes a phenomenon in which video recorded onto an external recorder sometimes becomes two-layered if it has been recorded through HDMI output.
5.  The video frame rate now displays two additional decimal places, e.g. 24p -> 23.98p (fps).
6.  Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the 'Auto ISO Range' option.
7.  Corrects errors in the Portuguese language menu.

Note: Items No. 1,2,4,5,6 and 7 have been incorporated into Firmware Version 1.1.9. Items No. 1 through 7 have been incorporated into Firmware Version 1.2.0.

Firmware Version 1.2.0 is for cameras running either Firmware Version 1.0.2 or Firmware Version 1.1.9.

Photographers who wish to update a EOS-1D C to Firmware Version 1.2.0 must take their camera to a Canon-authorised service centre.



Wednesday, 22 May 2013

EOS-1D X firmware update

Firmware Version 1.2.4 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:
1. Improves the speed of the camera's acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite's AF-assist beam.
2. Reduces the time it takes to display the metering result on the LCD or viewfinder when the meter has been activated.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which a 'Caution 02' message is unnecessarily recorded in the camera status log.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which continuous shooting pauses when using a Canon Speedlite.
5. Fixes a phenomenon, when the Canon GP-E1 is attached, in which the GPS device settings are reset to default settings when the camera has been powered off. This phenomenon occurs only with firmware Version 1.2.1. After changing the GPS device settings, power off the camera before removing the battery. This will ensure that the camera's GPS device settings are saved.

In Europe, you can download the firmware from:
http://software.canon-europe.com/

In the USA, the download is available at:
EOS-1D X firmware


EOS-1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III firmware updates

Firmware Version 1.1.3 for the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera incorporates the following functional improvement and fix:
1. Enables the centre AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which abnormal images may result when continuous shooting mode is enabled and the image size is set to "RAW" or "RAW+JPEG".

Firmware Version 1.2.2 for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera incorporates the following functional improvement:
1. Enables the centre AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. 

In Europe, you can download the firmware from:
http://software.canon-europe.com

In the USA, downloads are available from:
EOS-1D Mark IV
and
EOS 1Ds Mark III




Monday, 20 May 2013

Canon launches biggest ever Pan-EMEA campaign

Canon has launched a new marketing campaign using the creative theme ‘Power to your next step’.

The campaign, the first from Canon to encompass all consumer and pro product categories, reflects Canon’s strategic commitment to becoming a lifetime imaging  partner, coupled with the goal of empowering, educating and inspiring consumers to take their ‘next step’ in imaging.

Running across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) throughout the summer and beyond, the campaign television advert aired 213 times on UK television on 20 May 2013. The commercial will also be shown on video on demand services including 4OD, ITV Player and Sky On Demand.

In addition to the TV advert, a comprehensive print campaign will run in lifestyle and consumer tech media. The inspiring artwork used in the print executions was shot by two Canon ambassadors, Lorenzo Agius and David Noton.

The advert and further details can be viewed at:
www.canon.co.uk/yournextstep



Wednesday, 15 May 2013

EOS 6D wins Camera Grand Prix 2013 'Editors Award'

The EOS 6D, launched in November 2012, has been honored in Japan with the coveted Camera Grand Prix 2013 'Editors Award'. The marks the second award to date for the camera, which was  named 'Best DSLR Expert in 2013' by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

The Camera Grand Prix, considered the most sought-after camera and lens product awards in Japan, is organized by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), comprising journalists from major photography and camera magazines in Japan.

According to the CJPC jury, the EOS 6D opens the door for photography enthusiasts to full-frame sensor cameras at an affordable price. In addition, the camera was commended for its lightweight, compact body and for incorporating such cutting-edge technologies as built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.



Tuesday, 14 May 2013

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

With the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, Canon has added a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses.

For the first time in a commercially available lens, there is built-in 1.4x extender. This will make the lens attractive to professional sports and wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings, combined with L-series optics, help to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions. 

The lens can be used with Extenders EF 1.4x and EF 2x . The focal length extends from 560mm to 1120mm when the built-in extender is used with the Extender EF 2x.


Get closer to the action

The reach of the new lens is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender. This is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length to 560mm. The optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements. These help to help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating (SSC) reduce ghosting and flare. The use of the latest optical technologies mean that image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.

With a fixed f4 aperture (f5.6 when the internal extender is activated) the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible.

A newly designed optical image stabiliser (IS) provides users with a four-stop advantage.  IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure, so photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.

Powerful, flexible focusing

The EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast, silent autofocusing. A full-time manual override allows photographers to focus manually at any time in autofocus mode.

The Power Focus (PF) mode increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X cameras, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.

High-performance design for professional demands

A tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions.

Specifications

Construction: 25 elements in 20 groups (33 elements in 24 groups with extender)
Diaphragm blades: 9
Minimum aperture: f32 (f45 with extender)
Closest focusing distance: 2 metres
Maximum magnification 0.15x (0.21x with extender)
Filter: 52mm drop-in
Maximum diameter x length: 128 x 366mm
Weight: 3620g

Pricing and availability


The EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM will be available from June 2013 with an RRP of £11,999.99 / €13,999.99



Park Cameras Imaging Festival 2013


Park Cameras, one of the UK’s leading independent photographic retailers, is hosting another Imaging Festival at their state-of-the-art showroom in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, on Saturday 22 June.

The Festival is an open day showcasing the latest photographic products, with a wide number of money-saving deals and various prizes that can be won. Manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony to name just a few will all have experts on-hand to answer any question you might have – no matter how obscure it might be! Activities and offers include:  
- Bite sized ‘School of Photography’ seminars with professional photographers Jon Gray and John Clements
- Save hundreds of pounds across top photographic brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony to name just a few
- Spot prizes, free prize draws and other opportunities to win photographic prizes

- Fantastic range of promotional offers and cashbacks, including unbeatable door-busting deals

- The chance to meet and talk with representatives from major imaging brands
- The opportunity to touch and try the very latest in imaging technology
....and much, much more!!

In addition, Park Cameras is running a photographic competition where you can win a Canon EOS 100D + 18-55mm IS STM lens, a Nikon D5200 + 18-55mm VR lens or a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100! To enter, simply submit one of your favourite photos depicting Summer! 

Full details of the festival and the competition can be found at www.ParkCameras.com/Festival2013


New Picture Style for EOS

Canon has released a new in-camera Picture Style pre-set for EOS cameras. Created following direct feedback from video enthusiasts, the new Picture Style, called 'Video Camera X–series-look', enables users to capture EOS Movie footage with lower colour saturation and contrast levels, allowing for easier colour grading during post production processes.

The new Picture Style can also be applied to still images captured in RAW or JPEG formats.

It can be downloaded  from http://web.canon.jp/imaging/picturestyle/index.html



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Canon success in 2013 TIPA awards

Canon has been awarded five honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – one of the world’s leading photo imaging and press associations. The TIPA Awards commend the most outstanding imaging products launched in the past year and in 2013 Canon has again been acknowledged for the breadth, strength and industry-leading quality present across its product line-up. The following awards have been granted:

·         Best DSLR Entry Level: Canon EOS 100D
·         Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 6D
·         Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
·         Best Expert Photo Printer: Canon PIXMA PRO-10
·         Best Video DSLR: Canon EOS-1DC

The TIPA panel has a membership comprising of editors from 28 of the world’s leading photography and imaging magazines, spanning 15 countries across five continents. The panel meets annually to discuss the latest products and considers a range of factors, from innovation to design and overall product quality, when selecting and acknowledging the best imaging products.

Full details of the 2013 TIPA Awards can be found at:
http://www.tipa.com/english/



Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Summer cashback offers

Canon has launched summer cashback offers. Claim up to £55 cashback on a range of selected products across digital SLRs and lenses, compact cameras, inkjet printers and camcorders. If you purchase two promotional products within the same transaction, you're eligible to claim an additional £30 bonus payment. To take part and to see the entire range included in the offer, visit:
www.canon.co.uk/summercashback
 

This offer is available between 1 May and 31 July 2013. The cashback offer is claimed by downloading and completing a claim form and returning it to Canon’s agency along with a copy of the original receipt by Saturday 31 August 2013.

Full terms and conditions are available at the above link.




Jessops back on the high street

After a disappointing Christmas sales period and the increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers, Jessops went into administration in January 2013. All 187 stores were closed, leaving 1,370 employees out of work.

There seemed to be no hope for the specialist photography retailer until Peter Jones - of Dragons' Den fame - swooped in and bought the brand along with a couple of other investors. Now he has set in motion the re-opening of 30 stores, including flagship outlets Oxford Street and Birmingham - the largest photograph imaging store in Europe. All in all, the rescue of Jessops will create 500 jobs with the majority going to former Jessops staff. Throughout April there has been one re-opening per day bringing the brand back to the high street.

Jones will take on the role of chairman and chief executive, investing 5m of his own fortune into the company. He said: I believe Jessops is an iconic British brand which can lead the retail resurgence on Britains high streets, powered by new innovations and world-leading, expert staff.

With advancements in the integrated cameras of mobile phones, and niche online retailers who are selling cameras for cheaper, it is clear to see how Jessops struggled to stay afloat and subsequently went into administration. In response to these challenges, Jones said: Image is everything, and even in the mobile and tablet era, theres no substitute for a quality camera when it comes to taking the perfect picture.

To make sure they are successful second time round, the brand will be focusing on customer service in the selection of stores that have been re-opened, instead of pushing those optional extras. They will also be driving online sales while still making sure that customers who shop in-store can get the products for the same price as online. This is absolutely crucial to the future success of Jessops, as it is no secret that a lot of customers are guilty of shopping about high street stores  finding what they want  then buying it cheaper online. This new measure just might be enough to combat this behaviour.

In each re-vamped store there will be tables to test out the cameras, photo workshops with highly-trained staff, many of who have had training with the camera manufacturers, and express printing services to improve the user experience. Jessops will continue to sell a broad range of cameras, giving customers a chance to fully try-out the products in-store before buying  which is the one thing internet shopping cannot provide.

Jessops is forecasting sales of at least 80m in year one which will give them roughly 15% of the DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera market in the UK. Photo printing specialists 'Jessop Photo' has been bought separately by CEWE, who are responsible for the management of photo services such as Argos, Superdrug and WHSmith.

With the expectation of success weighing down on his shoulders, Peter Jones appears very positive about the future of Jessops. Britains high street is fighting back  the facts show it, and I am giving my personal commitment to its resurgence by re-opening the doors of one of Britains most historic retailers.

You can find the locations of the new Jessops stores at www.jessops.com/storefinder



Tuesday, 30 April 2013

EOS 5D Mark III firmware update 1.2.1

Firmware Version 1.2.1 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.
  1. • Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled.
  2. • Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
  3. • Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus, when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.
  4. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken during Live View or in movie shooting mode.
  5. • Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed.
  6. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting.
  7. • Communication with the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 has been improved.
  8. • When images have been successfully transferred with the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 through the FTP protocol, an “O” will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 through the FTP protocol, an “X” will be displayed.
  9. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used.
  10. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens.
  11. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly.
  12. • Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu.
  13. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF microadjustment value to -8.
  14. • Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting
    the maximum limit value for the "Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO" option
The firmware can be downloaded from:
www.canon.co.uk/Support/


Monday, 22 April 2013

Number one share worldwide for ten years

A Canon survey reveals that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have consistently maintained the number one share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the ten-year period from 2003 to 2012.


Monday, 15 April 2013

Canon Live Learning

Canon USA offers a wide range of workshops and classes through its Live Learning program. EOS Immersion Seminars give you the techniocal knowledge you need to improve your photography. EOS Destination workshops offer the chance to shoot alongside Canon Explorers of Light in beautiful locations – Yosemite, Sedona, Hawaii and other scenic settings. There are also seminars and workshops for professional photographers.

In addition, there are Canon Creative Center Programs and EOS discovery Day Programs.

Find out more at Canon USA seminars and workshops



Tuesday, 9 April 2013

100 Canon showrooms for Middle East and East Africa

Canon plans to open 100 new showrooms across the Middle East and parts of East Africa, reports The National (www.thenational.ae).

The first showroom in the region was in Dubai, opened in 2012. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are among possible locations for this year. It is expected that all 100 showrooms will open by the end of 2013.

EOS digital cameras are among the Canon products experiencing a boom in sales in the area.



Monday, 8 April 2013

EOS 6D firmware repairs faulty clock

Firmware Version 1.1.3 for the EOS 6D fixes an error where the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display after the user has already configured these settings.  The values for the Date/Time settings may reset if the backup functions which retain those values do not perform properly.

Even if the camera does not exhibit this phenomenon currently, it may in the future. Canon recommends that you update the  EOS 6D firmware to version 1.1.3 as soon as possible. 

EOS 6D firmware 1.1.3 update (Europe)

EOS 6D firmware 1.1.3 update (USA)


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