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Counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lenses

Canon is reporting instances of counterfeit EF 50mm f1.8 II lenses being brought into Canon service centres for repair.

While the exterior of the counterfeit lenses imitate the exterior of the genuine lens, the parts and electric circuits used inside are different from those used inside the genuine lens. As such, these counterfeit products do not satisfy the safety standards of various countries and the safety/quality standards of Canon.

You can read more about this, and how to identify the counterfeit lenses here:
Counterfeit EF 50mm f1.8 II lenses

Firmware update for EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM

Firmware version 1.0.4 for the EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM enhances the effects of image stabilization when using the lens with the EOS 5D Mark IV at a shutter speed between 1/100 and 1/160 second.
Information about firmware Update

Firmware version 1.0.4 is for lenses with firmware version 1.0.3 or earlier and whose third digit in the serial number is “0” (xx0xxxxxxx). If the firmware is already version 1.0.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The lens firmware can be checked through the menu on the EOS 5D Mark IV.

You can download the firmware (for Windows or Mac OS X) at:
http://bit.ly/2hbSC1O (UK)
http://bit.ly/2hJy3un (USA)

In the folder you download are the firmware (file name: EF012104.lfu / file size: 1,441,844 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures.

Firmware v1.0.3 released for EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon has released a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark IV. Version 1.0.3 is available to download and incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. Corrects a phenomenon in which the colour of images varies depending on the metering mode selected during flash shooting.
2. Improves the reliability of communication when using the Canon Extender EF 1.4x III or EF 2x III.
3. Corrects the level display when the camera is held in the vertical orientation with the hand grip pointing downward.
4. Improves the reliability of communication via USB cable when using the Lens Data Registration function with EOS Utility 3.

Firmware v1.0.3 is for cameras with v1.0.2 or earlier. If your camera's firmware is already v1.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download this update visit:
Canon UK
Canon USA


Firmware updates for several EOS cameras

Canon has released a number of firmware updates to correct for a phenomenon in which when using an EOS camera with the EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to 'Enable', no correction will be applied.

The affected cameras and the new firmware update is listed below:
EOS-1D X, firmware 2.0.9
EOS-1D Mark IV, firmware 1.1.5
EOS 5D Mark III, firmware 1.3.4
EOS 6D, firmware 1.1.7
EOS 7D, firmware 2.0.6
EOS 70D, firmware 1.1.2
EOS 60D, firmware 1.1.2
EOS 700D, firmware 1.1.5
EOS 650D, firmware 1.0.5
EOS 550D, firmware 1.1.0
EOS 500D, firmware 1.1.2
EOS 1300D, firmware 1.0.2
EOS 1200D, firmware 1.0.2
EOS 1100D, firmware 1.0.6
EOS 100D, firmware 1.0.1
EOS M, firmware 2.0.3

We have listed some of these firmware updates earlier on this blog, but have included them again here for completeness.

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

EOS M5 camera now in UK stores

Canon’s new flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, is now available in stores across the UK. This powerful camera can be used with 7 EF-M lenses as well as over 80 EF lenses using the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter. This handy accessory will be shipped with the EOS M5 for a limited time only.


The EOS M5 (RRP £1049.99/€1299.99) is available body only or paired with the EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens (RRP £1149.99/€1499.99). From December, the camera will also be available with the new all-purpose EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens (RRP £1399.99/ €1799.99).

Firmware update 1.1.0 for EOS 5DS and 5DS R

Firmware version 1.1.0 is available for the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras and adds the following enhancement:


1. Support for the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 has been added.

When downloading the firmware update, you should ensure that you are downloading the correct update for your model, as the firmware for the two models is different.

Download EOS 5DS firmware v1.1.0 from Canon

Download EOS 5DS R firmware v1.1.0 from Canon

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Canon software and MacOS Sierra

As a number of photographers have discovered, some Canon software is not fully compatible with the new MacOS Sierra operating system.

Canon is aware of the problems and has published information here:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/operating_system_information/

In brief, EOS Utility 2 will not connect via USB or Wi-Fi. Canon hopes to have updated software available by the end of December 2016.

EOS Utility 3 will not connect via USB. Canon hopes to have updated software available by the end of January 2017.

Map Utility will not connect via USB. Canon hopes to have updated software available by the end of December 2016.

Updates for DPP, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor

Canon has updated some of their software.

Digital Photo Profession version 4.5.10 adds support for the EOS M5, EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM, EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM and EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM. It also improves the accuracy of the Digital Lens Optimiser lens data for the EF 35mm f1.4L II USM.

EOS Utility version 3.5.10 adds support for the EOS M5, EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM and EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM.

Picture Style Editor version 1.17.10 adds support for the EOS M5.

EOS Movie Utility version 1.6 adds support for the EOS 5D Mark IV.

To download updates for Windows or Mac OS X go to www.canon.co.uk/support, enter your camera model and select the 'Software' tab. Check that the updates are suitable for your computer and operating system configuration.

New firmware v1.1.7 for EOS 6D

Firmware Version 1.1.7 is now available for the EOS 6D and offers the following fix:

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to 'Enable', correction will not be applied.

Firmware Version 1.1.7 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.6. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.7, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the firmware update please visit, select 'EOS 6D' from the product list, click on the tab for 'Firmware' and follow the on-screen instructions:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/product_ranges/cameras/eos/

Firmware update for EOS 70D

Firmware Version 1.1.2 for the Canon EOS 70D incorporates the following fix:

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to 'Enable', correction will not be applied.

Firmware Version 1.1.2 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.1. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the firmware update please visit, select 'EOS 70D' from the product list, click on the tab for 'Firmware' and follow the on-screen instructions:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/product_ranges/cameras/eos/

EOS 1300D firmware update v1.0.2

Canon has issued a firmware update v1.0.2 for the EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) which corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to 'Enable', correction will not be applied.

Firmware Version 1.0.2 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.1. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the firmware update please visit, select 'EOS 1300D' from the product list, click on the tab for 'Firmware' and follow the on-screen instructions:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/product_ranges/cameras/eos/

Firmware update v1.0.2 for EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon has released firmware Version 1.0.2  for EOS 5D Mark IV which incorporates the following improvement:

1. Improves communication reliability when using EOS Utility to register/update* new Digital Lens Optimizer.

Note: *Confirm that the camera firmware is Version 1.0.2 (or later).

Firmware Version 1.0.2 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.1. If your camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the firmware update please visit, select 'EOS 5D Mark IV' from the product list, click on the tab for 'Firmware' and follow the on-screen instructions:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/product_ranges/cameras/eos/

Firmware update v1.0.1 for EOS 100D

Firmware Version 1.0.1 has been issued by Canon for the EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) and incorporate the following fix:

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to 'Enable', correction will not be applied.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the firmware update please visit, select 'EOS 100D' from the product list, click on the tab for 'Firmware' and follow the on-screen instructions:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/product_ranges/cameras/eos/

EOS 700D firmware update v1.1.5

Canon has issued firmware Version 1.1.5 for the EOS 700D (Rebel T5i). This update incorporates the following fix:

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to 'Enable', correction will not be applied.

Firmware Version 1.1.5 is for cameras with firmware up to version 1.1.4. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the firmware update please visit, select 'EOS 700D' from the product list, click on the tab for 'Firmware' and follow the on-screen instructions:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/product_ranges/cameras/eos/

MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) with Canon software and products

Canon has given details of a number of compatibility issues with the new macOS 10.12 (Sierra) operating system which will affect a selection of their software packages and products.

If you own an affected product or software item, Canon strongly advises that you do not upgrade your operating system until confirmation of full functionality has been provided. Canon is planning to provide further information by the end of September.

Affected Camera Software Products:
• Camera Window DC
• EOS Utility 2
• EOS Utility 3
• Map Utility

Click here for a full list of affected products such as PIXMA Pro and imagePROGRAF printers as well as a number of scanners.

EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM with fast, whisper quiet Nano USM

Designed for use with full-frame or APS-C cameras, the new EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM offers cutting-edge AF and optical technology for stills and movies.

With a completely new optical design, the lens features one ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens element to reduce chromatic aberration, for sharp images with outstanding colour and contrast. When using the zoom, the new four-stop optical image stabilizer (IS) reduces the effects of camera shake, allowing you to shoot with longer shutter speeds without a tripod and still achieve sharp shots.

The built-in Nano USM – a breakthrough technology that was introduced with the EF-S 18 -135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM – offers fast focus acquisition, exceptional tracking speed and smooth, quiet operation. Nano USM makes the lens ideal for movie-makers, giving a natural look and feel to movies – the quiet motor ensuring that soundtracks aren’t disturbed by focusing noise and providing smooth focus transitions from one subject to another.

Lens Information D…

Small body, big power – the EOS M5, a new flagship mirrorless camera from Canon

Canon has announced a new EOS mirrorless camera – the EOS M5. It is the first EOS to feature Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor and includes a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for sharp photos and dynamic, cinematic movies.

Also new is the EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM, an all-occasion lens for EOS M cameras with a versatile 8.3x optical zoom and 4-stop Image Stabilizer for sharp, handheld shots. At just 300g, the lens offers high-end performance in a small body.

Power, precision, performance
DIGIC 7 offers boosted image processing power for lower noise, more detail and richer tones. When combined with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, spontaneous moments can be frozen thanks to DSLR-level AF speeds and accuracy, while sophisticated recognition and subject tracking helps the camera lock onto subjects for longer and more precisely in both movies and stills.

The 24.2 Megapixel sensor includes gapless micro lenses to maximise the sensor area, increasing pixel light sensitivity while mak…

New CMOS sensor with global shutter function

Canon has developed a CMOS sensor equipped with a global shutter function. This exposes all of the sensor's pixels at the same time, enabling the capture of distortion-free images even when shooting fast-moving objects. Employing a new signal-readout drive system and new pixel structure that significantly expands the full well capacity and reduces noise, the sensor contributes to high-image-quality video capture by making possible the realisation of a wide dynamic range.

Distortion-free image capture when shooting fast-moving objects
Standard CMOS sensors make use of the rolling shutter method, which sequentially exposes the pixels one row at a time. Because rolling shutters can create slight discrepancies in signal-readout timing depending on the location of the pixel, images of fast-moving objects may appear distorted and flash photography may result in the occurrence of the flash band phenomenon, in which the upper and lower portions of images display different levels of bright…

DPP and EU updates support EOS 5D Mark IV

Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software version 4.5.0 is available for download. The main changes are that is now supports the EOS 5D Mark IV (including the new Dual Pixel RAW function for focus microadjustment). It also supports the EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM (the lens with the built-in LED macrolite).

Also updated is EOS Utility (EU). Version 3.5.0 supports the EOS 5D Mark IV. In addition, it fixes a problem where, during remote shooting, there are instances where images cannot be properly recorded.

You can download the updates by going to:
www.canon.co.uk/support
and entering the EOS 5D Mark IV as the camera. In the next window select the software tab and scroll down.

120 million EF lenses milestone

Canon has reached a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on 26 August 2016 of their 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras - an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years production has expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

Firmware version 1.1.0 for EOS 7D Mark II

Firmware Version 1.1.0 for the EOS 7D Mark II incorporates the following improvements:
•  Supports Wi-Fi adapter W-E1.
•  Adds a setting to enable or disable automatic storage of the lens if it is extended out when a gear-driven STM lens (EF 40mm f2.8 STM, EF 50mm f1.8 STM or EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM) is attached, and the power switch is turned to [OFF].

The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens aberration data will not be added by performing this firmware update. The lens aberration correction data can be registered in EOS Utility Ver.3.4.30 or later.

Notes:
1) The firmware cannot be updated when Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 is inserted into the camera.
2) EOS 7D Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.0 require the latest version of EOS Utility and Camera Connect. EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 or later can be downloaded from the Canon web site. EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 is supported by the following operating systems: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
3) The latest version of the I…

Up to £150 cashback on selected Canon lenses

Canon has launched a lens cashback promotion running from 1 September to 18 October 2016. The lenses available are:
• EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS (£75 cashback)
• EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM (£75 cashback)
• EF 85mm f1.8 USM (£40 cashback)
• EF 50mm f1.4 USM (40 cashback)
• EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM (£75 cashback)
• EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM (£150 cashback)
• EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM (£150 cashback)
• EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM (£75 cashback)

Full details of the promotion and how to claim are at:
www.canon.co.uk/cashback/lens-cashback/

EOS 5D Mark IV arrives

The eagerly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, the newest addition to the EOS 5D family, has been announced.

A successor to the EOS 5D Mark III, the camera has been designed using first-hand feedback from the photographic community. Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high-speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the camera combines speed and resolution with excellent low light capability and movie functionality.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to premiere the innovative Dual Pixel RAW file format, allowing photographers to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting.

The devil is in the detail 

The EOS 5D Mark IV features Canon’s brand new full-frame 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, delivering images that are packed with detail, even in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows. With an ISO …

Two new wide-angle zoom lenses

Canon adds the EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM and the EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM to its  zoom lens lineup.

A flexible and durable everyday lens, the EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM is ideal for any photographer wanting to achieve high edge-to-edge sharpness over the entire zoom range. The 24-105mm focal length and f4 aperture suits for a variety of scenes, subjects and lighting conditions, while improved 4-stop IS and a new video design EDM provides quiet aperture adjustment during movie capture.
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For exceptionally high quality images, Canon unveils the EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM. Working in harmony with high resolution sensors such as the one seen in the EOS 5D Mark IV, this high-performance lens provides exceptional image quality for professionals and enthusiasts. The versatile focal length range will appeal to wedding photographers and photojournalists who need to work up close, whilst the fast, constant, f2.8 maximum aperture makes it an obvious choice for those shooting in…

Dedicated Wi-Fi adapter for EOS 7D Mark II, 5DS and 5DS R

Canon has announced the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1, a dedicated Wi-Fi adapter for Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. The new accessory gives you the freedom to transfer shots directly from compatible EOS DSLRs to iOS and Android smart devices and computers whilst on-the-go. It also offers remote shooting, perfect for capturing unique angles, landscapes or wildlife. 
Compact connectivity
Portable and lightweight, the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 is the size of an SD card and fits into the memory card slot of compatible dual-card slot EOS DSLRs. Photographers can review and display images on a tablet or monitor, upload to the web from smart devices, and save a copy whilst out on location.

Take control with remote shooting 
With the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 you can also shoot remotely, directly from a smart device running Canon’s Camera Connect app, PC or Mac using EOS Utility software, from up to 10 meters away. It’s ideal for photographing wildlife up close, or wirelessly shooting in a home studio, …

Firmware update version 1.1.2 for EOS-1D X Mark II

Firmware Version 1.1.2 for the EOS-1D X Mark II incorporates the following improvements.
• The addition of a selectable color-tone option for the LCD monitor.
• The addition of a function to append IPTC data.
• The addition of a function to transfer only protected images.
• The addition of a function to set the GPS positional data retention period.
• An increase in the number of network connection settings that can be saved to a memory card from 20 to 40.
• When retrying FTP transfer, extension of the minimum auto power off time to 10 minutes.
• Improvement of wireless transmission when using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6.

The Version 1.1.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
The firmware update takes appr…

Canon wins four EISA awards

Canon has won four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 80D has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’.
The EF 35mm f1.4L II USM and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 received awards for ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017’ and ‘European Photo Printer 2016-2017’ respectively. 
Voted for by panels of editors representing nearly 50 prominent magazines from across 20 European countries, the EISA Awards celebrate products which combine the most advanced technology, distinctive design and desirable features, with genuine value for end users. Discussing the four awards, the EISA panel said:
• The EOS 80D is more than just another SLR. Canon has brought a camera to the market that incorporates many innovative functions for photo and video. The key feature is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF which enables fast focusing during Live View and video, which is al…

Canon Connect Station app

The Connect Station App is a free application for Apple iOS or Android smartphones and tablets that, when connected to a Connect Station CS100 via Wi-Fi, enables quick and easy browsing and sharing of your images.

The key features available when using the Connect Station App are:
•  upload images to, and download from, your smartphone or tablet
•  browse and select images to view on your TV screen
•  rename albums
•  add comments to your images

You can download the Apple iOS app at:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/canon-connect-station/id1089069440?

and the Android app at:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.canon.ic.connectstation&h

EOS-1D X Mark II firmware update

Firmware Version 1.0.2 for the EOS-1D X Mark II offers the following improvements and fixes.

1. Incorporates countermeasures for a phenomenon in which the bottom part of still images recorded to SanDisk CFast cards become corrupted.
2. Enhances communication reliability between the camera and CFast cards.

If you are using the affected CFast cards, after having updated the camera firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.2, make sure to use the camera to format the CFast card.

More information and a download link for Windows are available at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/products/cameras/digital_slr/eos-1d_x_mark_ii.aspx?type=firmware&firmwaredetailid=tcm:14-1442427
and for Mac OS X at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/products/cameras/digital_slr/eos-1d_x_mark_ii.aspx?type=firmware&firmwaredetailid=tcm:14-1442429

Corruption issues on the EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon has confirmed that when shooting still images with the EOS-1D X Mark II using some SanDisk CFast cards, the bottom part of still images recorded may be corrupted. This phenomenon happens in images recorded in both RAW and JPEG formats. In the RAW file, the image corruption may appear in the bottom right corner of the image. In the JPEG file, the image corruption may appear in the lower third area of the image. Movie recording is not affected.

Still images or movies recorded to CF cards are not affected.

This problem is caused by some SanDisk CFast cards, not the camera. Canon is working on a firmware update to overcome the problem and this should be available for download in early July 2016.

Some Sigma lenses for Canon not fully compatible with the EOS-1D X Mark II

Sigma has released a press release about the compatibility of some of their lenses with the EOS-1D X Mark II
"We have found that some Sigma interchangeable lenses for Canon are not fully compatible with EOS-1D X Mark II. When certain lenses are attached to this camera, exposure of the image may not be accurate. 
"When the lenses listed below are used and either Evaluative Metering or Centre-weighted Average Metering is selected, the image could show some underexposure. •  Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art •  Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art •  Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM We are currently working on the firmware update for respective lenses, and the release dates will be announced later.
Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount Sigma lenses on an EOS-1D X Mark II:
•  MO (Manual Override) function is unavailable with this camera (Full-time Manual function can be offered).
•  When using a Sigma interchangeable lens for EOS, setting the corrections to [Disable] is recommended, as…

Canon sponsors British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2016

Nominations have opened for the British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2016, which celebrate the extraordinary things ordinary young people do. The awards recognise children and young adults who have helped people in their local communities and beyond.
The event, sponsored by Canon, acknowledges how every day young people are making a huge difference to other people's lives across the UK; giving first aid, befriending vulnerable people, fundraising and campaigning for good causes.
Nominations for the 2016 awards are now open until 7 August 2016. For further information go to: http://redcross.org.uk/hca

See inside Canon's EF 200-400mm lens

See what's deep inside the EF200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. Made up of hundreds of precise mechanical and optical parts, the EF200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is a super telephoto lens that opened up new possibilities for professionals on the front line of sports, nature and news photography. In this YouTube video Canon unveils the precise inner construction of this L lens that has not been visualised before.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQp_0b2umto

Up to £50 cashback this summer on selected Canon products

This summer, Canon is offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland. Plus you could have the chance to capture your own unique perspectives in Dubai. Canon is giving cashback customers the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people.

Cashback is available on EOS 760D, 750D, 700D and 100D digital single-lens reflex cameras, plus the mirrorless EOS M3 and M10. Also included in the summer offer is a range of EF and EF-S lenses, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT, compact cameras, video cameras and PIXMA printers.

To see the entire range of cashback products, visit www.canon.co.uk/summercashback.

The offer runs from 19 May to 31 August 2016 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Terms and conditions apply.

Canon launches '.canon' website

Canon has gone live with a renewed global website employing a web address that departs from the traditional location-specific 'www.canon.com' to the new 'global.canon' proprietary domain name. The launch marks Canon’s first use of the '.canon' top-level domain (TLD) since acquiring it in February 2015.

Because '.canon' can only be used by Canon Group companies and services, visitors to sites that use the new TLD can easily confirm their authenticity and be assured that the information they contain is reliable. Additionally, by leveraging the simplicity of the TLD, which is easy to remember and easy to understand, Canon aims to enhance the Company’s global brand value.

In addition to the English-language version of the “global.canon” website, Canon will introduce other languages to the site in the future to share brand messages and other information globally.

http://global.canon/en/

Speedlite 600EX II-RT

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT delivers high performance, making it the perfect companion for the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II. Firing up to 50 per cent more flashes continuously compared with its predecessor, and a 100 per cent increase when used with the new CP-E4N external battery pack, it ensures you capture even more of the action. The new and improved heat measure technology prevents overheating and allows longer bursts of flashes.

A guide number of 60 (metres, ISO 100) allows lighting of a subject over a wide range of distances and large areas, ideal for capturing a large group at a wedding, for example. Thanks to a wide lens coverage, from 20mm to 200mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter, you can easily control how light is spread across a subject.

For creative illumination, the flash features a wireless slave function, enabling you to make the most of off-camera lighting. The radio control function, pioneered by Canon, provides further creative freedom, allowing photographers to b…

World’s first AF lens with a built in Macro Lite

Canon has introduced the EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM, a new macro lens for EOS M series cameras. Compact and lightweight, the lens offers unprecedented macro capabilities and includes the world’s first built in Macro Lite, removing shadow and darkness. With the ability to focus on subjects as close as 13mm and a body weighing just 130g, the EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM is the world lightest macro lens for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

The dedicated Macro Lite allows you to bring the lens as close as you need without compromising on light. Used to illuminate small objects up close, it can be controlled by a switch, letting you change the lighting intensity and direction on one or both sides of the Macro Lite.

The lens offers both life-size 1.0x magnification and 1.2x in Super Macro mode. Giving you the flexibility to shoot handheld without camera shake, Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer – which delivers sharp, blur free shots when combined with Hybrid IS technology – also cor…

Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1

The DM-E1 is a compact stereo directional microphone. Designed to complement the movie quality of the EOS range, the DM-E1 is a versatile, high-quality microphone that can be used to capture a range of subjects.

Featuring a classic shotgun design, the DM-E1 provides the ability to adjust the microphone to capture in three different directional patterns. The monaural shotgun mode is best suited for capturing a sound source directly in front of the camera, such as a presenter or reporter, providing some isolation from other sounds from within their environment. Switching to the 90 and 120 degree modes provides stereo sound for sources that are spread over wider areas, such as an orchestra in a concert hall.

The in-built shock mount ensures noise from camera operations and lens zoom are effectively reduced, whilst wind noise is avoided thanks to the windshield. With a 50Hz to 16kHz sound frequency range pick-up, the microphone can capture a wide tonal range, while the 66dB S/N ratio and…

Firmware updates for EOS M3 and M10

Firmware Version 1.1.0 for the EOS M3 and M10 improves the autofocus speed for movies when the EF-M 28mm F3.5 IS STM is attached to the camera.

For more information and to download the firmware go to:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/
and enter the model name of your camera.

When updating the firmware of the camera, review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware. With both cameras you need to check the serial number for compatibility with the firmware – full details are provided by Canon.

Park Cameras: Wildlife day, Saturday 7 May 2016

Park Cameras is holding an event at their flagship store in Burgess Hill, West Sussex – and it’s dedicated to all things wildlife and getting the most out of the summer!

Held on Saturday 7 May 2016, there will be technical experts from leading brands including Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica, Vanguard, Manfrotto, Swarovski, Celestron and Opticron.
Learn how to get close to nature and pick up an incredible deal!

Visiting Park Cameras on Saturday 7 May will be a great opportunity to try out the very latest optical equipment with the new expanded range of optics available from Park Cameras. Not only will you be able to touch-and-try many products in their large flagship store, there will also be an outdoor area where Canon will be demonstrating its range of products, including the new EOS-1D X Mark II.

On-site will be a varied selection of birds of prey that are all native to the British Isles, including Britain’s smallest native Owl and a rare chance to see a Red Kite up close!

You’ll be…

Canon wins five honours at the 2016 TIPA Awards

Canon has been awarded five accolades by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – one of the world’s leading photo imaging and press associations. Each year, the TIPA Awards recognise the best imaging products launched in the previous 12 months. In 2016, Canon has once again been commended for the technical innovations across its diverse product portfolio, from entry level consumer compact cameras, through to professional DSLRs and photo printers.

The following awards have been granted:
·         Best DSLR Professional/High Res: EOS 5DS / EOS 5DS R
·         Best Photo/Video Professional Camera: EOS-1D X Mark II
·         Best Easy Compact Camera: IXUS 285 HS
·         Best Expert Compact Camera: PowerShot G5 X
·         Best Photo Printer: imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

The TIPA panel consists of editors from 27 of the world’s leading photography and imaging magazines: members span 15 countries across five continents. The panel meets annually to discuss the latest imaging products, and …

13 years at the top of the global interchangeable lens digital camera market

Canon Inc. announces its 13th year at number one in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market, spanning both DSLR and compact system devices (based on a Canon survey).
In 2003, Canon broke new ground with the introduction of the EOS 300D. Combining a competitive price with a compact, lightweight design, this pioneering camera captured the top global market share upon release, leading the way for Canon’s dominance in DSLR. 

Four free photo apps available

Canon has released four free iOS applications in the UK and Ireland.

BestShutter is designed to help take photos of children and pets who usually don't pay attention to the camera. The app uses fun sounds to capture children or pet's attention. A function to remove ads can be purchased for GBP 0.79 / Ireland: EUR 0.99).

Photo Log Map is designed to meets the needs of people who want to record location information together with shooting records during various situations such as traveling or mountain climbing. Using data from your images and a smartphones information service, it creates a shooting record maps. Even with data from photos shot on digital cameras not equipped with GPS, you can create a shooting record map linked to the smartphones GPS log. In addition to photos on the map, you can also add text memos and sound memos that record the location's conditions. By writing the recorded log to a GPX file (optional addition function GBP 0.79 /Ireland:EUR 0.99), you can use…

Canon spring 2016 cashback

Canon UK is offering cashbacks of up to £250 on products purchased between Thursday 17 March and Wednesday 18 May 2016. Purchases must be made from participating retails in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or the Canon e-store.

EOS cameras featured in the promotion are the 5DS (£250), 5DS R (£250), 5D Mark III (£250), 6D (£150), 7D Mark II (£100) and 70D (£75).

Also included are 10 lenses (cashbacks from £35 to £185), the Speedlite 60EX-RT (£75)and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (£40), A3 photo printers and video cameras.

Full details of these and other Canon promotions are available at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/promotions/

All prices above are cashback savings. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully.

Updates to Canon software

Canon has released updates for some of its software to provide support for its latest cameras, including the EOS-1D X Mark II, 80D and 1300D. The latest versions are:
•  Digital Photo Professional 4.4.30
•  EOS Utility 3.4.30
•  Picture Style Editor 1.16.30

To download the updates for Windows or Mac OS X go to www.canon.co.uk/support, enter your camera model and select the 'Software' tab. Check that the updates are suitable for your computer and operating system configuration.

New entry level DSLR unveiled: EOS 1300D

Canon unveils a new entry-level EOS DSLR – the EOS 1300D. An ideal introduction to DSLR photography, the EOS 1300D includes Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC to make sharing simpler than ever, alongside a range of improved features to help you take impressive, creative photos and movies. With an 18 megapixel sensor and responsive handling, the EOS 1300D is the perfect camera for capturing images with a distinct look and feel that are immediately shareable.

Capture quality in every shot

For photographs that stand out from the crowd, the EOS 1300D includes Canon’s DIGIC 4+ processor and a large APS-C sized, 18 megapixel sensor, letting you capture intricate detail and the diversity of colour in every scene. If you want to shoot scenes where people and items pop from blurred background, the EOS 1300D’s shallow depth-of-field capabilities deliver just that. From close-up nature shots, portraits and full cityscapes, the camera helps you create original phot…

New dedicated app for Connect Station CS100

Canon has announced that it will launch a dedicated companion smartphone app for its Connect Station
CS100, available on iOS and Android, at the end of March 2016. The Connect Station CS100 Smartphone App will allow you to upload images to, and download from, your smartphone or tablet; browse and select images to view on your TV screen, as well as rename albums and add comments.
To complement this, Canon also announced the release of an automatic firmware update for the Connect Station CS100, available from late May, which will deliver enhanced levels of control and even easier access to your image library.

The Firmware 2.0 update will add the following functionalities to the Connect Station CS100:
Quick, bulk, uploads – import bulk images from your PC to the Connect Station CS100 using the new, simple drag and drop interfaceEasy image exports – transfer your Connect Station CS100 images to a wider range of devicesNew Connect Station App features – the firmware will also add a …

Canon unveils biggest presence ever at The Photography Show 2016

Canon will be back at The Photography Show in March with its biggest, most engaging stand to date. For the first time Canon will be premiering its very own Live Stage, hosting live and insightful talks from world renown, industry leading photographers and videographers. Canon will also be showcasing the recently announced EOS 1D-X Mark II, demonstrating its awesome power and speed along with a host of award winning products.

Across the course of the show, Canon’s first ever Live Stage will feature professional Canon photographers including the likes of wildlife photography expert Andy Rouse, leading videographer Simeon Quarrie and international photographers Lara Jade and Christian Anderl. They will take visitors on an inspiring journey through their photography experiences and share how Canon products have allowed them to take their passion to a professional level.

Experts from Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) team will be on hand throughout the show, offering advice and tips to …

Canon introduces the EOS 80D

The EOS 80D combines leading imaging technologies for capturing still images and Full HD movies.

The new 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 processor provides excellent clarity and the freedom to crop in, while the new 45 all cross-type point AF system and 7fps shooting can capture action with precision. For pin-point focusing or wide-area tracking, the AF points are individually selectable or grouped into areas, giving you greater control over composition regardless of where your subject is in the frame. When using lens combinations with narrow apertures, 27 f8-compatible AF points offer focus, in even the most extreme situations.

Designed to shoot in varying light conditions, the camera has a native ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 25,600, and the AF system will continue to work even under moonlight (-3EV). The 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor measures both visible light and invisible infrared radiation for accurate exposures, while Flicker Detection ensures consistent…

EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM and Power Zoom Adapter

Canon has unveiled an all-purpose lens – the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM – with new Nano USM technology. An optional Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 offers smooth zoom control when shooting movies and remote operation via Wi-Fi.

It is the first of Canon’s lenses to feature Nano USM focus technology - delivering smooth, quiet AF for movies and fast AF speed for stills.

The new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is a compact and lightweight accessory designed for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM to enable smooth, fingertip zoom control when shooting movies, with the option to control via Wi-Fi (with compatible devices).

Pricing and availability

•  The EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM is available from April 2016 with an RRP of £439.99/€610.
•  The Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is available from May 2016 with an RRP of £129.99/€179.99.

EOS-1D X Mark II announced

New from Canon is the EOS-1D X Mark II, its new flagship digital single-lens reflex. The camera establishes a new benchmark for speed – shooting 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – ideal for capturing high-speed subjects, whether in the wild, or at world-class sporting events. The camera features a new 20.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, as well as 4K video capture up to 60p.
The ISO range runs from 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600, allowing the EOS-1D X Mark II to operate in lighting conditions from the brightest through to near darkness.
The camera features an improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV. For the first time, when shooting with selected extenders and telephoto lenses, the new AF system also offers f8 AF support with all 61 points, giving the freedom to choose the focus point. Alongside Canon’s pro AF techn…

Canon top Japanese company for US patents for 11th consecutive year

Canon is ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2015, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services in January 2016.
As part of its research and development efforts, Canon actively pursues patents in a number of countries and regions while taking into consideration local business strategies and technology trends. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
Canon has ranked in the top five patent holders for 30 consecutive years.