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 Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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From Canon:
TOKYO, September 2, 2014—Canon Inc. commemorated today the 80th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, dubbed the Kwanon, which was produced in prototype form in 1934.
The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon.
In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon,* its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, thus embarking on the Company’s history as a camera manufacturer.
In 1959, Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canonflex, followed in 1961 by the Canonet, an immensely popular rangefinder camera that took the market by storm, selling out an entire week’s worth of inventory in a mere two hours. Following these successes, the Company continued to lead the industry with a range of popular camera models, such as the F-1, a top-of-the-line 35mm SLR camera introduced in 1971, and the AE-1, introduced in 1976, which was the world’s first SLR camera equipped with a built-in microcomputer.
In 1987, following continued technological innovation, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) SLR camera to employ a fully electronic mount system. In 1995, EOS marked its entry into the digital era and the lineup continues evolving today. In 2012, the Company released the Cinema EOS System, a lineup of professional digital cinematography cameras and lenses realized through the culmination of various technological innovations centered on optical technologies developed since the Company’s founding. Since its introduction, the Cinema EOS System has contributed to expanding the horizons of visual expression.
Over the 80 years since the birth of the Kwanon camera prototype, Canon, supported by its wide user base, has continuously striven to realize camera and lens technologies to fulfill the Company’s never-ending ambition to create the world’s finest cameras. Leveraging the technologies and know-how it has acquired over its history, Canon will continue contributing to the development of the photographic and video imaging culture through its technologies and products designed to satisfy the expectations of a wide range of users.
* Made possible through the cooperation of Nippon Kogaku K.K. (present day Nikon Corporation). “Hansa” was the trademark of Omiya Photo Supply, a wholesaler of cameras and photo products. In accordance with a contractual obligation, it was engraved on the top of the camera.
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/2/2014 6:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 01, 2014
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4 DSLR Camera available for $4,099.99. Compare at $4,495.00 refurbished.
Note: This is a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, this item is advertised as having a 1-year warranty issued by the seller.
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Post Date: 9/1/2014 11:36:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via Deals-All-Year - 99.8% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $619.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
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Post Date: 9/1/2014 11:05:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
Today we learned of a few more items to add to Canon's recent price drop list. Newly added items appear with an asterisk below.
All of these lenses come with 2% Rewards and free expedited shipping.
Canon Lens Price Drops
ItemOrig PriceReductionNew Price
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM$1,499.00 $150.00 $1,349.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM$2,299.00 $200.00 $2,099.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM$1,499.99 $500.00 $999.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM$2,689.00 $140.00 $2,549.00
* Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II$299.99 $50.00 $249.99
* Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM$349.00 $50.00 $299.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM$2,499.00 $200.00 $2,299.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM$1,349.00 $50.00 $1,299.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM$1,599.00 $150.00 $1,449.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM$2,359.00 $110.00 $2,249.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L$2,499.00 $250.00 $2,249.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM$1,749.00 $100.00 $1,649.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II$2,199.00 $200.00 $1,999.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM$1,619.00 $70.00 $1,549.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM$2,199.00 $100.00 $2,099.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro$1,049.99 $100.00 $949.99
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM$1,089.00 $40.00 $1,049.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro$1,579.00 $80.00 $1,499.00
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM$7,299.00 $700.00 $6,599.00
* Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM$819.99 $40.00 $779.99
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L II USM$11,499.00 $1,000.00 $10,499.00
Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM$10,499.00 $1,000.00 $9,499.00
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II USM$12,999.00 $1,000.00 $11,999.00
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM$13,999.00 $500.00 $13,499.00
* Canon Extender EF 1.4X III$499.99 $50.00 $449.99
* Canon Extender EF 2X III$499.99$50.00$449.99
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Post Date: 9/1/2014 9:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
The Canon Store has special Labor Day pricing and free shipping on select refurbished gear. See below for details.
Note: You must add the item to your cart to see additional savings. Final price will be shown near the bottom of the cart page.
Canon Store Refurbished Labor Day Specials
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55 IS STM$599.99$205.00$394.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II$199.99$114.99$85.00
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III$159.99$77.00$82.99
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Post Date: 9/1/2014 8:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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