TOKYO, February 6, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5.
Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 at Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.) with the EOS 650, later moving to such production bases as Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan. Following the spread of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production rapidly increased, surpassing the 60-million-unit mark in October 2012 and now, approximately one year and four months later, reaching the 70-million-unit threshold.
EOS, which stands for "Electro Optical System," also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world's first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system.
Based on the key concepts of high speed and ease of use, EOS-series cameras, including the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1 released in 1989 and the popular compact, lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) introduced in 1993, actively incorporate innovative technologies and have gained acceptance from a wide range of users. As digital SLR cameras gained increasing popularity starting in 2000, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses, in an effort to fulfill the company's new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality. Currently, Canon offers a broad product lineup that serves the needs of all levels of users.
Among the new Canon cameras that contributed to the realization of the 70-million-unit production milestone were the EOS 70D, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, and the entry-level EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D in other regions), which combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with advanced basic performance. Additionally, in September 2012, Canon added the EOS M compact-system camera to its product lineup and, at the end of 2013, launched the EOS M2, featuring significantly enhanced AF performance, which has been warmly received by the market.
EF lenses for Canon EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras are also on track to realize a major milestone as cumulative production is scheduled to pass the 100-million-unit mark in 2014.
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging. B&H
carries Canon EOS cameras
Post Date: 2/5/2014 10:31:50 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From ExpoImaging: Watsonville, California – February 05, 2014
ExpoImaging, Inc., distributor of the original Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter to the United States market, today announced availability of the Ray Flash 2: Universal Ring Flash Adapter.
“We are pleased to be able to introduce the new Ray Flash 2 to U.S. photographers,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When the original Ray Flash was created, location photographers were astonished to find that they could use it to achieve ring flash-style lighting using their speedlights. Now, the Ray Flash 2 accommodates a much wider variety of DSLRs and speedlights with its adjustable and more affordable design.”
The patented Ray Flash 2 creates the characteristic ring flash look, a shadow-wrapped, flat lighting effect valued by photographers for fashion, portrait, and macro photography. To create this effect, the Ray Flash’s acrylic light guides efficiently direct light from a camera mounted speedlight into a circle around the camera’s lens.
The new Ray Flash 2 introduces a universal speedlight mount, adjustable height and a lower profile. A new, universal, adjustable mount with a spring-loaded clamp allows the Ray Flash 2 to quickly and securely attach to different sizes of speedlights. The center column of the Ray Flash 2 slides up and down to accommodate variations in camera and speedlight heights. The Ray Flash 2 is also available in two different versions, long and short, to fit the tallest and shortest DSLR bodies available. Ray Flash 2’s lower profile compared to the original Ray Flash makes it even more portable for location photographers. Pricing and Availability
The Ray Flash 2: Universal Ring Flash Adapter is now available in the U.S. through photo specialty resellers nationwide. The Ray Flash 2 retails for $139.95. B&H
carries the new ExpoImaging RayFlash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter
Post Date: 2/5/2014 10:17:56 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Facebook Stories Vimeo Channel
Brandon Stanton moved to New York in 2010. As an amateur photographer, he was fascinated by the crowds of characters throughout the city. He began to take street portraits of the people he met and share them in an album on his timeline named, Humans of New York.
As his photos started to gain a following, he created a Facebook Page that started a movement. There are “Humans of …” Facebook Pages for nearly every major city in the world, while the HONY photographer himself is something of a celebrity on the streets of New York.
Brandon’s Facebook community of more than 2.3 million people is more than just an audience. Together, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and have propelled Brandon to become a New York Times bestselling author after he published a book of his work in 2013.
Browse through past Humans of New York photos on Facebook and like the Page to see more in the future: facebook.com/humansofnewyork
This is one of 10 stories celebrating Facebook's 10th anniversary and a decade of connections made possible through the platform. See the rest at facebookstories.com/10
Post Date: 2/5/2014 9:56:36 AM CT Posted By: Sean
188 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Canon, Sigma and Sony lenses
for Canon and Sony cameras
To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab. Supported or planned combinations
New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):Canon
| Sony B&H
carries DxO Optics Pro
and DxO ViewPoint
Post Date: 2/5/2014 8:26:52 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From X-Rite: Online educational tutorials with live trainers provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow
North White Plains, NY – February 4, 2014 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free February 2014 webinars that have been developed to address specific photography and color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers. During the month of February, X-Rite is offering 2 free webinars to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their photography and manage their imaging workflow. The February webinars are designed to be informational as well as inspirational by offering photographers practical ways to improve their images. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
“The February X-Rite webinar schedule features 2 sessions, one of which is hosted by photographer and photo-educator Joe Brady, and the second hosted by X-Rite Coloratti and Award-winning photographer and retoucher Jane Conner-Ziser,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “The February webinars focus on creative, award-winning photography, post-production workflow and how-to ensure that photographers obtain consistently great color prints from their Lab.” February 2014 Webinar Schedule
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Title: Get Consistently Great Color Prints From Your Lab!
Presenter: Joe Brady
This webinar is designed for photographers who have ever been disappointed with the prints they get from their Lab. Attendees will learn about color workflow and consistency. Webinar host Joe Brady will explain and demonstrate to attendees how, with a little bit of hardware and easy-to-use software, they can save both time and money while ensuring that Lab prints will match the photographer’s monitor.
To register for the free 1:00 pm (EST) webinar on February 12, visit:https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/772605434
Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Title: Planning and Creating Award Winning Images with Jane Conner-Ziser
Presenter: X-Rite Coloratti Jane Conner-Ziser
Award-winning photographer/retoucher and X-Rite Coloratti Jane Conner-Ziser will share her creative experience and broad professional knowledge, which allows her to take an image from camera concept through post-production work in Photoshop. Attendees will learn how top photographers conceptualize their images, refine them during the photography session and select the best image for competition.
Additionally, Jane will discuss cropping and adjusting an image for the best composition plus retouching, enhancing and presenting an image for maximum impact. Webinar attendees interested in applying what they learn on their own images will hear about common judging criteria and how to avoid common mistakes that many photographers make when choosing images for exhibition or competition.
To register for the free 1:00 pm (EST) webinar on February 24, visit:https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/857763026 B&H
carries X-Rite color calibration products
Post Date: 2/5/2014 8:11:22 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens Review
From image quality and build quality perspectives, there are few lenses that compare to the Zeiss 135mm.
Post Date: 2/5/2014 7:34:56 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA's YouTube Cannel
Share images and videos, print direct from a wireless certified printer, and remotely control your Canon EOS DSLR camera with built-in Wi-Fi.
B&H carries the WiFi capable Canon EOS 70D
and EOS 6D
Post Date: 2/5/2014 7:07:56 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Promote Systems: Major Firmware Update 3.0 for Promote Control Brings Video Control, Improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping Support
HOUSTON, Texas — February 3, 2014 — Promote Systems, designer and manufacturer of electronic accessories for DSLR cameras, announced today a major firmware upgrade for the company’s flagship DSLR remote control, the Promote Control. The Promote Control has long enriched photographers’ creative arsenal with advanced techniques including high-speed HDR bracketing, Focus Stacking, Time-Lapse, high-precision Bulb Ramping with ISO control. Firmware Version 3.0 now adds an exciting video mode, support for Sigma SD1/SD1 Merrill cameras and significant improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping modes, making a great device even better.
The new firmware upgrade is available as a free download at http://promote-control.com/support
OVERVIEW OF KEY NEW FEATURES Video mode
The Promote Control’s new Video mode allows you to remotely control Canon digital SLR cameras capable of Live View video recording. You can remotely control aperture, ISO, shutter speed and even perform a rack focus while recording. Repeated Time-Lapse
You can now automatically repeat a Time-Lapse sequence at pre-defined intervals. This highly requested feature is an invaluable addition to the Promote Control’s Time-Lapse mode allowing easy set-up of long-term projects such as capturing the construction of a building or showing the changing season. The Promote Control gives you the flexibility to set intervals as long as several hours or as short as 1/10 of a second, take an unlimited number of frames and create HDR Time Lapses. In addition, for exceptional results, the device can also be paired with most third-party dollies and motion control heads.
FULL LIST OF NEW FEATURES
- Perform a rack focus.
- Remotely start, stop and change exposure (aperture, speed and ISO) both before and while recording.
- Supported cameras: Canon digital SLR cameras capable of Live View and video recording.
- Automatic switch to Bulb exposure in HDR mode - now with more cameras (Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 1Dx and more).
- Reverse order for HDR bracketing - take bracketed frames from highlights to shadows (longer to shorter exposures respectively), or vise-versa.
- Optional HDR bracket shifts (e.g. shoot an HDR sequence not around your Mid exposure, but shifted up or down).
- Repeated Time-Lapse - automatically repeat a Time-Lapse sequence e.g. every 24 hours, ad infinitum.
- Time-Lapse intervals as short as 1/10 of a second.
- "Time-Lapse exposure setting mode" Setup Setting - elect to set exposure on camera or with Promote Control.
- ND filters can now be specified up to 10EV and with 0.1EV precision.
- Enhanced precision of interval timer.
- Curve shifting - begin the ramping portion sooner or later than originally programmed
- Pause ramping - pictures will continue to be taken, but exposures will remain the same while ramping is paused.
- Intervals can be measured from end of previous exposure to the start of next one. This prevents interval overruns, but may have an effect of your video speeding up or slowing down due to changing the effective interval (when ramping into longer or shorter exposures respectively). Due to this side effect, this interval measuring mode can also be used intentionally for interval ramping.
- "Save/restore camera settings" Setup Setting. If enabled, exposure will be restored to settings from before sequence began.
- Mode switching shortcuts - assign keyboard shortcuts for your favorite Promote Control modes.
- Battery status indicator.
- Nikon/Canon silent / quiet shutter modes are now supported.
All modern Nikon and Canon DSLRs, as well as select Sigma and Sony cameras. For a full list, go to http://www.promote-control.com/compatibility.
B&H carries the Promote Control DSLR Remote Controller.
Post Date: 2/3/2014 5:55:50 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Sigma: Sigma Corporation of America to Release Two MTF Charts for Measurement of Lenses Company releases the data of Geometric and Diffraction MTF charts for Global Vision Lenses
RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — February 3, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced that the company will now release a Geometrical MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) chart in addition to a Diffraction MTF chart when measuring the performance of all new Global Vision lenses.
MTF charts are important because they help photographers better understand the optical quality of lenses. Sigma has traditionally released Diffraction MTF data because it takes the diffraction quality of light into consideration, which can dramatically affect the data outcome. Diffracted light exists at every aperture, giving photographers a more accurate measurement of how the lens will perform in real life. Although Geometric MTF data is easier to measure and calculate since it does not consider the diffraction quality of light, it tends to show higher values in the graph and less defined results.
“As a family-owned organization, we hold ourselves and the products we design to a very high standard,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our customer’s expect high quality products and by sharing both MTF charts for all our new lenses, we are able to help guide them in making the most informed purchase decisions based on how our lenses will perform in actual photography situations.”
As a leader in technology and innovation, Sigma Corporation is committed to showing the true value and quality standards of all Sigma Global Vision lenses. Every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped from the factory in Japan. By making both MTF charts available, Sigma is providing its customers with accurate measurements of its lenses and giving photographers a chance to see the full potential of Sigma’s lenses. B&H
carries Sigma lenses
Post Date: 2/3/2014 1:44:30 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 3rd February 2014
– Canon, world-leader in imaging solutions, will be attending The Photography Show 2014
with an aim to excite everybody with a passion for photography. With talks from special guests, access to Canon experts and a vast interactive display of innovative products, Canon is set to bring photography to life (Stand B10).
Hear first-hand and delve into the journeys of seasoned professionals that have been operating in the industry for years. Learn of their experiences and tips with talks from Canon photographers across different areas of the show, including:
- Jeff Ascough, Wedding Photographer & Canon Ambassador, at The Student Conference
- Clive Booth, Fashion Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Catwalk
- David Noton, Landscape Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Studio
- Danny Green, Wildlife Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Studio
Canon is also supporting those looking to take their first big step in photography with hands on experience at Mollie Takes, a brand new workshop from the team at Mollie Makes. This explores a range of shooting techniques and essential skills when it comes to photographing the things you love.
Canon’s team of experts will be on hand to advise how to make to most of your kit to deliver excellence in everything you capture.
Visitors to the Canon stand will be able to experience a broad range of products that meet the modern and evolving needs of photographers. A full DSLR product line up will be showcased alongside an elevated lens bar showing Canon’s wide selection of EF lenses highlighting new standards of performance and reliability. Visitors to the Canon stand can have hands-on experience with the products and see how each lens can give a new perspective.
To complete the plethora of imaging solutions, Canon will be demonstrating how the PIXMA group of printers can take your shots from digital to physical. Take creative control and be the master of your image journey with Canon’s range of PIXMA professional photo printers, the perfect match for exceptional photography.
Susie Donaldson, Consumer Imaging Marketing Director of Canon UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to be exhibiting the power of image at The Photography Show 2014. By showcasing our offering at an event like this we show how our products can help photographers to consistently deliver the finest results. We’re looking forward to bringing photography to life.”
Birmingham’s NEC is the setting of this inaugural event taking place between Saturday 1st and Tuesday 4th March 2014. Through the highly interactive features, product displays and variety of exhibitions it is set to entertain and engage attendees.
Visit Canon at The Photography Show 2014 from 1st – 4th March at Stand B10.
Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:54:32 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Well, the flashes did not take their own picture, but they at least self-lit this one. You may recognize the above image from the recently-posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash review
. I thought you might want to know a little more about the somewhat unusual image.
This shows 6 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash units
lighting themselves. The flashes were triggered from a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR
with settings of ISO 100, f/11 and 1/200. I used a Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens
set to 57mm.
The six flash units are in their included shoe stands and their heads are angled to -7 degrees (slightly downward). The flashes are sitting on a black back-painted glass desk surface. I am standing on a stool with my feet just under the glass table top and leaning forward until the center AF point was centered in the reflection of the lens. Yes, reflections of me in the glass were an issue. I partly resolved this problem by wrapping a black fleece jacket around my legs.
You would not believe how well this setup lights up dust and other imperfections in the glass. I microfiber-cloth-dusted immediately before and a couple of times during this shoot. But the strong angled light across the black surface still found lots of dust and made it glow. Photoshop's Dust and Scratches noise filter quickly removed most of the dust problem. I used the history brush to restore details that were removed with the dust (including the flash names).
Here is another similar image: Speedlite Art
Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:33:33 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
The RØDE invisiLav is designed to aid the concealing of the Lavalier and smartLav microphones.
Its soft construction absorbs noise and vibration, while the wide, flat profile provides coverage from the elements and allows for versatile mounting. There's two mounting points in scenarios where a redundant mic is required, and cable management on the side.
Available in either a pack of three or a bulk pack of ten, the invisiLav comes with pre-cut, skinsafe adhesive that can be used to stick the invisiLav to either the body or to fabric. The invisiLav itself is also made from a medical grade skin safe material so it can be mounted on the body without fear of irritation. B&H
carries the RØDE invisaLav
Post Date: 2/3/2014 7:04:15 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Via CamRanger: January 31, 2014
– CamRanger LLC is pleased to announce a firmware update for the award winning CamRanger. The newest update allows the photographer or videographer to simultaneously broadcast images or live feed to multiple iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Mac or Windows computers. The CamRanger allows advanced wireless camera control of over three dozen Canon DSLR and Nikon DSLR cameras and wireless tethering to an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows computer, including the option of wireless shooting into Lightroom. The CamRanger provides advanced remote control of the Canon or Nikon DSLR camera including changing settings, touch focus, remote live view, setting up advanced bracketing, intervalometer (time-lapse), automatic focus stacking, movie recording, as well as rating, comparing and viewing images.
The firmware update for the CamRanger allows the photographer to take photos from either the camera or from an iPad (or iPhone, Android device, Mac or Windows computer) and have clients, directors, colleagues, or students view the images or live feed from their own device using the “CamRanger Share” application which is specific for each platform. If the photographer or videographer has watermarks turned on then the person using the CamRanger Share app will see watermarks as well on their own device. Dave Pawlowski, lead developer, states, “We are pleased to provide the sharing feature to our customers as it will be a great help to photographers in the studio and classroom.”
In addition to adding the ability to share images the firmware update allows the photographer to bridge into an existing WiFi network. The CamRanger creates its own WiFi network, but if the photographer wants to bridge into a network to extend the WiFi range, or post images to the Internet or FTP server immediately, then this feature gives the photographer this option.
The CamRanger firmware update is available for no additional charge at CamRanger.com. The associated software is found at CamRanger.com. The CamRanger retails for $299.99 and is designed, developed and supported in the USA. B&H
carries the CamRanger
Post Date: 1/31/2014 2:20:34 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From the Flag Kickstarter Page
Flag is a phone and tablet app that prints your photos and mails them to you, your family or friends, for free. Ad Supported Photo Printing
You can’t hang an iPad on a wall, you can’t mail an iPhone in a birthday card, and not every friend and relative uses the same social networks you do. That's why we love to print photos.
Unfortunately printing is expensive, often of poor quality, and not as flexible or fun as finishing photos with apps and filters. Flag is an app for iPhone that will change that.
Flag will be beautiful, clean and simple.
Flag’s ‘peekable thumbs’ view addresses the challenge of displaying photos on phones and tablets without compromise or waste. You can see the whole of a portrait or landscape image, without tapping to open it up, by tilting your device. (NB: unlike this animation our test code is buttery smooth).
Flag allows anyone (within the US to start) to print and mail a pack of 20 photos each month for free. You can keep the prints yourself, or send them to the people you love. If you want more than 20 a month you can buy as many as you need.
To make photo printing fun – for the first time by our reckoning – we’ve designed a photo finishing system ready for the 21st century. Museum quality (Giclée) printers, German 220 gram photo paper from sustainable sources, laser cutters, and robots with carbon fiber arms will allow Flag to deliver prints, for free, that are better than any you can pay for today. We want to turn your memories into mementos you can be proud of.
Read more Flag on the project's Kickstarter Page
Post Date: 1/31/2014 12:46:50 PM CT Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network
has an Infobank article called "Exposure settings: ISO speed in the digital age"
which explains the history and develpment of our photographic light-sensitivity standard.
I found the article both interesting and informative, so I thought I'd share it. [Sean]
Post Date: 1/31/2014 10:03:13 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash Review
With the just posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
reviews, I guess that I could deem this Canon Speedlite week. Today's review covers Canon's smallest, lightest and least expensive flash – the 90EX.
While it was introduced and advertised with the Canon EOS M
, the 90EX flash is compatible with all Canon EOS DSLRs
. The 90EX has very low power output, but its optical wireless remote control capabilities are a huge value.
Read the full review
to learn more about this great little device.
For great deals on the 90EX, check out the white box version at B&H
($99.00) or this eBay auction
Post Date: 1/31/2014 8:38:03 AM CT Posted By: Bryan