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 Thursday, January 12, 2017
Have you ever wondered how this site's product images are created? If so, you'll want to check out our most recent addition to the Photography Tips page:

 
Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens/Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens Comparison

The Ideal, Simple, General Purpose Product Photography Setup (How this Site's Product Images are Captured)
In it, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Bryan's product photography setup, details on the gear he utilizes to create the classic, white background product imagery found throughout the site and a few tips for creating your own product images.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/12/2017 7:52:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 12, 2017—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. 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 U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2016
 
YearRanking*No. of
patents
20161st (3rd)3,665
20151st (3rd)4,127
20141st (3rd)4,048
20131st (3rd)3,820
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,366
20051st (2nd)1,829

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies
 
Note: Number of patents for 2016 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2017 6:08:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Great Big Story YouTube Channel:
 
During the dark winter months in Finland, one man fills the night with light. Hannu Huhtamo is a light painter. The artist takes long exposure photographs and uses flashlights and other simple tools to transform dark and sometimes forgotten places into magical new worlds—no Photoshop required.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/12/2017 5:58:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro FIT29AIH1 iTrip Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with IH1 Ball Head available for $89.95 with free shipping. Compare at $154.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 60.8"
  • Min Height: 16.3"
  • Folded Length: 21.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Simple Ball Head
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Plate
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/12/2017 5:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 
MotoCrane is scheduled to launch a universal automotive camera crane system this year with the following specifications:
 
Max Speed: 80 MPH
Max Acceleration: 1g lateral, longitudinal
Lens Height from Roof: 3' above, 3' below
Boom Length: 6' from center, 9' total
Max Controlled Speeds: ARMA: 4 sec 360º Swing | ACRO: 1 sec 360º Pan
Operating Temp: MIN: -30ºF, MAX: 120ºF *Over-heat protection
Weather: Water resistant
 
Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or expected availability, but it's bound to be less expensive than the widely used Russian Arms.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: MotoCrane News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 1:32:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Adorama has the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens for Canon available for $439.00 with free shipping after a $40.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $539.00 after rebate.
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Post Date: 1/11/2017 11:38:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon has released a new update to its popular Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP4) software. Version 4.5.20 adds support for older cameras including EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 400D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi), EOS 350D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT), PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100, and PowerShot S100V along with support for the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens
 
Since its launch in 2014, Digital Photo Professional 4 has grown to support over 50 DSLR and PowerShot cameras. As well as supporting all the current professional full-frame DSLRs in the Canon range, this latest update now supports a wider range of older models and addresses a few other issues such as:
 
  • Improved accuracy of the lens data of Digital Lens Optimizer for EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lenses.
  • Fixed the problem where it takes time to display a preview image on the high resolution display.
  • Fixed the phenomenon on the Mac OS in which RAW images imported via remote shooting are not displayed for preview in some cases.
Commenting on this latest DPP4 update, Mike Burnhill, Canon Europe’s Professional Imaging Technical Support Programme manager, told CPN: “DPP continues to prove itself as a popular workflow tool for those photographers dedicated to maintaining an all-Canon workflow from capture to print. Canon developed DPP to work seamlessly with Canon cameras and we are delighted more and more users are discovering its workflow benefits. We have been listening to customers and expanding support for new and existing models within DPP.”
 
Download: Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.5.20
 


Picture Style Editor 1.17.20
 
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.17.20:
 
  • Supports PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Download: Canon Picture Style Editor 1.17.20
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 9:47:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ISO noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS M5 Review.
 
The word was that the M5 would have identical image quality to the Canon EOS 80D. Looking at the EOS M5 vs. 80D comparison, I see some slight differences. When I first loaded and compared the M5 results, I thought that I miss-focused the lens. Five tests later, I concluded that the M5 was turning in very slightly softer results than the 80D. However, it is likely the RAW processing is what is different. In DPP's Quick Check window, the M5 results are slightly sharper than the 80D results. In DPP's Edit window and in the processed TIFF files, it is the 80D that appears sharper.
 
What I think I like better is the EOS M5's reduced high ISO noise grain.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 in stock.
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Post Date: 1/11/2017 7:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello Softbox for Portable Flash (Small, 6 x 6.75") available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $29.95.
 
This kind of small softbox is especially good for on-location macro use and takes up very little space in your gear bag.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Most On-Camera Flash Units
  • Reduces Harshness and Softens Shadows
  • Compact and Convenient Design
  • Foldable Inner Diffuser
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Elastic Strap with Touch Tab Fastener
  • Strap Loop & Rubberized Mounting Tabs
  • Folds Flat for Storage
  • Zippered Carrying Case Included
Note: Two additional Vello softboxes are also reduced.
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/11/2017 7:35:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Richard Curtis, Adobe Systems UK Principal Solution Consultant in Digital Imaging, writes exclusively for CPN on how to get the best from Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile app.
See the entire article and video on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 6:29:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the ikan DH7 7" Full HD HDMI Monitor with 4K Signal Support available for $319.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" 1920x1200 HDMI Monitor
  • 300 Nit Brightness/800:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Includes Canon and Sony Battery Plates
  • 178° Viewing Angle
  • Monochrome Peaking
  • False Color
  • Clip Guides
  • 1:1 Pixel Mapping
  • Includes Shoe-Mount & Sun Hood
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/11/2017 6:21:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 10, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The Canon Par Excellence Award recognizes imaging excellence through cooperation between Canon USA, Inc, and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Announced in 2008 at Imaging USA in Tampa, FL, this award represents the pinnacle of achievement at the PPA regional level.
 
Canon USA is committed to recognizing and supporting the photographic efforts of the Professional Photographers of America. The criterion for this award set it well above awards initiated by other corporate sponsors, and make it highly sought after. It serves as both an inspiration and an honor to participating members of the PPA.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/10/2017 1:01:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The following cameras have been added to the site's Camera Comparison Images:
 
  • Canon EOS M5
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Canon EOS M10
  • Sony a7R II
B&H carries the Canon EOS M3 / M5 / M10 and Sony a7R II mirrorless cameras.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/10/2017 7:59:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Oben CT-3451 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 61.3"
  • Min Height: 8.9"
  • Folded Length: 17.1"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.5 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • 2 x Bubble Levels
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/10/2017 5:42:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Manfrotto 190Go! 4-Section Aluminum Tripod Black w/Manfrotto MVH502AH Video Head available for $229.88 with free shipping. Regularly $349.88.
 
Specifications
 
attaches by:3/8 attachment type
center column:rapid
Color:Black
column tube diameter:0 63/64 in / 25mm
leg angles:25/46/66/88 deg
material:aluminum
closed length:17.72 in / 45 cm
leg sections:four
maximum height:57.48 in / 146 cm
maximum height w/
center column down:
48.03 in / 122 cm
minimum height:2.76 in / 7 cm
safety payload:15.43 lbs / 7 kg
weight:3.68 lbs / 1.670 kg
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