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 Monday, July 30, 2012
Canon Inc. has once again announced that it plans to acquire shares of its own stock (announcement PDF). This time, up to 21.0 million shares (up to 50 billion yen worth) of common stock is planned to be acquired between July 31, 2012 to September 10, 2012.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 10:25:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
What would you shoot with a Gigapan?
 
David Bergman chose the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
 
"Photographer David Bergman created this Gigapan during the 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Park in London, UK. He made the composite photo by shooting 425 individual photos in a grid pattern (25 across by 17 down) during a one-hour time period as the athletes entered the stadium. The final high-resolution image is 81,992 X 37,520 -- more than three billion pixels."
 
(thanks Sean)
Category: Gigapan News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 10:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 29, 2012
eBay (via Beach Camera) has the awesome bundle of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body DSLR and EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS Lens featured as a Daily Deal for only $4,999.99 shipped (compare at $5,998.00 - save nearly $1,000). Plus, "You'll earn $100.00 in eBay Bucks."
 Saturday, July 28, 2012
Hot deal: Through Monday, July 30th, use coupon code EOS712 to save 15% and get free shipping on refurbished Canon EOS DSLRs at the Canon Store. This promo excludes EOS Bundles, EOS Clearance and the 5D Mark II.
 
Coupon code SHIP712 remains available for free shipping on orders over $100.00.
 
Here are the deals currently available:
 
EOS 7D and EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Kit - $1,599.20 --> $1,359.32
EOS 7D and EF 28-135mm IS Lens Kit - $1,519.20 --> $1,291.32
EOS 7D Body - $1,359.00 --> $1,155.15
EOS 60D and EF-S 18-200mm IS Lens Kit - $1,119.20 --> $951.32
EOS 60D and EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Kit - $1,039.20 --> 883.32
EOS 60D Body - $799.99 --> 679.99
EOS Rebel T3i and EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit - $639.99 --> $543.92
EOS Rebel T3i Body - $559.99 --> $475.99
EOS Rebel T2i and EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens Kit - $559.99 --> $475.99
EOS Rebel T2i Body - $479.99 --> $407.99
EOS Rebel T1i and EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens Kit - $479.99 --> $407.99
EOS Rebel T3 Black EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit - $439.99 --> $373.92
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2012 12:13:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Need an inexpensive and very portable background kit with very nice background screen design options? Check out the new Westcott X-Drop Background Kits now in stock at Adorama. (thanks Sean)
Post Date: 7/28/2012 12:11:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day features the PNY Attache III 32GB and 64GB USB Flash Drives at "Over 50% Off". Maybe not 50% off compared to current street price, but still good deals at $17.99 and $32.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2012 9:56:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 27, 2012
Hot deal: Starting tomorrow, 7/28, use coupon code EOS712 to save 15% and get free shipping on refurbished Canon EOS DSLRs at the Canon Store. This promo excludes EOS Bundles, EOS Clearance and the 5D Mark II.
 
Coupon code SHIP712 remains available for free shipping on orders over $100.00.
Tomorrow (7/28 ET) only: Use coupon code PRINT30 to save 30% on refurbished Canon Printers at the Canon Store. Shipping is free and a Canon X Mark I Black Calculator (nice) is also included for free.
For 12 hours only, "from 11AM (EST) on 7/28 to 11PM (EST) on 7/28", use coupon code MX410PRINT to get the Canon MX410 Office All-In-One PIXMA Printer for $49.99 AR (compare at $85.00 for printer) Canon Store. Shipping is free and a Canon X Mark I Black Calculator (nice) is also included for free.
Measurements along with flare, distortion and vignetting test results have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review and Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review pages.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2012 2:45:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Review page.
 
Note that these results are from the Canon EOS 60D. More 60D results are coming.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2012 2:23:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 26, 2012
Adorama has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera Body in a unique bundle - with the Apple New iPad 32GB and Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit - for $1,375.95 with free shipping (save $100.00).
From the CompactFlash Association:
 
The CompactFlash Association Invites Participation on CFast 2.0
 
CFast 2.0 Format Leverages SATA-3 to Deliver up to 600MB/sec Sequential Transfers
 
Cupertino, California – April 16, 2012 – The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the development of the CFast 2.0 specification, sponsored by SanDisk. The CFast 2.0 specification will be developed in the CFast workgroup and will leverage the CFast 1.1 specification which was released September 2008. Additional participation in this specification development will be welcomed.
 
CFast1.1 (SATA-2) cards and connectors are already available in the marketplace. CFast 2.0 will leverage the same connector interface as CFast 1.1 and the SATA-3 interface for higher performance. Host manufacturers will be able to leverage their experience and investment in the ATA storage protocol and media manufacturers will be able to leverage high volume solid state disk (SSD) controller technology to serve the high performance requirements of this market. The new format will have VPG (Video Performance Guarantee) capability with profiles capable of supporting digital intermediate formats such as ProResTM, DPXTM, and DNxHD TM.
 
The key features of the CFast 2.0 format will include:

  • Professional form-factor
  • Dimensions : 42.8mm x 36.4mm x 3.6mm
  • Durable & Robust
  • High Performance Interface
  • SATA-3: 6Gbps (up to 600MB/sec)
  • Video Performance Guarantee
  • Support for VPG New Profiles
  • Superior Power Management
  • 5mW standby power

“The CFast 2.0 format will enable hardware and imaging applications to leverage their ATA storage protocol investments. The Video Performance Guarantee Features of CFast 2.0 will widen its appeal to the requirements of higher end video applications,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.
 
If you would like to participate in developing the CFast 2.0 specfication, please contact the CFA office to inquire about membership and/or joining the CFast Workgroup or the CFA website http://www.compactflash.org. CFA is targeting for the CFast2.0 specification to be available in the second half of 2012.
 
The CFA (logo), CF (logo), CF+ and CFast are trademarks of the CFA and are licensed royalty free to its members. The CFA is a licensee of the CompactFlash® and XQD trademarks and in turn will license it royalty free to its members.
 
Contacts:
 
Mike Asao
CompactFlash Association
P.O. Box 130
Cupertino, CA 95015-0130
+1-650-843-1220
mikeasao@compactflash.org

Post Date: 7/26/2012 6:19:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras Fly High In First-Ever Movie Filmed Completely on Airplanes
 
The Extreme Mobility and Exceptional Image Quality Make the Canon EOS C300 Camera the Ideal Choice for Filming Inside Confined Areas like the Limited Space of Commercial Airline Cabins
 
Canon Cinema EOS C300 Airplane Movie Behind the Scenes
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 26, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that "Departure Date," the first motion picture to be filmed entirely onboard airliners in flight, was shot using Canon EOS C300 digital cinema cameras. The film was shot in nine days on three commercial flights at an altitude of 35,000 feet, spanning across 28,000 miles and three continents. Written and directed by Kat Coiro, "Departure Date" is a film about Jake (Emmy-nominated actor, Ben Feldman), who finds and loses the love of his life (Nicky Whelan) on a Sydney to Los Angeles Virgin Australia flight, meets his depressing future (in characters played by Philip Baker Hall, Janeane Garofalo, and Luis Guzman) on a Virgin America Los Angeles to Dallas flight, and is motivated to go get the girl on a Virgin Atlantic Los Angeles to London flight. "Departure Date" premiered on June 17th at the L.A. Film Festival.
 
"Virgin has a long history of groundbreaking firsts, and shooting the first film at 35,000 feet certainly continues that tradition," said Virgin Produced Head of Commercial Production Huntley Ritter. "We pride ourselves on the quality of the content we deliver in any medium, and the Canon products we utilized on this production and have used in the past have always exceeded expectations. We look forward to working with Canon for years to come."
 
"I knew it would be a challenge to figure out how to get it done just in terms of lighting, mobility, electrical power, and airport security," states director of photography Doug Chamberlain. "I looked at the Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera and was immediately convinced that it's the perfect tool for shooting 'Departure Date.' The EOS C300 is a very production-friendly camera."
 
Compact, lightweight, and designed to deliver exceptional full 1920 x 1080 HD images, the Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera is the product of decades of Canon's expertise designing advanced image sensors, lenses, and digital imaging processors. Engineered for filmmakers at all levels, the Canon EOS C300 features a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III image processor, for superb cinematic image quality, and a 50 Mbps 4:2:2 MPEG-2 codec for faithful image capture. It records to two CF (Compact Flash) cards through dual slots, with a choice of serial or parallel (for backup) recording, providing up to 80 minutes of recording time on each 32GB card.
 
Simple to operate, the camera is available in two models: the EOS C300 equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon's extensive line-up of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS digital SLR cameras and EF Cinema lenses; and the EOS C300 PL with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses including Canon's EF Cinema lenses with PL mounts. Both C300 models employ the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format) for smooth workflow compatibility and include features such as Canon-Log that ensures capture of the full 12 T-stop exposure latitude of which the camera is capable.
 
Chamberlain used PL-mount compact prime lenses with his Canon EOS C300 camera to shoot "Departure Date." The compact size and long recording times provided by the Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera proved essential for shooting in the tight confines of airline cabins, according to Chamberlain.
 
"Fortunately, at under four pounds, the C300 is actually quite light," he said. "It proved to be everything we needed in terms of the extreme mobility required to shoot in such a small space. I was able to move quickly and efficiently, and back the camera right up against the bulkhead or the window and still get my shots. I don't think I could have done that with many other cameras."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/26/2012 11:22:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made the EOS Rebel T4i owner's manual is available for download (it has been available for a few weeks, but not posted here prior to this).
 
The download link will remain available at the top of the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/26/2012 11:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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