MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, along with Ron Howard (two-time Academy Award Winner) and Josh Hutcherson (star of "The Hunger Games" franchise), have announced the names of 15 finalists in the Project Imagination: The Trailer contest. The contest, which drew a flood of submissions, encouraged people of all skill levels to turn their photos and video footage into movie trailers with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks.
The public is now able to vote through June 10 on the 15 finalists at imagination.usa.canon.com and then Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson will select one winning trailer based on its overall impression, inspiration and imagination. The film is set to go into production this summer and will be written and directed by Kat Candler ("Hellion").
"As a veteran filmmaker, I appreciate the value of edge-of-your seat creativity in filmmaking, and that's what Project Imagination: The Trailer is all about," said Howard. "Josh and Kat are the perfect complements to what's sure to be an exhilarating exploration into the inspirational value of trailers."
"What's most exciting about this process is that I don't know what to expect," said Hutcherson.
"We were thrilled by the number of truly creative trailers that were submitted," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And, we know that Ron, Josh and Kat will honor the power of everyday moments to inspire something really fascinating."
The 15 chosen finalists are:
JR Poli of North Lauderdale, Fla., with "Everything is Mean"
Anna Fuller of Louisville, Ky., with "A Reader and a Writer"
Jan Garcia of Union City, Calif., with "The Life and Times"
Ben Alagna of Los Angeles, Calif., with "Siren"
Ryan McDowell of Campbell, Calif., with "Borderless"
Mina Park of Los Angeles, Calif., with "Calling Card"
Rachel Bingham of Sandy, Utah, with "Ninja School"
Zack Murray of Odessa, Fla., with "Spin"
Jonathan Spencer of Charleston, Mass., with "The 18-Hour Proposal"
Matt Sconce of Oakhurst, Calif., with "The Hunt"
Ryan Lawson of Chicago, Ill., with "Bubbles"
Giordan Moore of Springfield, Mass., with "The Clumsy Shoveler"
Marc Geiger of Lancaster, Calif., with "Stuck"
Mark Mukherjee of Tampa, Fla., with "Tainted Water"
Nic Thorson of Sherman Oaks, Calif., with "Project Six"
For the third iteration of Project Imagination, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company are once again producing the film, this time with Josh Hutcherson.
TOKYO, May 28, 2015 — Canon Inc. announced today the celebration this year of the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Company’s EOS 5D series of digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Launched in September 2005, the EOS 5D enabled advanced-amateur users to take advantage of the impressive high-image-quality performance and photographic expression unique to digital SLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame sensor, which, at the time, primarily targeted only professional-level users.
At the time of its launch in September 2005, full-frame CMOS sensors were only made available in professional-level models. In addition to being the first advanced-amateur digital SLR camera to incorporate a sensor of this size, the EOS 5D was offered at a competitive price, contributing to the popularization of full-frame-sensor cameras.
Furthermore, in November 2008, Canon launched the second-generation model in the series: the EOS 5D Mark II. The camera, which was the first in the EOS series to include a function enabling the capture of Full HD video, facilitated the widespread adoption of digital SLR cameras as a tool for capturing video. The EOS 5D Mark II made big waves in the motion picture and video production industries by delivering the exceptional image quality and impressive subject background blur unique to SLR cameras, while also allowing users to take advantage of Canon’s rich interchangeable EF lens lineup spanning over 64 models, enabling a wide spectrum of imaging expression possibilities.
In March 2012, Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark III, featuring dramatic improvements in still-image and video quality as well as enhanced AF precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed. Since its launch, the EOS 5D Mark III has garnered high acclaim in the market and, as the Company’s core advanced-amateur digital SLR camera, has come to serve as a driving force for the EOS series.
Canon, through the in-house production of all key parts for its EOS series digital cameras, has made possible a highly robust lineup, ensuring that each and every model within the series, including EOS 5D-series models, is equipped with the optimal sensor. To support the diverse needs of users, Canon will further strengthen its entire EOS-series interchangeable-lens camera lineup, including the EOS 5D series, which enjoys the widespread support of professional and advanced-amateur users alike, with the aim of contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.
Highlights Include New EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera, XC10 4K Camcorder, and DP-V2410 4K Reference Monitor
MELVILLE, N.Y, MAY 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest 4K digital cinema products for professionals in the motion picture, television production, and video content creation industries in Booth #12 at Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles 2015 from Friday, June 5 through Saturday, June 6.
In the Paramount Theatre during the Expo will be three Canon-hosted educational panel discussions, featuring industry professionals discussing their craft, and how Canon products have helped power their work. The panel discussion schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Amazon Studios' Transparent: Capturing Intimate Scenes in 4K with the EOS C500 Camera featuring Jim Frohna (DP), Corinne Bogdanowicz (Colorist), and Zoe Van Brunt (2nd AC).
Saturday June 6, 12:45 - 1:45 pm - A First Look at the EOS C300 Mark II Camera with Gale Tattersall featuring Gale Tattersall (DP), Tony Gutierrez (1st AC) and Ari Robbins (Steadicam Operator).
Saturday June 6, 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Documentary Panel Discussion featuring Jenna Rosher (DP, "An Open Secret", "Janis: Little Girl Blue"), Svetlana Cvetko (DP, "Brand: A Second Coming", "Inequality for All") and Jerry Henry (DP, "City of Gold").
New My Passport Drives Now Feature Up to 3 TB Capacity, Easier Backup Software and Personalization Options
IRVINE, Calif. – May 27, 2015 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB1 and in four stylish colors2 - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. WD is also introducing a new optional accessory – WD Grip Pack – a soft band, available in a variety of colors, which encircles the drive, offering consumers an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.
“With more photos being taken than ever before, it’s critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere,” said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. “The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colors and WD Grip Pack.”
My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and 500 GB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption3 – delivering a high level of security with no impact to write-speed or CPU activity. If your My Passport Ultra falls into the wrong hands, the 256-bit AES hardware encryption protects users’ files, folders, photos, videos and music with a password known only to them. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. My Passport for Mac portable drives are available in capacities of 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and also feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption with USB 3.0 connectivity.
Sold separately, the WD Grip Pack accessory for My Passport Ultra is available in five colors (smoke, slate, grape, sky and fuchsia) and, when wrapped around one of the four colors of My Passport Ultra drives, enables consumers to create a total of twenty possible color combinations. The WD Grip Pack comes with a color-matched 18-inch flat USB 3.0 cable, creating a stylish complete solution.
My Passport Ultra’s built-in WD Backup software is a simple-to-use application with focus on reducing frustration when setting up a backup plan to preserve data. Since 31% of devices have had malware at some point, having your data safely backed up onto a secondary device like a My Passport drive is critical to preserving precious data.
Pricing and Availability
My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable drives are available today at select retailers, including Amazon (My Passport Ultra) and distributors. My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have a Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) ranging from $79.99 up to $199.99 depending on capacity (3 TB capacity available next month). Both the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac will offer a 3-year limited warranty. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty. WD Grip Pack accessories will be available in June and will have an MSRP of $12.99.
Sports lens is significantly more-ruggedly constructed
Sports lens is significantly heavier – including the hood, measured in-use weights are 6.96 lbs (3.16kg) compared to 4.49 lbs (2.04kg)
Sports lens is moderately larger in both length and diameter (especially with the hoods in place) and the zoom extension is a bit longer
Contemporary lens has a 1/3 stop wider aperture over a small subset of the focal length range
Contemporary lens has a larger zoom ring with no contour in diameter mid-ring
Sports lens has a more-serious manual focus ring that is significantly larger with much more grip surface
Contemporary lens utilizes smaller (but still large) 95mm filters vs. 105mm
Contemporary zoom ring rotates 146° vs. the Sport's 126°
Sports lens has very rigid aluminum hood with rubberized end and thumbscrew lockdown vs. bayonet mount lightweight plastic hood
Both lenses feature a rubberized push/pull zoom grip surface, but the Sports has a ridge for a more-sure pull-back grip
Sports model has a smoother and stronger non-removable tripod mount ring and foot with a better-positioned lock knob, click detents at 90°, a much larger (and removable) foot with 3 threaded inserts (vs. 1) and dual neck strap attachment points
Contemporary model has a removable tripod mount ring with a rubber-like replacement ring
Sports model has a classier look
Contemporary lens has a lower profile switch bank
Based on side-by-side testing at multiple times, my perception is that the Contemporary focuses slightly faster, but the Sports has been more consistently accurate at the wide end
Sports lens has integrated shoulder strap on the back of its case while Contemporary lens has removable neck strap that attaches to opposite sides of its case
Sports lens has dust & splash proof "construction" while the Contemporary has a dust & splash proof "mount"
Sports lens has two FLD (“F” Low Dispersion with performance similar to flourite) and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements vs. one FLD and three SLD glass elements
Sports lens has 24 elements in 16 groups while the Contemporary has 20 in 14
Sports lens gets water & oil repellent coating on both front & rear elements while the Contemporary gets this coating on the rear element only
PPA’s See The Difference Campaign Educates Consumers on the Value of Hiring a Professional Photographer
Atlanta, Ga. – May 26, 2015 – Photographers looking for a new way to help their clients See The Difference between professionals and amateurs need look no further than Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Consumers may not have all the necessary information to understand the difference between a professional and an amateur photographer. PPA’s See The Difference campaign shows consumers “the difference” when evaluating photographers. PPA photographers can also download free videos, logos, customizable brochures, and other educational materials to share with their clients.
PPA has rolled out six new videos to help photographers educate their clients and prospects. Whether a photographer specializes in wedding, high school senior or family photography, these new videos will help consumers see the value in hiring a professional.
#PhotoFail Wedding Video – Brides-to-be read true horror stories and talk about why it’s so important to use professional photographers to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments.
Moments You Can’t Get Back Video – Real moms share heart-wrenching stories about their families and discuss how professional photographers helped them preserve family memories.
Customer Service and Support Facility Recognized for Environmental Stewardship by the U.S. Green Building Council
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Canon Experience Center, located in Costa Mesa, California, has been awarded LEED Gold certification, a recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. Officially opened in November 2014, this Center offers award-winning service and support to customers, clients and partners - ranging from repair operations, on-site educational programs and a nearly 5,000 square-foot state-of-the-art showroom that displays products ranging from the PowerShot family to the Cinema EOS lineup to large format imagePROGRAF printers. The 38,000 square-foot facility was renovated with environmentally conscious elements aimed to help secure the certification.
"The Canon Experience Center is yet another example showcasing Canon U.S.A.'s ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible buildings and operations," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "By designing and constructing the building to LEED Gold, Canon continues to build on its legacy of looking to the future. Its investment in sustainable building today will pay dividends to all of us for years to come."
Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that recognizes buildings, homes and neighborhoods that are designed, constructed, operated and maintained to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient. The level of LEED certification earned is determined by the number of credits achieved in key areas within each of the LEED credit categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
The Canon Experience Center features several environmentally conscious elements that help meet LEED requirements, including:
More than 95 percent of the existing building was utilized to extend the life cycle of the standing building stock, conserve resources, reduce construction waste and reduce environmental impact during renovation.
More than 75 percent of all construction waste was diverted from landfills through waste sorting and recycling.
The use of native vegetation for landscaping helped reduce reliance on irrigation systems and reduced outdoor potable water consumption by over 50 percent.
The use of efficient, low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the space helped obtain a 40 percent indoor potable water savings.
The facility uses 38 percent less energy than conventional buildings through the use of efficient lighting fixtures, motion sensors and an efficient HVAC system.
"Canon is committed to helping to build a more sustainable environment for generations to come," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are proud to be recognized for our sustainable efforts and conduct operations with our customers in a facility that demonstrates this commitment."
The Canon Experience Center joins two of Canon's other properties that have earned LEED ratings. Canon Americas Headquarters, located in Melville, New York is the largest commercial property on Long Island to achieve LEED Gold certification, and Canon's distribution center in Norcross, Georgia was awarded LEED v4 certification in the "Building Design and Construction - Warehouses and Distribution Centers" category - the first warehouse to receive this version of LEED.
BCCI Construction spearheaded the renovation construction of the Canon Experience Center; Ware Malcomb was responsible for the architecture and interior design. For additional information about the facility and its offerings, visit usa.canon.com/cec.
LONDON, 27 May 2015 – Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, is sponsoring the ‘Hack the Visual’ 48-hour hackathon event, to engage with talent in London’s Tech City and support the creation of new digital imaging ideas and applications to enrich people’s lives.
The event, organised by Imaging Mind – 26 to 28 June at IDEALondon – aims to bring together over 100 participants and challenge them to uncover the hidden possibilities of imaging and technology and bring new perspectives on visual culture.
“Digital technology has transformed visual culture over the past couple of decades. With almost one trillion images forecast to be taken this year alone, we believe the way people will live with photos will be profoundly different in the future. We see a huge opportunity to innovate in this field by embracing today’s creative technologists,” says Alberto Spinelli, Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe.
“Last month we acquired London based start-up Lifecake, accelerating the development of our digital consumer services proposition. The Hack the Visual event will help us to build relationships with more talent in this space that we can potentially help nurture and grow and pave the way to broadening our digital ecosystem,” Spinelli continued.
“Anyone with a passion for visuals, regardless of whether that stems from a technology or an art perspective, is welcome. The best ideas are generated when teams come from a diverse mix of backgrounds and experience. We want people to embrace the true spirit of a hackathon, to share, collaborate, have fun and really run wild with their ideas." commented Floris van Eck, CEO, Imaging Mind.
Canon will provide prizes at the event and will continue to look for opportunities to collaborate and further explore the winning concepts with the finalists.
Details on the Hack the Visual event and how to register as a participant in the competition can be found at www.hackthevisual.com
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Canon Asia has posted a two-part developer's interview with the team that designed the EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras. There is a lot of technical information in the articles, but I'm finding the material to be quite fascinating so far (I'm about midway through them right now). [Sean]