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 Wednesday, November 21, 2012
From Canon Global:
 
TOKYO, November 21, 2012 — Canon Inc. announced today that the company will sponsor four of the International Skating Union's most prestigious figure skating competitions, spanning the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.
 
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2012 logo
 
Canon will sponsor a total of four International Figure Skating Championships: the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. As part of this sponsorship, Canon will provide products, technologies and services to contribute to the success of each event.
 
At numerous sporting competitions both in Japan and overseas, Canon has provided behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering these events, including camera and lens maintenance services and product loans. To further improve on-site media support at all eight Canon-sponsored competitions spanning the two seasons, the company is planning to establish a camera service center at each event to assist the numerous journalists and sports photographers from various countries and regions across the world.
 
Through the use of Canon products and technologies, the company will continue contributing to the advancement of sports.
 
Event Schedule:
 
2012 - 2013 Schedule

EventsDatesLocation
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2012Dec. 6-9, 2012Sochi, Russia
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2013Feb. 6-11, 2013Osaka, Japan
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2013Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2013Milan, Italy
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013Mar. 10-17, 2013London, Canada

2013 - 2014 Schedule

EventsDatesLocation
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2013Dec. 5-8, 2013Fukuoka, Japan
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2014Jan. 20-26, 2014Taipei, Taiwan
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2014Mar. 10-16, 2014Sofia, Bulgaria
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 20142013Mar. 24-30, 2014Saitama, Japan

Post Date: 11/21/2012 10:00:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 05, 2012
Canon has just announced the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens (Canon USA press release).
 
I have prepared previews of these new lenses on the review placeholder pages - including comparison charts:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review
 
Preorder the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens at: B&H, Adorama
 
Preorder the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens at: B&H, Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2012 10:08:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I've been complaining about Canon's antiquated side-pinch-only lens cap design for years. Finally, Canon has listened and announced new side-and-center-pinch caps. Hopefully they will sell these in bulk packs.
 
From Canon UK:
 
New lens caps – designed for greater ease and convenience
 
Canon Mark II Center-Pinch Lens Caps
 
Canon's 'Mark II' centre-pinch lens caps. From left to right: 82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm.
 
Both new lenses also come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps, which incorporate a hook mechanism in the centre of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2012 10:35:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 17, 2012
Smaller and lighter than a Canon EOS 7D and autofocusing down to -3 EV is the just-announced Canon EOS 6D (press release).
 
Visit the Canon EOS 6D Review page for comparison images, charts, links to the Canon USA and UK press releases and more.
 
Canon EOS Remote is an app that EOS 6D owners will definitely want.
 
Canon (Japan) has posted image and video samples from the Canon EOS 6D.
 
Pre-order opportunities:
 
B&H - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Adorama - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Amazon - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
 
International pre-order opportunities:
 
Amazon Japan - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just announced are the Canon PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110 and PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras (press release).
 
Eye catching in this announcement is the AF speed improvement over the prior models:
 
Canon PowerShot High Speed AF
 
Read the full press release for the details. The new Canon PowerShot Spec Comparison Chart is also worth-reading.
 
Pre-order opportunities:
 
Amazon - PowerShot G15 | PowerShot S110 | PowerShot SX50 HS
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:09:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just announced: Canon PIXMA PRO-10 and PRO-100 Printers (their prices differ by nearly as much as their model numbers).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:08:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has today introduced five imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers (press release).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:08:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 29, 2012
 Tuesday, August 21, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
NEW POWERSHOT CAMERAS ‘ZOOM PHOTOGRAPHERS IN’ CLOSE TO THE ACTION AND OFFER FAST AUTO FOCUS SPEEDS TO HELP CAPTURE THE MOMENT IN STUNNING QUALITY
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Canon PowerShot digital camera lineup designed for the on-the-go photographer looking for large extended zoom in compact easy-to-use cameras. For all those times when the action is just out of reach, Canon offers two new super-zoom solutions, the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras featuring an impressive 30x and 16x optical zoom, respectively. Both cameras are equipped with Canon’s latest advancements in auto focus (AF) technology enhancing AF speeds over previous SX-series cameras[i] to capture the excitement in brilliant clarity and quality. The extremely responsive high-speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with significantly reduced lag time. With incredible zoom capabilities, fast responsive AF, stunning resolution and easy-to-use features, both cameras are stylish and compact to take along for any occasion to help you get a good shot from the back of a school theatre or the sidelines of a game.
 
Borrowing from Canon’s optics expertise, these new models include long-reaching zoom and Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization technology which analyzes the scene being shot and compensates for camera movement for steady images and video even while panning or walking. In addition to the great optical features, both of these new cameras are also equipped with Canon’s Smart AUTO mode – which will automatically apply optimum image settings for 32 different shooting scenarios. In this mode, the camera automatically identifies the ideal setting, making high-quality images easy for anyone to capture.
 
“In photography, there is no substitution for great optical zoom and while our customers may not always be close to the action, these cameras are designed to help bring their photos and videos in close, with great image resolution and quality as if they were standing right there,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera
 
PowerShot SX500 IS
 
With a 24mm wide angle lens and an incredible 30x optical zoom (up to 720mm) packed into a compact design, the PowerShot SX500 IS enables users to pull subjects in close and capture stunning, high-quality images with a 16.0 megapixel sensor and powerful DIGIC 4 image processer. With such incredible zoom capabilities, the camera is also equipped with Canon’s Intelligent IS system for rock-steady images and HD video even at full-telephoto zoom. A 3.0-inch LCD screen makes operation easy and intuitive, and displays the scene with brilliant clarity. In addition, the camera is equipped with a Zoom Framing Assist feature – a Canon technology that makes zooming-in and framing subjects quick and effortless. This feature is a tremendous benefit for those times when you lose sight of your subject after zooming in. By simply pressing the Zoom Framing Assist button located on the lower front left of the camera, the lens will quickly zoom out to help you re-locate and frame your subject. A frame box appears on the LCD as a guide to place your subject in and releasing the button quickly brings the camera back to the initial “zoomed-in” range. The lens retraction and extension is faster using the Zoom Framing Assist button than the zoom lever, and allows the photographer to keep the camera more stable for the shot, this is particularly helpful for those trying to zoom in and shoot pictures of animals or moving subjects.
 
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Digital Camera
 
PowerShot SX160 IS
 
With its compact design and powerful 16x optical zoom, the PowerShot SX160 IS is a versatile camera with a dynamic optical zoom range from 28mm wide up to 448mm, perfect for everyday use. This model also features a 16.0-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and Canon’s Intelligent IS system – providing ultimate functionality in a compact, easy-to-carry design. The camera is always ready to shoot video with its dedicated movie button to start and stop recording HD video instantly and uses the full range of optical zoom when recording, without sacrificing HD resolution. The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD provides a beautiful display when shooing and recording video or simply scrolling through menu options. Powered by AA batteries, the PowerShot SX160 IS is ideal for easy and convenient shooting on-the-go even when charging a battery may not be an option. The PowerShot SX160 IS digital camera will be available in red or black.
 
Both the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras are expected to be available in September 2012 for an estimated retail price of $329.99, and $229.99, respectively.
 
Adorama is taking preorders for the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 9:35:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 23, 2012
The Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, a pair of EF-M Lenses, the 90EX Speedlite and an EF to EF-M lens adapter have been announced:
 
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Accessories Press Release
 
The review placeholder pages are on the site with product images and will be populated with additional information and preorder opportunties as such becomes available:
 
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Review
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens Review
Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash Review
Canon EF-EOS M Adapter Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2012 12:11:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 22, 2012
From Canon, Inc.:
 
Canon newly establishes Canon Marketing Vietnam, aims to create Vietnam-based import and distribution system for Canon products
 
TOKYO, Japan, SINGAPORE and HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 23, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. announced today the establishment of Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited, a new Canon marketing subsidiary in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new company was established with the aim of creating an import, distribution, sales and service system for Canon products in Vietnam.
 
In recent years, Vietnam, which joined the World Trade Organization in January 2007, has made great strides in transitioning to a market economy and integrating into the international economic system. In particular, through the government's economic open-door policy and domestic-demand expansion policies, Vietnam has achieved economic growth approaching 6% over the past few years with further expansion expected in the future, which has created a pressing need for Canon to establish a strategic marketing system in the country.
 
In response to these circumstances, Canon has newly established Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
 
In addition to existing business segments, through the new marketing company, Canon also aims to further expand its market share within such industries as production printing, and motion-picture and broadcasting production.
 
Overview of New Company
 
1. Name: Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited
2. Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
3. Representative: Noriji Yoshida (to be appointed President & Legal Representative)
4. Business activities: Import, distribution, sales and service of Canon products in Vietnam
5. No. of employees: Approximately. 40 (as of July 2012)
6. Capital: VND 63 billion (JPY 240 million, calculated at an exchange rate of VND 1=JPY 0.00385)
7. Equity structure: Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.: 100%
8. Establishment: June 2012
11. Start of operations: August 2012 (tentative) Note: Canon currently operates the following manufacturing subsidiaries in Vietnam: Canon Vietnam Co., Ltd., established in April 2001, which manufactures such products as inkjet printers and laser printers
 
(sorry - I don't know why "9" and "10" were omitted)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2012 10:34:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 17, 2012
From Canon and Ilford:
 
ILFORD AND CANON USA, INC. JOIN FORCES TO CREATE STUNNING INKJET PRINTS
 
Try My Photo program gives consumers an opportunity to obtain a free sample print of their own eligible images on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige professional-quality media using Canon PIXMA Pro printers
 
Avon, CT – July 17, 2012 – ILFORD (http://www.ilford.com) together with Canon USA Inc., a leader in digital imaging, (www.usa.canon.com) today announced the limited time promotion for the successful Try My Photo program. Exclusive to United States residents, the program allows participants to print one of their favorite eligible images on just-launched ILFORD GALERIE Prestige professional-quality media using select Canon PIXMA Pro series printers. Those interested in taking advantage of the program can visit www.TryMyPhoto.com for program details and restrictions.
 
To demonstrate the professional-quality printing capabilities of its inkjet printers, Canon has selected two new papers from the ILFORD GALERIE Prestige range including Smooth Gloss 310 gsm and Smooth Pearl 310 gsm, on which to produce the free 8.5”x11” prints. Recently recognized with a 2012 TIPA Award for Best Fine Art Inkjet Paper, the 310 gsm ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl are now available to the U.S. market.
 
To take advantage of this promotion, register online at www.TryMyPhoto.com, upload an eligible image and select the option to print your image on ILFORD paper. The free prints will be produced on Canon PIXMA Pro printers including the Canon Pixma PRO-1, Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II and Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II, and mailed directly to the recipient; offer is limited to one per household during the period 17th July thru 30th September. Each Try My Photo print comes with information explaining exactly how the image was printed so photographers can easily replicate the results using their Canon printer at home. To ensure accurate reproduction of their images in home-printing, photographers can also download the free ICC profiles from the ILFORD web site. http://www.ilford.com/en/support/printer-profiles/.
 
“We’re excited to once again be working with Canon on this year’s Try My Photo program,” said Tim Maher, President of ILFORD America, Inc. “Canon’s top of the line inkjet printers are a perfect match for our new heavyweight 310 gsm offerings. Photographers can not only expect their submitted image to be returned as a high-quality print but will also be provided with the know-how that will allow them to achieve great results on their own.”
 
The ILFORD GALERIE Prestige range is a top choice of professional and enthusiast photographers looking for a truly universal inkjet photo paper compatible with all high-end inkjet printers on the market. In addition to the newly launched 310 gsm GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl, the range includes Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth High Gloss, and Smooth Lustre Duo media. To learn more about the ILFORD GALERIE line up, please visit http://www.ilford.com/en/products/photo-inkjet/galerie-prestige/.
Post Date: 7/17/2012 1:39:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 10, 2012
 Thursday, July 05, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
Updated Availability for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
 
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. The lens is expected to be available in mid-September 2012.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
 
 
From Canon UK:
 
Updated sales start date for EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens
 
London, UK, 5 July 2012 – Canon would like to advise of an updated sales start date for the previously announced EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens. Due to a further delay to the start of mass production, the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will now be available from September 2012.
 
Canon would like to apologise for this delay and any inconvenience caused to customers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2012 8:32:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 25, 2012
From CPN:
 
"Canon's flagship EOS-1D X DSLR and two new wide-angle lenses with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology – the EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM – have started shipping to selected Canon Pro Dealers across Europe."
 
"Photographers should note that at this point in time there is limited stock of the EOS-1D X and the two lenses, so they may not be available in all countries."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/25/2012 8:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 11, 2012
From Canon, Inc.:
 
Canon to manufacture digital cameras in Brazil through establishment of Canon Indústria de Manaus
 
TOKYO, June 11, 2012—Canon Inc. today announced plans to launch digital camera production in Brazil through the establishment of Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda., located in the state of Amazonas.
 
Recently, the digital camera market has displayed steady growth, led by emerging countries. Brazil, in particular, has a large market with demand expected to increase, which has created a pressing need for a strategic product supply.
 
In response to these circumstances, Canon has newly established Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda. in Amazonas state, Brazil.
 
Overview of New Company
 
1. Name: Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda.
 
2. Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
 
3. Representative: Masanobu Hishinuma (President)
 
4. Business activities: Manufacture of digital cameras
 
5. No. of employees: Approx. 60 (tentative, as of the end of 2013)
 
6. Capital: 210 million yen (calculated at an exchange rate of BRL 1= JPY 39.5)
 
7. Equity structure: Canon Inc.: 99.99% / President Hishinuma: 0.01%
 
8. Establishment: May 2012
 
9. Total floor area: Approx. 1,800 sq. meters
 
10. Total investment: Approx. 110 million yen
 
11. Start of operations: July 2013 (tentative) Note: Canon also operates a business machine and digital camera marketing company in Brazil, Canon do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda., which was established in November 1974.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/11/2012 9:26:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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