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 Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Canon has made the Canon EOS-1D X Owner's Manual available for download.
 
I don't track owner's manual page counts, but this might be a new record. (thanks Niklas)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 9:12:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 11, 2012
Apple has released Aperture 3.3
 
What's New in Version 3.3

  • New unified photo library for both iPhoto (v 9.3 or later) and Aperture; no import/export required; Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing work across both applications
  • Support for AVCHD video has been added
  • Aperture now lets you use camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files immediately after import
  • Highlights & Shadows tool has been updated to deliver higher-quality results and work with extended range data
  • A new Auto Enhance button has been added to the Adjustments panel
  • White Balance tool now includes Skin Tone and Natural Gray modes to simplify color balance
  • Auto button has been added to the White Balance tool for one-click color balancing
  • Set Desktop command has been added to Share menu so you can set a desktop background from within Aperture
  • A new Manual option allows you to drag and drop projects to customize sort order in the Projects view
  • New preference allows you to set the background brightness of the full screen browser
  • Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe albums are now displayed as thumbnails in the main window when accounts are selected in the source list
  • Minor terminology changes, including "Original" instead of "Master" and "Info" instead of "Metadata"
  • Source list includes a new "Recent" section, showing Last Import and recently-viewed projects
  • Raw Fine Tuning is no longer displayed in the Adjustments panel by default
  • Faces can now be named by dragging them from the Unnamed Faces browser to existing snapshots on the corkboard
  • The Faces corkboard now includes a menu that allows you to set the order of face snapshots
  • Newly designed monochrome source list and toolbar icons
  • Addresses numerous issues related to overall performance and stability

Category: Apple News
Post Date: 6/11/2012 9:48:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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
 Friday, June 8, 2012
Canon has announced a new DSLR and a pair of lenses - the review placeholder pages are up with a product image, USA press release link and preorder links (more to come in the morning):
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Digital SLR Camera Review
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review
 
Read the press release for the complete information.
 
To preorder the new gear, use these links:
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i:
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i and EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens:
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i and EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens:
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens:
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Jessops
 
I'm not seeing Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens preorders available in the USA at this time. Amazon.co.uk is accepting prerders on this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/8/2012 1:05:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 7, 2012
As I reported earlier this year, hard disk drive deals have practically dried up since the Thailand flooding. Now Computerworld is reporting that HDD prices are expected to remain high into 2014. Not good news for us heavy drive capacity users.
 
According to Computerworld, "Hard drive prices will remain high after massive monsoonal flooding last year knocked out manufacturing plants, and prices will not fall to pre-flood levels until 2014, a report released Wednesday stated."
 
Read the full article here.
Post Date: 6/7/2012 10:37:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 6, 2012
B&H just received the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105 L IS Lens Kit into stock.
 
Don't forget to add the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Printer to your order to qualify for the $400.00 rebate (Amex GC) - this saves you $50.00 overall.
 
Update: B&H now has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body in stock as well. Again, add the printer to save an additional $50.00 AR.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2012 2:10:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is a short review of the Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip (for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III) that finally arrived yesterday.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2012 11:50:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon just received the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera into stock.
 
Adorama also just received the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body into stock.
 
B&H now has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body in stock as well.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2012 11:04:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
PMA has re-issued their press release, correcting some date issues:
 
PMA announces PMA@CES 2013 will be held at LVH Jan. 8-11, 2013
 
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA, the Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, announces PMA@CES 2013 will take place at the LVH, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton. The 2013 International CES is scheduled for January 8-11.
 
The new location offers several opportunities for PMA’s exhibitors and attendees, including more trade show floor space and a dedicated hall in The Paradise Center at LVH. In addition, the Paradise Center is just a few quick steps from the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), which means PMA@CES attendees will have fast, easy access to the those CES imaging exhibits located at the LVCC.
 
The LVH also has a monorail station, which provides convenient travel from hotels on the Strip to the new home of PMA@CES.
 
Heading into its second year, PMA@CES is the place for the best and most exciting exhibits of photo/imaging products and services. From capture to output, PMA@CES at the LVH is the place to be to learn about profitable products and services, reconnect with industry friends and establish vital new business connections.
 
Just prior to PMA@CES, the Digital Imaging Marketing Association™ (DIMA™), the Professional School Photographers Association International™ (PSPA™), and the Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA®), and will hold their annual conferences at the Bally’s Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev., in Jan. 6-7, 2013.
 
More information on the 2013 International CES can be found at CESweb.org.
Post Date: 6/6/2012 8:19:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III remains difficult to find. Here is what is currently available:
 
Abe's of Maine has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body in stock.
 
Best Buy has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body available to ship to a local store.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens is in stock at Adorama, Amazon and the Canon Store.
 
B&H expects to have both the body and kit available on June 7th.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/5/2012 9:24:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon U.S.A. Announces New Photo Paper Pro Luster Delivering High-Quality Prints For Professional Photographers
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June, 5, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of Photo Paper Pro Luster (255 gsm) to the Canon line of professional paper offerings. Providing users with exceptional quality and image longevity when used with select Genuine Canon inks, the paper will help produce images with the luster texture professional photographers have come to expect from traditional photo labs.
 
Optimized for use with the Canon family of PIXMA professional printers - the PRO-1, Pro9500 Mark II and Pro9000 Mark II - Photo Paper Pro Luster delivers vivid colors, reproduces sharp details, and stunning black and white output with rich blacks and smooth tonality. The paper is designed to provide a consistent look and color when viewed under various light sources. The paper will also help increase productivity with fast drying times which lead to easy handling.
 
"Canon understands the importance of providing professionals with the necessary solutions to produce high-quality printing output," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The addition of Photo Paper Pro Luster will now give professionals a variety of Canon manufactured papers to choose from to meet their printing needs."
 
Canon has worked to expand the lineup of genuine Canon professional paper to offer a variety of options to the end-user. In addition, the Company will continue to work with third-party paper manufacturers to create the printer profiles necessary for Canon printer owners to use the paper of their choice. To date, Canon has worked to create 833 profiles to help users easily complete their printing tasks.
 
With an expected availability of late June, Canon's Photo Paper Pro Luster will be available in two sizes, 8.5 x 11 and 13 x 19 inches, with an estimated selling price of $34.99 and $99.99 respectively.
 
B&H carries Canon Photo Paper.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/5/2012 9:08:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 4, 2012
Just posted: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review
 
I had an unusually high number of requests for a review of this lens, so I squeezed this one into the mix of reviews I've been working on.
 
Here are some status updates regarding my currently overloaded to-review list:
 
First, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review is long overdue. My primary concern for this camera is how its image quality compares with a DSLR such as the also-small Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I've spent a lot of time with the camera and have many tests shot with it. But, I think that even the latest version of DPP (v3.11.27.0) is generating non-sharp results from G1 X RAW files that appear to be quite sharp when the "High speed" (lower quality) preference is selected.
 
Another review I had hoped to bring you by now is the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review. The big new feature of this flash is the RF remote capability. It takes two to play this game - and I've had an Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT on order since day one. Where this product is remains a mystery - I might have to buy a second 600EX-RT to move forward with this review.
 
Another MIA product is the Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip. I've also had one of these on order since moments after the announcement was made.
 
If my Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens ship any day as expected, these lenses will become my top review priority.
 
Update: Just received a ship notice for my Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT and Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip.
Post Date: 6/4/2012 1:28:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon, Inc. has announced plans to buy back up to 50 billion yen ($640 million) worth of its own shares. This purchase would represent about 1.4% of outstanding shares.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/4/2012 9:31:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
CANON U.S.A. ENCOURAGES NATIONAL PARKS VISITORS TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVITY THIS SUMMER WITH FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
 
Canon’s Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience to Create Lasting Memories
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is once again joining forces with several of the country’s acclaimed national parks to offer free photography workshops to visitors this summer. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program provides participants with free equipment loans and professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print images for free and take home a CD of their image files. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.
 
New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video by using a Canon VIXIA camcorder or EOS digital SLR camera and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.
 
“Canon is incredibly excited to help people improve their photography skills and capture the beauty of our national parks through our Photography in the Parks Program,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our nation’s magnificent and pristine national parks offer the quintessential location to help people improve their photography skills and inspire creativity. In doing so, Canon hopes to also help those who visit parks this summer create and preserve lasting memories and leverage their newfound skills throughout their lives, for all of their important moments.”
 
In addition, Canon is sponsoring the new National Geographic iPhone application, National Parks by National Geographic. Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, the app provides users with park information and photo galleries, travel tips from National Geographic editors, and information about park events – including the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. The app also features photo tips to help users capture beautiful photography throughout their summer travels.
 
The Canon Photography in the Parks Program will take place at various dates through the summer at the following national parks:

  • Grand Canyon: May 31 – June 20
  • Zion: June 24 – July 9
  • Yosemite: July 13 – July 17
  • Yellowstone: July 23 – July 31
  • Grand Teton: August 1 – August 2
  • Rocky Mountain: August 5 – August 11
  • Acadia: August 18 – August 29

For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. on Facebook at facebook.com/canonUSA.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/4/2012 9:23:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 1, 2012
The Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens is also shipping in the USA.
 
LensRentals.com has this lens available for rent on Tuesday.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/1/2012 1:24:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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