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 Wednesday, November 14, 2012
From Canon Professional Services:
 
Thank you for being a valued Canon Professional Services (CPS) member. We previously communicated to you that our service facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey was without power due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We are happy to report that the facility has recovered and is now operating at normal capacity.
 
Thank you for your understanding while operations were temporarily disrupted.
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 Saturday, November 10, 2012
From Canon:
 
Canon U.S.A., Ron Howard And The Public Select 91 Winning Photos For "Project Imaginat10n" Which Will Inspire Short Films Directed By Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman And James Murphy
 
Ron Howard Chooses One Winning Photograph, "Discovering limits" by David Saylor from Melbourne, FL for the "Discovery" Theme to be Represented in All Celebrity Director Films
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 9, 2012 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, Ron Howard and the public, have selected 91 winning photographs from the "Project Imaginat10n," contest where five innovative celebrities - Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem) - will direct short films based on ten of the photos.
 
A consumer vote helped narrow down the photographs, where one of the selected winners' photos was chosen by Ron Howard in the "Discovery" category to be a thematic tie across the celebrities' films. The directors will now each select one additional photograph from the other nine storytelling categories that personally inspire them, ultimately utilizing ten photos to represent their creativity and imagination. In addition to "Discovery," the themes include Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown and Time. The winning photographs determined by Ron Howard and the consumer vote can be seen at imagination.usa.canon.com.
 
Ron Howard said, "In choosing 'Discovering limits' for the Discovery category, it was important that I picked an image that was tremendously imaginative, visually fantastic and thematically pliable so that it could give the filmmakers a lot of possibilities to inspire an element of mystery and suspense. Moments of discovery are often what you remember most in a film."
 
Howard added, "This image suggests discovery through reflection or through isolation while also suggesting a range of tonal possibilities as well. It's also just a very unusual and emotionally interesting image."
 
In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. partnered for a similar creative endeavor, "Project Imagin8ion." Eight photos were selected and influenced an award-winning short film, "when you find me," directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. For year two of Canon's "Long Live Imagination" campaign and the next endeavor, "Project Imaginat10n," Ron Howard will once again mentor the celebrity directors as they begin the filmmaking process to prove that "we're all creative."
 
"I am so passionate about the integrity and user-generated process of 'Project Imaginat10n' where our celebrity directors can be directly inspired by photographers from all across the country," said Ron Howard. "As we selected the photographs, I was blown away by the beauty, perspective and intrigue that they conveyed, and was thrilled that so many people wanted to once again take part in this exciting artistic experiment."
 
The celebrity directors are currently reviewing the winning photos to make their selections, craft their stories, develop their scripts and prepare to produce their own short films with Canon's Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras. The films will be produced by Freestyle Picture Company, which also produced "when you find me" in 2011. All five films go into production between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and will premiere at a special "Project Imaginat10n" Film Festival. The "10" in "Imaginat10n," represents ten films that will ultimately be produced - five additional directors will be announced at a later date.
 
The 91 winners of the photo contest span in age from 16 to 67 years-old and are from across the country.
 
Click here to see the full press release and list of winners.
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Post Date: 11/10/2012 7:59:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 07, 2012
From Canon:
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 7, 2012 – In the wake of the devastating effects from Hurricane Sandy, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today made a donation of $100,000 to AmeriCares to be used toward the relief efforts.
 
"On behalf of all employees at Canon U.S.A., we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Sandy," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A.
 
AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs - and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs - for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
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Post Date: 11/7/2012 2:55:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 02, 2012
From Canon Professional Services:
 
Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Canon USA repair facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey is currently without power and is closed.
 
If you recently sent a product to the Jamesburg facility and wish to check on the repair status, please enter your Canon Repair Number and ZIP Code into the designated fields at the following Canon USA web site address: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer?pageKeyCode=checkRepairStatus
 
Recovery operations are underway and we have been informed by the local utility servicing the Jamesburg facility that power should be restored by November 7. However, due to storm-related delays, normal operations and repair turnaround are not expected to resume until November 16. Until that time, please direct any new repair requests to one of the Canon Repair Facilities below:
 
1. Newport News, Virginia
Canon Factory Service Center
12022 Canon Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
(Mail-In Service Only)
 
2. Irvine, California
Canon Factory Service Center
15955 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
(Mail-In and Walk-In Service)
 
When sending in your equipment for repair please ensure the box is marked as CPS Pro Rush Repair to expedite the request.
 
Assistance is also available to CPS members 24x7 via the CPS Member Hot Line at 1-877-CPS-8122 (1-877-277-8122).
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to return to normal operations in New Jersey as soon as possible.
 
Thank you,
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
CPS Toll free; 1-877-CPS-8122
24 hours 7 days/per week
 
Equipment loan requests
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Membership
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Post Date: 11/2/2012 6:46:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 26, 2012
Couldn't make it to PhotoPlus in New York? Check out Canon's live streaming video feed from the event at learn.usa.canon.com.
 
Schedule of streaming events:
 10/25/1210/26/1210/27/12
ThursdayFridaySaturday
Show hours10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-4pm
10:00 AM

Clay Blackmore

Live shoot!

Greg Heisler

Live shoot!

Hanson Fong

Live shoot!

10:45 AM

Denis Reggie

Wedding Realism

Sam Abell

The Life of a Photograph

Vincent Laforet

The Revolution Continues

11:30 AM

Tyler Stableford

Cinema in the Extreme

Lauren Greenfield

The Documentary Hybrid

Parish Kohanim

The Beauty of Imaging

12:15 PM

Michelle Celentano

Live shoot!

Clay Blackmore

Live shoot!

 
1:00 PM

Stephen Johnson

Portraying an Exquisite Earth

 

Ken Sklute

Live shoot!

1:45 PM

Vincent Laforet

The Revolution Continues

Vincent Laforet

The Revolution Continues

Eddie Tapp

Cooking RAW Files to Perfection

2:30 PM 

Hanson Fong

Live shoot!

 
3:15 PM

Jennifer Wu

Nature's Elusive Beauty

George Lepp

Extreme Nature Techniques

Douglas Kirkland

Live shoot!

4:00 PM

Bruce Dorn

Cinema Style Video Capture

  
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Post Date: 10/26/2012 6:25:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 24, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
Company to Exhibit the Latest EOS Digital SLR and PowerShot Cameras,imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers, and PIXMA PRO-Series Printers at Canon Booth 119
 
NEW YORK, October 24, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase a range of digital cameras and printers at PhotoPlus Expo 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 25-27, 2012 (Booth 119). In addition, the Canon Digital Learning Center website will host free streaming video of stage presentations by Canon's Explorers of Light.
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to "touch and try" Canon's latest imaging products including:

  • PowerShot digital cameras - the G15, S110, and SX50 HS - providing advanced features, greater focusing speed and multiple-shot speed in sophisticated, compact camera bodies
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, a versatile, mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, a versatile, mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave
  • Three new imagePROGRAF large-format printers - the iPF8400, iPF6450 and iPF6400- delivering superb color quality and consistency as well as excellent output speeds for photographers, artisans, proofers and print for pay operations
  • Two new PIXMA PRO-series 13-inch inkjet printers, the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 producing excellent black-and-white and color prints to help, professional studio and aspiring photographers, as well as those educators training the next generation of photographers, ensure what was captured through the lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper.

"Canon's theme for this year's PhotoPlus Expo exhibition is 'What It Takes To Image', which speaks to the wide breadth of products and solutions we offer professional imaging markets. As a uniquely positioned company providing complete imaging solutions from input to output, PhotoPlus Expo sets the stage for us to show attendees the full scope of the creative solutions we offer," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
The booth includes a hands-on shooting set where visitors can try Canon's latest DSLR cameras and Cinema EOS equipment. The REALiS Theatre located in the booth will be continually showing dynamic footage captured on various Canon devices throughout the show. In addition, the Company is continuing its PhotoPlus Expo speaker series with live presentations and photoshoots happening throughout the tradeshow on the Canon Live Learning stage. Canon's Speedlite Studio sessions will also take place demonstrating lighting and portraiture techniques for attendees.
 
Canon 2012 PhotoPlus Expo Stage Schedule

 

Thursday, October 25th

Friday, October 26th

Saturday, October 27th

10:00 AM

Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!

Greg Heisler
Live Shoot!

Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!

10:45 AM

Denis Reggie
Wedding Realism
Lecture Presentation

Sam Abell
The Life of a Photograph
Lecture Presentation

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

11:30 AM

Tyler Stableford
Cinema in the Extreme
Video Lecture Presentation

Lauren Greenfield
The Documentary Hybrid
Video Lecture Presentation

Parish Kohanim
The Beauty of Imaging
Lecture Presentation

12:15 AM

Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!

Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!

Felix Alcala
The HD Cinema
Video Lecture Presentation

1:00 PM

Stephen Johnson
Portraying an Exquisite Earth
Lecture Presentation

Peter Read Miller
Illustrating Sports!
Lecture Presentation

Ken Sklute
Live Shoot!

1:45 PM

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

Eddie Tapp
Cooking Raw Files to Perfection
Lecture Presentation

2:30 PM

Jack Reznicki
Live Shoot!

Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!

Alex Buono
Live from NY, it's Alex Buono!
Video Lecture Presentation

3:15 PM

Jennifer Wu
Nature's Elusive Beauty
Lecture Presentation

George Lepp
Extreme Nature Techniques
Lecture Presentation

Douglas Kirkland
Live Shoot!

4:00 PM

Bruce Dorn
Cinema Style Video Capture
Video Lecture Presentation

Alex Buono
Live from NY, it's Alex Buono!
Video Lecture Presentation

 


 
CPS Lounge
Canon will host its CPS Lounge during PhotoPlus Expo 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center, October 24th-27th in rooms 2D02/03 and 2D04/05. The CPS Lounge will be open to the public on October 24th at 10am, the day before PhotoPlus Expo opens.

  • Free On-Site Clean & Check for Gold and Platinum Members: up to two Canon professional DSLR or lens models. All equipment must be dropped off before 5 p.m. on October 26, 2012.
  • On-Site Registration: New or upgrading Gold or Platinum members will receive an additional free Clean & Check coupon during PhotoPlus Expo. A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge.
  • Free Professional Canon Print: Gold and Platinum members are encouraged to bring one of their own high-resolution images to receive one sample print from the latest PIXMA Pro or imagePROGRAF printers. (during show hours only)

CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2012:
10/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pre-show hours available)
10/25 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/26 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/27 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (equipment pick-up only)

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Post Date: 10/24/2012 8:55:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 22, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Honors Canon’s Work on Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 22, 2012 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Canon Inc. will be recognized at the 64th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for “Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras.” Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.
 
Canon debuted its award-winning large format CMOS image sensor in its acclaimed EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera in November of 2011 at a global launch event held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. By exploring alternatives to the established Bayer color filter array algorithms, Canon was able to achieve an overall image quality capture through its CMOS sensor that has helped bring digital cinema closer to the superb aesthetics associated with 35 mm motion picture film.
 
“We are honored to receive this recognition from NATAS for our work on large format sensors,” said Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive, Image Communication Products Operations, Canon Inc. “We see this award as a testament to the warm acceptance that the film and television production community has extended to us as we’ve partnered with them over the last year to help tell their stories. It also serves as further incentive for our continued commitment to the entertainment industry.”
 
In November 2011, Canon announced its full-fledged entry into the theatrical motion picture, television programming and television commercial production industries with the launch of the Cinema EOS System. Over the past 10 months, the Company has introduced a total of three high-definition, high-performance Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras—the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, the EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera and the compact, lightweight EOS C100 Digital Video Camera—all built around Canon’s innovative Super 35-mm CMOS image sensor technology specifically developed for Cinema EOS motion image capture. Separately, the EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, equipped with an 18.3-megapixel full frame (36 mm x 24 mm) CMOS image sensor, also joined the Cinema EOS product family in April of this year. For professional photographers, and independent and student filmmakers, Canon has also introduced the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, building on the strong success of the EOS 5D Mark II in film and television production.
 
The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award will be presented on January 10, 2013, during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
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Post Date: 10/22/2012 8:34:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 16, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
The exterior rubber part on some Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A units may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Canon USA will replace those rubber parts at no charge to the customer.
 
Canon takes pride in the quality and performance of its products, and we offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.
 
Affected Product
The rubber on the top surface of some WFT-E7A units produced in certain lots from April 9 through July 13 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and analysis, that the white substance is zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate).
 
Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. However, the quantity of rubber accelerator used in the affected production lots was slightly higher than usual. As a result the rubber surface may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.
 
Canon WFT-E7A Top View
 
Only certain WFT-E7A wireless file transmitter units produced between April 9 and July 13, 2012 are affected.
 
If the first two digits of the serial number are “03” through “06” and the fifth digit is “1”, the unit is affected.
 
03xx1xxxxx, 04xx1xxxxx, 05xx1xxxxx, 06xx1xxxxx ([x] represents any optional number. )
 
Canon WFT-E7A Serial Number
 
Free Repair
Canon USA will replace the rubber part of the affected wireless file transmitters free of charge at our service centers.
 
We anticipate that our free repair service will start in late October or early November.
 
Caution on Use
The amount of zinc bis detected during our testing was minimal. Although Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions regarding this product, it is possible for zinc bis, in the small amount found in the rubber surface of affected units, to cause allergic reactions, such as a rash, when it comes in contact with skin of sensitive persons. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms such as red eyes may develop.
 
As a precautionary measure, thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber surface that has turned white. If any medical symptoms develop, please consult your physician immediately.
 
Contact Information For Inquiries
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-214-3277 or 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support
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Post Date: 10/16/2012 6:59:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Canon Camera Museum just published a technical report on the new EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M available for preorder.
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Post Date: 9/27/2012 9:37:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 19, 2012
News concerning the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS Lens has been relatively sparse. However, CNET Asia recently published an article on the expected availablility of the lens. (thanks Keith)
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Post Date: 9/19/2012 7:15:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 06, 2012
Canon USA will begin shipping the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens "this week".
 
Many USA and international preorder opportunities are available at the bottom of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review placeholder page.
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Post Date: 9/6/2012 10:02:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 17, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Cameras Help Capture the Summer Animated Feature “ParaNorman” in 3D
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Proves Essential for Realistic Photography of Miniature Puppets and Sets, As Well As Sequential Image-Pairs Needed for 3D Animation
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Captures “ParaNorman”
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 17, 2012 – Five camera teams and crews of animators, puppeteers, and staff from LAIKA animation studios, along with an garrison of sixty EOS 5D Mark II SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, have come together to help bring the new 3D feature film, “ParaNorman” to screens this Summer. The EOS 5D Mark II DSLR cameras captured frame-by-frame stop-motion animation of puppet “actors” in this new horror comedy about a small-town boy who speaks to ghosts and must battle an assortment of otherworldly creatures to save his town from doom.
 
“The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has features that helped us to expedite the stop-motion animation process,” noted John Ashlee Prat regarding the animation of “ParaNorman.” Prat, one of five lighting cameramen on the film, explained that in order to capture the more than 400,000 separate stop-frames needed to create “ParaNorman,” the film was divided among five camera teams and 50 separate units at LAIKA’s 151,000 square ft. studio. Each unit had its own shooting stage, sets, puppet “actors,” equipment (including Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras), and a crew working on different portions of the film simultaneously. Director of Photography Tristan Oliver supervised the daunting task of five simultaneous film units throughout the entire production.
 
Compact, lightweight, and compatible with Canon’s wide selection of EF Series lenses, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera is equipped with a 21.1 megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor for exceptional still-image capture in a number of RAW or JPEG modes and sRAW options.
 
“Stop-motion animators need a live-view reference to see and record their progress,” Prat said. “We tested every off-the-shelf digital SLR camera that can provide live view and the high-resolution RAW image files we needed, and we found that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II live view is far superior to any of the others. The 5D Mark II also provides the RAW image output we needed, and a USB connector to feed files to our in-house network.”
 
Photography of a stereoscopic 3D film requires the capture of not one, but two frames – a left and a right image – 24 times for every second of screen time (in stop-motion animation that number is doubled to 48). The compact size of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera (as opposed to traditional film cameras) greatly facilitated the capture of the corresponding left- and right images needed for 3D, especially given the miniature sets and puppets being photographed. Each 5D Mark II camera was mounted on a computer-controlled motorized horizontal slider, which moved the camera first right and then left for sequential capture of all the necessary 3D frame-pairs.
 
“The slider is necessary because we can’t put two cameras side-by-side to successfully photograph little 8- to 12-inch puppets in a miniature world,” Prat explained. “We have to use the inter-ocular distances appropriate to that world in order for it not to look miniature.”
 
“The self-cleaning sensor feature of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II saved us a lot of time because we didn’t need to take the lens off to clean the sensor,” Prat added. “We are rolling our current fleet of 5D Mark II cameras on to our next production, although not for principal photography. Instead they will be used to support all the other departments for their photographic needs. Principal photography will be done with EOS 5D Mark III cameras, which feature a live view that’s two stops better than the original Mark II’s, and that’s even better for us.”
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Post Date: 8/17/2012 9:39:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
CANON U.S.A. AND RON HOWARD ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIPS WITH FIVE INSPIRATIONAL DIRECTORS: EVA LONGORIA, JAMIE FOXX, BIZ STONE, GEORGINA CHAPMAN AND JAMES MURPHY
 
Inspired By Consumer Photos, the Five Celebrities Will Go Behind the Camera and Unveil their Films at the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 14, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the first photography-inspired film festival in history, aligning with five influential celebrities from five diverse disciplines who will direct short films under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard. Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy have signed on for year two of Canon’s “Long Live Imagination” campaign and the next endeavor, “Project Imaginat10n,” where consumer photographs will inspire Hollywood films.
 
In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. invited photographers of all levels to submit their most imaginative photographs based on eight elements of storytelling for an unprecedented user-generated contest, “Project Imagin8ion.” The project set out to prove that photography could be used as a creative vehicle, even inspiring a Ron Howard production. Nearly 100,000 photos later, eight photos were selected and influenced an award-winning short film, “when you find me,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard.
 
A new exploration of the creative exercise, “Project Imaginat10n,” kicks off today at imagination.usa.canon.com, where consumers will have the chance to submit photos to be narrowed down by Canon, Ron Howard and community voting. The “10” in “Imaginat10n,” represents ten storytelling elements and ten films that will ultimately be produced, five of which will be directed by our creative icons to be showcased at a special Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in 2013. The other five film directors will be announced at a later date.
 
“Last year’s campaign reinforced the endless possibilities of photography, engaging the masses who entered photos at a record shattering pace to inspire a film legend, Ron Howard,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “An award-winning film shot on the new Cinema EOS System was proof that creative collaboration matched with the power of Canon products can achieve great things.”
 
He added, “This time around we’re setting out to prove Ron Howard’s very own words, that ‘we’re all creative,’ aligning with a diverse group of leaders from different fields including TV, film, fashion, music, technology and business who will each use photography to inspire the screenplay of the short film they direct.”
 
“‘Project Imaginat10n’ is a genius and organic partnership – linking together people I personally admire and the limitless untapped creativity in everyone,” said Eva Longoria, film and TV actress. “I’m extremely passionate about this opportunity and looking forward to stepping behind the camera.”
 
“When I saw what Ron Howard was doing last year with Canon, I knew the project had integrity,” said Jamie Foxx, Academy Award® winner. “Ron is a film icon and after he made a cameo in one of my music videos, it was only appropriate that we team up a second time for something truly outstanding.”
 
“This project is scratching a creative itch I’ve had for a long time – and the chance to work with Ron Howard and Canon is the icing on the cake,” said Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter. “Whether it’s a tweet or a photo, consumers want to share and I’m excited to jump right in.”
 
“As a fashion designer, I’m constantly inspired by visual elements such as textures, lighting, and colors,” said Georgina Chapman, designer and co-founder of Marchesa. “Photography has always been linked with the fashion industry, so I am looking forward to working with this medium in my first-ever directing endeavor.”
 
"I like to make things, it doesn't matter what, so this project makes me really happy," said James Murphy, founder of LCD Soundsystem. "My first camera was a Canon AE1-P that I saved up and bought myself in the 80s and I've been a Canon guy ever since. I now have about eight or nine Canon cameras, including a mint 1014XL-S super 8 sound camera that I've had modified for crystal sync! I'm excited to direct something narrative, and really looking forward to working with Ron Howard, learning as much as I can."
 
“The concept behind ‘Project Imaginat10n’ showcases the power still images can have on narrative storytelling, but more importantly, it demonstrates there are no limits with creativity and sources of inspiration can come from anyone or anything,” said Ron Howard. “It has been a pleasure to partner with Canon on this experiment and I’m thrilled to work with this talented group of new directors – Eva, Jamie, Biz, Georgina and James – to help them on this creative journey.”
 
“Project Imaginat10n” showcases Canon’s commitment to still and video as well as the amateur and pro. Last year’s film “when you find me” was shot using Canon cameras including the new Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras and EF lenses. The films directed by Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy will also be produced on the Cinema EOS System.
 
Grey New York, Canon’s agency partner for over thirty years, is developing the creative and digital elements of the multi-phase campaign. Alliance, the activation and public relations division of Grey, is managing the talent partnerships as well as the promotional, event and public relations efforts.
 
“Project Imaginat10n” Rules
 
The contest entry period runs from Tuesday, August 14 – Monday, September 24, 2012. To enter, visit imagination.usa.canon.com and follow the on-screen entry instructions. The “Project Imaginat10n” contest will feature ten storytelling themes in which consumers can submit their photos: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Backstory, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle, The Unknown, and a surprise 10th theme, which will be revealed at a later date. There will be a public vote on the finalists from Tuesday, September 4 – Monday, October 1. With input from the online community, Canon and Ron Howard, the entries will be narrowed down to 91 winners and the five celebrity directors will select ten photos, one per theme, to inspire their films. The films will then be showcased at a special Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in 2013.
 
ABOUT EVA LONGORIA
 
Actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Eva Longoria is most well-known from the hit TV series, “Desperate Housewives.” Her upcoming theatrical releases include “Long Time Gone” and “The Truth.” She is founder of “Eva's Heroes” and “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” and has been named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter. Eva owns BESO restaurants, her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Productions, and has a bestselling cookbook.
 
ABOUT JAMIE FOXX
 
Jamie Foxx is an Academy® Award and Grammy® Award-winning actor, musician, and comedian, and one of Hollywood’s elite multi-faceted performers. He will star as the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated “Django Unchained” in December 2012, and then begin production on Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down.”
 
ABOUT BIZ STONE
 
As a progenitor of the early social web, Biz Stone became an internet entrepreneur in 1999, and later went on to work for Google. Then, in 2006, Biz co-founded the global social media phenomenon, Twitter. GQ dubbed him Nerd of the Year and TIME called him one of most influential persons in the world.
 
ABOUT GEORGINA CHAPMAN
 
Georgina Chapman is an English fashion designer and co-founder of the fashion label MARCHESA. Serving as Designer and Creative Director of the brand, her designs have become a red carpet mainstay and are regularly featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Recently, Georgina starred as a judge on the television series, “Project Runway: All-stars.”
 
ABOUT JAMES MURPHY
 
James Murphy is best known as the leader of the Grammy® nominated band LCD Soundsystem. He also co-founded the DFA label, which released the band’s catalogue including its three celebrated albums. James later provided the original soundtrack for the 2010 film “Greenberg” by acclaimed director Noah Baumbach, and most recently executive produced “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” a feature length film chronicling LCD Soundsystem’s farewell show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011.
 
ABOUT RON HOWARD
 
Ronald William “Ron” Howard is an American actor, director and producer. He came to prominence as a child actor, playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later as the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom “Happy Days” for six years. He made film appearances such as in “American Graffiti” in 1973 and while starring in “Happy Days” he also made “The Shootist” in 1976, as well as making his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy film “Grand Theft Auto.” He left “Happy Days” in 1980 to focus on directing, and has since gone on to direct several films, including the Oscar winning “Cocoon,” “Apollo 13,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Ron won the Academy® Award for “A Beautiful Mind” as the director and also producer of the film. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
 
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/14/2012 9:14:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
CANON U.S.A. EXHIBITS A FULL LINE OF INPUT AND OUTPUT PROFESSIONAL IMAGING PRODUCTS AT INFOCOMM 2012
 
LAS VEGAS, June 12, 2012 – Helping to enhance the workflow of audiovisual professionals while delivering high-quality results, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its innovative product line of both input and output solutions including the recently introduced REALiS Pro AV Series LCOS and portable LV-Series projectors at InfoComm 2012, June 13-15, booth # C6334 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 
Canon products on display at InfoComm 2012 will include:
 
REALiS Pro AV Series LCOS Projectors
 
Designed to provide exceptional display performance for large conference rooms, small theaters, and other long-throw venues with relatively high ambient light levels, Canon’s REALiS SX6000 and REALiS WX6000 projectors integrate new, advanced LCOS display panels with an improved pixel-spacing aperture ratio of 96 percent for seamless imagery and exceptional detail. The REALiS SX6000 delivers 6000 lumens of brightness at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution and an aspect ratio of 4:3, while the REALiS WX6000 delivers 5700 lumens of brightness at WXGA+ (1440 x 900) resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:10.
 
The REALiS WUX5000 and REALiS WUX4000 Pro AV Series LCOS projectors will also be on display showcasing their WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200). These projectors – and the new REALiS SX6000 and REALiS WX6000 – offer a choice of three Genuine Canon projection lens options, ample computer and video inputs (including HDMI Version 1.3 and DVI), a built-in Six-Axis Color-Correction IC and 3D Color LUT (look-up table) for superb color-reproduction accuracy.
 
REALiS Pro AV Series Portable LCOS Projectors
 
Designed for classrooms, conference rooms, and similar environments, Canon’s line of REALiS portable multimedia projectors feature Canon AISYS-enhanced LCOS display technology for the display of video and still images with intricate detail, high brightness, and accurate color. Displayed at this year’s show will be the WUXGA resolution REALiS WUX10 Mark II and SXGA+ resolution REALiS SX80 Mark II models, as well as the SXGA+ resolution REALiS SX7 Mark II projector with a high brightness rating of 4000 lumens and support of both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces.
 
Canon LV-Series Portable Multimedia Projectors
 
Cost-effective and feature-packed, Canon’s line of portable LCD projectors will also be shown at InfoComm 2012, including the new LV-8227A, LV-7392A, LV-7297M, and LV-7292M models. All feature convenient Auto Set-Up functions, a variety of Image Modes to suit varied presentation needs, and long lamp and filter life.
 
Also on display will be the Canon LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw (UST) model, which is capable of projecting an 80-inch picture from a distance of only 1.05 ft. This projector can sit on a table or be mounted horizontally or vertically on a wall, ceiling or floor for a variety of display applications, including educational presentations, advertising/digital signage, or museum/arcade rear-projection screens.
 
Cinema EOS Cameras
 
Designed for high-end digital filmmaking and HD television production, the Canon Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera employs Canon’s unique Super 35mm, 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, revolutionary DIGIC DV III Image Processor, and MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec to deliver exceptional dynamic range and exposure latitude. Part of Canon’s Cinema EOS system, the highly mobile Cinema EOS C300 is designed to be used with Canon’s wide array of Cinema-EF, EF, EF-S, or – for the C300PL camera version – PL-mount cine lenses. The Canon Cinema EOS C300 and EOS C300PL cameras provide filmmakers, universities and corporations with a class-leading professional tool for producing first-class HD video content in the studio or on location.
 
Canon EOS Digital HD SLR Cameras
 
Of interest to a wide variety of corporate and institutional HD videographers, filmmakers, and professional photographers is Canon’s line of EOS digital SLR cameras. Canon’s InfoComm display will showcase the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D, and EOS 60D, all of which combine the ultimate in still-imaging quality with full 1080p HD video capture. Compatible with more than 60 Canon lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, these cameras offer unprecedented content-creation opportunities.
 
HD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras
 
Designed for use in houses of worship, schools, sports stadiums, concert halls, TV stations, and legislative chambers, Canon’s broadcast-quality remote-control robotic HD pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are fully integrated, cost-effective systems. The compact Canon XU-80 features a water-resistant housing for either outdoor or indoor use. An alternate model, the XU-80W includes a wiper unit to maintain lens clarity and a servo neutral density (ND) filter unit to optimize picture quality for permanent outdoor installations. Both models are equipped with a 1/3-inch CMOS HD 2.1 megapixel imaging sensor and a Genuine Canon 20x zoom lens with additional 12x digital zoom.
 
The Canon BU-46H and BU-51H are larger models designed for outdoor and indoor use, respectively, and feature a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with a 2X digital extender. The BU-46H and BU-51H are equipped with three 1/3-inch (1.67 million-pixel) CCD sensors and also feature an advanced Canon Auto Focus function and Canon’s sophisticated Image Stabilizer technology. All four of Canon’s HD PTZ cameras use a non-proprietary control protocol enabling users and system integrators to interface the cameras with a variety of control systems from major third-party providers. The XU-80, XU-80W, BU-46H, and BU-51H also include genlock input for broadcast video-system synchronization, HD-SDI outputs for HD recording, and a simultaneous analog composite output (NTSC or PAL) for monitoring.
 
Canon XF-Series Professional File-Based HD Camcorders
 
Canon’s XF Series of professional file-based HD camcorders feature Genuine Canon HD zoom lenses, advanced Canon 1920 x 1080 Canon CMOS image sensors, Canon’s MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec for exceptional HD image quality and color detail, and Compact Flash (CF) card recording (with hot-swappable card slots) for edit system compatibility and efficient workflow. The XF305 and XF300 HD camcorders include a 18x HD L-series zoom lens; the smaller Canon XF105 and XF100 feature a 10x HD zoom lens and Canon’s built-in infrared low-light feature to shoot HD video in complete darkness. All models include XLR microphone inputs.
 
Megapixel IP Video Security Cameras
 
Canon’s megapixel IP security cameras include the VB-M40 PTZ camera, VB-M600VE fixed vandal-resistant outdoor network dome camera, VB-M600D fixed network dome camera, and the VB-M700F fixed “box” style camera. All feature Genuine Canon optics, a 1/3-inch 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon DIGIC NET image processor, and simultaneous transmission of high-quality video up to 1280x960/30 fps in bandwidth-saving H.264 and Motion-JPEG. A built-in Web Viewer allows for remote video monitoring by authorized users on any web browser, including “smart phone” web browsers or leading third-party applications. In addition, the models VB-M600VE and VB-M600D feature a unique Remote Adjustment Function to adjust the pan, tilt, rotation, zoom, and focus settings of these fixed cameras from any Internet-connected PC at any time.
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Post Date: 6/12/2012 11:43:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 04, 2012
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.

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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/4/2012 9:23:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 09, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D Digital SLR Cameras of Choice for Stunts and Action Work on Set of “Marvel’s The Avengers”
 
1920 x 1080 HD Recording And 24p Frame Rate
 
Enable Gripping Point-Of-View Shots for Theatrical Filmmaking
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 9, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras have been used on the set of Marvel’s latest movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” to capture thrilling point-of-view (POV) action shots that can be seamlessly intercut with footage from the film’s principal 35mm and digital cinematography cameras to heighten the film’s visual impact. “Marvel’s The Avengers” shows an epic confrontation between nightmarish super villains attacking the Earth and the super-heroic team of Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film is the latest and most extraordinary Marvel Studios Super Hero movie to date.
 
With intense action and visual effects captured by the Canon cameras, “Marvel’s The Avengers” required close-quarter action work with unrepeatable stunts. “The 5D Mark II and the 7D digital SLR cameras produce excellent, cinema-worthy images. They are great for shooting additional angles that give film editors more options for creating powerfully immersive and kaleidoscopic views of action scenes,” explained the film’s cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey.
 
On the set of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” McGarvey and his crew used five Canon 5D Mark II cameras and two 7D models. Using multiple cameras limited the need to re-shoot complex action scenes, and the affordability and compact size of the cameras enabled the crew to obtain ample coverage by strategically angling them from various vantage points throughout the set. “The cameras’ small size was a major advantage to us. We were able to place them in tight locations that were really close to the big stunts, which would be too risky to do with bigger cameras that would require an operator and two assistants,” McGarvey said. He was able to slide one of the Canon cameras into a sewer grating, while placing another under a pile of debris for a key shot of a car hurtling toward the lens, flipping through the air on fire.
 
“We are thrilled that the EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras were called to action on the set of ‘Marvel’s The Avengers.’ We designed these cameras with versatility and flexibility in mind, and their ability to record beautiful 1920 x 1080 HD video, coupled with their compact size, make them an ideal fit for filmmakers looking to capture tight action shots,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
Compact, lightweight, and compatible with Canon’s wide selection of EF Series lenses, the Canon
 
5D Mark II and EOS 7D digital SLR cameras are equipped with large Canon CMOS sensors and Canon DIGIC 4 image processors that enable them to record exceptional full 1920 x 1080 HD video at the user-selectable frame rate of 24p (23.976 fps), which is the standard for today’s high-end filmmaking. Additionally, the cameras’ low-light capabilities were of major importance on the set of “Marvel’s the Avengers,” as many of the film’s scenes were shot at night.
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Categories: Canon USA News, HDSLR
Post Date: 5/9/2012 10:50:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 07, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
CANON U.S.A. PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY FILMMAKER RON HOWARD FOR YEAR TWO OF THE “LONG LIVE IMAGINATION” CAMPAIGN
 
The Multi-Platform Campaign Launches May 7, 2012, as an Extension of “Project Imagin8ion,” The First User-Generated Photo Contest in History to Inspire a Hollywood Film
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has created a new partnership with two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard for year two of the brand campaign, “Long Live Imagination.” The partnership, launching May 7, 2012 with a digital campaign, comes on the heels of Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A.’s highly successful “Project Imagin8ion,” the first user-generated photo contest in history to ultimately inspire a Hollywood short film.
 
For year two of “Long Live Imagination,” a new television commercial will debut on May 14, 2012 and will showcase the eight winning photographs of “Project Imagin8ion,” teasing “Ron’s Next Project.” Viewers will also be encouraged to visit www.youtube.com/imagination, the updated online hub featuring a personal message from Ron Howard taken from the set of his current film project, Rush. The print campaign will launch on May 28, 2012 and details of the new consumer contest will be revealed in summer 2012.
 
In May of 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. invited photographers of all levels to submit their most imaginative photographs based on a series of movie themes for an unprecedented user-generated contest, “Project Imagin8ion.” The contest entry categories represented eight distinct story-telling elements – like setting, character and goal – that would ultimately shape the film.
 
After receiving nearly 100,000 submissions, Ron Howard selected eight winning photographs to inspire his next production which was directed by his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard. “When you find me,” was shot using Canon cameras including the new Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras and lenses. After the world premiere in November 2011, the film screened at Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca film festivals. It was also shown in theaters across the country including the hometowns of the eight local winners. The 30-minute film will make its exclusive television debut – commercial free – on IFC on Monday, May 21 at 8PM, ET/PT.
 
“I loved the concept behind ‘Project Imagin8ion,’ a very pure experiment that showcased the power of still images on narrative story-telling,” said Ron Howard. “I’m excited about what’s on the horizon as I partner with Canon for year two of this fantastic creative adventure.”
 
“The success of the ‘Project Imagin8ion’ campaign was unprecedented and we are thrilled to align once again with Ron Howard for the next iteration of this journey,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
Grey New York, Canon’s agency partner for over thirty years, is developing the creative and digital elements of the multi-phase campaign. Alliance, the activation and public relations division of Grey, is managing the partnership with Ron Howard as well as the promotional, event and public relations efforts.
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/7/2012 9:21:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 20, 2012
Good news: According to my Canon USA PR rep, Canon USA is not suspending Canon EOS 5D Mark III shipments.
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Post Date: 4/20/2012 9:41:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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