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 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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Categories: Canon USA News, HDSLR
Post Date: 8/17/2012 9:39:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store's Friday Deal (valid through Aug 20) is $25.00 off purchases of $250.00 or more - or up to 10% savings. No coupon code is necessary.
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Post Date: 8/17/2012 8:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
OneCall now has the Canon EOS 1D X in stock.
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Post Date: 8/17/2012 8:02:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 16, 2012
Buy.com has the Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements 10 Bundle for $69.99 with free shipping. Compare at $89.95 (also a deal) - regularly $124.95.
Post Date: 8/16/2012 8:32:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon has the Canon EOS 1D X in stock again. The volume is better this time with 18 in stock.
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Post Date: 8/16/2012 2:43:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This offer does not apply to all eBay accounts, but ... browse the huge selection at the Beach Camera, MacMall, Sony and Skullcandy eBay Stores to see if your account is enabled for the 5x bonus eBay Bucks (10% overall - up to $100.00) on all items available by these trustworthy sellers.
 
You need to browse individual product listings to see the bonus enabled (not just category pages). eBay Bucks are able to be used like cash at eBay at a later date. This offer is valid from Aug 16-19.
 
10% back is a great deal - especially on gear that is not yet discounted anywhere, on gear with rebates in place and on higher-priced items. Here are a couple of specific deals to get you started:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, BG-E11 Battery Grip, Sandisk Extreme 32GB 45MB/s Class10 SDHC - $3,499.99, free shipping, plus get $100.00 eBay Bucks.
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens - $1,349.00 ($150.00 instant rebate in place), free shipping, plus get $100.00 eBay Bucks.
 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - $1,399.00 ($150.00 instant rebate in place), free shipping, plus get $100.00 eBay Bucks.
 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens - $929.00 ($120.00 instant rebate in place), free shipping, plus get $92.90 eBay Bucks.
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i - $849.00, free shipping, plus get $84.90 eBay Bucks.
 
There are MANY other deals to be made - again, here are the stores to browse:
 
Beach Camera
MacMall
Sony
Skullcandy
Post Date: 8/16/2012 12:45:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Nikon D800 in stock. These will not likely last long.
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Post Date: 8/16/2012 12:01:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (white box - removed from camera kits) as a Daily Deal for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $950.40. Plus, "You'll earn $16.00 in eBay Bucks."
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Post Date: 8/16/2012 11:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store has the hard-to-find Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR in refurbished condition for $3,999.20.
 
The refurbished Canon EOS 50D also just became available at the same URL.
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Post Date: 8/16/2012 11:47:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Post Date: 8/15/2012 10:08:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Bundle for $249.00 (Reg $306.00) with free shipping. (thanks Matthew)
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Post Date: 8/15/2012 6:54:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Slik/Daiwa DST-33 Lightweight Aluminum 3 Stage Video Tripod System with Fluid Head (max height 61.6", supports 5.0 to 8.0 lbs) on special for $199.95 (regularly $399.00 - save $200.00). Shipping is free.
Post Date: 8/15/2012 6:44:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Kata GDC Series R-101 Small Rucksack with TST Protection for a D/SLR Camera Body or Mini DV Camcorder and a 12" Notebook on special for $59.99 (regularly $119.99) with free shipping.
Post Date: 8/15/2012 11:34:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 8/15/2012 11:09:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon has the Canon EOS 1D X in stock. I doubt that these will last long.
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Post Date: 8/15/2012 10:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Don't forget about the Lexar memory card specials available at Adorama right now. As usual, shipping is free.
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Post Date: 8/15/2012 9:54:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 8/15/2012 7:48:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall on the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR.
 
This is once again regarding the rubber grip - and is a proactive move by Canon:
 
"Incidents/Injuries: Canon U.S.A., Inc. has received one report of a consumer who developed a minor rash after contact with a surface where the camera had been."
 
Here is the full CPSC release:
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
August 14, 2012
 
Release #12-246
Firm's Recall Hotline: (855) 902-3277
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
 
Canon Recalls for Repair EOS Rebel T4i Digital Cameras Due to Risk of Allergic Reaction
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
 
Name of Product: EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Cameras
 
Units: About 68,200
 
Importer: Canon U.S.A., Inc., of Lake Success, N.Y.
 
Hazard: A chemical used in the camera's rubber grips can result in a reaction that changes the grips from black to white and poses a risk of skin irritation to the consumer.
 
Incidents/Injuries: Canon U.S.A., Inc. has received one report of a consumer who developed a minor rash after contact with a surface where the camera had been.
 
Description: This recall involves EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras with a 12-digit serial number that contain a second digit that is a "3" or "4" and a sixth digit that is a "1." Serial numbers are printed on the bottom of the camera. The Canon logo and the model name are printed on the front of the camera.
 
Sold at: B&H Photo, Best Buy and camera and mass merchandise stores nationwide and Amazon.com and other online retailers between June 2012 and July 2012 for between $850 and $1,200.
 
Manufactured in: Japan
 
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cameras and contact Canon U.S.A. to have replacement rubber grips installed free of charge.
 
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (855) 902-3277 between 8 a.m. to midnight ET Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit the firm's website at www.usa.canon.com
 
(thanks Brett)
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Post Date: 8/14/2012 2:38:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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