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 Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 15, 2014 — Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2013, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 14, 2014.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
 
Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2013

YearRanking*Patents
20131st (3rd)3,825
20121st (3rd)3,179
20111st (3rd)2,813
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,367
20051st (2nd)1,828

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/15/2014 6:49:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D
Canon has made EOS Rebel T5i / 700D firmware version 1.1.3 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera displays Err01 or Err60, or in rare instances will lock-up when in Live View shooting mode (or Movie shooting mode) when attached to the following STM zoom lenses: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.
  2. Corrects some Korean language misspellings displayed on the menu screen.

Download the new firmware

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/14/2014 8:02:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 Download available for $99.00. Regularly $129.00.
Post Date: 1/14/2014 6:21:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR w/ EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR w/ EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $1,899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the camera deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.3%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/14/2014 11:15:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-105mm VR DX Lens
B&H has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-105mm VR DX Lens available for $1,346.95 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $1,596.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/14/2014 9:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR Lens
1SaleADay.com has the Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $449.99 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/14/2014 8:07:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Moon shot using a 300mm Lens (Cropped)
by Sean Setters
 
We all want to succeed in whatever we do. If we didn't, we wouldn't put the effort in doing whatever it is we're attempting in the first place. However, to gain the experience necessary to master any skill, you must first fail time and time again. Photography is no different.
 
While portraiture has always been my first love, I've tried my hand at several types of photography over the past few years – sports, macro, landscape, architecture, infrared and panoramic (just to name a few). And I have failed miserably at all of them. At least, at first.
 
Every time I pick up my camera, my goal is to capture an image that I'm proud of – an image worthy of sharing on social media or simply with friends. But I'm not always successful at accomplishing my goal. But here's the most important part – I have learned infinitely more from failure than I ever have from success.
 
Each time I return home from a photo venture, and realize I have nothing that I'm ultimately proud of, I analyze the images to figure out why. This period of reflection (which usually includes research and brainstorming) has led to many of the best "light bulb" moments I've had throughout my photographic journey. And those moments of inspiration add up to a mountain of experience that I call upon when faced with future challenges. And it all comes from failure!
 
The moon image above is a prime example of this process. I had tried numerous times to capture the moon but was never very happy with the end result. But here are the things I learned from the failed attempts:

  1. On a clear night, the moon can be very bright. Therefore, you can use a relatively fast shutter speed, low ISO and moderately wide aperture to capture it. The fast shutter speed reduces motion blur caused by the moon's movement across the sky.
  2. Shooting a full moon is not ideal. When the sun rakes across the moon (as in the shot above), the features of the moon become much more clearly defined because of the shadows cast by those features.
  3. A 300mm focal length (when used on a current, high resolution full-frame camera) is enough to get a reasonably good picture of the moon (with some very heavy cropping, that is). Even more focal length is preferable, though.
  4. Manual focus using 10x Live View, manual mode, a 2-second timer and a solid support system are ideal.
  5. Fun Tip: Using a tripod mounted camera and 10x Live View, you can actually watch the moon travel across the sky in your LCD. The magnification makes the movement much more obvious (it's really cool!).

The fear of failure can be a paralyzing force. It can cause you to put your camera down and not pick it up again for ages. Instead, I urge you to perceive failure as an opportunity to gain valuable experience that will enable you to succeed spectacularly in the not-so-distant future. So keep shooting!
 
I challenge you to grab your camera, try something new and fail. But use the experience to hone your skills so that you are even better prepared to conquer the challenge the next time around. ;-)

Post Date: 1/14/2014 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spyder4Express Display Calibration System
B&H has the Datacolor Spyder4Express Display Calibration System available for $74.00 with free shipping. Regularly $114.00.
Post Date: 1/14/2014 7:00:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DXO Optics Pro 9
B&H has the DXO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition available for $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $179.00.
 
Note: DXO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition is also on sale and is available for $179.95 with free shipping. Regularly $279.95.
Post Date: 1/14/2014 6:54:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera
B&H has the Refurbished Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera available for $174.99 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/14/2014 6:42:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 13, 2014
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens available for $669.00 with free shipping. Regularly $969.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2014 9:17:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive
Adorama has the SanDisk Extreme II 480GB Solid State Drive (SSD) available for $289.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Compare at $428.00.
 
Note: Adorama is currently out-of-stock, but the item is "...expected in a few days."
Post Date: 1/13/2014 5:55:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Memory Card
B&H has the SanDisk Extreme 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Memory Card available for $80.95 with free shipping. Compare at $96.37.
Post Date: 1/13/2014 1:42:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Check out this short video created by a three man crew using a 5D Mark III, Magic Lantern, an awesome bike and a little creative film work.
 
From marc&R YouTube Channel:
 
"One of us bought a Ducati Monster and we all thought the bike looked amazing, so we decided to make a video about it. We shot this Ducati Spec in 2 days with the Canon 5d Mark III and a crew of 3 people including myself. Also I wanted to try out Magic Lantern RAW for quite a while and this was the perfect opportunity. The raw video really looks amazing. Thanks a lot to the developers of Magic Lantern. This is truly great! And of course: awesome bike!"
 
Gear Used:

Graded in DaVinci Resolve 10.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2014 1:22:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens available for $1,617.93 with free shipping. Compare at $1,886.95.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the Nikon lens deal listed here is not advertised as coming with Nikon USA service or warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/13/2014 11:16:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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