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 Friday, December 28, 2012
Canon Japan has published a Windows 8 Compatibility Notice for DSLR cameras and software:
 
 

Windows 8 connection check result by Japanese version (32bit/64bit)

o : Connection possible
  *When using the EOS Utility 2.12.0, you will need to download and install ". NET Framework 3.5".
  For more information, click here
x : This is non-compliant.
 
Canon DSLR Windows 8 Compatibility
* 1 When using the EOS Utility 2.12.0, you will need to download and install ". NET Framework 3.5". In an environment where ". NET Framework 3.5" is not installed, EOS Utility We will not start.
 
* 2 To automatically start the EOS Utility 2.12.0, you must set up the Windows 8 "Auto-Play" feature. Set up information here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/28/2012 9:48:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
While not exactly recent, the two interviews below were published in English only a few days ago. During photokina, Megapixel.co.il interviewed both Canon and Nikon about new products, product differentiation, and product development.
 
Canon Interview:
 

 
Synopsis from MegaPixel.co.il:

  • Richard Shepherd explained in a few words in the interview about project 1709 (the name is actually the date of the beta announcement). The project is invitation only at this stage.
  • The events in Japan in 2011 had a lot of influence on the actual launch of the 1D-X – Canon used the time to tweak and improve the finished product.
  • Regarding the delays in launching some of the long telephoto lenses – Canon states that it was important to reach full production capability as to not cause delays later on.
  • For Canon – the 6D is the idea travel camera. Although there might be other target audiences for the 6D – people who travel and like a quality camera they can carry are very high on the list.
  • The 6D will not be the only DSLR wit GPS and WIFI but don't expect every model from now on to come with these features.
  • Although we asked – we didn't get a direct answer whether or not the EOS-M can be fitted with and external digital viewfinder and if it can – does Canon has any plans to do so.
  • According to Canon, Pro photographers do not trust digital viewfinders and so for pro cameras, optical viewfinders are here to stay.
  • Adding a focus limiter in the camera is possible technically, however Mike Owen explained that so far Canon did not receive substantial enough request for this feature from its costumers.
  • The APS-H format is not necessarily dead – this actually depends on the market and the consumer needs.
  • The eye-control-focus technology (used for example in the Canon EOS-3) is gone, but it might return again in the future. In the past some photographers liked it but some didn't so its an open issue.
  • Don't expect a road map from Canon for its EOS-M lenses (unlike Sony, Samsung, Fuji, Panasonic etc.). Canon is going to focus on what it feels are the right lenses for this format (i.e. mostly compact lenses).

Nikon Interview:
 


 
Things covered in the interview with Dirk Jasper:

  • Target markets for the Nikon D600 and D800
  • Similarities/differences between the D600 and D800
  • Why AF points cannot extend to the edges of viewfinder
  • Additional costs of full-frame camera production
  • External vs internal GPS and WiFi
  • The omission of articulated screens in "pro" cameras
  • The possibility of electronic viewfinders in DSLRs
  • What Jasper believes is the biggest revolution in photography in the last two years (Nikon 1 system)
  • The future of photographic tools in the next two years

Post Date: 12/28/2012 9:09:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 27, 2012
Samyang T-S 24mm ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens
 
From Samyang:
 
The Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC is a wide-angle, full-frame lens fitted with the perspective control and tilt-shift functions. Its unique optical and mechanical construction makes it an ideal tool for architecture and landscape photography. The product is extremely useful to correct convergence of lines and perspective control. The optical tilt mechanisms enable precise control of depth of focus along with perspective control which can also be used for creative photography and perspective exaggeration, enabling photographers to shape the image according to their individual needs. Suitable for both digital and analogue film formats.
 
Optical design of the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC comprises sixteen lenses arranged in eleven groups, including two aspherical lenses and two Extra Dispersion (ED) lenses. These elements enable the lens to perfectly reproduce detailed elements and provide superior optical performance even when using the tilt and shift (T-S) functionality. Furthermore, each optical component has been covered with multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coatings, which provide superb light transmission, high contrast and natural colours. With sophisticated optics and developed T-S function, the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC is currently the most advanced lens produced by Samyang Optics.
 
The tilt-shift function in the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC allows for smooth and fine adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-8.5 and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12 mm. To make Tilt-Shift function even more seamless, both the lens mount and the Tilt-Shift section may be rotated on the optical axis. The Tilt-Shift section may be rotated left by 90 degrees (with 30 degree adjustment), while mount of the lens may be rotated both in left and right direction by 90 degrees (with 30 degree adjustment). Filter size is 82mm.
 
Available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony A mounts.
Release Date: March 2013.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 12/27/2012 2:31:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Buy.com) has the SanDisk Extreme 480GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive available for $299.00 with free shipping.
Post Date: 12/27/2012 12:52:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/26/2012 8:27:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Interested in knowing the history of the Canon cameras? Check out the Canon Camera Story starting with 1933 - 1936 The Birth of Canon hosted by the Canon Museum. (thanks Stewart)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/26/2012 10:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has Select Refurbished Canon Digital Camcorders on sale for up to 60% off.
 
Use promo code DEC12 to receive free shipping on orders of $100.00 or more!
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Deals
Post Date: 12/26/2012 7:19:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I wish you and yours the merriest Christmas ever! May it be filled with great meaning, great memories - and great images!
Post Date: 12/25/2012 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 24, 2012
The hugely popular and iconic Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Camera is now listed as discontinued on Canon Japan's website.
 
With the introduction of the EOS 6D, it was inevitable that the dated 5D Mark II (now 4 years old) would be making an exit. Even so, we're just a little sad to see it go.
 
You can still purchase a Canon EOS 5D Mark II at B&H, Adorama, Amazon, or a refurbished model at the Canon Store (20% off right now).
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/24/2012 9:12:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, December 22, 2012
Nikon recently modified the wording in their "How do I clean a camera lens?" FAQ listing. The following two sentences have been removed:
 
"Do not breathe on the lens to fog it for cleaning. There are harmful acids in breath that can damage lens coatings."
 
Hopefully we can infer from the recently modified text that Nikon believes that your breath, while not ideal for cleaning a lens element, will not actually damage it.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/22/2012 9:43:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 21, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/21/2012 1:02:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network has published several Tips and Tricks for the newly released Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera.
 
Topics regarding the Canon EOS 6D include:

  • EOS 6D: ‘Control over HDMI’ for viewing images
  • EOS 6D: Live View & sharing with DLNA devices
  • EOS 6D: using the camera's rechargeable backup battery
  • EOS 6D: smartphone connection via WiFi
  • EOS 6D: Auto Update clock settings
  • EOS 6D: maximising battery life using the built-in GPS
  • EOS 6D: maintaining frame rates at high ISOs

Other recent topics:

  • Quick mode, Live Mode and Face Detection
  • Live Mode and Face Detection AF on EOS-1 series
  • Frame Rate on EOS-1 series DSLRs
  • AC Adaptor kits
  • AF Quick Switching with EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X
  • EOS 5D Mark III Battery Life
  • Viewfinder Warnings on EOS 5D Mark III
  • Compression Settings on EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X
  • Shooting Movies with EOS 5D Mark III: Lock Switch

You also might want to check out CPN's Inside the Canon EOS 6D technical guide.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera in stock.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/21/2012 8:03:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PMA:
 
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, announces 2014 PMA@CES will be held Jan. 7-10, 2014, at the 2014 International CES®.
 
“We are fewer than three weeks away from 2013 PMA@CES, but we are already hard at work on the following year’s event – and we are happy to say it will again be held at CES,” said PMA Executive Director Jim Esp. “Offering PMA@CES at the International CES makes it much easier for attendees and exhibitors to discover everything that’s happening in the world of photography and digital imaging in one place, at one time – without the expense and time commitment of two different shows. We are also happy to announce the DIMA, PSPA/SPAA and AIE Conferences will again immediately precede 2014 PMA@CES, on Jan. 5-6, 2014.”
 
PMA President Allen Showalter commented, “It’s great to be partnering with CES again in 2014. The joining together of these two events allows attendees to experience not only all the digital imaging and photography exhibits at both CES and PMA@CES, but also a huge array of other consumer electronics and technologies that are relevant to our industry. In addition to being able to interact with all the top companies and industry members at PMA@CES, there are plenty of opportunities at CES for our trade and supplier members to network with people in related industries, and find additional ways to increase their revenue streams.”
 
As is the case for 2013 PMA@CES, the 2014 PMA@CES event will be held at the LVH, an official venue of the International CES, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Post Date: 12/21/2012 8:12:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, December 20, 2012—Canon Inc. announced today that a range of Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.
 
Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design. Every year iF honors excellent design in three disciplines: product, communication and packaging design. For the 2013 iF Design Awards, seven Canon product designs received coveted iF Product Design Awards.
 
Within the Audio/Video category, awards went to the EOS-1D X digital SLR camera, the IXUS 500 HS/510 HS (PowerShot ELPH 520 HS/530 HS and IXY 3/1 in other regions) compact digital cameras, the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, and the EOS M interchangeable-lens digital camera system. In the Computer category, the PIXMA PRO-1 (PIXUS PRO-1 in Japan) professional inkjet printer, the PIXMA MG6350/MG5450 (PIXMA MG6320/MG5420 and PIXUS MG6330/MG5430) inkjet all-in-one printers, and the i-SENSYS MF4890dw (imageCLASS MF4890dw and Satera MF4890dw) monochrome laser all-in-one printer were awarded.
 
Encouraged by the multiple iF Design Awards recognizing the company's design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/21/2012 6:33:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 20, 2012
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens in stock with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/20/2012 5:14:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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