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Note that this year's Olympic Games are still referenced as "2020" despite being held in 2021. From Canon Inc.:
July 19, 2021
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
Canon establishes professional photographer Photo service center inside the Tokyo 2020 Main Press Center
TOKYO, July 19, 2021—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that the company will establish a photo service center for professional photographers in the Main Press Center (MPC), where members of the international press gather, during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (henceforth, Tokyo 2020 Games) with the purpose of ensuring photographers are as best-equipped as possible to capture exciting and definitive moments of top-class athletes.
Professional photographers around the world require camera manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art technologies and top-class-performance equipment, as well as provide a comprehensive network of meticulous service and support.
Thus far, Canon has provided on-site support for press photographers, including camera and lens maintenance and technological support, behind the scenes at major sporting events around the world. The Tokyo 2020 Games are no exception—there too, Canon will apply its professional support know-how acquired over its long history in order to provide flexible and appropriate support for photographers and the various requests and equipment troubles they may have.
The Tokyo 2020 Games Main Press Center, located in the West Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, is expected to receive many members of the international press. As a Gold Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Games (still cameras and desktop printers), Canon aims to contribute to the successful operation of the event. With this goal in mind, the company will establish the largest camera photo service center of this event within the MPC.
At the photo service center, which will operate under the motto of "Zero Downtime" to ensure that photographers don't miss their chance at capturing decisive moments of this intense competition due to equipment trouble or other such problems, Canon will provide speedy maintenance service, equipment repairs and loaning of replacement equipment so that photographers can always be ready and in the best possible condition.
The Canon photo service center will provide such equipment as the company's professional flagship camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III, as well as the EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras and super-telephoto lenses. In addition, elite and highly trained staff will be working on-site to support photographers until the end of the closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
In addition, Canon's remote camera system will be used at the event venues. The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R enables digital interchangeable-lens cameras (DILC) to be operated remotely, including the ability to adjust shooting angles, and can be installed and used in locations at the event areas where human photographers cannot access, such as from ceilings.
Canon strives to support photographers aiming to capture historic and powerful moments of top-class athletes engaged in fierce competition and contribute to the promotion and development of photographic culture. In addition, the company will support the efforts of the media to deliver to people around the world moments of passion and excitement during the sporting world's premiere event, thus contributing to the promotion of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.
*The Canon photographer service center will take thorough precautions against the spread of COVID-19 infections in order to ensure that photographers and staff may use and operate the booth safely and with peace of mind.
Canon adopts a white paint coating for its L-series telephoto and super-telephoto lenses.
Canon developed the signature white of its lens barrels as a tool for photographers at international sporting events. The first such lenses* produced by the company, the FD600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. and FD800mm f/5.6 S.S.C. large-diameter super-telephoto lenses, were released in June 1976.
Compared with standard lenses, super-telephoto lenses are much larger, and therefore more prone to the effects of sunlight and are frequently used under the intense heat of the summer sun.
In order to reduce the adverse effects that heat has on the lens' optical performance, Canon adopted its signature white coating for its lens barrels, which reflects heat more effectively than black. Canon continues to improve this technology through such improvements as a proprietary heat shield lens barrel coating used by the EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses (released in 2018).
At various sporting events held worldwide, there is often a "sea of white" in the photographers' section—rows upon rows of professionals using Canon lenses. Among photographers, these lenses gained the nickname "white lenses," and the color white came to be known as a marker of a high-performance professional lens.
*Among lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras. The lenses were used with the TV2000mm f/11 super-telephoto lens (released in September 1960) for broadcast cameras for broadcasting baseball matches. Reference: Realizing remote operation for DILCs that support on-location press
Remote still photography image capture solution Robotic Camera System CR-S700R
For on-location press at sports matches and other events, remote camera technology enables still photography from perspectives and angles that would not be possible through conventional means. Allowing photographers to operate their cameras from a distance, this technology is becoming increasingly widespread.
In February 2020, Canon released the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R solution for capturing still photos using interchangeable-lens cameras* via remote operation.
The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R, developed in response to and in order to meet the needs of users worldwide, supports the still image capture for press photographers.
*Compatible with the following camera and lens models: EOS-1D X Mark III (released in February 2020), EOS-1D X Mark II (released in February 2016), EF11-24mm f/4L USM (released in February 2015), EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM (releases in October 2016), EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (released in September 2012), EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM (released in September 2018), EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (released in March 2010), EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM (released in October 2016), EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (released in December 2014). As of July 19, 2021.
From Canon Inc.:
Notice Regarding Revision of Consolidated Results Forecast
Canon Inc. (the “Company"), at a Board of Directors’ meeting held on July 19, 2021, revised the consolidated results forecast for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 that it released on April 26, 2021 as follows.
1. Revision of Consolidated Results Forecast for Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2021
Millions of yen (except per share amounts)
|Net sales||Operating profit||Income before income taxes||Net income attributable to Canon Inc.||Net income per share|
|For reference, Fiscal 2020||3,160,243||110,547||130,280||83,318||79.37|
2. Reason for Revision
In the second quarter of 2021, as was the case in the first quarter, sales of inkjet printers, which continue to be in high demand due to more people working and learning from home globally, grew strongly. Additionally, even amid restrictions on activities linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in and demand for cameras increased, resulting in sales remaining strong in each region, particularly for full-frame mirrorless cameras and interchangeable lenses. [emphasis added] The Company is also posting sales growth of other products, such as medical and semiconductor lithography equipment, thanks to favorable market conditions. Amid inflation caused by a shortage of goods, we expect the favorable market environment to continue in the second half of the year. Additionally, more people getting vaccinated is expected to bring the number of people commuting to offices back, resulting in print demand recovering in the office market. Based on these assumptions, the Company has revised its full-year consolidated results forecast.
This notice contains forward-looking statements with respect to future results, performance and achievements that are subject to risk and uncertainties and reflect management’s views and assumptions formed by available information. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be considered forward-looking statements. When used in this document, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project” or “should” and similar expressions, as they relate to Canon, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Canon to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products by other companies, lack of acceptance of new products or services by Canon’s targeted customers, inability to meet efficiency and cost reduction objectives, changes in business strategy and various other factors, both referenced and not referenced in this notice. A detailed description of these and other risk factors is included in Canon’s annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. Canon does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens just arrived in stock at Canon USA. Update: this lens is indicating backordered after orders are placed, though maintaining a preorder here is a good idea.
This is an impressive lens – check out the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens Review for more info.
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Just posted: Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens Review.
You need to read this one.
If you plant it, they will come. Coneflowers, butterflies, and the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens go together beautifully.
This eastern tiger swallowtail was moving from flower to flower, rotating in a circle on each. Getting to the flower and in position before the rotation was complete was the key to capturing a pleasing angle.
Hanging out in the garden with the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is quite fun.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Review: Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens
A Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens and FE 1.4x Teleconverter just arrived in the B&H used department. Many other highly desirable used Sony lenses are in stock.
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Firmware update for SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary for Sony E-mount
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary for Sony E-mount.
It has been found that the lens firmware cannot be updated from Ver.01 to Ver.02 by the end user via the camera. Therefore, SIGMA will update the lens firmware free of charge.
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary for Sony E-mount with firmware Ver.01
[How to check the current firmware version]
Please check the firmware version from the camera menu. If the lens version is firmware Ver.01 it is necessary to update to the new firmware version.
[Benefits of the update]
It has improved the phenomenon whereby the lens' optical stabilizer effect differs depending on the shutter type and drive mode used.
It has corrected the phenomenon whereby the lens firmware cannot be updated via the camera.
[Treatment on this issue]
For customers who use the target product with the affected firmware version, SIGMA will update the lens firmware to Ver.02 free of charge.
Please note that customers cannot update to lens firmware Ver.02 by themselves. After the lens has been updated to Ver.02 by SIGMA, the user can then update all future lens firmware via the camera.
For US-based customers, please contact SIGMA America at: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/service-support
For worldwide support, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station at: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Note that the L-mount version of this lens has also has a firmware update for the OS issue.
Our review: Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS C Lens
From Tamron Japan (translated):
28-75mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) For customers who purchased after June 22, 2021
Target serial number
28-75mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) for Sony Mirrorless Cameras
9087206 – 9087237 9088710 – 9087725 9088742 – 9088005 9089551 – 9089606 9090311 – 9090312 9090314 – 9090318 9090327 – 9090363 9090365 – 9090374 9090959 – 90090974 9090991 – 9091046 9092527 – 9092582 9092607 – 9092611
Details are under investigation and will be announced on the support information page at a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for your patience. If you have purchased a lens with the target serial number, please contact us. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Our review: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens
Review: Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens
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With four lenses in the lab right now, some testing is happening in parallel for efficiency reasons. While not as exciting to most as the image quality test results already shared, valuable additional results, including vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with measurements and standard product images are now available on the pages of these four lenses:
Essentially, all tripods, monopods, and heads have included a weight capacity rating for as long as I can remember. However, a specific standard for establishing these ratings is seldom (never?) mentioned.
Manfrotto has just announced compliance with a new standard to ensure safety for supported gear.
For the first time in the imaging industry, UNI/PdR 105:2021 establishes an official reference practice for payload safety providing full transparency about payload measurements to consumers.
No more gear purchased on arbitrary product specifications:
UNI/PdR 105:2021 guarantees that a support loaded with a weight equal to the declared Safety Payload is never jeopardized, no matter the position, taken all the safety parameters into account.
Whereas, Max Payload indicates the maximum load a support can hold, sometimes not taking safety parameters into account. This means that applying the maximum weight, the support’s safety and functionality might be compromised.
Get more details at https://www.manfrotto.com/us-en/safetypayloadunipdr105-2021/.
Adorable or vicious killer? Right — both descriptions accurately describe this little predator.
The opportunity was a unique one. What started as a glimpse of a weasel hunting in the brush turned into an afternoon of waiting, with some watching and photographing mixed in.
Often nocturnal, weasels are seldom seen, and when they show do themselves, getting these fast- and erratically-moving critters in the frame is tremendously challenging, even without accounting for accurate focusing. This weasel finally paused momentarily to check out (her reflection in?) the near-ground-level Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens aimed in her direction.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
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