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 Tuesday, October 6, 2015

From Canon USA:

Celebrating the Beginning of a Three-year Sponsorship, the Company Launched the Canon See Impossible Balloon into the Gorgeous New Mexico Sky during the Opening Mass Ascension

NEW YORK, October 6, 2015 - As the Presenting Sponsor and Official Imaging Company of the 44th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, led the spectacularly colorful, world-renowned primary mass ascension of the world's premiere balloon event with the first official flight of the Canon See Impossible Balloon.

On Saturday October 3, 2015, in Albuquerque New Mexico, the Canon See Impossible Balloon led more than 500 colorful hot air and gas balloons operated by pilots from more than 22 countries around the world to take flight in unity. From the event grounds to the vast New Mexico sky, Canon's presence at and in support of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta encourages and empowers attendees from all over the world to capture and print these once in a lifetime moments using tools that authentically represent the fiesta's vibrant glow.

Throughout the event, Canon also offers attendees the chance to experience the wide array of its photographic and printing products and provides educational experiences to help attendees capture the colorful balloons and vivid imagery all around them.

Update: Special thanks to site visitor Henry who sent us this picture from the event!

Balloon Festival 2015 Henry Winokur 1

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Post Date: 10/6/2015 9:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 17, 2015

From Canon USA:

Company Launches First-Ever EXPO Virtual Tour to Provide an Insider's Look into the Future of Imaging Technology

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 17, 2015 - Although Canon EXPO 2015 New York may be over, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that it will extend the excitement to those unable to attend, via the first-ever virtual tour on the Canon EXPO Website. This site will provide rich online content that recaps being at the company's five years in the making EXPO, recently held September 10-11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Revealing Canon's vision into the future of imaging technology, Canon EXPO 2015 New York featured more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, showcasing a combination of current and future Canon products and highlighted how powerful and innovative imaging technologies enhance homes, universities, businesses, hospitals, stadiums, movie sets and more.

Andy Slawetsky, with Industry Analysts, said of his first-hand experience at EXPO, "Canon is one of the largest annual patent recipients in the world and attending a show like this is just awesome. Technology everywhere. While I really only focus on a small part of Canon's portfolio, it's a treat to see everything they do under one roof."

Visit the Canon EXPO website for a virtual tour including:

  • The Stadium Zone, an impressive recreation of Yankee Stadium, where visitors can find information on the cameras and lenses professionals choose to capture the action and bring memorable events to life.
  • The Imaging Journey Zone highlights the evolution of imaging including a 4K projector capable of 8K projection, under development, as well as museum quality printing technology.
  • The Professional Printing Zone provides visitors with information on a range of large format printers including the Oc‚ Arizona Series flatbed printers, the Oc‚ varioPRINT i300, and the award-winning Canon imagePRESS C10000VP Digital Press, which sets a new quality benchmark in its class by delivering robust productivity of up-to-100 images per minute.
  • The Home Zone allows visitors to experience modern home imaging solutions for the always-connected generation.
  • The Enterprise Zone shows how Canon supports businesses worldwide and spotlights Canon's new Rich Collaboration System, an innovative communication platform under development, allowing businesses to connect virtually to enhance communication.
  • The Film Production Zone highlights new ways to help professional storytellers bring their visions to life. Cinematographers, videographers, photographers, production companies, broadcasters and networks can benefit from Canon innovations designed to achieve greater levels of depth, detail and dimension.
  • The Customer Experience Zone provides access to information on Canon's Live Learning programs, professional imaging services as well as its commitment to top-notch customer service.
  • The University Zone demonstrates ultra-high zooming capabilities when utilizing a 250 megapixel CMOS sensor as well as optical technology behind the Subaru Telescope.
  • The Advanced Industry Solutions Zone features a glimpse into Canon's MREAL Solution demonstrations.

Canon EXPO will visit Paris and Tokyo later in 2015 and Shanghai in 2016.

For more information visit: Expo2015NY.com/virtualtour

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Post Date: 9/17/2015 3:00:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 9, 2015

From Canon USA:

Once-Every-Five-Year Exhibition Brings Together Powerful Products, Cutting-Edge Technology and Inspirational Ideas

NEW YORK, September 9, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today commences its Canon EXPO 2015 New York, an imaging showcase galvanized by the visionary experience of New York and inspiring visitors to see impossible by providing a peek into the Company's vision for the future. This once-every-five-year event offers attendees the rare chance to see and experience the incredible breadth of Canon's imaging technology, as well as a glimpse into future products, solutions and services that will transform the way customers live, work and share experiences.

"Throughout history, from roll film to digital cameras, wooden printing presses to inkjet technology, creators have relied on technology to discover new worlds and further the progress of mankind. When we embark on new adventures, we explore uncharted territories, choosing to see what's never been seen, and doing what has never been done," said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "As today's creators explore their world, continuing to dream and discover, Canon will be there for the journey, ready at the helm to provide the right technology to see impossible."

Capturing the vibrant energy of New York City, Canon EXPO 2015 is an invitation-only event featuring more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan with stops in Paris and Tokyo in 2015 and Shanghai in 2016. Leading industry experts, award-winning photographers and film directors and business trailblazers will provide insight on the ways technology is changing the landscape and what innovations they see on the horizon.

New for 2015, Canon EXPO website will offer remote and ongoing access to those not attending the event in-person. Additionally, news, updates and video content will continue to be added after the exhibition, delivering an expanded inside look at Canon EXPO 2015 New York for people across the globe.

The exhibition will be divided into zones demonstrating the theme of Canon See Impossible and modeled after notable New York City landmarks and scenery, each highlighting a different portion of the Canon experience, beginning with a central hub: Modeled after a National Historic Landmark, this area will provide guests with a better understanding of the Company's corporate philosophy, Kyosei, a pledge to work towards harmonizing environmental commitment and economic interests in all business activities. Encapsulating the picturesque landscape of a famous New York City park, visitors will see how this mission drives Canon's active sustainability programs, incorporating recyclable materials into products and promoting cleaner processes throughout the Company.

Continuing this innovation journey, visitors can enter EXPO Zones including:

Imaging Journey - See Progressive Technology
New York is a top tourist destination, and this area offers a captivating museum of New York scenery, beginning with an airport gate overlooking a jet on a tarmac. Guests will climb a ramp that puts them at the top of a skyscraper before going to a room that offers a 360-degree display that thrusts them into a pulsating experience with a unique sense of movement while standing still. From immersive experiences to security solutions and surveillance technologies, this zone will impress even the most seasoned tourists.

Stadium - See Winning Imagery
Upon stepping into Canon's own baseball stadium, visitors become professional sports broadcasters. Entering through the stadium tunnel and onto the field, attendees will have the opportunity to capture in-action photos from the dugout and up on the mezzanine through a variety of camera bodies and lenses. Guests will have the opportunity to jump in a production truck, get behind the broadcast cameras and capture the game live for fans at home.

University - See Canon's Future
Canon helps drive innovation through powerful university, hospital and industry partnerships. In the center of the space, Canon will demonstrate medical innovations that help healthcare professionals diagnose patients. In another section, visitors will experience new sensor technologies in addition to a pioneering telescope project* that will allow astronomers to see further into the galaxy than ever before.

Film Production - See Creative Storytelling
In this zone, visitors will step into a replica of a soundstage in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where filmmakers and producers use Canon products to bring their visions to life as motion picture masterpieces. Entering through the soundstage doors, visitors will be immersed in a true film production experience, featuring numerous cameras and lenses in action, including the new 8K camera system* - the definition of high-image quality. As visitors walk through the zone, they will witness the advancement of picture quality over the last few decades and experience the powerful storytelling tools used by professional cinematographers, videographers, photographers, broadcasters and networks.

Advanced Industry Solutions - See Innovative Manufacturing
Modeled in the shape of a 20th Century Brooklyn factory, this innovation center brings visitors into an integrated workspace for hands-on experiences with Canon's MREAL System for mixed reality, advanced printing and other tools that inspire creative and expand workflow capabilities. Designed to showcase workflow advancements for the production and technical industries, visitors will get a glimpse into how Canon is helping to make business more efficient through intelligent automation, collaborative endeavors and universal precision.

Enterprise - See Empowered Business
Showcasing universal technologies and services to empower businesses large and small, this EXPO zone will highlight innovations to help optimize business processes and drive business growth. Visitors will begin their journey at the Brooklyn Bridge, leading them from Manhattan's bustling Wall Street into the dynamic neighborhood of smaller business across the way in Brooklyn. As they walk the landscape from one end to the other, guests will experience a wide variety of never-before-seen Canon enterprise technology, including Canon's new Rich Collaboration System, an innovative communication platform under development, to empower tomorrow's businesses to work more effectively by connecting offices together virtually to enhance communication. Also, visitors will witness Canon innovations that can provide enhanced document security, business intelligence and workflow solutions.

Home - See Immersive Home Interaction
Demonstrating the future of sharing family moments, this zone will allow visitors to experience modern home solutions for the always-connected generation. This inviting neighborhood apartment will present photos and videos projected via platform technologies and include an activity room with an interactive platform to bring projects to life for both home and office. A can't miss highlight is the new Intelligent Imaging for Life System*, designed to provide an engaging visual experience that lets customers display, interact, organize, and print images directly from cameras and the Connect Station CS100 device.

Professional Printing - See Inspired Printing
Exposing visitors to a bookcase of hard- and soft-cover picture books, this gallery of stunning, detailed prints and lifelike textures will showcase a wide range of innovative printing solutions. From large and small, high-speed to high-quality, production printing to large format and all other variables in between, visitors will experience live printing processes for a variety of uses including commercial printers and book publishers. An anticipated highlight of this zone is the first public debut of the Océ VarioPrint i300, one of the first-of-its-kind digital high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press designed to help accelerate the printing industry's transition from offset to high-volume digital output.

Medical and Wellness Center - See Innovative Healthcare
Demonstrating advanced imaging systems, document management and diagnostic tools, this zone will provide hands-on access to the technology and services Canon provides to a broad range of medical professionals. Following check-in at reception, visitors can view demonstrations of select eye care products. Continuing through the exhibit, visitors will also see a range of medical imaging systems, including radiology and mammography products.

Customer Experience - See Service Excellence
Reflecting the iconography and systematic prowess of a famous New York City train station this zone allows visitors to experience the full breadth of Canon's comprehensive service and support capabilities. Agents will answer real-time customer support questions, including guiding customers through live video calls. This zone will also include a Live Learning stage where training sessions will take place throughout EXPO, offering valuable tutorials and insightful speakers. By walking through the archway of this zone, visitors can also see innovative service from Canon Professional Imaging Services, Healthcare Support Services and Professional Business Services.

For more information please visit: www.expo.usa.canon.com.

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Post Date: 9/9/2015 2:00:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 27, 2015

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y, August 27, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has developed Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR), a new optical element for use in camera lenses that corrects chromatic aberrations at an extremely high level to achieve superb imaging performance.

The new Canon-developed BR optical element offers characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, to achieve impressive levels of chromatic aberration correction for outstanding imaging performance. The BR optical element, positioned between two glass lens elements to create a BR lens, will make its debut in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle fixed-focal-length lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.

Canon Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Technology

Natural light, or white light, comprises a spectrum of wavelengths, or colors, each of which realizes a unique refractive index when passing through a lens. As all colors do not converge on the same point, this disparity causes chromatic aberrations, or color fringing, to occur in an image.

Canon develops optical elements by reviewing organic optical materials, beginning with the design of molecular structures, with the aim of achieving optimal chromatic aberration correction that suppresses color fringing. With the successful development of the BR optical element, which offers unique light-dispersion characteristics that significantly refract blue light—a wavelength that, until now, had proven particularly difficult to converge to a specific focal point—Canon is able to develop lenses that result in outstanding imaging performance by correcting chromatic aberrations at an exceptionally high level.

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Post Date: 8/27/2015 12:00:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

New L-Series Lens is First to Feature Canon’s Proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics – That Achieves a Higher Level of Chromatic Aberration Correction For Superb Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 27, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens for EOS system cameras – a wide-angle fixed-focal-length Canon EF lens that is the world’s first* to utilize the Company’s newly-developed and exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics). This new optical technology utilizes organic material newly developed by Canon to achieve a higher level of chromatic aberration correction than other existing technologies resulting in outstanding high-quality imaging performance.

“As the world leader in production of interchangeable lenses, having produced over 110 million EF lenses since 1987, it is with great excitement that we now introduce a revolutionary new technology to add to Canon’s unequaled optical heritage when it comes to chromatic aberration correction,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We continually strive to achieve the ideal lens performance, which has driven the development of Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, found in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This technology is yet another ‘first’ in optical design introduced by Canon to enhance the performance of our lenses for our customers.”

Canon’s proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics) incorporate a new organic optical material with unique anomalous dispersion characteristics for use in camera lenses. The molecular design of BR Optics refracts blue light (short wavelength spectrum) to a greater degree than other existing optical technologies including UD glass, Super UD glass and Fluorite, to control color fringing as effectively as possible. When placed between convex and concave lens elements made from conventional optical glass materials, BR Optics help to produce sharp images with outstanding contrast and color fidelity by thoroughly reducing axial chromatic aberration.

In addition to BR Optics, the new lens incorporates two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens also features Canon’s proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements to help combat flare and ghosting caused by light rays entering the lens at a large angle of incidence. The lens also offers best in class minimum focusing distance at 0.28m (approximately 11 inches) resulting in an increased maximum magnification of 0.21x - ideal for capturing close-up subjects. Autofocusing is swift and virtually silent due to a rear-focus optical system and Canon’s original Ring USM focusing motor. Full-time mechanical manual focusing is also available even when the lens is set to AF mode.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens features improved durability over its predecessor. As with all L-series lenses, this new lens is highly resistant to dust and water – making it ideal for outdoor photography, even in harsh conditions. The high-grade design of the lens provides users with a substantial and luxurious feel, as well as optimal operability. In addition, a fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces helps to repel liquids and dust particles, and makes the lens easier to clean.

Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is compatible with 72mm filters and will be supplied with Lens Hood EW-77B and Lens Pouch LP1219. It is scheduled to be available in October 2015, for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00.

B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM available for preorder.

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Post Date: 8/27/2015 12:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

The Power and Versatility of an EOS Camera in a New Light

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M3, a compact and stylish interchangeable lens digital camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s outstanding image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a small and lightweight camera body, the EOS M3 camera offers the ability to capture important moments in outstanding detail.

At the heart of the EOS M3 camera is Canon’s latest and most advanced digital imaging technologies, including the company’s high-resolution 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD videos. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III Autofocus System, this digital camera gives photographers the freedom to capture the beauty of movement. Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of more than 80 Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses*, all shrunk down into a compact, mirrorless body to take with them wherever they go. Advanced EOS camera technologies built into the EOS M3 camera include:

  • 24.2 Megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS Sensor, with a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 12,800 (expandable to 25,600 in H mode) paired with Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 6 Image Processor to capture high-resolution photos and Full HD videos with brilliant color and stunning detail.
  • 49-Point Hybrid CMOS AF III Autofocus System for fast and accurate autofocusing of stills and videos, up to 6.1x faster than the original EOS M.
  • Front and Rear control dials for full manual operation and customizable functions as well as improved ease of use.
  • Intuitive Touch Screen 3.0-inch tilt-type (180 degrees up/45 degrees down) ClearView II LCD screen (approximately 1,040,000 dots), perfect for quick focusing and shooting, easy menu navigation, and simple viewing of images and videos.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for streamlined photo sharing and wireless remote control.

“Canon U.S.A. is bringing to market a new member of the EOS family - the EOS M3 - to help satisfy the market’s demand for high-quality compact cameras with large image sensors and interchangeable lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It is the ideal camera for advanced amateurs and enthusiasts looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera option with genuine EOS camera system support, performance and compatibility, as well as professional photographers looking for a full-featured compact secondary camera.”

Photographers familiar with other Canon EOS cameras will note the EOS M3’s interface is similar to Canon’s current EOS DSLR cameras, making operation easier for existing users. The LCD panel’s tilting capability makes it easy to shoot from various angles while the capacitive touch screen allows intuitive image capture and playback with easy-to-understand information and real-time controls.

The EOS M3 camera offers photographers the flexibility to unleash their creativity through its compatibility with Canon EF-M lenses as well as a wide variety of Canon EF and EF-S lenses when used with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. Other compatible Canon accessories include EX-series Speedlite flash units, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, and Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1. Users will also have the ability to remotely capture and share images with Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone application**, using the EOS M3’s integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s EOS M3 Digital Camera is scheduled to be available in early October 2015 for an estimated retail price of $679.99. An EOS M3 EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens kit will be available in the customer’s choice of black or white for an estimated retail price of $799.99. Additionally, a two lens kit featuring the EOS M3 digital camera with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens will be available for an estimated retail price of $1,049.00.

The following Canon lenses will also be available in early October:

  • EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom lens for an estimated retail price of $399.99
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM compact prime lens in silver for an estimated retail price of $249.99
  • EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM telephoto zoom lens for an estimated retail price of $349.99

B&H has the following available for preorder:

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Post Date: 8/27/2015 12:00:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 18, 2015

From Canon USA:

New features include improved initial set-up time, direct printing from Instagram and new ink formula

MELVILLE, N.Y., August, 18, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced enhanced printers for its PIXMA printer line: the PIXMA MG7720, the PIXMA MG6800 series and the MG5700 series of Wireless Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printers. Ideal for high-quality photo and document printing and creative applications, each model can connect to wireless networks easier than in the past for quick printing from the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY application with compatible mobile and tablet devices. Catering to the wants and needs of the everyday user, each model can also be used to create additional copies and scan important documents for archiving purposes as well. All of the printers utilize new genuine Canon inks, which provide deeper blacks and more vivid reds in photos for easy printing at home, and provide more visual impact for printing documents on plain paper than previous models.

To further expand upon the usability and effectiveness of the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY application and PIXMA Cloud Link, new features include the ability to print images directly from any Instagram feed, so special moments can live beyond the screen. In addition, Canon Easy-PhotoPrint+ and Creative Park web applications can be accessed from compatible smartphones and tablets to share and edit individual photos using cloud technology as well. Also, documents can be printed from SlideShare and users can send scanned documents directly to OneNote.

Improving upon initial setup time as compared to predecessors, users can install the printer drivers approximately 30 percent faster with the PIXMA MG7720 printer. All seven models also have an improved wireless printing experience for compatible smartphone and tablet users through the updated Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY application, and can easily print and scan images and documents to several of the most popular online social platforms and services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, Dropbox, Evernote, Creative Park, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. In addition, these models support Google Cloud Print, for printing from Gmail and Google Docs on a compatible mobile device, and from the Google Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS operating systems.

"We are excited to announce these new PIXMA printer models, including a new flagship model, that are ideal for anyone looking for a multi-purpose printer with simple, direct wireless capabilities for easy printing of photos and documents," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With an improved start-up process, new ink cartridges, and an increase in compatible applications available making the printing experience more seamless, these printers cater to those that want to create high quality prints at home or on the go."

The PIXMA MG7720 printer, which also includes the PIXMA Touch & Print feature that allows direct printing from compatible Android devices, along with the PIXMA MG6800 printer series, are the perfect creative tools for students who need to print on the go from just about anywhere using Canon Creative Park projects. Rounding out the new lineup, the PIXMA MG5700 printer series is the economical choice for printing homework assignments or other important documents at home while still providing creative features and quality photos. Each printer features Auto Power On/Off functionality, Auto Two-sided Print and PictBridge printing via wireless LAN for a direct connection to select Canon Digital Cameras.

All of the models also come with My Image Garden software to offer a variety of features designed to inspire and enhance creativity while empowering the sharing of images. My Image Garden also features Full HD Movie Print software to help users produce clear images of frames from videos captured on select Canon EOS Digital SLRs, PowerShot Digital Cameras, and VIXIA Camcorders.

PIXMA MG7720
In addition to the aforementioned features, the PIXMA MG7720 printer comes equipped with the Intelligent Touch System user interface and a 3.5-inch touch screen to easily navigate through various menus. This model also features six individual ink tanks to produce photo lab quality photos at home and professional looking documents. The PIXMA MG7720 printer will be available in black, white, gold and red and has an estimated retail price of $199.99.

PIXMA MG6800 series
The PIXMA MG6800 printer series features an easy-to-use, 3.0-inch TFT touch screen for easy navigation and a five color individual ink set. It is also equipped with a dual purpose paper tray for plain paper in addition to photo paper where a beautiful 4 x 6 inch borderless photo can be printed in approximately 41 seconds11. The PIXMA MG6820 printer will be available in white and black while the MG6821 is available in black/silver and the MG6822 is available in white/silver. Each model has an estimated retail price of $149.99.

PIXMA MG5700 series
The PIXMA MG5700 printer series includes the same five individual ink tank system as the PIXMA MG6800 series printer models where four of the inks are designed for use when printing a color document or image in addition to a dedicated ink tank for printing black and white text documents. These models are also capable of automatically printing a two-sided document to conserve paper. The PIXMA MG5720 printer will be available in white and black, while the MG5721 is available in black/silver and the MG5722 is available in white/silver. Each model has an estimated retail price of $99.99.

B&H carries Canon PIXMA printers.

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Post Date: 8/18/2015 6:15:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 23, 2015

From Canon USA:

Hunger Games Co-star to Join Hutcherson's Short Film, "The Rusted," Inspired by a Consumer Trailer

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 23, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that "The Hunger Games" actress Jena Malone has signed on to co-star with Josh Hutcherson in a short film for Canon's Project Imagination: The Trailer, a consumer contest helmed by Ron Howard. Josh Hutcherson and Ron Howard have selected the winning trailer, "Tainted Water" created by Mark Mukherje, a college student from South Florida, to act as the inspiration for the film, "The Rusted," which will go into production this week.

"The Rusted" is a psychological thriller, a new genre for Josh Hutcherson, written and directed by Kat Candler ("Hellion") and tells the story of a brother and sister who begin renovating their childhood home into a recording studio, when strange happenings force them to face memories of the past.

"Being part of Canon's Project Imagination and working with Ron, Kat and now Jena have really allowed me to express my passion for storytelling," said Josh Hutcherson. "I'm excited to bring the vision to life as a producer on the project and acting opposite a dear friend."

"When Josh presented me with the script, I thought it would be fun to do something different together like a psychological thriller and it's hard to pass up a project with Ron Howard behind it," said Jena Malone. "I also love that the film is part of this very cool, creative experiment tapping into consumers to inspire and elevate our imaginations."

Project Imagination: The Trailer is the third iteration of Project Imagination, Canon's ongoing initiative to empower creativity in everyone. The program, which launched in February 2015, also marked Ron Howard's third time partnering with Canon, a brand that aligns with his conviction that people's everyday lives are visually and cinematically worth recording, bringing high quality and ease to photo and video capture with Canon cameras and lenses. Consumers of all skill levels were invited to create and submit 60-second trailers and entry level participants could utilize Canon's Trailer Editor tool which is still available for consumer's use at imagination.usa.canon.com.

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Post Date: 7/23/2015 12:30:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

Video Creator Kits Introduced to Help Vloggers Jumpstart Great Online Video Shooting Right Out of the Box

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 23, 2015 - Two stars in a universe of online talent, YouTube content creators iJustine (www.youtube.com/iJustine) and DevinSuperTramp, have helped define a new method of storytelling through online video. With so many young vloggers following their example and creating their own innovative content, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils new, specialized Video Creator Kits including a Canon DSLR camera and lens, an external microphone, and a 32GB SD card. These specially-packaged Video Creator Kits provide the vlogging superstars of tomorrow with the tools they need to shoot and share high-quality, compelling stories.

Special guest appearances by iJustine and DevinSuperTramp will take place during VidCon 2015 in booth #1311 on the Main floor of Hall B at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, July 23-25, 2015.

The Video Creator Kits are available for pre-order and are currently scheduled to start shipping in early August in three options:

  • EOS 70D Video Creator Kit: includes EOS 70D camera & EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card
  • EOS Rebel T6i Video Creator Kit: includes EOS Rebel T6i camera & EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card
  • EOS Rebel T5i Video Creator Kit: includes EOS Rebel T5i camera & EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the EOS Rebel 70D Video Creator Kit, the EOS Rebel T6i Video Creator Kit, and EOS Rebel T5i Video Creator Kit are $1,649.00*, $999.99* and $899.99*, respectively.

To arm tomorrow's video storytellers with tips and tricks that can help develop their talent, Canon will host special sessions in its booth. iJustine (Justine Ezarik), author and vlogger, will speak on how she started vlogging and offer advice to those looking to create video content. iJustine's sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, July 23 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM PDT
  • Friday, July 24 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
  • Saturday, July 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

Also, DevinSuperTramp (Devin Graham), filmmaker and vlogger, will premiere his "Life in a Bubble in 4K" video created with the Canon XC10 4K Camcorder on Thursday, July 23 from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM PDT, and share his inspiration, challenges, and creative process for making the film.

All sessions at the Canon booth will be open to all VidCon show attendees.

Visitors to the Canon booth will also have a chance to create their own 15-second "One Take" video entitled, "Why I Want to Be a YouTube Star" using Canon products.

For those with a Creator or Industry Badge for the show, the Canon Creator Working Lounge in room #203 of the convention center will feature DevinSuperTramp along with other filmmakers and Canon technical experts. Devin will be speaking from 4:15 PM to - 5:00 PM PDT on Thursday about his new film, "Life in a Bubble in 4K" and talk about shooting in 4K for posting to YouTube. Canon will also have a "Touch & Try" counter in booth # 2001.

For additional information on Canon's participation at the show visit Canon's Vidcon page at: usa.canon.com/vidcon2015

* Prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

B&H has the Canon Video Creator Kits available for preorder.

Note from Sean: Unfortunately, you don't really get a discount when purchasing these kits (although the box does look fancy). Let's take a look at the 70D Video Kit, specifically.

The Canon 70D Video Kit costs $1,649.00 and contains:

  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ($1,299.00 after $250.00 mail-in rebate)
  • Rode VideoMic Go ($81.47)
  • SanDisk 32GB SDHC ($14.49)

In other words, with the current rebates in place, the components of the 70D Video Creator Kit can be purchased for $1,394.96. Even if the Video Creator Kit was eligible for the same $250.00 rebate (which does not appear to be the case), the kit would still be a little more than $4.00 more expensive than buying the components individually.

Our advice? If you're interested in these kits, buy the individual components now while the instant rebates are live.

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Post Date: 7/23/2015 8:54:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 10, 2015

From Canon:

“We’re proud to know that nearly 90 percent of professional photographers chose Canon equipment to capture exciting moments during Copa America,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “And we were happy to be on site providing service and support to these professionals if and when they needed it.”

Canon knew our professional camera users would be out in force, and so we committed to supporting the pro shooters who use our products, by providing onsite service and support to the photographers and broadcasters using our cameras and lenses to capture the iconic moments of Copa America.

Canon's professional onsite service and support included simple equipment repair, clean and check service and equipment loans to outfit professionals with the proper gear to capture the drama on and off the field. Service and support was available in the media centers in each of the nine stadiums hosting matches in the tournament.

The international soccer tournament took place in Chile from June 11- July 4, 2015 in eight cities, with 12 countries participating, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Stats from Copa America

  • More than 89 percent of the professional photographers covering the most dramatic moments of each game from the sidelines of the soccer fields and throughout each stadium were using Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.
  • Out of 1,245 professional photographers covering Copa America, more than 1,111 were shooting with Canon equipment
  • During the June 15th Chile vs. Mexico match, out of 85 pro photographers covering the game, more than 77 were using Canon (that’s a whopping 91 percent)

B&H carries Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.

Want to know more about those big white lenses seen on the sidelines? Check out the site's Lens Reviews for an in-depth look at Canon's super telephoto lineup.

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Post Date: 7/10/2015 7:45:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MELVILLE N.Y., July 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., will celebrate the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company's 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras on June 22, 2015 -an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company's Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have garnered support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, will set a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced.

Canon's proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

The 110-millionth EF lens, an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (launched in February 2015), features a minimum focal length of 11mm to achieve the world's widest angle of view.1 Furthermore, winner of the prestigious Camera Grand Prix Japan 2015 Lens of the Year award,2 the model was recognized for its use of Canon proprietary optical technologies, making possible superb image quality while effectively correcting for aberrations that commonly occur when shooting at the ultra-wide-angle end.

For more information and full list of Canon EF lenses, visit:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_ef110mill_miscpage

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Post Date: 7/8/2015 12:04:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 23, 2015

From Canon USA:

Colorful Balloons Create Vivid Imagery in Bright New Mexico Sky that Inspire Visitors to Capture Dreamlike Moments with Canon See Impossible

MELVILLE, N.Y., JUNE 23, 2015 – Filling Albuquerque's skies for a picture perfect moment, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that it is the Presenting Sponsor for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a world-renowned attraction and destination from Oct. 3-11, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of the sponsorship, Canon will present the Opening Day Mass Ascension that highlights the launch of 550 colorful hot air and gas balloons. The Company will also present the spectacular Night Magic Glow, where balloons light up the night sky on the second Saturday of the Balloon Fiesta. To mark the beginning of this significant three-year sponsorship, a Canon See Impossible balloon will fly through the sky.

"We are thrilled to have Canon come onboard as the Presenting Sponsor. We look forward to this partnership creating exciting opportunities for our guests and community," said Balloon Fiesta board president, Mike Rice.

As the Official Imaging Company of the Balloon Fiesta, Canon will host hands-on activities to allow attendees to experience the wide array of its photographic and printing products, and will provide educational experiences to help attendees see impossible and capture photos and videos like never before. Additionally, Canon is collaborating with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to present the Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest, where attendees can share and submit their favorite photographs of the luminous event.

"As one of the most photographed events in the world, being the presenting sponsor of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a natural fit for us," said Eliott Peck, senior vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Our sponsorship is a testament to our commitment to the local Albuquerque community and our customers. Through this initiative, we want to inspire hundreds of thousands of attendees to showcase their creativity and learn how the right tools can help preserve memorable moments for years to come."

Want to watch the the balloons soar above Albuquerque? Expedia can help you get your travel plans in order.

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Post Date: 6/23/2015 1:30:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 18, 2015

Announced in January, the Canon Connect Station CS100 was originally slated for availability in June. However, Canon USA has informed us that the CS100 release date has been pushed back with an expected availability in September.

The reason for the delay was not provided.

Product Highlights:

  • Wirelessly Accessible Storage Hub
  • Dedicated to Canon Cameras & Camcorders
  • Built-In 1TB Hard Drive
  • NFC and Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • SD/CF Card Slots and USB Port
  • HDMI Out for Viewing on HDTV
  • Simple Interface for File Management
  • Compatible with Wireless Printers
  • Web Browser and iMAGE GATEWAY Support
  • Includes CS-RC1 Remote Control

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Post Date: 6/18/2015 9:04:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 5, 2015

From Canon USA:

Canon U.S.A. to be Official Supplier

MELVILLE N.Y., June 05, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Company will provide onsite service support to help professional photographers and broadcasters capture the iconic moments of Copa America Chile 2015. Canon's professional onsite service support will include simple equipment repair, clean and check service and equipment loans to outfit professionals with the proper gear to capture the excitement on the field. Service and support will be available in the media centers in each of the nine stadia hosting matches in the tournament.

"Canon is thrilled to join the Latin America community once again in supporting the Copa America soccer tournament," said Kenji Kobayashi, senior vice president, Canon U.S.A. Latin America Group. "This tournament is an excellent opportunity for Canon to strengthen our bond with our Latin American consumer and business markets. We are proud to provide onsite service and support to assist imaging professionals in sharing the action of the games with devoted fans across the world."

The international soccer tournament will take place in Chile from June 11- July 4, 2015 in eight cities, with 12 countries participating, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

For more information visit http://www.canon.cl/canon/cps/cps-en.htm.

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Post Date: 6/5/2015 11:41:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 4, 2015

From Canon USA:

Actor and Longtime Baseball Fan Invites Fans to Enter Photo Contest For Chance to Win a Trip to Little League World Series in August

MELVILLE, N.Y., JUNE 3, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its partnership with actor Mario Lopez, host of TV's EXTRA, in support of the Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers. As part of the "Picture Perfect Season" initiative that kicked off last month, Lopez is encouraging his fans, and baseball fans everywhere, to take part in the photo contest for the chance to win a trip to the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, PA.

"I've always been such a fan of the game of baseball, and it really starts for so many families, including mine, with Little League," said Lopez. "I'm excited to take part in this celebration of family photos and especially the printed images that we all cherish, and showcase the excitement and passion of the game."

By submitting photos based on a monthly theme in May, June and July, fans will have the chance to win one of three trips to join Lopez in South Williamsport, PA and see their photos on display in the World of Little League Museum in the Richard "Hank" Bauer, Jr. Little League Photography Exhibit in the World Series Gallery presented by Easton Foundations.

This month, the Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers focuses on "Fandemonium," a theme focusing on shots of the passionate fans. Whether it's the parents of a Little Leaguer cheering them on or a whole crowd doing the wave, these images should capture the essence of what it means to be a fan. Entries will be judged on the use of the theme and on the quality of the image and overall impression.

"Canon is thrilled to welcome Mario Lopez to this special partnership with the Little League World Series, as we encourage enthusiasts everywhere to capture meaningful moments of fans, families and players," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "He is a great advocate as we continue to share the power of the printed image with fans across the country and deepen our relationship with Little League."

Canon Little League Photo Contest: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older as of the time of entry. The contest begins at 9:00 a.m. ET on May 5, 2015 and ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on July 24, 2015. The contest consists of a three separate Entry Periods for which there are separate entry deadlines. See Official Rules for complete entry details and restrictions, prize descriptions and odds of winning. U.S. and Canadian law govern. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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Post Date: 6/4/2015 10:27:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 28, 2015

From Canon USA:

One will inspire a short film starring Hutcherson

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, along with Ron Howard (two-time Academy Award Winner) and Josh Hutcherson (star of "The Hunger Games" franchise), have announced the names of 15 finalists in the Project Imagination: The Trailer contest. The contest, which drew a flood of submissions, encouraged people of all skill levels to turn their photos and video footage into movie trailers with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks.

The public is now able to vote through June 10 on the 15 finalists at imagination.usa.canon.com and then Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson will select one winning trailer based on its overall impression, inspiration and imagination. The film is set to go into production this summer and will be written and directed by Kat Candler ("Hellion").

"As a veteran filmmaker, I appreciate the value of edge-of-your seat creativity in filmmaking, and that's what Project Imagination: The Trailer is all about," said Howard. "Josh and Kat are the perfect complements to what's sure to be an exhilarating exploration into the inspirational value of trailers."

"What's most exciting about this process is that I don't know what to expect," said Hutcherson.

"We were thrilled by the number of truly creative trailers that were submitted," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And, we know that Ron, Josh and Kat will honor the power of everyday moments to inspire something really fascinating."

The 15 chosen finalists are:

  • JR Poli of North Lauderdale, Fla., with "Everything is Mean"
  • Anna Fuller of Louisville, Ky., with "A Reader and a Writer"
  • Jan Garcia of Union City, Calif., with "The Life and Times"
  • Ben Alagna of Los Angeles, Calif., with "Siren"
  • Ryan McDowell of Campbell, Calif., with "Borderless"
  • Mina Park of Los Angeles, Calif., with "Calling Card"
  • Rachel Bingham of Sandy, Utah, with "Ninja School"
  • Zack Murray of Odessa, Fla., with "Spin"
  • Jonathan Spencer of Charleston, Mass., with "The 18-Hour Proposal"
  • Matt Sconce of Oakhurst, Calif., with "The Hunt"
  • Ryan Lawson of Chicago, Ill., with "Bubbles"
  • Giordan Moore of Springfield, Mass., with "The Clumsy Shoveler"
  • Marc Geiger of Lancaster, Calif., with "Stuck"
  • Mark Mukherjee of Tampa, Fla., with "Tainted Water"
  • Nic Thorson of Sherman Oaks, Calif., with "Project Six"

For the third iteration of Project Imagination, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company are once again producing the film, this time with Josh Hutcherson.

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Post Date: 5/28/2015 6:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 27, 2015

From Canon USA:

Highlights Include New EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera, XC10 4K Camcorder, and DP-V2410 4K Reference Monitor

MELVILLE, N.Y, MAY 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest 4K digital cinema products for professionals in the motion picture, television production, and video content creation industries in Booth #12 at Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles 2015 from Friday, June 5 through Saturday, June 6.

Located at the Studios at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA, visitors to the Canon booth will have an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest cinema equipment offerings including the new EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera, XC10 4K Digital Camcorder, and DP-V2410 4K Reference Display introduced in April. Canon will also have its new CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 ultra-telephoto 4K zoom lens on display, the only lens of its kind in the industry. In addition, the new 50.6 megapixel, high-resolution EOS 5DS and 5DS R Digital SLR cameras will be shown.

In the Paramount Theatre during the Expo will be three Canon-hosted educational panel discussions, featuring industry professionals discussing their craft, and how Canon products have helped power their work. The panel discussion schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Amazon Studios' Transparent: Capturing Intimate Scenes in 4K with the EOS C500 Camera featuring Jim Frohna (DP), Corinne Bogdanowicz (Colorist), and Zoe Van Brunt (2nd AC).
  • Saturday June 6, 12:45 - 1:45 pm - A First Look at the EOS C300 Mark II Camera with Gale Tattersall featuring Gale Tattersall (DP), Tony Gutierrez (1st AC) and Ari Robbins (Steadicam Operator).
  • Saturday June 6, 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Documentary Panel Discussion featuring Jenna Rosher (DP, "An Open Secret", "Janis: Little Girl Blue"), Svetlana Cvetko (DP, "Brand: A Second Coming", "Inequality for All") and Jerry Henry (DP, "City of Gold").

For more information about Canon at Cine Gear Expo LA 2015 please visit: pro.usa.canon.com/cinegear2015.

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Post Date: 5/27/2015 11:43:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

Customer Service and Support Facility Recognized for Environmental Stewardship by the U.S. Green Building Council

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Canon Experience Center, located in Costa Mesa, California, has been awarded LEED Gold certification, a recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. Officially opened in November 2014, this Center offers award-winning service and support to customers, clients and partners - ranging from repair operations, on-site educational programs and a nearly 5,000 square-foot state-of-the-art showroom that displays products ranging from the PowerShot family to the Cinema EOS lineup to large format imagePROGRAF printers. The 38,000 square-foot facility was renovated with environmentally conscious elements aimed to help secure the certification.

"The Canon Experience Center is yet another example showcasing Canon U.S.A.'s ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible buildings and operations," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "By designing and constructing the building to LEED Gold, Canon continues to build on its legacy of looking to the future. Its investment in sustainable building today will pay dividends to all of us for years to come."

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that recognizes buildings, homes and neighborhoods that are designed, constructed, operated and maintained to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient. The level of LEED certification earned is determined by the number of credits achieved in key areas within each of the LEED credit categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

The Canon Experience Center features several environmentally conscious elements that help meet LEED requirements, including:

  • More than 95 percent of the existing building was utilized to extend the life cycle of the standing building stock, conserve resources, reduce construction waste and reduce environmental impact during renovation.
  • More than 75 percent of all construction waste was diverted from landfills through waste sorting and recycling.
  • The use of native vegetation for landscaping helped reduce reliance on irrigation systems and reduced outdoor potable water consumption by over 50 percent.
  • The use of efficient, low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the space helped obtain a 40 percent indoor potable water savings.
  • The facility uses 38 percent less energy than conventional buildings through the use of efficient lighting fixtures, motion sensors and an efficient HVAC system.

"Canon is committed to helping to build a more sustainable environment for generations to come," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are proud to be recognized for our sustainable efforts and conduct operations with our customers in a facility that demonstrates this commitment."

The Canon Experience Center joins two of Canon's other properties that have earned LEED ratings. Canon Americas Headquarters, located in Melville, New York is the largest commercial property on Long Island to achieve LEED Gold certification, and Canon's distribution center in Norcross, Georgia was awarded LEED v4 certification in the "Building Design and Construction - Warehouses and Distribution Centers" category - the first warehouse to receive this version of LEED.

BCCI Construction spearheaded the renovation construction of the Canon Experience Center; Ware Malcomb was responsible for the architecture and interior design. For additional information about the facility and its offerings, visit usa.canon.com/cec.

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Post Date: 5/27/2015 8:59:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From Canon USA:

Three Lucky Fans Will Win a Trip To The Little League World Series in August

MELVILLE, N.Y., MAY 6, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the continuation of their multi-year partnership as the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization. As part of the partnership, Canon and Little League are teaming up to present the "Picture Perfect Season," a initiative kicking off this month with the Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers. By submitting their photos based on three monthly themes, fans will have the chance to win one of three trips to the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, PA and see their photos on display in the World of Little League Museum in the Richard "Hank" Bauer, Jr. Little League Photography Exhibit in the World Series Gallery presented by Easton Foundations.

"Canon is thrilled to support the Little League World Series, capturing special moments of fans, families and players," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "This year, through the use of our input-to-output solutions, we're taking the Great Wall of Fandom on the road and inviting fans at the regional tournaments to show their support on the ground through Regional Walls of Fandom. Culminating at Williamsport and displayed during the tournament, we're excited to share the power of the printed image with fans across the country and deepen our relationship with Little League."

The Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers kicks off with "Stepping Up to the Plate," a theme focusing on shots of game play. Whether it's a Little Leaguer sliding into home base or catching a fly ball, these images should capture the essence of what it means to be on the field. Entries will be judged on the use of theme and on the quality of the image and overall impression.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and up. To submit your photos and read the official rules, visit littleleague.org/canonphotocontest.

Last year, Canon built "The Great Wall of Fandom," a real-time installation showcasing photos and messages from fans around the world, in support of the teams at the Little League Baseball World Series. This year, Canon and the Little League community will be using the Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer to bring the photos to life throughout the entire journey, capturing and preserving moments from Opening Day to the Regional Tournaments, both nationally and internationally, and culminating at the Little League Baseball World Series. Canon will also be hosting the PIXMA Play and Print Experience loaded with baseball-themed activities for kids, giving fans in Williamsport another way to make their fandom real during every moment of the action.

Beginning in late July and running through the end of the tournament on August 30th, baseball fans around the world can share photos and words of encouragement via thegreatwalloffandom.com. Fans at regional tournaments will also be encouraged to print and show their support on their region's very own Great Wall of Fandom. In both instances, Canon will print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom."

This year marks the 76th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing healthy youth sports opportunities for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon continues its partnership with Little League as one of 16 national sponsors, which helps Little League maintain low-team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with Canon as a national sponsor of Little League and the Little League Baseball World Series," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League vice president of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children. Canon's involvement with Little League reminds us to capture and preserve the precious moments that children make on Little League fields around the world."

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Post Date: 5/6/2015 9:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Kat Candler, a decorated filmmaker best known for “Hellion” and “Black Metal”, has signed on to Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer, a consumer contest helmed by Ron Howard. Howard and actor Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) will choose one winning trailer to inspire a Hollywood short film starring Hutcherson and written and directed by Candler. Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson hand selected Candler for the project who’s film “Hellion” was in the 2014 U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive Honorable Mention for the Gamechanger Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

“I’m so excited to work with Kat Candler and after watching ‘Hellion’, it was clear that she is extremely intuitive and can bring thought-provoking work to the screen,” said Josh Hutcherson. “The best part about the project is that I have no idea how the script will unfold with Kat or what type of part I’ll play — it’s totally up for interpretation!”

“Kat’s films are cinematic and she has a very real approach to capturing life experiences in a way that viewers can relate to,” said Ron Howard. “With everyday moments at the crux of this creative experiment, Kat’s technique and skill will lend themselves in the most authentic ways possible.”

“It is an honor to work with Canon, Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson on this project,” said Kat Candler. “I’m a firm believer that there are many great stories living within each of us and the Project Imagination platform is the perfect opportunity to share and inspire others.”

Project Imagination: The Trailer contest launched in February 2015 and is open for submissions through April 29th. Based on the concept that anything in life can be a movie, and every movie starts with a trailer, even those who have never picked up a camera before can easily turn everyday photo and video footage into a creative movie trailer, with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks. Consumers of all skill levels can create and submit trailers of their everyday moments using Canon’s Trailer Editor tool at imagination.usa.canon.com.

For the third iteration of Project Imagination, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company are once again producing the film, this time with Josh Hutcherson.

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Post Date: 4/22/2015 9:38:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 14, 2015

From Canon USA:

Films Premiere for the First Time at Canon Theater During the 2015 NAB Show

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 13, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the premiere of two short films "Trick Shot" and "Battle of the Ages" today during the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV. Both films will screen daily in true 4K at the 2015 NAB Show in the Canon Theater at Booth #C4325.

Using the brand new Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera and the XC10 4K Digital Camcorder, the short films were shot in cinematic 4K (4096 x 2160) and recorded in-camera on SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 cards.

"Trick Shot," directed by Evan Kaufmann with cinematography by Gale Tattersall (Grace and Frankie, House M.D.), is a classic con movie with a twist. Reformed pool shark "Eight Ball" Bobby is forced to play one more crucial billiards game to save his son Devon, who got mixed up in the wrong crowd. Shot on location in Nevada, Tattersall utilized the EOS C300 Mark II camera to capture the menacing darkness of a seedy pool hall, the stark beauty of the barren desert, and the tense drama of a clever heist film.

"The new sensor in the Canon EOS C300 Mark II is a game changer," said Tattersall. "The 15 stops of dynamic range and cinematic quality put this camera in the big leagues."

Mounted with Canon's new CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens, the camera produced an incredible tracking shot of a speeding car from more than two miles away. Yet when the script called for aerial photography, the camera easily transitioned from sticks on the ground to propellers in the sky. Flying with a Canon EF 24mm 1.4L II USM lens on the Aerigon, a professional cinema drone from Intuitive Aerial Inc., the camera captured the vast landscape of Valley of Fire State Park.

"The small form factor makes it wonderful to move around very quickly," Tattersall noted. "It took seconds to go from handheld to drone to Steadicam to jib arm to studio mode. The EOS C300 Mark II is absolutely one of the most versatile cameras I've come across."

Tattersall also had the XC10 camcorder in his toolkit. The 4K fixed-lens, video-and-still-shooting hybrid served as a point-of-view camera, which the filmmakers put through its paces by mounting it under cars and on pool cues.

Tattersall added, "I like the XC10 camcorder enormously. It's a true 4K camera that creates beautiful images in one tiny form factor."

"Battle of the Ages," shot entirely on the XC10 4K digital camcorder, is an action-packed comedy from YouTube filmmaker Scott Winn, whose channel, ScottDW, has amassed more than 59 million views. Riffing on the 1980s crime drama trope, "Battle of the Ages" features two young thugs who learn the hard way that appearances can be deceiving and age is nothing but a number. Scott captured his fearless cast of three professional parkour athletes through an exhilarating chase and an epic fight scene with the XC10 camcorder mounted on a Freefly MoVI M5.

"While we love epic, extreme adventures, we prefer to keep the crazy on screen and away from our camera crew," said Winn. "The XC10 camcorder worked perfectly out of the box. And, the image this tiny, lightweight camera produced is larger than life. I know my work will look great if it is streaming on the small screen of someone's phone or projected in true 4K in a massive theater."

To capture the action from every angle, Scott teamed up with Helivate Films' Zac Eskelsen to fly the camera above Salt Lake City's skyline. They mounted the XC10 camcorder on a DJI Spreading Wings S1000 drone with a MoVI gimbal to get the bird's eye view.

"We love what we were able to accomplish with this camera from above, these shots add a dynamism to our film that was shot in one day with a small crew," said Winn. "The sky is the next frontier for filmmakers, and this camera puts quality drone work within reach for every creator."

Following NAB, the films and their accompanying behind-the-scenes featurettes will be available on the Canon U.S.A. website: https://www.usa.canon.com. "Battle of the Ages" will also be available in streaming 4K on the ScottDW YouTube channel.

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Post Date: 4/14/2015 7:29:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 10, 2015

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 10, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, delivered the first Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens to Otto Nemenz International, a world-renowned rental company based in Los Angeles, CA. Otto Nemenz is the first facility in the United States to offer the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens for rental.

Canon introduced the ultra-telephoto CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens in October of 2014. With the world's longest focal length (75-1500mm with its built-in 1.5x extender) and highest (20x) magnification among Super 35mm zoom lensesi, this CINE-SERVO zoom lens offers cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras. Available in both EF- and PL- mount versions, the lens features a removable Digital Drive unit designed to support broadcast or cinema-style production.

"We are thrilled to be the first to purchase this new lens, a historic development in engineering," said Otto Nemenz, founder and CEO of Otto Nemenz International and I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 member. "Our cinematographer clients are excited to get their hands on this lens and develop new filmmaking techniques using this product."

"Among professionals in the industry the name Otto Nemenz is synonymous with quality and reliability," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are honored by their selection of our CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens, and its inclusion into their impressive equipment portfolio will make it readily available for professionals to explore the visual potential this lens offers."

On April 23, 2015, Otto Nemenz will begin offering the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens for rent. To inquire about reserving the lens, please contact Alex Wengert (alex@ottonemenz.com) or Fritz Heinzle (fritz@ottonemenz.com).

Want to own the lens rather than rent? B&H has the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0 - T8.9 Lens available for preorder.

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Post Date: 4/10/2015 8:44:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 2, 2015

TOKYO, April 2, 2015 — Canon Inc. announced today that the Company is currently developing a high-zoom-ratio, long-focal-length field zoom lens that realizes exceptional imaging performance for use with 4K-capable broadcast cameras employing 2/3-inch sensors. Canon will exhibit a prototype of the 4K field zoom lens at the 2015 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, to be held from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

As 4K-resolution content, which traces its beginnings to the movie-production industry, continues to gain ground in the broadcasting industry, initiatives are currently underway to implement 4K broadcasting in countries around the world with an increasing number of professionals making use of equipment supporting 4K production.

The new 4K field zoom lens is being developed as a new model in Canon’s DIGISUPER series of studio and field broadcasting lenses, which have garnered high acclaim from professionals in the industry. In addition to realizing a high level of imaging performance supporting the capture of 4K-resolution video, the new lens will feature specifications and a body size that ensure a high level of operability and ease of use that are on a par with Canon’s HD broadcast lens models, making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including sports and live concert telecasts.

Although details regarding product specifications and pricing are yet to be decided, Canon is aiming to commercialize the 4K field zoom lens in late 2015, positioning it as the first model in the Company’s new UHD-DIGISUPER series of lenses that brings together Canon’s latest optical technologies for use with 4K-capable and other next-generation broadcast cameras. In this way, Canon will continue responding to the needs of a wide range of users by further strengthening its broadcast lens lineup.

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Post Date: 4/2/2015 7:10:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 2, 2015

From Canon:

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 2, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., has been named to the 2015 FORTUNE magazine World's Most Admired Companies list in the computers category. Considered by FORTUNE magazine as the "definitive report card on corporate reputations," Canon received its highest ranks in innovation, social responsibility and long-term investment value.

"We are honored to be recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine and well-respected industry leaders," said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The results of this year's rankings are a testament to Canon's commitment to investing in our customers and technology, and our core belief of being a good corporate citizen in the communities we serve."

The 2015 list was separated into 55 industries from a variety of business areas. Over 600 companies from 29 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked by executives, directors and analysts in their respective industries based on nine reputation drivers, including financial soundness, long-term investment value, people management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, quality of management, quality of products/services, innovation and global competitiveness.

The FORTUNE magazine World's Most Admired Companies list can be found at http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/.

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Post Date: 3/2/2015 10:03:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 17, 2015

From Canon USA:

The Contest Opens February 25, Inviting Consumers of All Skill Levels to Submit Trailers of Their Everyday Life Moments

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 17, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that actor, Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games franchise, has partnered with Canon U.S.A. Inc. and Ron Howard for Project Imagination: The Trailer, and for the first time ever, anyone's life moments can become a movie trailer and inspire a Hollywood film. The user-generated experiment invites consumers of all skill levels to create and submit trailers of their everyday life moments, resulting in one winning trailer selected by Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson, which will ultimately inspire a short film in which Hutcherson will star and produce.

"Josh Hutcherson is going to be a great addition, empowering a whole new generation to pick up a camera and realize they are far more creative than they give themselves credit for in their everyday life moments," said Ron Howard. "I encourage people to really have fun with their storytelling; who knows, the kid's birthday party might end up looking like a horror film or a trailer for a fantastic thriller that could truly captivate us."

"I'm fascinated by filmmaking and recently sat down with Ron Howard to hear about the history of Project Imagination," said Josh Hutcherson. "The creative process truly excites me, as does officially joining the cast of Canon's Project Imagination: The Trailer. I'm really looking forward to starring in a film inspired by user-generated trailer submissions."

Submissions will open on February 25 at imagination.usa.canon.com. Until then, consumers can visit the website and get inspired by watching "The Trailer of Your Life" - a 45-second trailer about the project, leveraging everyday footage from everyday consumers. The site also includes Ron Howard's tips for creating trailers.

Project Imagination: The Trailer marks Ron Howard's third time partnering with Canon, a brand that aligns with his conviction that people's everyday lives are visually and cinematically worth recording.

"We're delighted to continue our great partnership with Ron Howard and welcome Josh Hutcherson to the project," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO Canon U.S.A.

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Post Date: 2/17/2015 1:07:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 22, 2015

From Canon:

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 - February 1, 2015). Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film; as part of the Festival sponsorship, Canon will offer a special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.

Canon is pleased to share that at least 52 of the 188 films premiering at this year's Festival – over 27 percent – were shot using Canon equipment, up from the approximately 20 percent last year. Eli Roth's Knock Knock, Amy Berg's Prophet's Prey, The Overnight, The Wolfpack, Misery Loves Comedy, Cartel Land, Call Me Lucky, Fresh Dressed, How to Dance in Ohio, Most Likely to Succeed, The Hunting Ground, Tig, and The Nightmare are a few of the many shot-on-Canon projects set to screen during the festival.

"We are honored that so many creative filmmakers have chosen our equipment to bring their visions and stories to audiences. We look forward to supporting them and connecting with them at the Sundance Film Festival," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Sundance provides us with the opportunity to directly interact and support many up and coming filmmakers, and we are excited to return as Sustaining Sponsors to this year's festival."

In 2015, Canon will invite Sundance Film Festival filmmaker attendees to flex their creative muscle at the Canon Creative Studio (427 Main Street; open Saturday, January 24-Monday, January 26, from 11am-6pm). At this daily hub - exclusive for cinematographers, directors, producers, and crew - guests can explore how Canon supports all aspects of filmmaking - from production design, to image capture, through edit and workflow. The space features an equipment demonstration area with on-site staff to walk guests through Canon's full line of Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, including the new Cinema EOS C100 Mark II.

The Canon Creative Studio also features informal panel discussions with top Sundance filmmakers, including horror-great Eli Roth (Hemlock Grove, Hostel), VFX legend Robert Legato (The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo), and award-winning cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Cake, Fruitvale Station).

The Canon Live Learning team will offer hands-on workshops with Canon's latest filmmaking tool – the EOS C100 Mark II camera with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus – including a demonstration of this camera on a DJI Ronin 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Gimbal System.

The Canon Creative Studio will serve as host to the Canon Crew Party (details below) on Sunday, January 25. This will mark Canon's third annual celebration of filmmakers who work behind the lens of the 2015 Sundance Festival films.

Canon's Festival activities will culminate on Monday, January 26 with a special hosted screening of Bending the Light as part of Canon's corporate presentation and not an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. This documentary honoring the artistry of creating a lens and the visual artists who use them from acclaimed director Michael Apted (The 'Up' series, The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist). The 60-minute film explores the relationship between master craftsmen who shape lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses for image capture – each an artisan in their own right. Bending the Light features never-before-seen footage from inside Canon's lens factory in Japan and intimate interviews with award-winning photographers and cinematographers, including Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC (Get on Up, The Help), who will participate in a Q&A immediately following the screening.

Click here to see the full schedule of events for Canon's activities at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. All events take place at Canon Creative Studio (427 Main Street) unless otherwise noted.

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Post Date: 1/22/2015 8:17:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 14, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 14, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Academy Award-Nominated director Sebastian Junger (Restrepo, Korengal) and cinematographer Rudy Valdez chose Canon EOS Digital Cinema cameras and lenses for their new documentary The Last Patrol, the third installment of Junger's trilogy of war documentaries. The pair of filmmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014 and is currently airing on HBO.

The Last Patrol follows Junger, photojournalist Guillermo Cervera, and combat veterans Brendan O'Byrne and Dave Roels as they hike the 300-mile stretch of railroad lines from Washington, D.C. to New York City - a trek Junger originally planned with his close friend and acclaimed war photographer Tim Hetherington before Hetherington was killed in 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war. The goal of the journey was to get to know America again after a decade of war and discuss why combat is so incredibly hard to give up. Because hiking along the tracks is illegal, they moved with a purposeful invisibility designed to echo the isolation felt by many who return from war.

"The Last Patrol is a compelling example of the kind of storytelling that the Cinema EOS system was designed to support," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are honored that the filmmakers selected Canon professional cameras and lenses for their epic project."

The men lived outdoors and carried all of their own supplies, which presented an unusual challenge for the filmmakers.

"What I needed was, basically, the ultimate camera," said Junger. "Not too heavy, easy to use with numb fingers, good in low light, rugged if you throw yourself in a ditch, and something that delivers absolutely gorgeous cinematography."

After searching for a camera that would produce a consistent, top-of-the-line image under rough conditions, Junger and Valdez determined the Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera was the best camera for the job.

"The EOS C300 camera seemed like it was designed specifically for this project," said Valdez. "It's a lightweight camera with a large sensor that works really well in low light. With the added bonus of being able to shoot in Canon Log, it ended up being a pretty easy decision."

Carrying the EOS C300 digital cinema camera on his back during the entire trek, Valdez shot using only natural light while the former soldiers and combat journalists dodged rail security and hiked terrain as varied as dense wilderness and urban streets.

The images Valdez captured exceeded Junger's expectations: "When we watched the material, I was absolutely speechless. It all absolutely glowed with a kind of meaning. That glow came from the machine we were shooting on."

Valdez rounded out his kit with a set of Canon Cinema prime lenses, including the CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F.

"After some days on the trek, I started looking at the camera with a kind of reverence," said Junger. "It was incredible. I can't imagine making this film with any camera that lacked the power and capability of the EOS C300 camera."

For more information about Canon Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/

B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema equipment.

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Post Date: 11/14/2014 9:56:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 7, 2014

The Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California and Canon Information Technology Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico Celebrate Grand Openings

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 7, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the grand openings of two new Customer Service and Support Operation Centers – the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California and the Western expansion of Canon Information Technologies Services, Inc. (CITS), a customer call center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The openings of these centers symbolize Canon’s commitment to providing customers with top-quality service, support and education from coast to coast.

The Canon Experience Center, a new branch of the Canon Americas Marketing Engineering Technology Center (METC), opened its doors on November 5 to celebrate the grand opening of the facility and the customer-focused features and offerings within the space. Following the opening of the Canon Experience Center, the Company celebrated the grand opening of the CITS customer call center on November 6. Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry marked the occasion, along with Canon executives and staff.

“The grand openings of the new Canon Experience Center and the additional CITS call center are a testament to Canon’s commitment to our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These facilities will allow us to connect with our customers on the west coast and further support the needs of all our customers, no matter where they are located in the U.S.”

The opening of the 38,000 square-foot Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa signifies the completion of a renovation of an existing Canon owned facility, which now offers innovative, meaningful face-to-face service and support experiences to customers, clients and partners. The new facility features comprehensive and high-quality customer experiences, including an education center and 35-seat theater where Canon Live Learning, Explorers of Light (EOL) and Canon Professional Services (CPS) events will be held throughout the year. The Canon Experience Center also has a nearly 5,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art showroom that displays Canon products ranging from the Canon PowerShot family to the Cinema EOS lineup to large format imagePROGRAF printers. A CPS members-only lounge where members can relax while their equipment is being cleaned or repaired, as well as a photo studio providing even more onsite convenience to Canon customers are housed within the building.

Throughout the facility there are a number of image galleries that feature images taken by Canon EOLs, along with several images that were captured by Canon customers, including two Canon CPS members and four participants of a Canon Live Learning Destination Workshop.

“I feel honored to have my work recognized by Canon and showcased in the gallery at the Canon Experience Center,” said Chris Martin, photographer and Canon Live Learning participant. “The resources Canon provides to me as a photographer run the full spectrum, from video tutorials to instruction manuals, covering not only the nuts and bolts of the cameras, but also how to use these features to produce optimal results. Even more invaluable, though, was the hands-on instruction during the Live Learning event that brought out a creative side of me that I never knew I had.”

The Canon Experience Center will be home to approximately 75 experienced employees when fully staffed, and will host ongoing Canon employee training. In addition, the Canon Experience Center features repair and maintenance operations for Canon’s extensive lineup of consumer and professional products, including Cinema EOS and EOS Digital SLR cameras, PowerShot Cameras, high-definition camcorders, 4K reference displays and all of Canon’s lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses and broadcast lenses. Repair operations at the facility include 10 state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon’s most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, and a spare parts inventory.

The new 33,682 square-foot CITS call center in Albuquerque, which officially began operations in June 2014, provides support to Canon's growing professional photographic, cinema, printing and office solutions customers. By spring 2015, the center will also support customers using small office and consumer imaging products, including digital cameras, camcorders, large format printers and copiers. Canon’s customer focused investment in the new call center includes state-of-the-art data center technology that help ensure the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chesapeake, Virginia locations are able to conduct uninterrupted operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The expansion of the CITS service and support footprint to the west coast demonstrates Canon’s dedication to providing high-quality customer service with 100 percent U.S.-based Canon employees. The Albuquerque location was specifically chosen because it will help better serve customers from coast to coast. The area has a stable climate, the ability to service multiple time zones and a well-educated largely bilingual workforce. It is anticipated that the support center will create at least 150 customer service, direct sales and technical support positions over a three-year period.

“We are thrilled to have Canon ITS here in Albuquerque,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “By selecting Albuquerque, Canon capitalized on a qualified and culturally diverse workforce and a location with a stable climate for business operations. They have made a strong commitment to our community and have proven to be a great fit in our growing business sector. We thank them for their many contributions to our community.”

Canon’s commitment to providing award-winning, 100 percent U.S.-based support will be highlighted in a new advertising campaign launching mid-November. This entertaining campaign, titled “Rigorous Training,” features real employees at the east coast call center in Chesapeake, Virginia. For a sneak peak at this campaign please visit Canon Service & Support: Rigorous Training.

Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, New Jersey, Itasca, Illinois, and Newport News, Virginia.

For more information about Canon’s Customer Service and Support offerings visit usa.canon.com/satisfaction.

For additional information about the Canon Experience Center visit usa.canon.com/cec.

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Post Date: 11/7/2014 8:53:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Canon:

On Display for the First Time in the U.S. will be the New Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Digital Cameras along with the Latest in Lenses and Professional Printing Solutions

NEW YORK, October 23, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will demonstrate its latest digital camera optics and printer lineup, including the recently announced EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, at PhotoPlus Expo 2014 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 30 - November 1, 2014 in Booth #121.

Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to see the new EOS C100 Mark II, the latest addition to the Company’s Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm digital cameras. Additionally, PhotoPlus Expo attendees can try, firsthand, the powerful new EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full line of Canon EOS and Cinema EOS cameras, EF and CN-E lenses, Canon’s professional and consumer camcorders, and the latest in PowerShot cameras including the new PowerShot G7 X. The Company will also be showing its gallery of PIXMA PRO and imagePROGRAF large format professional inkjet prints and will feature stunning images from Canon’s Explorers of Light, as well as live printing demonstrations throughout the show.

For the first time at PhotoPlus Expo, the Canon booth will feature images from the Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, portions of the 2014 PIXMA PRO City Senses Tour. Attendees can experience this interactive image gallery that brings the printed image to life through the senses of touch, taste, smell and sound. The PIXMA PRO City Senses Tour began in 2013 and this year traveled to three new cities -- Boston, MA, Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, with celebrity hosts and photographers Donnie Wahlberg, Michael B. Jordan, and Joel McHale.

Canon will continue its Live Learning Stage educational series with a combination of lectures and live photo shoots featuring professional photographers, videographers and Canon Explorers of Light. Professionals such as Scott Kelby, Alex Buono, Peter Read Miller, Adam Jones and Michele Celentano will discuss and demonstrate their personal expertise and share their experience with audiences. The Live Learning Stage presentation series, which is open to all attendees, will take place throughout the duration of PhotoPlus Expo. Canon will also host demonstrations of portrait lighting using Canon’s Speedlite system, time lapse video shooting, 4K video for still-frame output to PIXMA PRO-100 and imagePROGRAF iPF6400 printers, and an EOS 7D Mark II demonstration.

Canon Solutions on Display
Attendees will be treated to stunning images in amazing detail and accurate color courtesy of the REALiS WUX6000 and REALiS WUX400ST LCOS projectors, casting images onto a large 130-inch screen. The demonstration will show how REALiS projectors can help professional photographers showcase their work in a large format to clients in studios and galleries to help them visualize for image selection or entice them to order large-format prints. In addition, a REALiS WUX400ST will be displaying a digital signage application running Canon commercials on a loop, an ideal solution for both advertising and education fields.

Canon CPS Lounge
Canon Professional Services will once again host the CPS Lounge where Gold, Platinum and Cinema CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up to two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses*) cleaned and checked during Expo hours starting Thursday, October 30th through Saturday, November 1st in Room 2D12.

CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2014:

10/30 - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
10/31 - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11/01 - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (equipment pick-up only, no new items accepted)

This exclusive lounge area also provides members with a product showcase and the opportunity for Gold, Platinum and Cinema CPS members to have one of their own images printed free, on a PIXMA PRO-1 or PIXMA PRO-100 printer, as well as a free imagePROGRAF Large Format Print (limit one imagePROGRAF and one PIXMA PRO print per qualifying member). A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge for new and existing members throughout the show. Those who sign up, upgrade, or renew a Gold or Platinum CPS Membership in the CPS Lounge during the show will receive an additional free clean and check coupon to be used at a later date.

Canon will also feature technicians directly in the Canon booth, performing CPS customer clean and checks. This area will highlight Canon’s “Support Matters” advertising campaign featuring peer-to-peer testimonials about Canon’s Professional Service and Support from professional photographers and cinematographers.

Canon 2014 PhotoPlus Expo In-Booth Speaker/Shooter Schedule

Thursday, October 30thFriday, October 31stSaturday, November 1st
10:00 AMClay Blackmore
Live Shoot!
Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!
Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!
10:45 AMKevin Shahinian
Cinema with a DSLR
Lecture Presentation
Scott Kelby
What’s New in Action!
Lecture Presentation
Peter Read Miller
Sports, Illustrated!
Lecture Presentation
11:30 AMTyler Stableford
Art From Cinema to Print
Lecture Presentation
Stephen Johnson
Portraying an Exquisite Earth
Lecture Presentation
Alex Buono
Live from NY it’s Alex Buono
Lecture Presentation
12:15 PMMichele Celentano
Live Shoot!
Ken Sklute
Live Shoot!
Harry Benson
Being There!
Lecture Presentation
1:00 PMAdam Jones
Wildlife &7D Mark II
Lecture Presentation
Peter Read Miller
Sports, Illustrated!
Lecture Presentation
Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!
1:45 PMBruce Dorn
Cinemaphotography
Lecture Presentation
Robert Farber
Printing Art
Lecture Presentation
Adam Jones
Wildlife &7D Mark II
Lecture Presentation
2:30 PMScott Kelby
What’s New in Action!
Lecture Presentation
Jack Reznicki
Live Shoot!
Vincent Laforet
Transition from Photo to Filmmaking
Lecture Presentation
3:15 PMTim Laman
Birds of Paradise
Lecture Presentation
Greg Heisler
Portraiture
Lecture Presentation
Greg Heisler
Live Shoot!
4:00 PMHanson Fong
Live Shoot!
Tim Laman
Birds of Paradise
Lecture Presentation
 

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Post Date: 10/23/2014 12:49:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Canon USA:Features MP4 and AVCHD 1080/60p Recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face-Detection Autofocus (AF), Redesigned Viewfinder and OLED Panel, Built-In Canon Log Look-Up Table, and Wireless File Transfer

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the popular Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera.

Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera weighs just 2.5 lbs. and is compatible with over 103 Canon EF Series lenses, including STM models which can deliver smooth and silent autofocus during filmmaking.

“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”

Design Enhancements
Optimized for one-person operation, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera has a mobile core design enabling users to choose their preferred style of shooting. The existing design has been enhanced to include a large-size detachable eyecup for the camera’s large 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel color EVF (electronic viewfinder). Clearly marked red trigger buttons on the camera body, top handle, grip, and a built-in mono microphone on the camera body - for times when the top handle is not attached - can be used to capture basic sound for audio notation or as an aid to audio syncing during post.

Another major redesign of the new EOS C100 Mark II over its predecessor is an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel, delivering 100 percent field-of-view coverage, wide color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The new hinge design - which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface - opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release.

Visual Expression
Previously available only as an optional upgrade for earlier Cinema EOS models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a standard feature on the new EOS C100 Mark II, providing enhanced autofocusing capability. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain in focus even as they move off center. In addition, the compatibility of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon EF autofocus lenses combines outstanding optical tools with a wide range of creative options. It’s ideal for shooting sports, weddings and many more productions where focus pulling by a single operator is not feasible, such as when the video camera is attached to steadicams or drones. The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes Face-Detection AF , a first in the Cinema EOS camera line, which utilizes contrast detection AF to maintain focus across most of the image plane, an advantage in one-person electronic news gathering (ENG) situations.

Imaging and Recording
Central to many of the new features of the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is its advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor. The Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the EOS C100) for noticeably improved image quality. The Canon DIGIC DV4 processor also includes a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (high-sensitivity recording on the camera ranges from ISO 320 to 80,000).

Another important benefit of the Canon DIGIC DV4 processor is Full HD recording in both the high-quality professional format AVCHD or the popular web-friendly MP4 format at a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates (up to the smooth look of 59.94p) to suit practically any production need. For special-effect requirements, slow and fast motion MP4 recording at up to 1920x1080/60p can also be performed.

Users can choose from multiple formats that support MP4 or AVCHD to suit a wide variety of production, post, and output needs. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in one or both formats simultaneously for back-up, or convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload. Extended clip times can be achieved by recording continuously from one card to the other without a break. In addition, a Data Import Utility application is included that can seamlessly join divided files to help reduce work during editing and to import video file data from an SD card inside the camera or a card reader.

As with the other cameras in Canon’s Cinema EOS line, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera includes Canon Log as a recording choice, providing maximum dynamic range for post-production color grading. New, however, is the addition of a built-in LUT (look-up table), enabling users to view the camera’s live video signal in Wide DR (dynamic range) or the BT.709 (TV standard) color space on the OLED or any external monitor connected to the camera’s locking HDMI output (this feature can be turned off in the menu). Uncompressed video output (with time code data and 2:3 pull-down markers superimposed) can be output via HDMI to an external recorder.

Connectivity Innovations
The addition of wireless file-transfer capabilities further expands the versatility of the new EOS C100 Mark II camera for multiple production applications, including transferring time-critical news video or backing-up files. Utilizing dual 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, the camera can transfer video files via FTP server for instant relay, or send MP4 video to the web browsers of laptops or tablets for viewing and storage (even on PC’s lacking playback software). Remote control of the camera is also enabled via a compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes compatibility with the optional multi-functional Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, which can be used to adjust image quality and other important operations from a distance, a handy feature for shooting from a jib arm, drone, or other inaccessible location.

In addition, the optional Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver can be connected to the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera using a USB cable to record location and time information during shooting, a helpful feature for editing and archiving.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.00.

B&H has the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera available for preorder.

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Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:52:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From brandchannel:

"Canon USA last week launched 'See Impossible,' a new tagline and logo as part of a multi-year branding campaign.

Much in line with the industry shift towards 'age of you' and human storytelling, the accompanying ads focus on the people, rather than the camera.

As Adweek noted, 'Canon's campaign centers around a new microsite, which houses a series of digital videos that highlight how customers use a range of products. One 45-second clip shows how an author used the technology to self-publish her book. Going forward, Canon will expand the site's content to include submissions from consumers and clients.'

'We're going to use it as a messaging vehicle, but we're also going to use it internally to organize and marshal our resources in a way that's much more customer-centric than just strictly approaching everything from a product viewpoint that we've done over the years,' said Michael Duffett, VP and general manager of marketing at Canon USA.

brandchannel spoke with Duffett to get more of the strategy behind the new branding, positioning and campaign for the world's 37th most valuable brand."

See the entire article – Seeing the Impossible: 5 Questions with Canon USA's Michael Duffett – on brandchannel.

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Post Date: 10/21/2014 6:54:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 7, 2014

From Canon USA:

From Hollywood Films to Publishing and Medical Technologies, New Inspirational Brand Ethos Spotlights the Breadth of the Company’s Capabilities and Contributions to Developing Imaging Technologies that Showcase the Impossible for Customers

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 7, 2014 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce “Canon See Impossible”—a branding effort aimed to inspire customers to see impossible with Canon products. As part of the companywide marketing initiative, the iconic brand will roll out a new logo visual to include the addition of the “Canon See Impossible” tagline, accompanied by a 3-D visual of an expanding box, symbolizing the Company’s desire to break the boundaries of what is possible and shift the focus from Canon as being solely a manufacturer of quality digital imaging products to a Company that empowers the creative spirit within its people and customers.

Central to the new marketing initiative, the light within the borderless box represents the dedication the Company has to building new collaboration paths with both consumers and commercial clients to constantly innovate and to challenge convention. As the next chapter in the Company’s long history unfolds, Canon is working to listen, adapt, and build a prescient understanding of the changing market forces it faces today and the opportunities they present.

Creative is featured on seeimpossible.usa.canon.com, a digital hub housing consumer, professional, and commercial stories of inspiration, imagination, and innovative end-user applications of Canon imaging technology.

“As a technology-based brand, Canon is constantly challenged to empower its customers in today’s high-tech and fast-paced world in which new apps and innovations are launching every single day,” said Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With imagination and customer focus at the core of the Canon business model, ‘Canon See Impossible’ will highlight the combined technological innovation and human ingenuity that makes the impossible possible. Our new rallying cry will extract creative thinking from a place of isolation, encourage exploration of the unknown, and showcase our creativity as it impacts the real world with limitless possibilities.”

The Company’s heritage in imaging technology advancement and migration into new, applicable business domains has been going on since the 1930’s. The foundation of success was initially built with film cameras, which led to the evolution of high-quality digital cameras for families and professionals, and eventually led to groundbreaking imaging platforms for Hollywood productions that use Canon Cinema EOS Camera technology. Remarkable technologies that have empowered end-users to see the infinite possibilities of the image and to make the impossible come alive go beyond photography applications. Advances in optics development, imaging sensors and powerful image processing technology have been harnessed to deliver a wide range of cutting-edge solutions today. One of the latest developments has been with eye-care technology, allowing ophthalmologists to see deep into the eye, helping to enable early detection, treatment and prevention of eye disease.

Canon has introduced groundbreaking developments in digital imaging reproduction hardware and software solutions. Canon has created new business models, in conjunction with key partners, such as on-demand book printing, empowering aspiring authors to publish and bring their literary visions forward. Central to the “Canon See Impossible” campaign is cultivating storylines that illustrate how Canon technology, combined with end-user ingenuity, breaks new ground daily and how, together, the sharing of ideas and opportunities will help provide a picture of future imaging technology and service development direction.

Elements of “Canon See Impossible” will be launched in print, digital media, and live events and will run on various video media platforms during the fourth quarter of 2014, extending into 2015 and beyond as part of a multiyear effort by Canon.

Note: The See Impossible website just got a little more interesting.

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Post Date: 10/7/2014 8:51:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Canon USA has posted a couple of videos pertaining to its "See Impossible" campaign. From a photography standpoint, the videos don't seem terribly exciting...

Canon See Impossible: Beyond Photography, Director

Canon See Impossible: Beyond Photography, Author

Whatever it is, we won't have to wait long – the countdown timer will run out in about two hours.

Note: AdWeek has an illuminating article on Canon's new ad campaign.

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Post Date: 10/7/2014 6:55:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 5, 2014

From seeimpossible.usa.canon.com:

THIS MESSAGE GOES OUT TO FEAR, DOUBT, LOGIC AND REASON.

To excuses, distractions, procrastination, inertia, critics, cynics, realists, pessimists, resistance, conventional wisdom.

To the peanut gallery, the so-called experts, the good enoughs, the urges to pass the buck, the easy way out, the snooze button, the panic button, and to that little voice in the back of your head that says,

“It can't be done.”

To all of it, we apologize.

Because we don’t see what you see.

AT CANON, WE SEE IMPOSSIBLE.

And there's a countdown timer...counting down to Tuesday, 10:00am Eastern Time.

So what in the world is Canon up to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Post Date: 10/5/2014 5:43:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 22, 2014

From Canon:

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 22, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon Cinema EOS digital cameras and lenses have been selected by IMAX Corporation for an exciting mission to capture 4K footage in space. The cameras and lenses left Earth Saturday on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The equipment will arrive at the International Space Station, where astronauts will capture stunning 4K content for the upcoming new 3D film, tentatively titled A Perfect Planet, a presentation of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, the IMAX 3D space project will offer breathtaking, illuminating views of Earth from space, exploring mankind's future on and off the planet. Renowned large format cinematographer James Neihouse serves as the film's director of photography and trained the astronauts who will man the cameras while in orbit.

The IMAX production team selected Canon EOS C500 EF digital cinema cameras, Canon EOS-1D-C digital SLR cameras, and a selection of Canon Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses for the project. The EOS C500s will be paired with Codex recorders to capture 4K images.

"Of the digital cameras we tested for spaceflight, the Canon EOS C500's image quality was more film-like than the other systems," said Neihouse. "The sharpness is superior to some of the larger sensors. And it is more user-friendly for the astronauts. We have a good track record with Canon cameras in space."

"I am thrilled that the Canon Cinema EOS cameras we have selected launched to the International Space Station and our astronaut crews can now begin filming spectacular scenes for our new project," said Toni Myers, who will produce, direct, write and edit the documentary film. "The lightweight, flexible Canon cameras produce remarkable imagery and are ideal for capturing scenes of our beautiful Planet Earth.

"When we launched the Cinema EOS product line, Canon hoped to inspire filmmakers to take their craft to new heights. We are honored that IMAX, Toni Myers, James Neihouse, and the astronauts took our challenge so literally. To have our cameras and lenses travel to space is an incredible cause for celebration. We look forward to this awe-inspiring film and pledge to continue to engineer products worthy of the next frontier-whether here on Earth or among the stars," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

IMAX's 3D film will be shot over the course of the next year with multiple crews of astronauts conducting principal photography. The film is tentatively set for release in early 2016.

B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema Cameras and Lenses.

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Post Date: 9/22/2014 9:23:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 2, 2014

We asked Canon USA what precipitated the recent lens price drops. In response, we were provided the following information:

"Thank you for helping us achieve our production of 100 million EF lenses worldwide*! In recognition of your continued support and the creativity you bring to the captured image, we are offering some of our best EF lenses at new prices. Long Live Imagination."

* Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to First Half of 2014.

While Canon states that the price drops are in celebration of 100 million EF lenses, we suspect that the increasing US dollar to Yen exchange rate may have been a contributing factor to making lower prices possible from a business perspective. One USD increased in value from 96.59 Yen in Oct 2013 to roughly 105 Yen today. [Sean]

Check out yesterday's post for full details on the price drops.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/2/2014 11:35:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

TOKYO, September 2, 2014—Canon Inc. commemorated today the 80th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, dubbed the Kwanon, which was produced in prototype form in 1934.

The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon.

In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon,* its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, thus embarking on the Company’s history as a camera manufacturer.

In 1959, Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canonflex, followed in 1961 by the Canonet, an immensely popular rangefinder camera that took the market by storm, selling out an entire week’s worth of inventory in a mere two hours. Following these successes, the Company continued to lead the industry with a range of popular camera models, such as the F-1, a top-of-the-line 35mm SLR camera introduced in 1971, and the AE-1, introduced in 1976, which was the world’s first SLR camera equipped with a built-in microcomputer.

In 1987, following continued technological innovation, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) SLR camera to employ a fully electronic mount system. In 1995, EOS marked its entry into the digital era and the lineup continues evolving today. In 2012, the Company released the Cinema EOS System, a lineup of professional digital cinematography cameras and lenses realized through the culmination of various technological innovations centered on optical technologies developed since the Company’s founding. Since its introduction, the Cinema EOS System has contributed to expanding the horizons of visual expression.

Over the 80 years since the birth of the Kwanon camera prototype, Canon, supported by its wide user base, has continuously striven to realize camera and lens technologies to fulfill the Company’s never-ending ambition to create the world’s finest cameras. Leveraging the technologies and know-how it has acquired over its history, Canon will continue contributing to the development of the photographic and video imaging culture through its technologies and products designed to satisfy the expectations of a wide range of users.

* Made possible through the cooperation of Nippon Kogaku K.K. (present day Nikon Corporation). “Hansa” was the trademark of Omiya Photo Supply, a wholesaler of cameras and photo products. In accordance with a contractual obligation, it was engraved on the top of the camera.

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Post Date: 9/2/2014 6:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 19, 2014

From Canon:

Instruction by Amina Moreau, Jack Reznicki and Jim Divitale

Canon In Action Tour, a brand-new educational experience from Canon, is set to launch Sept. 6th in Denver, CO, featuring instruction by renowned image makers Amina Moreau, Jack Reznicki, and Jim Divitale.

The Canon In Action Tour helps advanced amateur DSLR users and filmmaking enthusiasts unleash their creativity and gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to create great images and videos. Those interested can attend a Saturday Imaging Essentials Seminar, or a hands-on Sunday Workshop, or both, for a nominal fee.

Each Saturday Imaging Essentials workshop will help teach participants how to take photos like a pro. Topics include understanding light, exposure control, camera settings, lens choices, composition, adding HD video, and utilizing Speedlites. On Sundays, participants will have two hands-on workshops to choose from – a Speedlite Intensive workshop will help teach comprehensive lighting techniques. In addition, the Exploring DSLR Video workshop will teach participants storytelling techniques like camera movement, audio, and lighting tricks to help participants shoot better video with their DSLRs.

The Canon In Action Tour will run through Nov. 23rd in several major U.S. cities. A full schedule of dates and locations is available at: www.inactiontour.usa.canon.com.

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Post Date: 8/19/2014 10:14:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 13, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a multi-year partnership with the Little League International, which kicks off with the "Print to the Little League Baseball World Series" event in South Williamsport, PA. From today through the end of the tournament on August 24, baseball fans from around the world can utilize Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions and cloud technology to share photos and words of encouragement printed on-site to create "The Great Wall of Fandom." With the new partnership, Canon becomes the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization.

To celebrate the tournament and cheer on all of the competing teams, fans from around the world can submit their supportive comments and images via a custom microsite, thegreatwalloffandom.com. Canon will then print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and the Canon team in Williamsport will add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom." Series attendees will see the photos and messages posted throughout the tournament, and images of how the exhibition evolves will also be shared online daily for the enjoyment of supporters worldwide.

Brand ambassadors will also be available at the World Series sites using Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR and Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Cameras to take photos of attendees and post the content directly to "The Great Wall of Fandom." In addition, Best Buy has partnered with Canon to lend on-site support at the batting cage installation to answer any PIXMA printer or PPS questions.

"From input to output with Canon cameras and printers, the multi-year partnership with the Little League Organization will allow Canon to connect with a new generation of young families who want to capture and share quality memories of this exciting sporting event," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled that the 'Print to the Little League Baseball World Series' initiative allows us to demonstrate the ability to print from virtually anywhere to anywhere via PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS). Moreover, we're connecting with fans who can't be there in person, but want to show their support and encouragement for the players."

While anyone can submit photos to "The Great Wall of Fandom" from virtually anywhere during each game, Canon will also produce keepsakes for on-site spectators and attendees of the Little League Baseball World Series by inviting them to pose in a Canon-branded batting cage located in the Family Fun Zone area, where on-site brand ambassadors will take photos using Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras and then print the captured images directly on Canon PIXMA MG7120 printers as tokens of the attendees' experience.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing a healthy, safe environment for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon joins Little League as its 20th National Sponsor, which help Little League maintain low team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.

"We are excited to welcome Canon as Little League's newest national sponsor and to the Little League Baseball World Series this August," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children."

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Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:47:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 4, 2014

From Canon:

TOKYO, August 4, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today the start of a new program launched in cooperation with paper manufacturers and paper sellers that provides users with an expanded selection of specialty print media compatible with the Canon PIXMA PRO (PIXUS PRO in Japan) series of inkjet printers. The program allows professional and advanced-amateur users of PIXMA PRO printers to choose the ideal paper according to their personal preferences and print project demands.

Canon PIXMA PRO Partner mark

The new Canon initiative gives users access to inkjet print media that satisfies standards for the popular Canon A3+/13”-wide PIXMA PRO printer lineup: the PIXMA PRO-1, PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100. Print media that meets these criteria will display the PIXMA PRO Partner mark.

Users will be able to purchase paper carrying the PIXMA PRO Partner mark with peace of mind, knowing that the product has been tested for use with the PIXMA PRO printer series. Accordingly, users will have an enhanced printing experience as they will not only be able to use Genuine Canon Paper, but also select from a variety of art and specialty print media according to individual print needs. To ensure optimal print results, the ICC profiles for paper offered through this initiative by other companies can be obtained on paper manufacturer and seller websites and elsewhere.

By combining Genuine Canon Paper along with paper from other companies that satisfies Canon standards, Canon provides users with an extensive selection of specialty print media to meet the diverse print needs of professional and advanced-amateur users.

B&H carries Canon PIXMA PRO inkjet printers.

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Post Date: 8/4/2014 6:49:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 31, 2014

From Canon USA:

Updates to Hardware and Software, Can Help Lead to Seamless Productivity and High-Quality Images

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 31, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers - the 36-inch iPF785 and iPF780 models, and the 24-inch iPF685 and iPF680 models - and two new large-format imaging systems - the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. These devices offer faster printing speeds and lower operation costs as compared to their predecessors, as well as upgraded software for an enhanced user experience particularly in mobile and cloud based printing applications.

Designed for a variety of industries that print maps, technical drawings, renderings, site and facilities management plans, signs and posters, the 36-inch devices boast print speeds of up to 21 seconds for an Arch D (24" x 36") print and now support 300 ml ink tanks, helping to lower the cost-per-print. A sub-ink tank system allows users to deplete all of the ink in the tank before replacing them, as well as to replace empty ink tanks without needing to stop the printer, increasing productivity during continuous print runs. In addition, the iPF785 and iPF685 models come equipped with a 320GB internal hard drive for enhanced file processing, personal mailbox space and job storage for up to 500 print jobs.

The iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40 models now have the ability to scan documents up to 315" in length as a PDF or JPEG file, and up to 590" in length as a TIFF file. The M40 scanner has a maximum optical resolution of 1200 dpi, scan speeds of up to 13" per second for monochrome, 3" per second for color and also the capability to scan documents up to 2mm thick. The system features a stand-alone computer and multi-touch-screen monitor, and come with SmartWorks MFP software V 3.55 to simplify Scan-to-print, File and Share processes.

"In addition to some welcome feature set enhancements such as hard drive capacity and increased scan length, the standout aspect of Canon's new-generation models is their productivity," said David Sweetnam, head of Research and Lab Services for BLI. "For example, the iPF680/780 and iPF685/785 MFP models all showed significant productivity gains over their predecessor models, notably in Fast and High Quality modes, so users can remain highly productive without compromising image quality. The models also deliver higher color gamut, richer color saturation, more distinct fine lines and more natural-looking skin tones. The models further deliver excellent GIS/CAD/AEC graphics with an improved depth of field in GIS graphics, even on plain paper, delivering a more realistic 3D rendering of topographical features. And the SmartWorks MFP software on the iPF785 MFP is even easier to use than previous versions, with flexible options for batch scanning that are not currently available with some leading rivals."

"The new imagePROGRAF models introduce powerful new features that can help save time, cut costs and ensure that print jobs move along seamlessly for outstanding productivity," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon U.S.A. "These versatile devices lend themselves to numerous applications, including computer-aided design, architecture, engineering and construction, as well as signs and posters and are excellent companions for industries ranging from manufacturing and government to education."

Bolstered Productivity
Ideal for businesses that need to print documents quickly while retaining high image quality, these new imagePROGRAF models are designed for maximum versatility and performance. In their fastest modes, the iPF785 and iPF780 printers can produce an Arch D sized print (24" x 36") in approximately 21 seconds and Arch E sized print (33.1" x 46.8") in approximately 41 seconds, while the iPF685 and iPF680 printers have output speeds of up to 25 seconds for Arch D prints and 48 seconds for Arch E prints. The 24-inch printers now also come standard with a Flat Stacker/Basket that provides the capability to neatly stack up to 20, 24 x 36 inch plain paper prints.

Simple, Intuitive Software
Addressing the needs of a diverse range of users, Canon's Direct Print & Share 2.0 software is a downloadable cloud portal solution for expanding printing workflows. This software empowers users to view, share and print a variety of files, including PDF, TIFF, JPEG and HP-GL/2 formats, from virtually anywhere. Users can utilize the new "Shortcut Print" feature to drag and drop files they wish to print into hot folders on their desktops helping to streamline their workflow process.

These devices are compatible with Canon's new imagePROGRAF Print Utility mobile app, which helps facilitate wireless printing from a compatible iPad device. The app allows users to perform a number of actions, including previewing their PDF file, number of copies, orientation, and quality before sending the job to any of the compatible imagePROGRAF printers sharing the same network.

Increased Color Range and Precision
These imagePROGRAF devices come with a five-color dye/pigment reactive ink system, including a newly formulated magenta ink that helps produce more vivid reds and yellows. Canon inks provide outstanding adhesion to media, are scratch- and marker-resistant, and help produce crisp and legible text. These devices include Canon's high-density PF-04 print head, which uses 15,360 nozzles to lay down ink.

SmartWorks MFP Software
SmartWorks MFP software provides tools needed to help you quickly and easily scan to print/file/share large format technical documents. New features include:

  • Ability to add custom presets with one-touch retrieval for those frequently used settings
  • Full integration with Canon Digital Print & Share cloud software

Users have more control over their workflow with access to editing functions such as invert, mirror, and black and white point adjustments. Custom presets help users control the scanner and increase control over printer settings.

Optional Software
SmartWorks V3.5 Plus gives users the ability to scan and print multi-page PDF documents on the fly. This allows users to take multiple drawings or documents, scan them in using the M40 scanner and either save or print the set as one multi-page document. In addition to this added feature, users can now perform color corrections and automatically crop the borders on their files using the preview mode and large touch-screen monitor, to ensure that they will be obtaining the desired output. The Plus version also supports PDF/archiving functionality.

PosterArtist with a new low MSRP of $395, includes essential features customers need to easily create posters, signs and banners. To make sharing simple PosterArtist now offers the ability to save posters including custom images, clipart, and fonts, to a new file format. This complete file can be exported directly from PosterArtist to Canon's Direct Print & Share cloud portal software for sharing between users.

In addition, there are a host of independent software vendors that have made software available for use with these new imagePROGRAF printers. Cloud4MPS allows users to web enable compatible imagePROGRAF printers for Remote Device management, Status & Usage Readings, Consumable Management and more. Other companies include SA International, Technesis, Sepialine, EFI, Shiraz, Caldera, ColorGate, DEV Studio, SCP and PosterJET.

Availability
These new imagePROGRAF models are scheduled to be available on July 31, 2014 at manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $4,995 (iPF785), $4,495 (iPF780), $3,195 (iPF685), $2,495 (iPF680), $8,995 (iPF785 MFP M40), $8,495 (iPF780 MFP M40 and $395, for PosterArtist. And ($595) SmartWorks MFP Plus software.

B&H carries Canon imagePROGRAF large format pritners.

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Post Date: 7/31/2014 10:05:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 29, 2014

From Canon USA:

With an Impressive 42x and 30x Optical Zoom, respectively, Canon's new PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Cameras Provide High-Quality Imaging Tools to Meet Varying User Needs

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras. Designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, these new cameras are packed with impressive features. The new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera includes a high-powered 42x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and the Canon HS SYSTEM for clear sharp images and Full HD Video. With a 30x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 24-720mm), the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera allows photographers to capture the moments that mean the most to them quickly and easily, even at long range.

"Our goal is to provide people who are passionate about photography with the imaging tools they need to capture the moments that inspire them," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras offer users features that help produce high quality-images and video with ease allowing them to capture their most creative shots."

The PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera
Building on the features of the PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom with Canon's Optical Image Stabilization, ideal for active families that want to take high-quality close-up shots of their children's soccer game or dance recitals. In addition to featuring a powerful optical zoom range, the SX520 HS digital camera combines a 16 Megapixeli High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.

Giving users the ability to capture life in motion, the camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video utilizing the camera's full 42x optical zoom capability. The camera also features an enhanced grip for added handling comfort. Additionally, the camera's Intelligent IS automatically chooses from one of eight modes to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in various shooting conditions. The camera's High Speed AF allows users to achieve fast autofocusing speeds to help capture every shot with ease. The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera's advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to locate the main subject by zooming out, and then zooming back in quickly and automatically for dramatic close-ups with face detection where applicable.

Upgraded from its predecessor, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera features Canon's Creative Shot mode that uses a combination of lighting, color and composition from the original image to create unique, artistic images. Smart AUTO technology selects 32 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 scenes for video without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images and video in a variety of situations. The Hybrid AUTO mode featured in the PowerShot SX520 HS camera creates a beautifully stabilized HD video clip (up to approximately four seconds) every time a user shoots a still image, then compiles the clips into a single movie that forms a "highlighted reel" for the day. This new camera is equipped with a built-in mini-HDMI port that makes it easy to connect to an HD TV set at home or on the road so everyone can comfortably enjoy viewing the footage.

The PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera
With a compact design and a powerful 30x Optical Zoom range with Optical Image Stabilizer, the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is a versatile camera that can be used daily anytime, anywhere. The 16 Megapixeli CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor combine with Canon's Intelligent IS system to provide users with outstanding functionality, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. With Smart AUTO, the camera identifies an ideal image setting by intelligently selecting from one of 32 pre-defined modes for still shots and 21 scenes for video.

The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily stop and start recording 720p HD video. Additionally, like the PowerShot SX520 HS camera, the PowerShot SX400 IS camera can record even far distances through the use of the camera's full 30x zoom range. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera's High Speed AF, upgraded from the previous model, helps to reduce lag time so that the perfect shot can be captured quickly and with ease.

Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.

The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $249.99.

B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Canon Announcements, Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/29/2014 6:40:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amazon is listing the Canon EOS 7D as "DISCONTINUED." Does this – along with Canon's steep Refurbished discounts – mean that Canon is clearing inventory ahead of a DSLR announcement?

Only time will tell...

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/26/2014 5:48:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 24, 2014

From Canon USA:

Canon Follows Up on Their Strong Showing at February's Big Game in New Jersey With Widespread Use by Imaging Professionals at the Soccer Tournament in Brazil

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent Soccer Tournament in Brazil. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the riveting goals, ravenous fans, colorful scenery and nail-biting moments of the soccer matches utilized Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand.

This outstanding show of support for Canon equipment in Brazil follows Canon broadcast lenses being used extensively to broadcast The Big Game in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, as well as being the number one camera and lens choice for imaging professionals shooting from the sidelines of the game between Denver and Seattle. In support of professionals on the ground, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team was on location at each of these sporting events, among countless others, to provide support to photographers, broadcasters and all imaging professionals.

"Canon is honored to help broadcast companies and news services bring the action of these high-profile sporting events to devoted fans across the world. It is a testament to our products and professional service and support that so many image makers at the pinnacle of their profession rely on Canon," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Throughout the soccer matches in Brazil, Canon broadcast field lenses were utilized to deliver footage of the thrilling tournament. Canon broadcast field lenses represented approximately 90 percent share of all broadcast lenses used. Additionally, Canon broadcast lenses were used extensively to deliver The Big Game to more than 111 million television viewers.

A look to the sidelines in Brazil revealed a familiar sight to many sporting event fans — Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, equipped with iconic white Canon telephoto EF lenses. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of these passionate and prideful soccer matches. Much like The Big Game, in which 75 percent of imaging professionals on the sideline of that gridiron matchup chose Canon equipment.

At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted Soccer matches in Brazil, CPS had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with convenient access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 10:20:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 10, 2014

From Canon:

Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement

TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.

Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.

More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.

The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.

The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.

The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.

"The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world," said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. "By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products."

"Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them," said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.

"The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value," said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. "Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality."

"We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation," said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, "The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be."

"Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation," said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. "We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being."

"The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing," said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. "As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it."

More information is available at http://www.lotnet.com.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 6:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014

From Canon:

TOKYO, June 10, 2014—Canon Inc. today commemorated the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the flagship-model lineup of the Company’s EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras, which debuted in 1989.

In 1987, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex camera to employ a fully electronic mount system, using electrical signals to control such functions as autofocusing and aperture adjustment. Two years later, in 1989, the Company introduced the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1. Created to satisfy the advanced demands of professional photographers, the camera marked the inaugural model of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Based on the EOS concept of delivering automated performance in accordance with the will of the user, the EOS-1 featured cutting-edge technologies, class-leading levels of performance, high durability, robustness and reliability.

In 1994, as a growing number of professional photographers were making use of the autofocusing capabilities offered by cameras, Canon launched the EOS-1N, featuring an increased number of focusing points and increased predictive focusing when tracking moving subjects. Additionally, in 2000, the Company introduced the EOS-1V, equipped with 45-point high-density Area AF, which contributed to high-speed predictive AF of up to 9 frames per second. In this way, Canon has consistently launched flagship-model SLR cameras designed to satisfy the demands of professionals in step with the changing times.

Upon entering the digital era, Canon launched its first flagship-model professional digital SLR camera—the EOS-1D—in 2001, followed in 2002 by the EOS-1Ds, equipped with a full-frame 35mm sensor. Since then, the Company has reinforced its product lineup through efforts targeting enhanced image quality and continuous shooting performance.

In June 2012, Canon released the EOS-1D X, its latest flagship pro-model digital SLR camera, marking the EOS-1 series’ 13th model since the launch of the original EOS-1. The 1D X has garnered strong acclaim from professionals working in a wide range of fields, from photojournalism and sports coverage to commercial and nature photography.

Through the introduction of its powerful flagship-model EOS-1 series, incorporating cutting-edge technologies, and the expansion of these technologies and the functions they make possible, even to entry-level models, Canon continues aiming to enhance the value of its product lineup. In addition to its robust camera lineup, Canon contributes to developing the culture of photographic and video imaging though its efforts to fulfill the diverse needs of users.

Check out Bryan's review of the latest 1-series camera – the Canon EOS-1D X.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/10/2014 6:12:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Highlights Include Demonstrations of the New CINE-SERVO Zoom Lens and DP-V3010 4K Reference Display, and In-Depth Seminars and Workshops

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 29, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional motion picture equipment at the 2014 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, CA from June 6-7, 2014. At Booth 12, Canon will offer visitors the opportunity to demo Canon Cinema EOS and DSLR cameras, Canon HD Video Camcorders, and Canon optics, including the new CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens. Canon will also exhibit cinema workflow solutions including the EOS C300 and EOS C100 Digital Cinema Cameras featuring the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade, new XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders, and the DP-V3010 4K Reference Display, now available for purchase.

Industry Seminars
Canon will host three informative seminars featuring renowned cinematographers and industry leaders, who will showcase their work created using Canon equipment, while sharing their best practices and real-world insights into the art and craft of cinematography.

The seminar schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 6th

5:30pm - 6:30pm | Paramount Theatre (5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038)
4K, 2K, or HD: Leading Cinematographers Try to Resolve the Resolution Debate
Dallas Sterling (Higher Power)
Shane Hurlbut, ASC (Need for Speed)
Steven Poster, ASC (Amityville: The Lost Tapes)
Sam Nicholson, ASC (Various VFX work)

Saturday, June 7th

12:45pm - 1:45pm | Paramount Theatre (5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038)
Let's Talk Docs: Non-fiction Cinematographers Share Stories from the Frontline
Rick Rowley (Years of Living Dangerously
Nick Higgins (The Crash Reel)
Jerry Ricciotti (VICE)
Nicola Marsh (20 Feet from Stardom)

4:30pm - 5:30pm | Paramount Theatre (5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038)
Building Your Camera Kit: Experts Break Down Their Must-Have Tools
Zoran Veselic (Human Voice)
Alan Newcomb (Tusk)
Rachel Morrison (Gap commercials)
Suny Behar (HBO camera test)

Canon Live Learning Workshops
Canon Live Learning (CLL) will be hosting two workshops at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center for those who would like to learn more about the Cinema EOS Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus feature upgrade and high ISO shooting.

Canon Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey and Cinema EOS Pro Market Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the Dual Pixel CMOS AF upgrade and showcase the capabilities of high ISO shooting when capturing images in near dark situations. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology was originally introduced in the EOS 70D DSLR, and now, Cinema EOS users will have the opportunity to take advantage of this new technology in both the EOS C100 and EOS C300 Cinema Cameras, which significantly improves focus acquisition performance. Developed with the single-operator in mind, Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers a smooth, continuous autofocus without excessive searching or blurring, greatly enhancing the quality of "live" focus transitions.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 6th
12:00pm - 2:00pm | Canon Hollywood Technology and Support Center (6060 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028)
A limited number of Canon U.S.A. Factory Service Clean and Check coupons will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, June 7th
8:30am - 10:00am | Canon Hollywood Technology and Support Center (6060 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028)
A limited number of Canon U.S.A. Factory Service Clean and Check coupons will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Camera Giveaway
During Cine Gear Expo, visitors to the Canon booth can enter for a chance to win one of two prizes: a Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera (retail price: $3,399.00) or a VIXIA mini X camcorder (retail price: $399.99). Two winners will be selected and notified of their prize after the show.

The 2014 Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles is held from Thursday, June 5th through Sunday, June 8th at The Studios at Paramount. Registration is free online until May 31, 2014 at 12am PST. To register, visit: http://www.cinegearexpo.com/category/register/.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 7:27:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014

From Canon USA:

Create a short video of 100 seconds or less using a Canon camera and lens, telling us how Canon Lenses have made an impact on your life professionally or personally.

Submit your video for a chance to win the new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens!

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:16:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 27, 2014

From Canon USA:

New Campaign Includes TV, Theater and Digital Advertising as Well as New Consumer-centric "Bring It" Microsite

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce a new marketing campaign, "Bring It," designed to enlighten consumers to a new perspective of telling better stories with higher quality images and video. The campaign, scheduled to roll out this month, features Canon's line of EOS digital SLR cameras and lenses with a rallying cry for everyone to bring their best images and videos to be shared on the Canon "Bring It" microsite.

With a history dating as far back as the 1930s, Canon brought high-quality photography to market. Then, the heritage brand was the first to bring Hollywood caliber HD video to its digital SLR cameras. Today, Canon builds on its legacy by bringing a movement designed to show the public the value a Canon camera can bring to capture outstanding images and videos. Consumers should not settle for good enough, when they can have great. The new 'Bring It' campaign asks the masses to bring their talent, bring everything they have to the art of creating inspiring still and video images.

Through a series of TV, in-cinema and digital spots, "Bring It" pays homage to Canon's past and future as a leader in digital imaging technology, including scenes from the recent film Need for Speed, as well as personal home videos conveying the impact Canon has had from Hollywood to the general public. Consumers are also encouraged to be part of this social movement using the hashtag #BringIt every time they upload their creative HD videos and still images on social media sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Consumer submitted content shared online with #BringIt may be featured and celebrated on the campaign microsite, bringit.usa.canon.com, beginning in July.

"We want this new ad campaign to inspire everyone who is passionate about photography to show us the talents they possess," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. "The idea behind 'Bring It' is to encourage people to strive to not only take better pictures and videos, but to take their cameras wherever they go, allowing them to tell their unique visual stories -stories that will stand out from the crowd and last a lifetime."

Bring It Microsite
In addition, the "Bring It" microsite will serve as a gallery for consumer-submitted images and video, visitors to the bringit.usa.canon.com microsite will get a behind-the-scenes view of the inspiration behind each contribution and information on the products and methods used to produce what is being showcased. The microsite will also feature interactive content about Canon products, as well as educational tools to help inspire and guide consumers as they embark on their own journeys of producing still images and Hollywood caliber HD videos.

For the latest news and announcements related to Canon's "Bring It" campaign, follow @CanonUSAImaging on Twitter and join the conversation with #BringIt.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/27/2014 8:39:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 22, 2014

From Canon USA:

EOS C300 Feature Upgrade offering enhanced autofocusing capability is now available.

Details
Now available from Canon is a feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF autofocus Lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to help reduce out of focus video while providing for smooth focus transitions and assist users when operating with small crews.

Learn more about the EOS C300 Feature Upgrade by visiting the dedicated webpage on the Canon USA website.

Support
Canon USA will perform Feature Upgrade on the EOS C300 at a cost of $500*, and will require that the EOS C300 cameras be sent to an official Canon Service Center. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details. This Feature upgrade is only available for the EF mount EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera.

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. Please register your EOS C300. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available for download.

*Does not include Shipping and Handling charges or applicable Sales Tax.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free)
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com

B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 Cinema camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/22/2014 9:13:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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