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 Wednesday, November 21, 2012
From Canon Global:
TOKYO, November 21, 2012 — Canon Inc. announced today that the company will sponsor four of the International Skating Union's most prestigious figure skating competitions, spanning the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2012 logo
Canon will sponsor a total of four International Figure Skating Championships: the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. As part of this sponsorship, Canon will provide products, technologies and services to contribute to the success of each event.
At numerous sporting competitions both in Japan and overseas, Canon has provided behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering these events, including camera and lens maintenance services and product loans. To further improve on-site media support at all eight Canon-sponsored competitions spanning the two seasons, the company is planning to establish a camera service center at each event to assist the numerous journalists and sports photographers from various countries and regions across the world.
Through the use of Canon products and technologies, the company will continue contributing to the advancement of sports.
Event Schedule:
2012 - 2013 Schedule

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2012Dec. 6-9, 2012Sochi, Russia
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2013Feb. 6-11, 2013Osaka, Japan
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2013Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2013Milan, Italy
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013Mar. 10-17, 2013London, Canada

2013 - 2014 Schedule

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2013Dec. 5-8, 2013Fukuoka, Japan
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2014Jan. 20-26, 2014Taipei, Taiwan
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2014Mar. 10-16, 2014Sofia, Bulgaria
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 20142013Mar. 24-30, 2014Saitama, Japan

Post Date: 11/21/2012 10:00:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Historically speaking, Canon has provided a lens hood and case (or carrying pouch) with the purchase of L-series lenses. However, Canon has generally not included the accessories with non L-series lenses.
However, according to B&H's "What's In the Box," a lens hood and case will be included with the new Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens. The included accessories are also confirmed on Adorama's site.
With the announcement of center-pinch lens caps from Canon, that may be two items we can cross off Bryan's "What I Want From Canon for Christmas” list from 2010!
Preorder the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens at B&H, Adorama, and Amazon.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/21/2012 7:52:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Eye-Fi just released a firmware update for their popular X2 Wi-Fi enabled memory cards that fixes the previously reported incompatability with Nikon D800 DSLR cameras.
Firmware v5.0018 notes:

  • Direct Mode bug fix implemented for the Nikon D800

Check the firmware update procedure for updating your Eye-Fi card.

Category: Eye-Fi News
Post Date: 11/21/2012 7:14:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Canon has released firmware version 1.1 for their new PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 printers.
- The following supported languages have been added:
French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Simplified Chinese
- The problem in which the ink level is not indicated properly in some instances has been rectified.
Download the PIXMA PRO-10 firmware update here.
Download the PIXMA PRO-100 firmware update here.
B&H carries Canon PIXMA PRO printers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2012 2:57:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has just published a very informative technical report on the Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera.
B&H carries the Canon Powershot G15.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/20/2012 10:25:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 11/20/2012 8:02:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
When considering the purchase of a new lens, it is often helpful to look at your previous images and find out which cameras, focal lengths, apertures and ISO settings have been utilized most often when capturing your images.
PixStics is an online EXIF analyzer that utilizes HTML5 (available in Mozilla Firefox / Google Chrome browsers) to gather information about your images and display the results in a statistical based graph. It can be a valuable tool in spotting trends in your own shooting style and providing valuable information when determining how useful a new lens will be.
From the PixStics website:

PixStics is designed to answer most of the commons questions you may have about what camera settings and equipment you use the most and how that relates to buying new gear or improving your technique. It does this by providing a statistical based graph comparing any combination of one or two properties from the list provided.
PixStics pulls its data from the EXIF data stored in your JPEG image files. Simply drag and drop your pictures onto the drop zone above. Results are cumulative so if you drag one set of pictures and then add some others then it will show you the statistics based off of all the selected images. If you want to start over you can refresh the page or click the "Empty EXIF Data" button. At no time is any data uploaded to the server (unless you decide to download a pdf,png,svg or jpeg representation of the chart). Everything runs on your computer using Javascript. In fact, you can even bookmark this page and access it even when you don't have an Internet connection (great for those long flights where you have nothing better to do than think about what gear you want to buy next).
PixStics makes use of HTML5 methods that are not available in all browsers. Both Chrome and Firefox support these methods and IE 10 will work once it's released as well. If the JPEG you select doesn't contain any EXIF data it will be skipped. If none of the files contain valid data then you won't get any valid results.

Post Date: 11/20/2012 6:00:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 19, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2012 7:28:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon Europe:
We plan to test Windows versions of the following software applications for compatibility with Windows 8. We will announce our plans regarding full compatibility once testing is complete.

  • - ViewNX 2
  • - Capture NX 2
  • - Camera Control Pro 2
  • - Short Movie Creator
  • - Nikon Message Center 2
  • - Wireless Transmitter Utility
  • - Thumbnail Selector
  • - NEF codec
  • - NRW codec
  • - PC-PJ Transfer
  • - nik Color Efex Pro 3.0
  • - IPTC Preset Manager
  • - GP-N100 Utility

We do not intend to provide compatibility with the following applications.

  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • my Picturetown Utility
  • USB driver for GP-1
  • Image Authentication Software

We also do not plan to provide compatibility for other software, or for products utilizing a SCSI or serial connection.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/19/2012 3:53:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon UK has posted sample images from the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses.
Preorder opportunities:
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens: B&H | Adorama
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 11/19/2012 7:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released a notice announcement regarding projected dividends for the year ending December 31, 2012.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/19/2012 7:03:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 17, 2012
Good news - the following Canon gear is now (finally) fully in stock:
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2012 9:24:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 16, 2012
From Canon USA:
Company Receives Numerous Awards in 2012 Including a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 15, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to mark 2012 as another award-winning year. Customers and publications are praising Canon across various product segments for quality, innovation and customer support. The business world has taken note of Canon's dedication to environmental issues and industry-leading practices. This year, Canon was selected as one of Interbrand's 50 Best Global Green Brands 2012 (ranking number 29) while also placing among the top five companies in the computer industry on Fortune magazine's 2012 World's Most Admired Companies list.
Additional key awards and industry recognitions received by Canon include the Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years; placement in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services Worldwide1 report; and for the fourth consecutive year, BenchmarkPortal's2 Center of Excellence certification, demonstrating Canon's dedication to providing comprehensive service and support to customers.
"We are extremely pleased to have received so many awards and industry recognitions from various industry organizations spanning product review, customer service and corporate initiatives," said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. "These awards and recognitions exemplify our commitment to not only providing high-quality products and services, but also our dedication to our customers and the environment as well."
Maintaining status as an industry leader and continuing to earn accolades from the top industry publications continued throughout 2012 across all Canon product lines. As in years past, 2012 was no different for Canon cameras and lenses as honors were earned by entry-level point-and-shoot cameras up to professional DSLR and video cameras.
New for this year, Canon is extremely proud to announce that the Company will receive a 2012 Technology & Engineering Emmy® award in the category "Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras." The CMOS image sensor debuted in the Cinema EOS system line in November 2011 and has helped bring digital cinema closer to the superb aesthetics associated with 35 mm motion picture film. The Cinema EOS line took home numerous honors including the Digital Video Black Diamond award from Digital Video Magazine and the EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera won the Pick Hit award from Broadcast Engineering.
Canon's input-to-output capabilities were highlighted with awards granted to several cameras. The PowerShot G1 X digital camera won Outside magazine's Gear of the Year award and named the EOS Rebel T3 and T3i to their best digital cameras list., a division of USA TODAY, named the EOS-1D X DSLR camera Best Ultra High-End and Best Overall Camera and presented the Best Value System for Video award to the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR camera. Additionally, numerous Canon printers were the recipients of awards throughout 2012 including the PIXMA PRO-1 that won the Gold Award from DP Review and the PIXMA MG6220 that CNET named to their best all-in-one printers list.
Canon's line of scanners, Multifunction Printers (MFP) and Large Format Printers received awards for various products. The imageFORMULA P-215 Personal Document Scanner was the 2012 Editors' Choice and received the title of "best scanner" along with the CanonScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner. The 2012 Top Products Awards from My Print Resource named 17 imagePROGRAF printers to their list including the imagePROGRAF iPF760, iPF6300S, and the iPF825 MFP, and BERTL named the Canon FAXPHONE L100 to its Best Spring Awards list. Continuing to offer consumers efficient products, the Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw (as tested with its wired interface), MF5960dn, MF8380Cdw (as tested with its wired interface) and imageRUNNER 1750 MFP were all awarded the Summer 2012 Buyers Laboratory "Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency" award.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/16/2012 2:53:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
Join us for a webinar on Video and Color for Photographers
Recent DSLR cameras shoot excellent video, but there are a lot of issues to consider before jumping into the DSLR video world. This webinar outlines those considerations, to give still photographers a better idea of what is involved to enter this exciting new field. Join us, Tuesday, November 20th from 3PM-4PM EDT, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie provide an exploration of the hardware, software and knowledge involved in the move into motion, as well as some consideration of the value this can add to your work.
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO!
Title: Video and Color for Photographers
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Register for the webinar here.
B&H carries Datacolor products.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 11/16/2012 8:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Lytro:
Lytro Unveils Perspective Shift and Living Filters for New Ways to Experience Living Pictures
Mountain View, Calif. – November 15, 2012 – Lytro Inc., creator of the world’s first consumer light field camera, announced today it will unveil a new light field technology capability for the Lytro camera with Perspective Shift as well as new creative tools with Living Filters. These features will be available to customers starting December 4th via a free Lytro Desktop software update.
Perspective Shift lets Lytro photographers interactively change the point of view in a picture after it has been taken. On a computer or mobile device, viewers can move the living picture in any direction – left, right, up, down and all around. When pictures are shared to the web, Facebook and Twitter, friends can experience Perspective Shift without needing any special software. Perspective Shift also works retroactively on any light field pictures previously taken with a Lytro camera.
“By capturing the light field, the Lytro camera lets photographers achieve things that were never before possible. The first groundbreaking capability was focusing pictures after they were taken and now we are excited to offer Perspective Shift, which brings living pictures to life in an entirely new way,” said Ren Ng, founder and executive chairman of Lytro.
“The new Perspective Shift from Lytro is fun and artistic! I've had a wonderful time running around with my Lytro camera to grab little scenes and bend them into this new way of seeing living photos. The idea that you can take any little scene and make it like interactive Matrix-bullet-time is really cool," said Trey Ratcliff, renowned landscape photographer and Lytro pro-shooter team member.
In addition to Perspective Shift, Lytro announced a new way to enhance light field pictures with Living Filters. With a single click, Lytro photographers will be able to apply one of nine interactive filters to their pictures and change the look of the picture based on light field depth. Unlike traditional digital photo filters, Living Filters create additional effects as viewers interact with a picture. Living Filters is a free update to Lytro Desktop and works on all Lytro light field pictures, including retroactively.
New Living Filters:

  • Carnival: Twist and distort your picture as you refocus and change perspective as if you’re in a funhouse of mirrors.
  • Crayon: Add a touch of color to a monochrome version of your picture. Click to focus and add color into your scene, or change your perspective and add color back into your scene as you explore.
  • Glass: Put a sheet of virtual glass into your scene. Everything in front of where you click will be unchanged, and everything behind will appear to be behind a piece of frosted glass.
  • Line Art: Reduce your scene to a grayscale outline, seeing more detailed lines where you refocus.
  • Mosaic: Create a tiled mosaic in the out-of-focus parts of your scene as you click or change your perspective.
  • Blur+: Significantly enhance the amount of blur in the out-of-focus parts of your scene.
  • Pop: Make parts of your scene pop out with extra detail and vibrancy when those areas are clicked.
  • Film Noir: Add a moody and stylized black and white look to your pictures, with a little bit of extra detail and color where you click.
  • 8-Track: Bring back the ‘70s with this filter that adds an aged, vignetted look to your pictures. Click to un-age parts of your scene and see them come back to life, disco suit not required.

“Having the ability to play with tiles of your living pictures while you refocus with Mosaic or to give an evening shot more drama with Film Noir will let Lytro camera owners and their friends and family have even more fun with the light field and the living pictures it creates,” said Eric Cheng, director of photography at Lytro.
To view Lytro pictures and get more information on Perspective Shift and Living Filters, visit these picture galleries:
Perspective Shift Gallery:
Living Filters Gallery:
The Lytro camera Learn Page:
Amazon carries Lytro cameras.

Post Date: 11/16/2012 7:36:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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