Canon and Sony News for Jul 2012 (Page 3)

 Monday, July 9, 2012

Check out the just-posted Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/9/2012 10:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the CEA:

2013 International CES Registration Opens Today

Free Registration through August 31

Arlington, Va., July 9, 2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today opens registration for the 2013 International CES®, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, scheduled January 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Registration for the 2013 International CES is free to consumer technology professionals through August 31. A registration fee of $100 will start on September 1, and the fee will increase to $200 on January 2. Attendees and media can register today at CESweb.org.

The International CES has room blocks at discounted rates, available for a limited time, at partner hotels throughout Las Vegas. It is important to make hotel reservations early to get the best rates.

The International CES attracts 150,000 of the top executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from 150 countries.

“Excitement and buzz is already starting to build for the 2013 International CES, which will be the most important global technology event of the year,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “With new innovations in cloud computing, software and apps, digital health, lifestyle technologies and automotive technologies, the 2013 International CES is sure to feature the standout products and trends of 2013 across all major product categories.”

Press registration is always free. For media services, registration and credential criteria information, please visit CESweb.org/press. Additional information on the 2013 International CES can be found at CESweb.org, including hotel and airline information to assist attendees in making their CES travel plans.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Shows
Post Date: 7/9/2012 11:04:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Canon EOS-1D X Wired LAN Instruction Manual is now available for download.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/9/2012 8:54:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another Canon EOS Rebel T4i Product Advisory from Canon USA:

Thank you for using Canon products.

The front rubber grips of some units of the Canon EOS REBEL T4i Digital SLR camera (EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i overseas models) may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.

Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.

Phenomenon

The front rubber grips of some EOS REBEL T4i units produced in certain lots during the sixteen-day period between May 31st through June 15th, 2012 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and analysis, that the substance zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is what causes the rubber surface to turn white.

Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. However, the quantity of rubber accelerator used in the affected production lots was slightly higher than usual. As a result the rubber grips may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i Grip

Affected Product

Some EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras produced from May 31 through June 15 may be affected.

You can use the serial number to check whether your camera is affected by this phenomenon. If the sixth digit of the serial number is "1" please follow the procedure below. If the sixth digit of the serial number is "2" or higher, your camera is not affected.

Procedure:

1) Click on the link below to enter your serial number.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i Serial Number

2) Enter the 12-digit serial number (reference the image below) from your camera then click the Submit button

3) One of the following messages will appear.
· "Your camera is NOT affected" ? No further action is required
· "Your camera is affected" ? Please see the Support section below

Click here to enter your serial number (hint: read this instruction before opening that page)

Caution on Use

The amount of zinc bis (N,N'-dimethyldithiocarbamate) detected during our testing was minimal. While Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions, depending on one’s health and physical condition, in rare cases when this substance comes into contact with skin, allergic skin reactions* may develop. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms, such as red eyes, may develop.

As a precautionary measure, thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grips that have turned white. (If any medical symptoms develop, please consult your physician immediately.)

*Please note that the occurrence of allergic skin reactions depend on the target substance, length of contact with the target substance, one’s health and physical conditions, and sensitivity of one’s skin structure, and not everyone will be affected by allergic symptoms.

Support

Preparations are underway to provide free repair service for affected cameras by replacement of the rubber grips. Once this repair service is available (ETA of mid July 2012), we will post an update on our web site and also notify registered users via email. Please register your EOS Rebel T4i, so that we can inform you via email when the free repair service will commence.

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.

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

Contact Information for Inquiries:
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-902-3277 TTD: 1-866-251-3752
E-mail: carecenter@cits.canon.com

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Service Notices
Post Date: 7/5/2012 9:42:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Reuters has posted an interesting short article titled Robo-cams go for Olympic gold on their blog. Included are pictures of some very cool gear and equally cool techniques.

via RG

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/5/2012 11:41:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon USA:

Updated Availability for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. The lens is expected to be available in mid-September 2012.

We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.

 
From Canon UK:

Updated sales start date for EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens

London, UK, 5 July 2012 – Canon would like to advise of an updated sales start date for the previously announced EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens. Due to a further delay to the start of mass production, the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will now be available from September 2012.

Canon would like to apologise for this delay and any inconvenience caused to customers.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 7/5/2012 8:32:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Nikon D4 Firmware Version A:1.02 / B:1.02 is now available foor download: USA | Europe

Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date July 4, 2012:

  • An issue that caused the camera to freeze when attempting to format a memory card (setup menu>Format memory card) while the camera was connected to a network in HTTP server mode has been resolved.
  • Format memory card can now be added to My Menu.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera's monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • The stability of network connections when the FTP upload option is selected has been increased.
  • When recording movies using a lens with an aperture ring in [P] or [S] exposure mode, and Aperture ring selected for Custom Setting f10: Customize command dials>Aperture setting, the minimum aperture was applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • When a still image captured during movie recording with 1920 ×1080; 30 fps; crop, 1920 × 1080; 25 fps; crop, or 1920 × 1080; 24 fps; crop selected for Movie settings>Frame size/frame rate and Live frame grab selected for Custom Setting g4: Assign shutter button was displayed in Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the position of the focus point displayed differed from actual recording position. This issue has been resolved.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 7/4/2012 9:16:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 3, 2012

From Canon USA:

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have identified a phenomenon in which the camera model name embedded in the EXIF data of captured images incorrectly shows “EOS Kiss X6i”, which is the model name for the EOS Rebel T4i in the Japanese market. Even if this occurs, however, the image taken is still captured correctly.

Phenomenon

When using applications, such as Digital Photo Professional (DPP) or Image Browser EX (IBX) to view images captured with your EOS Rebel T4i camera, the camera model name in the EXIF information of the images shows the model name for the same camera in the Japanese market: the EOS Kiss X6i.

The camera model name that appears on the Camera Settings / Remote Shooting screens of EOS Utility (EU) also shows “EOS Kiss X6i”.

Affected Products

EOS REBEL T4i Digital SLR Camera

*Some units whose second digit of the serial number is “3” are affected.

For example: "x3xxxxxxxxxx" ([x] represents any optional number.)

Support

Customers who would like to have the correct model name listed in the EXIF information of their camera are asked to contact Canon using the information below.

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 Rebel T4i. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.

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

Contact Information for Inquiries:
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
1-800-652-2666 TTD: 1-866-251-3752
E-mail: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: http://www.usa.canon.com/support

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Service Notices
Post Date: 7/3/2012 9:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops along with flare and distortion test results are now available on the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.

Why the with-2x Extender results are so much sharper in the corner remains an unanswered question for me. Strange.

Post Date: 7/3/2012 1:16:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Corel:

Corel Acquires Pinnacle Products from Avid

Corel Takes Market Leadership in Consumer Video Editing Software

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 2, 2012) - Corel today announced that it has acquired Avid's consumer video editing product lines, including Pinnacle Studio™ HD and Avid® Studio. These industry-leading titles join Corel's award-winning digital media product portfolio, securing the company's position as the leader in consumer video editing software. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

"With the power of the Pinnacle Studio and Corel VideoStudio brands, Corel now offers the industry's broadest consumer video editing software portfolio," said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. "These products will meet virtually any need or creative impulse - whether customers are looking to quickly capture, edit and share videos on their iPad or require the exceptional control of a full-featured desktop application."

Corel will offer the Pinnacle consumer video editing products to customers and partners through its global sales, marketing and services organizations. As part of the transaction, the company will welcome a core group of employees from the Pinnacle product team to its digital media group, which is also responsible for the company's VideoStudio®, PaintShop® Pro, WinDVD® and Roxio® product lines.

Corel's newly acquired products include the Pinnacle Studio family, Avid Studio, Avid® Studio for iPad and the Dazzle® video hardware product line including Dazzle Video Creator® Platinum HD.

Added Mr. DiMaria: "We are delighted to welcome our new employees and look forward to building on the amazing products they've developed. Our combined team's expertise is unmatched in the industry. I'm especially excited to introduce our expanded portfolio to customers and partners who will benefit from the breadth of our offering and the innovation it delivers, including advances in mobile as highlighted by the recently released Avid Studio for iPad."

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Corel News
Post Date: 7/3/2012 9:03:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 2, 2012

I have received word that the Canon EOS-1D X will be arriving at B&H tomorrow. (thanks Kaz)

Update: Other reports coming in indicate this week and after the 4th as arrival times.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/2/2012 4:41:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

An updated Canon EOS 7D owner's manual is now available for download.

Updates are related to the upcoming Canon EOS 7D Firmware Uprade Version 2.0.X.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 7/2/2012 11:18:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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