108 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Panasonic, Olympus and Tamron lenses, for Canon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link bellow then select the second tab.
New DxO Optics Modules:
On February 6, we highlighted a Canon Forums moderator's response acknowledging the Canon EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III cameras were slow to acquire focus when using a Speedlite's AF Assist Beam. Now, Canon has published an official product advisory regarding the issue:
Thank you for using Canon products.
EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
Depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam.
We are developing a solution to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X and plan to release a firmware update based on following estimated schedule:
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.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera or your Canon EOS-1D X. Digital SLR Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-246-3367 (toll free)
Modifications enabled with version 2.7.2:
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 18, 2013 - – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new address of its new Americas headquarters. One Canon Park, located in Melville, New York will consolidate nearly 1,400 Canon employees into one central location. Nearly half of all Canon U.S.A. employees have relocated to the Melville headquarters while the remaining employees will complete the move in March. The new headquarters will serve all North and South American countries and will be one of Canon's three worldwide headquarters, with the other two located in London and Japan.
"We are so proud to be moving to our brand new, state-of-the-art headquarters at One Canon Park," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "One Canon Park will be a symbol of not only our dedication to our employees, but also our dedication to the Long Island community we have called home since 1971."
Remaining on Long Island was always a top priority for the company to help retain the highly skilled and dedicated workforce. One Canon Park is a 700,000 square-foot facility and is located approximately 16 miles east of the current headquarters in Lake Success, New York.
The mailing address will be: One Canon Park, Melville, NY 11747.
This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending February 16th, 2013
In the news...
On Monday, we published a reference to a blog post by The Landingfield where you could see microscopic images of a CMOS sensor. Even though the CMOS sensor belonged to a decade old Nikon D2H, the macro images and commentary regarding various design elements made it worthwhile reading for camera enthusiasts.
On Tuesday, we reported that Jessops’ website will be re-launching soon. Jessops fell into administration after falling £80 million behind in creditor payments. Of that total, Canon was owed £16.4 million while Nikon was owed £3.3 million.
On Wednesday, we reported Nikon’s establishment of a sales and service subsidiary in Indonesia. According to Nikon, P.T. Nikon Indonesia was created to help fortify sales of imaging products and facilitate a more efficient service and support system for the region.
On Thursday, Bryan published his full review of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. The lens proved to be a good performer, but not overwhelming so compared to other recent “L” lens releases. The lens’s most notable feature is its impressive macro mode which changes the lens’s maximum magnification value from .21x to .7x – a magnification value unprecedented for a zoom lens in Canon’s lineup.
Even considering its value as a general purpose and macro lens replacement, at its current price point, it may find difficulty getting traction in the marketplace until the very reasonably priced 24-105mm f/4L IS is discontinued.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we published a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 manual focus fish-eye lens for crop sensor cameras for $225.00 after a promotion code was applied. The deal was made even sweeter when the price was reduced resulting in a final price of $190.95. That was a savings of $74.00 off an already reduced price elsewhere. Note: Deal has expired.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!
If you are in the market for a new Nikon lens, you may want to hold off on purchasing it for a very short while. A reliable source has informed us that significant savings (not seen in years) could be expected in the near future.
Stay tuned for more information...
Firmware Version 18.104.22.168.00 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:
When a Canon Forums user "Kronie" asked the following question:
"Does Canon honor the USA warraties if it's purchased from a non authorised dealer?
If I buy a new 5D MKIII from a non authorized dealer do I have a Canon 12 month warranty or not?"
Canon Forum Moderator "Naomi" responded:
As long as the EOS 5D Mark III was purchased New, In box, you should have the same warranty coverage. To help you out, we've included a link to the Service and Support page on our website for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera. Click "Warranty Terms" under "Service & Repair", and you'll find a link to the full camera warranty on this page.
Hope this helps!"
Note: We have no official documentation from Canon substantiating this moderator's claim that Canon will honor warranty repairs for purchases made from non-authorized dealers; however, there are numerous reports that Canon is relatively loose when interpreting its own warranty repair policies.
Update: According to a visitor to the site, the moderator's comment was deleted from the original thread (even though the reply still appears in search queries). Therefore, it's likely safe to assume Canon did not feel the moderator's comments represented its policies correctly. (Thanks Timothy)
The full review of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens has just been posted.
Check out the macro capabilities featured in what could perhaps be Canon's first EF zoom lens worthy of a "Macro" designator in its name. Then share the review with your friends. Thanks!
Canon Reaches a New Record With More Than 3,000 Patents Issued
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 14, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced that for the 27th consecutive year its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked among the top five United States patent holders. Topping the 2011 figure of 2,813 patents, Canon reached a new high for 2012, obtaining 3,174 patents. In addition, Canon Inc. ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall in the United States for patents granted according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
Maintaining a dedication to research and development has enabled Canon to remain a leader in patents held, year after year. These patents have allowed the Company to expand into new product categories while continually improving on core technologies.
"The patents registered today will help lead to the innovations of tomorrow," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "Making research and development a top priority has enabled us to continually provide customers around the globe with advanced products spanning various technology segments."
Canon puts great emphasis on providing advanced technology that is ever-changing. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
For more information on Canon and its products, please visit: www.usa.canon.com
The Elite edition of DxO Optics Pro 8 to support three Leica cameras with telemetric viewfinders: the M-E, the M9, and the M9-P. Three other cameras complete the list of equipment supported by both the Standard and Elite editions of this new version: the Nikon D5200, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, and the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
With already more than 10,000 lens/camera combinations in its library today, DxO Optics Pro v8.1.3 now adds 261 new combinations supporting additional Canon, Leica, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras.
More information can be found here.
P.T. Nikon Indonesia Established to Enhance Sales and Service in Indonesia
Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of P.T. Nikon Indonesia in Jakarta. This new sales and service subsidiary will be launched to fortify sales of imaging products, beginning with digital cameras, and to enhance after-sales service in Indonesia. Operations commenced on February 1, 2013.
Indonesia has shown tremendous economic growth in recent years, and the growth of the digital camera business is expected to continue in this region. Until now, Nikon Hong Kong Ltd., Nikon's marketing base in Hong Kong, has handled sales and service operations for Indonesia. However, with expectations for further market expansion, Nikon has established this new sales subsidiary in order to expand operations in the Indonesian market.
Our primary goals in establishing this local sales and service subsidiary are to strengthen and to improve customer service with a system integrating all aspects of our business in Indonesia, from marketing to sales, customer support, and after-sales service. In addition, we believe that strategic marketing and effective advertising will lead to increased sales and greater permeation of the Nikon brand, further increasing Nikon's presence in this market.
|P.T. Nikon Indonesia
|35th Floor, Wisma 46 - Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, 10220
|24-billion Indonesia rupiah (IDR; approximately ¥200 million)
|Toshio Asazaki, Managing Director
|No. of employees
|Approximately 20 at start of operations
|Import, sales and after-sales service of imaging products in Indonesia
|Start of operations
|Predicted to be approximately ¥2 billion in fiscal year 2013
Jessops' website indicates that it will be relaunching sometime in the near future. The website, which had been down ever since Jessops went into administration earlier this year, now displays a note saying, "The new Jessops website will be launching soon!!"
Jessops' Print division is already up and running.
The Landingfield: Dedicated to Astrophotography has published a very detailed and interesting post on using a microscope at various magnifications to examine different parts of the CMOS sensor taken from a Nikon D2H digital camera.
From The Landingfield:
"Macro-photography are done at 1x ~ 2x magnification. Microscope on the other hand could easily deliver a 40x magnification without eyepiece. In this post, we are peeping into the basic element that captures the image in digital photograph – a pixel on CMOS sensor. I had obtained a Nikon JFET LBCAST sensor from a broken D2H imaging board. LBCAST is still based on CMOS fabrication technology and it’s an Active Pixel Sensor.
Photographing an opaque sample compared to biological slice is extremely difficult, since ordinary trans-illumination will not work. An epi-illumination, de facto illuminating through the objective, should be used instead. Basically a half mirror is in place of the optical path to direct light towards the objective, then back in to the eyepiece and camera. Epi-fluorescence will use a dichroic mirror and a pair of filters."
Read the orginal fully illustrated post here.