Canon and Sony News for Feb 2022

 Monday, February 28, 2022

That the list is so short is perhaps the biggest surprise here. Or, that a lens hood remains on the list.

From Canon Japan (translated):

Apology and guidance regarding the supply status of products

Updated: February 28, 2022 (and March 2, 2022)

Thank you for your continued patronage of Canon products.

Currently, we have received orders for each of the following products in excess of expectations, and due to the influence of global parts supply, delivery delays are occurring. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners.

The products are scheduled to be shipped one by one, but it is expected that it will take a lot of time for the new camera body EOS R3 and RF lens RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM.

We sincerely apologize for the long wait for our long-awaited customers. We will continue to take measures to ensure a stable supply of products so that we can deliver our products as soon as possible. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.

About supply: It will be shipped in sequence, but it may take more than half a year to deliver when you place a new order:

Canon EOS R3
Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens

About supply: We plan to ship the products one by one, but it may take longer than usual to deliver.

Canon EOS R5 C (added March 2, 2022)
Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM Lens
Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM Lens
Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens
Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens
Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens
Canon RF 1200mm F8 L IS USM Lens
Eye cup ER-hE
Lens hood EW-65C

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/28/2022 9:25:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 26, 2022

Canon has released new versions of Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, VR Utility, and Picture Style Editor.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.16.0:

  • Supports EOS R5 C

Download: DPP 4.16.0, EOS Utility 3.15.0, VR Utility 1.1, and Picture Style Editor 1.27.0 (thanks, Scott!)

Post Date: 2/26/2022 2:36:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 25, 2022

Canon has produced an infographic sharing four of their #1 rankings.

  • #1 U.S. Digital Camera Company 1
  • #1 in Mirrorless Camera Unit Sales2
  • #1 in Full Frame Camera Sales3
  • #1 in Lens Sales4

"Canon is America's Leader in the Digital Camer Industry"

"Thank you Canon customers! You’ve helped us continue our overall #1 position in the Digital Camera industry in 2021." [Canon]

1 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, U.S. Total Still Digital Cameras
2 Detachable Lens Camera, Digital Lens Type: Mirrorless
3 Detachable Lens Camera, Sensor Size: Full Frame
4 Lens Classification: Excludes Not Applicable
Annual 2021

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/25/2022 12:10:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Yes, you read those numbers correctly. From Canon USA:

Go Long: Canon Introduces the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM Super-Telephoto Lenses

The Newest RF Lenses are Ideal for Outdoor Sports, Motor Sports, Wildlife Photography, Photo News Journalism, and More

MELVILLE, NY, February 23, 2022 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce that the Canon RF lens family is growing by two, with the addition of the Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM, and the longest focal length RF lens yet, the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM. Both super-telephoto fixed focal length lenses are quite light for their considerable abilities, and share many of the same features such as Super Spectra Coating (SSC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to help minimize ghosting and flaring, compatibility with both the RF1.4x and RF2x extenders and a customizable electronic focusing ring with manual focus capability during Servo AF.

Additional features shared by both lenses include:

  • Two focus presets, with the ability to instantly switch between memorized focus distances
  • Circular nine-bladed aperture providing photographers with exceptionally beautiful and soft blurred backgrounds and bokeh
  • Renowned Canon L-Series durability and construction with dust and water resistance, plus fluorine coating on the front element for easy cleaning

Canon RF800mm F5.6L IS USM

The RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM weighs in at just 6.9 lbs and features a minimum focusing distance of 8.53ft/2.6 meters — maximum close-up magnification is a superb 0.34x, allowing wildlife image creators to fill the frame with small subjects, such as birds, at its minimum focusing distance. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.5 stops* of shake correction and includes three IS operation modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can experience enhanced effective focal lengths of 1,120mm and 1,600mm respectively.

Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM

The RF1200mm F8 L IS USM is the most powerful super-telephoto lens in the Canon RF lens line. It weighs in at 7.4 lbs — an outstandingly light figure for a super-tele lens of this type — and features a minimum focusing distance of 14.1ft/4.3m. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.0 stops* of shake correction and, similar to the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM lens, includes three IS operation modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can experience enhanced focal lengths of 1,680mm and 2,400mm, respectively.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM are both scheduled to be available in late May 2022 for an estimated retail price of $16,999.00 and $19,999.00, respectively**.

*Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS R, EOS R5, and EOS R3 cameras.

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

Orders

Order the Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens from B&H.

Order the Canon RF 1200mm F8 L IS USM Lens from B&H.

Learn more at B&H Explora.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/23/2022 6:59:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon USA:

Canon EOS System Celebrates 35th Anniversary

MELVILLE, NY, February 23, 2022 — In March 2022, Canon Inc. will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the launch of the company’s EOS System, which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories, such as interchangeable EF and RF lenses.

Canon’s EOS System made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and EF lenses1. An acronym of “Electro Optical System” while also carrying the name of the Greek Goddess of the dawn, the EOS series came to light in 1987 as the world’s first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras.

During the film-camera era, EOS SLR cameras received high praise from a wide range of users for their innovative technologies and designs focused on Canon’s key concepts of high-speed and ease-of-use. During this period, the company launched the top-of-the-line professional model EOS-1 in 1989. With the introduction of the compact lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS and EOS 500 in other regions) in 1993, Canon expanded its user base to the more consumer-orientated customer.

Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, with the rise and popularization of digital SLR cameras in full swing, Canon developed innovative models such as the high-speed and high-image-quality professional-oriented EOS-1D (2001), the EOS Kiss Digital (2003, EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) which appealed to a broad user base, and the EOS 5D Mark II (2008), which featured Full HD video recording. In 2012, Canon introduced the Cinema EOS System, transforming EOS video technology and marking Canon’s entry into the video production industry.

From there, Canon continued to develop equipment for an increasingly broad range of users. In 2018, the EOS R System was born from Canon’s desire to construct the optimal rear lens element diameter and shorter distance (back focus) for a Full-Frame image sensor. The company followed up in 2020 with the EOS R5, the world’s first digital camera to feature 8K recording2. In 2021, the EOS R3 was launched, featuring eye-control AF capability and the EOS VR System for recording VR content.

Enabling visual expression through still photography, video, and even VR content, the EOS system helps to expand the possibilities of visual expression with a lineup comprising 21 EOS series cameras3 and 104 RF and EF lenses4. Further reinforcing the company’s long-running and expansive user base, Canon has maintained the world’s No.1 share5 of digital interchangeable-lens cameras since 2003 — a total of 18 years running.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology to create an even more robust EOS System that meets the needs of an increasingly broad user base.

1 The EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, EF35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 and EF50mm f/1.8 were released alongside the EOS 650.

2 Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras available as of July 8, 2020.

3 Includes 5 digital cinema cameras for video production. As of February 24, 2022.

4 Includes 30 EF cinema lenses (EF and PL mount) and 4 lens extenders. As of February 24, 2022.

5 Shares of unit sales. Based on Canon research.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/23/2022 6:55:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 22, 2022
 Monday, February 21, 2022

Just posted: Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review.

This is another great member of the Sigma I series.

Order the Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Please share!

Post Date: 2/21/2022 7:31:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 20, 2022

Recently, I shared another weasel image from Rocky Mountain National Park. Today, I share what it was looking for. More specifically, the weasel was looking for this ground squirrel's young to take back to its own young.

Wildlife encounters often provide the opportunity to capture multiple images. While capturing multiple images of the same pose is a good idea, ensuring that minimally one is sharp, with ideal focus and lack of motion blur, there is little value in having more than one image of the same pose and subject framing in the keepers folder. However, photographing a different pose (or scene framing) has great merit. Different is good, and better is ... even better. Therefore, constantly look for ways to improve upon your images already on the card.

While ground squirrels are not too difficult to photograph, they are not always posed on a rock with a distant green background as nicely as this one. After aligning the subject against a distant background while maintaining a favorable body position (angled slightly toward the camera) and capturing the insurance (or memory) shots, improving upon what was already captured became the goal.

The ground squirrel was sounding an urgent alarm to the rest of the family, and its mouth briefly opened very wide with each warning chirp. Simply timing the shot for the toothy chirp added that extra something I was looking for, evoking emotion, at least in context with the weasel story.


A larger version of this image is available here.

Post Date: 2/20/2022 7:19:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 19, 2022

The Really Right Stuff Ascend-14 Long Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with Integrated Ball Head (this is the model you want) is in stock at B&H.

Though very expensive, this tripod is an outstanding performer despite its small size and light weight. Full review coming soon.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 2/19/2022 7:32:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 18, 2022

From Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.:

Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 X FISH-EYE and SZ 8mm F2.8 E FISH-EYE worldwide sales date announcement

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the sales release of the Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 FISH-EYE lens for Fuji X and Sony E (APS-C) camera mounts. SZ series offering a range of exciting products with specific features and valuable advantages.

Sales will commence on March 15, 2022.

The Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 FISH-EYE is a compact and lightweight fast, ultra-wide prime, manual focus, full-frame fisheye lens designed exclusively for APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras. The line-up includes models for Fuji X and Sony E APS-C size camera mounts. Emphasized perspective and unique distortion makes this lens attractive for both still photographers and videographers.

Thanks to a compact, lightweight design and manual focus the Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 FISH-EYE MF can be appealing to young active content creators from the price perspective. The suggested genres are landscape, nightscape, interior, architecture, street snap and pet photography. An ultra wide angle of view, unique perspective effect and a compact design allows this lens to be used for creating viral images for Social Networks such as Instagram as well as Vlogging.

Highlighted Features

  • Lightweight (280g) and compact (overall length 52mm) construction.
  • Fast f/2.8 lens for compact APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras.
  • High quality built and sophisticated exterior design.
  • Clickless aperture ring for smooth operation in video shooting.
  • Minimum focus distance of 10cm to include close-up objects in front of a wide background.
  • Detachable bayonet type hood to use with full-frame mirrorless cameras for achieving circular fisheye effect.

 
Get your Tokina lens at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 2/18/2022 7:32:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 17, 2022

It is great to see imaging sensor technology moving forward. Jump to 5:44 to see and read about the 2-layer transistor pixel stacked CMOS imaging sensor under development:

Post Date: 2/17/2022 10:24:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The new Vello Auto Extension Tubes for Canon RF-Mount and Nikon Z-Mount Lenses are now in stock at B&H.

Also, new Xcellon memory card readers are now available, including support for CFexpress Type B cards.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Vello News
Post Date: 2/17/2022 9:22:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS R5 firmware update version 1.5.1 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.5.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue that in rare instances, the camera may become inoperable when shooting in the Servo AF setting while operating the <AF-ON> button.

*Notice
Canon always appreciates user feedback on our products and services. Following the release of Firmware Version 1.5.0, we are in the process of developing an update to further optimize AF operations. We plan to publish details of the revised firmware in late March and will make an announcement on the Web site.

Get the Canon EOS R5 at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 2/17/2022 7:37:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon EOS R6 firmware update version 1.5.1 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.5.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue that in rare instances, the camera may become inoperable when shooting in the Servo AF setting while operating the <AF-ON> button.

*Notice
Canon always appreciates user feedback on our products and services. Following the release of Firmware Version 1.5.0, we are in the process of developing an update to further optimize AF operations. We plan to publish details of the revised firmware in late March and will make an announcement on the Web site.

Get the Canon EOS R6 at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 2/17/2022 7:37:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 16, 2022

From Sony:

Sony Electronics’ is the No. 1 Mirrorless Camera Brand and No. 1 Mirrorless Lens Brand for 2021 in North America

2021 Marks the 8th Consecutive Year that Sony Holds the #1 Share in Full-Frame Mirrorless

SAN DIEGO, CA – February 16, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. – a worldwide leader in digital imaging– continues to lead the industry in bringing mirrorless technology to the world. Following a year of innovative product introductions such as the Alpha 1, Sony Electronics announced today that it was the number one mirrorless camera brand[i] and full-frame mirrorless camera brand in 2021[ii]. This past year also marks the 8th consecutive year Sony has held the #1 position in full-frame mirrorless cameras[i]. And lastly, Sony has announced it was the number one mirrorless lens brand in 2021[iii] as well.

The success of the lineup of full-frame cameras, including the Alpha 7S, Alpha 7R and Alpha 9 series, has been paramount to Sony’s strong sales numbers. These have been complemented by the popularity of the Alpha 7 III, which continued to be the No. 1 selling full-frame interchangeable lens camera line for the 4th year in a row[iv]. For lenses, Sony’s full lineup of 65 different E-mount models highlighted by their flagship G Master™ series continues to drive industry growth.

Additionally, newer innovations such as the new Alpha 7 IV have started to set early sales records. For the week of December 19-25, 2021, the Alpha 7 IV had the highest single-week sales of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera line in the last four years[v].

“We are always listening to our customers’ feedback, advancing our innovation and creating the best possible tools for all types of content creators,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Finding new ways to empower our community is our top priority and we are honored that so many continue to choose Sony to tell their stories and bring their creative visions to life.”

A variety of additional stories and exciting new content shot with Sony products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s community site to educate, inspire and showcase work from fans and customers of the Sony Alpha brand.

Footnotes

[i] Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Mirrorless Detachable Lens, Based on Dollars, Annual 2021.

Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, Canada, Detachable Lens Camera, Mirrorless Detachable Lens, Based on Dollars, Annual 2021.

[ii]Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Sensor Size: Full Frame, Mirrorless Detachable Lens, Annual 2021.

Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, Canada, Detachable Lens Camera, Sensor Size: Full Frame, Mirrorless Detachable Lens, Based on Dollars, Annual 2021.

[iii] Source: Sony Internal Research, U.S., Lenses Filters Adapters and Caps, Imaging Accessory Type: Prime Lens and Zoom Lens, Lens Mount Type: Canon EF-M, Canon RF, Sony E-Mount, Fujifilm G, Fujifilm X, Hasselblad, Leica, L-Mount, Nikon 1, Nikon Z, Leica M, Jan 2021-Dec. 2021.

[iv] Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Sensor Size: Full Frame, Camera Family, Based on Units, Annual 2021, Annual 2020, Annual 2019, Annual 2018.

[v] Source: The NPD Group/Weekly Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Digital Lens Type: Mirrorless Detachable Lens, Camera Family, Based on Dollars, Jan 2018-Dec 2021.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 2/16/2022 6:19:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I shared a pair of weasel images (Curious Weasel, Weasel Carrying Ground Squirrel) captured while hanging out with (mostly waiting for) a pair of weasels in Rocky Mountain National Park. One of my favorite aspects of these images is the strong background blur that makes the subject boldly stand out.

While many of you following this site might find this advice basic, the basics are important, especially for those starting out, so let's talk about some background blur basics today.

1. Get Closer to the Subject

Moving closer requires a shorter focus distance. The shorter focus distance takes the background out of focus, increasing the blur.

2. Position Against a More Distant Background

Positioning the camera and lens so that the background is farther from the plane of sharp focus increases the blur. Orienting the shooting position to avoid the closer background trees, rocks, buildings, etc., makes a more significant blur happen.

3. Use a Longer Focal Length Lens

A longer focal length increases the magnification of the background details, which increases the blur.

4. Use a Wider Aperture

A wider aperture creates a shallower depth of field. That effect increases the background (and foreground) blur.

5. Use a Camera with a Larger Imaging Sensor

A full-frame camera takes in a wider angle of view than an APS-C model using the same focal length lens. A wider angle of view requires a 1.5x (Sony) or 1.6x (Canon) longer focal length or a position considerably closer for the subject to remain the equivalent size in the frame. Both of those options are already on this list.

Today, the interchangeable lens most adept at blurring the background is the Sigma APO 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG Lens set to 500mm f/2.8. However, a reality check after looking at that behemoth's price and specs (B&H | Adorama | Amazon) leads us to consider the second most background blurring capable lens. The next best choice is one of the 600mm f/4 options.

While not small or inexpensive, the 600mm f/4 lenses reward the owner (or renter) for their expense and carrying effort by creating differentiation in their photos. A 600mm f/4 lens on a full-frame camera, such as the outstanding Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens and Sony Alpha 1 Camera combination used for this example can melt the background into a pleasant color blur. That blur can make a subject pop from even a busy, distracting environment.

Keeping small subjects such as the weasels relatively large in the frame makes the getting close blur aspect happen by default. Of course, keeping these hyper little creatures in the frame at this distance is quite challenging. Fortunately, I guessed right at this time, being in the ideal position when the weasel paused to look around.


A larger version of this image is available here.

Post Date: 2/16/2022 10:21:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

Here are some comparisons to get you started:

Compared to the Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G Lens

Compared to the Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Order the Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Please share!

Post Date: 2/15/2022 8:12:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 14, 2022

A late May snowstorm left a dusting of snow at lower elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park. The ponderosa pines filtered the snow, leaving an interesting pattern of white among the trunks, which called for a photo. I always look for excuses to include these red-colored trunks in the frame, and the snow opportunity seemed a good one.

Thick clouds provided even lighting, but the bright white sky seemed to detract from this composition. Thus, keeping the sky out of the frame was a goal, and achieving that goal meant selecting a long enough focal length to exclude the white.

The three tree trunks positioned 1/3 into the frame worked well for the foreground, and the camera position was adjusted to optimize juxtaposition of the remaining trunks in the frame. A fully leveled camera kept the trunks as straight in the frame as possible.

With the desired composition established and locked down on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head, the remaining issue was achieving the desired depth of field. For this image, I wanted everything in the frame to be sharp. Unfortunately, at 35mm, that was not happening at the still-sharp apertures (I seldom use an EOS R5 aperture narrower than f/11).

Fortunately, the Canon EOS R5's focus bracketing feature made capturing the motionless scene in sharp focus easy. Focused on the closest foreground in the frame with Focus Bracketing enabled, the camera automatically captured the set of photos necessary to cumulatively have the entire depth of the scene in sharp focus.

Selecting the stack of images and then the Depth Compositing Tools menu option in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) created the all-in-focus 16-bit TIFF file that was further edited in Photoshop. Primarily, spot sharpening some of the merged image seams in the image finalized the stacking task.


A larger version of this image is available here.

Post Date: 2/14/2022 11:15:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 11, 2022

All Sony A-Mount DSLR lenses are denoted "This product is no longer available at the Sony Store" at Sony Japan.

You can still get your Sony A-mount lens at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony News
Post Date: 2/11/2022 12:52:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From WD:

Western Digital Comments on Production Status of its Joint Venture Flash Memory Manufacturing Facilities

San Jose, Calif. - February 09, 2022

Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC) today announced that contamination of certain material used in its manufacturing processes has occurred and is affecting production operations at both its Yokkaichi and Kitakami joint venture, flash fabrication facilities.

Western Digital's current assessment of the impact is a reduction of its flash availability of at least 6.5 exabytes. The company is working closely with its joint venture partner, Kioxia, to implement necessary measures that will restore the facilities to normal operational status as quickly as possible.

About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk®, and WD® brands.
 

Ordering any needed WD, Western Digital, G-Technology, and SanDisk flash products immediately from B&H seems like a logical plan. Also logical would be for the supply of alternative options to be impacted.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: WD News
Post Date: 2/11/2022 8:07:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 9, 2022

From Canon USA:

Canon U.S.A., Inc. Successfully Stops a New Method of Importing Counterfeit Goods Into the United States

MELVILLE, NY, February 9, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., and its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan, are pleased to announce that they have successfully reached an agreement with one of China’s leading logistics and fulfillment companies in a dispute over the warehousing and shipping of counterfeit "Canon" camera batteries into the United States for China-based sellers. As part of the settlement, the fulfillment/shipping company agreed to cease distribution of infringing products to consumers in the United States.

Over the last two years, Canon’s investigation into counterfeiting uncovered a new shipping method that China-based sellers are using to bring their infringing goods into the United States. Instead of shipping the goods directly to consumers in the United States, China-based sellers are now sending their goods in bulk to large fulfillment warehouses that are located in the United States. These warehouses then ship the infringing goods to consumers in the United States. This new method not only enables China-based merchants to indirectly ship their counterfeit goods swiftly to American and Canadian consumers, but also makes it harder for branded manufacturers to track and prevent the flow of counterfeit goods.

"After we discovered that China-based infringers were using this new shipment method to bring counterfeit Canon batteries into the United States, we started working on a creative strategy to remove these counterfeit products from the market. We were able to find an innovative solution by proceeding directly against the fulfillment/warehouser to halt the distribution of these fake goods in the United States," said Seymour Liebman, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We believe that we are the first intellectual property owner to successfully stop this new method of importation and distribution, and we hope other companies will follow our lead and utilize this novel approach to stopping counterfeiters."

The Canon companies are represented by Mark Schonfeld, a partner in the Boston office of Burns & Levinson LLP, who negotiated the settlement with the U.S.-based fulfillment company.

Canon aggressively pursues counterfeiters in the United States and around the world to protect its customers from potentially unsafe products that unlawfully use the Canon name, as well as to protect the value, trusted reputation and loyalty that the Canon brand has acquired over decades in producing high quality, safe and reliable products.

For more information about Canon’s anti-counterfeiting measures, please visit https://global.canon/en/intellectual-property/anti-counterfeit/.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/9/2022 8:45:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Delkin Devices:

Delkin Launches 8K-Ready BLACK CFexpress™ Type A Memory Cards

A different form factor than CFexpress™ Type B (physically smaller) yet still capable of utilizing the same PCI Express technology, Delkin’s BLACK CFexpress™ Type A memory cards boast recording speeds reaching up to 790 MB/s for flawless cinema-quality video capture, including UHD 8K @ 30fps (400 Mbps) in the Sony a1. They also support RAW continuous-burst shooting without delay, never missing those precious split-second moments!

“Smaller and even more powerful than SD cards, CFexpress™ Type A memory cards are establishing a new standard for future storage solutions” says Jenn Sherry, Delkin's Retail Sales & Marketing Manager, “With mirrorless cameras slowly moving more into the cinema realm, offering modes that are extremely data-heavy, it has become even more essential to provide a memory card that can meet these demands. The market is small at the moment, but we are optimistic about the potential growth of CFexpress™ Type A and its future adoption in the next-generation of cameras.”

Delkin BLACK CFexpress™ Type A memory cards are also capable of offloading data at speeds reaching up to 880 MB/s, ensuring the quickest, most efficient data transfer from card to computer for immediate file access and sooner post-production start time. Each BLACK CFexpress™ Type A memory card has undergone extensive testing to ensure full functionality and performance in today’s high-end cinematic hosts, including the Sony® a1, a7S III, a7 IV, FX3 & FX6.

In addition to their “Lifetime Warranty” policy, Delkin continues to offer a unique built-in insurance policy for their BLACK memory cards, known as the “48-Hour Replacement Guarantee”. Delkin will replace any non-working BLACK card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends - in the US and UK), prior to receiving the non-working card. Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin BLACK reseller. Additional information on Delkin BLACK CFexpress™ Type A memory cards can be found here: www.delkindevices.com/cfexpress-type-a.

If BLACK wasn't enough, Delkin is also offering an alternative option under their POWER line. Delkin POWER CFexpress™ Type A memory cards provide the same pro-level performance as BLACK, but do not include the added benefits of serialization or the company's 48-Hour Replacement Guarantee. These cards have also undergone the same testing as the BLACK cards, so users can rest assured and feel confident that what they are using will work as expected in their camera.

Order Delkin CFexpress memory cards from B&H (Type A cards coming soon).

Post Date: 2/9/2022 10:35:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Tamron has posted Full Year 2021 Financial Results.

Page 4 provides a quick-read summary.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/9/2022 7:56:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma Corporation of America:

SIGMA Announces 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, the 7th and Widest Lens in the All-Metal I series of Premium Compact Primes

Ronkonkoma, NY – February 9, 2021 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary lens, part of SIGMA's I series.

This new lens is the widest in the I series released to date. Equipped with a metal, knurled, petal-type lens hood, this ultra-wide prime is compatible with 62mm threaded front filters. It is also an addition to the fast F2 aperture group of I series lenses alongside the 24mm F2 DG DN | C, 35mm F2 DG DN | C, and 65mm F2 DG DN | C. All F2 I series lenses feature a distinctive arc-type AF/MF switch and stylized barrel design near the "Made in Japan" marking.

The fast F2 maximum aperture and total optical performance makes this a natural choice for astrophotography, along with landscapes, cityscapes, street photography, low-light interiors, and other nighttime situations. Due to its wide focal length and compact size, this 20mm lens is also an ideal choice for handheld vlogging and video streaming. And the ability to mount front filters, such as neutral density filters, for video and long-exposure landscapes on such a fast-aperture ultra-wide will be appreciated by many content creators.

The SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary lens will be available in the U.S. at SIGMA Authorized Dealers for a retail price of $699 on February 25, 2022.

Preorders

Preorder the Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens Mount

Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras

Dynamism in the palm of your hand

  • I series | Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
  • New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
  • Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

Supplied accessories:

Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M), Petal-type lens hood (LH656-03), Front Cap (LCF-62III), Rear Cap (LCRII)

Available mounts:

L-Mount, Sony E-mount

* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.
* This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

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Exceptional optical performance and superb build quality give photographers the joy of creating images – introducing the new ultra-wide SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary

This all-new full-frame premium compact prime for mirrorless systems is the latest addition to SIGMA's I series lineup, combining a bright maximum aperture of F2, an ultra-wide 20mm focal length and stunning optical performance. The lens boasts an exceptionally small form factor, weighing in at just 370g and measuring just 72.4mm in length*, which makes it a highly practical optic that is portable enough for everyday shooting. It's ideal for landscapes, wide-angle portraits, weddings and interiors, and is particularly well-suited to astrophotography owing to its very well-controlled sagittal coma flare. It is the fourth I series lens with an F2 aperture, joining a 24mm, 35mm and 65mm, which together make a well-matched lens set for L-Mount and Sony E-mount users. *Figures are for L-Mount

Remarkably, the 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is almost identical in size and weight to the very compact SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary. A sleek, all-metal design, with a signature I series magnetic lens cap, a manual aperture ring and exceptional production quality means using this lens is a highly intuitive and satisfying experience, making the photo-taking process even more enjoyable. This sharp and beautifully built I series prime, the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary captures the essence of the I series, bringing a new level of user experience – the pleasure of owning and using a lens.

Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens with Hood

[Key Features]

1. I series | "Premium Compact Primes" for mirrorless users

The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot.

SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form-factor.

SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born.

Sigma 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lenses

2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line

The 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary achieves the highest level of optical performance even at the widest aperture setting of F2 from the center of the image to the periphery. Based on the latest optical design technology, the lens construction includes three high-precision glass-molded aspherical lens elements, one SLD element, and one FLD element to suppress a range of optical aberrations. The result is clear and sharp images even in the extreme corners of the frame. By focusing on the suppression of sagittal coma flare, which is difficult to correct in post-processing, accurate reproduction of very bright points of light has been achieved. This also provides extremely detailed results across the entire image, especially important for night sky photography.

The lens' optical design, as well as its Super Multi-Layer Coating and Nano Porous Coating (NPC), ensures very minimal flare and ghosting even when shooting into bright light sources. This makes it much easier to photograph backlit subjects and still achieve punchy, high contrast results.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness.

These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS lineup for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. The cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has hairline processing that is also used for the rear cylinder of the Art line. This covering functions as a finger hold when attaching or detaching the lens.

[Additional Features]

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 1 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
    *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
  • Supports DMF and AF+MF
  • Nano Porous Coating
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture ring
  • Focus mode switch
  • Petal-type lens hood (LH656-03)
  • Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M)
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only)
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here:
https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/

[Key Specifications]

The figures below are for L-Mount:

Lens Construction: 11 groups, 13 elements (1 FLD, 1 SLD, 3 aspherical)
Angle of view: 94.5°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 22cm / 8.7 in.
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.7
Filter size: 62mm
Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 70 x 72.4mm / 2.8 x 2.9 in.
Weight: 370g / 13.1 oz.

[Accessories: Supplied]

Product Name / Barcode
Magnetic metal lens cap LCF62-01M: 0085126 938659
FRONT CAP LCF-62 III: 0085126 929817
PETAL-TYPE LENS HOOD LH656-03: 0085126 939809
REAR CAP LCR II (L-Mount): 0085126 937256
REAR CAP LCR II (Sony E-mount): 0085126 929879

[Accessories: Optional]

Product Name / Barcode
SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 62mm: 0085126 930936
SIGMA PROTECTOR 62mm: 0085126 931063
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 62mm: 0085126 930677
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 62mm: 0085126 930806

[Announcement]

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/9/2022 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Canon EOS R3 firmware update version 1.1.1 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds the ability to use Smart phone link adapter AD-P1.
  2. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and select the card to be recorded to.
  3. Adds the ability to cancel [Subject Tracking] by pressing the Quick Control and then buttons.
  4. Adds Ukrainian as an option to the language of "Browser Remote".
  5. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.
  6. Fixes an issue that in rare instances, the camera may become inoperable when shooting in the Servo AF setting while operating the button.
  7. Fixes an issue, in which the camera cannot be used as an access point if the camera is being used in a region that only support 2.4GHz bandwidth for Wi-Fi connections.

Get the Canon EOS R3 at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 2/8/2022 6:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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