Canon Has Funds, Willingness for More M&As After Axis: CEO

Canon Has Funds, Willingness for More M&As After Axis: CEO

(Reuters) – Canon Inc (7751.T) Chief Executive Fujio Mitarai said his company had the funds and willingness for more acquisitions this year after a planned 23.6 billion Swedish crown ($2.8 billion) takeover of network video surveillance leader Axis AB (AXIS.ST).

Mitarai has been leading efforts to find higher-growth businesses to complement Canon’s imaging expertise, and help the Japanese company expand beyond a camera market under attack from smartphones sporting competitive image-capturing capabilities.

Canon’s offer for Axis represented a premium of nearly 50 percent to the stock price before the announcement, a price some analysts said was high enough to ward off rival bids.

“If you buy a cheap company, you need to spend on drastic restructuring,” Mitarai told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. “I only buy good companies, even if they’re expensive.”

Canon, which earned over 80 percent of revenue overseas in 2014, said it would pay for its biggest purchase ever in cash. It held 845 billion yen ($7.05 billion) in cash and cash equivalents at the end of December.

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Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]

Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]

We’re told that the next L lens from Canon will be a prime and it will be coming in late summer/early fall of this year. While the source wasn’t sure what lens was coming for sure, they did let us know that prototypes for a replacement of the 35L were out there. This has been a long rumoured lens for replacement, with multiple patents for the optical formula throughout the years.

For the moment, lens production capacity is what will dictate when new lenses are announced. The brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II has been out of stock around the globe at major retailers for a long while now, so I’m sure that has priority for Canon. As well as the brand new and highly touted EF 11-24mm f/4L.

The only other primes I’ve had multiple discussions about are replacements for the EF 200 f/2L IS and EF 800 f/5.6L IS. Just like the 35L however, those mentions have been around for years. Interestingly, there hasn’t been talk of new TS-E lenses in a long time.

Outside of that, we’re still waiting on a new non L 50mm lens as well as a non L/non DO 70-300 replacement.

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Canon EOS 70D Best Camera to Use to Shoot a Weasel on a Woodpecker

Canon EOS 70D Best Camera to Use to Shoot a Weasel on a Woodpecker

Martin’s incredible image has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on the Buzzfeed website (above) since he shot it on Monday afternoon [Photo credit: Martin Le-May]

Apparently the Canon EOS 70D is the best camera to use if you want to capture a weasel riding the back of a woodpecker.

Amateur Photographer has done an interview with Martin about his incredible capture.

Martin explained that he used a Canon EOS 70D and 300mm f/2.8 lens and has been a photography enthusiast for the past 12 years. He captured the photo using the camera’s programme mode.

Read the full interview

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Lens Deals: EF 100mm f/2.8L IS, EF 24-105 f/4L IS

Lens Deals: EF 100mm f/2.8L IS, EF 24-105 f/4L IS

A couple of lens deals are currently happening on ebay via BigValueInc (99% approval ) and 6ave (99% approval)

If you wanted a camera to go with your lens….

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Review: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

Review: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

The flood of reviews for the brand new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L are starting to come in. I think the theme of all the reviews is going to be the same. “Yes, it costs a lot, but it’s awesome”. I’m still waiting to receive mine, and watching other people shoot with it is not a good substitute while I wait.

PetaPixel is next with their review of the lens and it includes a lot of sample images.

“The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is heavy and bulky. It is also thrice as costly as the Sigma, which offers slightly narrower focal length and less brightness. However, if image quality (in terms of distortion and sharpness) and flare control is important to you, then there is really no contest between the two lenses. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is an outstanding performer in the rarefied group of ultra-wide SLR zoom lenses, by itself or compared to other super wide zooms.”

Read the full review | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

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