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Canon Technologies Contribute to Production of Primary Mirror Used in TMT Extremely Large Telescope

TOKYO, November 13, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has been entrusted with the responsibility of processing the 30-meter-diameter multi-segment primary mirror to be incorporated in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) currently under construction near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The creation of the TMT, a next-generation extremely large telescope, is being made possible through the cooperative efforts of Japan and four other countries. Construction of the telescope began in 2014 with completion scheduled for the early 2020s. Japan will handle the processing of approximately 30% of the 492 segments (574 when including replacement segments) that make up the TMT’s primary mirror. Of the processing being handled by the team from Japan, Canon is currently responsible for grinding 26 segments and has already begun work.

Conceptual image of the completed TMT (courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Conceptual image of the completed TMT
(courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

The TMT’s primary mirror will comprise an array of 492 hexagonal segments, each of which measures 1.44 meters diagonally with a thickness of 45 millimeters. The segments will be closely arranged, separated by gaps measuring only 2.5 millimeters wide, to create the 30-meter-diameter primary mirror. The primary mirror’s construction requires the production of six each (seven when including replacement segments) of the 82 uniquely shaped segments used to create the mirror.

The processing work that Canon is responsible for requires that segments be processed at a level of precision measuring less than 2 microns Peak-to-Valley (P-V), a value that indicates differences in surface levels. This degree of precision is comparable to a variation in the surface evenness of the playing field housed in the Tokyo Dome sports stadium of less than 0.2 millimeters. To produce the segments, Canon is drawing on its various optical technologies cultivated through the manufacture of lenses and mirrors, namely grinding and polishing technologies, aspherical surface processing technologies, and measuring technologies. In particular, Canon will make use of its proprietary tools when grinding and polishing the aspherical surfaces to ensure the proper curvature required for each segment.

In addition to Canon’s involvement in the TMT, the Company provided support for the large-scale optical-infrared Subaru Telescope, also located on Mauna Kea. Canon developed and produced the corrector lens used in the Subaru’s Hyper Suprime-Cam ultra-wide-field prime-focus camera. In this way, Canon will continue to use its technologies to contribute to the development of the world’s science, technology and natural science fields.

Canon will be exhibiting a prototype of a segment from the TMT’s primary mirror, which was ground and polished by the Company, at the 2014 International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE), to be held from November 19 to 21 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, located east of Tokyo.

Overview of primary mirror segment production

The segments to be used in the TMT’s primary mirror are produced by grinding and polishing the front and back surfaces of a circular glass material that is then subjected to spherical and aspherical processing. After cutting the glass into a hexagonal shape and adding holes, it is mounted on a Segment Support Assembly (SSA), a mechanism that enables precise adjustments to ensure the proper positioning of each mirror segment.

About TMT

The TMT, which is currently being constructed near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, is scheduled to be completed in the early 2020s. The project is a collaboration between five countries: Japan, the United States, China, India and Canada. Japan is providing one-fourth of the cost to construct the TMT, which totals approximately 150 billion yen. In addition to the processing of the multi-segment primary mirror, which Canon is carrying out, the team from Japan is in charge of such tasks as producing the glass material used in the segments, as well as the design and construction of the telescope’s structure.

The TMT will have thirteen times the light-gathering power and four times the resolution of the Subaru Telescope, which is currently conducting observations from the summit of Mauna Kea, the same location where the TMT is being constructed. The TMT will enable more detailed observations into even farther reaches of space at a level of resolution that would enable a one yen coin in Osaka to be recognizable from Tokyo—a distance of approximately 400 kilometers. Furthermore, in nearly all of its observations, the TMT will make use of adaptive optics (AO), which correct for atmospheric turbulence to enable high-visibility astronomical imaging.

Through observations using the TMT, researchers hope to identify stars dating back to the beginning of the universe and find answers to some of the mysteries of the galaxy, as well as discover planets outside of our solar system capable of supporting life.

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Canon U.S.A. Demonstrates Commitment To Customer Support With The Openings Of Two Customer Service Operation Centers In The Western U.S.

Canon U.S.A. Demonstrates Commitment To Customer Support With The Openings Of Two Customer Service Operation Centers In The Western U.S.

The Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California and Canon Information Technology Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico Celebrate Grand Openings

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 7, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the grand openings of two new Customer Service and Support Operation Centers – the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California and the Western expansion of Canon Information Technologies Services, Inc. (CITS), a customer call center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The openings of these centers symbolize Canon’s commitment to providing customers with top-quality service, support and education from coast to coast.

The Canon Experience Center, a new branch of the Canon Americas Marketing Engineering Technology Center (METC), opened its doors on November 5 to celebrate the grand opening of the facility and the customer-focused features and offerings within the space. Following the opening of the Canon Experience Center, the Company celebrated the grand opening of the CITS customer call center on November 6. Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry marked the occasion, along with Canon executives and staff.

“The grand openings of the new Canon Experience Center and the additional CITS call center are a testament to Canon’s commitment to our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These facilities will allow us to connect with our customers on the west coast and further support the needs of all our customers, no matter where they are located in the U.S.”

The opening of the 38,000 square-foot Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa signifies the completion of a renovation of an existing Canon owned facility, which now offers innovative, meaningful face-to-face service and support experiences to customers, clients and partners. The new facility features comprehensive and high-quality customer experiences, including an education center and 35-seat theater where Canon Live Learning, Explorers of Light (EOL) and Canon Professional Services (CPS) events will be held throughout the year. The Canon Experience Center also has a nearly 5,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art showroom that displays Canon products ranging from the Canon PowerShot family to the Cinema EOS lineup to large format imagePROGRAF printers. A CPS members-only lounge where members can relax while their equipment is being cleaned or repaired, as well as a photo studio providing even more onsite convenience to Canon customers are housed within the building.

Throughout the facility there are a number of image galleries that feature images taken by Canon EOLs, along with several images that were captured by Canon customers, including two Canon CPS members and four participants of a Canon Live Learning Destination Workshop.

“I feel honored to have my work recognized by Canon and showcased in the gallery at the Canon Experience Center,” said Chris Martin, photographer and Canon Live Learning participant. “The resources Canon provides to me as a photographer run the full spectrum, from video tutorials to instruction manuals, covering not only the nuts and bolts of the cameras, but also how to use these features to produce optimal results. Even more invaluable, though, was the hands-on instruction during the Live Learning event that brought out a creative side of me that I never knew I had.”

The Canon Experience Center will be home to approximately 75 experienced employees when fully staffed, and will host ongoing Canon employee training. In addition, the Canon Experience Center features repair and maintenance operations for Canon’s extensive lineup of consumer and professional products, including Cinema EOS and EOS Digital SLR cameras, PowerShot Cameras, high-definition camcorders, 4K reference displays and all of Canon’s lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses and broadcast lenses. Repair operations at the facility include 10 state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon’s most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, and a spare parts inventory.

The new 33,682 square-foot CITS call center in Albuquerque, which officially began operations in June 2014, provides support to Canon’s growing professional photographic, cinema, printing and office solutions customers. By spring 2015, the center will also support customers using small office and consumer imaging products, including digital cameras, camcorders, large format printers and copiers. Canon’s customer focused investment in the new call center includes state-of-the-art data center technology that help ensure the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chesapeake, Virginia locations are able to conduct uninterrupted operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The expansion of the CITS service and support footprint to the west coast demonstrates Canon’s dedication to providing high-quality customer service with 100 percent U.S.-based Canon employees. The Albuquerque location was specifically chosen because it will help better serve customers from coast to coast. The area has a stable climate, the ability to service multiple time zones and a well-educated largely bilingual workforce. It is anticipated that the support center will create at least 150 customer service, direct sales and technical support positions over a three-year period.

“We are thrilled to have Canon ITS here in Albuquerque,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “By selecting Albuquerque, Canon capitalized on a qualified and culturally diverse workforce and a location with a stable climate for business operations. They have made a strong commitment to our community and have proven to be a great fit in our growing business sector. We thank them for their many contributions to our community.”

Canon’s commitment to providing award-winning, 100 percent U.S.-based support will be highlighted in a new advertising campaign launching mid-November. This entertaining campaign, titled “Rigorous Training,” features real employees at the east coast call center in Chesapeake, Virginia. For a sneak peak at this campaign please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjflqWUuaPU.

Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, New Jersey, Itasca, Illinois, and Newport News, Virginia.

For more information about Canon’s Customer Service and Support offerings visitusa.canon.com/satisfaction.

For additional information about the Canon Experience Center visit usa.canon.com/cec.

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Disneyland Paris Uses Canon Cinema EOS Products for its New Attraction Ratatouille

Disneyland Paris Uses Canon Cinema EOS Products for its New Attraction Ratatouille

London/Oslo, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses.  The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.

The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.

Canon pioneered the development of 4K cameras with the release of the EOS C500 and the EOS-1D C SLR in 2012, which rapidly became popular in the broadcast market. After testing the different brands and products available, Disney finally chose both Cinema EOS cameras for the project, as they were best placed to produce a professional quality result and tackle the challenging filming environment (light, 3D projection, etc.). Thanks to its compact size, the EOS-1D C was attached to the attraction’s ratmobiles, bespoke vehicles shaped as rats, with on-board devices specially designed for this work.

Stéphane Dery, Canon France Professional Imaging Group Director comments: “We are very honoured to count Disneyland Paris as one of the brands that has decided to rely on the Canon Cinema EOS system for its new attraction. This partnership once again demonstrates the unquestioned know how of Canon in the imaging and optical industry, and particularly in 4K.”

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Canon U.S.A. Brings Its Digital Imaging Solutions To PhotoPlus Expo 2014

Canon U.S.A. Brings Its Digital Imaging Solutions To PhotoPlus Expo 2014

On Display for the First Time in the U.S. will be the New Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Digital Cameras along with the Latest in Lenses and Professional Printing Solutions

NEW YORK, October 23, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will demonstrate its latest digital camera optics and printer lineup, including the recently announced EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, at PhotoPlus Expo 2014 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 30 – November 1, 2014 in Booth #121.

Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to see the new EOS C100 Mark II, the latest addition to the Company’s Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm digital cameras. Additionally, PhotoPlus Expo attendees can try, firsthand, the powerful new EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full line of Canon EOS and Cinema EOS cameras, EF and CN-E lenses, Canon’s professional and consumer camcorders, and the latest in PowerShot cameras including the new PowerShot G7 X. The Company will also be showing its gallery of PIXMA PRO and imagePROGRAF large format professional inkjet prints and will feature stunning images from Canon’s Explorers of Light, as well as live printing demonstrations throughout the show.

For the first time at PhotoPlus Expo, the Canon booth will feature images from the Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, portions of the 2014 PIXMA PRO City Senses Tour. Attendees can experience this interactive image gallery that brings the printed image to life through the senses of touch, taste, smell and sound. The PIXMA PRO City Senses Tour began in 2013 and this year traveled to three new cities — Boston, MA, Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, with celebrity hosts and photographers Donnie Wahlberg, Michael B. Jordan, and Joel McHale.

Canon will continue its Live Learning Stage educational series with a combination of lectures and live photo shoots featuring professional photographers, videographers and Canon Explorers of Light. Professionals such as Scott Kelby, Alex Buono, Peter Read Miller, Adam Jones and Michele Celentano will discuss and demonstrate their personal expertise and share their experience with audiences. The Live Learning Stage presentation series, which is open to all attendees, will take place throughout the duration of PhotoPlus Expo. Canon will also host demonstrations of portrait lighting using Canon’s Speedlite system, time lapse video shooting, 4K video for still-frame output to PIXMA PRO-100 and imagePROGRAF iPF6400 printers, and an EOS 7D Mark II demonstration.

Canon Solutions on Display
Attendees will be treated to stunning images in amazing detail and accurate color courtesy of the REALiS WUX6000 and REALiS WUX400ST LCOS projectors, casting images onto a large 130-inch screen. The demonstration will show how REALiS projectors can help professional photographers showcase their work in a large format to clients in studios and galleries to help them visualize for image selection or entice them to order large-format prints. In addition, a REALiS WUX400ST will be displaying a digital signage application running Canon commercials on a loop, an ideal solution for both advertising and education fields.

Canon CPS Lounge
Canon Professional Services will once again host the CPS Lounge where Gold, Platinum and Cinema CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up to two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses*) cleaned and checked during Expo hours starting Thursday, October 30th through Saturday, November 1st in Room 2D12.

CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2014:
10/30 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
10/31 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11/01 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (equipment pick-up only, no new items accepted)

This exclusive lounge area also provides members with a product showcase and the opportunity for Gold, Platinum and Cinema CPS members to have one of their own images printed free, on a PIXMA PRO-1 or PIXMA PRO-100 printer, as well as a free imagePROGRAF Large Format Print (limit one imagePROGRAF and one PIXMA PRO print per qualifying member). A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge for new and existing members throughout the show. Those who sign up, upgrade, or renew a Gold or Platinum CPS Membership in the CPS Lounge during the show will receive an additional free clean and check coupon to be used at a later date.

Canon will also feature technicians directly in the Canon booth, performing CPS customer clean and checks. This area will highlight Canon’s “Support Matters” advertising campaign featuring peer-to-peer testimonials about Canon’s Professional Service and Support from professional photographers and cinematographers. For more information on CPS, visit http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/. For more information on the “Support Matters” campaign visit: pro.usa.canon.com/supportmatters.

Follow Canon throughout the show @CanonUSApro. Use #CanonPPE2014 to join the conversation.

Canon 2014 PhotoPlus Expo In-Booth Speaker/Shooter Schedule
Thursday,
October 30th
Friday,
October 31st
Saturday,
November 1st
10:00 AM Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!
Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!
Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!
10:45 AM Kevin Shahinian
Cinema with a DSLR
Lecture Presentation
Scott Kelby
What’s New in Action!
Lecture Presentation
Peter Read Miller
Sports, Illustrated!
Lecture Presentation
11:30 AM Tyler Stableford
Art From Cinema to Print
Lecture Presentation
Stephen Johnson
Portraying an Exquisite Earth
Lecture Presentation
Alex Buono
Live from NY it’s Alex Buono
Lecture Presentation
12:15 PM Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!
Ken Sklute
Live Shoot!
Harry Benson
Being There!
Lecture Presentation
1:00 PM Adam Jones
Wildlife &7D Mark II
Lecture Presentation
Peter Read Miller
Sports, Illustrated!
Lecture Presentation
Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!
1:45 PM Bruce Dorn
Cinemaphotography
Lecture Presentation
Robert Farber
Printing Art
Lecture Presentation
Adam Jones
Wildlife &7D Mark II
Lecture Presentation
2:30 PM Scott Kelby
What’s New in Action!
Lecture Presentation
Jack Reznicki
Live Shoot!
Vincent Laforet
Transition from Photo to Filmmaking
Lecture Presentation
3:15 PM Tim Laman
Birds of Paradise
Lecture Presentation
Greg Heisler
Potraiture
Lecture Presentation
Greg Heisler
Live Shoot!
4:00 PM Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!
Tim Laman
Birds of Paradise
Lecture Presentation
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Random Thoughts: The See Impossible Teaser

Random Thoughts: The See Impossible Teaser

There have been a lot of good suggestions in our forum on what we may see tomorrow. I think most are wishing for some new EOS or Cinema EOS products, but I don’t think that’ll be happening.

I think that new box logo in the teaser is the important piece. I haven’t seen it used for any other product or service in the past, if you have, please let me know where it was used. The logo does have a “business” feel to it and we’re probably gearing up for a new line of business imaging products.

Some background on the See Impossible domains from our forum
“Totally random info. just to make the rumor mill buzz… I did a search for “Canon see impossible” and discovered that canonseeimpossible.com, canonseeimpossible.net and canonseeimpossible.org were all initiated about a year ago.  They just happen to be hosted on the same server as Phaseone.com!?  Probably just coincidence as there are about 4000 sites hosted there.  IP Address:  216.146.46.11 , 216.146.46.10

canonseeimpossible.com brings up the same page as the seeimpossible.usa.canon.com link.  The page seems to have just recently gone live.  While I was searching, the host that had been reported as being in British Virgin Islands, switched to a U.S. site.”

Visit Canon: http://seeimpossible.usa.canon.com/

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