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Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera

Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera

Florida based photographer Sylvia Cacciatore has started to drum up public support to hopefully get Canon to pay attention to the needs of left handed photographers. Sylvia doesn’t have use of her right arm and shooting with her left hand on a right handed camera proves to be difficult at times.

She contacted Canon about her issue and received a response that sadly I’m not all that surprised about. Someone at Canon told her she should try out the PowerShot line of cameras. This has motivated her to try and get some public support for her cause, a cause I think could affect a lot of people around the globe.

From Sylvia
“My name is Sylvia and I am writing this as someone who is disabled and is also left-handed, and I am asking for the consideration of the development of left-handed cameras.  I suffered from a brachial plexus injury at birth that caused complete paralysis of my right arm, which also caused my arm to never fully develop.  Living in a world that mainly caters to those who are right-handed and have use of both their arms is not easy. There are many things I am able to do using one arm, but there are times when some things are difficult to do. “ You can read her entire story at Change.org and sign the petition.

For all the south paws out there, would you pay a premium for a left handed version of a 5D Mark III from Canon?

Source: [Change.org] via [PetaPixel] & [Phoblographer] | image credit // PetaPixel

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Canon U.S.A. Celebrates The Creativity Of Indie Filmmakers As A Returning Sponsor Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Canon U.S.A. Celebrates The Creativity Of Indie Filmmakers As A Returning Sponsor Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 – February 1, 2015). Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film; as part of the Festival sponsorship, Canon will offer a special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.

Canon is pleased to share that at least 52 of the 188 films premiering at this year’s Festival — over 27 percent — were shot using Canon equipment, up from the approximately 20 percent last year. Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey, The Overnight, The Wolfpack, Misery Loves Comedy, Cartel Land, Call Me Lucky, Fresh Dressed, How to Dance in Ohio, Most Likely to Succeed, The Hunting Ground, Tig, and The Nightmare are a few of the many shot-on-Canon projects set to screen during the festival.

“We are honored that so many creative filmmakers have chosen our equipment to bring their visions and stories to audiences. We look forward to supporting them and connecting with them at the Sundance Film Festival,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Sundance provides us with the opportunity to directly interact and support many up and coming filmmakers, and we are excited to return as Sustaining Sponsors to this year’s festival.”

For a list of events and more information, visit Canon USA

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Product Advisory: Battery Contact Issues With Select PowerShot Cameras

Product Advisory: Battery Contact Issues With Select PowerShot Cameras

From Canon USA: 
The purpose of this announcement is to inform our customers of the details of the phenomenon described below, as well as of the actions Canon is taking to address this phenomenon. Because we value the trust our customers have placed in us, we are dedicated to delivering industry-leading service and support for our products. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customer who may be inconvenienced.

Phenomenon
In rare instances, it is possible that units of the Potentially Affected Products listed below may exhibit the following operation errors, depending on usage conditions, due to insufficient contact between the camera’s battery terminal and the battery, even when the battery has sufficient power remaining.

  • The message “Charge the battery” appears immediately.
  • The power sometimes does not turn on.
  • The power turns off during use.

Potentially Affected Product
Please confirm whether your camera may be a Potentially Affected Product by checking the sixth digit from the left in the serial number which is located on the bottom of the camera body.

Read the full advisory and see if your camera is affected.

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Canon Tops Among Japanese Companies in U.S. Patent Rankings for Tenth Consecutive Year

Canon Tops Among Japanese Companies in U.S. Patent Rankings for Tenth Consecutive Year

TOKYO, January 13, 2015—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 12, 2015.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 – 2014

Year Ranking* No. of patents
2014 1st (3rd) 4,055
2013 1st (3rd) 3,817
2012 1st (3rd) 3,173
2011 1st (3rd) 2,818
2010 1st (4th) 2,551
2009 1st (4th) 2,200
2008 1st (3rd) 2,107
2007 1st (3rd) 1,983
2006 1st (3rd) 2,367
2005 1st (2nd) 1,828

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Note: Number of patents for 2014 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2013 tabulated by Canon based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. 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.

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Weak Yen Spurs Canon To Bring Production Home

Weak Yen Spurs Canon To Bring Production Home

Jan 9 (Reuters) – Canon Inc and other Japanese electronics companies want to bring production of some goods back home, reversing a years-old trend of overseas manufacturing as a rapid decline in the value of the yen makes local goods more competitive.

The yen has tumbled some 8 percent since the Bank of Japan last eased monetary policy in October and is now trading near seven-year lows. Since late 2012, it has lost a third of its value due to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflationary economic policies.

The steep slide has raised costs for firms highly dependent on raw material imports as well as those that manufacture abroad.

Now, Canon says it wants domestic production to return to 60 percent of overall output in three years, up from around 40 percent. “From now on, new copier, camera and printer products will be built at domestic factories and as they replace older products, the volume of goods made overseas will fall,” said company spokesman Hirotomo Fujimori.

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