Archive for the ‘Canon General’ Category
After a decided lack of exciting Canon DSLR announcements at CES, the next big show coming up will be CP+ from January 31 – Feb 3 2013. Canon and Nikon each have huge spaces reserved for their exhibits at the Pacifico Yokohama, Japan exihibition hall and traditionally have made some major announcements at CP+.
Will the long awaited EF 200-400mm f/4 L finally be announced? It was two years ago in 2011 at CP+ that Canon announced that lens development program, so what better place to announnce the lens formally.
Many are also thinking a 70D or the 7D Mark II is due.
We do not have any inside information or leaks at this point, so this is just pure speculation, but Canon is almost certain to announce some new products.
New lenses are the toughest products to predict, but recent new lens rumors beyond the 200-400mm f/4 L might find fufillment at CP+ as well.
Expect more to come and rumors will abound as the show gets near. If there is to be a major announcement, it should happen in the next 10 days.
First centre of its kind showcases the best of Canon photography and print imaging technology in a hands-on, experiential environment.
CALGARY, Alberta, January 15, 2013 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions celebrating its 40th Anniversary, today announced the opening of Image Square, the Canon Experience Centre – a unique destination where visitors can interact with the latest Canon technology and benefit from the expertise of photography and business consultants.
Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canon Image Square is a ground-breaking, innovative and technologically-advanced space specifically designed to encourage exploration and discovery. Visitors will learn how Canon products and solutions can help them capture their experiences, enhance their memories, and increase their productivity, at home, at work, and at play.
Canon Image Square is open to the public beginning today at 12:00pm.
“Canon Image Square represents a true first for Canada, and it sets the standard for how our industry interacts with customers by offering an opportunity to experience first-hand our state-of-the-art products and technology,” said Kevin Ogawa, President and CEO of Canon Canada. “We are committed to providing our customers and prospective customers with the best experience with our products, and that includes allowing them to touch and try our products before they purchase.”
As part of the Canon Image Square vision, expert staff will direct visitors to purchase through authorized local dealers or direct from Canon.
Canon Image Square features dynamic displays and demonstrations that give visitors a true look at how Canon products work. This innovative approach to the consumer experience includes:
- Expert staff dedicated to answering questions, sharing tips, and finding information for visitors.
- Full-motion thematic settings and sculptural exhibits where visitors can test point-and-shoot and digital SLR cameras, a range of lenses and accessories, and a selection of printers.
- A touch screen media wall where visitors can post and interact with their own images.
- Interactive discovery tables where visitors can select an image, learn about its features, and find directions to the related product station.
- A fully-operational showroom exhibiting a range of Canon print production devices and solutions for business needs.
- A photo studio outfitted with professional Canon digital SLR cameras, Speedlight flashes, and photo production software.
- A classroom-style learning space where expert staff will conduct seminars, projector demos, presentations, and Canon College photography classes.
- Photo gallery curated by 500px, featuring the works of Alberta-based photographers who use Canon equipment to bring remarkable images to life.
Canon Image Square occupies approximately 6,600 square feet on the ground floor of Eighth Avenue Place, a pre-certified LEED Platinum building. Canon Image Square is accessible off 8th Avenue as well as through the building’s main concourse.
For more information, visit www.canon.ca/imagesquare
Canon stores to be announced next week
We’ve received some more information about the upcoming Canon stores. The announcement should come on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
We’re told that the stores will be called “Canon Imaging Square” in the Asian market.
More than the Calgary, Canada store coming next week? We’re hearing a store will appear in Sao Paulo, Brazil as well as Sydney, Australia. We haven’t heard of any stores in Europe or the United States as of yet.
New camera & lens?
We do not have a [CR3] confirmation for more than the stores being announced on Tuesday.
Following Apple & Leica….
Canon will be launching their first “Canon Experience Store” in the coming days. They will start with at least one store in Calgary, Canada and slowly open more stores around the globe. I’m told Canon is buying “heritage” type buildings around Australia for the stores.
Features of the store (Unconfirmed)
- They will be similar to apple stores, all white, simplistic and will allow hands-on use of canon equipment.
- These stores will feature camera and lens trial areas, 8 to 10 iMac computers for education courses and a learning area.
- The audiovisual systems in the store will feature multiple large-format LED and LCD displays.
- The customers will walk through a “LED Tunnel” when entering the store to immerse the customer in sights and sounds.
The announcement for this project should come early next week.
Company Brings to Life “Image Incredible” through Interactive Experiences and Inspired End-User Photographs
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 4, 2013 - At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils the vision behind its 2013 lineup of connected digital cameras, camcorders and printers. Visitors to Canon’s booth (#13304) will be invited to explore “Image Incredible” with product demonstrations and on-site experiences designed to unlock creative potential and inspire users to express their individuality using the Company’s exceptional imaging technology products.
Upon entering the Canon booth, attendees will experience “Image Incredible” through inspiring visual displays, celebrity photographer guest speakers, staged performance showcases, interactive product demonstrations and social media activities. Canon’s mission to inspire creativity in customers of all levels will be seen throughout the show as end-user inspired images submitted to the “Project Imaginat10n” program will decorate the Company’s booth as well as adorn on-site advertising and signage as examples of how imaging inspires creativity in us all.
“Consumers are looking for higher performing and functioning products that work exceptionally on their own, as well as together, to push the boundaries of imagination and creativity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “This year, we have created a space where this truly comes to life in unique and exciting ways, just like our products.”
Through interactive on-stage presentations, attendees will be immersed in the true meaning of “Image Incredible” as a series of end-user scenarios play out illustrating the various creative possibilities and wireless connectivity of Canon EOS cameras, PowerShot digital cameras, VIXIA camcorders and PIXMA printer products. Also on the Canon stage will be industry renowned photographers and cinematographers. Canon Explorers of Light (EOL) members, Jack Reznicki, Bruce Dorn, Vincent Laforet and Rick Sammon will be conducting presentations on various filmmaking and photographic techniques throughout the week. To further showcase the Canon booth theme, there will be a special gallery showcasing the works of various members of the EOL program.
Adding to the overall booth experience, attendees can touch-and-try a range of Canon high-performance optics and cameras by entering an in-booth tower that features 15 different EF lenses and DSLR cameras. Throughout the show, the Canon HD Theater will be showing a highlight reel of spectacular footage shot and captured on EOS and Cinema EOS equipment as the Company looks to enable both consumers and professionals to tell their story through video as well as still images.
To help bring the show experience to Canon fans, there will be a dedicated social media counter that will display Canon-related social media engagement through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Canon Forum. Please visit the following Canon U.S.A. social media sites:
Twitter: @CanonUSAimaging #CanonCES
Canon Forum: forums.usa.canon.com
For more information on all of Canon’s products, please visit: www.usa.canon.com.
Even at the high end
For all the flack Canon gets from us passionate pundits, they continue to sell more DSLR cameras than anyone else.
Interchangeable Lens Camera Marketshare for 2012 (Japan)
- Canon 28.6%
- Nikon 25%
- Olympus 14.3%
- Sony 13.3%
- Panasonic 11.3%
An interesting note about Canon, if you remove the lowend of the DSLR market (Rebels, D3xxx/D5xxx), Canon’s marketshare increases. I imagine the 5D Mark III plays a big part in that, as well as the EOS-1D X.
Canon’s performance in the mirrorless segment cannot be properly measured until the 2013 numbers come in. For 2012, they sat at 2.1% marketshare.
Source: [TH] via [BCN]
Canon EOS-1D X at B&H Photo for $6728
From The Digital Picture
Bryan and Norbert over at TDP think they have deciphered the date codes built into Canon’s newish 10 digital serial numbers. Previous to July 2010, Canon put date codes on all lenses other than EF-S that let you know when the lens was manufactured.
To age a Canon lens using the 10-digital serial number Canon lenses, we dissect the serial number as:
DD C SSSSSSS
The DD is the key to the date of manufacture of the lens – the date code. The long, narrow Canon lens date code chart is shown on the right side of this page.
They have posted what they predict to be the future date codes for Canon lenses. Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress and may not yet be definitive.
See the date code chart at TDP
Hurricane Sandy Update for Jamesburg, New Jersey Repair Facility
Thank you for being a valued Canon Professional Services member. Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Canon USA repair facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey is currently without power and is closed.
If you recently sent a product to the Jamesburg facility and wish to check on the repair status, please enter your Canon Repair Number and ZIP Code into the designated fields at the following Canon USA web site address: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer?pageKeyCode=checkRepairStatus
Recovery operations are underway and we have been informed by the local utility servicing the Jamesburg facility that power should be restored by November 7. However, due to storm-related delays, normal operations and repair turnaround are not expected to resume until November 16. Until that time, please direct any new repair requests to one of the Canon Repair Facilities below:
1. Newport News, Virginia
Canon Factory Service Center
12022 Canon Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
(Mail-In Service Only)
2. Irvine, California
Canon Factory Service Center
15955 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
(Mail-In and Walk-In Service)
When sending in your equipment for repair please ensure the box is marked as CPS Pro Rush Repair to expedite the request.
Assistance is also available to CPS members 24×7 via the CPS Member Hot Line at 1-877-CPS-8122 (1-877-277-8122).
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to return to normal operations in New Jersey as soon as possible.
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries
CPS Toll free; 1-877-CPS-8122
24 hours 7 days/per week
Things just got a bit more pricey
Canon is starting the enforcement of their MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) pricing rules today. Some camera bodies and lenses will see an immediate increase in their base price. Below are a few examples of the price increases, not including the current rebate program that expires on November 24, 2012.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III $3,499.00 from $3,149.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS $4299.00 from $3949.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark II $2,199.00 from $2,099.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark II w/ EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS $2,999 from $2,899.00
Canon EOS 7D $1,499.00 from $1,457.00
Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit $1,899.00 from $1,699.00
There are a lot more examples through the Canon lineup. It’s going to be quite important to take advantage of rebate programs, as retailers are going to be unable to give their own deals via web sites. We may also see a lot more bundle deals coming down the pipe to add value to a purchase. Use our Pricewatch pages, and if you see a lower price somewhere, you should probably jump on it immediately, as it may not last long.
We knew it was coming
We knew when MMAP (Minimum Manufacturers Advertised Price) pricing came into effect things were going to change. Previous actions by Canon towards B&H Photo and others to limit exposure into Canada were only going to lead to an outright stop in shipping certain Canon imaging products across the border. Nikon as you may not know has already implemented these restrictions.
We’re most likely going to see this sort action for both DSLR cameras, premium PowerShot’s bodies as well as lenses.
Sorry Canada, gotta shop local!