Canon’s Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience to Create Lasting Memories
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is once again joining forces with several of the country’s acclaimed national parks to offer free photography workshops to visitors this summer. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program provides participants with free equipment loans and professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print images for free and take home a CD of their image files. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.
New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video by using a Canon VIXIA camcorder or EOS digital SLR camera and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.
“Canon is incredibly excited to help people improve their photography skills and capture the beauty of our national parks through our Photography in the Parks Program,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our nation’s magnificent and pristine national parks offer the quintessential location to help people improve their photography skills and inspire creativity. In doing so, Canon hopes to also help those who visit parks this summer create and preserve lasting memories and leverage their newfound skills throughout their lives, for all of their important moments.”
In addition, Canon is sponsoring the new National Geographic iPhone application, National Parks by National Geographic. Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, the app provides users with park information and photo galleries, travel tips from National Geographic editors, and information about park events – including the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. The app also features photo tips to help users capture beautiful photography throughout their summer travels.
The Canon Photography in the Parks Program will take place at various dates through the summer at the following national parks:
Grand Canyon: May 31 – June 20 Zion: June 24 – July 9 Yosemite: July 13 – July 17 Yellowstone: July 23 – July 31 Grand Teton: August 1 – August 2 Rocky Mountain: August 5 – August 11 Acadia: August 18 – August 29
For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. on Facebook at facebook.com/canonUSA.
Everything on this list has been replaced by newer, and more expensive versions. The EF 24 f/2.8 IS, EF 28 f/2.8 IS and EF 24-70 f/2.8L II have not begun shipping yet, and we’re hearing July 2012 at the earliest. The Speedlite 600EX-RT has begun shipping in pretty good quantities.
From Canon USA
To Users of the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have confirmed that when the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses are used with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, the Lenses may emit an abnormal noise.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera does not need to be repaired as a result of this phenomenon.
The support measures for this phenomenon have been decided and they are as described below.
Phenomenon If either of the lenses is attached to the camera with the Image Stabilizer switch on the lenses set to ON, the Image Stabilizer will synchronize with the autofocusing (AF) function and an abnormal noise may occur. This abnormal noise does not affect captured images.
This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is used with either of the lenses, and does not occur when the camera is used with other lenses.
EF200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
*This phenomenon does not occur with cameras other than the EOS 5D Mark III.
*If the fifth and sixth digit of the six-digit alphanumeric number that is imprinted on the lens mount of the above EF lenses is of any of the following numbers, the lens is affected.
EF200mm f/2L IS USM: If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, or 02.
EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM:If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, or 06.
How to Identify Affected Products: Please check the six-digit alphanumeric number as indicated in the image below.
Support The Canon lenses affected by this phenomenon will be inspected and repaired free of charge starting from May 21, 2012. If you own one of the affected lenses, please contact our Customer Support Center.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
What if you’re not in the USA?
Other countries should follow suit shortly.
Canon to let robots build you camera. Canon has announced it will take all the humans off the production line for cameras, and replace them with robots. This switch could happen as early as 2015. Fear not though, the production line employees will move to other areas in the company and not be laid off.
No mention of lens manufacturing, I’m sure that sort of things does need human interaction.
No word on when Canon will replace the photographer with robots.
… of course they do Canon is projecting selling 27% more DSLR cameras this year, to the tune of 9.2 million units. They’re also aiming for a 17% increase in compact camera sales, up to 22 million units.
With DSLR sales growth, lens sales should take a similar path upwards.
Said about their compact segment
“… we will further differentiate and enhance our lineup by launching new cameras offering the image qualities that approaches SLR cameras; furthering the improvement in design and qualities, and by incorporating features such as network, connectivity capabilities.”
Timescapes by Tom Lowe I’ll be at the Palms tonight in Las Vegas attending the premier for Timescapes, a film by astronomy photographer of the year Tom Lowe. It looks to be visually stunning and a benchmark for timelapse photography.
Canon at NAB Show 2012 As expected Canon had one of, if not the biggest booth on the NAB Show floor. Most of their video cameras, DSLRs and lenses were on display to play with.
Canon Cinema EOS 1D C
Canon EOS 1D C A couple of the 1D C’s were around to play with. They were attached to external monitors and you can play around with things like ISO and get a good idea about that kind of performance. The 1D C showed some pretty exceptional ISO via the HDMI out. We weren’t allowed to put cards into the camera, which is normal.
The camera looks exactly like the 1D X, other than not having the flash sync port.
Not much was said about the internals of the 1D C, which differ greatly from the 1D X. Most of which is used to displace the immense heat the 4K capture would create inside the body.
Availability was “sometime in 2012″.
Canon EOS C500 I couldn’t get within 10 feet of the thing. There were hordes of people around it listening to product descriptions and technical info from the folks at Canon. Again, the video out to the overhead monitors looked great, but we didn’t really get to see the 4K output from the camera.
Another “sometime in 2012″ for availability.
The new prototype CINE zooms and primes
Lenses All the new cine lenses were on display. The newly announced 15.5-45 and 30-105 lens mockups were also present. The new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II was on display behind glass, I didn’t see a place to get my hands on it. What I didn’t see were the new EF 24 f/2.8 IS and EF 28 f/2.8 IS lenses. However, there are hordes of people always crowding the counters at the Canon booth and maybe they were hiding.
Canon's prototype 4K display
4K Displays Canon showed off their prototype 4K displays again, and they really are pretty great to look at it. No one could answer if or when they’d make it to market, and there are no mention of price if they did. They were displaying 4K footage from both the C500 and 1D C on the screens.
5D Mark III Issue As expected, no one at the Canon booth wanted, or was allowed to talk about the issue with the 5D Mark III. I still haven’t heard about any possible recourse for the issue yet. I would expect it pretty soon though.
I also asked about firmware, and was told there was new firmware on the way, but it could have been delayed while Canon investigates the top LCD AE issue.
The magnesium alloy shell of the Canon EOS-1D X
Other cool things Above is the magnesium alloy shell of the Canon EOS-1D X. It was pretty amazing to feel how light it is. The Canon rep at the display agreed with me that they should sell just the shell. People would buy it for sure.
Canon celebrates the first 25 years of EOS.
Canon is celebrating 25 years of photography expertise with the anniversary of the launch of its iconic EOS System. Since its introduction in March 1987, the EOS System has grown to become the world’s most comprehensive range of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, interchangeable lenses and accessories, favoured by photographers all around the world.
The Canon EOS System was launched in March 1987 with the debut of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three interchangeable, EF mount lenses, including the EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5. This month, the system will commemorate its long, rich history with the celebration of its 25th anniversary.
EOS stands for ‘Electro Optical System’ and is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. The EOS series was the world’s first fully electronic mount system and heralded a new generation of AF SLR cameras. During the film camera era EOS SLR cameras garnered high acclaim from a wide range of users for their innovative technologies and designs, which focused on Canon’s key concepts of high-speed and ease of use. During this period, Canon pioneered new advances in technology and launched the top-of-the-range EOS-1 professional SLR in 1989. In 1993 Canon continued to expand its user base with the introduction of the compact, lightweight EOS 500 (also known as the EOS Kiss or the EOS Rebel XS in certain parts of the world).
Following the year 2000 introduction of the EOS D30, when the popularisation of DSLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed advanced technologies, such as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, in an effort to offer products that fulfilled the company’s key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use and high image quality.
With the flagship EOS-1D X at the apex, and the newly introduced EOS 5D Mark III boasting excellent image quality and video functionality, Canon’s rich digital SLR camera line-up serves the needs of all levels of users; from professional photographers to entry-level photo enthusiasts.
Canon’s interchangeable EF lens range, introduced alongside the EOS SLR camera system, has come to lead the industry. With Canon’s optical technologies at its core, EF lenses incorporate such innovative technologies as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS), Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), anti-reflection technology, and multi-layered Diffractive Optical (DO) elements. The current EF lens line-up comprises over 60 models, making possible a diverse range of imaging-expression possibilities.
Furthermore, with the recent launch of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, Canon’s EOS System now supports motion picture production and other high-end video capture applications.
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable cameras and lenses that cater to the varying needs of users while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
“the arrow to the right reads “Motion Picture” while the arrow to the left reads “Still Photography”. It seems like the C EOS DSLR in development is mostly aimed at Video instead of Still. BTW, the arrow up is “Professional” while the arrow down is “Consumer”. “
I wonder if we’ll ever see a “Cinema Powershot”. Maybe the next “G” will go into that realm.