To Users of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM Interchangeable Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras Thank you for using Canon products.
It has been confirmed that the autofocusing function of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens, which was released in June 2012, may not operate correctly.
The details of this phenomenon are described below.
Affected Product EF40mm f/2.8 STM
Phenomenon| If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
*This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.
*This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.
Workaround When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.
Market Support The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.
Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.
What’s coming in August? Some information came today explaining what will be coming from Canon in the month of August. Currently it sounds like 3 different announcement dates for various Canon imaging products.
We’re told that we should see new ImagePROGRAF printers sometime very soon, possibly next week.
New PowerShot cameras at the end of August is almost a given. I am told we’ll get a true replacement to the G12. The G1X was never really meant to replace the lower end cousin. I am also told we’ll see a small camera with an f/1.9 lens. There was no mention of specifications for either camera.
I also expect a new superzoom or two for the PowerShot lineup.
EOS M I find this a bit unlikely, but it was also mentioned we’ll see a second EOS-M camera announced in the fall, probably not before Photokina though. It would be the “pro” model. I’m confident one is coming, I’m just not sure it’s coming that soon.
A new wide angle zoom lens A new wide angle zoom for EF should be announced before Photokina in September. Could it be the long awaited EF 14-24?
EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x There are tons of these lenses in London currently, I expect an announcement this fall and pretty fast availability.
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.