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(Reuters) – Canon Inc (7751.T) Chief Executive Fujio Mitarai said his company had the funds and willingness for more acquisitions this year after a planned 23.6 billion Swedish crown ($2.8 billion) takeover of network video surveillance leader Axis AB (AXIS.ST).

Mitarai has been leading efforts to find higher-growth businesses to complement Canon’s imaging expertise, and help the Japanese company expand beyond a camera market under attack from smartphones sporting competitive image-capturing capabilities.

Canon’s offer for Axis represented a premium of nearly 50 percent to the stock price before the announcement, a price some analysts said was high enough to ward off rival bids.

“If you buy a cheap company, you need to spend on drastic restructuring,” Mitarai told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. “I only buy good companies, even if they’re expensive.”

Canon, which earned over 80 percent of revenue overseas in 2014, said it would pay for its biggest purchase ever in cash. It held 845 billion yen ($7.05 billion) in cash and cash equivalents at the end of December.

Read the full article at Reuters

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Martin’s incredible image has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on the Buzzfeed website (above) since he shot it on Monday afternoon [Photo credit: Martin Le-May]

Apparently the Canon EOS 70D is the best camera to use if you want to capture a weasel riding the back of a woodpecker.

Amateur Photographer has done an interview with Martin about his incredible capture.

Martin explained that he used a Canon EOS 70D and 300mm f/2.8 lens and has been a photography enthusiast for the past 12 years. He captured the photo using the camera’s programme mode.

Read the full interview

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A couple of lens deals are currently happening on ebay via BigValueInc (99% approval ) and 6ave (99% approval)

If you wanted a camera to go with your lens….

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Lenses / Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]
« on: Today at 12:14:41 PM »
We’re told that the next L lens from Canon will be a prime and it will be coming in late summer/early fall of this year. While the source wasn’t sure what lens was coming for sure, they did let us know that prototypes for a replacement of the 35L were out there. This has been a long rumoured lens for replacement, with multiple patents for the optical formula throughout the years.

For the moment, lens production capacity is what will dictate when new lenses are announced. The brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II has been out of stock around the globe at major retailers for a long while now, so I’m sure that has priority for Canon. As well as the brand new and highly touted EF 11-24mm f/4L.

The only other primes I’ve had multiple discussions about are replacements for the EF 200 f/2L IS and EF 800 f/5.6L IS. Just like the 35L however, those mentions have been around for years. Interestingly, there hasn’t been talk of new TS-E lenses in a long time.

Outside of that, we’re still waiting on a new non L 50mm lens as well as a non L/non DO 70-300 replacement.

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Lenses / Review: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L
« on: Today at 11:10:52 AM »
The flood of reviews for the brand new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L are starting to come in. I think the theme of all the reviews is going to be the same. “Yes, it costs a lot, but it’s awesome”. I’m still waiting to receive mine, and watching other people shoot with it is not a good substitute while I wait.

PetaPixel is next with their review of the lens and it includes a lot of sample images.

“The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is heavy and bulky. It is also thrice as costly as the Sigma, which offers slightly narrower focal length and less brightness. However, if image quality (in terms of distortion and sharpness) and flare control is important to you, then there is really no contest between the two lenses. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is an outstanding performer in the rarefied group of ultra-wide SLR zoom lenses, by itself or compared to other super wide zooms.”

Read the full review | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

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MELVILLE, N.Y., March 2, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., has been named to the 2015 FORTUNEmagazine World’s Most Admired Companies list in the computers category. Considered byFORTUNE magazine as the “definitive report card on corporate reputations,” Canon received its highest ranks in innovation, social responsibility and long-term investment value.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNEmagazine and well-respected industry leaders,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The results of this year’s rankings are a testament to Canon’s commitment to investing in our customers and technology, and our core belief of being a good corporate citizen in the communities we serve.”

The 2015 list was separated into 55 industries from a variety of business areas. Over 600 companies from 29 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked by executives, directors and analysts in their respective industries based on nine reputation drivers, including financial soundness, long-term investment value, people management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, quality of management, quality of products/services, innovation and global competitiveness.1

The FORTUNE magazine World’s Most Admired Companies list can be found at www.fortune.com/wmac.

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Lenses / Canon EF 11-24 f/4L Sample Images
« on: March 01, 2015, 10:38:07 AM »
I’m still waiting for my Canon EF 11-24 f/4L to arrive here in snowy Canada, but Keith at Northlight received his and has posted a few real world sample images and some examples of sharpness and how wide 11mm really is. The difference between 14mm and 11mm is pretty substantial as you’ll see. The example showing the corner sharpness is also impressive.

Be sure to post your examples in the forum if you have received your lens already.

See the samples at Northlight

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Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA Price Drops on EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 6D
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:05:21 AM »
Feeling the pressure from authorized resellers has probably forced Canon USA to significantly lower MAP (minimum advertised price) prices on the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 6D. Both of those cameras have dropped a lot in price probably due to currency fluctuations. Beyond the price drops, Canon has also switched the mail-in rebate to an instant rebate and added the EOS 7D Mark II to that. Are these reductions enough to get people away from grey market cameras out there? I’m not sure.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

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PowerShot / New PowerShot G17 Coming in Spring [CR2]
« on: February 28, 2015, 01:21:31 PM »
A new PowerShot G17 will be coming some time before July we’re told. The exact announcement date isn’t currently known. It definitely looks like the G17 is going to going upmarket. We received similar specs back in March of 2014.

Canon PowerShot G17 Specs:

  • Ultra bright lens
  • f/1.2-2.0
  • 24 – 168mm 7x Zoom
  • Super UD Lens
  • DIGIC 6+
  • Large 1″ Sensor
  • All Magnesium Body

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EOS Bodies / The State of the Camera Industry in 2014
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:40:15 AM »
LensVid.com has posted their yearly infographic showing the state of the photographic industry last year. They use the data from the CIPA statistics that were recently released.

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Here are a few key points (from LensVid):

  • Camera manufacturing/sales (all types) went down in 2014 by 31% (in 2013 we looked at close to a 40% drop).
  • Lenses manufacturing/sales (for DSLR/mirrorless cameras) went down in 2014  by 12% (in 2013 it went down by %20).
  • Japan is still a huge photography market (13% of all cameras and 14% of all lenses sell in Japan which has less than 2% of the world’s population), however the rest of Asia is the only place which seems to gain any momentum in 2014.
  • Mirrorless cameras (despite all the hype) are still just 7% of the entire camera market (up from a mere 5% in 2013).
  • Compact cameras are a dying breed – going down from a 108 million units in 2010 to only 29 million in 2014 (and this number is likely to go down even further in 2015).
  • Predicting the future of the camera market proved challenging in the past – IDC (the American market research, analysis and advisory firm) failed to predict what will happen to the mirrorless camera market. In 2012 they concluded that in 2014 we will see no less than 13 million mirrorless cameras sold worldwide. Only 3 million mirrorless cameras were actually sold…

Read more at LensVid.com

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Lenses / Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Accepts Rear Gelatin Filter
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:09:53 PM »
Here’s a feature I didn’t know existed on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, maybe I’m the only one that didn’t know, this is from the lens manual. The EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF 8-15 f/4L fisheye and a few others also have this feature, does anyone actually use it?

1124rearfilter

thanks @KevinAndrewFaulk

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Lenses / First Tests: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L a Winner
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:48:05 PM »
LensRentals.com has completed their initial tests of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. They have come away extremely impressed and they look forward to further testing and most importantly, making images with it.

From LensRentals.com

As you can see, the center t 16mm has an even higher resolution than the two extreme ends, although the edges are just a bit weaker.

But all of that is hair-splitting; this is a remarkable lens. Canon made the widest full-frame rectilinear lens available, and made it with superb image quality throughout the zoom range. Once again, hat’s off to Canon’s lens designers.

Read the full first test | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

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Sigma has updated their ship schedule for the the 24mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon and the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS contemporary lens for Canon. Both of these lenses should begin shipping some time in March.


From Sigma


SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art ($849) for Canon EF mount are scheduled to start shipping towards the middle of March.


SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary ($1089) for Canon EF mount are scheduled to start shipping towards the middle to end of March.


via: [TDP] & [Sigma]


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Lenses / Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:26:28 AM »
Professional nature photography Kevin Ebi took some time to write an interesting review of the brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II.

Here is a summary of some of Kevin’s thoughts.

  • The Mark II doesn’t zoom quite as far. The extreme telephoto end of the new 100-400 is a little more than 2% shorter than the Mark I.
  • There is not a huge difference in image quality at the center of the two generation of lenses, but at the corners, there is less distortion in the Mark II. Sharpness is improved, but it’s not a mind-blowing improvement. (A lot of people on your forums ask how it compares to a 70-200 Mark II with a doubler; it provides a readily visible improvement over that setup.)
  • The 100-400 II does suffer a bit from the “onion rings” phenomenon, but I don’t think it ruins any images. In fact, it’s no worse than the 600mm f/4 IS. The weather conditions that allowed me to photograph the phenomenon evaporated fast, so I couldn’t compare it to the Mark I.
  • A minimum focusing distance of 3 feet/1 meter may seem overkill for a lens primarily used for wildlife, but it has opened new creative possibilities for me. For birds that you are able to get close to — either through opportunity or through remote rigs — it lets you capture sharp subjects with stunningly beautifully backgrounds.

Read the full review | Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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EOS Bodies / Canon Cinema EOS C700x Rumor a Fake
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:20:24 AM »
A rumor showing a Canon Cinema EOS C700x starting popping up around the web and in our inbox yesterday. We have confirmed our initial suspicions that this is a fake.

The camera in the image is the C500 PL mount with some “work” done to fit the larger 34mm sensor and a longer base to fit the “X”, which in itself makes no sense. We’re also told that most PL lenses wouldn’t work with a 34mm wide sensor.

We have confirmed that the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C500 Mark II will be coming to NAB 2015 in April. We have not heard of any other “Cinema EOS” branded products coming for the show, but that could change.

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