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MELVILLE, N.Y., March 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked among the top global companies, placing sixth overall and third internationally in the computers category of this year’s Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies list. In the international computers category, Canon ranks as the top Japanese company and the sole representative of the imaging industry. Contributing to their rankings, Canon has received high accolades for innovation, quality of products/services and financial soundness.
The 2014 list was separated into 57 industries from a variety of business areas. With input from executives, directors and analysts, close to 700 companies from 30 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked based on various criteria.
“Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list includes well-regarded leaders in the business world,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. “To be included in this ranking is an honor in itself and further exemplifies our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve.”
Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list can be found at:http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/most-admired/.
LensVid has posted an excellent infographic showing how truly bad 2013 was for the camera industry. At its worst, there was a 40% drop in total camera sales between 2012 and 2013. That included a 19% drop in DSLR shipments.
A few points are brought up about why the numbers were less than stellar in 2013. The first being the use of smartphones over compact cameras, we’re beating a dead horse with that one. The second reason being the economic stability of the planet, we’re still not totally out of the woods in a lot of places around the globe. The third, and the most interesting is North America’s aversion to the mirrorless market. Until people in the United States show they’re willing to spend on these systems, I don’t think we’ll see a huge advancement in technology or products. It’s a chicken and the egg thing, people keep saying make something worth buying, but every company is watching their R&D dollar and DSLR’s and lenses are still a safer bet for a return.
Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD supertelephoto zoom lens. I do not recall another lens by Tamron receiving so many reviews and so quickly. Like the previous reviews, this one gives the Tamron a very good score, but also outlines a few of its weaknesses.
As we’ve mentioned before, the price will make this lens extremely attractive to a lot of photographers out there.
“This highly anticipated lens has been a very fun lens to evaluate. While autofocus performance and over-500mm image quality get my vote for this lens’ weaknesses, the Tamron 150-600 still has a great deal going for it. The Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is defined by attractive image quality over a great focal length range with a relatively compact, light, reasonably well-built design that includes Vibration Control and a very attractive price.”
On the topic of Smartphones “Realistically, thanks to the global prevalence of smartphones there are more photographs being taken. And as such I anticipate an organic growth of people who are using their smartphone and come to want to take better photographs. Regardless of what device they’re using, whether it’s a smartphone or a compact camera or DSLR, I’d like to encourage people to take more and more pictures.”
On Canon being stagnant or boring “They may perceive us in that way, but we are incorporating technological innovation into our products. The EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF technology is a good example of innovation that is unique to Canon.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF was born out of the concept of allowing the user to freely choose which kind of finder they wanted to use. The optical finder, the camera’s LCD or the screen of a mobile device via our EOS Remote app.”
On 4K video taking over from true still images “Yes, definitely. There will always be a need for still photographs, in my opinion. I believe that still images contain more information, and have more depth and meaning.”
On the EOS M2 coming to North America or Europe “It’s a possibility but we haven’t made a final decision yet. We’re looking at the market.”
NAB is generally for Cinema EOS and other cameras that could be looked at as professional videography tools. For this reason, I have a hard time thinking the EOS 7D Mark II would be announced for this show, even if it is rumored to have cutting edge videography features. I think the camera will still fall into the prosumer still photographer segment with some bonus sales to videographers.
I think we’re going to be getting a lot of 7D Mark II information in the next little while, most of which being wishful thinking. I’d bet on an announcement after NAB, with Cinema EOS products being announced for the show in late March or early April. We are told to expect 2 cinema lens announcements from a separate source.
We will see another round of PowerShot announcements, headlined by the SX50 IS replacement some time this spring, I think an EOS 7D Mark II announcement at that time is more likely.
This is also a Photokina year (we’ll be there), so I suspect we’ll see a big DSLR announcement in late August for that show.
More to come…
A new patent showing the 600mm f/4 optical formula. Is Canon already working on the replacements to the current super telephoto lenses? It’s quite possible! Although I suspect we’re talking 7-10 years from now. These sort of patents could also be for technology that will appear in other lenses. Such as the upcoming replacement of the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS.
I do expect we’ll be seeing more DO lenses in the future. There seems to be an awful lot of patents for DO optical formulas. I suspect the cost of production is the hinderance to bringing these lenses to market at the present time. We already have $11,000 200-400 f/4 lenses and $18,000 800mm lenses. I suspect we’re at the ceiling of what people will pay for a lens…. or not. :)
Patent Publication No. 2014-26210
- Publication date 2014.2.6
- Filing date 2012.7.30
- Focal length f = 588mm
- Fno. 4.12
- Angle of view 2ω = 4.22 °
- BF 56.0mm
- Total lens length 374.7mm
- Inner focus
- Focal length f = 588mm
- Fno. 4.12
- Angle of view 2ω = 4.22 °
- BF 55.0mm
- Total lens length 343.5mm
- Inner focus
- Diffraction optical element
- Effect of the glass material
- Fluorite (Fluorite)
- In the long lens fluorite + total length, correction of chromatic aberration is easy
- In short lens fluorite + total length, correction of chromatic aberration is difficult
- Diffractive optical element (DOE)
- Diffractive optical element can be corrected if the chromatic aberration
- Flare caused by light diffraction
Canon USA has started a new rebate program for select “L” lenses and Speedlites. Below are the list of lenses and Speedlites that qualify for the mail-in rebate program.
This program is set to expire on March 31, 2014 and is for USA residents only.
- EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM $150.00
- EF 17-40mm f/4L USM $100.00
- EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM $200.00
- EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM $200.00
- EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM $200.00
- EF 70–200mm f/2.8L USM $100.00
- EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM $150.00
- EF 70–200mm f/4L USM $80.00
- EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM $200.00
- EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM $200.00
- EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM $150.00
- EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM $150.00
- EF 35mm f/1.4L USM $100.00
- EF 50mm f/1.2L USM $150.00
- EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM $150.00
- EF 135mm f/2L USM $100.00
- EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM $50.00
- EF 300mm f/4L IS USM $100.00
- EF 400mm f/5.6L USM $100.00
- EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM $100.00
TOKYO, February 28, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that nine Canon designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2014 iF Design Awards in the product design and communication design categories.
iF Product Design Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS Kiss X7 in other regions) digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot N compact digital camera, the LEGRIA mini (VIXIA mini or IVIS mini) camcorder, the PIXMA MG7150 / MG6450 / MG5550 (PIXUS MG7130 / N/A / MG5530 in Japan) inkjet printers, the i-SENSYS LBP7680Cx / 7110Cw (N/A / imageCLASS LBP7001Cw or N/A / Satera LBP7110C) color laser beam printers, the WUX450 multimedia projector, and the LE-5W LED projector. The iF Communication Design Award went to the user interface for the EOS M compact-system camera.
Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design. Every year iF honors excellent design in three disciplines: product, communication and packaging design.
Canon won its first iF Product Design Award in 1989 for an office copying machine and, since that time, has been awarded for a wide range of products, including cameras, video camcorders and copying machines. This year marks Canon’s 20th consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards and brings the Company’s cumulative award count to 90. Encouraged by the recognition of the Company’s design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.
PlanetMitch over at Planet5D speculates about the possibility of adding Dual Pixel Technology to the EOS 5D Mark III. With Canon adding it to the Cinema EOS line, can we expect the same thing for the EOS lineup as well?
Mitch asked Canon, and received the types of answers you’d expect.
This would certainly change the game for the EOS 5D Mark III and adding features to an existing Canon DSLR.
“Tho of course, we don’t know if it is going to be added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or even the Canon EOS C300 and who knows how long Canon has been putting Dual Pixel capable sensors out… but we do now know that they shipped cameras with capable sensors before they had the firmware necessary to make it all work.”
For lenses, GetItDigital is selling the very good and versatile Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS for the great price of $899 (Reg $1399). If that’s not the mid range zoom you want, they’re also selling the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $682 (Reg $1099).
Canon EOS Camera Deals
- Canon EOS-1D X $5679 (Reg $6799)
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III $2894 (Reg $3399)
- Canon EOS 6D Body $1596 (Reg $1799)
Canon Lens Deals
Camera Canada is selling super telephoto lenses at a big discount over their US counterparts and ship to the USA. These items 100% qualify for USA warranty. I buy most of my gear in Canada from these guys. They’re great to deal with. The current currency difference between Canada and the USA should help offset the price of shipping. Camera Canada ships Canada Post/USPS to the USA and so far that has avoided any customs or duties for US customers.
The first image tests of the upcoming and highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens have surfaced on Xitek.
The lenses used for comparison are:
- 311: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art
- Sony: Sony Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM
- Nikon: Nikon AF-S 58mm f/1.4G
- Otus: Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus
Sigma is boasting that their new 50mm lens will rival the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 for a fraction of the cost optically, and it’ll have autofocus to boot! Here’s hoping the claim is true. Judging by this very small sampling of image quality, it’s quite possible it will be.
Imaging Resource received information from Canon USA after the story went to press stating the following:
“We received an update after we went to press that Canon USA does not have plans to sell the EOS M2 at this time. We’ll let you guys know if this changes!”
Imaging Resource did an interview with Canon executive Mr. Go Tokura and they touched on the EOS M2 and its availability worldwide.
When asked if the EOS M2 would come to the USA, Mr Tokura stated “There are plans for the M2 to arrive in the U.S.”. We’re assuming this also means there are plans to bring it to Europe.
Canon also plans to release more lenses for the EOS M system, as Mr Tokura says “I can assure you that we do have plans to roll out some lenses in the future. As far as speaking concretely about a roadmap, I’m afraid that based on our company policy, we can’t make any concrete statements about that.”
We’d be told previously that the original EOS M’s very high stock levels at North American and European retailers played a big roll in the M2 not coming to these markets. Once those stocks are depleted, I imagine we’ll see the arrival of the M2, or possibly an M3.
Keith Cooper over at Northlight images has written an excellent article on large format printing. From time to time, I get asked whether or not you should buy one of these printers. There are lots of things to consider if you want to produce your own large images.
The article below nails all the question I get, and may answer all your questions, Other than “Canon or Epson?” You’ll have to let the salesman make up your mind on that one.
“There is undoubtedly an attraction to seeing giant prints of your work on walls, and when you look at some of the deals available for large format printers, they look very attractive, compared to a high end DSLR and a few good lenses. I love having the ability to make my huge prints here, but you do need to think through some of the practicalities.
I’ve had a large format printer here at Northlight, since 2004. We started with an Epson 9600 (44″ width), adding a 24″ Epson 7880 [review] in 2007, and replacing both with a Canon iPF8300 [review] in November 2010. I’ve also had numerous other printers here on loan for a month or so in order to do testing and write all the reviews on this site.
With this experience I’m often asked about buying large printers. I’m not going to recommend any make or model in particular here, but I do have a number of questions that I feel should be asked, and a number of tips for ensuring that you get the best from such printers.”
We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.
The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.
As for the modification itself, it’s said it will “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance of the EOS 5D Mark III.”
I’ve heard about these types of things in the past, and nothing has ever come of them. This one seems a bit different, but we’ll have to wait and see.
More to come…