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Canon General / Dragonfly, Powered by Canon Lenses
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:54:58 AM »

Dragonfly is an innovative, multi-lens array designed for ultra-low surface brightness astronomy at visible wavelengths. Commissioned in 2013, the array is proving capable of detecting extremely faint, complex structure around galaxies.


According to Cold Dark Matter (CDM) cosmology, structure in the Universe grows from the “bottom up”, with small galaxies merging to form larger ones. Evidence of such mergers can be seen in faint streams and filaments visible around the Milky Way Galaxy and the nearby M31 galaxy.


Image Copyright University of Toronto

Image Copyright University of Toronto


But the CDM model predicts that we should see more of this structure than is currently observed. However, images obtained using even the largest, most advanced telescopes today contain scattered light that may be hiding this faint structure.


Dragonfly is designed to reveal the faint structure by greatly reducing scattered light and internal reflections within its optics. It achieves this using ten, commercially available Canon 400mm lenses with unprecedented nano-fabricated coatings with sub-wavelength structure on optical glasses.


Read More at the University of Toronto


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Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement
 
TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
 
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
 
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
 
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.


 The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.
 
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.
 
“The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world,” said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. “By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products.”
 
“Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them,” said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.
 
“The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value,” said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. “Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality.”
 
“We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation,” said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, “The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be.”
 
“Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation,” said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. “We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being.”
 
“The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing,” said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. “As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it.”
 
Read more at http://www.lotnet.com.



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Third Party Manufacturers / A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:25:02 PM »

A summary with the probability of upcoming Sigma lenses has appeared on sigma-rumors.com. Most of the lenses mentioned have been written about here in the past. Sigma’s focus over the last 2 years has been on high quality and affordable offerings, there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.


The most likely lenses to appear next would be:



  • 24mm f/1.4 DG ART

  • 85mm f/1.4 DG ART


Both of these lenses have a chance to appear at Photokina in a couple of months. I’d say the 85mm f/1.4 is a given, but the 24mm f/1.4 could fall to later this year or early 2015. With Zeiss expected to announce their Otus 85mm f/1.4 in September, Sigma could play spoiler with an optically great lens with autofocus at a much cheaper price.


The other lenses according to the site with the highest probability of happening are:



  • 24-70mm f/2 DG ART

  • 300-600mm f/? OS Sport


We’ve heard about both of these in the past, and I’m inclined to believe the supertelephoto zoom is definitely something Sigma is developing. The 24-70mm f/2, I’m not 100% sure on. If Sigma wants to differentiate themselves from the Canon and Nikon offerings, then such a lens would do the trick.


Read more at the Sigma Rumors roundup


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Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 6D $1399
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:49:22 PM »

6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1399 (Reg $1699 after $200 mail-in rebate) via ebay.


Canon EOS 6D Body $1399


 


6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the “white box” Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $639 (Retail reg $1199) via ebay.


Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $639


*This item is probably grey market and is not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. Although there have been reports of warranty repairs being done anyway.


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Lenses / Video Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:41:08 AM »
Kai from DigitalRev has completed his video review of the brand new Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This $299 lens for APS-C shooters seems to be getting a lot of praise, most of which is based around its extremely affordable price.

I have used the lens a couple of times and find it to be nearly as good as the EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, especially as an ultra wide angle walk around lens in cities. Pair it with an EOS Rebel SL1, and you have a pretty good light weight hiking setup as well.

Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM $299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

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EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Mark II Announcement September 5, 2014?
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:55:25 AM »

In our previous mention of a released date for the EOS 7D replacement, we speculated it would be some time during the week of September 8, 2014. However a couple of people have said the embargo will actually end at midnight on Friday, September 5, 2014 EST. Photokina begins about 10 days later in Cologne, Germany.


This sounds reasonable, as it allows the week of booth setup in Germany without trying to hide marketing material like signs and banners.


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Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $999, Kits From $1099
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:48:36 AM »

The big instant discounts of up to $600 on the Canon EOS 7D body and lens kits have begun. You can now get brand new EOS 7D bodies for $999, and lens kits starting at $1099.


 


Canon EOS 7D Body $999 (Reg $1499): Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo


Canon EOS 7D w/28-135 $1099 (Reg $1699): Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo


Canon EOS 7D w/18-135 $1299 (Reg $1799): Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo


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EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon 55mm f/1.4 & Other Primes
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:40:17 PM »

A few more patents for various “normal” fast prime optical formulas have appeared. Among them, another 35mm f/1.4 mention, as well as a 55 f/1.4. Read the entire patent to see the various optical formula images.


Patent Description (Google Translated)



  • Patent Publication No. 2014-123018

  • Publication date 2014.7.3

  • Filing date 2012.12.21

  • Image height = 21.64mm

  • Inner focus




















































ExampleFocal lengthFno.Half angleThe overall length of the lensBFMOD
One49.531.4523.6099.4638.10450
Two35.881.4531.09126.9238.77300
Three55.421.4521.33100.4440.24450
Four50.751.4523.0998.1738.29450

Source: [EG]


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EOS Bodies / The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:55:09 PM »

Northlight has been sent an image showing an always covered Canon camera. Apparently this photographer is always in the exact same spot on the side of the pitch. The camera is always covered in the white tarp, while no other camera is. It’s definitely a Canon as you can easily tell it’s a Canon lens.


We have been told numerous times that the replacement to the EOS 7D would be at the World Cup going through professional testing. Maybe that’s what’s under the cover.


hidden_camera


Source: [NL]


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REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — July 2, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc. on Wednesday broadened their strategic alliance with the announcement of a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. With this agreement, Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each other’s highly valued and growing patent portfolios.


“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”


This agreement covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Microsoft and Canon have a long history of collaborating to bring high-quality, cutting-edge products to consumers, including color technology. Contents of the agreement will not be disclosed.


“This agreement is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and commitment to developing innovative technologies,” said Hideki Sanatake, senior general manager, Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters of Canon Inc.


Read the full Press Release


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Pricewatch Deals / Ended: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:43:48 PM »

The mythical and expensive Canon EF 1200 f/5.6L USM has appeared for sale on ebay. I’ve been told there’s about 12 of these things that exist and the last one I saw sold for about $100,000 at B&H Photo.


Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM via ebay


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EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Replacement & Telephoto Lens in September [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:39:56 PM »

We’ve been told that NDA/embargo will expire in September for the Canon EOS 7D replacement as well as a new telephoto lens.


Photokina starts on September 16, 2014. So I suspect the embargo date will either be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 or Friday, September 12, 2014. The EOS 5D Mark III was announced on a Friday.


We weren’t given any specs at the time of writing this, or what the new telephoto lens would be. I think everyone is hoping for an EF 100-400 replacement.


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Lenses / Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:37:39 AM »
Bryan over at The Digital Picture has completed his review of the brand new Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS. I think everyone is hoping Canon has finally upped the quality of their L series ultra wide angle zoom lenses.

Says Bryan about the new lens Canon’s ultra-wide angle zoom lenses have long been very good performers. I have them and use them, but I was never overly excited by them – until now. The focal length range is not new and the max aperture in this range was already covered by another high quality lens. But, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens adds one critical feature – image stabilization. That feature alone gives this lens a huge value to me. Equally or more exciting is the image quality being delivered by this lens. If prime-lens-grade corner-of-the-frame image quality is something you appreciate in your ultra-wide angle lens, you are going to love this lens. Add a state-of-the-art AF system and the 16-35 f/4 L IS becomes a must-have lens… read the rest of the review

Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199: B&H Photo | Amazon

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Below are some great deals on small DSLR bundles from Adorama. We believe the T3 is discontinued, but the EOS SL1 is still a current camera. Both deals would be great for kids that may be taking an interest in photography, and the EOS SL1 makes an excellent compact backup body for folks with other Canon DSLRs.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1, 16gb SD Card & PIXMA Pro-100 Deal You can get an EOS SL1, PIXMA Pro-100 and a memory card for $383 after the discounts.

Bundle Includes

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body
  • SanDisk 16GB Extreme SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer
  • Lowepro Adventura 170 camera bag
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

How to get the discount

  1. Add the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 & memory card bundle to your cart.
  2. Add the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  3. The total at checkout will be $783.00 with free USA shipping.
  4. Fill out the rebate form and claim your $400 USD.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 w/18-55 IS Lens & PIXMA Pro-100 Deal You can get an EOS T3, EF-S 18-55 IS, PIXMA Pro-100 printer and memory card for $233 after discounts.

Bundle Includes

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3
  • Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer
  • SanDisk 16GB Extreme SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
  • Lowepro Adventura TLZ 25

How to get the discount

  1. Add the Canon EOS Rebel T3 w/18-55 IS to your cart
  2. Add the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  3. The total at checkout will be $633 with free USA shipping.
  4. Fill out the rebate form and claim your $400 USD.

These deals expire at 11:59 PM EST tonight

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EOS Bodies / Patent: 1.03x Magnification APS-C Viewfinder
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
As we get closer to the replacement of the EOS 7D, we’re starting to see some patents that will probably point to some features in the upcoming camera. The recent sensor patent is interesting, as well as this viewfinder patent. We had heard previously about the possibility of a 1.15x magnification viewfinder on the next flagship APS-C camera, which would have been equal to the size of a full frame 100% coverage viewfinder.

This viewfinder is slightly larger than the one on the EOS 7D.

A note about the sensor patent, we have heard that Canon is holding back some sensor patents until the camera is announced to the public, as all patent information is public domain. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case.

103viewfinder

Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-115451
    • Publication date 2014.6.26
    • Filing date 2012.12.10
  • Example 9
    • -3 -1 +1 Viewfinder diopter
    • Focal length f = 46.84 48.38 49.99mm
    • Eye point 22.00mm
    • 1.03 1.03 1.02x magnification
    • Pentagonal prism
    • Condenser lens made of glass
    • Eyepiece lens system with the exception of the condenser lens, 4-group structure of the positive and negative positive negative
    • In turn, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), glass, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), the material is glass
  • Patent Publication No. 2014-115452
    • Publication date 2014.6.26
    • Filing date 2012.12.20
  • Example 1
    • -3.00 -1.00 +1.00 Diopter
    • Focal length f = 62.22 59.69 57.39mm
    • Eye Relief 19.9mm
    • Maximum image height 12.4mm
    • Pupil diameter φ15mm
    • Magnification 0.87x
    • Pentagonal mirror

Source: [EG]

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