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MELVILLE, N.Y., September 22, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon Cinema EOS digital cameras and lenses have been selected by IMAX Corporation for an exciting mission to capture 4K footage in space. The cameras and lenses left Earth Saturday on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The equipment will arrive at the International Space Station, where astronauts will capture stunning 4K content for the upcoming new 3D film, tentatively titled A Perfect Planet, a presentation of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.


The IMAX production team selected Canon EOS C500 EF digital cinema cameras, Canon EOS 1D-C digital SLR cameras, and a selection of Canon Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses for the project. The EOS C500s will be paired with Codex recorders to capture 4K images.Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, the IMAX 3D space project will offer breathtaking, illuminating views of Earth from space, exploring mankind’s future on and off the planet. Renowned large format cinematographer James Neihouse serves as the film’s director of photography and trained the astronauts who will man the cameras while in orbit.


“Of the digital cameras we tested for spaceflight, the Canon EOS C500’s image quality was more film-like than the other systems,” said Neihouse. “The sharpness is superior to some of the larger sensors. And it is more user-friendly for the astronauts. We have a good track record with Canon cameras in space.”


“I am thrilled that the Canon Cinema EOS cameras we have selected launched to the International Space Station and our astronaut crews can now begin filming spectacular scenes for our new project,” said Toni Myers, who will produce, direct, write and edit the documentary film. “The lightweight, flexible Canon cameras produce remarkable imagery and are ideal for capturing scenes of our beautiful Planet Earth.


“When we launched the Cinema EOS product line, Canon hoped to inspire filmmakers to take their craft to new heights. We are honored that IMAX, Toni Myers, James Neihouse, and the astronauts took our challenge so literally. To have our cameras and lenses travel to space is an incredible cause for celebration. We look forward to this awe-inspiring film and pledge to continue to engineer products worthy of the next frontier-whether here on Earth or among the stars,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.


IMAX’s 3D film will be shot over the course of the next year with multiple crews of astronauts conducting principal photography. The film is tentatively set for release in early 2016.


For more information about Canon Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/


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PowerShot / Review: Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:26:01 PM »

The first review for the new Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has been posted on Photographyblog.com. I’m actually a big fan of this series of Canon superzooms. They’re light weight, easy to use and have pretty good image quality. I usually recommend these to the casual, yet eager photographer.


From PhotographyBlog

“Cramming a big 42x optical zoom into a compact body with a small-ish sensor is never going to make for the best of bedfellows if the ultimate in image quality is your aim, but we’d argue the 16 megapixel Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is more about convenience, flexibility and value for money – each of which it largely delivers on.”


Read the full review


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Pricewatch Deals / Deals: Canon EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 6D Bodies
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:19:21 PM »

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) via ebay has a couple of deals on Canon EOS bodies. I think we’ll see prices of these bodies hover around this, give or take $100, until at least Black Friday in November.



*as always with ebay, these items are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:34:15 AM »

Matt Granger got to spend some time with the recently announced Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens for full frame cameras. We think he’s one of very few that’s been able to take images and video with the lens.



You can see more at MattGranger.com


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Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:04:06 AM »

Sigma has opened up about their future plans to Focus-Numerique and what sorts of lenses and products they are, and are not developing.

  • Sigma will update their 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM (with an f/2 version?) and 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenses.
  • Sigma’s next DSLR will have a brand new design philosophy.
  • Sigma is not interested in developing a new mirrorless interchangeable camera for now.

Source: [PR] / [FN]

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EOS Bodies / Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:58:13 AM »

According to an interview with Mr Makoto Sakaeta Masaya, the managing director of Canon Image Communication Business Division. Canon is exploring the possibility of a new lens mount. I suspect its application would be for a full frame mirrorless system of some kind.


Read the Interview (Google Translated)


Source: [NL] via [DCW]


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PowerShot / New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:53:48 AM »

Featuring large image sensor, high zoom capability and compact body

Canon is developing a new premium digital compact camera that combines the merits of both large image sensor and high-magnification optical zoom lens in response to the demands from users looking for high quality high zoom performance. Offering both convenience from a compact body and excellent super telephoto performance, this camera is perfect for everyday or travel shooting in high quality.


Source: [CHK]


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NEW RANGE OF DSLR LENSES BY SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH


Schneider-Kreuznach presents newly designed lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras at photokina 2014, the leading trade show for photography. They are the first in a new series of Schneider-Kreuznach DSLR lenses with an electronic connection to the camera.


The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera.


schneiderlenses


All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems.


The lenses have been developed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements in combination with a continuous decrease in pixel size. “The lenses are produced in Bad Kreuznach for sophisticated users. They stand out in particular with their high image quality,” says Frithjof Spangenberg, product manager for photo imaging at Schneider-Kreuznach.


Visit Schneider | Seen on [PR]


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EOS Bodies / Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:17:34 AM »

Imaging Resource has posted some still life image tests from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II at various ISOs. You can easily compare results with other APS-C cameras on their web site. Below is a sample from the EOS 7D Mark II against the original EOS 7D at ISO 3200. I bet you can spot the difference.


EOS 7D  on right | EOS 7D Mark II on left | Image from Imaging Resource

EOS 7D on left | EOS 7D Mark II on right| Image from Imaging Resource


You can see all the samples over at imaging-resource.com.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada


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Pricewatch Deals / Ended: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:21:05 PM »

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1349 (Reg. $1699 after MIR)


Canon EOS 6D Body $1349 via ebay


*as always with ebay, this item is likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.


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EOS Bodies / 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:16:34 PM »

Gizmodo has published a comparative video test against the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 70D. It basically solidifies what cinematographers and videographers have been saying since the launch of the EOS 7D Mark II; it’s not a camera for them.



I’m starting to think that Canon is going to be expanding Cinema EOS to the prosumer level, and will not be developing the photographer DSLR for that market. That sort of approach could payoff, as they could focus ergonomics and software to the video segment. This could also lead to people buying multiple EOS mount products. If you can’t get new customers, at least sell more stuff to the people that are already your customer, I’m borrowing from Thom Hogan on that one.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada


Source: [GM]


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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:14:04 AM »
Audio/video ads are being posted by Google that are activated simply by moving unintentionally the cursor over them without clicking. This activation happens when scrolling and the cursor slides over the ad. They are horribly noisy. Admin please get rid of them.

I will talk to Google about it, I'm not sure if I can opt out of those. Thanks for your patience.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:50:40 AM »
I have updated the post about the issue and after speaking with Peak Design, I am confident the issue has been resolved and they'll take care of any and all affected customers.

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To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras


UPDATE:

Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding the criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification procedure has been enhanced to include the first, second and third digits from the left in order to more precisely identify affected products.


Thank you for using Canon products.


Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.


Firmware changes:

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:


  1. Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise

focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses

to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.



Affected Products:

Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.


Identification Procedure:

The first, second, and third digits from the left in the serial number (10 digits) for lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

























Lens nameSerial numbers of affected products

(x presents any optional numbers)
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.


Support

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.


Please register your EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II USM.  By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available.


Source: [CUSA]


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EOS Bodies / Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:14:05 AM »

DPReview had an interview with Chuck Westfall from Canon USA and they talked about the EOS 7D Mark II. This will give you a good rundown of all the features you’ll care about when making a buying decision.



Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada


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