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Another achievement by the world’s first camera manufacturer. The joint production of DSLRs and compact cameras surpassed 250 million units. Canon press release:

Canon celebrates production of 250 million digital cameras TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the Company’s compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on January 31, 2014.

Canon, a company that has continuously produced cameras since its founding in 1937, began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. In 1995, when film cameras were still the norm, Canon launched its first digital camera, the professional-model EOS DCS 3* digital SLR camera.

At the time, compact cameras were leading the digital shift within the camera industry. In 1996, Canon announced its market entry with the introduction of the PowerShot 600, the Company’s first compact digital camera. In 2000, amid the market’s rapid growth, Canon launched the IXY DIGITAL (PowerShot S100 or DIGITAL IXUS in markets outside of Japan), featuring a ground-breaking compact, stylish body design that set the trend for compact digital cameras.

Subsequent models released by the Company reflected the diverse evolution of compact digital cameras with models becoming increasingly compact and lightweight, achieving higher sensitivity, incorporating more enhanced automatic functions, and realizing greater network connectivity. This evolution fueled robust growth as Canon’s cumulative production of compact digital cameras surpassed the 100-million-unit mark in 2008, and broke through the 200-million-unit threshold in December 2013. Aiming to further extend its production volume, in 2014 Canon launched a new lineup of compact digital cameras that let users enjoy high value-added photography, including the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, designed to deliver the highest levels of imaging performance, and the new-concept-model PowerShot N100.

As for interchangeable-lens digital cameras, while the market in the mid 1990s had consisted primarily of professional models, with the start of the 2000s, the segment rapidly took off. In 2000, Canon launched the EOS D30, developed as a “next-generation standard digital SLR camera” to satisfy the needs of a wide user base, from advanced photo enthusiasts to professional users. In 2003, Canon again led the market with the introduction of the entry-level-model EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D), which set the stage for dramatic expansion of the market.

Since that time, Canon has successively launched innovative products that capitalize on the Company’s strengths in CMOS sensors, image processors and EF lenses, such as the professional-model EOS-1 series and EOS 5D series targeting advanced-amateur users, as well as the compact-camera-system EOS M series. As a result, in 2005, production of Canon interchangeable-lens digital cameras reached 25 million units and, in February 2014, surpassed 50 million units. Among the new products worthy of note that contributed to the realization of this milestone were the EOS 70D, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, and the entry-level EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D), which combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with advanced basic performance.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable cameras and lenses that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.



There has been a lot of rumors about Canon making a move into the medium format segment, it’s even been suggested we’ll get a development announcement for such a camera at Photokina in September of this year. Canon has recently moved into security cameras and industrial cameras to find growth in new markets, it would make sense to give an EOS branded medium format system a go.

Sony, a big manufacturer of medium format sensors for the likes of Hasselblad are rumored to be readying a medium format system of their own. It would use the 50mp sensor currently found in the upcoming Hasselblad H5D-50C.

Sensor information:

Sensor Type:  50 Megapixels CMOS (8272 x 6200, 5.3 × 5.3 μm)

Sensor Dimensions:  32.9 x 43.8mm (sensor is physically 70% larger than a Full Frame sensor)

Image Size:  RAW 3FR capture 65MB on average. TIFF 8 bit: 154MB (on the Hasselblad H5D-50c).

It’s noted that Sony has no interest in competing with Hasselblad or Phase One and that their medium format camera would be something “completely different”. Perhaps a compact MF system?

Sony is being quite aggressive in trying to find new markets in still cameras, and if the system is priced affordably for medium format, they could have a winner if this true.

Source: [SAR]


Canon General / Canon Features Interactive Booth at NAB 2014
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:41:04 AM »
From Canon USA:

Highlights Include Shooting Galleries, Live Speaker Sessions, Extensive Lens Exhibits, Full On-Site DI Suite, Live 4K Broadcast Demonstrations, and the Canon Theater

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2014 - At the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional, high definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booth C4325. Within this year’s booth, Canon will feature a live 4K Workflow Demonstration where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with industry-leading colorists and editors in a 4K DI (Digital Intermediate) suite. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and try a range of Canon Cinema, HD Video and DSLR cameras and Broadcast HDTV lenses through various simulated shooting situations in three different shooting galleries centrally located in the Canon booth. Canon will also feature a 4K frame-grab demonstration where a professional photographer will utilize the Canon Cinema EOS-1D C camera to deliver still images from 4K video.

Canon will be showing a 4K Live Broadcast demonstration, highlighting how spectacular HD broadcast footage can be captured, digitally rendered and cropped for live-action broadcast coverage using Canon’s Cinema EOS equipment. Visitors to this demonstration will see, in real-time, the results and stunning coverage which have already been successfully used in the market in multiple high-speed productions, including live-action sports.

Throughout the 2014 NAB Show, Canon will host a series of unique stage presentations with renowned cinematographers, broadcast specialists, and filmmakers on the Live Learning Stage. These industry professionals will provide insight into the ever-changing field of optical and imaging technology and showcase their projects and works that were shot using Canon equipment, as well as share best practices and real-world applications for utilizing Canon technology.

Highlighting the Company’s strength and achievements in the realm of optical technologies, Canon will exhibit all 125 of its current EF, Cinema and BCTV lenses. This dedicated optics section of the booth will include technology displays to help educate visitors on the intricate systems that help make Canon lenses such powerful tools. Unique Canon lens applications and projects will also be highlighted, including such achievements as the Subaru telescope located in Hawaii. Visitors looking for a firsthand experience will be able to test and try various lenses on the Canon Lens Tower, a tiered platform allowing attendees to experience the power of Canon’s extensive lens lineup.

Exhibiting some of the recent artistry and award-winning footage shot on Canon Cinema EOS equipment, show attendees are welcome to enter a 90-seat Canon Theater to view spectacular footage and testimonials which illustrate HD, 2K and 4K projects including behind-the-scenes footage on how each project was captured.

Now available for purchase, the Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display will be featured throughout the booth, including the DI suite, where Canon will demonstrate how DP-V3010 4K Reference Displays match up to high-quality 4K projectors.

Professional cinematographers in need of a fast, easy way to print images for scene continuity or to preserve highlights of a recently completed project will appreciate the convenience and versatility of Canon’s photo-quality printers. Demonstrated in the Canon booth will be the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6450 and the 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8400, large-format printers. The PIXMA PRO series of desktop inkjet printers will be on display, including the PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer, PIXMA PRO-10, and PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Printers. Also being shown is the SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer.

Canon’s Pro Education Team will be hosting in-booth guest speaker seminars and off-floor workshops at the 2014 NAB Show. In-booth speakers will include cinematographer Suny Behar, Canon’s Larry Thorpe, director and photographer Vincent Laforet, Saturday Night Live DP Alex Buono, and filmmaker Amina Moreau. The aforementioned guest speakers have collaborated with Canon in the past to develop educational content, and will be conducting user-focused product and workflow demonstrations, as well as question and answer sessions with attendees.

On Tuesday, April 8th, Canon Live Learning (CLL) will be hosting two off-floor workshops in room N239. From 10:30am-12:30pm there will be the “Canon Small Chip Sensor Workshop.” Attendees will be invited to discover how to create and deliver near instant video production in the field and in the studio with the XA20, XA25 and VIXIA mini X video cameras. Then, from 2:00pm-5:00pm, CLL will be hosting the “Canon Cinema EOS Operational Training Workshop.” Technical advisors will be on-hand to demonstrate Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus technology, now available as an optional upgrade in both the Canon Cinema EOS C100 and Canon Cinema EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras.

After the success at the 2013 NAB Show, Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) will again be hosting the Canon Hospitality Suite. The Canon Hospitality Suite (Room C201) is open to all NAB tradeshow attendees with priority support for CPS Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise members. After checking in at the CPS kiosk in the Canon Booth, visitors to the suite located just off of the tradeshow floor, can experience Canon’s commitment to service and support for the professional imaging community first hand.

For NAB 2014, CPS is announcing the addition of the Cinema Membership level to its program. This new Cinema level caters specifically to the cinema professional and in addition to the existing CPS Silver, Gold, Platinum and Enterprise levels, demonstrates Canon’s continued commitment to supporting the professional imaging industry.

Suite visitors will also be able to chat with Canon experts about Canon’s exciting developments in cinema, video and DSLR technology and Canon technical representatives will be on-hand to provide product consultations. Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise CPS members can take advantage of the complimentary onsite Clean & Check Service (limited to two current* Canon DSLR bodies or lenses or one current* Cinema product or XF professional video camcorder registered to a member’s CPS account). Show attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for Canon CPS membership. Product serial numbers for qualifying CPS equipment will be needed in order to process on-site membership applications. For information, please visit [url=http://www.cps.usa.canon.com]www.cps.usa.canon.com[/url].

The Canon Hospitality Suite hosted by CPS will be open April 7th through April 9th from 9:00am to 6:00pm and April 10th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

EOS Bodies / New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:26:23 AM »

Northlight has received word that Canon will be releasing a high resolution big brother to the EOS 5D Mark III in the fall. This is another reference to an EOS 3D type of camera (it’s been going on since this site started). The higher resolution camera would also shoot 4K video and have an abundance of video features. Pricing for the camera would come above the EOS 5D Mark III.

There’s always mentions of high resolution sensors showing up in Canon DSLRs for testing around the globe, and I don’t doubt that it’s going on. We were told back in the fall that Canon would be releasing 3 new DSLRs in 2014, and we’ve already seen one in the 1200D. The other will most definitely be the followup to the EOS 7D, the third camera is unknown. I’d like to think it won’t be a replacement to the EOS Rebel T5i.

Source: [NL]


EOS Bodies / Much Ado About Nothing at NAB 2014 From Canon
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:18:07 AM »

Recent reports about Canon releasing two camera bodies for NAB 2014 in Las Vegas next month look like they were recycled rumors from a long while back.

We’re told by various folks that Canon will make some announcements of non camera items that won’t be a big deal to most people. It looks like a quiet NAB from Canon for the second year in a row.

Again, that means no Cinema EOS camera and no DSLR style video camera. The firmware update for the EOS-1D C is still on the table, and I expect to see a cinema lens or two.

More to come..



B&H Photo has some deals on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit and on the Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 IS STM kit. As always, you must add these items to your cart to see the instant discount. Both deals include free shipping with the United States and 2% rewards.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS Kit $3449 (Reg $3999)

This deal also includes the following items ($166 value)

  • SanDisk 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card

  • Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)

  • Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag

  • Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod

Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit $1249 (Reg $1549)

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens $149 Refurbished (Reg $191)


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Dodge & Burn Offering Free Worldwide Shipping
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:49:14 AM »
Our friends at Dodge & Burn are offering free worldwide shipping on all their t-shirts until midnight EST on Friday, March 28, 2014.

From Dodge & Burn It’s been a long, hard winter and we’re ready to wear some t-shirts. To help kick things off, we are offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all orders this week. Just use the discount code SHIPPED during checkout as you make your purchase.

Check out our two newest designs: “Ansel” and “The Famous” which feature Ansel Adams and Weegee in action. These two designs are printed with custom labels and represent our best artwork yet.

You can also checkout the Canon Rumors inspired “1959“, it’s my personal favourite.

Visit Dodge & Burn


Third Party Manufacturers / Patent: Tamron 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:21:39 AM »

Tamron has filed a patent for a 10mm f/2.8 fisheye lens

Patent Publication No. 2014-52503

  • Publication date 2014.3.20

  • Filing date 2012.9.6

Example 1

  • Focal length f = 9.712

  • Fno. = 2.85

  • Half angle ω = 90.00 °

  • 10 pieces of 8-group lens configuration

  • Two four-sided aspherical

  • Three LD glass

  • Three-group structure of the positive and negative positive

  • Inner focus

  • Vibration control

  • Video support

Tamron 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Tamron 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Source: [EG] via [PR]


Lenses / Review: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:03:34 AM »
Dan Carr has created quite an extensive ebook review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The ebook is free to download and looks great on your Microsoft, Android or Apple tablet.

Please read the instructions below.

Get It For Free, Or Make A Donation If you want to get it for free, just enter a 0 in the pricing section and the credit card form will disappear. We’ll just need your e-mail to send you the download links and any future Shutter Muse updates but we will never share it with anyone else. We hate spam just as much as you do. There’s also the option to make a small donation through Gumroad’s 100% secure system if you want to. $3 to $5 is the suggested amount and all donations go right back into the website to help me bring you more great content like this.


What You’ll Get:

  • PDF eBook version of the review – Includes images not in the online review
  • Downloadable version of the video review
  • 4 X Full resolution sample images (200mm, 400mm, 560mm, 784mm)

Download the ebook Review | Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x


Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:47:32 PM »
I didn't release the names of the winners from the last contest, there was an issue previously and I've chosen to keep peoples names private.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1599
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:46:07 PM »

RedTagCamera (99.9% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1599 (Reg $1799) via ebay.

Canon EOS 6D Body $1599 via ebay


Canon Japan has announced the M15P-CL monochrome 15mp industrial camera. It also appears to have an Nikon F mount. This is a new market for Canon, and follow-up to their foray into the security camera market.

Below is a Google Translated Product Description

Release Information

  • M15P-CL
  • Price (excluding tax): Open Price
  • Release Date: March 19, 2014


Key Features This new product is the exact quality of manufacturing liquid crystal panel and the solar panels are required, such as a digital single-lens reflex camera, the quality of the testing of optical components for proper inspection camera. Traditionally relied on the human eye to detect the inspection process is a high-resolution scan is available, go to the next using the camera market is expected to grow to be more. Canon grasp market trends and existing businesses, such as a new business gained in the application of technology for the industrial market with the camera.

Low-noise, high-resolution CMOS sensor with a EOS series of interchangeable lens cameras to take advantage of accumulated high-sensitivity CMOS sensor The newly developed CMOS sensor with 15 million pixels to be black and white. To achieve low noise and wide dynamic range and a high contrast and enables a check. Because of this inspection under low-contrast environments white / black to gray to indicate high quality of the human eye can not easily identify defects such as small scratches or foreign objects can be detected precisely.

Checking various setup functions that contribute to the ability to shape When recording a captured image brightness gain (sensitivity) of the low noise analog gain (1-16 times) and the digital gain (1-16 times) by up to 256 times, such as the low noise performance can be improved by utilizing various settings function mounted.

Camera Link Interface Images can be transferred and the industrial output of the high-speed camera on the market for the wide dissemination of the standard Camera Link interface specification support.

Industrial cameras (area sensor) Market Trends

Test equipment for image input cameras in the world market is about 18 billion yen in 2013 was estimated to be. Among the more than 10 million pixels for high-resolution industrial camera market is a high-precision smart phones or televisions in the future, such as increased demand growth is expected to be widespread. Canon grasp these market trends, low-noise, high-resolution, high value-added industry for the last product launch to market the camera.

Source: [DH] via [CW]



Contests / Gura Gear Uinta Bag System Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:26:29 AM »

We’ve teamed up with Gura Gear again for a giveaway, this time for the very cool Gura Gear Uinta module bag system ($400 value). This is the bag I will be using on my upcoming trip to Namibia. As with all things Gura Gear, the product is made of the finest and most durable materials.

About the Uinta

The Uinta spans the gap between urban and adventure lifestyles. Whether you need a technical day pack for photo/video gear, or a reliable adventure pack that accommodates a single DSLR and living essentials, Uinta adapts with specially-designed modules to fit your needs. Easily access gear through any of the multiple access points and rest assured it is always protected behind tested CORDURA® and custom weatherproof ripstop X-Pac®.

Available modules allow for pro sized DSLR gear and come with fully customizable dividers. Carrying just the gear you need is easy and accessible.

You can enter below, and Gura Gear will select the winner and ship you the bag directly.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit the Gura Gear Uinta


Pricewatch Deals / B&H Live: The Wedding Event of the Season
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:37:04 AM »
B&H Photo is live streaming a lot of goodies for the aspiring wedding photographer today.


9:00am – 9:30am Introduction, State of the Industry and Trendswith WPPI’s Jason Groupp

9:30am – 11:30am Back to the Basics: Wedding Photography from the Heartwith Joe Buissink

11:45am – 12:30pm Capturing the Emotionwith Mel DiGiacomo


1:15pm – 3:00pm Wedding Video Integration with Canon Digital Cinema and the C100with Adam Forgione

3:15pm – 4:45pm Perfect Portrait, Venue Lighting and Posingwith Moshe Zusman

5:00pm – 6:15pm Balancing a Sustainable Business with Creative Drivewith Ryan Brenizer

7:00pm – 9:00pm Simplified Workflow for the Wedding Photographer in Adobe Lightroom 5with Tim Grey

Watch the event live at B&H Photo


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