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Canon USA Rebates
An instant rebate on Canon lenses and speedlites begins February 17, and runs until March 30th, 2013.
Below are the most notable lenses with rebates. Rebate amount in brackets
New firmware coming
Canon has posted a article in their forum indicating that a firmware fix for the 5D Mark III and the 1dx is being tested to speed up autofocus when using the AF assist liight on a Canon Speedlight. Many users have noted that focus is slow to be achieved compared with older models. A quote from their post is given below.
“Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1dx digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly.”
Canon has started a new campaign to raise awareness about counterfit products. The ones that affect most photographers are batteries and chargers. Unfortunately, they only give vague hints of things to check for when you suspect that you have a counnterfit product. The main point is that you should buy from a established dealer.
There is a hotline setup to report issues with counterfit batteries.
In the USA, you can report any questionable sources or purchases to
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 15, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has rolled out a consumer-safety initiative that will promote awareness of a consumer electronics industry-wide issue: the risks of using counterfeit accessories for digital cameras and camcorders, especially batteries and chargers. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real products, designed to take advantage of the superior value of the real product. These fake accessories are produced in a manner that is increasingly more difficult for average consumers to identify. Purchase of these products can lead to potentially dangerous results. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit accessories may not meet government and industry safety standards and may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite and may cause bodily injury and property damage.
In support of this initiative, a digital campaign, with the tagline, “Play it safe. Power your Canon with Canon Power” was launched on January 8, advising consumers to avoid counterfeits by purchasing products through established retail channels. In addition, the Canon USA Website has been enlisted to educate consumers on the Canon batteries and chargers most frequently counterfeited and to provide helpful tips to spot them.
“Canon takes safety seriously and, as good corporate citizens, we want to inform and educate so that consumers are aware of the risks counterfeit products pose,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We will be rolling out an initiative over the next few months, encouraging consumers to help play it safe with genuine Canon power when making an investment in a camera or camcorder and its accessories, so that they may continue to enjoy the quality experience they expect from us.”
For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits.
After a decided lack of exciting Canon DSLR announcements at CES, the next big show coming up will be CP+ from January 31 – Feb 3 2013. Canon and Nikon each have huge spaces reserved for their exhibits at the Pacifico Yokohama, Japan exihibition hall and traditionally have made some major announcements at CP+.
Will the long awaited EF 200-400mm f/4 L finally be announced? It was two years ago in 2011 at CP+ that Canon announced that lens development program, so what better place to announnce the lens formally.
Many are also thinking a 70D or the 7D Mark II is due.
We do not have any inside information or leaks at this point, so this is just pure speculation, but Canon is almost certain to announce some new products.
New lenses are the toughest products to predict, but recent new lens rumors beyond the 200-400mm f/4 L might find fufillment at CP+ as well.
Expect more to come and rumors will abound as the show gets near. If there is to be a major announcement, it should happen in the next 10 days.