Canon U.S.A. Celebrates The Creativity Of Indie Filmmakers As A Returning Sponsor Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Canon U.S.A. Celebrates The Creativity Of Indie Filmmakers As A Returning Sponsor Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 – February 1, 2015). Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film; as part of the Festival sponsorship, Canon will offer a special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.

Canon is pleased to share that at least 52 of the 188 films premiering at this year’s Festival — over 27 percent — were shot using Canon equipment, up from the approximately 20 percent last year. Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey, The Overnight, The Wolfpack, Misery Loves Comedy, Cartel Land, Call Me Lucky, Fresh Dressed, How to Dance in Ohio, Most Likely to Succeed, The Hunting Ground, Tig, and The Nightmare are a few of the many shot-on-Canon projects set to screen during the festival.

“We are honored that so many creative filmmakers have chosen our equipment to bring their visions and stories to audiences. We look forward to supporting them and connecting with them at the Sundance Film Festival,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Sundance provides us with the opportunity to directly interact and support many up and coming filmmakers, and we are excited to return as Sustaining Sponsors to this year’s festival.”

For a list of events and more information, visit Canon USA

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Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]

Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]

We’re told that Canon is working on using a global shutter for the upcoming replacement of the Canon EOS-1D X. The hope is to get the camera to shoot at 30fps for still images, which would require a lot of upgrades and new technologies such as CFast.

What is a global shutter? (From Red)
“A global shutter controls incoming light to all photosites simultaneously. At any given point in time, all photosites are therefore either equally closed or equally open. A global shutter can work either by abruptly exposing and then obstructing all photosites at once, in which case it can be thought of as a “hard shutter,” or by doing this more gradually as a “soft shutter.” Since they have no moving parts, these are sometimes also referred to as an electronic shutter.”

I’ll let the more engineering inclined discuss the likelihood of this technology for CMOS DSLRs on the forum. This comes from an unknown source, so take it with lots of salt.

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Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Coming End of Month

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Coming End of Month

Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces the release of a groundbreaking F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the world’s first F/2.8 high-speed standard zoom lens to include image stabilization, followed by the development of the unique SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) lenses, all of which have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts around the globe. Now, we have developed SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) to expand the world of imaging possibilities in the wide-angle range.

Preorder the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC $1199: Adorama | B&H Photo

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Canon U.S.A. Responds To Customer Needs With New imagePROGRAF iPF670 And iPF770 Large Format Printers

Canon U.S.A. Responds To Customer Needs With New imagePROGRAF iPF670 And iPF770 Large Format Printers

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced three new affordable large format printers and a newly enhanced Canon Alliance Partner Program (CAPP). The 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF670, the 36-inch imagePROGRAF iPF770 printers, and the imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP M40 Scan-to Print/File/Share System provides cost-effective solutions for low-volume, on-demand print environments. These models support a variety of applications including: posters, presentations, technical documents, drawings, company announcements, and enlargements.

Ideal for a variety of industries including architecture, engineering and construction, education, offices and small retail, the iPF670 and iPF770 printers offer advanced technology to assist small businesses in maximizing the return on their investment. Economy Print Mode, auto-rotation and nesting, help reduce total cost of operation by minimizing media waste and maintenance. Additionally, Accounting Manager,* software to assist businesses monitor costs and allocate consumable expenses, comes standard and allows management to track print jobs by user to calculate ink and media costs.

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Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued

Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued

We posted back in the fall that Sigma had halted production indefinitely of the relatively new 24-105 f/4 DG OS lens. We’re now told that the lens is in fact discontinued and production has been halted forever.

There was no word as to why it was discontinued, I can only assume the market for a 24-105 on the Canon side is extremely saturated and that the Sigma wasn’t a big enough leap forward in terms of optical quality to purchase over the “kit” lens from Canon. There’s also a possibility the cost of production was too high to keep the price competitive.

We’re still waiting on an official release about this from Sigma.

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