Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Gordon Laing of CameraLabs has completed his extensive review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. As with most of the reviews I’ve seen , he has come away very impressed with the current king of the APS-C DSLR. The autofocus, build quality, image quality and features make it a very attractive camera at its price point.

From CameraLabs
“Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II becomes one of the toughest, fastest and most confident DSLRs for sports and action photography. If you always wanted the flagship 1Dx but couldn’t afford it or accommodate the size and weight, the 7D Mark II will give you most of its handling performance in a smaller, lighter and much cheaper package. Indeed it’ll also throw-in AF in lower light, effective focusing for movies and a built-in GPS receiver. Sure it can’t compete with full-frame cleanliness in low light, but the field reduction applied by the APSC sensor is actually preferred by many sports and wildlife photographers.”

Read the full review | EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Amazon

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Canon EF Lens Technology Video

If you enjoy being a geek about glass, this video should be right up your alley.

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Canon eStore PowerShot Sale

Canon eStore PowerShot Sale

Canon has reduced select PowerShot cameras by as much as $130 via their eStore including the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120 and PowerShot G7 X.

Visit the Canon eStore

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Gura Gear Uinta Art Wolfe Edition Giveaway

Our friends at Gura Gear wanted us to give away the new Art Wolfe edition of the Gura Gear Uinta along with any two modules you wanted. The value of this prize will be around $400 USD.

From Gura Gear
“We’re pleased to introduce the Art Wolfe Limited Edition Uinta adventure pack! 

We built the new edition with time-tested taupe CORDURA® accents and custom weatherproof ripstop X-Pac®. And of course, each bag has Art Wolfe’s signature subtly embroidered on the lower front portion. The Art Wolfe Limited Edition pack is now available for pre-order and will ship December 2014.”

Gura Gear Uinta - Art Wolfe Edition

Gura Gear Uinta – Art Wolfe Edition

How to win

  1. Follow @canonrumorsguy on Twitter and/or follow Canon Rumors on Facebook (one entry per).
  2. Follow @guragear on Twitter
  3. Retweet (Twitter) or share (Facebook) this post (an extra entry if you do both)
  4. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, January 19, 2015
  5. This contest is international. (We won’t ship to conflict zones)
  6. Gura Gear Uinta Product Page
  7. If you’re not a social media person, I have a small giveaway coming that will follow this one.

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Canon Tops Among Japanese Companies in U.S. Patent Rankings for Tenth Consecutive Year

Canon Tops Among Japanese Companies in U.S. Patent Rankings for Tenth Consecutive Year

TOKYO, January 13, 2015—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 12, 2015.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 – 2014

Year Ranking* No. of patents
2014 1st (3rd) 4,055
2013 1st (3rd) 3,817
2012 1st (3rd) 3,173
2011 1st (3rd) 2,818
2010 1st (4th) 2,551
2009 1st (4th) 2,200
2008 1st (3rd) 2,107
2007 1st (3rd) 1,983
2006 1st (3rd) 2,367
2005 1st (2nd) 1,828

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Note: Number of patents for 2014 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2013 tabulated by Canon based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

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