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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Firmware update for EOS 60D

Firmware version 1.0.8 fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the following lenses:
- EF 300mm f4L IS USM
- EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM
- EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
- EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Thursday, 25 November 2010

Firmware updates for EOS 7D and 550D

Firmware version 1.2.3 for the EOS 7D incorporates the following fixes.
    1.    Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.
    2.    Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lites (MR-14EX, MT24-EX) and slave flashes do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

Firmware version 1.0.9 for the EOS 550D incorporates the following fix.
    1.    Fixes a phenomenon in which tone jumps become noticeable in some images, depending on the shooting scene, when shooting with the Auto Lighting Optimizer settings (Low / Standard / Strong).

Firmware upgrades can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre
 

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Apple Digital Camera RAW update

The EOS 60D is now supported in Aperture 3, iPhoto '09 and iPhoto '11 by Apple Digital Camera RAW update 3.4. You can download the update at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Three Canon cashbacks for Christmas

Savings on selected EF lenses
When purchasing either an EOS 5D Mark II or EOS 7D customers will receive a voucher booklet in-box which will allow them to claim cashback on  purchases of selected lenses (up to a maximum of four claims per person) within three months of their initial camera purchase.  The selected lenses and cashbacks are:      
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM £25 / €30
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM £100 / €120
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM £25 / €30
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM £100 / €120
EF-100mm f/2.8 USM MACRO £30 / €35
EF-100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS USM £75 / €90
EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM £70 / €75
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM £100 / €120
EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM £50 / €60
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM £85 / €100

DSLR purchase: 4 November 2010 to 31 January 2011
Lens purchase deadline: 30 April 2011
Redemption deadline: 31 May 2011       

For  details on where to buy and full terms and conditions visit:
www.canon.co.uk/eflenscashback (UK)
www.canon.ie/eflenscashback (Ireleand)

Award-winning EOS 500D and PowerShot SX cameras
Products and cashback:       
EOS 500D (£30/€35)
PowerShot SX30 IS (£40/€45)
PowerShot SX210 IS (£30/€35)
PowerShot SX130 IS (£20/€25)
                
Camera purchase: 4 November 2010 to 13th January 2011
Redemption deadline: 25 February 2011

For  details on where to buy and full terms and conditions visit:
www.canon.co.uk/christmascashback (UK)
www.canon.ie/christmascashback (Ireland)

Save on PIXMA printers
Purchase either the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II or the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and claim £100 / €119 cash back

Printer purchase: 4 November 2010 to 27 January 2011
Redemption deadline: 26 February 2011

For  details on where to buy and full terms and conditions visit:
www.canon.co.uk/pixmaprocashback (UK)
www.canon.ie/pixmaprocashback (Ireland)


Monday, 1 November 2010

Introduction of lenses delayed

Canon has delayed the introduction of the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM.

These lenses were announced on 26 August 2010 and originally scheduled for introduction in January 2011. However, due to some adjustments in the manufacturing process the lenses are now scheduled for release in March 2011.


Monday, 25 October 2010

Calumet roadshows and seminars

Calumet is running a series of one-day in-store trade shows in four key cities in the run-up to Christmas – and the UK’s leading professional photographic retailer will include Northern Ireland on the tour schedule for the first time:
Belfast – 24 November 2010
Birmingham – 11 November 2010
London (Drummond Street, Euston) – 30 November 2010
Manchester – 8 December 2010

The events will run from 9am until 7pm at each venue and there will be some special show offers and promotions. Many of the industry big names will be there, including Canon, and there will be experts on hand to offer help and guidance to customers. Complimentary camera sensor cleaning will be available. Admission is free.

Experience Seminars is running a number of half-day seminars at Calumet stores during November. The seminar fee is £40.

For more information visit:
http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk
and click the ‘Events’ link under the main banner at the top of the page.

Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3

Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 are now available as Release Candidates.   The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to customers.  The final releases of Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 may have additional corrections or camera support.

This release also introduces the Adobe Lens Profile Downloader.  This is a free companion application to Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Lightroom 3, and the Camera Raw 6 plug-in. It allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on the online lens correction profiles that are created and shared by the user community.

You can download the software at:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3-3/
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw6-3/
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/lensprofile_creator.html

Friday, 22 October 2010

Print the scent of your subject

New Scientist reports that a team at a University in Tokyo has adapted a Canon inkjet printer to eject scent droplets. This means that one day you might be able to print appropriate scents along with the inks that make up your image. Output a picture of a flower and the print might come up smelling of roses.

The next step is to work out a way of ejecting scent at the same time as the image is printed. Then there is the small matter of matching the scent to the image. And finally, to avoid the need for a multitude of cartridges filled with specific aromas, the scent has to be made from a small number of components. Unfortunately, there is no RGB-equivalent for the creation of scents.

So don't hold your breath.


Tuesday, 19 October 2010

EOS 5D Mark II firmware version 2.0.8

Firmware update 2.0.8 for the EOS 5D Mark II incorporates the following changes and fixes:
1. fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user's settings if a shooting mode aperture-priority or shutter-priority is registered in any of the camera's user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie;
2. fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to ‘on’;
3. fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L;
4. fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off;
5. fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Thursday, 14 October 2010

Digital Photo Professional upgrade


Version 3.9.2 of Canon Digital Photo Professional software is now available. Changes over the previous version include:
* added camera support for EOS 60D, PowerShot G12, PowerShot S95, PowerShot G9;
* unsharp mask function added;
* improved Image classification functions (check-mark function expanded and new rating function added);
* changes made to the screen layout accompanied by an improvement in the image classification function.
* EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM supported added in lens aberration correction.
* lens aberration correction function adds support for Extender EF1.4 x III and Extender EF2 x III when mounted on a supported lens.

If you use the remote capture function with this version of Digital Photo Professional, it is also necessary to download the latest version of EOS Utility for correct operation.

Operating systems: 
Windows 7 32bit, Windows 7 64bit, Windows Vista 32bit, Windows Vista 64bit, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3, Mac OS X 10.4.x, Mac OS X 10.5.x, Mac OS X 10.6.x


Sample video for EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens

Canon has uploaded a short movie to demonstrate the capabilities of their new EF 8-15mm lens. There is also a ‘making of…’ movie that includes views of a miniature remote controlled helicopter used for some of the aerial shots. See both movies at:
http://web.canon.jp/imaging/ef/samples/ef8-15_f4l_f_usm/


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

EOS 1000D firmware version 1.0.7

The latest firmware update for the EOS 1000D fixes a rare phenomenon in which ‘Cannot create folder’ is displayed on the camera's LCD monitor, after which shooting is no longer possible with the SD card in your camera.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone, iTouch and iPad

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint  (Canon iEPP) is a free app that enables you to print photos from an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad on a compatible PIXMA printer via a local wireless network (Wi-Fi).

Compatible printers are the PIXMA MP560, MP640, MP990, MX340, MX350 and MX870.

For more information, find the app in the Apple iTunes Store.


Friday, 1 October 2010

Cash discount on Canon large format printers

Sample Print, the all-Canon online sample print service is offering discount vouchers of up to £100 to customers for Canon large format printers. When a customer requests a sample they are offered a voucher request option. The promotion is only available from the Sample Print website at
http://www.sampleprint.co.uk
and is redeemable via Canon accredited reseller partners. The promotion runs from 1 October to 24 December 2010.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2

Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 are available as final releases. The updates include bug fixes, new camera support (including the EOS 60D) and new features for Lightroom.

The updates can be downloaded at:
http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

Canon develops the world's largest CMOS image sensor

Canon has developed the world's largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera.

At 202 x 205 mm, the sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon's largest commercial CMOS sensor.

In the past, enlarging the size of the sensor resulted in an increase in the amount of time required between the receiving and transmission of data signals, which posed a challenge to achieving high-speed readout. Canon has solved this problem through an innovative circuit design, making possible the realization of a massive video-compatible CMOS sensor. Additionally, by ensuring the cleanest of cleanroom environments during the production process, the sensor minimizes image imperfections and dust.

Potential applications for the high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behaviour.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

EOS 60D plus six new lenses

Canon has announced a range of new EOS products for autumn 2010.

The latest EOS camera is the 60D, which replaces the 50D. The new camera is the first EOS with a vari-angle LCD monitor. You can fold the screen out and adjust it for viewing from above and below, to the side and at the back of the camera. This is especially useful with Live View shooting, but makes it easier to see menus and images in any shooting mode with the camera in almost any position.

The EOS 60D features a host of new functions. The powerful DIGIC 4 processor supports in-camera RAW image processing, allowing photographers to edit settings such as brightness, contrast, white balance or correct distortion or chromatic aberration. The edited image can then be re-saved as a JPEG, ready to be printed or uploaded to a PC or the web.

For photographers who want to add post-production effects to their images without the need for expensive software, the EOS 60D also features a range of new creative filters that can be applied in-camera. Filters including Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Miniature Effect provide images with a different feel, allowing photographers to create a themed collection - using Grainy B/W to give images a reportage style, for example – or easily smooth skin tone in portraits with Soft Focus.

The EOS 60D captures 1920x1080p HD video with a variety of user-selectable frame rates,as well as 720p video. Movie Crop mode is also available, recording with the central 640x480 pixel area of the sensor to create an effective magnification of approximately seven times the focal length of the lens.

Full manual control in Movie mode allows photographers to employ their own exposure and focus settings and take advantage of the effects achieved from Canon’s wide range of EF lenses.

The EOS 60D (body only) has an RRP inc. VAT of £1099.99 / €1309.99
A range of camera + lens kits are available.

New lenses are:
     (RRP inc. VAT £1599.99 / €1909.99; available October 2010)
     (RRP inc. VAT £1499.99 / €1789.99; available January 2011)
     (RRP inc. VAT £7499.99 / €8929.99; available December 2010)
     (RRP inc. VAT £11499.99 / €13689.99; available December 2010)
EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM
     (price and availability not yet announced)
EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM
     (price and availability not yet announced)

Canon has also redesigned its two Extenders (teleconverters). The Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III complement the latest range of L-series lenses, matching their appearance and offering a visible differentiation from previous models. A carefully positioned lens release mechanism also makes it easy to mount the extenders quickly, reducing the time that the camera and lens are exposed to the environment. The extenders offer the exceptional build-quality and are resistant to both dust and water, allowing photographers to use them in extreme shooting conditions.
     (RRP inc. VAT  £549.99 / €659.99; available December 2010)
     (RRP inc. VAT £549.99 / €659.99; available December 2010)


EOS MOVIE plug-in update for Final Cut Pro

Canon has announced a new plug-in for quicker and easier editing of EOS MOVIE footage in Apple’s software suite, Final Cut Pro. The update will be available to download for free from mid-September.

EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.1 will add to the recently released Plug-in-E1 by providing support for the Canon EOS 60D, the latest addition to the EOS range. The plug-in will allow users to view metadata and EXIF data for movie files. It will also provide support for multi-core processing, allowing even faster conversations with the latest generation of Macs.

The original plug-in was designed to convert EOS MOVIE footage from Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR cameras to Apple’s high-quality ProRes 422 codec at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion. Users will still have the benefits of being able to add timecode and reel names to footage quickly and easily.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Canon develops high-resolution APS-H sensor

Canon has successfully developed an APS-H-size CMOS image sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world's highest level of resolution for its size (as of 20 August 2010, based on Canon study). The imaging area of the sensor measures approx. 29.2 x 20.2mm.
 
Compared with Canon's highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor of the same size, comprising approximately 16.1 million pixels (in the EOS 1d Mark IV), the newly developed sensor features a pixel count that, at approximately 120 million pixels, is nearly 7.5 times larger and offers a 2.4-fold improvement in resolution.


With CMOS sensors, while high-speed readout for high pixel counts is achieved through parallel processing, an increase in parallel-processing signal counts can result in such problems as signal delays and minor deviations in timing. By modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the new CMOS sensor makes possible a maximum output speed of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultra-high-resolution images.

Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.


Images captured with Canon's newly developed approximately 120-megapixel CMOS image sensor, even when cropped or digitally magnified, maintain higher levels of definition and clarity than ever before. Additionally, the sensor enables image confirmation across a wide image area, with Full HD video viewing of a select portion of the overall frame.


Tuesday, 17 August 2010

EOS 7D Studio Version

Canon USA has launched a studio version of the EOS 7D. It features a Canon Barcode Solution that writes customer information to the image file metadata so that the data can be maintained throughout the entire workflow process – ideal for school photographers, forensic and medical photo workflows.

The EOS 7D Studio Version allows administrators to disable unwanted features and settings. The camera has four different ‘lock’ levels, allowing administrators to set the appropriate level of camera functionality for any studio operation. Password access stops the user changing the camera settings and disrupting the overall project and workflow.

The EOS 7D Studio Version kit includes Canon’s WFT-E5A unit, which along with an optional barcode reader can scan and seamlessly manage image and customer data through a “wired connection”. A wireless system configuration is also possible through Canon’s BU-30 Bluetooth adapter further adding to the system’s convenience and functionality. Existing WFT-E5A units require a firmware update to work with Barcode functionality. This update needs to be done at a Canon service centre. If the customer chooses this option, the ability to read and embed GPS (Global Positioning System) data will no longer be available.

The EOS 7D Studio Version was shown at the Canon Pro Photo Solutions Show (London, 26 and 27 October 2010). However, there are no immediate plans to sell the camera in the UK. Canon UK is waiting to see if there is likely to be a demand for the system.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Trio of EISA awards for Canon

Canon has been given three awards by the European Imaging and Sounds Association (EISA). The EISA awards are voted by an expert panel, comprising editors from more than 50 prominent magazines across 20 countries. The awards recognise the products that combine the most advanced technology, features and design with genuine values.

European Camera 2010-2011: EOS 550D
The EISA judging panel said: “Canon’s EOS 550D makes an excellent entry-level camera, as it offers a wide range of features in a well-designed and easy to use body. Full HD video recording is available with full manual control of exposure and of focusing, as well as still image modes for photographers of all skill levels. The camera has the same 18-million-pixel resolution as the high-end EOS 7D and offers very similar image quality, but in a camera that is much more affordable. This is a well-specified camera packed with features that will help all types of photographer enjoy their hobby more.”

European Advanced SLR Camera 2010-2011:  EOS 7D
The EISA judging panel said: “Thanks to its new 19 cross-type AF points, its extremely high ISO settings and a burst mode that allows up to eight frames to be captured in one second, the Canon EOS 7D is the natural choice when it comes to photographing action and sport. The camera uses Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 processor and an 18-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which combine to deliver high-quality still pictures and Full HD 1080p movie capture. Though moderately priced, the EOS 7D has a rugged magnesium alloy body shell, is environmentally sealed and offers a bright, 1x magnification, 100% viewfinder.”

European Family Camcorder 2010-2011:  LEGRIA HF M31
The EISA judging panel said: “The perfect family camcorder should be easy to operate by each and everyone; from adult to child. The tiny Canon LEGRIA HF M31 manages this perfectly thanks to its superb touch-screen and low button count. But don’t get the wrong impression: despite its compact size, this is a fully featured HD camcorder with high-speed autofocus and even a microphone connector. The optical image stabilizer adds to the unexpected high level of performance, as does the possibility to record on 32GB flash memory or an external SD-Card.”


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Canon patents wireless control flash

Wireless controlled flash is not new – the current Speedlite system uses a system based on infrared and visible light pulses. However, a new patent suggests that Canon is looking at remote operation using WiFi control. A receiver/transmitter in the camera and the Speedlite promises a lot more options for flash photography.

There is no information on if or when the system will see the light of day.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Firmware update 2.0.7 for EOS 5D Mark II

Firmware update version 2.0.7 for the EOS 5D Mark II incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the aperture exhibits abnormal movement when shooting movies in manual exposure mode and aperture-priority AE (Av mode) using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).

2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the exposure level shown in the LCD panel differs from what is shown in the viewfinder when shooting still images in manual exposure mode.

3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E4 or WFT-E4 II) may not automatically power off when used for FTP transfers.

These phenomenon only occur with the Version 2.0.4 and Version 2.0.3 firmware.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Thursday, 13 May 2010

40 million EOS cameras

The combined production of the EOS-series film and digital cameras has passed the 40-million mark.

Production of the EOS SLR camera first began in 1987. In 1997 production reached 10 million units and in 2003 passed the 20 million mark. After the rapid spread of digital SLR cameras, Canon went on to reach the 30 million mark during the 20-year anniversary in December 2007, followed by the current 40 million unit production milestone, reached two years and four months later.

EOS Digital cameras recorded a production milestone of 20 million units.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

World's largest digital image from EOS 7D

4250 individual images shot with an EOS 7D have been stitched together to create the world's largest digital image so far. All the JPG images were captured on a single 32GB CompactFlash card, taking up 27.5GB. The size of the final panorama - a view of the city of Dubai - is 44.88 gigapixels.
http://www.gigapan.org/gigapans/48492/

The EOS 7D was mounted on a GigaPan Epic Pro. "Simply attach your camera to it, then the EPIC directs you through the steps to capture a gigapixel image. You then set the upper left and lower right corners of your panorama and the EPIC works out how many photos your camera will need to take, hundreds or even thousands, and automatically organizes them into the correct rows and columns needed to capture your panorama. The robotic arm clicks away, capturing amazing detail in a short amount of time."

GigaPan Stitch software is included to help you merge all the images into a single photograph. GigaPan Epic Pro, for DSLR cameras, costs $895. Epic 100, suitable for smaller EOS models, costs $449.
http://www.gigapansystems.com/



Friday, 30 April 2010

TIPA awards 2010

The best imaging products of 2010 were voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held from 8 to 10 April 2010 in New York. The judges were editors of the 28 member photo magazines from nine European countries plus Canada, South Africa and the United States.

Canon received the following awards:
Best DSLR Advanced - EOS 550D
Best DSLR Expert - EOS 7D
Best Large Format Printer - Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 6350
Best Multifunction Printer - Canon PIXMA MP990
Best Expert Compact Camera - Canon PowerShot G11

More details are available at www.tipa.com


Thursday, 15 April 2010

Firmware update for EOS 7D

Firmware Version 1.2.1 for the EOS 7D incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

* Extends the timing at which the high temperature warning indicator is displayed and the timing of automatic shut down of the camera due to a rise in internal temperature during Live View or EOS Movie functions.
* Optimizes program shift when the ISO setting of the camera is set to AUTO.
* Corrects a misspelling in the French-language menu.
* Corrects a phenomenon in which vertical magenta-colored banding appears in still images taken in movie-shooting mode. (This only occurs when in Manual exposure mode and when the ISO speed is set to "H". Note that this phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.0)

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

New Canon Professional Services scheme

Canon has launched its new, enhanced after-sales support scheme for professional photographers and videographers, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) programme.

The CPS scheme offers professional users of Canon products exclusive, free access to a range of benefits, from CPS support teams at many international and local events, to a priority repair service and direct support from Canon Professional Representatives in selected  European countries.

The scheme offers three types of membership to professional photographers, depending on the qualifying equipment registered with the scheme (for a full list of qualifying Canon products go to:
www.canon-europe.com/cps

Silver membership is available to photographers who register two bodies and three qualifying lenses. Repairs to CPS-serviced equipment will be turned around in five working days.
Gold membership is available to those who register two qualifying bodies and three qualifying lenses. Repairs to CPS-serviced equipment will be turned around in three working days with a free back-up loan service should this be exceeded.
Professional photographers with a wider array of Canon equipment can qualify for Platinum membership after registering three qualifying bodes and four lenses. Benefits of this membership include a two-day turnaround for repairs to CPS-serviced equipment and free back-up equipment loans.

New CPS members can register their Canon equipment through www.canon-europe.com/cps from 7 April onwards. The appropriate level of membership will be automatically assigned depending on the number of qualifying bodies and lenses registered with CPS.

Existing CPS community members are invited to validate and update their details through the CPS website in order to ensure the correct CPS membership has been registered. All existing, unvalidated memberships will expire in June 2010. After this, a new registration will be required and new cards will be issued.

* European countries that currently offer the CPS program are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom


Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Canon RAW Codec version 1.7

Canon RAW Codec is a software plug-in that enables the import and display of Canon RAW image files when installed in Windows Vista (including SP1)/Windows XP SP2 and XP SP3. Windows Imaging Component (WIC) supported applications (Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery etc.) are required.

Version 1.7 adds support for the EOS 1D Mark IV and 550D. Windows 7 32-bit version is now supported. 64-bit operating systems are not supported.

You can download the update by going to:
http://www.canon.co.uk/
and following the ‘Software and User Manuals’ link under the ‘Quick Links’ heading


Friday, 19 March 2010

EOS 5D Mark II firmware update back on track

Canon has responded quickly to the problems with firmware version 2.0.3 for the EOS 5D Mark II (see news story 18 March 2010). It has now introduced version 2.0.4 with the following message: 

We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience caused to our customers by suspending the availability of the Version 2.0.3 firmware. 

We are now introducing the Version 2.0.4 firmware. This firmware corrects the malfunction that occurred in the previous Version 2.0.3 firmware, in which the manual recording level changed and made recording impossible. 

Customers who have the Version 2.0.3 firmware on their cameras should update the firmware to Version 2.0.4.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Thursday, 18 March 2010

Malfunction in EOS 5D Mark II firmware update

The EOS 5D Mark II firmware update version 2.0.3 released a couple of days ago (see news item on 16 March 2010) has a malfunction and has been withdrawn. Here is the message on Canon's firmware page:

Recently we have discovered a malfunction that occurs with Firmware Version 2.0.3, in which the manual recording levels for C1/C2/C3 are changed and the camera becomes unable to record audio if the power is turned off (or if Auto power off takes effect) after registering "Sound Recording: Manual" in the camera user settings.

We apologize very sincerely for the inconvenience, but we are going to stop making this firmware available for download. For customers who have already updated to the new firmware, when using the camera with the mode dial set to C1/C2/C3, please either set the sound recording settings to Auto.


We are currently preparing firmware that will correct this malfunction. As soon as those preparations have been completed, we will let you know on this Web site. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience this represents, but please wait until the fixed firmware is ready.



Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Firmware update 2.0.3 for EOS 5D Mark II now available

Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 5D Mark II incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function

1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
NTSC:
* 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
* 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
* 640×480 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
PAL:
* 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)
* 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
* 640×480 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)

2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).

3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.

4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.

5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.

6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Movies captured using EOS 5D Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.0 to 1.2.4 can be played back on cameras updated with Firmware Version 2.0.3. However, if you try to play back movies captured by a camera with the new firmare on a camera with a previous firmare version the message, 'Cannot play back image' appears on the camera's LCD monitor.

It is recommended that you use the latest Canon software to edit movies captured with a EOS 5D Mark II camera that has the latest firmware - some previous versions  of the software do not support movie-editing functions and the frame rates that are added or changed by the latest firmware. The latest software versions are:
* ZoomBrowser EX Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Windows XP/Vista/7)
* ImageBrowser Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Mac OS X v10.4/10.5/10.6)

In addition to the enhancements to the movie function, the  instruction manual has also been revised.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

EOS 5D Mark II firmware upgrade 2.0.3

Canon will soon be releasing a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II. Originally announced in late 2009, the update adds 24 and 25 frames per second (fps) recording to the camera’s movie function.

Developed following feedback from photographers and cinematographers, Firmware 2.0.3 enhances the EOS 5D Mark II’s video performance. The addition of new frame rates expands the camera’s potential, providing filmmakers with the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD footage at 24fps (actual 23.976fps) – the optimum frame rate for cinematic video. 25fps support at both 1920x1080 and 640x480 resolutions will allow users to film at the frame rate required for the PAL broadcast standard, while the new firmware will also change the 30fps option to the NTSC video standard of 29.97fps.

A new histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av) have been added and exposure modes will also be available in movie mode. Improved audio functionality will allow users to set sound record levels manually using a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen. The audio sampling frequency has also been increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz, providing the optimum audio signal typically required for professional or broadcast material.

Extreme sports photographer Richard Walch was one of the first to be given the chance to use the newly updated EOS 5D Mark II to shoot the snowboarding movie “I Love My Friends”. Commenting on the EOS 5D Mark II’s video performance, Richard said: “The addition of the new frame rates opens up a whole new range of possibilities. If you’re a cinematographer, independent film maker or just enthusiastic about making your own movies, get out there and give it a try”.

“I Love My Friends” shot by Richard Walch on the EOS 5D Mark II with the new firmware includes a look behind the scenes video. It is available to view at:

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Monday, 1 March 2010

Consumers in 14 out of 16 European countries vote Canon ‘most trusted’

Canon has been voted as Europe's top camera brand for the tenth consecutive year in the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Survey 2010, an annual pan-European survey of consumer attitudes to brand products and services.

Reader’s Digest asked its readers in 14 languages across 16 European countries to nominate the brand they trusted most in a range of consumer categories, including cameras. Respondents were drawn from the Reader's Digest customer database of 4.5 million homes in Europe, and more than 32,000 responses were analysed.

Canon was one of only three brands nominated as ‘most trusted’, Canon coming out on top in 14 of the 16 countries. Respondents rated each brand on the following four criteria: Quality, Excellent Value, Strong Image and Understands Customer Needs.

The 14 countries that selected Canon as the ‘most trusted’ camera brand were Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.


Monday, 8 February 2010

Canon announces EOS 550D

Canon has a new addition to its expanding EOS range of digital SLR cameras – the EOS 550D.

Features at a glance
18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
7.7cm (3. inch) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
Exposure compensation +/-5 stops.
Select maximum value for Auto ISO
External Microphone socket
Movie crop function
Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility



EOS MOVIE plug-in for Final Cut Pro

Canon has announced the development of a plug-in that will enable quicker and easier editing of EOS MOVIE footage in Final Cut Pro. A free Beta release of the plug-in will be available to download for testing and evaluation in March 2010.

‘EOS MOVIE Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro’ is being developed to provide an even smoother workflow for EOS MOVIE users who edit using Apple’s Final Cut Pro software suite. The plug-in will enable the ‘log and transfer’ of video footage from Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR cameras – all of which offer full 1080p HD video recording.

The plug-in will convert EOS MOVIE footage to Apple’s high quality ProRes 422 codec at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion. Additionally, users will also be able to add timecode, reel names and metadata to footage quickly and easily – further enhancing the experience of EOS MOVIE users when editing their footage.


Friday, 29 January 2010

50 million EF lenses

Canon is celebrating the production of its 50 millionth EF lens. This landmark was achieved during the manufacture of the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. Ten million EF lenses have been produced in the last two years.

The story began in 1987 with the birth of the EOS camera system and has since seen many groundbreaking advances in technology: 
*  1987 saw the first lens with an ultrasonic motor – the EF 300mm f/2.8L USM
*  In 1995 Canon introduced the world's first interchangeable lens with an image stabilizer – the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
*  In 2001 the first lens to incorporate Canon’s multi layered diffractive optics elements was introduced – the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
*  2008 saw the first lens to use Canon’s SWC (Subwavelength Structure Coating) – the EF 24 mm F/1.4L II USM
*  Then in 2009 the world’s first lens with Hybrid IS was launched – the EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon currently offers the world’s most extensive range of D-SLR lenses with over 60 models currently available across the globe.


Thursday, 28 January 2010

EOS 1D Mark IV firmware update

A firmware update has been announced for the EOS 1D Mark IV. Version 1.0.6 improves the autofocus tracking performance for subjects moving towards or away from the camera at low speeds.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Tuesday, 5 January 2010

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM announced

This new lens is the successor to the popular EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, offering improved performance in every area. As well as a revamp of the internal optical system, the lens has also been structurally re-developed as a direct result of user feedback, making it as robust and reliable as it is optically advanced. more>>


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