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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Buy an EOS and get cashback on selected lenses

You can save money on a selected range of EF lenses through Canon's latest cashback scheme available to purchasers of a new Canon EOS 60D, EOS 7D or EOS 5D Mk II. Here is how it works:

1. Purchase a new Canon EOS 60D, EOS 7D or EOS 5D Mark II between 1 December 2011 and 28 February 2012 from participating retailers and recieve a cashback voucher booklet containing the claim forms and vouchers.

2. Purchase at least one, and up to a maximum of four, Canon Promotional lenses between 1 December 2011 and 31 May 2012. You do not need to buy all four lenses at the same time.

3. Claim the cashback by completing the claim form and returning it by midnight on the 30 June 2012.

Lenses available in the cashback promotion:
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM     cashback £10/€12     RRP £449.99
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM     cashback £10/€12     RRP £469.99
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM     cashback £55/€60     RRP £1909.99
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM     cashback £75/€85     RRP £2639.99
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM     cashback £15/€20     RRP £649.99
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM     cashback £30/€35     RRP £1059.99
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM     cashback £25/€30     RRP £939.99
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM     cashback £40/€45     RRP £1409.99
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM     cashback £40/€45     RRP £1449.99
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM     cashback £45/€50     RRP £1539.99
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM     cashback £50/€60 RRP £1789.99
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM     cashback £80/€90     RRP £2799.99
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS     cashback £15/€20     RRP £629.99
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM     cashback £30/€35     RRP £1209.99

For further details and full terms and conditions please visit:
www.canon.co.uk/lenscashback (UK)
www.canon.ie/lenscashback (Ireland)


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Further delays to Canon lenses

Two new EF lenses, expected in 2011, have been delayed. The lenses are the:
- EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
- EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon says that revised shipping dates will be made available as soon as possible.

There is also no date for the availability of the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender l.4x lens.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender l.4x is being developed with an integrated extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.

The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM offers a lighter weight option for situations that require a long focal length. The optical formula of the new lens includes two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 18 percent from 136.5 oz to 112.5 oz. The estimated price is £8,999.00/€10,799.00 RRP incl. VAT.

The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is the successor to the current EF 600mm IS lens first introduced in 1999. It includes two new fluorite lens elements for improved quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 27 percent from 189.1 oz to 138.3 oz. The estimated retail price is £11,299.00/ €13,549.00 RRP incl. VAT.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Canon lenses at Calument roadshow

Calumet is teaming up with Canon for an exclusive nationwide 'five cities in ten days' lens roadshow. Over sixty Canon lenses will be showcased on the tour which begins at Calumet Glasgow and ends at Calumet's flagship Drummond Street, Euston, London store.

Sian Hamer, Calumet Photographic marketing executive, said: This is a rare opportunity for our customers to get to grips with scores of Canon lenses, from the new EF 8-15 f4L to the new super-telephoto EF 400mm 2.8L ISMK11. In addition, we will be offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with the new Canon EOS 1DX.

We will have a range of special offers, including interest free deals on selected lenses and excellent trade-in opportunities on these roadshow days. Whether you are exploring the world in macro, capturing a sweeping vista with wide angle or getting close to wildlife with a super-telephoto, a different lens can offer a whole new perspective to the shoot experience.

Roadshow dates:
Calumet Glasgow: Thursday 17 November
Calumet Edinburgh: Friday 18 November
Calumet Birmingham: Monday 21 November
Calumet Manchester: Tuesday and Wednesday 22 and 23 November
Calumet Drummond Street Euston: Friday and Saturday 25 and 26 November,
All events run from 10am-5pm


Saturday, 5 November 2011

EOS 5D Mark II firmware update

Firmware for the EOS 5D Mark II has been updated to version 2.1.1. This incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

1. Fixes a phenomenon where shooting stops after capturing one image when in continuous shooting or the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) continuous shooting setting.

2. Corrects wording in the Dutch language menu screen.

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


Friday, 4 November 2011

Launch of Cinema EOS System

Canon is entering the motion picture production industry with the launch of the Cinema EOS System. This new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital video camcorder and digital SLR camera product categories.

The Cinema EOS System targets a new area of imaging expression for Canon. The company has already earned accolades in the entertainment industry for the EOS 5D Mark II digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, launched in November 2008, which has been used in the production of blockbuster Hollywood motion pictures and hit television programs.

Canon’s new Cinema EOS System, which offers compatibility with Canon’s wide array of high-performance EF lenses, provides cinematographers with a range of unprecedented creative possibilities.

4K EF Cinema Lens Lineup

The Cinema EOS System makes its debut with seven new 4K EF Cinema Lens models: four zoom lenses covering a wide zoom range from 14.5 mm to 300 mm—two models each for EF and PL lens mounts—and three single-focal-length lenses for EF mounts. All seven new lenses deliver 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) optical performance and offer compatibility with Super 35 mm-equivalent sensors. Additionally, the three single-focal-length lenses can be used with cameras equipped with 35mm full-frame sensors.

Interchangeable-lens digital video camcorder

The Canon EOS C300/C300 PL is an all new digital video camcorder available in two models: the EOS C300, equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with the wide array of lenses that make up Canon’s current interchangeable EF lens lineup; and the EOS C300 PL, offering a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses. The camcorder features a Super 35mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor ideally suited for digital cinematography.

New Digital SLR Camera with 4K Movie Function
Equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and supporting the recording of 4K video* (at a frame rate of 24P, with Motion-JPEG compression), the next-generation digital SLR camera currently under development will enable exceptional image quality for the creation of innovative and expressive images. Additional details, including the product name, specifications and scheduled launch date, have yet to be decided.

* 4K refers to image resolution; there are approximately 4000 pixels of horizontal resolution.
* Cropped to APS-H-equivalent size (dimensions measuring approximately 80% vertically and horizontally of a 35 mm full-frame sensor) when recording in 4K.



Thursday, 3 November 2011

Winter cashbacks on EOS cameras

Canon is offering a £50 cashback on the EOS 600D and £40 on the EOS 550D this winter.

The cameras must be purchased from participating retailers and etailers between Thursday 3 November 2011 and Wednesday 25 January 2012. Claims must be made by Friday 24 February 2012.

It is important to read the full Terms and Conditions, which can be downloaded at
http://www.canon.co.uk/wintercashback/

A Claim Form can be downloaded from the same web page.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Canon announces new pro camera

edited from Canon press release 18 October 2011

Canon has announced the arrival of the EOS-1D X – its next generation professional Digital SLR (DSLR). Offering an unparalleled combination of speed, resolution and image quality, the EOS-1D X is the ultimate camera for capturing stunning images and Full HD movies. Whether shooting in the studio, the sports field, or anywhere in between, this model is ideal for virtually any professional photographer. The new model launches as the flagship in Canon’s DSLR line up – marking the 10th generation of Canon’s professional system with the most advanced EOS model ever produced.

The culmination of 40 years’ experience in developing professional cameras, the EOS-1D X represents a new era for the EOS system and supersedes both the EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III. Combining a new 18.1MP full-frame sensor, a redesigned autofocus (AF) system and powerful new metering technology with new dual DIGIC 5+ processors, this camera has been designed to offer unparalleled usability and image quality – ensuring any scene is captured with greater accuracy and speed than ever before.

Setting new standards
The EOS-1D X offers a comprehensively-upgraded specification that’s packed with new technologies. A newly-developed full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor offers exceptional flexibility, allowing photographers to shoot a wider range of scenes and subjects in high resolution. Redesigned architecture offers an incredible ISO range of 100-51200, expandable up to 204800, while dual “DIGIC 5+” processors offer a 2-stop improvement in noise performance – making it easier to capture outstanding quality, low noise images, even in extreme low-light conditions.

The new 61-point wide-area autofocus system offers even greater sensitivity, delivering increased precision and speed. With 41 cross-type points, including five dual cross-type points, the camera’s AF system offers unsurpassed accuracy across the frame, while new AF pre-sets are specifically designed for shooting common challenging subjects – providing exceptional reliability in notoriously difficult shooting situations.

The EOS-1D X also features a newly-designed RGB metering system, providing incredible levels of accuracy. A 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor is linked to the AF system and powered by its own dedicated DIGIC 4 processor, detecting faces and colour to ensure correct exposure levels and improved AF tracking, even when shooting the most challenging of scenes.

Extreme power
Powered by next-generation processing technology, the EOS-1D X is the first-ever camera to feature dual DIGIC 5+ processors. Offering performance up to three times faster than standard DIGIC 5, each processor is designed to manage huge levels of image data while simultaneously reducing image noise. In combination with the sensor’s 16-channel read-out, the dual processors enable full-resolution continuous shooting up to 12fps with 14-bit A/D conversion and full camera operation – the fastest of any DSLR currently available (according to Canon research, correct as of September 2011).  A super high-speed mode extends the shooting speed to 14fps (JPEG format only), while a new shutter and mirror mechanism reduces shutter lag and mirror bounce, delivering consistently high performance when shooting at high speed.

The film-maker’s DSLR
The EOS-1D X is ideal for all professionals who want to exploit the EOS system’s extensive selection of lenses and accessories – whether shooting stills or HD movies. Users can record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies from the full-frame sensor with a full range of manual settings to control exposure, focus and frame rate (1920 x 1080: 30 (29.97), 25, 24 (23.976) frames per second, 1280 x 720: 60 (59.94), 50 fps, 640 x 480: 30 (29.97), 25 fps), while sound levels can also be displayed and adjusted on the LCD screen, ensuring complete control over every aspect of a shoot.

Thanks to the power provided by the dual DIGIC 5+ processors moiré artefacts are also reduced, while EOS Movie now offers longer recording options, automatically creating a new file once the 4GB file limit has been reached. A new intra frame video codec also maintains the highest possible video quality, limiting compression of image data so users retain increased levels of information for post-production editing.

Designed for professionals
The EOS-1D X offers a carefully revised version of the classic EOS-1 series design, with larger, more tactile buttons that make it easier for users to control settings – even in extreme conditions where gloves are required. Two multi-controllers and a touch-sensitive control wheel, for use in movie mode, make it easier to change settings, while a range of customisable function buttons allow users to set-up the camera to suit their individual needs by allowing shortcuts to the features and pre-sets they use most.

A 100% viewfinder makes framing each scene easy, while intelligent viewfinder functionality instantly adds a grid display when required. A large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen offers a 1040K-dot resolution, and the anti-reflective structure prevents light reflections or glare when viewing images in bright conditions. A hardened glass cover also provides resistance to knocks and scratches commonly picked up while shooting on the move.

The menu system also features a comprehensively redesigned user interface, incorporating Help functions to make camera operation faster, clearer and easier. Additionally, a new dedicated AF tab allows photographers to access and customise AF pre-sets for common shooting situations or subjects, allowing users to concentrate on capturing the moment without the need to constantly adjust camera settings.

Built to last
The EOS-1D X offers a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy that provides protection against both the elements and the knocks of everyday use. The latest implementation of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System also uses technology adopted from Canon lenses, using wave-based vibrations similar to that of Ultrasonic Motors to shake dust and dirt from the sensor even more effectively.

An enhanced shutter mechanism also provides extended durability, providing 400K shutter cycles so photographers can rely on their camera to meet the challenge of repeated, demanding shoots. The EOS-1D X also features Canon’s protective sealing around the controls and cover seams, making the camera dust and water-resistant when combined with Canon’s range of weather-resistant EF lenses – perfect for shooting in a range of weather conditions.

Enhanced connectivity also ensures photographers can send images to picture desks or studios quickly and securely. An integrated gigabit ethernet port provides a fast, reliable way to transfer images from on-location events or in a studio, without the need for an adaptor.

The EOS System – unrestricted creativity
As part of the award-winning EOS System, the EOS-1D X is compatible with the world’s largest selection of lenses, Speedlite EX flash units and an extensive range of accessories. The ideal upgrade for existing EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III users, it’s also compatible with numerous EOS accessories, allowing the new body to seamlessly join any existing EOS-1 series kitbag.

In addition, launching alongside the EOS-1D X is the new WFT-E6 – a new, compact WiFi transmitter designed for transferring images when a wired connection isn’t available. Supporting the 802.11n WiFi standard and offering Bluetooth support for connectivity to external GPS devices, the WFT-E6 offers secure transfer of images and video to an FTP server, or the ability to display content on a compatible screen over a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) connection.

The EOS-1D X will also be compatible with a new GPS receiver – the GP-E1. Enabling users to add location information to EXIF data and geographically track the progress of travelling shoot, the GP-E1 is particularly useful for wildlife or location-based photographers who may need to record the location of a scene for future reference.

Canon EOS-1D X – key features
18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor
Up to 12fps and 14fps shooting
100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800
61 point AF system
100,000 pixel RGB AE metering with DIGIC 4
Full HD 1080p EOS movie
Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
Clear View II 8.11 cm (3.2”) 1040K-dot LCD
Ethernet port

>>more information (including full specification)


The camera is expected to be on sale in March 2012. Prices are not yet available.


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

PIXMA printers now support AirPrint

Some models of the Canon PIXMA All-In-One inkjet printer line-up now support AirPrint – wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. AirPrint allows users to print photos, emails, web pages, and other documents without the need to install device drivers.

AirPrint will initially be supported in three recently launched PIXMA models – the MG8250, MG6250 and MG5350. AirPrint will be supported in the majority of Canon PIXMA inkjet printers launched from this date onwards.

AirPrint works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) running iOS 4.2 or later.


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Ultra-large sensor tracks faint meteors and more

An ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor developed by Canon has enabled video recording of meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10. Apparent magnitude is a measure of a star's brightness as seen by an observer on Earth. The brighter the celestial body appears, the lower the value of its apparent magnitude. The darkest star visible to the naked eye has an apparent magnitude of approximately 6.

The sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205mm, has the world's largest surface area for a CMOS sensor (as at 12 September 2011). It has been installed in the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo's Kiso Observatory.

The ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor is among the largest that can be produced from a 300mm (12-inch) wafer. The sensor is approximately 40 times the size of Canon's largest commercial CMOS sensor – the  21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor used in the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II cameras. It makes possible video recording in dark conditions with as little as 0.3 lux (the level of brightness during a full moon).

Detecting faint meteors with apparent magnitudes greater than 7 has proven difficult using conventional observation technologies, with sightings of meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10 limited to only ten per year. However, video recorded using the new CMOS sensor, combined with the Schmidt telescope (which enables observation across a wide field-of-view), yielded a one-minute segment during which more meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10 could be detected than could previously be identified during the span of a year.

Statistical analysis of the video data could lead to an increased understanding of the influence that meteors may have exerted on the development of life on Earth.

Additionally, because the combination of the CMOS sensor and Schmidt telescope facilitates the highly efficient investigation of objects traveling at high speeds across the sky, it makes possible the detection of an increased number of celestial phenomena in addition to meteors, such as space debris
and heavenly bodies moving in the solar system. The technology is expected to contribute to improved measuring accuracy in determining the position and speed of these objects.


Monday, 1 August 2011

'Captain America' shot by EOS 5D Mark II

The feature film, "Captain America: The First Avenger", used the 5D Mark II to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated with the production's 35mm film footage.

"The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position," noted Jonathan Taylor, second unit director/director of photography. "I'm always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions."

Action scenes in "Captain America: The First Avenger" in which Taylor used 5D Mark II cameras for POV (point-of-view) shots include a car chase and crash and a high-speed motorcycle pursuit. The small size of the camera enabled Taylor to mount it on the interiors and exteriors of moving vehicles to capture dramatic action shots. The camera's size also ensured that it was "invisible" to the film cameras shooting the same scene from a distance.

"The thing with action is that the more angles you can shoot, the faster the cuts you can use and the more energy you get into a sequence," Taylor added.

Previously, the EOS 5D Mark II cameras and EF lenses were used for action shots in the blockbuster hit "Iron Man 2".


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Firmware update for EOS 60D

Firmware Version 1.1.0 for the EOS 60D incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

1. Fixes a phenomenon where the wireless built-in flash settings are reset to defaults when the battery is removed from the camera.

2. Fixes an intermittent phenomenon where image-rotation information is not recognized correctly when shooting with the camera in the vertical position depending on the timing of the shutter release.

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



Thursday, 30 June 2011

Canon Pro Show

Canon’s Pro Solutions Show will be returning to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London on 25 and 26 October 2011. Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, visitors will experience Canon’s complete workflow solution from image capture to output.

Entrance to the show will be free for all those who pre-register online.

A registration form is available at:
Canon Pro Show


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Canon EOS Professional Australia

Canon Australia has just launched a website dedicated to professional photography.

"The Canon EOS Professional site will be a revelation to amateur and enthusiast photographers as well as a great resource for working professionals", said Cathy Hattersley, Brand Manager - EOS Professional, Canon Australia. "The content features the work, tips and gear used by the best in the business, so its both inspiring and informative  a window directly into the world of the working professional."

This new dedicated professional site follows enhancements to the Canon Professional Services program, which has been supporting professional photographers in Australia for more than a decade. The enhancements include a range of enhanced member benefits for working professionals who use Canon EOS 1-series and 5-series cameras as well as opportunities to grow their businesses.



Best photography brand 2011

Canon has been awarded the Best Photography Brand 2011 by Which?

The Which? Awards were launched in 2007 to reward the very best businesses in the UK and publicly recognise those companies that consistently get it right for consumers.

Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive of Which? said "As the cost of living increases, people want to know that they are spending their money wisely.  The winners of this years Which? Awards not only offer outstanding products or services, but they have also demonstrated great innovation and customer care.  Congratulations to Canon."

Over the last year Canon has won 22 Which? Best Buy awards across the EOS, LEGRIA, IXUS, PowerShot and PIXMA range and during voting Which? members scored Canon highly in both customer satisfaction and reliability.


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

canon.com or .canon?

New generic top-level domains (GTLD) are now possible, following approval of a plan at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

This might not mean much to you, but you will be familiar with top-level domains (TLD) .com, .net and .org. These help to bring order to the internet.

The new plan is to allow companies to register their names as domains. So instead of canon.com/slr you could have slr.canon

It will not be cheap. There is a set-up fee of $185,00, plus an annual fee of $25,000 to establish a GTLD - not to mention all the legal costs of establishing the right to use a domain name. Who would have the right to the .eos domain, for example - Canon or Volkswagen?

The first GTLDs could be in use by the end of 2012.


Monday, 20 June 2011

New Taiwan plant for Canon

Canon has begun construction of a new plant in central Taiwan to meet increasing demand for EOS cameras. The new plant is in the Taichung Export Processing Zone and will employ 3000 workers. Production is due to start next year.

It is believed that the combined investment in this new plant, along with a second plant in the Chiayi Dapumei Intelligent Industrial Park in southern Taiwan (which begins construction in August) will exceed US$1.05 billion. Canon has made Taiwan a hub for the optics industry.


Firmware upgrade for EOS 500D

Firmware Version 1.1.1 for the EOS 500D incorporates the following fixes.
1. Fixes incorrect indications in the Arabic and Portuguese menu screens.

Firmware upgrade for EOS 50D

Firmware Version 1.0.8 for the EOS 50D incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
1. Improves the writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
2. Fixes incorrect indications in the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai and Turkish menu screens.


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Money-off voucher and free DVD

Experience Seminars has joined forces with Canon in a promotion of the EOS 1100D, 600D and 60D cameras. If you purchase any of these models before October 2011 you can receive a free Experience Seminars DVD and a substantial money-off voucher, which can be redeemed against any Experience Seminars training course until 31 October 2012.

Get a £50 seminar voucher with an EOS 1100D, a £100 seminar voucher with the EOS 600D, and a £150 voucher with the EOS 60D. The free DVDs include ‘Getting started with your digital EOS’, plus guides to landscape, travel and wildlife . The promotion is running in-store in all Canon retailers throughout the UK.


Monday, 13 June 2011

New EF-S 55-250mm lens

Canon has updated one of its zoom lenses. The new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is compact and affordable, suitable for subjects from portraits and landscapes to wildlife and sports.

The lens features Canon's four-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) to counter image blur during low light and handheld shooting. It includes an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens element and Canon's Super Spectra Coatings to ensure crisp, high contrast and glare-free images


The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available separately and also as part of a double lens kit, bundled alongside the recently-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II with  EOS 550D, EOS 600D and EOS 60D bodies, providing beginners with an impressive start to their photography system, all in one box.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available from July 2011, priced at £329.99/€369.99 (RRP incl. VAT).


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New dates for lens sales

A number of new EF lenses announced at the end of last year had their launch dates delayed. Canon now expects to start sales of these lenses as follows:
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM - late August 2011
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM - late August 2011
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM - late July 2011
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM - within 2011*
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM - within 2011*
*sales start dates will be made available when known.


Monday, 23 May 2011

Images from EOS 1Ds Mark III at Chelsea Flower Show

A first in garden design awaits visitors to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24 to 28 May) with the integration of stunning, large-format printed images to create a unique urban garden at the show. The images, the work of contemporary landscape photographer, David Anthony Hall, will be incorporated into the external landscape being created by Thompson’s Galleries.

Measuring up to 3 x 1.5 metres, the panoramic images have been produced on a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 large format printer by Canon UK’s distributor, Surrey-based Velmex Distribution. The images are printed on 260gsm photo gloss paper and then face mounted on Perspex. Gallery owner Sue Thompson says that they "show how art can be an integral part of the structure of a garden".

A Canon user from image capture to printed output, David Hall shoots his images on a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and uses a panoramic technique to capture a multitude of shots that go into the final image.

Hall comments: “By integrating my images into the concept garden, I’m hoping to challenge convention and stimulate a debate around the placement of art outdoors. I also want to show how it can brighten up difficult outdoor spaces, including courtyard gardens, by adding depth, colour and a focal point to these areas".


Friday, 20 May 2011

Firmware update for EOS 5D Mark II

Firmware Version 2.0.9 for the EOS 5D Mark II incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.

2. Fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button. This is because custom function C.Fn III-2 allows users to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens

3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai languages.

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


Firmware upgrade for EOS 1D Mark IV

Firmware Version 1.1.0 for the EOS 1D Mark IV incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.

2. Fixes a phenomenon where the ability to shoot movies may be stopped under the following conditions:
- when using high-capacity (32 GB or greater) CF cards with little available space remaining and the user attempts to start shooting movies;
- when the camera's battery is removed and reinserted into the camera and the user immediately attempts to start shooting movies.

3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic and Portuguese languages (applies to models outside of the the Japanese market only).

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


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Canon production back to normal by end of June

Canon production was badly hit by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last March, by the rolling electricity blackout which followed and by the difficulty in procuring raw materials, parts and other supplies. However, in an interview with Reuters, Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canon Inc., forecasts that production should return to normal by the end of June. Potential power shortages caused by serious damage at a nuclear power plant still remain a risk for the company.

Canon is looking at expanding a factory under construction in Kyushu, southern Japan, to help spread the manufacture of key components.


Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Canon is one of the top Japanese brands

Canon has moved into the top three in Interbrand’s ‘Japan’s Best Global Brands 2011’, rising from fourth place in the 2010 rankings.

The ranking, which is now in its third year, ranks brands according to financial performance and is seen as a good indication of brand strength. To qualify, each brand must originate from Japan, be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, have a good level of global recognition and derive at least 30 percent of its total sales from outside Japan. According to Interbrand, Canon’s brand value is $11,442 million, a significant improvement of 9% on last year’s valuation.


Europe's most trusted camera brand

Canon has been voted as the top Camera Brand in the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Survey 2011, an annual pan-European survey of consumer attitudes to brand products and services.

Reader’s Digest asked its readers across 16 European countries to nominate the brand they trusted most in a range of consumer categories, including cameras. Canon came out on top in 13 of the 16 countries based on the following four criteria: quality, excellent value, strong image and understands customer needs. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Canon has been voted as Europe’s top camera brand.


Canon chairman is world-class executive

Fujio Mitarai, Canon's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has made Barron’s annual list of the world’s 30 best chief executives for the fourth consecutive year. He has been recognised for his five-year growth plan to boost Canon’s revenue outside of Japan and invest in new business, and more recently for taking control of the company’s disaster recovery efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

Barron’s compiled its annual roster of the top corporate leaders from around the world in 2011 by looking in particular at how individuals have tailored plans to approach Asia and other developing markets.  The selection of finalists was based on information collected from interviews with analysts, investors and executives.

2011 marks the 50th anniversary for Mr Mitarai as an employee of Canon.  He has served in a number of key roles for the company throughout his career, before being appointed President and CEO of Canon Inc. in 1995.


Monday, 16 May 2011

Firmware version 1.0.1 for EOS 600D

Firmware Version 1.0.1 for the EOS 600D incorporates the following fixes and changes:

1. Clarifies the feature guide description of the digital zoom function for movie-shooting that appears on the camera's LCD monitor;

2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, in rare cases, a computer connected to the camera with a USB cable cannot recognize the camera.

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



Sunday, 1 May 2011

Picture Style from Technicolor

The Technicolor CineStyle is a Picture Style for EOS cameras. It optimizes the dynamic range in the image by leveraging the capabilities of the Canon imaging chipset. Cinematographers and their post-production partners will have greater flexibility in color grading and finishing their projects.
>>Technicolor CineStyle information and download page


 

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Canon software updates

Updates for several Canon software applications are now available. Changes include support for the EOS Rebel 600D and 1100D. The latest versions are
Digital Photo Professional 3.10.1 for Mac and Windows
EOS Utility 2.10.1 (Mac) and EOS Utility 2.10 (Windows)
Picture Style Editor 1.9.0 for Mac and Windows
Also available is EOS Movie Plugin-E1 version 1.2 of the for Apple's Final Cut Pro for Mac.

The software updates are available at the  
>>Canon Download Centre



Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Firmware update for EOS 7D

Firmware Version 1.2.5 for the EOS 7D incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

1. Fixed a rare phenomenon in which there were cases where movie files taken could not be opened when repeatedly shooting movies with specific CF cards.

2. Fixed a rare phenomenon in which there were cases where "Err 02" appeared when repeatedly shooting still images with specific CF cards.

3. Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when using high-capacity (32 GB or greater) CF cards: if either a CF card with only a little available space remaining or the battery was removed and then reinserted into the camera, and then the user attempted to start shooting movies immediately, shooting would stop.

4. Improved the writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.

5. Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when custom function C.Fn 4-1 was set to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens: When used with lenses that do not have an AF stop button, the IS function would not work.

6. Corrected some mistakes in the menu screens displayed in Arabic and Portuguese. This applies to models in overseas markets. The models for the Japanese market do not display those languages.)

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


Saturday, 2 April 2011

Spring cashback

Purchase an EOS 550D between 31 March 2011 and 1 June 2011 for a cashback of £30. Claims can be made until 30 June 2011. You can read further details and download a claim form at


Thursday, 31 March 2011

Free two-year warranty for EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon is extending its offer of a free two-year warranty for the EOS-1D Mark IV to include cameras purchased before 30 June 2012.

This two-year warranty is a one-year extension on top of the standard Canon one-year European warranty offered on all products and it will be operating under identical terms and conditions. This gives photographers a total warranty period of two years from the date of purchase of their new product.

Canon is not only providing this extended two-year warranty on new EOS-1D Mark IV purchases, but is also making it available to all existing owners of EOS-1D Mark IV bodies.

The extended warranty is available on EOS-1D Mark IV purchases that are made, or have been made, in specific countries in Europe. The countries where the two-year warranty is available are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

To be eligible for the extended warranty customers must provide a valid proof of purchase. To download a PDF with full terms and conditions click:
>>EOS 1D Mark IV two-year warranty details

Information about Canon's standard terms and conditions of warranty will also be found in the two-year warranty leaflet available in each EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR box from mid-April 2011.


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Firmware update for EOS 60D

Firmware Version 1.0.9 for the EOS 60D incorporates the following fixes and changes.

1. Changes the name of the feature called "Art Filters" to "Creative Filters" (which is used in markets other than Japan) in the Japanese version to make the terms consistent. (This change only applies to the Japanese version and does not apply to other language versions.)

2. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera may operate abnormally when it is set to Quick Mode AF during Live View shooting immediately after capturing an image with the C.Fn II-1 Long exposure noise reduction setting set to [2: On] and a shutter speed setting of 5 seconds or more.

3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera may operate abnormally when after Live View shooting, the remote switch on the EOS Utility screen is pressed to immediately start movie-shooting. This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is connected to a compatible personal computer and the Remote Live View function of EOS Utility software is being used.

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


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Japan earthquake

Canon Inc. has issued a damage report for its operations following the major earthquake. The greatest impact is on three Canon Inc. operation sites and five Canon Group companies in northern Honshu - the area hardest hit by the earthquake.

Damage was significant at the Utsunomiya Office and Fukushima Canon Inc. 15 people were injured at the Utsunomiya Office. Operations at both locations have been suspended and it is likely to be some time before they are resumed. If necessary, Canon will consider making use of alternate sites that have not been damaged to continue production.

While the earthquake had a slight impact on Canon offices, plants and group companies in the western half of Honshu, there have been no injuries and no significant damage to buildings or equipment.

The production of the first EOS camera began at the Fukushima Plant in 1987, but the cameras are currently manufactured in Nagasaki. The Fukushima Plant now produces inkjet printers, print heads and ink tanks. Fukushima is the location of the damaged nuclear reactors that are at the centre of a 20km exclusion zone.


Thursday, 10 March 2011

Thunderbolt technology

Intel has introduced Thunderbolt – a technology designed to give 10Gbps transfer speed between your computer and peripheral devices. To put that in context, Thunderbolt will transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.

Apple has already incorporated the technology in its latest Macbook Pro computers. Now Canon has indicated that it is interested. "We are excited about Thunderbolt technology and feel it will bring new levels of performance and simplicity to the video creation market", said Hiroo Edakubo, Group Executive, Video Products Group, Canon Inc.

Canon has not yet indicated which of their products might be the first with Thunderbolt.


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

AF points issue with eight early EF lenses

When using any of eight zoom lenses listed below with the EOS 7D, 40D, 50D or 60D cameras, the peripheral AF points do not function as cross-type AF points, resulting in vertical and horizontal lines not being simultaneously detected. Vertical or horizontal lines can only be detected separately. This is due to the optical characteristics of the camera’s AF sensor and lens. EF35-80mm F4-5.6
EF35-80mm F4-5.6 II
EF35-80mm F4-5.6 III
EF35-80mm F4-5.6 USM
EF35-105mm F4-5.6
EF35-105mm F4-5.6 USM
EF80-200mm F4.5-5.6 II
EF80-200mm F4.5-5.6 USM
These lenses were all released between 1990 and 1995.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Canon out of Focus

It has been confirmed that Canon will not be exhibiting at Focus on Imaging 2011. The exhibition runs from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 March at the NEC, near Birmingham.

Canon equipment will be available at retailers who are exhibiting.

This is not the first time that Canon has decided not to attend Focus on Imaging - it was absent in 2007.

Monday, 7 February 2011

EOS 600D and new EF-S 18-55mm lens

Canon has launched the EOS 600D – a compact, lightweight digital SLR. The camera sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D.

The EOS 600D provides all the tools to capture stills and HD movies. Picture detail is provided by a high-resolution 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which combines with 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing to capture smooth gradients between colours. The camera’s low light shooting capability allows clear, natural images in darker conditions, with an ISO range of 100-6400 that can be further expanded to 12800.



New EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Launching with the EOS 600D is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – a new kit lens that provides excellent performance for beginners. A lightweight construction makes it easy to carry; optical Image Stabilization allows photographers to use shutter speeds 4 stops slower while still maintaining a blur-free shot. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the existing EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s lens line-up.


Pricing and availability
•        The EOS 600D (body only): £679.00/€819.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 600D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II: £769.00/€929.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 600D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS: £949.00/€1,149.00 RRP incl. VAT.
All available from early April 2011.


EOS 1100D - a first step into the world of EOS

The EOS 1100D is a digital SLR for consumers who want to make a start shooting still images and HD video. It features many technologies developed for more advanced models and functions which make it even easier to capture fantastic images straight out of the box.

Compact and lightweight, the EOS 1100D is a versatile DSLR that’s easy to carry. When a scene lends itself to video as well as stills, 720p HD video capture is easily accessible via the dedicated movie function on the mode dial. The image can be viewed through the newly-designed, bright optical viewfinder, offering 95% coverage of the scene. Alternatively, Live View shows how different shooting modes will affect the final image on the large rear screen.



The EOS 1100D will be available with a new addition to Canon’s range of EF lenses. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is a new kit lens that offers EOS 1100D users the flexibility to shoot everything from sweeping landscapes to portraits. A lightweight construction means it’s easy to carry, and Canon’s Image Stabilization offers a 4-stop advantage to ensure sharp images at maximum zoom and when shooting in low light. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s current lens portfolio.



Pricing and availability
•        The EOS 1100D (body only): £419.00/€499.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 1100D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II: £499.00/€599.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 1100D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III: £459.00/€549.00 RRP incl. VAT.
All available from early April 2011.


Super-telephoto 500mm and 600mm lenses

Canon has launched two new super-telephoto lenses for its  EOS range – the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM.

Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding sports and wildlife photographers, both lenses offer breakthrough performance, delivering consistently high-quality images and incredible mobility. The launch of the models follows a development announcement in August 2010, and the display of prototypes at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

The new lenses replace the EF 500mm f/4L IS USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS USM. Each includes the highest-quality optics and the latest Canon Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, while magnesium alloy constructions with titanium components make each lens significantly lighter and even more durable. Launching as the lightest lens in its class (according to Canon market research conducted in December 2010) the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM benefits from a 27% reduction (1.4kg) in weight compared to its predecessor, while the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM offers a reduction of 17% (680g).

EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM  >>more information
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM  >>more information

Pricing and availability
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM: £8,999.00/€10,799.00 RRP incl. VAT.
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM: £11,299.00/ €13,549.00 RRP incl. VAT.
Both lenses available from mid-2011.

Speedlites 320EX and 270EX II

Canon has announced new two new Speedlites - the  320EX and 270EX II. The Speedlite 270EX II replaces the Speedlite 270EX at the entry level of Canon’s Speedlite range, whilst the Speedlite 320EX is a compact, powerful and versatile flash for users of mid-level cameras who want to take more control over lighting.

Both Speedlites are compatible with Canon’s distance-linked E-TTL II system. They can be used on-camera or as slave units controlled by a separate master unit or the Integrated Speedlite Transmitter of the EOS 600D, EOS 60D and EOS 7D.

Speedlite 270EX II  >>more information
Speedlite 320EX  >>more information

Pricing and availability
•  Speedlite 320EX is available from late March 2011, priced at £249.99/€299.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•  Speedlite 270EX II is available from late March 2011, priced at £179.99/€219.00 RRP incl. VAT.
Both units available from late March 2011.


Telephoto zoom with integrated Extender

Canon is developing of a telephoto zoom lens featuring an integrated focal length extender – the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4×.

Designed for Canon’s range of EOS Digital SLR cameras, the new lens will appeal to sports and wildlife photographers, offering exceptional flexibility with a built-in 1.4× extender that creates an increased focal length range of 280-560mm.


60 millionth EF lens

Another EOS milestone has been reached with the production of the 60 millionth EF lens, 24 years after the first EF lens was introduced.

This significant landmark was achieved on 11 January 2011 during the production run of an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, just thirteen months after the production of the company’s 50 millionth EF lens.


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