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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.

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