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Friday, 31 May 2013

Focus On Imaging closes after 24 years

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Focus On Imaging – the long-running photographic show – will run no more. Mary Walker Exhibitions has announced that the 2013 event, held at the NEC Birmingham at beginning of March, was the last.

"There are now so many elements of a photographer's working life that we simply could not have imagined back at the inception of the original 'Focus On Photography' as it was 24 years ago," commented Mary in a press announcement. "It's been an immensely rewarding job that has brought experiences and friendships that will always remain. I am certain that the time is right for the industry to perhaps find fresh opportunities and bring new ideas to photographers – maybe we're due a new revolution of some kind?"



Thursday, 30 May 2013

Apple Digital Camera Compatibility update

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06 adds RAW image compatibility for the following EOS cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
EOS-1D C, Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss X7, EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / Kiss X7i

System requirements are Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later, OS X 10.7.5 or later

The download is available from:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1656



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Canon Pro In-Store Day, Southampton

London Camera Exchange, Southampton, is hosting a Canon Pro In-Store Day on Saturday, 20 July 2013, from 9am to 5.30pm. The store is at 11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7FJ. Admission is free.

•  Expert product demonstrations from Canon personnel – on-hand all day to answer your queries
•  Great LCE Deals on the latest professional/enthusiast Canon gear
•  Huge range of EOS DSLR & CSC system kit available to try and buy, including the EOS-1D X,  5D Mk III, 6D, 700D, 100D and M.
•  A wide selection of Canon enthusiast & L-series prime and zoom lenses including the new EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM 1.4x Extender Zoom, EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM II, 300mm f2.8 and EF 500mm f4 L IS USM II.
•  Canon flashguns and accessories, including the amazing Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT Transmitter.
•  The latest Canon PowerShot high-end compacts including new G15, SX50HS, S110, etc.
• View and buy the superb PIXMA A3+ Printer range including the Pro-1, Pro 10 and Pro 100
•  Special deals and trade-in offers only on the day!
•  PLUS up to £55 Canon Summer CASHBACK on Selected Items (from Canon UK)

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/EventOpen/?449


Canon celebrates production of 90 million EF lenses

Canon has reached a new lens manufacturing milestone - the 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens.

Production of Canon’s signature interchangeable EF lenses began in 1987 at the Utsunomiya Plant, when the series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system. Since then, the global demand for Canon’s EOS products and lenses has continued to gather pace and in 2011 there was only nine months between the increase from 60 to 70 million units manufactured. In order to meet this demand, Canon scaled up its production with facilities across Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan.

Throughout its history, Canon has continued to drive the imaging industry forward, introducing world firsts (among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras) such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

Canon’s current EF lens line-up features 71 models for EOS cameras and nine lenses for use in cinema and TV production.

EF lens production milestones:
·  1995: Production of EF lenses surpasses 10-million units
·  2001: Production of EF lenses surpasses 20-million units
·  2006: 30-million EF lenses produced
·  2008: 40-million-unit milestone reached in April
·  2009: 50-million units produced
·  2011: 60-million units reached in January
·  2011: 70-million units reached in October
·  2012: 80-million units reached by August



Friday, 24 May 2013

EOS-1D C firmware update 1.2.0

Firmware version 1.2.0 for the EOS-1D C incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
1.  Provides support for 25.00p (fps) video recording frame rate (PAL settings) at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.
2.  A function to disable the image size selection button has been added.
3.  Fixes a phenomenon in which a difference in exposure appears on every other shot when shooting continuously and the auto-lighting optimizer is active (on weak, standard or strong).
4.  Fixes a phenomenon in which video recorded onto an external recorder sometimes becomes two-layered if it has been recorded through HDMI output.
5.  The video frame rate now displays two additional decimal places, e.g. 24p -> 23.98p (fps).
6.  Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the 'Auto ISO Range' option.
7.  Corrects errors in the Portuguese language menu.

Note: Items No. 1,2,4,5,6 and 7 have been incorporated into Firmware Version 1.1.9. Items No. 1 through 7 have been incorporated into Firmware Version 1.2.0.

Firmware Version 1.2.0 is for cameras running either Firmware Version 1.0.2 or Firmware Version 1.1.9.

Photographers who wish to update a EOS-1D C to Firmware Version 1.2.0 must take their camera to a Canon-authorised service centre.



Wednesday, 22 May 2013

EOS-1D X firmware update

Firmware Version 1.2.4 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:
1. Improves the speed of the camera's acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite's AF-assist beam.
2. Reduces the time it takes to display the metering result on the LCD or viewfinder when the meter has been activated.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which a 'Caution 02' message is unnecessarily recorded in the camera status log.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which continuous shooting pauses when using a Canon Speedlite.
5. Fixes a phenomenon, when the Canon GP-E1 is attached, in which the GPS device settings are reset to default settings when the camera has been powered off. This phenomenon occurs only with firmware Version 1.2.1. After changing the GPS device settings, power off the camera before removing the battery. This will ensure that the camera's GPS device settings are saved.

In Europe, you can download the firmware from:
http://software.canon-europe.com/

In the USA, the download is available at:
EOS-1D X firmware


EOS-1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III firmware updates

Firmware Version 1.1.3 for the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera incorporates the following functional improvement and fix:
1. Enables the centre AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which abnormal images may result when continuous shooting mode is enabled and the image size is set to "RAW" or "RAW+JPEG".

Firmware Version 1.2.2 for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera incorporates the following functional improvement:
1. Enables the centre AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. 

In Europe, you can download the firmware from:
http://software.canon-europe.com

In the USA, downloads are available from:
EOS-1D Mark IV
and
EOS 1Ds Mark III




Monday, 20 May 2013

Canon launches biggest ever Pan-EMEA campaign

Canon has launched a new marketing campaign using the creative theme ‘Power to your next step’.

The campaign, the first from Canon to encompass all consumer and pro product categories, reflects Canon’s strategic commitment to becoming a lifetime imaging  partner, coupled with the goal of empowering, educating and inspiring consumers to take their ‘next step’ in imaging.

Running across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) throughout the summer and beyond, the campaign television advert aired 213 times on UK television on 20 May 2013. The commercial will also be shown on video on demand services including 4OD, ITV Player and Sky On Demand.

In addition to the TV advert, a comprehensive print campaign will run in lifestyle and consumer tech media. The inspiring artwork used in the print executions was shot by two Canon ambassadors, Lorenzo Agius and David Noton.

The advert and further details can be viewed at:
www.canon.co.uk/yournextstep



Wednesday, 15 May 2013

EOS 6D wins Camera Grand Prix 2013 'Editors Award'

The EOS 6D, launched in November 2012, has been honored in Japan with the coveted Camera Grand Prix 2013 'Editors Award'. The marks the second award to date for the camera, which was  named 'Best DSLR Expert in 2013' by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

The Camera Grand Prix, considered the most sought-after camera and lens product awards in Japan, is organized by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), comprising journalists from major photography and camera magazines in Japan.

According to the CJPC jury, the EOS 6D opens the door for photography enthusiasts to full-frame sensor cameras at an affordable price. In addition, the camera was commended for its lightweight, compact body and for incorporating such cutting-edge technologies as built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.



Tuesday, 14 May 2013

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

With the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, Canon has added a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses.

For the first time in a commercially available lens, there is built-in 1.4x extender. This will make the lens attractive to professional sports and wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings, combined with L-series optics, help to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions. 

The lens can be used with Extenders EF 1.4x and EF 2x . The focal length extends from 560mm to 1120mm when the built-in extender is used with the Extender EF 2x.


Get closer to the action

The reach of the new lens is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender. This is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length to 560mm. The optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements. These help to help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating (SSC) reduce ghosting and flare. The use of the latest optical technologies mean that image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.

With a fixed f4 aperture (f5.6 when the internal extender is activated) the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible.

A newly designed optical image stabiliser (IS) provides users with a four-stop advantage.  IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure, so photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.

Powerful, flexible focusing

The EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast, silent autofocusing. A full-time manual override allows photographers to focus manually at any time in autofocus mode.

The Power Focus (PF) mode increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X cameras, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.

High-performance design for professional demands

A tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions.

Specifications

Construction: 25 elements in 20 groups (33 elements in 24 groups with extender)
Diaphragm blades: 9
Minimum aperture: f32 (f45 with extender)
Closest focusing distance: 2 metres
Maximum magnification 0.15x (0.21x with extender)
Filter: 52mm drop-in
Maximum diameter x length: 128 x 366mm
Weight: 3620g

Pricing and availability


The EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM will be available from June 2013 with an RRP of £11,999.99 / €13,999.99



Park Cameras Imaging Festival 2013


Park Cameras, one of the UK’s leading independent photographic retailers, is hosting another Imaging Festival at their state-of-the-art showroom in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, on Saturday 22 June.

The Festival is an open day showcasing the latest photographic products, with a wide number of money-saving deals and various prizes that can be won. Manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony to name just a few will all have experts on-hand to answer any question you might have – no matter how obscure it might be! Activities and offers include:  
- Bite sized ‘School of Photography’ seminars with professional photographers Jon Gray and John Clements
- Save hundreds of pounds across top photographic brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony to name just a few
- Spot prizes, free prize draws and other opportunities to win photographic prizes

- Fantastic range of promotional offers and cashbacks, including unbeatable door-busting deals

- The chance to meet and talk with representatives from major imaging brands
- The opportunity to touch and try the very latest in imaging technology
....and much, much more!!

In addition, Park Cameras is running a photographic competition where you can win a Canon EOS 100D + 18-55mm IS STM lens, a Nikon D5200 + 18-55mm VR lens or a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100! To enter, simply submit one of your favourite photos depicting Summer! 

Full details of the festival and the competition can be found at www.ParkCameras.com/Festival2013


New Picture Style for EOS

Canon has released a new in-camera Picture Style pre-set for EOS cameras. Created following direct feedback from video enthusiasts, the new Picture Style, called 'Video Camera X–series-look', enables users to capture EOS Movie footage with lower colour saturation and contrast levels, allowing for easier colour grading during post production processes.

The new Picture Style can also be applied to still images captured in RAW or JPEG formats.

It can be downloaded  from http://web.canon.jp/imaging/picturestyle/index.html



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Canon success in 2013 TIPA awards

Canon has been awarded five honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – one of the world’s leading photo imaging and press associations. The TIPA Awards commend the most outstanding imaging products launched in the past year and in 2013 Canon has again been acknowledged for the breadth, strength and industry-leading quality present across its product line-up. The following awards have been granted:

·         Best DSLR Entry Level: Canon EOS 100D
·         Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 6D
·         Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
·         Best Expert Photo Printer: Canon PIXMA PRO-10
·         Best Video DSLR: Canon EOS-1DC

The TIPA panel has a membership comprising of editors from 28 of the world’s leading photography and imaging magazines, spanning 15 countries across five continents. The panel meets annually to discuss the latest products and considers a range of factors, from innovation to design and overall product quality, when selecting and acknowledging the best imaging products.

Full details of the 2013 TIPA Awards can be found at:
http://www.tipa.com/english/



Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Summer cashback offers

Canon has launched summer cashback offers. Claim up to £55 cashback on a range of selected products across digital SLRs and lenses, compact cameras, inkjet printers and camcorders. If you purchase two promotional products within the same transaction, you're eligible to claim an additional £30 bonus payment. To take part and to see the entire range included in the offer, visit:
www.canon.co.uk/summercashback
 

This offer is available between 1 May and 31 July 2013. The cashback offer is claimed by downloading and completing a claim form and returning it to Canon’s agency along with a copy of the original receipt by Saturday 31 August 2013.

Full terms and conditions are available at the above link.




Jessops back on the high street

After a disappointing Christmas sales period and the increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers, Jessops went into administration in January 2013. All 187 stores were closed, leaving 1,370 employees out of work.

There seemed to be no hope for the specialist photography retailer until Peter Jones - of Dragons' Den fame - swooped in and bought the brand along with a couple of other investors. Now he has set in motion the re-opening of 30 stores, including flagship outlets Oxford Street and Birmingham - the largest photograph imaging store in Europe. All in all, the rescue of Jessops will create 500 jobs with the majority going to former Jessops staff. Throughout April there has been one re-opening per day bringing the brand back to the high street.

Jones will take on the role of chairman and chief executive, investing 5m of his own fortune into the company. He said: I believe Jessops is an iconic British brand which can lead the retail resurgence on Britains high streets, powered by new innovations and world-leading, expert staff.

With advancements in the integrated cameras of mobile phones, and niche online retailers who are selling cameras for cheaper, it is clear to see how Jessops struggled to stay afloat and subsequently went into administration. In response to these challenges, Jones said: Image is everything, and even in the mobile and tablet era, theres no substitute for a quality camera when it comes to taking the perfect picture.

To make sure they are successful second time round, the brand will be focusing on customer service in the selection of stores that have been re-opened, instead of pushing those optional extras. They will also be driving online sales while still making sure that customers who shop in-store can get the products for the same price as online. This is absolutely crucial to the future success of Jessops, as it is no secret that a lot of customers are guilty of shopping about high street stores  finding what they want  then buying it cheaper online. This new measure just might be enough to combat this behaviour.

In each re-vamped store there will be tables to test out the cameras, photo workshops with highly-trained staff, many of who have had training with the camera manufacturers, and express printing services to improve the user experience. Jessops will continue to sell a broad range of cameras, giving customers a chance to fully try-out the products in-store before buying  which is the one thing internet shopping cannot provide.

Jessops is forecasting sales of at least 80m in year one which will give them roughly 15% of the DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera market in the UK. Photo printing specialists 'Jessop Photo' has been bought separately by CEWE, who are responsible for the management of photo services such as Argos, Superdrug and WHSmith.

With the expectation of success weighing down on his shoulders, Peter Jones appears very positive about the future of Jessops. Britains high street is fighting back  the facts show it, and I am giving my personal commitment to its resurgence by re-opening the doors of one of Britains most historic retailers.

You can find the locations of the new Jessops stores at www.jessops.com/storefinder



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