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Monday, 23 September 2013

Canon launches the Student Network

Canon has unveiled a new program to help engage students in the world of photography. The Canon Student Network (CSN) is designed to help aspiring photographers studying photography or equivalent courses to take their next step with imaging and further develop their love of photography along with real world business advice.

The initial phase of the programme, which launched on 23 September 2013, rolls out to 11 universities across the UK and Ireland and provides tailored experiences, opportunities and offers to help the students develop as their course progresses. The scheme is open exclusively to photography students and students who use photography as an element of their degree.

Initial universities consist of Ravensbourne, Norwich University, City of Westminster College, Leicester College, Reid Kerr College, Middlesex University, Plymouth College of Art, University of the Arts London, University of East London, University College Falmouth, Griffith College.

Access is easy and free for eligible students. Those in first year simply need to be studying photography or equivalent course, within one of the initial roll out universities and sign up to the free Project 1709 – Canon’s beta online imaging management system. Students in their second year will also be required to own a current Canon DSLR and lens.  A course for students in their third year will be rolled out in the next academic year – there will be no extra requirement for students in order to join.

To sign up students need to register at www.canonstudentnetwork.co.uk



Friday, 20 September 2013

Digital Photo Professional (DPP) update

Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software has been updated. The latest version of this versatile raw converter is 3.13.45.

Changes from the previous version are:
- now supports images taken with EOS 70D, EOS 100D / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss X7, PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120.
- supports new lenses EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM, EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM).
- the accuracy of white balance in M-RAW and S-RAW images has been improved.

Interestingly, the help section of the software makes mention of an EOS M2 camera, implying that an update to the EOS M camera is not too far away.

You can download the update by going to the Canon Support Centre (Europe)
or Canon Support (USA)


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

First anniversary for Canon's Project1709

Project1709 is Canon's cloud solution for backing up and storing your digital images. The name comes from the date the beta version was launched - 17 September 2012. Project1709 is still in beta mode.

The intuitive search functionality allows you to filter photos to locate the image you want to enjoy or share. Meaningful tags added by you, as well as EXIF data, device information, dates, and geo-tags, can all be searched within the Project 1709 interface.

Using advanced indexing technology, you can build up a lifetime of images with an extensive collection of contextual data that can be used to theme images, organise collections and make special photos easy to find.

Discover more at Project1709.



Saturday, 14 September 2013

EOS-1D C approved for broadcast use

Canon has announced that the EOS-1D C, its unique and ground-breaking DSLR designed principally for motion picture capture, has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition¹. The tests found that the EOS-1D C is the first-ever DSLR to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool.

More information here.



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Canon sensor captures fireflies at night

Canon has captured video footage of Yaeyama-hime fireflies flying in darkness, a feat made possible by the high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor developed by Canon for video capture that was announced in March 2013.

The high-sensitivity, low-noise video-shooting capabilities of the dedicated 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video capture were made possible not only through the integration of the high-performance sensor technologies employed in Canon's digital SLR cameras, but also through the incorporation of new pixel and readout circuitry technologies that reduce noise.

Using a camera prototype equipped with the CMOS sensor Canon, in cooperation with Zero Corporation succeeded in capturing video of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies that inhabit Japan's Ishigaki Island, located off the northeastern coast of Taiwan. No artificial lighting was used during shooting, which took place after sunset amid the island's mountains.

Despite an exceptionally dark shooting environment of less than 0.01 lux, a level in which the naked eye would have difficulty discerning surrounding objects, the CMOS sensor was able to capture not only the color of the light emitted by the fireflies, each of which measures only a few millimeters in length, and their movements, but also the surrounding vegetation in which the species lives.

In addition to astronomical and natural observation, Canon is looking into applying this CMOS sensor to medical research purposes as well as surveillance and crime-prevention equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the realm of photographic possibilities while cultivating the world of visual expression.

An excerpt from the video of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies can be seen here.



Wednesday, 4 September 2013

New 35mm EF Cinema prime lens

The launch of the EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens in December 2013 will increase the range of EF Cinema primes to a total of six. The new lens has been designed following strong demand from Cinema EOS users. It features a compact design that combines Canon’s outstanding optics with fast performance – making the lens ideal for shooting in challenging low-light conditions.

Ensuring consistency when shooting across a number of different Cinema prime lenses, the new 35mm lens provides colour reproduction that matches others in the range. It also features the same form factor and uniform markings, making it easy to switch between lenses when on a shoot.


Firmware updates for Cinema EOS cameras

Canon is increasing the maximum ISO setting of the Cinema EOS C500, C300 and C100 from 20000 to 80000. This will allow shooting in extreme low-light conditions.

The firmware updates will also add feature enhancements to these cameras and the EOS-1D C.

For full details see the Canon press release.



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