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Monday, 29 September 2014

EOS software updates

A number of Canon software applications have been updated. We show the latest version below, together with changes since the previous version.

Digital Photo Professional 4.0.2
     - Supports EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM. 

Digital Photo Professional 3.14.41 Updater for Mac OS X :
     - Supports images taken with EOS 7D Mark II, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot G7 X
     - Mac OS X 10.7 is no longer supported.
     - Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported
     - A function to delete the shooting data when executing [Convert and save] has been added
     - For EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM, EF-M22mm f2 STM, EF-M18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM, the latest lens data can be used, of which Digital Lens Optimizer's performance has been improved.
     - Fixed a phenomenon that a file may not be converted and saved if specific character is used in the file name's first character
     - Supports new lenses EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM.

EOS Utility 3.0.1
      - Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

Picture Style Editor 1.14.20 Updater
     - Supports EOS 7D Mark II
     - Mac OS X 10.7 is no longer supported
     - Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported

EOS MOVIE Utility 1.2 for Mac OS X :
     - Newly supported EOS 7D Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, and EOS 70D
     - Operability improved by changing layout of buttons
     - Marker supported
     - 200% enlargement supported
     - Still image cropping function enhanced
     - Playback of IN point-OUT point supported
     - "GPS" has been added to the shooting information items for cropped still image
     - Items added to the shooting information display.

You can download the software updates by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA



Friday, 26 September 2014

Canon at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Canon is involved in an interesting project with Getty Images. Photographer Henry Stuart will work with his team at Visualise, the world’s leading provider of high-quality virtual and 360 degree content, to create a high-resolution Gigapixel format photograph of fans at The Ryder Cup 2014 at Gleneagles.

Throughout the competition Henry will be positioned down the fairway from the first tee, capturing a letterbox-shaped panoramic photograph of the crowd at the tee and down the fairway towards the green. The image will be made up of around one billion pixels (Gigapixel), meaning that even when the image is fully zoomed to 100 percent, there is still incredible picture quality and sharp focus, enabling spectators to spot themselves in the crowd.

Fans attending The Ryder Cup will be able to view the image online at www.canon-europe.com/golf and can tag themselves in the Gigapixel image so that they can share with friends on social media. When spectators tag their photograph, they’ll also have the ability to choose whether they’re supporting the US or Europe. Alongside the photograph there will be a counter measuring which team is winning in terms of the fans’ levels of interaction with the image.

Henry will be using two Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras with EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM and EF 8-15mm f4L fisheye USM lenses.  In order to adjust the angle between each shot taken to make up the panorama photograph, Visualise uses a specialist tripod head which enables Henry to choose the best set-up possible so that all of the photographs stitched together to make the panorama appear as one Gigapixel image. Typically, around 80 photographs will be stitched together to create the Canon panorama photograph.



Monday, 15 September 2014

EOS 7D Mark II – built for speed

Canon has unveiled the EOS 7D Mark II. Building on the EOS 7D and harnessing technologies found in the professional EOS-1D X, the new model is ready for action. Completely rebuilt and redesigned, the EOS 7D Mark II delivers all the performance of its predecessor – and much more.

The camera can capture 10 frames per second (fps) without a drop in resolution. Together with a new 65-point cross-type AF system and Dual DIGIC 6 processors, the EOS 7D Mark II sets a new benchmark for speed and power.

The camera boasts a new 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a native ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 51,200.

Completely adaptable to the way you shoot, the camera offers customisable body controls. A new viewfinder which provides approximately 100% coverage. Pro-level movie features include live, uncompressed HDMI output and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

Capture split-second action
The EOS 7D Mark II excels in high-speed situations, shooting bursts of 10 full resolution images in a single second, thanks in part to a newly designed shutter and mirror drive mechanism with a 200,000-cycle shutter durability.

Fast AF system
The fast 65-point AF system can lock on to subjects with pin-sharp precision. Offering one of the most advanced AF systems in a camera of its class, each AF point is a cross-type, with the centre point offering dual cross-type focusing at f2.8 and EV-3 low-light sensitivity. The EOS 7D Mark II lets you tailor the AF system with a customisable menu similar to the EOS-1D X. A new dedicated AF Mode Selection lever lets you switch instantly between AF area modes without taking your eye from the viewfinder.

Infrared metering sensor
Whether you’re shooting indoors or outdoors, under natural or artificial light, consistently accurate exposures are achieved with a new 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor – the first in an EOS to include infrared and flickering light sensitivity. A new cutting-edge flicker detection feature ensures images are only shot when light levels are at their brightest level – intelligently analysing the light source and detecting flickering light the eye simply can’t see. Additionally, EOS iTR AF and AI Servo AF III technologies, originally introduced in the EOS-1D X, work alongside the advanced metering sensor to deliver accurate subject tracking.

Cinematic movies in your hand
The EOS 7D Mark II builds on its predecessor’s movie reputation with a new suite of pro-standard recording features. Superior AF performance is executed by Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, so you can shoot with smooth, accurate focus. In a first for EOS, both Movie Servo AF speed and tracking sensitivity can be customised, giving you complete control for pull-focus effects and transitions between subjects. The camera captures every split second of the action in Full HD quality, with a choice of frame rates from 24p to 60p for smooth movement and slow motion effects.
Footage captured on the EOS 7D Mark II seamlessly fits into existing professional video workflows, thanks to uncompressed (4:2:2) HDMI output to external recorders. Ensuring professional audio capture during every shoot, the EOS 7D Mark II features new dedicated microphone and headphone sockets for external devices, as well as silent control to prevent operational noise being captured if settings are changed.

Improved weather resistance
The EOS 7D Mark II is engineered to shoot in the most demanding situations, with improved weather resistance and a tough magnesium alloy chassis – as well as built-in GPS and a digital compass to help you track your adventures. The EOS 7D Mark II supports a number of accessories, including a new battery grip that enables longer, more stable shooting throughout the day.

Pricing and availability
The EOS 7D Mark II will be available from November 2014 with an RRP of £1,599.99/€1,999.99 (body only).

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New EF and EF-S lenses


EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM
The EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM is Canon’s first 24mm EF-S pancake lens – with a portable and lightweight design it’s ideal for travel photography, or for unobtrusive photography at social events. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM has an RRP of £179.99/€224.99.

The EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM
The EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM is a new 24-105mm zoom lens. Built for optimal performance when used in combination with EOS full-frame cameras, it offers a versatile zoom range with the added benefit of quiet, smooth focusing thanks to STM and Image Stabilizer technology. The EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM has an RRP of £479.99/€599.99.



 
EF 400mm f4 DO IS II USM
The new EF 400mm f4 DO IS II USM is Canon’s latest super-telephoto lens, ideal for photographers who need a compact and lightweight design without compromising on reach. It features Canon’s unique third generation Diffractive Optic technology and a completely redesigned optical structure, for stunning results whether shooting wildlife, sports or news. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM has an RRP of £6,999.99/€8,799.99.




Limited edition camera bag

Canon and Stella McCartney have announced an exclusive collaboration unveiling the limited edition Linda camera bag. Named after Stella’s mother, the Linda camera bag combines fashion and technology with creativity and style.

Functional without compromising on style and true to Stella McCartney’s vegetarian philosophy, the  bag is crafted with an innovative Eco Alter Nappa leather alternative which uses natural vegetable oil coating that is less harmful to the environment. The stylish box shaped bag in a colour combination of matte neutral tones and metallic finish has been custom designed to house the Canon EOS 100D White, the world’s smallest DSLR camera.

The camera bag also doubles as a sophisticated everyday handbag, featuring an adjustable strap to be worn either over the shoulder or as a handheld tote.

A limited run of 1,000 bags will be produced and will only be available as a special package with the EOS 100D White. Within the UK the package will be available from Harrods and Selfridges for £1,200.



Thursday, 4 September 2014

Free gifts with your Canon camera or lens purchase

Free gifts are available when you buy a selected Canon camera or lens between 4 September and 28 October 2014.

Purchase an EOS 5D Mark III and receive a 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan plus a Manfrotto 055 Tripod Kit or Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet.

Purchase an EOS 6D and receive a 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan plus a Manfrotto 190 Tripod Kit or Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet.

Buy a selected EF lens and receive a Manfrotto 3 Section Monopod 679B Black.

Offers are also available for selected PowerShot cameras and Legria camcorders.

Full details are at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/captureyourpotential



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Kwanon's 80th anniversary

Canon is commemorating the 80th anniversary of their first camera, the Kwanon.

Produced as a prototype in 1934, the Kwanon was Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera. It was the culmination of the dreams of engineers who wanted to catch up with Europe, the leading presence in the camera industry at the time.

The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-arm Kwannon.

In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon,  its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera. The rest, as they say, is history.


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