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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Canon celebrates EOS 5D series 10 year anniversary


Canon is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its iconic EOS 5D series of cameras. Launched in 2005, the EOS 5D transformed the digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) market. It was the first advanced non-professional DSLR to incorporate a full frame CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9 mm).

Available at a competitive price, the camera enabled enthusiast photographers to utilise the camera’s impressive image quality and creative photographic tools that traditionally had been unique to professional DSLRs with 35mm sensors. As such, it contributed to the widespread adoption and success of full frame sensor cameras.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Top honours for Canon in Camera Grand Prix awards

The EOS 7D Mark II camera (launched in October 2014) has been honored with two prestigious Camera Grand Prix (GP) Japan 2015 awards—'Camera of the Year' and 'Readers Award'. In addition, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM  lens (launched in February 2015) was selected for the 'Lens of the Year' award.

The Camera Grand Prix (GP) Japan awards, considered one of the most sought-after camera and lens product awards in Japan, are organized by the Camera Journal Press Club, comprising journalists from major photography and camera magazines in Japan. This year marks the award's 32nd time to be held.

For more information see:
http://www.canon.com/news/2015/may20e.html


Canon summer cashbacks worth up to £50

With Canon's latest summer promotion you can get up to up to £50/€60 cashback on selected products in the UK and Ireland. The offer runs from 20 May to 19 August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers (terms and conditions apply).

Included in the promotion are the following products, with their cashback amount:

EOS 1200D - £20/€25
EOS 100D (excludes DC Kit versions) - £30/€35
EOS 700D - £50/€60
EOS M3 18-55mm - £50/€60

EF S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM - £25/€30
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM = £50/€60
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - £50/€60
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - £25/€30
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM - £50/€60
EF 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM - £25/€30
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM - £25/€30
EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM - £25/€30

Speedlite 430EXII - £40/€45
Speedlite 270EXII - £25/€30

Also available with cashback are PowerShot and IXUS cameras, Legria camcorders and PIXMA and Sephy printers. For full details visit:
www.canon.co.uk/summercashback 
 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Free repair of EOS 5D mirror detachment ends September 2015

In January 2009, Canon acknowledged that the main mirror of some EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras could detach due to deterioration in the strength of the adhesive. They offered a free repair service for affected products. Reinforcement parts are attached to the right and left sides of the mirror .

Canon has now announced that the free-of-charge repair service will end on 30 September 2015. If you have an EOS 5D with a detached mirror, now is the time to get it repaired. Use the link below to find your nearest Canon repair centre.
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/services_locator/



Free application lets users add text with a sense of perspective to images

Canon  Japan has released an English version of PERSTEXT for the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. PERSTEXT is a free iOS application that provides users with a new way of having fun with their photos. The Japanese language version of PERSTEXT debuted on November 5, 2014 and by the 22nd of the same month reached the number one spot in the free Photo & Video category of the Japan App Store.
PERSTEXT lets you insert dynamic text into saved images, which can then be shared with friends and family via popular social networks, or a printed copy. By enabling the simple creation of images that convey messages with a touch of flare, the application offers new methods of expression and communication.

Flexible perspective layouts with assorted editing functions
Adding text to an image is as easy as entering the text and then tracing on the screen of the device with your finger to insert the text. Changing the degree of angle gives the text perspective and creates a sense of depth. The application also makes it possible to insert text that appears as if it had been written on the floor or the ground. A variety of effects let you change the look and feel of photos. For a fee, additional text effect and mask functions are also available to further expand PERSTEXT’s expressive capabilities.

Images enhanced through the PERSTEXT application can easily be posted to such social networking sites including Twitter™, Facebook™ and Instagram™.

Print to an AirPrint-enabled inkjet printer
The PERSTEXT application provides support for AirPrint-enabled inkjet printers so you can easily print out the images you create.

Support for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

PERSTEXT has been developed for use on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and is available for download from the App Store.
 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Canon launches EF 50mm f1.8 STM

Canon has announced the EF 50mm f1.8 STM, the successor to the popular EF 50mm f1.8 II. The new lens is ideal for portraiture and low-light photography. It can also add an artistic edge to everyday objects and settings, thanks to its wide f1.8 maximum aperture and 50mm focal length.

The EF 50mm f1.8 STM features an improved design, Canon’s super spectra lens coating, a 7-blade aperture and STM technology for smooth, near silent focusing. It is compact, lightweight and affordable.

Explore creative portraiture and low-light photography
It’s easy to capture superb portraits, or bold, artistic photos and movies with the new lens – the wide f1.8 maximum aperture provides precise control over depth-of-field. It gives the creative freedom to pinpoint focus on your subject and let the rest of the frame blend into a smooth blur – instantly drawing the viewer’s attention to a specific area. Additionally, the wide aperture lets more light into the lens, so you can comfortably shoot in darker conditions.

As a prime lens, the fixed 50mm focal length provides high quality results, with enhanced visible sharpness and contrast. When paired with an APS-C EOS, the lens is ideal for portraiture, helping you capture the perfect head and shoulder composition. It’s also a useful every day ‘standard’ lens for full frame EOS cameras and is great at shooting a diverse range of subjects with a natural viewpoint and perspective.

The lens also provides a minimum focusing distance of just 0.35m, allowing you to get even closer to subjects and achieve a greater level of magnification, while the 7-blade aperture delivers beautiful blur and out-of-focus highlights. Providing enhanced image quality when compared to its predecessor, the lens features Canon’s Super Spectra Coating, which minimises internal reflections, as well as ghosting and flare.

The perfect addition to any kit bag
The lens has a compact and lightweight design, weighing a mere 160g and easily slips into your bag adding very little to the overall weight of your kit. The lens’s new external design compliments both Canon’s consumer and mid-range EOS DSLRs, while the new metal mount provides a more robust connection to camera bodies. Additionally, the lens’s manual focusing ring gives you added freedom to control the precise area in focus in your photos and movies.

EF 50mm f1.8 STM key benefits:
·         Fast, virtually silent focusing·         A great performer in low-light conditions
·         Super-sharp image quality
·         Compact ‘go-everywhere’ design

Pricing and availability
·         The EF 50mm f1.8 STM will be available from May with an SRP of £129.99/€189.99



Canon software updates

Digital Photo Professional version 4.2.31
•  adds support for the EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R
•  adds support for the camera's Auto: White priority function in the 'White balance' setting
•  supports the new picture style 'Fine Detail' (with the exception of EOS M3, this can be applied to images captured by all the supported models.)
•  adds a Compositing Tool
•  adds an HDR Tool

EOS Utility version 3.2.21
•  adds support for the EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R

Picture Style Editor version 1.15.20
•  adds support for the EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R
•  adds support for the camera's Auto: White priority function in the 'White balance' setting
•  adds Fine Detail to Base Picture Style (only with images shot on cameras with a Picture Style Fine Detail preset)
•  the maximum/minimum tone curve output can now be changed freely

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



Friday, 8 May 2015

White spotting problem with EOS 750D and 760D

Canon has acknowledged that there is white spotting on an optical layer in front of the image sensor in some of their EOS 750D and 760D cameras.

Under certain shooting conditions, the white spots on the optical layer of image sensor may result in dark circular patterns on the captured image. 

The phenomena does not affect all EOS 750D and 760D cameras. Those which might be affected have serial numbers starting with 01 or 02, as here:
01xxxxxxxxxx or 02xxxxxxxxxx

However, cameras that have a mark inside the battery cover shown in the figure below are not affected even if serial number as above. 

EOS_750D/760D

Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge, regardless of the warranty status. The inspection and repair service will begin on 20 May 2015.

If your product is one of those identified as potentially affected by this phenomenon, you should contact a Canon authorisd service facility:


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Canon Europe launches city guide series

Canon has launched of a series of downloadable and app based city guides that offer fresh perspectives of six cities across Europe - London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam.  The guides invite people to take a fresh look at familiar landscapes and encourage the discovery of hidden locations from unexpected angles.

To curate each exclusive guide, Canon has collaborated with six sets of influencers, local to each selected city. Each personality brings their passion, creative flair and area of expertise to offer their unique perspective on the tour stops mapped out:
•  London - Professional parkour athlete and photographer, Scott Bass
•  Madrid - Fashion and street style blogging duo, Mike & Gabriel of Cup of Couple
•  Amsterdam - Professional photography duo, Andres & Joyce of On a Hazy Morning
•  Berlin - Graphic desiger and blogger, Nina of Smaracuja
•  Milan – Visual street artist, Alice Pasquini
•  Paris – Photographer, Sa├║l Aguilar

All six city guides are available to download via Canon’s dedicated 'Come and See' website, inviting consumers to discover European cities as they’ve never experienced them before. In addition, the website provides consumers with insight into the ‘Come and See’ campaign, including videos featuring the influencers, as well as technology stories and product information.
http://www.canon.co.uk/get-inspired/come-and-see/showcase/

City Guides via Canon Companion Apps
Each city guide will also be featured as part of Canon’s new EOS 760D, 750D and M3 Companion apps, compatible with iOS and Android. Consumers can download and use the app regardless of whether they own the product or not. Users will be able to navigate their way through guides and city maps and gain handy photography tips and advice to inspire and support them in their journey of exploration around each city. The Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Milan guides are available within the app now, with Paris to follow in June.
http://www.canon-europe.com/apps/

Share your travel story
City guide users are encouraged to share their favourite travel photos and experiences with the hashtag #comeandsee



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