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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Canon Europe acquires Lifecake

Canon Europe is acquiring London-based digital start-up Lifecake. This brings Canon closer to its ambition to play a part in every image taken no matter what device is being used.

 Lifecake is the company behind the Lifecake photo-sharing app for families, which allows parents to store, organise, share and relive key moments of their children’s lives.  With Lifecake, parents can create photo and video timelines that the whole family can experience on smartphones, tablets, computers and in printed photobooks.

Alberto Spinelli, Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: “Lifecake is an extremely exciting addition to the Canon Group providing a digital service that makes it easy for families to take control of their ever-increasing number of photos. This acquisition fits perfectly with our vision to give everyone taking photos the tools to bring their stories and experiences to life – and engage with them whenever and wherever they choose.”

CEO and co-founder of Lifecake Nicholas Babaian comments: “With the reach and technology of Canon, we’ll strap booster rockets onto our service. At the same time, our team will accelerate the growth of Canon’s digital services ecosystem. But we’re most delighted that our existing and potential customers will know their precious memories are safe with one of the most trusted brands in photography – a company that’s helped families capture and relive moments for nearly 80 years and will continue to do so for generations to come.”

Lifecake is currently available in English language worldwide.  Today sees the launch of additional language versions in French, German, Spanish and Italian.



EOS 7D Mark II firmware update version 1.0.4

Firmware Version 1.0.4 for the EOS 7D Mark II incorporates the following fixes:
1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera's AF function may not operate properly at a focal length of approximately 100mm when used with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, in rare instances, the reduction of the flicker effect cannot be achieved when in AI servo AF mode, despite the 'Anti-flicker shoot' function being set to 'Enable'.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Picture Style settings may not be applied to the captured image when the camera is set to custom shooting mode C1, C2 or C3.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the first still image captured in live view mode may not record the correct date and time.
5. Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, image noise may appear in JPEG images when brightness or contrast is corrected by the Auto Lighting Optimizer function.

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


 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sigma lens issue with EOS 750D and 760D

Sigma has found that Live View Mode cannot be used on the EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / EOS 8000D and EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / EOS Kiss X8i with some of their EOS-mount interchangeable lenses. Sigma will shortly provide a lens firmware update free of charge.

For more information and a list of affected lenses visit:
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/article/notice-to-our-canon-mount-lens-users



Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Calumet Photographic Spring Open Days

Open days from photographic retailer Calumet Photographic are back this spring, taking place at its stores nationwide during April and May.  The open days will offer exclusive demonstrations and special offers for those wanting to improve their photography skills and knowledge.

There will be  a prize draw at every store to win a Manfrotto Befree Tripod. There will also be free sensor cleaning, product demonstrations with experts from top photographic brands including Canon and Fujifilm, and an abundance of great offers and promotions.  This year, Calumet has introduced a weekend open day at Drummond Street to make sure photography enthusiasts don’t miss out.

All open days run from 10am-4pm with the exception of London which runs from 10am-6pm.
·         Thursday 23 April – Belfast (4-6 Boucher Rd, BT12 6HR)
·         Thursday 30 April – Manchester (Charlton Place, M12 6HH)
·         Thursday 7 May – Bristol (7 Montpelier Central, BS6 5EE)
·         Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May – London (93-103 Drummond St, NW1 2HJ)
·         Thursday 21 May – Birmingham (100 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, B16 8LT)

Most brands will be at all events; however, due to limited space some may only be present at the larger stores.  Visitors are advised to check specific details with their local store.

For further information on the Calumet Spring Open Days, please visit:
www.calumetphoto.co.uk/opendays



Thursday, 9 April 2015

Canon receives four 2015 TIPA awards

Canon has been awarded four honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – one of the world’s leading photo imaging and press associations. Every year, the TIPA Awards commend the most outstanding imaging products launched in the past 12 months. In 2015 Canon has once again been recognised for the technical innovations across its diverse product portfolio. The following awards have been granted:
•  Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
•  Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
•  Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
•  Best Easy Compact Camera: Canon IXUS 160, IXUS 165 and IXUS 170



Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Canon 4K cameras for professionals and enthusiasts

Canon has announced its next generation of input-to-output solutions for 4K production workflows. The range includes two new 4K camcorders – the EOS C300 Mark II, a 4K Cinema EOS camera (left) and the XC10, a compact, lightweight 4K video and digital stills camera for aspiring filmmakers. Plus the DP-V2410, a robust 24-inch 4K reference display.

4K quality, creativity and versatility
The EOS C300 Mark II is a new 4K video camera allowing filmmakers and broadcast producers to realise their creative vision in stunning cinematic detail. Building on the success of the EOS C300, the more rugged EOS C300 Mark II features an advanced imaging engine with dual DIGIC DV5 processors, new professional codecs and outstanding dynamic range, making it the most capable, flexible and accessible Cinema EOS video camera to date.

Unleashing 4K recording for enthusiasts
The XC10 is a compact, lightweight video and digital stills camera that brings professional 4K quality to aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. Inheriting many of the Cinema EOS range’s features, the XC10 offers incredible recording versatility and is the ideal solution as a small, stand-alone camera for independent film makers or the perfect accompaniment as a supporting B camera in larger productions.

24-inch 4K Reference Display
The new DP-V2410 has been engineered for use on-set or on-location in both broadcast and cinema productions to provide accurate and reliable output of 4K content, facilitating live shooting for quality control, focusing and exposure confirmation, as well as on-set colour management and grading.




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