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Thursday, 19 May 2016

See inside Canon's EF 200-400mm lens

See what's deep inside the EF200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. Made up of hundreds of precise mechanical and optical parts, the EF200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is a super telephoto lens that opened up new possibilities for professionals on the front line of sports, nature and news photography. In this YouTube video Canon unveils the precise inner construction of this L lens that has not been visualised before.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQp_0b2umto


Up to £50 cashback this summer on selected Canon products

This summer, Canon is offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland. Plus you could have the chance to capture your own unique perspectives in Dubai. Canon is giving cashback customers the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people.

Cashback is available on EOS 760D, 750D, 700D and 100D digital single-lens reflex cameras, plus the mirrorless EOS M3 and M10. Also included in the summer offer is a range of EF and EF-S lenses, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT, compact cameras, video cameras and PIXMA printers.

To see the entire range of cashback products, visit www.canon.co.uk/summercashback.

The offer runs from 19 May to 31 August 2016 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Terms and conditions apply.


Monday, 16 May 2016

Canon launches '.canon' website

Canon has gone live with a renewed global website employing a web address that departs from the traditional location-specific 'www.canon.com' to the new 'global.canon' proprietary domain name. The launch marks Canon’s first use of the '.canon' top-level domain (TLD) since acquiring it in February 2015.

Because '.canon' can only be used by Canon Group companies and services, visitors to sites that use the new TLD can easily confirm their authenticity and be assured that the information they contain is reliable. Additionally, by leveraging the simplicity of the TLD, which is easy to remember and easy to understand, Canon aims to enhance the Company’s global brand value.

In addition to the English-language version of the “global.canon” website, Canon will introduce other languages to the site in the future to share brand messages and other information globally.

http://global.canon/en/


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Speedlite 600EX II-RT

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT delivers high performance, making it the perfect companion for the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II. Firing up to 50 per cent more flashes continuously compared with its predecessor, and a 100 per cent increase when used with the new CP-E4N external battery pack, it ensures you capture even more of the action. The new and improved heat measure technology prevents overheating and allows longer bursts of flashes.

A guide number of 60 (metres, ISO 100) allows lighting of a subject over a wide range of distances and large areas, ideal for capturing a large group at a wedding, for example. Thanks to a wide lens coverage, from 20mm to 200mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter, you can easily control how light is spread across a subject.

For creative illumination, the flash features a wireless slave function, enabling you to make the most of off-camera lighting. The radio control function, pioneered by Canon, provides further creative freedom, allowing photographers to build mood and atmosphere into a scene at up to 30m away by simulating multi-directional light. Up to 15 Speedlites (including earlier EX-RT models) can be used together off-camera for dramatic multi-flash photography – great when shooting interiors.

For portraiture specialists, the new and included bounce adapter SBA-E3 provides more freedom to bounce light from walls and ceilings for a softer, more natural result, while the rotating bounce flash eliminates unwanted shadows. The new clip-on hard coloured filters further helps when balancing flash with ambient light.

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT is available from June 2016 with an RRP of £539.99 / €719.99.


World’s first AF lens with a built in Macro Lite

Canon has introduced the EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM, a new macro lens for EOS M series cameras. Compact and lightweight, the lens offers unprecedented macro capabilities and includes the world’s first built in Macro Lite, removing shadow and darkness. With the ability to focus on subjects as close as 13mm and a body weighing just 130g, the EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM is the world lightest macro lens for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

The dedicated Macro Lite allows you to bring the lens as close as you need without compromising on light. Used to illuminate small objects up close, it can be controlled by a switch, letting you change the lighting intensity and direction on one or both sides of the Macro Lite.

The lens offers both life-size 1.0x magnification and 1.2x in Super Macro mode. Giving you the flexibility to shoot handheld without camera shake, Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer – which delivers sharp, blur free shots when combined with Hybrid IS technology – also corrects angular camera shake, usually seen when shooting macro.

The EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM is the world’s first autofocus lens which is capable of focusing at both infinity and at 1.2x magnification. The lens includes a seven-blade circular aperture for smooth background blur. For movies, near-silent focusing from the lens STM removes the worry of noise interruption as you shift focus and move through scenes.

The EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is available from June 2016 with an RRP of £294.99 / €399.99.


Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1

The DM-E1 is a compact stereo directional microphone. Designed to complement the movie quality of the EOS range, the DM-E1 is a versatile, high-quality microphone that can be used to capture a range of subjects.

Featuring a classic shotgun design, the DM-E1 provides the ability to adjust the microphone to capture in three different directional patterns. The monaural shotgun mode is best suited for capturing a sound source directly in front of the camera, such as a presenter or reporter, providing some isolation from other sounds from within their environment. Switching to the 90 and 120 degree modes provides stereo sound for sources that are spread over wider areas, such as an orchestra in a concert hall.

The in-built shock mount ensures noise from camera operations and lens zoom are effectively reduced, whilst wind noise is avoided thanks to the windshield. With a 50Hz to 16kHz sound frequency range pick-up, the microphone can capture a wide tonal range, while the 66dB S/N ratio and -42db sensitivity means users have a sensitive microphone with minimal distortion.

The DM-E1 is one of the smallest and lightest microphones of its kind which makes it perfect for shooting on the move. EOS cameras featuring a 3.5mm stereo input socket are compatible, excluding EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS  550D which are not recommended as they do not feature manual volume control.

The Directional Microphone DM-E1 is available from June 2016 with an RRP of £274.99 / €369.99.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Firmware updates for EOS M3 and M10

Firmware Version 1.1.0 for the EOS M3 and M10 improves the autofocus speed for movies when the EF-M 28mm F3.5 IS STM is attached to the camera.

For more information and to download the firmware go to:
http://www.canon.co.uk/support/
and enter the model name of your camera.

When updating the firmware of the camera, review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware. With both cameras you need to check the serial number for compatibility with the firmware – full details are provided by Canon.


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