Canon U.S.A. Announces 2017 Executive Promotions

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Canon U.S.A. Proudly Announces 2017 Executive Promotions

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 12, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced several senior executive appointments and promotions. Through their collaborative vision for success and dedication to excellence, these individuals have continually delivered the highest level of leadership and commitment to both Canon’s customers and partners, helping the Company to maintain its position as an industry leader.

“Our employees are a tremendous asset to our Company, and we are pleased to begin the year with six hard-earned and well-deserved executive promotions,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “I congratulate these executives, and thank them for their pledge to continued growth and success. With these professionals at the helm, I am confident their merits will drive further success for Canon in 2017.”

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Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for twelve years running

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Well, for sure Canon files an impressing number of patents.

Press release:

Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for twelve years running

TOKYO, January 12, 2017—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2016

Year Ranking* No. of patents
2016 1st (3rd) 3,665
2015 1st (3rd) 4,127
2014 1st (3rd) 4,048
2013 1st (3rd) 3,820
2012 1st (3rd) 3,173
2011 1st (3rd) 2,818
2010 1st (4th) 2,551
2009 1st (4th) 2,200
2008 1st (3rd) 2,107
2007 1st (3rd) 1,983
2006 1st (3rd) 2,366
2005 1st (2nd) 1,829
* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Note: Number of patents for 2016 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Canon release Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.5.20 (support for new cameras, and for older models)

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Canon released a new version of their photo software, Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.5.20. Support for new cameras, and eventually also for older camera models, has been added. This is good news, since now also owners of an EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D etc can use DPP 4.x.

Canon has released a new update to its popular Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP4) software. Version 4.5.20 adds support for older cameras including EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 400D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi), EOS 350D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT), PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100, and PowerShot S100V along with support for the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens.

There are also some bug fixes in the new version.

  • Improved accuracy of the lens data of Digital Lens Optimizer for EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lenses.
  • Fixed the problem where it takes time to display a preview image on the high resolution display.
  • Fixed the phenomenon on the Mac OS in which RAW images imported via remote shooting are not displayed for preview in some cases.

You can download Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.5.20 here. First select your camera and then proceed to the download section.

A Bit of Everything (EOS M5, 5D4, 5Ds, World Press Photo Contest, and more)

Above: Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review – Compact Reach – Dustin Abbott

Canon EOS M5 JPG sample images – The Phoblographer

Word Press Photo Contest:

  • World Press Photo contests open for entries – CPN
  • World Press Photo Contests: 2017 jury announced – CPN
  • World Press Photo: time for a change – CPN

Life’s a jungle: The macro world of Christian Ziegler – Canon Professional Network

JeffAscough on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Canon Professional Network

Christian Anderl on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Filming with clarity and precision – Canon Professional Network

Perfecting the ‘difficult’ shoot with the EOS 5DS – Canon Professional Network

WA photographer invents ‘SpudCamera’ and takes a selfie – WAToday

Paolo Pellegrin on the Canon EOS 5Ds R – Canon Europe

Renowned Magnum photojournalist and Canon Ambassador Paolo Pellegrin talks about his experiences using the new EOS 5D Mark IV for the first time, and how it compares to previous DSLRs in the EOS 5D series.

Master manipulator: Calvin Hollywood on the art of imagery – Canon Professional Network

TIME 100 images recognises Brent Stirton and Michael Nichols – Canon Professional Network

Flight of fancy: Markus Varesvuo on the EOS-1D X Mark II – Canon Professional Network

Up close and personal with the Canon EOS M5 – Gali Tibbon/CPN 

Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM lens review: Updating a classic – DxOMark

Canon EF 135mm f/2L IS Coming in 2017 [CR2] – Canon Rumors

This Photographer 3D Printed a Lens, and the Photos are Fantastic – PetaPixel

How to Test Your Lens – B&H Explora

Below: Aweke –  Zach.Rogers (shot with Canon 7D, Sony A6300, and a few shots from the Canon 5d mrk III and Canon 6D, Tokina 11-16mm, Sigma 30mm, Sigma 85mm, Canon 16-35mm)

War photographer and living legend Don McCullin knighted by the Queen

War Photographer And Living Legend Don McCullin Knighted By The Queen

Don McCullin now is Sir Don McCullin; the British photographer was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Sir Don McCullin, 80 years old, is a living legend in photography. Some say he is the greatest living war photographer. From the Canon Professional Network:

Sir Don, one of the most influential photojournalists in the history of photography, has a career that spans over half a century. His knighthood, which recognises his services to photography, is particularly special for him. “It’s one of those things that you can’t really come to terms with right away,” he remarks. “There I am at 80 years of age and then suddenly this thing is bestowed upon me. I don’t think for a second that it’s going to make the slightest difference to the last few years of my life but it’s a warm and comfortable feeling knowing that my life’s work has been appreciated. I’m very happy about it, of course.”

He continues: “This award honours my father’s name. It’s an honour for my family. Without bragging, I’ve got so many awards but this really is the mother of all of them. At the end of the day I’ve always kept a balance with receiving honours because my work has been concerned about other people’s suffering and lives that have been lost, so I have to be careful about how I talk about this award. It’s a very fine line for me. So the last word on this, is that yes of course I’m thrilled because it means that my life’s work has been recognised.”

Sir Don McCullin, who as far as I know never was a Canon shooter, embraced digital photography in 2013. Sir Don McCullin has always been critical on digital photography. However, in 2013 Canon managed to convince Sir Don McCullin to work on a documentary called “Seeking the Light” (below, he used an EOS 5D Mark III).

Among the many things Sir Don is, he was a war photographer, and not a common one. The video below is a short interview with Sir Don on war, humanity and journalism.

To learn more about Sir Don McCullin head over to Wikipedia.