Stormscapes 3, another jaw-dropping journey into the world of superstorms

More or less one year ago I featured Stormscapes 2, a time-lapse video by Nicolaus Wegner. Now Wegner published Stormscapes 3, another incredible journey into the world of storms, supercells and other amazing weather phenomenons.

Stormscapes 3 is for those that enjoy the visual aspect of our beautifully unique Blue Marble’s fascinating weather, or those wishing to experience elemental nature in some of its most surreal and chaotic forms. Particularly focusing on severe weather located in the northern high plains region (and adjacent ranges) of the USA. This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.

Wenger notes that “if you suffer from any negative photosensitive reactions to strobing or flashing lights, it might be advisable to skip the night focused lightning sequences” at the end of the video.

[via DIY Photography via Nicolaus Wegner]

More on the Canon vs Grey Market Retailers Legal Action

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Photography Bay posted an update to the Canon vs. grey market retailer legal action started by Canon. Canon USA has filed an amended complaint against F&E Trading, which represents BigValueInc, Electronic Valley and other grey market retailer. According to Photography Bay the amended complaint is about…:

In its Amended Complaint, Canon USA doesn’t really add on any additional egregious actions, but rather takes aim at pinning the alleged misconduct on Albert Houllou, who appears to be the principal owner/operator of F & E Trading.

Canon USA slices out several facts in an attempt to paint Houllou as the real wrongdoer in its trademark violation case. This strategy is a common tactic in lawsuits against companies.

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As someone who used to practice corporate law, I can tell you that it is always a big win to get an individual (typically an owner or executive) on the hook for the wrongdoing (aka “piercing the corporate veil”). This allows the plaintiff (e.g., Canon USA) to hold a person (not just a company) personally liable for the wrongdoing. If you can get at a person’s assets, then you can apply a whole lot more pressure in settlement negotiations or drive them into bankruptcy.

Canon refers to the video below to claim that Mr. Houllou is the sole responsible and in the charge of F&E’s actions.

Photography Bay also published the PDF of the amended complaint (below).

Canon USA v. F & E Trading, LLC

[via Photography Bay]

Canon’s 250MP APS-H sensor is based on column parallel ADC technology

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Do you remember the 250MP sensor Canon showed off last year? I am pretty sure the sensor is based on column parallel ADC technology.

There is an interesting paper presented at ISSCC 2016 (2016 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference) by a team of Canon researchers, with title (thanks Richard)

An APS-H-Size 250Mpixel CMOS Image Sensor Using Column Single-Slope ADCs with Dual-Gain Amplifiers” (H. Totsuka, T. Tsuboi, T. Muto, D. Yoshida, Y. Matsuno, M. Ohmura, H. Takahashi, K. Sakurai, T. Ichikawa, H. Yuzurihara, S. Inoue -Canon, Kawasaki, Japan)

Unfortunately the paper will be presented in January, when the conference takes place, and is not yet available to the public.

I posted a few days ago that Canon filed a slew of patents regarding column parallel ADC technology, and that I got a hint this technology may be implemented in future Canon pro bodies (which in the meantime has been reposted by some sites). I am currently studying more Canon patents that all refer to column parallel ADC technology. Given the sheer amount of such patent, I think it is safe to assume that Canon has some plans with this technology.

2016 will be an exciting year for Canon, with new pro bodies coming (EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS-1D X Mark II) along with the EOS 6D Mark II and possibly a full-frame mirrorless camera. It’s too early to speculate on which cameras Canon will feature a sensor with column parallel ADC technology, but they will. I believe we may see this technology first on the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS-1D X Mark II.

The video below (by Fotografiapuntoit) gives an overview on Canon’s 250MP sensor. Stay tuned for more…

[via Image Sensors World]

Black Friday Canon bundle deals put online again (SL1 + 2 lenses $399, G16 $249, T5i $399)

Black Friday Canon Bundle Deals Put Online Again (SL1 + 2 Lenses $399, G16 $249, T5i $399)

Adorama put online again some of the best Black Friday Canon bundle deals. All Canon kits listed below are bundled with Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer and Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

  • Canon PowerShot G16 on sale for $249 after $350 mail-in rebate (info)
  • Canon Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens on sale for $399 after $150 instant rebate and $350 mail-in rebate (info)
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens on sale for $599 after $150 instant rebate and $350 mail-in rebate (info)
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and EF 75-300mm lens on sale for $399 after $150 instant rebate and $350 mail-in rebate (info)

Canon News Round-up (shooting the moon with 5Ds and 70D, lens reviews, more)

Video above: Finland Timelapse. Shot with Canon 600D, 700D, Sony A7S, Samyang 14mm, Samyang 24mm, Canon 15-85mm, Canon 24-105mm, Canon 100-400mm & Tokina 11-16m,

Various Canon news….

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II image gallery at DPReview

Flickr’s Most Popular Dedicated Camera of 2015 is the Canon 5D Mk III – The Phoblographer

Best lenses for the Canon EOS 5DS R: Best standard zoom & popular prime lens roundup – DXOMark

New Kickstarter Aims to Create a New Pinhole Lens for Cameras – The Phoblographer

How Canon Measured 15 Stops of Dynamic Range on the C300 Mark II – Cinema5D

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 MTF Curves – LensRentals

Who needs a telescope? 50mp Canon 5DS R + Tamron 150-600mm x 1.4x teleconverter = Lunar bliss! – Imaging Resource

Who needs a telescope part II: Going crop-frame with the Canon 70D + Tamron 150-600mm x Sigma 1.4x – Imaging Resource

Canon on Call: We take a tour of Canon’s new Customer Support Center in Albuquerque, NM – Imaging Resource

Trusting in the Canon 5D Mk III: How Kay Brewer captured the wreck of the Peter Iredale – Imaging Resource

Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Review – Photography Blog

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T Sample Images – Photography Blog

First Impressions: Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art (Canon EF Mount) – The Phoblographer

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Canon U.S.A. Officially Announces A Newly Designed Website

We reported about Canon’s new website one month ago. Today Canon published a press release for the new site.

Canon U.S.A. Unveils A Newly Designed Website

MELVILLE, N.Y. — A company’s website is an important tool customers utilize to research products and services in order to make educated purchasing decisions. Canon U.S.A., Inc., has recently launched a new design for its company website, www.usa.canon.com, with a responsive design that offers an inviting and enjoyable experience for its customers. This new design features beautiful, vivid imagery befitting of Canon’s position as a leader in the imaging industry. The website homepage provides an attractive, easy-to-navigate interface with featured content focused on the company’s mission to provide customers with up-to-date product information and knowledgeable insights in the area of digital imaging solutions.

“One of the main goals we wanted to achieve when designing the new website was to help our customers and business partners get to know us better and get a feel for who we are as a company,” states Ellen Pitchford, vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Services Division of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new website enhances the power of the Canon brand and further demonstrates our commitment to our customers and business partners.”

Seamlessly viewable from any compatible device, customers will have access to engaging stories, informative video content and in-depth product details. The new website is optimized to be viewed across a variety of platforms – desktop, tablet or mobile – and makes it easier for visitors to get the information they need no matter what type of compatible device they are using to connect to the Internet.

Built with bringing a fun, intuitive, user-friendly customer experience in mind, features include:

  • The ‘Product Showcase’ section shows visitors the full breadth of product offerings.
  • The ‘Explore’ section demonstrates how Canon products can be used in daily life, workplace and industry settings.
  • The ‘Learning Center’ features tips, tricks and tutorials on how to make the most of Canon’s products.

Visitors also have the option of creating a ‘My Canon’ account, in order to manage their product library, expedite product registration and quickly gain access to order status.

Visit the new website at www.usa.canon.com.

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