Canon Celebrates Milestone With Production Of 110 Million Interchangeable EF Lenses

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Canon press release:

MELVILLE N.Y., July 8, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., will celebrate the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company’s 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras on June 22, 2015 -an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have garnered support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, will set a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced.

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

The 110-millionth EF lens, an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (launched in February 2015), features a minimum focal length of 11mm to achieve the world’s widest angle of view.1 Furthermore, winner of the prestigious Camera Grand Prix Japan 2015 Lens of the Year award,2 the model was recognized for its use of Canon proprietary optical technologies, making possible superb image quality while effectively correcting for aberrations that commonly occur when shooting at the ultra-wide-angle end.

The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models,3 including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography. Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers-from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

For more information and full list of Canon EF lenses, visit:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_ef110mill_miscpage

Revolutionary Canon EF lenses over the years: main features and technologies
Model name Main features and technologies Launch date
EF 300mm f/2.8L USMi World’s firstii use of a lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
USM technology delivers fast autofocusing thanks to its high torque and responsiveness. By converting ultrasonic vibrations into rotational energy, the technology makes it possible for quiet, smooth AF drive performance.
Nov. 1987
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USMiii World’s firstii use of Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
Users can see the results of IS technology through the viewfinder. Delivering high precision and stability for exceptional image stabilization results, this technology expands the possibilities for handheld photography.
Sept. 1995
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USMiv World’s firstii use of a diffractive optical (DO) lens element
Diffraction is an optical phenomenon in which light waves bend as they pass around the edges of an object. DO lens elements use this phenomenon to correct for a variety of aberrations by controlling the path that light travels.
Dec. 2001
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM World’s firstv use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC)
SWC technology minimizes reflections by aligning countless wedge-shaped structures more minute than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of a camera lens.
Dec. 2008
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM World’s firstii use of Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake
Employing a newly-developed algorithm, Hybrid IS optimally adjusts for camera shake based on information gathered by two sensors located in the lens. By precisely driving the optical correction system, the technology simultaneously corrects for angle and shift camera shake.
Oct. 2009
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM World’s firstii fisheye lens to deliver both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye
The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens enables the capture of images with dramatic deformations, exaggerated perspectives and extreme depths of field, making possible images that are significantly distorted, similar to what a fish might see were it to look skyward from under the water surface.
July 2011
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x World’s firstii super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender
Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s lens zoom range can be expanded with a simple one-touch operation even in locations where users are unable to switch lenses.
May 2013
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM World’s firstii lens offering ultra-wide-angle 11mm minimum focal length
In addition to achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11mm, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering superior image-quality performance.
Feb. 2015
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Canon Speedlite 430EX-RT III officially announced ($299, available in September, pre-order available)

Speedlite 430EX-RT III

Canon announced the new Speedlite 430EX-RT III flash. Price is $299 and the new 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015. And as usual no one saw it come :)

The new Speedlite 430EX-RT III flash can be preordered: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

Canon press release

Canon U.S.A. Adds To Flash Lineup With Speedlite 430EX III-RT

New External Flash Unit Features Wireless Flash Shooting and Compact Size

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external flash unit featuring – for the first time in the Canon 430EX series – radio-controlled wireless flash shooting capabilities1 designed to make creative light control more manageable and versatile for photographers of all levels. This third generation Speedlite is a perfect primary flash unit for amateur and advanced amateur photographers looking to create beautiful portraits with Canon digital cameras such as the EOS Rebel T6i, as well as professional photographers looking for a small and lightweight secondary flash.

“Canon is proud to offer outstanding photographic accessories that help enhance a photographer’s overall creative experience when shooting with our EOS DSLR cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a very responsive flash unit having new wireless capabilities that enable users to create more professional lighting effects than if they were to rely on their camera’s pop-up flash alone.”

Featuring enhanced functionality and operability over its predecessor (the Canon Speedlite 430EX II), the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT features wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (similar to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT but slave function only), now with shorter recycling time and quicker firing. This multi-functional flash unit makes more advanced flash shooting easy for any photographer with its intuitive, user-friendly operation, abundant bounce and swivel shooting functions and advanced features including a maximum Guide Number of 43/141 at ISO 100 in meters/feet, auto zooming from 24-105mm, Hi-Speed Sync and Second-curtain Sync. In addition, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT has been reduced in size and weight compared to its predecessor.

Featuring another first for the 430EX series of flash units, the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT also includes an SCF-E2 Color Filter which helps balance color temperature when shooting in incandescent lighting, an SBA-E2 Bounce Adapter that helps soften light while helping suppress shadows, a built-in Catchlight panel, illuminated dot-matrix LCD, new control dial, light distribution options, multi-camera sync shooting, and remote shutter release. Enhanced functions include broader bounce angle range and flash exposure compensation via the new control dial. Also included are two cases – one for the flash and one for the filter and adapter.

Pricing and Availability

The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $299.99*. For more information please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_430ex_iii_rt

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New Canon videos celebrate 10 years anniversary of EOS 5D series

Canon released 2 new videos to celebrate the 10 years anniversary of the company’s winning EOS 5D series. The video below shows highlights of an interview with the developers of the EOS 5D series. You may also be interested in a long series of technical articles dedicated to the EOS 5D and its successors.

The EOS 5D line was a game changer in many aspects. Just think what the EOS 5D Mark II made for videographers. And we are looking forward to another milestone with the upcoming EOS 5D Mark IV.

The latest addition to the EOS 5D series are the Canon EOS 5Ds (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay) and EOS 5Ds R (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay).

[via Photography Blog]

Canon USA announces PIXMA MG3620 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One printer

Canon press release:

Affordable, Multipurpose Printer Offers Improved Printing Experience with Easier Wi-Fi® Setup and Convenient Printing from Compatible Mobile Devices

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 1, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PIXMA MG3620 Wireless1 Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printer for high-quality photo and document printing. Built with convenience in mind for the everyday home user or college student, this new printer has a simpler Wi-Fi setup than in previous models and includes access to the updated Canon PRINT2application, a four-color FINE ink Cartridge system for vivid colors and sharp text, Auto Power On/Off functionality, Auto Two-sided Print, and PictBridge3 printing via Wireless LAN for direct connection to select Canon Digital Cameras.

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Canon publishes list of “recommended lenses” for EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R

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Canon released a list of lenses the company recommend to use with their new EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R. Canon included the EF 50mm f/1.8 but not the new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. Strange.

Zoom Lenses

  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
  • EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x

Wide Angle Primes

  • TS-E 17mm f/4L
  • TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
  • EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Standard Primes

  • EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Telephoto Primes

  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • TS-E 90mm f/2.8
  • EF 100mm f/2 USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
  • EF 200mm f/2L II USM
  • EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
[via TDP]

5ds

Canon EOS 5DS: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Tamron product advisory for Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R live view issue

EOS 5Ds

After Sigma, also Tamron issued a product advisory for some of their lenses having problems with live view mode on the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R.

Tamron press release:

A notice regarding compatibility issues with the EOS 5Ds and the EOS 5DsR, and availability of firmware update service (JUNE 2015)

Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses for Canon. Thank you for being a valued customer of Tamron products.

We have learned that the AF functions of the following interchangeable lenses for Canon do not function in Live View mode when used on the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5DsR which went on sale in June 2015. We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience the issue may cause.

Firmware update service is already available as this is the same case when EOS Rebel T6s and the EOS Rebel T6i were released. Also, Model A011 with the latest firmware for panning shot treatment is compatible and functions properly with these new cameras.

*Please see below for the previous firmware update service announcement regarding EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i and the firmware update service for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for panning shot.

Affected models

  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD(Model F004)
  • 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010)
  • 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)

For those who require firmware update service, please contact our service department.

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