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July 17, 2014
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Canon Supports Broadcast Professionals With New Standards At IBC 2014

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Canon to support broadcast professionals in setting new standards at IBC 2014
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 July 2014 – Canon today announces the details of its presence at IBC, the leading global tradeshow for media and broadcast professionals held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. An IBC exhibitor for more than three decades, Canon will be showcasing its entire line-up of broadcast solutions and technologies, including the recently announced CN7x17 KA S – the company’s first-ever cinema lens to feature a servo drive unit.
With growing consumer demand for Ultra High Definition content, there’s never been more focus on the industry to provide the equipment and services required to move professional broadcasting to the next generation. To reflect this, visitors will be able to experience Canon’s full range of cutting-edge solutions as well as live demonstrations including 4K output from studio camera configurations and live colour grading enabled by its 4K reference monitors.“We’ve already seen some dramatic shifts in the industry this year and Canon’s presence at IBC 2014 is a reflection of changing times,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “The bar for quality content is rising every year. Canon is at the forefront of the creative industry, providing products and solutions that professionals need to craft outstanding content, whether in HD or 4K. Helping our customers to capture and tell stories has never been more important. The portfolio of products, and expertise, we’re displaying this year is a demonstration of the tools that they are using to set new standards every day.”

Highlighting the company’s commitment to providing an unrivalled choice of creative products and solutions, attendees can experience Canon’s extensive range of professional lens and camera technologies, including the full power of its optics portfolio. Broadcast professionals will be able to get hands-on with over 100 lenses and a vast array of focal lengths and types, from ENG to cinema to EF lenses. The stand will also display the entire line-up of Canon’s X-series camcorders, providing visitors the opportunity to touch and try the recently announced XF205 and XF200, as well as the company’s pioneering range of Cinema EOS products.

In addition to Canon’s on-stand experts, a selection of independent industry professionals will also be on-hand to present on an exciting array of topics, sharing their experiences of using Canon products and answering visitors’ questions.

Canon’s stand location at IBC 2014 will be Hall 11, Stand E50.

For more information regarding Canon’s professional products and services please visit, http://cpn.canon-europe.com/

July 15, 2014
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Canon Moves Up In Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands Ranking

Global Green Brands Ranking

Canon Europe press release:

Canon moves up in Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands ranking
London, 14 July 2014 – Canon, world-leader in imaging solutions, has risen to 26th place on the latest Interbrand Best Global Green Brands list, up from 30th place in 2013. The Interbrand report highlights Canon’s implementation of sustainable practices in 2012, including reducing CO2 emissions over entire product life cycles by nearly three times the company’s target, and collecting 310,000 tons of used toner cartridges globally since 1990, consequently reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 450,000 tons and avoiding the need for 201,000 tons of new resources.
The annual Interbrand Best Global Green Brands report is based on consumer research designed to examine the gap that exists between a brand’s environmental performance and consumers’ perceptions of that performance. In Canon’s case, that perception has improved considerably and the Gap Score has narrowed to +3.8 from +6.56 in 2013.Susan Stuart, Sustainability Director, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Our commitment to sustainability helps us add value to customers in meeting their own business and sustainability goals. It connects us to society by enabling people to capture, document and record the world around them.”“Sustainability is a strategic imperative for Canon which is embedded deeply within our culture, as well as in our strategy and how we do business. Our approach is based on the Canon corporate philosophy of Kyosei, a Japanese word that means living and working together for the common good.”

Only companies featured on Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands list are considered for the Best Global Green Brands report. To become one of the top 50 Best Global Green Brands, organisations must perform well in terms of both sustainability performance and consumers’ perception of it.

July 14, 2014
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Free Adobe Lightroom 5 Book “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”

Adobe Lightroom 5 Book

The folks at Photofocus made a new book about Adobe Lightroom 5 (published 24 Jun, 2014), and are giving it away for free until August, 1st.

The new book is called “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”. It is 236 pages long and you’ll find practical advice and expert tips. The book has interactive slideshows, resizable photos, and embedded video (only the iBook version).

Are you looking to make your photos great?  Join the gurus from Photofocus as they share practical advice on how to develop fantastic images with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  This comprehensive guide is written by five top experts (with more than 75 books between them).  They’ll help you explore the full features of Lightroom’s Develop module and show you hidden secrets and time-saving techniques.

You can download the book via iTunes store (650MB), or read it on Scribd. Head over to Photofocus for download and instructions.

Adobe Lightroom 5 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

July 12, 2014
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10 Canon 400mm Lenses Used To Detect The Faint Structures Of The Universe

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The Dragonfly with 8 lenses mounted – image © Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Thanks Chris

Dragonfly is a project by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Toronto, Canada. It consists in a multi-lens array designed for ultra-low surface brightness astronomy at visible wavelengths. It uses 10 commercially available Canon 400mm lenses. The lenses in the picture above seem to be Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lenses.

The project was commissioned in 2013. The lens array should be capable of detecting the obscure and utterly complex structures that can be found around a galaxy:

According to Cold Dark Matter (CDM) cosmology, structure in the Universe grows from the “bottom up”, with small galaxies merging to form larger ones. Evidence of such mergers can be seen in faint streams and filaments visible around the Milky Way Galaxy and the nearby M31 galaxy.

Dragonfly is used to find those structures. How does it work?

Dragonfly is designed to reveal the faint structure by greatly reducing scattered light and internal reflections within its optics. It achieves this using ten, commercially available Canon 400mm lenses with unprecedented nano-fabricated coatings with sub-wavelength structure on optical glasses.

The Dragonfly project is funded by DAA Prof. Roberto Abraham’s NSERC Discovery Grant, with initial funds provided by the Dunlap Institute and Yale University, and an NSERC equipment grant awarded in 2013.

For more information head over to the Dunlap Institute’s site.

 

 

July 12, 2014
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Canon Supports National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Stands in Support of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at Yankee Stadium

Annual Canon Promotional Night Shows Commitment to Protecting Our Children

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 10, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, hosted the Company’s annual Promotional Night at Yankee Stadium on July 1 with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the New York Yankees. During a pre-game ceremony before the Yankees’ game against Tampa Bay, Ana Tavares, vice president, Finance & Accounting, Canon U.S.A., presented John Walsh, co-founder of NCMEC and John Arnos, NCMEC advisor, with a check in the amount of $508,213, representing the cumulative total of monetary and product donations Canon assisted in raising in 2014. As part of the celebration, the first 18,000 fans that entered the stadium received a Canon and Yankees branded baseball cap.

“Each year we enjoy Canon Promotional Night at Yankee Stadium with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the New York Yankees because it is a night where we celebrate the efforts made to help bring missing children home,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. “Canon has been a sponsor of NCMEC for over 15 years and is proud to continue to support their mission of reuniting children with their loved ones.”

“We’re so grateful to Canon for its commitment to child safety and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,” said John Ryan, president and CEO, NCMEC. “They’ve been a dedicated partner for 17 years, providing technical and financial support that I know has helped save lives and reunite families, and I look forward to continuing that work with Canon by our side.”

Since 1997, Canon and NCMEC have worked together to raise awareness about the issue of missing and exploited children through the Canon4Kids program. As part of the Canon4Kids program, Canon has donated more than 2,200 pieces of equipment, including digital cameras, fax machines, printers and scanners, which have been distributed to law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. The program educates parents and guardians about how a current digital photograph is one of the most important tools to help locate a missing child.

For more information about the Canon4Kids program, visitwww.usa.canon.com/Canon4Kids.

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July 11, 2014
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Canon Japan Announces New Compact Network Cameras

Canon Japan

Canon Japan (translated) announced new compact and small network cameras for monitoring. There is also a free application that enables camera operation by using a line or 3G (Wi-Fi) wireless LAN,

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