May 23, 2014
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Canon Announces Patent Infringement Complaints In Germany

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Canon press release:

TOKYO, May 23, 2014—Canon today announced the filing of two patent infringement complaints in Germany with the District Court of Düsseldorf against “wta Carsten Weser GmbH” and “KMP PrintTechnik AG” for infringement of the German portion of Canon’s European patent 2 087 407 relating to a drum unit and a process cartridge by, inter alia, the manufacturing, offer and sale of certain toner cartridges for use in various models of Canon and Hewlett-Packard German laser beam printers. Canon is seeking injunctive relief and damages. 

Throughout the development, sales and marketing process, Canon respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and individuals and expects others to do the same. Canon remains committed to taking legal action against anyone who does not respect Canon’s intellectual property rights.

May 23, 2014
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Super Hot Deal: Canon EOS 70D w/ 18-135mm IS STM, PIXMA Pro-100, And More Accessories – $1,185

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That’s a pretty hot deal B&H Photo put online.

You can get the Canon EOS 70D with the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens, a PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer plus $88 of accessories (see below) for just $1,184.95 after a $400 mail-in rebate.

The other included accessories are: Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag, Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery,  SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card

May 23, 2014
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Canon Australia Loses Profit In 2013, Reduces Employees In 2014

Canon Rumor

Canon Australia will cut its staff by 10% in 2014 as result of having reduced the profit from $38.6 million in 2013 to just $4.1 in 2013. That’s a huge loss!

Canon will outsource some of the roles covered by approximately 100 staff in ‘administration and back-office support jobs’ to business process management firms Genpact and Convergys, and is reported as saying the restructure will ‘streamline its office operations to increase efficiencies and better serve its customers’.

The whole story can be read at Photocounter Australia.

[via CR]

May 22, 2014
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Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens – $289 (Adorama, Update)

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8

 

Sorry, the deal appears to be over.

Good deal live at Adorama: the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens on sale for $289 $315.

May 22, 2014
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Canon EOS C300 Gets Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus Upgrade

Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus

The amazing Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus technology Canon first implemented on the EOS 70D is now available on the Canon EOS C300.

Canon press release:

Available soon from Canon will be an accredited Canon service center installed feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF autofocus Lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to help reduce out of focus video while providing for smooth focus transitions and assist users when operating with small crews.

The accredited Canon service center installed feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera is targeted at users who regularly shoot with smaller crews, who shoot moving subjects, or who want smoother, more natural-looking autofocus. Specific markets include documentary filmmakers, electronic news gathering, sports productions, weddings and similar special events, nature and wildlife, and many others.

To use and enjoy this milestone technology by Canon you don’t have to break your bank and get a $14,000 C300, it’s already available on the prosumer-oriented Canon EOS 70D. I am using the EOS 70D everyday while on the road in India (together with the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM). I am working on a review while abroad, first samples shot with the EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 can be seen here.

Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus

Canon EOS C300

May 21, 2014
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Don’t Miss This: CPN Interview With Master Of Film Jean-Luc Godard (English & other languages)

Jean-Luc Godard

The Canon Professional Network posted a story (with videos and more) you really shouldn’t miss: an interview with film-legend Jean-Luc Godard about his last movie, Adieu au langage.

The story is available also in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch.

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