Canon launches new global website using new ‘.canon’ top-level domain name

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Press release:

Canon launches renewed global website using new ‘.canon’ top-level domain name

TOKYO, May 16, 2016—Canon Inc. announced that the Company has gone live today with a renewed global website employing a web address that departs from the traditional location-specific “www.canon.com” to the new “global.canon” proprietary domain name. The launch marks Canon’s first use of the “.canon” top-level domain1 (TLD) since acquiring it in February 2015.

Because “.canon” can only be used by Canon Group companies and services, visitors to sites that use the new TLD can easily confirm their authenticity and be assured that the information they contain is reliable. Additionally, by leveraging the simplicity of the TLD, which is easy to remember and easy to understand, Canon aims to enhance the Company’s global brand value.

Canon begins using new “.canon” top-level domain

The TLD “.canon,” which makes use of Canon’s company name in the right-most side of the web address, is based on the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Program.2 With the launch today of the “global.canon” website,3 Canon is providing information to a global audience with a new online presence.

Canon renews global website

Canon conducts business activities around the world, providing information and services over the Internet to not only the Company’s customers, business partners and shareholders, but to all stakeholders in countries and regions across the globe. In addition to the English-language version of the “global.canon” website launched today, Canon will introduce other languages to the site in the future to share brand messages and other information globally.

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Canon patent for EF-M 15-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

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A Canon patent for what appears to be another possible kit lens for the EOS M system, a EF-M 15-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

I do not think Canon will release another kit lens for the EOS M, after the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the newer EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. Guess this is one of the many patents that never will hit the market.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-75742
    • Published 2016.5.12
    • Filing date 2014.10.3
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 2.94
    • Focal length 16.00 27.43 47.04
    • F-number 3.62 4.50 5.82
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 37.55 26.47 16.19
    • Image height 12.30 13.66 13.66
    • Overall length of the lens 78.86 74.05 77.88
    • BF 20.48 27.14 37.06
[via Egami]

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III set to be announced next month? [CW4]

Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III Set To Be Announced Next Month? [CW4]

New reports suggest the replacement for the highly regarded EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens may be announced in June 2016.

The upcoming Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III will for sure top the lens it replaces. Quoting the source of the rumor:

A person who has used the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III says it’s every bit as good as the recent L offerings from Canon and “solves the most glaring weaknesses of the current version.”

I think this rumor has a high probability to be reliable. Stay tuned…

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV coming with 32MP and 24MP mode? (no, it’s not)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Coming With 32MP And 24MP Mode? (no, It’s Not)

This so called rumor was posted to a forum 3 days ago and has now been picked up and pushed to be an EOS 5D Mark IV rumor. It’s not reliable in my humble opinion.

The forum entry says:

I’ve just had a friend of mine (who works for Canon) suggest that although they’ve had no “official” info, his Rep said the 5d4 will be at photokina this year and he hinted at 32mp with 24mp mode. He hadn’t heard anything about a new battery though.

In my experience it never happened that a forum entry turned out to say something reliable about an upcoming product.

I wouldn’t normally post such stuff but it’s making the rounds since some sites picked it up and unfortunately are pushing it as rumor. Sorry guys, it’s nothing to write home about.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is expected to be announced in August (ready for Photokina) and to be available in October. We should soon have some reliable leaks and maybe even some pics. Stay tuned on Canon Watch to know more.

Price increases for Canon gear coming June 2016, up to 12%? [CW4]

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I’ve been told by a good source that starting June 1, 2016 there will be a price increase on select Canon imaging products.

Effective of 1st June there will be a general price increase by 2.7% on all imaging products, with some exceptions. Six mid-range DSLR models will see an increase between 6% and 11.5%, and 38 lenses will increase between 11% and 12.7%.

Why Canon is increasing prices wasn’t told to me. I guess it has to do with financial results, or weak Yen, or whatever. Stay tuned, and do not miss the select deals I post here on CW.

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM and SPEEDLITE 600EX II-RT overview videos

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Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM at a glance:

  • World’s lightest macro lens and features Image Stabilization for EOS M series digital cameras.
  • World’s first lens with a built-in Macro Lite which, when enabled, automatically supplies light to your photos as needed, helping to provide a better sense of depth and dimension.
  • World’s first autofocus lens capable of focusing at infinity in normal shooting and macro shooting with up to 1.2x magnification.
  • Hybrid IS helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lensesà help deliver outstanding results at all zoom settings by reducing chromatic aberration.
  • Equivalent to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) for flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes, macro distances and beyond.
  • Acute lens top shape helps provide accurate image capture even at short working distances.

Just a bunch of videos to showcase and introduce the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens for EOS M system, world’s lightest macro lens with a buit-in LED ring, and Canon’s new flagship flash, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT. Both are available for pre-order and will ship in a few weeks.

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM appears to a pretty cool lens. Not only it is very affordable ($299.99) but it also has the totally cool feature of built-in leds. And it is lightweighted (it’s all plastic, even the mount). This lens will soon be part of my EOS M kit!

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

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