Bird Photography Tutorial Videos (by Canon)

CanonUSA on YouTube posted a series of video tutorials with renowned wildlife photographer Arthur Morris as host. The video above is titled “Arthur’s Gear Bag”. The other videos:

Canon Top Japanese Company in US Patent Rankings for Tenth Consecutive Year

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Canon press release:

Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for tenth consecutive year

TOKYO, January 13, 2015—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 12, 2015.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 – 2014

Year Ranking* No. of patents
2014 1st (3rd) 4,055
2013 1st (3rd) 3,817
2012 1st (3rd) 3,173
2011 1st (3rd) 2,818
2010 1st (4th) 2,551
2009 1st (4th) 2,200
2008 1st (3rd) 2,107
2007 1st (3rd) 1,983
2006 1st (3rd) 2,367
2005 1st (2nd) 1,828
* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Note: Number of patents for 2014 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2013 tabulated by Canon based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

New Samyang/Rokinon 135mm Lenses Available for Pre-Order (Updated)

Rokinon 135mm

Samyang/Rokinon’s new 135mm lenses are available for pre-order at B&H Photo and Adorama – price is $549.

Cool gear at an affordable price.

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.0 to 22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus; Manual Aperture Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.6′
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 77mm
  • Removable Lens Hood
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm


Canon Set To Announce A New DSLR Between the EOS 750D and 70D? (CW3)

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I have been told (thanks) that Canon will announce a new APS-C DSLR that will be positioned between the upcoming EOS 750D/Rebel T6i and the existing EOS 70D. The source told me that this will be a 2-digit DSLR, i.e. a DSLR in the xxD line-up. Could this be the mysterious DSLR that we saw in some Canon promo video and pics?

Moreover, I got also word that the EOS 750D should be announced soon, possibly at CP+ next month. I got no candidate announcement date for the new APS-C DSLR that will be positioned between the 750D and the 70D.

Canon’s new (and then latest) APS-C line-up would hence consist of the following cameras:

  • EOS 700D
  • EOS 750D
  • EOS ??D
  • EOS 70D
  • EOS 7D II

I am a bit puzzled because of the naming scheme. If this new APS-C DSLR will be, feature-wise, between the EOS 750D/T6i and the EOS 70D I can hardly figure out the moniker it will have. If it is going to be named 80D it would suggest it is the replacement for the 70D, which is not only far too early (the replacement) but also suggests a camera with new features compared to the 70D. So maybe it will be a specced down version of the 70D. But would that make sense?

What do you think?

About our rumour ratings:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true