Canon UK celebrates 40th anniversary today

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Canon press release:

Canon UK celebrates 40th anniversary

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 21 June 2016 – Canon UK, a leader in imaging solutions, today marks the company’s 40th anniversary with a birthday celebration for all 2,000 employees who will also receive an extra day off to celebrate their own birthdays.

Canon Business Machines was established in the UK on 21st June 1976 when the key focus was on sales of calculators, micrographic equipment and photocopiers for the business market. In 1982, Canon merged with a separate camera sales operation to create Canon UK, as it is now known, growing to become a leader of digital imaging solutions for office and home environments.

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Canon “AE-1” camera – launched in 1976, that’s 40 years ago

Dave Newell, a long-serving Canon employee who joined the company in 1982 said: “It’s brilliant to work at a company like Canon. There is a great atmosphere and staff are treated as valued members of the team, rather than just cogs in a wheel. When asked why I have chosen to stay at one company for so long, I have to say that it’s not the same company – the business continually transforms in really exciting ways to support the changing needs of our customers.”

When Canon first came to the UK it operated from a house in Croydon but now has offices across the country including the award winning head office in Reigate (Surrey) as well as London, Birmingham, Livingston (Scotland) and Belfast where today’s anniversary will be celebrated.

Throughout the period, Canon has continued to evolve and enhance its broad offering to create exciting technologies that continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of imaging, including developments in broadcast, production print, photography and office solutions.

When Canon UK was established the latest product was the “AE-1”, the world’s first 35mm AE SLR equipped with a central processing unit (CPU) and seen as a pioneer of automated and computerised cameras. With its strong ongoing investments in R&D, Canon remains a creator of ground breaking new technologies, such as a 250-megapixel CMOS sensor, the world’s highest pixel count for its size.

Canon’s ongoing passion for the power of image has extended and grown into new markets such as 3D print and Network Video Solutions ensuring that the demands of customers are met today and into the future.

Venus Optics Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T3.2) full review

Venus Optics Laowa STF 105mm F/2 (T3.2) Full Review

Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (B&H Photo | Adorama) at a glance:

  • Canon EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 (T3.2) to f/22
  • One Apodization Element for Smooth Bokeh
  • Three Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Extra Refractive Index Element
  • Manual Focus and Manual Aperture Ring
  • Dual Diaphragms: 8- and 14-Blades

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott posted the full review of the Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T3.2) lens. We featured his first impression last week. The manual focusing Laowa STF (Smooth Trans Focus) 105mm f/2 (T3.2) is made by Venus Optics and was announced back in March 2016. It’s currently available for pre-order at $699 (B&H Photo | Adorama).

The 18 minutes video below is the full review, which can also be read on Dustin Abbott’s site.

In the conclusion he writes:

Some lenses are safe and easy, while some are higher risk/higher reward. The reward from the Loawa STF (Smooth Trans Focus) 105mm f/2 (T3.2) is the ability to create beautiful images from a lens with a very nice resolution-to-bokeh ratio. Laowa refers to this lens as the “bokeh dreamer”, and while I don’t know how much the lens has influenced my dreams, I can certainly verify that it produces soft, beautiful bokeh that lacks hard edges (particularly in the background). This is a great portrait focal length on full frame, and you have the ability to produce very nice portraits with the lens with a little more flexibility in controlling aperture and depth of field. The focal length is good for a number of things, including landscape shooting. The lens also sports a very nice quality build that punches well above its price point. It is worth noting that the two alternatives to this lens on the market (Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 and Sony 135mm f/2.8) are both nearly twice as much as the $699 asking price of the Laowa, so if you’ve wanted to experiment with an APD/STF lens, this is definitely the lowest cost of entry. Read the review…

You may also be interested in what Dustin Abbott thinks about build quality and handling of the Laowa 105mm f/2.

Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (B&H Photo | Adorama)

Laowa STF 105mm f/2

Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 DO in the works, patent suggests

70-200mm F2.8 DO

A Canon patent for a 70-200mm F2.8 DO (Diffractive Optics) lens. The patent was spotted by Egami, and they suggest this lens could hit the market before 2020, as replacement for the Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS.

It’s also suggested that this lens is 8K ready, i.e. ready to work with an 8K DSLR.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-80877
    • Published 2016.5.16
    • Filing date 2014.10.17
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.69
    • Focal length 72.15 134.00 193.98
    • F-number 2.91 2.91 2.91
    • Angle of view 16.69 9.17 6.36
    • Image height 21.64
    • The total lens length 223.50 223.50 223.50
    • BF 45.35 45.35 45.35
  • [0006] Conventional full high definition (number of pixels 1920 × 1080, pixel size number .mu.m) If image quality equivalent was sufficient in the conventional example as described in patent documents mentioned above. However, Super Hi-Vision (the number of pixels 8000 × 4000, pixel size 1μm before and after) for the future sought image quality, such as, is not sufficient in the imaging performance of conventional zoom lens. Therefore, further improvement of performance (in particular, reduction of the chromatic aberration amount) is required.
  • Canon patent
    • DOE ( diffractive optical element )
    • Inner zoom (Examples 2 and 3)
    • Inner focus
    • Floating (Examples 1, 4)
[via Egami]