Egami (translated) spotted a pretty interesting patent filed by Canon. The patent refers to a transparent mirror technology (aka pellicle mirror), the technology Sony employes on their SLT cameras. This could be a hint about what Canon’s engineers are working on.
- Patent Publication No. 2013-218241
- Publication date 2013.10.24
- Filing date 2012.4.12
- Canon patent
- Pellicle mirror
- The transmitted light image sensor in, I lead the OVF the reflected light
- Reflectance (transmittance) variable
- (Low transmittance) high set the reflectance OVF when, at the time of imaging is set (high transmittance) low reflectance
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III.
Firmware Version 1.2.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
5. Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.
* The phenomenon listed in 2 was addressed with Firmware Version 1.2.1, and has been further improved with Firmware Version 1.2.3.
Firmware Version 1.2.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.1. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
The new Firmware Version 1.2.3 can be downloaded by clicking here.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
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The code is ZOMBIE2143. All discounts expire October 31st at midnight (as far as I know). When checking out add the code to the “Promotion Code” field.
The Canon Direct Store is offering discounts up to 20% on refurbished gear. For instance, the refurbished Canon EOS 6D is just $1,215 (click here) when using the code. Not bad for a 6D refurbished by Canon (don’t forget the coupon code). Other offers that get discounted with the coupon code are refurbished DSLRs, refurbished lenses, and refurbished SpeedLites.
And finally, they have a today only super sale: the ELPH 320 HS compact camera goes over the counter for $112 (click here) instead of $249. Free gifts: a case, a strap and a 4GB memory card. The offer expires October 29th at midnight ET. Unfortunately it appears they have only the blue color option in stock.
The Canon EOS 6D is on offer on Amazon US – get the body only option for just $1573 (click here). That’s a killer price for an authorized Canon dealer. The kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS is $2399 (click here).
Another top deal comes from trusted eBay seller getitidigital (99.5% positive ratings): Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only for mere $2864.99 (click here). New item, free shipping.
Canon Germany announced the upcoming Professional Imaging (ProIG) Roadshow, November 12-26. The roadshow will be held at 5 different spots in Germany:
12. November 2013: Potsdam
14. November 2013: Köln
19. November 2013: Wörth am Main
21. November 2013: München
26. November 2013: Stuttgart
It addresses professional users as well as enthusiast photographers who are using Canon’s high end gear. Registration here. A machine-translated excerpt from the press release:
KREFELD 28 October 2013. Canon today announces its upcoming Professional Imaging (ProIG) roadshow, Canon’s Professional Forum, 2013, at. The ProIG Roadshow takes place from 12 to 26 November 2013 held at five different locations. It is aimed primarily at professional users in different market segments and dedicated amateurs who use high-end equipment. In addition to product demonstrations and live shoots and the entire ProIG portfolio is presented at a glance – from the professional cameras, the EOS-1D series, about XF camcorder, Cinema EOS, and broadcast to Pixma Pro printers, large format printers, projectors, network cameras and Reference 4K displays – the Canon Professional Forum provides an overview of all products and solutions around the topic of professional imaging. Services, such as the Dreamlabo finishing and the Canon Service Center Willich are on tour. There is a lot on offer – entry is free!