Canon forced to halt production of some products owing to the impact of Japan earthquakes

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In a statement issued to Amateur Photographer, Canon says that while there have been no injuries among Canon employees, the recent earthquakes in Japan had an impact on the production chain due to the damages experienced by companies that supply parts. Quoting:

Canon makes clear that it has been forced to halt production of some products owing to the impact of the earthquakes on companies that supply parts, and the effect on infrastructure.

However, the statement emphasises that there have been no serious injuries to Canon employees or their families, and no significant damage to the company’s building or facilities.

Canon adds that the current impact on the company’s business is ‘minimal’, though the future situation is still being assessed.

Canon made a donation of 10 million yen (approx. $92,600) to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

[via Amateur Photographer]

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens review (a small and deadly lens)

Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review (a Small And Deadly Lens)

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM at a glance:

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 38mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Optimized Lens Coatings
  • STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
  • Micro-Stepping Drive Aperture Mechanism
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Slim Design Measures Less Than 1″-Thick

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott posted a comprehensive video review (12 minutes) about one of Canon’s newer pancake lenses for APS-C DSLRs, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. You can also check a gallery of sample pictures here. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM was tested on a Canon EOS 80D (see DPReview’s impression here). The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM delivers a lot of bang for the bucks, selling at $149.

Says Dustin Abbott:

Canon’s little EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is an incredible little weapon for your APS-C (crop sensor) arsenal.  It is less than inch long but is one of Canon’s sharpest EF-S lenses (second only to the excellent EF-S 60mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens).  Highly portable, fast and accurately focusing, and with a reasonable price tag.  This lens is pretty much a no-brainer if you are a Canon crop sensor shooter. Read the review…

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

It’s thin, isn’t it?

[via Dustin Abbott]

Canon EOS 80D review (best raw dynamic range of any APS-C Canon camera, DPReview reports)

Canon EOS 80D Review (best Raw Dynamic Range Of Any APS-C Canon Camera, DPReview Reports)

Canon EOS 80D: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

Photographic authority DPReview posted their exhaustive review of Canon’s new mid-level, enthusiast-oriented EOS 80D. As seen before, Canon developed a new sensor tech with much better dynamic range than previous sensors. In fact, DPReview states that the EOS 80D has the best raw dynamic range of any APS-C Canon camera.

From the conclusion:

As an upgrade from the 70D, there’s a lot to like about the 80D, but possibly not enough to warrant trading up, unless you’re interested in video. however if you’re considering upgrading from a Rebel camera, the 80D is an excellent and natural progression in Canon’s DSLR family. And if you’re considering the 80D against the 7D Mark II, the choice is less clear and mostly boils down to what you value more, a better AF system and AF ergonomics (in the 7D Mark II), or better dynamic range,  an articulating touchscreen, and that impressive Dual Pixel AF system.


A very well-rounded camera, the 80D’s main appeal centers around ease-of-use. It is well-constructed, offers ample control points, and an easy-to-use design. Its image quality lags slightly behind the best cameras in this class (the main reason it did not earn our highest award), but overall it’s still extremely competitive. We’re very encouraged to note that the 80D offers the best raw dynamic range of any APS-C Canon camera to date. Read the review…

The Canon EOS 80D is now shipping everywhere.

Canon EOS 80D: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA


Still Live: Canon EOS 80D killer deal, bundle with PIXMA Pro-100 Printer an 64GB card – $849

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This great deal is still live! Authorised Canon retailer BuyDig on eBay (98.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 80D bundled with PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, photo paper, and a 64GB memory card on sale at $849 after $350 mail-in rebate. Compare at $1,199 for the EOS 80D alone, without printer etc. And it comes with 1 year Canon USA warranty.

This works because BuyDig is an authorised Canon retailer, and hence you can claim $350 mail-in rebate (instructions). If you are comfortable with MIRs then this is a killer deal!

More Canon deals on eBay.

Canon Powershot G9 X awarded prestigious Red Dot international design award

Canon Powershot G9 X Awarded Prestigious Red Dot International Design Award

Canon PowerShot G9 X: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon’s Powershot G9 X premium compact camera got the “Red Dot” design award.

Canon press release:

Canon Powershot G9 X premium digital compact camera awarded prestigious Red Dot international design award

TOKYO, April 27, 2016—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company’s Powershot G9 X premium digital camera was honored for design excellence, winning the Red Dot Design Award: Product Design 2016. The internationally recognized “Red Dot” is organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein, a design institution based in Essen, Germany.

The Powershot G9 X features a compact, lightweight design, a 28-84 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens and a 1.0 inch image sensor. Its luxury design, characteristic of a premium compact camera, features a touch-panel LCD and a control ring for intuitive operability that makes possible the effortless capture of high-quality images and video.

Encouraged by the recognition of the Company’s design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.

About the Red Dot Design Awards

The Red Dot Design Awards, founded in 1955, are among the most prestigious design awards in the world. Separated into three categories—Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept—the awards are presented to the most outstanding designs for products launched within the past two years. This year, companies and designers from 57 countries and regions submitted a total of 5,214 entries to the Product Design category, which were reviewed based on nine criteria, including level of innovation, functionality and ergonomics, by a panel of internationally renowned design professionals.

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