Pic Of The Day: My Neighbors In Old Manali (EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8)

Old Manali

35mm, 1/800, f/2, ISO 100

Neighbors #6 by CW Steve on 500px

Unfortunately I had an accident with the motorbike while travelling to Ladakh. I injured my left hand and now I am stuck here in Old Manali, India, for some time. I spend most of the day walking around this mountain village, chatting with the people and taking pictures.

The pic above is one of my favourites so far. Shot with the Canon EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Perfect Photo Suite 8.

Canon Sustainability Report 2014 Published

Canon Sustainability Report

Canon published their Canon Sustainability Report 2014.

Press release:

Notice regarding the publication of Canon Sustainability Report 2014

Canon Inc. is pleased to announce that it has published Canon Sustainability Report 2014, which introduces various activities carried out by the Canon Group in 2013.

The Canon Group promotes its CSR activities in line with the basic policy of contributing to the realization of a better society as a good corporate citizen, effectively leveraging the company’s advanced technological strengths, global business deployment and diverse, specialized human resources.

This year’s report highlights the company’s initiatives aimed at reducing CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle along with examples of Canon products contributing to society in such categories as medical equipment, network cameras and mixed reality. It also presents Canon’s support for local communities hardest hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake through the Tsuzuri Project, which promotes the preservation and practical use of precious cultural assets, and introduces activities being carried out by Canon Wind, a special subsidiary, to expand job opportunities for persons with disabilities. Additionally, targeting improved reliability and objectivity, the report includes a third-party verification on the Canon Group’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Aiming to become a corporate group that keeps growing together with communities and society, Canon will continue pursuing CSR initiatives in accordance with the needs of each country and region.

Canon Sustainability Report 2014 is now available for download from the Canon CSR website in a PDF format. Separate PDF files are also available by individual topic.

Note: Canon Sustainability Report 2014 is not available in printed booklet form.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Video Review (DigitalRev)

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM (16-28.8mm equivalent) is one of those lenses where Canon shows what they can do (when they want) and how much engineering skills they have when it comes to lenses. DigitalRev’s Kai reviews the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM in a hands-on video review.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM was announced a few weeks ago, and is a high performing ultra-wide angle lens for APS-C DSLRs at a bargain price. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM sells for $299/€280 and is in stock almost everywhere (check links below). Kudos to Canon for making such a good lens and for selling it at an affordable price.

Photozone‘s verdict on the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM:

[…] Canon showed once more that the quality crown still belongs to DSLR systems – even and especially regarding low cost lenses. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM may be very slow but it is darn sharp in the relevant aperture range. In fact it is every bit as good as the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM here … at half the price! The amount of lateral CAs is well controlled. In critical scenes (e.g. architecture) you will be able to spot some barrel distortions at 10mm but we’ve seen a lot worse here. The only significant weakness is vignetting especially at 10mm.

At a price of $299 the EF-S 10-18mm delivers a lot of band for the bucks!

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6

Product description after the break.


Canon USA Introduces Mobile Print Solution for Android And HP Slate Devices

Mobile Print Solution

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Canon Print Service, Mobile Print Solution for Android Version 4.4 (KitKat) and HP Slate Devices

Delivers Easy-to-Use Solution for Current and Future Customers to a Variety of imageCLASS, PIXMA, imageRUNNER, and imageRUNNER ADVANCE Systems

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 7, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced Canon Print Service, a mobile print offering that enables users to print from any Android version 4.4 (KitKat) enabled devices as well as select HP Slate devices to select Canon models. Canon Print Service works on top of Android’s recently announced printing framework and enables users to print their business documents, personal documents and photographs to Canon printing systems over a wireless network. The addition of Canon Print Service to Canon’s mobile solutions portfolio expands easy Android device printing support.

Canon Print Service is an ideal solution for existing and new Canon customers, as users who already own compatible Canon systems don’t need to upgrade their printers, nor download new driver software. Users will enjoy printing with options, including paper size, number of copies and orientation, to name a few.

“As the growth in mobility among individuals and businesses around the world expands exponentially, Canon U.S.A. continues to deliver to our customers the technology they need to remain productive and successful,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “With the release of Canon Print Service, we are demonstrating our commitment to existing Canon customers especially by offering them a valuable solution they didn’t have when they originally bought their product.”

The Android KitKat plug-in can be downloaded from the Google Play Store at:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.canon.android.printservice.plugin.

The HP Slate plug-in can be downloaded from the Google Play Store at:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.canon.android.print.printserviceplugin.g.

To learn more about Canon Print Service, including model support, please visit:http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/mobile_printer_plugin.