February 4, 2013
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Visit To Canon’s Oita Factory (home of all EOS DSLRs and EF lenses)

Visit To Canon's Oita Factory

Mr. Ritsuo Mashiko – Image courtesy: Exposure Magazine

That’s the same factory where the Canon EOS 6D is made, the factory is located in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Exposure Magazine was invited to visit the factory. They were welcome by Mr. Ritsuo Mashiko, head of the Canon factory in Oita. All started in 1982, with a first factory built in in Aki, near the Oita airport. In 2005 the new factory began to work.

This is the factory where the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs), Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), EOS 7D (price & specs), Canon EOS M (price & specs), and all the other digital EOS DSLRs are manufactured, where the Cinema EOS camera line-up is produced, all Legria and XF series camcorders are made, and all EF lenses too. But there is more: The Oita factory is also the place where Canon builds and tries out prototypes and deploys technological pilot projects. Moreover, advanced automation techniques are applied in the production chain. The know-how developed in automation goes so far that visitors are not allowed to take pictures:

“All automation came from ourselves and we did it ourselves,” said Mashiko. It is acceptable that to keep the secrecy, visitors are not allowed to take pictures in the factory, except in the area of guest reception and cafeteria.

The design of the automation process is based on a cell based production (i.e. the assembly stages are grouped together according to the similarity of parts of the parts that get assembled, or the tasks that are performed; each cell is an autonomous steps that lead to the finished product) and involves men and machines. Unmanned vehicles go from one assembling area to the next. Clearly, being this a factory where highly sensitive opto-electronic equipment is manufactured, everything has to be clean and dust free.

One interesting thing in Canon Oita factory is that it is clean, no dust at all. It could be cleaner than hospital. Workers wear special white shoes in the factory, and visitors are asked to wrap their shoes with plastics provided by the factory.

This is the same factory I reported about a few days ago, the factory where the Canon EOS 6D is assembled and packaged in 40 minutes.

[via Exposure Magazine]

Visit To Canon's Oita Factory

Entrance to the Oita factory – Image courtesy: Exposure Magazine

February 3, 2013
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First Preview Of The Upcoming Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS 1.4x

It has yet to be announced, we are waiting for it since long, but photographer Joshua Holko had the exclusive chance to preview the Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS with built-in 1.4x teleconverter. The video has been published at Luminous Landscape:

Recently, Australian photographer Joshua Holko had an opportunity to work with a pre-production sample of the exciting new Canon 200-400mm lens. In the video review below Joshua offers us an exclusive look at this lens in action and he discusses his opinion of early sample images.

Cool! Really hope that means the lens will soon be released.

February 3, 2013
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A Little Bit Of Everything

  • A Little Bit Of Everything Canon Powershot SX50 HS (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay) preview at Digital Camera Review:
    • Even though it has a few shortcomings [...] the SX50 HS comes as close to meeting the “bridge” camera concept as any digicam [...]. The SX50 HS’s user interface is uncomplicated and its robustly constructed metal-alloy/polycarbonate body has very good dust/weather/moisture seals. The SX50 HS’s control layout is efficiently designed and all controls are logically placed and come easily to hand for right-handed shooters. The SX50 HS’s features Canon’s classic digicam menu system which is reliably logical, user-friendly, and easily navigated. The higher resolution LCD and large font size make reading menus simple. This remarkably easy to use, though somewhat chunky digicam, can capture images or HD videos of just about anything – from expansive landscapes to telephoto shots of distant subjects, from macro images to classic portraits, from extreme sports to candid street shots.
February 3, 2013
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It Takes 40 Minutes To Make A Canon EOS 6D

40 minutes to make a Canon EOS 6D

Image courtesy: Exposure Magazine

Exposure Magazine made a visit at the Canon factory in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. They had a chance to observe the highly automatized production process of the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). The process deploys along 15 production stages, and it takes 40 minutes to make a Canon EOS 6D, packaged and ready to ship.

The sensor is mounted at the first stage, stages 2-6 is where all the other components are installed. Screws are automatically inserted and tightened at stage 7. The following stages are dedicated to various quality controls. The camera is tested for the electronics, the mechanical parts, and for the overall photographic performance. Finally, at stage 15 the camera is packaged and ready for shipment.

The same production process is used also for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), EOS 7D (price & specs), Canon EOS M (price & specs), and the Legria camcorder.

B&H still has a cool EOS 6D deal going on: the 6D body with a Lowepro – Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag and a Lexar – 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I memory card for $1899 (click here). Or take the EOS 6D plus the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L and the memory card for $2499 (click here). This deals are part of the rebate programs that expire today, Saturday, 2/2/2013.

Canon EOS 6D Field Test

Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via Exposure Magazine]

 

February 2, 2013
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Battle Of The Bokeh – Various 35mm Lenses Compared

35mm lenses are in everyones mind those days. There have been some interesting lenses in this range that have been released in the last times. Think Canon's EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (price & specs), the amazing Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (price & specs) and as last entry, the manual aperture and focusing Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 (price & specs). The last one a hot one with a price tag of $479. For featured reviews of the Canon and Sigma lenses see here, here, and here. For the Rokinon see here.

DigitalRev made a video comparing the EF 35mm f 1.4L USM, Nikon 35mm G AF-S and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM for the purpose of checking which one has the best bokeh. Check it out!

Battle Of The Bokeh

Battle Of The Bokeh

 

February 2, 2013
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Center-Point AF Not Working On f/8 On Some Canon EOS-1D X

Center-Point AF Not Working

As most of you know, Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D X that enabled the highly sensitive auto-focus center-point to be used with apertures down to f/8. That was an important addition to the feature set of the EOS-1D X.

However, it turned out that some EOS-1D X models are not center-point focusing using f/8, despite the firmware. Apparently this happened to EOS-1D Xs that were sent in for service and returned with a firmware update.

It’s easy to find out if your EOS-1D X is affected. Check the serial number, if the sixth digit is a 4 or 5, then open the battery compartment and look out for a white dot in the position shown in the pic below. If the small white dot is there, your camera is not affected.

Center-Point AF Not Working

Image courtesy: Imaging Resource

If  your camera is affected, simply download the latest firmware update (1.2.1, click here to download) and install it on your own. Btw, the EOS-1D X is still available at the incredible price of $5,907.82 (click here) on eBay.

Canon EOS-1D X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via Imaging Resource]

 

February 2, 2013
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Canon EOS 6D Field Test (Video)

The Camera Store TV made 10 minutes video of a Canon EOS 6D (price & specs) field test. The setting:

In this episode The Camera Store TV’s Chris Niccolls gives the Canon 6D a test in a very demanding situation, the world of online dating. Watch as Chris and Dave Paul shoot a dating portfolio and video for our astronomy expert, Mark Langridge.

Note: B&H has a cool EOS 6D deal going on: the 6D body with a Lowepro – Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag and a Lexar – 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I memory card for $1899 (click here). Or take the EOS 6D plus the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L and the memory card for $2499 (click here). This deals are part of the rebate programs that expire  Saturday, 2/2/2013.

Canon EOS 6D Field Test

Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

 

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