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The object in the picture above is a new accessory for cleaning your DSLR’s sensor (remove dust on sensor). It’s actually the same principle of a vacuum cleaner, packaged into a lens shape.
The accessory is made by Chinese manufacture Nisshin Seiko, and for the time being it is available only for Canon mounts. Yes, you mount the “cleaner” on your DSLR as you would do with a lens. The accessory comes with a red ring that in some way resembles Canon’s “L” lenses.
The retail price is 3,500 Yen/210 Yuan/$34. For the time being it is not available in the USA.
[xjrumo.com via The New Camera]
Canon press release:
Canon aids relief efforts following earthquake in southwestern China
TOKYO, August 5, 2014—On August 3, a powerful earthquake struck southwestern China’s Yunnan Province, causing extensive destruction and loss of life. We at Canon would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this disaster and our thoughts go out to those suffering in its aftermath.
While we realize that the road to recovery will be challenging and time-consuming, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.
The Canon Group is making a donation of RMB 3.2 million (approximately US$518,000) to aid in the relief efforts for the earthquake victims. The organization that will receive this donation is still under consideration.
Image © Bloomberg
Bloomberg reports that Canon lowered its full-year sales forecast because of low demand by consumers, caused by users switching to smartphones for their photographic needs. Sales are a projected 3.78 trillion yen ($37 billion) for the current fiscal year, that’s 2.1% less than the the previous forecast.
Says Makoto Kikuchi, chief executive officer at Myojo Asset Management Co.:
“Demand for compact cameras declined sharply because of smartphones […] Canon was too aggressive with their SLR sales forecast. People who want them have already bought them.”
Canon sales of SLR cameras dropped from 2.1 million units to 1.7 million units in the 2nd quarter 2014, the sale of compact cameras decreased by 36%.[Bloomberg via The New Camera]
Again some gossip surfaced suggesting Canon might step into the medium format realm. It’s now years that such rumors surface, more or less at regular intervals.
The rumor says that Canon is sending questionnaires to selected users, asking them their thoughts about medium format sensors, and all the consequences it implies (lenses etc). In the last months there were similar rumors that Nikon (also considered unreliable) and Sony might develop a 50MP, medium format sensor, and my first thought was: there will soon be a similar rumor about Canon. Since this will start making the rounds soon I don’t want you to miss my point of view.
I consider this rumor as absolutely unreliable (I would like to use another term but I am too polite :-). I got the same rumor but didn’t publish it due to my strict policy about rumors. I only post rumors that are double (if not triple) checked and/or come from sources I know to be reliable. Other sites have a 4-tier system for rumors, where level 1 is the least reliable and level 4 can be considered as good as granted. Rumors published here on Canon Watch have to be at least at tier 2.
This rumor is more on the side of “wishful thinking” or “let’s make some buzz”. As far as my knowledge goes, there are no such plans in Canon’s hidden files. I may be wrong, obviously.[CR and others]