December 17, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Press Release Addresses Gray Market Products



Thanks Martina

Canon published a press release regarding the gray market issue [found via TDB]


Information on Parallel or “Gray Market” Products

Canon sells and supports Canon-brand consumer and professional products in the U.S. through Canon U.S.A., which distributes these products through its authorized dealers and distributors. Canon U.S.A. is the only authorized importer of these products in the U.S., and provides industry-leading customer service and support for them. Products distributed by Canon U.S.A. are “localized” to meet the needs of customers in the U.S. market and are engineered to comply with local safety regulations and governmental requirements. As such, these products come with different accessories, manuals, and warranties than the versions intended for sale in other global regions such as Asia. Any Canon-brand products which are imported and sold other than by this method are referred to as “parallel,” or “Gray Market,” products (collectively, “Gray Market Products”).

Hazards and Difficulties Associated with “Gray Market” Products

Customers in the U.S. may find that Gray Market Products do not meet their expectations because they were not intended by Canon for sale in the U.S. In some cases, sellers of Gray Market Products may attempt to localize the products themselves by adding, changing or removing certain accessories from the products, which may result in the following:

  • including in product packaging illegal or counterfeit accessories, such as batteries, chargers, and ink tanks, which can cause injury and seriously damage your Canon product;
  • an incorrect power cord or adapter which was not provided, or quality checked, by Canon;
  • incorrect software or illegal copies of software which may not function;
  • poor photocopies of the original manual;
  • a fake Canon U.S. warranty, a warranty provided by a third party, or no warranty at all; and
  • a device with a serial number which cannot be registered with Canon in the U.S.

Customers should also be aware that Gray Market Products may not be eligible for:

  • coverage under a U.S. warranty;
  • U.S. promotions, including mail-in and instant rebates; and
  • technical support

If you are in doubt about a seller, or whether the products it sells are intended for the U.S., please visit for a list of Canon U.S.A.’s Authorized Dealers. New and genuine Canon products intended for sale in the U.S. can only be purchased from Canon Authorized Dealers in the U.S. or from Canon U.S.A. directly.

To learn more about counterfeit products, please visit to view important information.

December 17, 2014
Posted in Pics

Canon Watch Readers Photo Contest

One of last week‘s most liked: Mario Hoogendoorn‎ – I only will be pictured by a Canon! (7D + 70-200 4L IS USM)

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show us what you can do with a Canon camera!

NOTE: if you post your photo late in the week it will be evaluated the week after. Nothing gets lost :-)

December 16, 2014
Posted in Deals

Refurbished Canon EOS 70D Kits Starting $734 (Canon Store)

EOS 70D Kits

The Canon Direct Store has refurbished Canon EOS 70D kits at very good prices (because of additional holidays discounts).

More refurbished Canon DSLR listed here.

December 16, 2014
Posted in Tips

“Match Total Exposure” May Be the Coolest Lightroom Setting You Didn’t Know About

This may be one of the coolest Lightroom 5 features you didn’t know about. I never stumbled upon this one. But it is definitely cool, and a big time saver too.

Watch Matt Kloskowski walk you thru a LR feature called “Match Total Exposure” that is as easy to use as it is powerful. Let’s say you have some wrongly exposed photos, as in a bracketing sequence because you forgot to deactivate bracketing (that’s the example in the video). You can auto-magically adjust the exposure of these pictures simply by selecting them, and then selecting a photo with the right exposure. Then clicking on a menu entry and the magic happens. This works not just for bracketing sequences. The video lasts 5 minutes, don’t miss it because is a lot of good tip for the short time you have to watch.

[DIY Photography via Reddit]


December 16, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 18-135mm IS STM – $2,050

 EOS 7D Mark II Top Rated Plus seller AllNewShop (99.2% positive ratings) on eBay has the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens on sale for $2,049.99. That’s a very good deal if you consider that the 7D2 sells for $1,799 and the 18-135mm IS STM for $549. It’s also $100 less than the kit on Amazon. USA model and warranty.Free shipping in US and limited quantity.
December 16, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Refurbished Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM + Powershot A1400 – $324

Rebel SL1

Awesome deal by Canon Direct Store: Refurbished Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens, and a refurbished Powershot A1400, the bundle for only $323.99! A better starter kit than this one will be hard to find at this price.

Thanks Martina.

Looking for all the links to holiday deals? Here they are on our Holidays Deals 2014 page.


December 16, 2014
Posted in News

Canon EOS 6D Firmware Update Released (v. 1.1.6)

Canon EOS 6D

Canon released a new firmware for the Canon EOS 6D (download).

Firmware Version 1.1.6 incorporates the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not first use the center AF point to focus, when the AF point selection is set to automatic in AI Servo AF mode.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which focus cannot be finely adjusted with specific lenses when shooting remotely with EOS Utility software.
  3. Corrects some Ukrainian language displayed on the menu for ISO Setting.

Firmware Version 1.1.6 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.4. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.6, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

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