Canon Store adds 10% instant discount to refurbished lenses (50mm f/1.8 STM at $91)

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Refurbished EF 50mm f/1.8 STM at $91

The Canon Direct Store added 10% instant discount to all refurbished lenses. Unfortunately, not all items are in stock.

In any case it is always a good idea to have a look at the refurbished listings at the Canon Store:

Canon filed more patents than Google, Apple, Sony, Intel, and many other big names in 2016

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Last week I reported that Canon again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016. We knew that Canon files an impressing number of patents. Well, it seems Canon is really into filing patents on their technology, more patents than Google, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Sony (!), Fujitsu, Ricoh, and other big names, according to the annual IFI Claims report.

Canon is ranked third among the top 50 USPTO Patent Assignees in 2016, following IBM and Samsung. Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and general counsel for Canon USA Inc., states:

“The first critical element towards developing remarkable solutions that move the needle for consumers and business industries alike is research and development […] This strong showing of patents granted year after year allow us to build intelligent products and solutions for the future, turning great ideas into reality.”

While it is likely that the patents refer not only to cameras (printers, calculators, medical equipment, etc), it never the less shows clearly how committed Canon is to innovation, and how hard Canon’s labs are working. Canon, go on turning great ideas into reality!

Oh, and btw, it is the 31st consecutive year that Canon ranks among the top five patent filers in the USA.

[via Digital Trends]

The Canon EOS M5 drops Sony’s mirrorless market share figures by 7% in Japan

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Edit: I was a bit too quick to claim all the merit goes to the EOS M5. It’s more likely that the EOS M3 and EOS M10 made it.

Well well, despite all the crap about the Canon EOS M5 I get in my inbox, it appears that Japanese customers really like Canon’s feature-rich mirrorless camera.

Mirrorless Rumors posted market share figures for cameras and lenses in Japan (unfortunately with no further link to the source material. Edit: the figures appear to be drawn from the latest BCN Awards). Looking at the figures you can see that Sony lost 7% market share and that Canon gained 5% on the mirrorless market.

Canon is estimated to become the second most important mirrorless camera manufacturer in Japan in 2017, and I am sure it is to a large degree due to the excellent EOS M5 camera, and to the EOS M3 and M10, which hit the market before the M5. It appears that a lot of people waited for Canon to build a serious mirrorless camera. And Canon delivered.

The other market shares have no story. Canon rules in Japan.

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Canon EOS M5 at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot EVF, Touch and Drag AF Control
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth Smart
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Digital IS 5-Axis Image Stabilization

Canon EOS M5: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

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Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II sample pictures gallery (DPReview)

Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II Sample Pictures Gallery (DPReview)

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4-5.6
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

DPReview posted a set of 39 sample photos shot with the new Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II lens.

The new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II is available at major authorised Canon retailers at $549: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Japan’s low cost mini-rocket, aided by Canon tech, failed launch

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Some time ago I reported about Canon joining the space race by helping Japan build a low-cost “mini-rocket”. Engineers from Canon joined a team led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Canon’s contribution was to “choose the best rocket parts as well as make key control instruments smaller and lighter”.

Unfortunately the launch of the Japanese mini-rocket, the SS-520, failed. Nikkei Asian Review reports:

The rocket, about 10 metres (35 feet) long and 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter, was carrying a 3-kg (6.6 lb), 35-centimetre satellite to take images of the earth and gather other data.

The first stage of the rocket launch was carried out but not the second, after communication problems were discovered, JAXA’s spokeswoman told Reuters.

The mini-rocket SS-520 fell into the sea southeast of Uchinoura. The launch was supposed to be a proof of concept that Japan has the technology to launch micro-satellites using mini-rockets. JAXA hopes to use this technology for commercial operations made available to private companies.

More technical information about the failed launch can be read at Nasa SpaceflightThanks Barry for the tip!

 

Harvard release whole set of university-level photography courses for free

Part of the list of offered courses

Part of the list of offered courses (there are more)

Harvard released their university-level photography classes for free. including classes on software and retouching.

All courses are accessible through Harvard’s Alison platform, just click here, register and start learning.

The courses cover anything from exposure, optics, histograms, light and how to use it best, and much more. At the end you can take an evaluation module to assess what you have learned. This is a cool, professional and totally free resource. Do not miss it and enjoy!

[via Fstoppers]