Sigma Lenses Work Without Issues On The Canon EOS R, Company Assures

Sigma 14-24mm

Sigma lenses work without issues on the Canon EOS R when used with Canon’s EF-EOS R adapter. For more details see the press release below.

Sigma press release:

[Updated Information] Operating conditions of the Canon “EOS R” and SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Canon mount

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to share the results of our further investigations regarding the operating conditions of the Canon “EOS R” and SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Canon mount.

When SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses in the current product lineup, listed below, are used in combination with the Canon “EOS R” and their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R” or “Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, both AF and AE operate without any issues.
Furthermore, lenses which incorporate Optical Stabilizer (OS) will work with the OS function properly in effect.

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Canon Empowers the Future as a Top U.S. Patent Recipient and Innovative Leader

Canon Rumors Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Canon Eos R

Canon Empowers the Future as a Top U.S. Patent Recipient and Innovative Leader

Company Also Rises to Secure Second Place in New Ultimate Patent Ownership Analysis

Press release:

MELVILLE, NY, January 15, 2019 – Ranking third in the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2018, Canon Inc., the parent company to Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, proves it continues to empower future leaders with new and innovative technology solutions. While overall number of U.S. patents awarded is down, according to results issued by the leading producer of global patent databases IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Canon maintained its standing in the top five spots by being awarded a total of 3,056 patents in 2018. 

This marks the 33rd consecutive year that Canon ranked in the top five for number of U.S. patents awarded and the 14th consecutive year that Canon was the top recipient of U.S. patents among Japanese companies.

Additionally, and new this year to IFI’s patent analysis, Canon ranks second in Ultimate Patent Ownership. This separate analysis tabulates the world’s largest current patent holders, which includes parent companies and their subsidiaries. Unlike IFI’s annual Top U.S. Patent Recipients*, the broader ranking measures the size of a patent owner’s global portfolio based on the number of active patent families around the world covering a single invention. Canon secured the second spot, outranking IBM, with 34,905 active patent families.

“The secret to the success behind Canon is that it is always reinventing its approach to innovation, as evident through our continually high rankings in the IFI’s annual patent reports,” says Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and general counsel, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The IFI’s new patent analysis is further testament to that fact. We are proud of our strong standing among fellow tech giants and look forward to the future, as we continue to break molds and reimagine the impossible.”

This patent news also comes on the heels of Canon’s innovation showcase at CES 2019 where the Company joined forces with likeminded innovators in its booth to “Empower the Future” through its technology integrations in manufacturing, retail, sports, entertainment, and experiential marketing solutions.

For more information on Canon and its products, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Canon Dominates DSLR, Mirrorless and Lens Market In Japan

Mirrorless

BCN posted their annual “BCN Awards” and look who is ranked on top for the mirrorless and DSLR market. It appears to be true that there is life in the old dog.

Canon ranks first for DSLR and mirrorless market shares in 2018.

DSLR market shares:

  1. Canon – 57.4% share
  2. Nikon – 39.3% share
  3. Ricoh – 3.1% share

Mirrorless market share:

  1. Canon – 31.6% share
  2. Olympus – 23.5% share
  3. Sony – 22.7% share

Canon’s success in the mirrorless market is mostly because of the commercial success of the EOS M50, and also to some minor degree thanks to the new EOS R. It’s interesting to see that Nikon doesn’t show up among the first three players in the MILC market. Surprisingly the so much touted Sony mirrorless systems are not getting that much love in Japan.

Nikon still ranks first for compact cameras with 31.5%, followed by Canon with 29.8% and Sony with 11.9%.

Canon also ranks first for sold lenses with 20.7%, followed by Sigma with 15.7% and Nikon with 13.7%.

Below you see how Canon’s market share in the mirrorless market evolved since 2016.

Not bad for a company so heavily criticised. I’m curios to know how much market share Canon will gain this year because they are clearly headed to lead the market.

Canon Set To Shrink APS-C DSLR Line-up, One Model To Replace Both EOS 7D2 and 80D?

Eos 80d

Both the Canon EOS 90D and the EOS 7D Mark III are somewhat overdue, and still no signs pointing either to specs or an announcement date.

Given the popularity of the Canon EOS 80D and the EOS 7D Mark II we’d expect that Canon is working on a replacement for both. But this might not be the case.

Although ranked low, Canon Rumors reports a rumor suggesting that

[…] the APS-C DSLR lineup will shrink in model numbers and that the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II cameras will be amalgamated into one DSLR body. The EOS 77D will remain the DSLR above the Rebels […]

This is not the first time rumors suggest a shake up in Canon’s APS-C DSLR offering. Given how meticulously Canon segments its market offering we tend to think this rumor is not reliable. On the other hand, it’s the mirrorless age and Canon might well decide to shift some of their camera offerings to mirrorless technology.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the EOS 80D, which happens to be my preferred walk around and travel camera, and therefore hope Canon will announce a replacement soon. The EOS 80D is a kind of camera where Canon got a lot of things right, and a delivers a lot of tech for the bucks.

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Travel Tripod

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