Bryce Dallas Howard director of “Project Imagin8ion”

Bryce Dallas Howard is the director of “Project Imagin8ion, ” a Ron Howard production.
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 9, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood’s most versatile and dynamic young talents both on screen and behind the camera, has been invited by Canon and her father Ron Howard to direct his latest film endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” The initiative is the first user-generated photo contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, which now boasts the A-list team of Bryce Dallas Howard directing and Ron Howard executive producing, in partnership with Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle, a full-service development and production company.

Launched on May 22nd, “Project Imagin8ion” encourages photographers of all levels to submit photos based on a series of movie themes: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and the Unknown. The contest pulled in over 8,500 photo submissions on the first day alone and aims to foster dialogue between Canon and a community of photography enthusiasts, inspiring everyone to achieve new levels of creativity. Consumers can visit to submit photos through June 14th and to vote on the semi-finalists through June 23rd. Throughout the promotion, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle, with the help of Canon experts and the Project Imagin8ion community, will narrow down the submissions and ultimately select eight winning photos – one from each movie theme category – to become the basis and inspiration for a short film shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.” Canon USA

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Good day for Canon REFURBISHED Lens

Today I think is a good day for Canon refurbished lens.
Exploring here and there, I’ve found many good deals of Canon refurbished lens and mostly from Ebay Europe.
Who knows why, but Europe has always much more “good used” compared to U.S.
Below the list BUY NOW that I prefer to auctions; but next time I will propose both.
Have a look!

Canon FD 50mm f/1,8 Objetivo Estándar Silver Ring RARE Canon New FD 85mm f1.8 Prime Lens GH1/2 REFURBISHED A+ Canon New FD 100mm f2.8 Prime Lens GH1/2 REFURBISHED Canon Lens FD 135mm 1:3,5 3,5/135 Canon New FD 135mm f/3,5 A1 AE-1 F1 XLNT Canon FD 1:2/135 mm Canon Lens FD Canon FD 13,5/24-35mm FD Zoom Lens L Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens ~ With Warranty Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS ZOOM LENS 18-55 mm Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Zoom Lens 55-250 mm Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ZOOM LENS 55-250 mm Canon NFD 70-210mm f/4 LensCanon NFD 70-210mm f/4 Lens Canon EF70-300MM f/4-5.6IS USM LENS~ROTATING ZOOM~BLACK Canon EF 75-300mm III ZOOM Lens (MARK 3) 75-300 mm Canon EF 90-300mm Canon Zoom Lens FD 80-200mm 1:4 Canon Zoom Lens EF 100-400 4,5-5,6L IS Ultrasonic

Canon filed a patent for 50mm F2.8, 90mm F2.8 and 35mm F2.8 lens

Canon applied for a patent in Japan for 50mm F2.8, 90mm F2.8 and 35mm F2.8 lens. Via Egami

The patent document and its summarized:
◦ Patent Publication No. 2011-107313
◦ Published 2011.6.2
◦ Filled 2009.11.16
Embodiment 1
◦ Focal distance f=50.20mm
◦ Fno=2.90
◦ Half angle of view 23.32 deg.
◦ Image height 21.64mm
◦ Lens length 84.64mm
◦ Back focus 40.01mm
◦ Macro -0.950x
Embodiment 2
◦ Focal distance f=90.40mm
◦ Fno=2.90
◦ Half angle of view 17.90 deg.
◦ Image height 29.20mm
◦ Lens length 117.18mm
◦ Back focus 65.43mm
◦ Macro -0.480x
Embodiment 3
◦ Focal distance f=35.20mm
◦ Fno=2.90
◦ Half angle of view 31.58 deg.
◦ Image height 21.64mm
◦ Lens length 102.44mm
◦ Back focus 40.10mm
◦ Macro -0.480x

Sigma Normal 50mm f/2.8 EX DG for Canon EOS
Tamron Telephoto SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Canon EOS
Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X M35 Pro DX for Canon EOS

Canon refurbished market

A lot of refurbished opportunities on Ebay.
Below the lists of the refurbished Canon.
Canon EOS 1000D 18-55DC Canon EOS 1000D 18-55DC Canon EOS 1000D 18-55DC Canon EOS 500D + 18-55 IS Kit Lens Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i DSLR 18.0 MP Digital Camera Black Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i DSLR 18.0 MP Digital Camera Black Canon EOS 550D/ Rebel T2i DSLR 18.0 MP Digital Camera Black Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera Canon EOS Rebel XS 1000D + 4 Lens Kit + Extras!! Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 5D Body Canon EOS 7D mit EF-S 18-85mm

Canon EOS 50D 15.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Body Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSI DIGITAL SLR CAMERA KIT~3 LENS Canon EOS 450D/REBEL XSI DIGITAL SLR CAMERA 18-55 +4GB Canon EOS 500D/REBEL T1i DSLR CAMERA 18-55 LENS KIT Canon EOS 500D/Rebel T1i Digital SLR w/18-55 lens Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera+18-55mm Lens

Apple flies: iOS5, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion

Three big Apple announcements at WWDC 2011: iOS 5, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion.
About iOS5, it adds more than 200 new features to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
It will be available as a free software update to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users this fall.
More interesting for photographers are the camera application updates for iPhone.
You can open the Camera app right from the Lock screen. Use grid lines, pinch-to-zoom gestures, and single-tap focus and exposure locks to compose a picture on the fly. Then press the volume-up button to snap your photo in the nick of time. If you have Photo Stream enabled in iCloud, your photos automatically download to all your other devices.”

iCloud is a program that automatically synchronizes data across all your device: videos, photos, music, books, documents,…
“Take a photo on an iOS device or import a photo from your digital camera to your computer, and iCloud automatically sends a copy of the photo over any available Wi-Fi network (or Ethernet) to the Photos app on your iOS devices, iPhoto on your Mac, the Pictures Library on your PC, and the Photo Stream album on your Apple TV. So you can show off your shots to friends and family from whichever device you’re using at the time.
One thousand of your latest photos. With you all the time.
iCloud helps you manage your photos efficiently so you don’t run out of storage space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When photos are sent to your iOS device, they appear in a Photo Stream album that holds a rolling collection of your last 1000 photos. iCloud stores new photos for 30 days, so you have plenty of time to connect your device to Wi-Fi and get your most recent shots. Once they appear in your Photo Stream, you can save your favorite shots to your Camera Roll or any other album on your device.

iCloud will be available this fall, along with iOS 5. A free beta version of iTunes in the Cloud is available today in the U.S. and requires iTunes 10.3 and iOS 4.3.3.”

Mac OS X Lion
It “will be available to customers in July as a download from the Mac App Store for $29.99. OS X Lion offers more than 250 new features, including Multi-Touch gestures; systemwide support for full-screen apps; Mission Control, a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.