Here Are Some Stay-At-Home Workout Ideas for Photographers (and camera nerds)

Stay-at-home Workout

Most of us if not all of us are stuck at home because of the CoVid-19 outbreak. So, looking for some stay-at-home workout activities?

Being at home boredom won’t take long before it hits. Here are some stay-at-home workout ideas by Gerald Undone about what photographers and camera nerds can do at home for their workout. Enjoy.

Do you have your own stay-at-home workout ideas? Share them in the comment section.

COVID-19: Canon Closes California, New Jersey, and Illinois, And Hawaii Service Facilities

Coronavirus Covid19

Canon will temporarily shut down service facilities in California, New Jersey, and Illinois and Hawaii because of the spread of COVID-19.

Canon advisory:

Notice to our Customers regarding closure of California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii Service Facilities:

Due to the “stay at home” directives from authorities in California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii, as well as local “Shelter in Place” orders, our Canon service facilities in those states are temporarily closed until further notice. Products needing repair can be directed to our Factory Service Center in Newport News, Virginia. Please note that walk-in service is not available at this location. We apologize for any inconvenience and delays that may occur during this time. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.

We encourage you to use our online system to set up the service of your product at: https://www.usa.canon.com/repair.

The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that is of great concern to everyone. Canon’s commitment is to take proactive and proportional steps in accordance with all recommended procedures and protocols as advised by the CDC, the United States Government, and state, regional and local public health agencies.

Again, we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state authorities. The health and well-being of our customers, clients, and employees remain our top priority during this difficult time. As conditions change, we will take recommended and appropriate steps to restore and continue the excellent service that you have come to expect from Canon USA, Inc. For updates and other information regarding COVID-19 measures, please visit our web site: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/to-our-customers

How To Disinfect Camera Equipment And Working Space, Told By A Physician

Disinfect Camera

Here are some tips about how to disinfect camera and lenses. Did you know that Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals was a physician? I did not.

So, instead of tearing down lenses, this time Roger Cicala gives some valuable and professional advice about how to disinfect camera gear and the space where you are working.

We feature only a small excerpt of the instructions and invite you to head over to Lens Rentals to learn the best practices to disinfect and properly clean cameras, lenses, and your working space.

Alcohol  and Soap

Despite what some manufacturers have said, we, and every repair shop I know have used isopropyl alcohol in 60% or greater concentrations on camera equipment for a long time and haven’t seen any adverse effects. Some manufacturers said 99% isopropyl might maybe affect lens coatings. I respectfully disagree, although I will say vigorous rubbing can affect some lens coatings, so take it easy and don’t use wire brushes or such.

Don’t soak it; that is asking for trouble and isn’t necessary. Just moisten it. Use common sense to try to keep your disinfectant on the outside and not let it run into the inside. A light mist with a spray bottle, or a cloth or paper towel dipped in alcohol works great for large surfaces. You might want to dip a Q tip or similar thing to get into small areas or places where you’d rather not spray.

Read the article at Lens Rentals

Stay safe!

Canon’s Medical Division Develops Rapid Genetic Testing System For Coronavirus

Coronavirus Covid19

Not photography related but for sure worth to be featured. Canon to develop a rapid testing kit for Coronavirus.

Canon press release:

Canon Medical to Commence Development of a Rapid Genetic Testing System for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MELVILLE, NY, March 19, 2020 Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that Canon Medical Systems Corporation (Canon Medical) announced the start of development of a rapid genetic testing system for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), reaffirming Canon Medical’s commitment to the basic research and development of rapid diagnostic test kits. This project is part of a research program focusing on the development of diagnostic methods for COVID-19 led by the Japan Agency for Medical Research1.

Canon Medical was selected to participate in this research program in cooperation with Nagasaki University. This was in recognition of Canon Medical’s strength in leveraging its technologies in delivering practical solutions to support medical emergencies, notably by supplying Ebola rapid test kits to the Republic of Guinea in 20152, donating Ebola rapid test kits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019, and through the manufacturing approval and sale of the Genelyzer KIT (a reagent kit for Zika virus RNA testing) in 20183.

The test and the reagents being developed for COVID-19 RNA testing is based on the LAMP method4 developed by Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd., and are to be used with a compact isothermal amplified gene fluorescent detector manufactured by Canon Medical to detect the presence of virus. Compared to the conventional test method of real-time PCR, the LAMP method allows for detection of the virus to be performed more easily and quickly, which makes it suitable for testing in local areas where infection is prevalent.

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Photokina 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

Photokina 2020 Coronavirus

It was to expect and it happened. Photokina 2020 has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Press release:

photokina 2020 is cancelled

After intensive consultation, Koelnmesse GmbH has decided to cancel photokina 2020, originally planned to be held 27 to 30 May 2020. The next instalment of the leading international trade fair for photography, video and imaging will be presented from 18 to 21 May 2022. The Imaging Innovation Conference will not be celebrating its première in 2020 as originally planned; a new date will be coordinated.

In general the management team of Koelnmesse has decided not to organise any own events on the part of Koelnmesse until the end of June 2020. This decision is supported by the crisis management team of the City of Cologne, which also recommended in its meeting on 18.03.2020 to cancel the trade fairs during this period.

This also happens against the background of the agreement reached on 16.03.2020 between the German federal government and the governments of the German states – laying down common guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus epidemic and explicitly including the general closure of trade fairs and exhibitions. This impairs the planning security for Koelnmesse and the participants of the trade fairs in Cologne far beyond the scope of the current scenarios. With this early announcement, Koelnmesse wants to give its exhibitors and visitors planning security.

The decision not to host the next edition of photokina until May 2022 was made with in view of several factors: Even before the appearance of the coronavirus, the imaging market was already subject to strongly dynamic movements. This trend will now gain momentum and must be factored into plans for the upcoming photokina. Added to this is the fact that our customers’ resources are already under heavy strain in 2021 – as a result of general economic trends as well as rescheduled events on the global trade fair calendar. The orientation towards 2022 gives everyone involved time enough to design the next photokina with an eye to the needs of the market, and of our exhibitors and visitors.

Kai Hillebrandt, Chairman of the Photo Industry Association [Photoindustrie-Verband e.V. (PIV)]: “It goes without saying that PIV completely stands behind the decision taken by Koelnmesse to cancel photokina 2020. The health of exhibitors and visitors is top priority at the moment. As the conceptual sponsor of photokina, we will do our utmost to assist the Koelnmesse with the planning of the next edition of photokina.”

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Canon EOS R5 And EOS R6 Production Might Be Delayed Because Of Coronavirus

Coronavirus Eos R5

A somewhat different Canon rumor surfaced, and it’s about the Coronavirus.

The production of the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 is reduced because both are “running at less than 1/4 of Canon’s manufacturing capacity due to supply chain issues from the Coronavirus“. Please note: this is a rumor, not an official report.

The same source also states that Canon is currently deciding if start to deliver the EOS R5 and EOS R6 as planned and with limited quantity available, or to wait until October 2020 to be able to satisfy the demand without shortcuts.

So far there are no official confirmation or else form Canon.

Source: Canon Rumors