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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

EOS-1D X Mark II announced


New from Canon is the EOS-1D X Mark II, its new flagship digital single-lens reflex. The camera establishes a new benchmark for speed – shooting 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – ideal for capturing high-speed subjects, whether in the wild, or at world-class sporting events. The camera features a new 20.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, as well as 4K video capture up to 60p.

The ISO range runs from 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600, allowing the EOS-1D X Mark II to operate in lighting conditions from the brightest through to near darkness.

The camera features an improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV. For the first time, when shooting with selected extenders and telephoto lenses, the new AF system also offers f8 AF support with all 61 points, giving the freedom to choose the focus point. Alongside Canon’s pro AF technologies – EOS iTR and AF Case settings – the EOS-1D X Mark II also includes new AI Servo AF III+ that improves the tracking sensitivity in scenes where subject movements may occur suddenly, such as animals moving quickly through the wild.

Working in partnership with the AF system is a new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, providing accurate exposure and improved subject detection. Flicker Detection, originally introduced in the EOS 7D Mark II, also guarantees consistent results under artificial lights – perfect for indoor sporting events.

Capture every second
The EOS-1D X Mark II is able to shoot 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and in RAW to capture the exact moment of a sporting event, or an animal catching its prey. For those needing even more, up to 16fps can be shot in Live View mode without AF. With the new CFast 2.0 card capability, the camera can deliver a burst of unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images in continuous high speed shooting.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is the most responsive EOS DSLR to date, thanks in part to the new Dual DIGIC 6+ processors providing high-speed processing of the vast image data captured by the sensor. The refined mirror construction utilises a new drive mechanism to empower high-speed shooting, with minimal mirror vibration or noise.

Pro-standard 4K movie making
Film-makers have the option of shooting 4K (4096x2160) movies in a variety of frame rates up to 60fps using the CFast 2.0 media card. It also enables Full HD (1920x1080p) movie shooting at an incredible 120fps, ideal for slow motion scenes. Decisive moments from a 60fps 4K scene can be extracted as a high resolution 8.8MP still, giving you even more control over the exact moment of capture.

Fast and smooth AF is provided in 4K and Full HD shooting thanks to Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Movie Servo AF, while the touch panel LCD enables you to quickly select AF points when shooting movies.

Optimum image management
Images can be transferred to news agencies or outlets in a matter of seconds. Built-in GPS records shooting locations in EXIF data, helping photographers keep an accurate record of their shoots. Both Ethernet wired LAN and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 give the choice of how images are shared – via FTP or direct to computers. Additionally, the new optional WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter supports the high-speed standard 802.11ac (5 GHz band).

The EOS-1D X Mark II features an improved grip and controls, offering enhanced operability that feels natural in the hand. Weather proofing makes the camera resilient against the elements, ideal for outdoor shoots. The Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field-of-view, with an electronic overlay of shooting information.

Pricing and availability
The EOS-1D X Mark II will be available from May 2016 with an RRP of £5,199.99/€6,999.99.


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Monday, 18 January 2016

Canon top Japanese company for US patents for 11th consecutive year

Canon is ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2015, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services in January 2016.

As part of its research and development efforts, Canon actively pursues patents in a number of countries and regions while taking into consideration local business strategies and technology trends. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon has ranked in the top five patent holders for 30 consecutive years.


Friday, 8 January 2016

Canon sponsors Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Canon Europe has announced its sponsorship of the Young Wildlife Photographer category of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, which is open for entries from now until Thursday 25 February 2016.

For more information about the competition visit http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy.html


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT issue

When shooting with the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, linked shooting and wireless flash shooting with radio transmission will not work in some setting modes when seven or more units are linked. This phenomenon does not occur when six or fewer units are linked.

Units with a combination of 3rd and 4th digits in the serial number in the ranges shown below are affected. 
■ Speedlite 600EX-RT:
■ Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT:
[xx01xxxxxx] ~ [xx13xxxxxx]
[xx01xxxxxx] ~ [xx03xxxxxx] 
Note:  If the battery compartment of an affected unit contains the marking illustrated below, the product is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above, even if the serial number is within the ranges mentioned above.
 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT          
   Speedlite 600EX-RT                                    Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT 

A repair service will begin on 4 January 2016. 
To arrange to have an affected unit inspected and serviced for this phenomenon at no cost, take or send your product(s) to a Canon authorised service facility.
If you have any further enquiries, contact Canon using the e-mail support or telephone support option.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Canon commemorates 80 millionth EOS camera


Canon  has reached a new camera-manufacturing milestone. The combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 80-million mark on November 10, 2015. The 80-millionth camera produced was an EOS 5DS R.

Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 and rapidly increased following the spread of digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras in the early 2000s. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of autofocus SLRs, EOS cameras were the world’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control throughout the entire camera, not just the lens and body.

Canon has successfully maintained the No. 1 share worldwide within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period from 2003 to 2014.

This new milestone comes after Canon’s EF interchangeable lenses, launched alongside the EOS SLR camera system, celebrated a new manufacturing milestone in June 2015 with the production of the 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras, setting a new world-record for the most interchangeable lenses produced.


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