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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2006 0 comments

Canon Inc. has reached a new lens milestone as production of the company's
EF lenses passed the 30-million mark. Production of interchangeable EF lenses
for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) SLR cameras began in 1987 and the company
produced its 10-millionth EF lens in August 1995 and its 20-millionth in February
2001.

In November of 1987 Canon introduced the industry's first
Ultrasonic Motor (USM)-powered lens: the EF 300mm f/2.8L USM. In September 1989,
the EF 50mm f/1.0L USM, featuring the world's largest aperture of f/1.0,
was launched. And in September 1995 the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, equipped
with the world's first Image Stabilizer to correct for the effect of camera
shake, made its debut.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 22, 2007 0 comments

Canon celebrates the 20th anniversary of its top-selling EOS single lens reflex
camera system by announcing the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, the world's
fastest digital SLR camera. At 10 frames per second, the 10.1 megapixel EOS-1D
Mark III digital SLR can fire huge motor-driven bursts of 110 Large JPEGs or
30 RAW files because it employs the new Dual DIGIC III image processor engine,
providing enough computational horsepower to do parallel processing at a rate
unmatched by any other digital SLR. The all-new 10.1 megapixel, APS-H size CMOS
sensor which is designed and manufactured by Canon, is the most light-sensitive
and innovative sensor that Canon has developed to date. It features a new microlens
array and a more efficient pixel structure for ultra-low noise, resulting in
exceptional image quality and an amazing ISO range of 100 to 3200 with extensions
to ISO 50 and a highly usable ISO 6400. Furthermore, Canon today unveils several
new accessories, including the EF-16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and the Speedlite
580EX II Flash.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2007 0 comments

From the beaches of the eastern seaboard to the Great Plains, and from the wetlands
of the south, to the towering sequoias of the west, America and its pristine parks
have always been hailed as top destination sites for photography enthusiasts and
their families. Canon U.S.A., Inc. and the American Park Network continue to help
define the relationship between photography and the great outdoors with the introduction
of a free photography workshop program on select dates throughout the summer in
Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks. These programs will be
artfully hosted and instructed by a select few of the world renowned Canon Explorer
of Light photographers including Adam Jones and Lewis Kemper, along with other
Canon-selected photographers such as Rob and Ann Simpson. What's more, the
Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest returns this year to offer photographers
the chance to display their work and win prizes in the categories of landscape
and wildlife photography in the parks.



From June 1st to September 29th, photographic enthusiasts are encouraged to submit
their favorite photographs from an American park to the Canon Digital Learning
Center. Winning photographs in the categories of landscape and wildlife will win
a trip to the participating parks of their choice, along with a full suite of
Canon photographic equipment. By logging onto the Canon Digital Learning Center
at www.usa.canon.com/dlc,
potential winners will not only have the opportunity to submit their photos, but
can also peruse the Web site to explore the various educational resources that
Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike.



With the help of the Canon Explorer of Light program, park visitors will have
the opportunity to participate in free daily guided visual photographic journeys.
Additionally, Canon will loan participants top-tier digital camera equipment to
capture those awe-inspiring sights at no additional cost. Aspiring photographers
will learn the tips and tricks to taking great outdoor photos and experience hands-on
training using some of the same equipment that professional photographers use.
Evening programs are also offered, providing visitors the rare opportunity to
spend time with the Explorers of Light, view stunning imagery, ask questions,
and receive prints and a CD of their own photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2007 0 comments

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR is said
by the company to be capable of entering the realm of high-fashion and commercial
photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned. It is
scheduled to begin shipping in November and will have an estimated selling price
of $7,999 (the same price as its predecessor, the 16.7 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark
II).

Developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS-1Ds
Mark III Digital SLR, the camera's new full-size 36 x 24 mm CMOS image
sensor offers the highest resolution in its class, and is comprised of approximately
21.1 million effective pixels (5632 x 3750) set at a pitch of 6.4 microns. The
user can select any one of six recording formats ranging from 21.0 megapixels
in Large JPEG or RAW format, 16.6 or 11.0 megapixels in the two medium JPEG
sizes, or 5.2 megapixels in the small JPEG or "sRAW" formats. In
any JPEG format, the user can set one of ten compression rates for each image
size. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a
standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of
the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, traditional
RAW images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

In stores mid-September, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera is offered in both
sleek brushed silver patina and "pro" matte black finishes. It is
available in two kit configurations: with and without Canon's high quality
EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. The EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera will be
available for an estimated selling price $899* with the zoom lens kit, while
the body only kit will carry and estimated selling price of $799*. In order
to maintain an appropriate pricing structure, the Digital Rebel XT model will
carry an adjusted estimated selling price of $799* with the zoom lens kit and
$699* for the body only kit.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 28, 2008 0 comments

Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s EOS Rebel series of digital single lens reflex cameras
have now redefined the gateway prowess and "pro-ness" of the DSLR
category with the introduction of the line's new leader, the 12.2-megapixel
EOS Rebel XSi camera. Incorporating a number of high-end functions and technology
found in Canon's professional SLR models, the EOS Rebel XSi camera boasts
an improved autofocus sensor, enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion, an advanced Live
View function, and the proprietary DIGIC III image processor. When paired with
any of the more than 60 compatible Canon EF and EF-S lenses, including optically
image stabilized EF-S lenses like the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS -- now included
in the EOS Rebel XSi kit -- or the new EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, the EOS
Rebel XSi DSLR delivers images that will delight and inspire family and friends
at an entry level price tag.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Capture One RAW offers RAW files support for new DSLR cameras such as Nikon's
new flagship, the D2Xs, Nikon D80 and Canon EOS Rebel XTi. (The new Rebel is
not supported tethered in Capture One.) RAW files from Leica's brand new
digital rangefinder camera, the M8, Epson's R-D1s as well as Sony's
first DSLR camera, the Alpha DSLR-A100, are also supported in Capture One 3.7.5.




Capture One 3.7.5 PRO/DB version also includes a variety of enhancements that
benefit Phase One's digital back users. The capture rate performance when
shooting in RAW IIQ-L mode on Mac has improved. This performance enhancement
allows professional photographers to maintain a high capture rate, which can
be very useful at fashion shots.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2006 0 comments

We
are sad to announce that Carl Koch, inventor of the modular Sinar camera system,
died in late December at the age of 89. This Swiss photographer and inventor
introduced the revolutionary Sinar camera in 1948. Koch's primary motivation
was to offer professional photographers the latest technical refinements. He
was steadfastly successful with the logical implementation of his life's
motto: "What can be done better, shall be done better".



Additional milestones were the automation of the camera with the introduction
of a universal shutter for all lenses, selective exposure metering at the film
plane and the simplification of camera settings.



The education of the new generation of professional photographers was also a
major concern to Koch. He authored a series of textbooks and guidelines for
professional photography, of which Photo Know How'--a self-teaching
course for professional photographers that was translated into many languages
including Chinese and Russian--became a worldwide standard text. To this
day, Koch's principles still guide the philosophy of Sinar, the company
that he founded. The world of professional photography mourns the passing of
one of its great pioneers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 12, 2006 0 comments

Beginning in June 2006, the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division assumed full responsibility
for the distribution of its products in the United States and Canada. The division
is implementing this measure in preparation for the launch of the new ZF lenses
for Nikon SLR & DSLR cameras and other future product lines. The company's
new sales department will also be responsible for the Zeiss Ikon camera system
previously distributed by a partner. The product line available for this rangefinder
camera includes ZM lenses, a unique line of premium ZEISS M bayonet lenses.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 13, 2007 0 comments

Carl Zeiss now offers its premium SLR lenses for an additional camera mount,
the K-bayonet. This lens series will be sold under the ZK name.

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