Japan Has Spoken: Canon Dominates, Sony Dethrones Olympus And Nikon Stutter

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Market research and analysis firm BCN announced the annual BCN Awards 2015.

Winners are determined based on sales volume, calculated from data gathered from thousands of sellers throughout Japan.

Canon seems to be doing better than ever, while Nikon is just barely holding its ground.

Sony gets its first taste of victory (and a painful failure) and SanDisk maintains its top spot.

A bit of digging reveals why names like Think Tank, Lowepro and Manfrotto won’t make the list.

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Canon and Panasonic’s Sponsorship of The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Could Cost As Much As $126 Million; Potentially Earning $10 Billion

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Canon and the Tokyo Olympic Games organizers have announced on Tuesday that the Japanese camera manufacturer will be the official still camera and desktop reprographic hardware provider for the event.

While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Yahoo Sports reveals the price of being an Olympic sponsor.

Sponsors will be divided into three groups, with just one company selected in each category:

  • “Gold Sponsor” – bidding is said to begin at 15 billion Yen ($126M*). This is $26M higher than the estimated price Coca Cola paid for the 2012 London Games.
  • “Official Sponsor” – the reserve for this group set at 6 billion Yen ($50M)
  • “Official Supporter” – between 1 to 3 billion Yen ($8.4-25.2M)

Canon however will most likely pay a significantly lower amount as it has partnered with the Japanese Olympic Committee to be a domestic sponsor, rather than a worldwide sponsor of the International Olympic Committee.

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Canon Set To Take Over Video Surveillance Industry With A $2.8 Billion Purchase

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Eager to strengthen its market share in the growing industry, the Japanese giant has made an offer to buy all shares of Swedish network video surveillance leader, Axis. Should the deal go through, it will be Canon’s biggest purchase to date.

This move is a natural step forward after Canon purchased Milestone Systems, a company providing video management software in the network video surveillance business, in June 2014.

Canon is not the only well known camera manufacturer to enter the field of video surveillance, with several dominant brands also looking to diversify their income streams.

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LensRentals Bust Open The Canon 100-400 IS L Mk II Teardown, Naming it “Best Built Lens Ever?”

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Lenses come and go and as we move on we move higher up the lens latter, but according to the Canon 100-400 IS L Mk II teardown post from LensRentals, Roger Cicala is so happy with the build of this lens that it may very well earn the “Best Built Lens Ever” title.

Of course, LensRentals have to fix their own lenses after coming back and having gone through abuse, so Roger is both experienced and equipped to open a $2,200 lens, I would not try this at home.

Roger goes through taking the lens apart step by step starting with the tripod foot and ending with the optical elements. Here are some f the thoughts that will ease you into shelling out the extra $500 from the previous version:

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More Rebels To Come From Canon: T6i and T6s. Adds Wi-Fi, NFC, top LCD and Control Dial

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In what may be the most announcements-packed day ever Canon also introduces two new Rebels at the Camera & Photo Imaging show. If you are not the photographer who will go for the EOS 5Ds(R) behemoth, you may consider a camera a bit down the line.

Starting at a low price point and providing good image quality, Rebels have always been some of Canon bestselling cameras. They were the go to camera of anyone who started with photography as a hobby and wanted a Canon system. (Well, at least until mirrorless came and Canon was left with no go-to mirrorless for entry level).

This is why it is interesting to see what Canon has in store for this line. It looks like Canon is going iPhone5 on the market releasing 2 Rebel T6′s: a flagship Rebel T6s and a budget Rebel T6i. (Though the price difference is really not that staggering – $849 for the S and $749 for the I). Both Cameras should hit the market on April. So… What’s this update all about?

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Canon’s 11-24mm f/4 Confirmed. Will It Outdo Nikon’s Famed 14-24mm?

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An illustration of the Canon 11-24mm f/4

Canon Rumors reports that the existence of the EF 11-24 f/4L has been confirmed and several retailers have been provided with info about the lens.

Expected to set you back $2899 ($3100 in Canada), Canon’s new ultra wide angle will be the widest rectilinear lens ever produced for DSLRs.

Despite a maximum aperture of f/4, will this lens put an end to Canon shooters jumping ship in favor of Nikon’s legendary 14-24?

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Spoil Your Point and Shoot By Making it A Waist Level Shooter

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If you are missing the good old time where decent cameras shot from the waist, or if you just wanna shoot from the waist like they do in all the big fashion productions of the 80′s, then this is a tutorial for you.

The idea spans around taking a Canon powershot N (or a similar camera with a tilting screen) and adding a rectangular piece of wood (8x6x5.5cm) changing the camera into a Rolleiflex lookalike.

The idea is described in the schema below:

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Canon Rumored To Release 5D Mark IV Along With Two High Megapixel Cameras

Canon shooters are in for a real treat with not one or two but three new cameras said to be released.

According to the rumor, Canon will not only be releasing the much anticipated 5D Mark IV, but also the often-rumored-never-seen high megapixel camera – in two versions.

While this is absolutely awesome if true, I can’t help but wonder if Canon hasn’t been following Nikon’s experiences with the D800 series.

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How I Fixed My Canon 5D Mark II Shutter With A Screwdriver And A Sense Of Bravery

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The shutter on my old Canon 5D Mark II died while on a trip to Fiji earlier this year. It happened quickly; I was shooting a panorama when horizontal black bars started appearing in some of the shots. After about 10 more photos in between turning the camera off and on again, it was dead. The shutter was stuck closed and powering the camera on yielded a helpless sounding soft ‘clunk’ and an “Error 20″ message. I was quoted around $500 to get this fixed at a repair shop. But.. an OEM replacement shutter is only $90US on eBay. So, after about 6 months of putting it off I finally built up enough #YOLO fever to have a crack at fixing it myself, saving $400 and learning a few things along the way.

The result? Watch the video for the abbreviated version, or continue reading on below for the guide!

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