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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Canon Printing iPhone App

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES A NEW AND EASY PHOTO PRINTING APPLICATION FOR THE APPLE iPHONE. New, Free Canon Easy-PhotoPrint App Makes it Easier than Ever to Print Photos - Offered in Multiple Paper Types and Sizes

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced its free Easy Photo-Print App, which is now available on the App store. The Canon Easy Photo-Print App enables wireless photo printing from your iPhone or iPod touch to a compatible Canon PIXMA printer via a wireless network with a few simple taps.

The new Canon Easy-PhotoPrint (iEPP) app is an ideal solution for consumers looking to print and share their photos. Canon challenges users to get creative by allowing them to choose from a variety of sizes and paper types. The Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for the iPhone app allows users to print photos as large as 8 1/2 x 11 on six different types of paper. Now a family outing to the beach or a picture from a birthday party can be printed from almost anywhere to be shared with friends and family. Additionally, this new application allows consumers to print up to 20 copies at one time to a compatible Canon PIXMA printer, PIXMA MP990, MP640 and MP560 Wireless Photo All-in-One (AIO) Printers for easy creation of photos.

"Canon continues to make the printing experience as seamless and easy as possible with the addition of new technologies such as the Canon Easy-Photo Print Application," said Yuichi Ishizuka, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "This new technology enables users to print multiple images at one time while selecting varying sizes and paper types, making it easier than ever for consumers to print the images they want from their revolutionary iPhone or iPod touch."

The Canon Easy-PhotoPrint App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at

Canon PIXMA Wireless Photo All-In-One Printers
Canon has once again taken quality and ease to a whole new level with the MP990, MP640, and MP560, the latest addition's to the PIXMA line of Wireless Photo All-In-One Printers. These stylish printers, with built-in Wi-Fi1 capabilities provide users with many different options to accommodate printing needs. With the ability to print, copy, scan and now the use of the new Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone application, users can be confident that all tasks, from printing photo albums of a family reunion or scanning in pictures from the past, can be accomplished quickly and easily with superior quality.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting

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Rebates on Popular Tamron Lenses

Tamron usa gears up for holiday season with savings on its two newest lenses
Purchasers can save $25 on a Tamron AF17-50mm VC Zoom and Tamron AF60mm F2 1:1 Macro through the end of the year

Tamron USA, Inc announced today a special mail-in rebate offer of $25 on its two newest lenses: SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR VC Di II LD Aspherical IF (model B005) and SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD IF 1:1 Macro (model G005). The two new lenses are designed for APS-C size DSLRs and are available in Canon, Nikon and Sony (model G005 only) mounts. The rebate is valid on purchases of these lenses made by US residents at an authorized Tamron USA retailer from 10/15/09 through 12/31/09.

The newly announced rebates are in addition to the special rebates announced 8/15/09 aimed at celebrating the company’s latest accomplishments of awards and anniversaries. The US subsidiary of the Japanese owned company marks its 30th year since opening the US headquarters in Port Washington, NY in 1979. And the company just earned its 11th EISA award, this time for the best-selling AF18-270mm VC lens— the world’s only 15X zoom made for digital SLR cameras with small sensors. Consumers receive $70 back on the 18-270mm VC and $60 on the 18-200mm, both popular and award-winning all-in-one zooms, when purchased between 8/15/09~12/31/09.

Lastly, Tamron USA is offering rebates on several other products including $60 back on its popular SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro; $30 back on the super tele SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD IF; and several more lenses.

The official rebate forms are available at authorized Tamron USA retailers or online at:

17-50mm VC & 60mm —

18-270mm VC & 18-200mm —

90mm, 28-75mm, 200-500mm & more —

How-To: Macro On A Budget

by Mel Beus

Macro photography can be as difficult as it is beautiful. And specialty macro lenses can be very expensive. There are however, a few inexpensive gadgets that can give great macro results with lenses you already own, and cost very little. For about $10-15 you can purchase lens to lens coupling rings, or reverse mount rings, and turn virtually any lens into a macro lens.

The Lens to lens coupler uses the filter threads on the front of the lens to mount two lenses face to face. Different combinations give differing results. For maximum closeness with minimum vignetting, use a telephoto mounted to the camera, with a wide angle mounted face to face with the telephoto. If both lenses are wide open, the depth of field will be paper thin. Stopping down one or both lenses will increase the dof, but can also cause significant, hard edged vignetting. But this is still a viable option if the subject matter will allow for cropping. Just keep it in mind when composing the shot. Accurate focusing often involves moving physically closer and further from the subject as it does focusing with the rings.

Reverse mounting adaptors are rings that attach to the filter thread on the front of the lens, but allow you to mount them directly onto the camera in a backward position, to shoot through the rear of the lens, again, allowing you to focus extremely close to the subject. This works best on wide angle primes as it not only lets you move in closer, but it reverses the wide angle effect, turning it into a telephoto. They are available in various thread widths and camera mounts. If manual prime is not available, these mount adaptors can also be used successfully with zooms. An 18-55 zoom lens, mounted backwards, will produce the opposite affect in focal length as is stated on the lens (the wider angle end will increase magnification). If the lens used does not have an aperture ring, aperture can be controlled by manually moving the aperture lever on the mount end of the camera.

Both of these items are available from various sources (those illustrated were purchased from b&h photo,) and are an inexpensive way to explore macro possibilities without spending a small to medium sized fortune.

For complex Macro calculations and some of the science behind everything check out

by Mel Beus for P3 N&R

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