Canon: The Vasco da Gama of Optics

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Trailblazing for Eight Decades

From its humble Tokyo beginnings in the late 1930s, Canon has over the last 80 years become a powerhouse in imaging. Be it naturescapes and the beauty of our planet or the incredibly fast-paced world of professional sports, photographers the globe over rely on Canon cameras and lenses to give people new and unique perspectives on the world around them.

Canon, originally Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, is a Tokyo based company started in the 1930s. Unable to produce its own optical glass due to a lack of proper facilities, Canon integrated Nikkor glass into their design, a thought unfathomable to the Canon fanboys/girls of today. Canon is responsible for creating The Kwanon, Japan’s first 35mm focal plane-shutter camera, copying Leica’s already successful design. Canon has a history of innovation in the field, from the world’s first movie camera with a zoom lens, the Reflex Zoom 8, to the first DSLR with full 1080p video capabilities, the Canon 5D Mark 2.

Disco Balls to the Modern Age

In 1971, as consumer photography was becoming more and more popular, Canon introduced the F1, an advanced high-end SLR (Single Lens Reflex). In the mid-seventies the Canon AE-1 was introduced. On top of being the first camera with an embedded microcomputer, the AE-1 has endured as a durable, reliable piece of equipment ever since, and if you’ve taken a film photography course in high school or college, you’ve probably played around with one yourself. In 1987 Canon revolutionized photography with the creation of the Canon Electro-Optical system, shortened to EOS, in honor of the Greek goddess of the dawn. Canon continued its trend of trailblazing through the years, introducing the first camera with eye-controlled AF and the pocket-sized ELPH in 1996.

Friend to Hollywood & the Student Film

In September of 2008, Canon announce the Canon 5D Mark 2, its first EOS camera with video recording capabilities and the first DSLR able to record in full 1080p HD. This new high quality video recording capability has opened up a whole new world for filmmakers. Besides being compact, the 5D Mark 2 is significantly cheaper than other film equipment of comparable quality. Aside from student arthouse films, the 5D Mark 2 has been used to film the opening sequence for the 2009 season of SNL as well as entire episodes of House, M.D. and even some shots in the recent Avengers movie.

Looking Forward

Canon has not and will not stop laying new ground in the world of optics. Just this year Canon announced that they had successfully developed a high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor exclusively for video recording, and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down any time soon.

Getting the Most for Your Canon Camera

Canon cameras aren’t cheap, and all of the other gear is expensive as well, so you want to be sure you take the best possible care of it. For starters, make sure to give your Canon gear a solid cleaning after each use. It’s easy to get home from a trip, pop out your memory card and get to photoshopping, but making sure your gear is free of dust and other contaminants is the surest way to ensure your Canon retains its value for as long as possible. Remember, sensors may change and processors may improve, but great glass is great glass. You may find that your camera’s lenses are ultimately more valuable than the Canon body itself. That’s why it’s so important to keep everything clean. Make sure you also hold on to any original accessories, such as chargers, boxes, paperwork, lens hoods, extra batteries, etc.

Pawning Your Canon Camera

Again, the easiest way to make sure you get top dollar for your Canon gear is to make sure that it clean and in good, working order. Make sure to send in everything, including all original accessories as well as your original box and paperwork. Our evaluators are well oriented with all manner of camera brand, and will make absolutely sure you get the highest value possible for your Canon. Click the button above to
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