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We’ve just returned from a few trips around the country. Our first was to Cape Town to scout a few possible locations for a future Photo Mob type of event as discussed in previous issues of this magazine. We certainly hope to get a venue booked soon so we can open invites – please keep an eye open for more info on our Canon South Africa Facebook page. Suffice it to say that we were spoilt for choice and we’re pretty excited to be able to do one of these fun events down there soon.

Our second trip was to Bloemfontein to do a mini roadshow. We were suitably impressed by the response and we were grateful to Andrew Beck from WildEye for joining us again on such short notice. We did not realise how big the photo community is down in the Free State so we learnt a few lessons ourselves while we were there. Hopefully we can go back again soon. On a similar note, we are also busy checking venues and availability for our ever-popular roadshows that we will host around the country again – probably late October or early November.

Things are still pretty quiet on the new product front on the DSLR side, but we’ve added a few new PowerShots to our line-up recently. As we get closer to the big photographic show in Germany (Photokina) in September, things should start to heat up with announcements from all of the major players. We started shipping the first batches of the new EF-S10-18mm lens and I’m delighted that so many of you agree with me about the incredible capability of this little lens. From a price vs. Performance perspective, it ranks very high on the value-for-money list. Our first shipment sold out in a matter of hours and the second batch has pretty much been sold before it arrives! I have already seen some incredible images online and some very favourable comments and reviews. We tend to get very obsessive about the big cameras and lenses; sometimes it is very heartening to be blown away by a relatively cheap piece of camera gear.

Until next time – keep “Click”ing away!

kind regards
Roger Machin
Product Manager PVDVC Products Canon SA