This will be the final issue of Click magazine for 2016. As usual, this is the time of year where we reflect on the year that has passed. 2016 was a tough year for most manufacturers in the photographic industry with all major companies showing a decline in camera shipments out of the factories in Japan. Most companies have been forced to diversify their product offerings by adding drones, VR headsets, action cameras or even lenses for mobile phones. It certainly looks like photography is most certainly not dead, but evolving into something a little different.
Canon has had an exciting year with some really interesting new EOS cameras – the 1Dx Mark II, 80D and 1300D in the early half of the year, and then the 5D Mark IV and EOS M5 in the second half. We also hit the production milestone of 120 million EF lenses – quite an astonishing number considering EF lenses were launched in 1987 – only 29 years ago. We also added a few new lenses along the way as well as some video cameras. When you consider that 2017 will be the 30-year anniversary of the launch of EOS – we can only hope it will be an equally exciting year to come.
This year also saw the launch of our YouTube video version of this magazine back in February. It has continued to grow (we just recorded our 11th episode due to go out just before XMAS) over the year with the amount of views and subscribers steadily increasing – this is very encouraging for us and allows us to motivate for budget to continue into the new year.
We had some great roadshows as well this year – always a highlight on our calendar as we get to travel around the country to your home towns and speak to you face-to-face while showing you the latest products. Please make sure that you are subscribed to that database to ensure an invite to next year’s events – first of which will be around April.
SO – until the new year arrives – all that is left for me to do is wish you a fantastic festive season and a peaceful safe new year. Keep those cameras Clicking away and preserve all the memories around this special time of year.
Until next time – keep "Click"ing away.