Canon has set aside a massive stockpile of product to help support photographers at the Rio Olympics, and have provided a look at what that actually looks like. With over 1600 lenses, and a ton of new 1DX Mark II bodies, Canon has 78 support staff on hand for Canon Professional Services (CPS) members. That’s a lot of equipment and manpower.
Canon’s team of over 70 highly trained technicians and support staff will be in Brazil for nearly a month to support professional photographers and broadcasters, just as they do throughout the year. Canon Professional Services (CPS) is set to provide comprehensive equipment maintenance and repairs, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support.
Canon says that the Associated Press will be using Canon equipment exclusively, and that a majority of Reuters photographers are also going to be armed with Canon.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera and ultra-wide zoom EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens were selected to be used for Getty Images’ new high-tech, remote-controlled underwater robotic system. The camera provides Getty Images with a fully networkable solution that features precise white balance, a blazing fast frame rate and impressive low-light capabilities, which make the camera ideal for capturing fast action. When combined with the durable and rugged EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens, the system will allow Getty Images to capture images at extremely wide perspectives with incredible sharpness and minimal distortion from the center of the image to the periphery, all across the entire zoom range.
Part of the reason Canon brings so many pieces of equipment to the Olympic Games is because they are expecting many of the on-site photographers to request access to the latest equipment. The 1DX Mark II, for example, is hard to come by thanks to high demand in the United States, and this may be the first time many of these photographers would have access to Canon’s latest and greatest sports camera. Higher level CPS members can rent the cameras and lenses on site, which saves them the trouble of traveling with equipment and gives them that chance to use Canon’s latest gear.
Canon also made this rather sweet infographic that illustrates what they have on site in Rio:
That is a whole lot of gear.