KUALA LUMPUR: Canon has launched its EOS Buddy Club, which is an exclusive online community for Canon DSLR users.
The club is open to budding freelance photographers involved in advertising and wedding photography who want to network with other prominent Canon users, the company said.
Chong Lip Wei, Canon Marketing Malaysia marketing manager for its imaging communication product division, said the aim was to set up a freelance industry network to bring together photographers to share their experiences as well as serve as an outlet for them to get jobs.
Membership is free and is available at three levels — sapphire, diamond and gold — each with different criteria that must be met.For example, gold members must own at least a double digit EOS DSLR camera (e.g. EOS 40D or EOS 50D) as well as two Canon lenses.
The EOS Buddy Club will allow members to enjoy privileges like training, rental of peripherals and business marketing opportunities during Canon events to showcase their works.
Successful applicants will also be given a profile website on the EOS Buddy Club with up to 5GB of data storage space to show off their photos.
Other benefits include a 25% discount on Canonfoto photo book printing and 10% off service charges for cameras or accessory repairs at Canon Marketing Malaysia service centres.
Canon said there are currently about 100 registered new members in the EOS Buddy Club.