Canon recently “revamped” their special service/repair/loaner program for their “professional” customers. I have been a CPS member for years now, but had to re-apply when they announced the new program. To qualify, you have to prove that your work is published and you have to own a certain amount of Canon’s professional-level camera bodies and lenses. Below is a description of the new C.P.S. membership levels and their benefits. I opted for the “Gold” level membership for now (don’t plan on destroying too many lenses this year), but I can always upgrade to “Platinum.” After paying my membership fee, Canon sent me a cool welcome package including: new membership card, CPS rush repair forms and pre-filled mailing labels, extra lens and camera body caps, extra camera body eyecups, a 2009 planner, equipment brochures, a sweet new CPS camera strap, and even a hard cover book filled with photography captured using their current professional-level lenses and cameras. Thanks for the goodies Canon!
“Canon U.S.A. has revamped its Canon Professional Services (CPS) program. The changes we have made provide the full-time professional photographer, depending on membership level, valuable benefits and services. We have updated the application process and moved it solely on-line to make it easier for full-time professional photographers to become members. The new program offers three levels of membership – Silver, Gold and Platinum – to qualifying members, with each level receiving better and more extensive benefits. This new CPS program is designed to provide the appropriate level of service for each professional demographic and support members with faster service, loan equipment, and a range of other benefits as listed in the membership section.”
Canon’s CPS website: http://canonusa.com/cps/
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