Canon U.S.A. Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the EOS Rebel SLR Camera Line with Launch of “Rebel with a Cause” Initiative

Profiling Modern Day Rebels Including Daredevil Nik Wallenda and
Music Producer Swizz Beatz, “Rebel With A Cause” Campaign Filmed
Entirely with Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Celebrating 25 years since the introduction of Canon’s first EOS Rebel
SLR camera, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions,
is pleased to honor this milestone by introducing its new “Rebel With A
Cause” campaign. In 1990, the iconic “Image is Everything” campaign
introduced the Canon EOS Rebel, an SLR camera born with a cause — to put
the power of pro photography into the hands of the public and level the
playing field forever. 25 years later, Canon launches “Rebel With A
Cause,” embarking on a journey to follow modern day rebels who challenge
convention in their own unique way, capturing their causes through the
eye of a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR. “Rebel With A Cause” will invite people
into their worlds, celebrating the imagery that makes their causes shine
and motivating others to join their movements.

The campaign kicks off today featuring American daredevil Nik Wallenda
followed by GRAMMY® Award winning record producer Swizz Beatz.

For the first video from the campaign, Nik Wallenda, best known as a
member of The Flying Wallenda Family, and the first and only person to
walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, encourages
an unexpected group of people, senior citizens, to check items off of
their personal bucket lists. After visiting a senior center in Sarasota,
FL, the man who’s conquered every feat he’s ever dreamed of, sent one
senior citizen into the sky and one to the racetrack to inspire them to
finally conquer theirs. The campaign, shot entirely on Canon EOS Rebel
T6i DSLR cameras, can now be viewed here:

“I’m honored to be selected as a Rebel with a Cause as part of Canon’s
campaign, as I’ve spent my entire life pushing boundaries and
encouraging others to do the same,” said Nik Wallenda. “Partnering with
Canon to tell my story and continuing to pursue my mission to never give
up, has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I hope this
inspires others to live their lives to the fullest.”

“Canon has always made it a priority to make what was once thought to be
impossible possible, and it’s one of the reasons we created the EOS
Rebel cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A.,
Inc. “The heart of this campaign is about showcasing modern day rebels
entirely through the eyes of a Canon EOS Rebel camera, encouraging
people to take their creativity to the next level and to tell their own
unique stories.”

“Rebel With A Cause” will continue with hip-hop artist and
multi-platinum record producer Swizz Beatz, who has recently become a
major force in the art world. However, instead of focusing on his own
art, he’s focused on finding the next great, unknown artist – and into
2016 with a range of high profile individuals each embracing their own
cause. Every rebel has their own unique story, and the campaign will
encourage everyone to find the rebels within themselves.

The Evolution of the Canon EOS Rebel Camera

Canon announced the first ever EOS Rebel SLR camera 25 years ago in
August 1990, changing the game in the SLR camera category. At the time
it was Canon’s smallest and lightest 35mm autofocus single-lens reflex
(SLR) camera in the EOS line of autofocus SLRs. The EOS Rebel line has
been continuously known to pack advanced features and imaging
technologies into affordable high-quality consumer-level camera bodies.
Through its first 14 years, Canon introduced 13 EOS Rebel film SLR
models and in 2003, the Canon EOS Rebel DSLR was born, marking the
beginning of the modern-day EOS Rebel DSLR camera. From 2003 to 2015,
there have been 15 models in the EOS Rebel DSLR camera line including
the latest models introduced this year featuring built-in Wi-Fi®
and NFC capability — the EOS Rebel T6i and T6s DSLR cameras. The EOS
Rebel camera line has been used by creative consumers to express
themselves through still images for decades as well as Full HD video
since the introduction of the EOS Rebel T1i in 2009. Also known for
their compact size and superb feature set these cameras have enticed
many consumers to make this their first entry into Canon’s EOS
interchangeable lens camera family. All Canon EOS Rebel cameras are
compatible with Canon’s entire line of EF and EF-S lenses. The sales
success and longevity of the EOS Rebel camera line is why the cameras
are a household name across generations making it one of the most
popular lines in SLR cameras.

For more information about the entire Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera
lineup, please visit


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Nik Wallenda is a 7th generation member of the legendary
Wallenda family. Known world-wide for his incredible feats upon the high
wire and beyond, Nik is the holder of 10 world records, among these the
highest 4-level 8-person pyramid on the wire, the highest and longest
bicycle ride on a wire, and hanging from a helicopter by his teeth. His
career began at the age of 2, learning to walk the wire while holding
his mother’s hand, and from there has lead to record breaking
performances across the United States and around the world. In 2012, he
fulfilled his life-long dream to become the only person to walk directly
over the precipice of Niagara Falls, covered live by ABC. In 2013, he
became the first person to walk a wire across the Grand Canyon, an epic
event aired live by Discovery Channel in 178 countries, breaking network
rating and social media records in the process. His 2014 Discovery
Channel TV special saw him set 2 Guinness World Records for the highest
incline and blindfolded wire walks in the city of Chicago. In April
2015, he set his latest Guinness World Record, walking atop the 400ft
tall Orlando Eye live on the Today Show. Nik’s motto is never give up,
and he carries this positive message with him in every walk with the
purpose of “inspiring people around the world to follow their dreams.”


Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz) is an internationally acclaimed music
producer and global entrepreneur and currently a student in the Harvard
Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. In the business
world since he was 16, Dean has conceived a myriad of ventures, always
starting at the bottom and building them to remarkable success. While
still in high school, Dean began deejaying and working at his uncle’s
company, Ruff Ryder Records. Within a short time, Dean produced the
company’s first hit, by DMX. More success followed—as a producer and
artist. At 23, Dean founded his own record label, Full Surface Records,
with Clive Davis and earned a GRAMMY® Award at the age of 33.
As a producer, Dean has worked with a diverse range of artists and some
of the biggest names in the world including Madonna, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne,
Britney Spears, and Metallica, creating numerous gold, platinum, and
diamond hits.

Dean’s talents and success extend well beyond the music world. A natural
observer and strategic thinker, Dean is an innovative fashion designer,
collaborating with Reebok, Christian Louboutin, Aston Martin, Lotus, and
Audemar Piguet.

Believing that art embodies culture and is an expression of life, as a
child Dean saw graffiti on the walls in the Bronx and wondered about its
meaning. He began collecting art in his twenties, and in 2014 launched
The Dean Collection, which is not only a collection of his own artwork
but also a discovery zone for art enthusiasts who appreciate art not
just from the greats but also from aspiring and new artists alike. Most
recently, in October 2015, Dean was appointment to the Board of Trustees
for The Brooklyn Museum.

Dean is also involved in many charities, with a particular focus on
children: he works closely with his wife’s organization Keep A Child
Alive to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa, he adopted the Bronx Charter
School for the Arts; is the Global Ambassador for HHC; co-chair of the
2014 Gordon Parks Foundation Gala and continues to work with Children’s
Rights Organization which lends legal services to foster children to
protect their rights.

While highly accomplished, Dean remains grounded, authentic, and humble.
A role model to many, he is devoted to his family and to the welfare of
others— both locally and around the world. According to Dean, “The sky
is not the limit; it’s just the view.” With a true passion for business,
no matter the industry, Dean hopes that his success will continue to
inspire others.

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