Sunday, August 31, 2008
Canon has announced instant rebates on two camera+lens combinations.
Get a $100 instant cash rebate when purchasing the Canon EOS Rebel XTi / 400D and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 III (non-USM?) Lens together.
Both are nice deals - I especially like the 40D combo deal. This promotion runs from August 31st through October 13th. See the rebate form (1.5 MB PDF) for details.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Calumet Photo is now taking 50D preorders. Calumet has been offering free shipping on orders over $75, but this offer is changing to $10 off $200 on Sep 3rd. Use the code "TENDISC" to take advantage of this offer.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
ISO12233 resolution chart sample crops from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added to the following lens reviews:
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Adorama "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has been significantly updated - 63 items are available. Lots of great lenses, bodies, flashes ... are listed. Expect like-new equipment at nicely reduced prices.
It's official, the Canon EOS 50D is coming. The 50D is a significant upgrade to the 40D - read the highlighted Canon USA press release for the details. Links to other Canon division press releases and the Canon EOS 50D web site with more detailed product information can be found in the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.
Also announced was the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. Links to several Canon division press releases can be found in the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review placeholder page. The 11x focal length range, 4-stop IS and very short minimum focusing distance specs look awesome, but I can't help being skeptical of the image quality this lens will produce. Wide focal length range lenses are seldom excellent optically. Even though it has UD and aspherical lens elements, the low $699.00 estimated price and lack of USM are additional reasons for me to question the image quality we should expect from this lens.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Think Tank Photo is having their first-ever sale. And I like their definition of "sale" - 30% off two very nice cases.
"Regularly $279.00, the Airport Acceleration is on sale for only $195.30! This backpack fits all international carry on requirements when the laptop case is removed. It can be decreased in size and weight immediately by removing the laptop case."
"Regularly $169.00, the Airport Ultralight is on sale for only $118.30! This incredibly light but protective backpack works in tandem with rolling hard cases like the Pelican 1510 (one of my favorites) or the Hardigg Storm Case iM2500. You can roll it the airline door, remove the backpack, and then gate check the roller."
Friday, August 22, 2008
Canon China (reportedly) temporarily posted specs for a new DSLR model - the Canon EOS 50D. The page was quickly removed, but copies of the specifications and a summary have been posted by someone quick to grab the pages. Note: IS is in the lens - not the body.
I don't like to post rumors as most are not correct and can actually cause us to make bad purchasing decisions. But this page is said to have been posted on Canon China's web site and appears to be legitimate, so ... I'm making you aware of this one. I expect the next formal Canon announcements to take place later this month. Stay tuned.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here is a link to the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L Lens vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Lens Comparison.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Here is a link to the Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Lens Comparison.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Vignetting test results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added to the following pages:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D DSLR is now available, but I recommend that you do not buy it. I'm sure it is a great camera, but the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D is an even better camera for practically the same price. I expect the XS / 1000D price to drop in the near future - or they will simply sit on dealer's shelves.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Chuck Westfall's August Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org. Chuck always has some useful information for us.
Friday, August 1, 2008
By popular request, ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens are now available. A full review is coming, but I have a few others to complete first.
Tamron has released their Summer 2008 Rebate Program. Actually, the rebate form indicates that these rebates were effective July 1st - a month before the prior rebates were scheduled to end.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Canon EOS Rebel XSi w/18-55mm IS Lens Kit is now priced under $770.00.
The body-only XSi version is also at a nice price - $700.00 - $725.00.
Tamron has announced the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Macro Lens.
Actually, the full name is "Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO" - a lens desperate for a nickname. The focal length range looks awesome, but I can't help being skeptical of the image quality across the huge 15x range - hopefully my skepticism will be unwarranted. Small size, vibration reduction and a short minimum focus distance make this an especially attractive lens.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here are the revised Adorama deals from Friday:
The SanDisk 16GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card is $95.95 plus shipping after $90 MIR at B&H
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The Adorama "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has been once again updated - 49 items are available. The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens is one of the hard-to-find refurbished lenses currently in stock. Lots of other great lenses and bodies are available. Expect like-new equipment at nicely reduced prices.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Adorama has a pair of nice SanDisk Extreme III Memory Card deals:
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops from a second Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens have been added to the site. Samples from the original lens showing a right-side-softness issue remain on the site as sample lens "2". The new lens (sample "1") is the default sample lens - the link sets both lenses up for comparison. The new lens delivers a much more uniform sharpness across the frame.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Do you have or use an HP printer? If so, please sign up for HP's "My Print Rewards". Sign-up is free and fast - You get exclusive savings on HP supplies and each sign-up generates support for the site. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. Thanks in advance!
Have you checked the price on the Canon EOS 5D recently? After the instant rebate, the 5D body is only $1,799.95 and the kit with the also-excellent Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is an even better deal at $2,599.95.
Friday, July 11, 2008
It is time to make your final decision. The current Canon Summer 2008 Rebate Promotion ends in 1 week. It is unlikely that we will see better Canon deals until the next rebates are offered - typically in the fall.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Canon USA announces the EOS Rebel XS / 1000D Digital SLR and the Speedlite 430EX II.
FullSizePosters.com is offering new customers a 24" x 36" print for $4.29 (normally $19.99) plus shipping which was $8.62 for me (thanks Chris). See the details for this promotion on their site (link).
Monday, July 7, 2008
Catching up ... Things were a bit quiet here last week. That was not completely planned. I was traveling but expected to have dial-up Internet access. Unfortunately, a storm took out the phone service at the rental house. So, I have some catching up to do.
Canon Announces Plans to Build a New Manufacturing Facility
Chuck Westfall's July Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org.
Newegg has the Transcend 8GB 300x CompactFlash Card on sale for $89.99 after $10.00 promo code "HARDOCP63010". Shipping is $5.99. Search Newegg for the model number (TS8GCF300). This one expires today (thanks Chris).
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