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May, Jun 2009: Canon EOS News and What's New at The-Digital-Picture.com


 
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
 
ISO 12233 Sample Crops from the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens are online.
 
Included are results with the Canon EF 1.4x and Canon EF 2.0x Extenders along with 6mm and 12mm shifted results.
 
This lens looks very impressive so far.
 
Compared to the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L Tilt-Shift Lens, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens has less distortion (note: top ISO 12233 crop details are therefore smaller), much less CA and sharper corners. Wide open performance is especially improved. Here is a comparison between the two Canon TS-E 24mmm Tilt-Shift Lenses.
 
The TS-E 24 L II is extremely well built - manual focus is a joy to use on this lens. Very Zeiss-like.
 

 
Monday, June 29, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. This is one of my most-frequently-used lenses.
 

 
Thursday, June 25, 2009
 
Gone: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II USM Lens in stock.
 

 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
 
SanDisk Unveils World’s Fastest 32GB SDHC Card
 
 
While talking about SanDisk ... The SanDisk Spring 2009 CompactFlash and SDHC Memory Card Rebate program ends on the 27th.
 
Here are the SanDisk Extreme Memory Cards at B&H.
Here are the SanDisk Extreme Memory Cards at Adorama.
 
 
Attention Canon EOS 5D Mark II owners: "Magic Lantern" firmware for the 5D Mark II is available for public beta. Use the link to see the video-related features this open platform adds to the 5D II.
 
 
Adorama is running an "Adobe Lightroom Explosion" sale. While Lightroom is on sale, the bigger deal is the DSLR combo rebate. If you have purchased a DSLR between March 16th and now (June 27th) - Adorama has a $50.00 Lightroom Rebate for you.
 
 
Adobe Camera Raw 5.4 and Adobe Lightroom 2.4 Update (Windows) / (Macintosh) are now available. Support for Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D is included in these updates. The Lightroom update also "Includes several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases."
 

 
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. This is an impressive zoom lens.
 

 
Friday, June 19, 2009
 
ISO 12233 chart results for the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM Lens have been added to the site. I don't know when I can get the rest of this review completed, but by request, I have these results to share with you.
 

 
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
 

 
 
Amazon.com has the Canon EOS T1i / 500D for $849.95 shipped.
 
 
New at the Canon Digital Learning Center: Speedlite Tips - Part 3
 

 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
 

 
Friday, June 12, 2009
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens in stock.
 
 
Tamron celebrates Father's Day with a $50 rebate on the Tamron AF 18-270mm VC Lens. Rebate is valid from June 12, 2009 through June 22, 2009 and as usual, the lens must be purchased from an authorized retailer.
 
Buy the Tamron AF 18-270mm VC Lens at:
 
B&H Photo
Adorama
Amazon.com
 
Here is the Tamron 18-270mm VC Lens Rebate Form.
 

 
Thursday, June 11, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
 

 
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
 
 
Adorama has the Lowepro Mini Trekker AW All Weather Photo Backpack (Green) on sale for only $79 - that's $100 off.
 
 
Stuff for sale ... These offers are available within the cUSA. To be fair to everyone, all items will remain for sale until I receive a firm "I'll take it" under agreed-upon conditions. I will accept Paypal if shipping to the verified address. Email me if you are interested in purchasing.
 
Sold: Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D (Black) - $460 shipped
Camera is in excellent condition - I don't see any marks on it. Includes everything that came in the original box.
 
Gitzo G-1518 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Rapid Column - $79 shipped
I used this in a Gitzo G1548 tripod. In great shape but shows typical slide-marks. The G1518 typically sells for $150 new.
 
Canon 220EX Speedlite - $75 shipped
Includes case. The manual is missing at the moment.
 
Canon EW-83H Lens Hood, Lens Pouch and Manual for Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - $39 shipped
There are a few light marks on the hood, but it is in great shape ($58 new). I don't think the lens pouch has ever been used.
 

 
Monday, June 8, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
 
 
Chuck Westfall's June Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.
 

 
Friday, June 5, 2009
 
Adorama has a couple of good Canon Refurbished (once again the politically correct term) deals:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II - $2,399.00 ($300 savings)
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens - $3,499.95 ($500+ savings)
 
As always, the other Adorama Canon Refurbished deals can be found here.
 

 
Thursday, June 4, 2009
 
Lots of new sample pictures from a wide variety of cameras and lenses are on the site.
 
In case you didn't notice, many of the recently added sample pictures include relevant tips in the text below the picture.
 

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
 
B&H now has the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D body-only kit in stock.
 
 
Finally: Amazon.com has the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D body-only kit in stock.
 
Adorama (taking preorders) expects to have the T1i body very soon.
 

 
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
 
Just posted: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens Sample Pictures
 
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens in stock.
 
 
Gone: Adorama expects to have the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens in stock soon.
 
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware v1.1.0 is now available.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 
1. Includes a function to enable the manual exposure setting when shooting movies.
 
2. Disables the function of the depth-of-field preview button when images are played back or when the menu screen is displayed on the LCD panel.
 
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the peripheral illumination of images cannot be properly corrected, even if the images were captured with the lens peripheral illumination correction function set to Enable. *Digital Photo Professional software version 3.6.1 or later (for Windows and Macintosh) can be used to automatically correct the peripheral illumination of RAW and JPEG images that were captured in the Peripheral illumination correction setting with cameras that have Firmware Version 1.0.7 or earlier.
 
4. Fixes the algorithms of the Auto Lighting Optimizer function when Custom Function C.Fn II-3 Highlight tone priority is enabled.
 
5. Fixes incorrect indications on the Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian menu screens.
 
6. Changes the battery information displayed on the camera when using the optional Battery Grip BG-E6.
 
Canon has published a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Manual Video Exposure Instructions PDF document along with a formal Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware V1.1.0 release PDF document.
 

 
Monday, June 1, 2009
 
Just posted: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens Sample Pictures
 

 
Thursday, May 28, 2009
 
Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D Review
 
This review is very late and resembles the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D Review, but it's on the site. :)
 
 
The Canon Refurbished ("Recertified" to be politically correct) inventory at Adorama has been refreshed.
 
At this time, many of these items are PowerShot cameras and printers/scanners, but it is worth a check to see if the DSLR/lens/flash you are looking for is available.
 

 
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
 
The new 5D II firmware announcement was not the only good news I received yesterday. Upon arriving home last night, an excited family greeted me with "Did you see what came today?" I of course had not, but was promptly directed to the latest issue of "Nature Friend" magazine on the counter. The cover photo had been taken by my 10 year old daughter Brittany.
 
Nature Friend is a well-done kid's magazine (circulated to over 40 countries) that has very nice photos of and stories about nature. Each year, they have a "Reader's Issue" with selected reader-submitted photos on the front and back covers. Brittany spent a lot of her free time in the last year running around the property with her Canon Powershot S400 in hopes of capturing the cover photo (specifically) for this issue. Her dad is still in the disbelief phase, but here is her accomplishment:
 
     
  Nature Friend Magazine Cover  
The-Digital-Picture.com    
Congrats Brittany - Dad's excited for you!
 
While we're on the topic of kids and photography ... The kids and I will quite frequently go shooting together. It gives us fun family time capturing images together and then again later reviewing what we've captured (when they also learn to improve their photos). The fun continues as the selects then become part of the screen saver slide show that often plays during meals and at other times.
 
The kids have been starting out with lower end Canon PowerShot point and shoot cameras and, as they prove themselves responsible, move up to better cameras - including the Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D. This little DSLR with a light IS lens is working very well for their small hands and relatively low strength. The kids are having fun and learning a worthwhile skill. And now Brittany is earning some $$.
 
 
Canon is once again holding their Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest. This year's contest includes separate divisions for adults and teens. (thanks Matt)
 

 
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
 
Canon USA has announced a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update scheduled to be available in early June.
 
Get this: Included in this update is manual video exposure control. In perhaps the most dramatic firmware update annoucement I've seen from Canon, a Firmware Announcement PDF is available. Awesome!
 

 
Friday, May 22, 2009
 
Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D Review
 
 
Adobe Camera Raw 5.4 (Release Candidate) is available for download. Support for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D DSLR is now included.
 

 
Monday, May 18, 2009
 
Adorama has the Canon EOS 1D Mark III in refurbished (by Canon) condition for $2,999.95. That is $844.00 off the regular price. (thanks David)
 

 
Friday, May 15, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. A focal length range example/comparison has been added.
 

 
Thursday, May 14, 2009
 
Canon USA has issued a service notice for Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III owners.
 
Service Notice: EOS-1D Mark III/EOS-1Ds Mark III: Oil Spots on LPF Surface
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
We have discovered that images taken by some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras may exhibit ring-shaped spots. We would like to convey the details and our service policy.
 
We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using these products who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.
 
Phenomenon
Images taken may exhibit large ring-shaped spots.
 

 
Cause
These ring-shaped spots are the images of oil lubricant on the surface of the low pass filter (LPF), which is located in front of the CMOS sensor.
 
This oil is used inside the Mirror Box to lubricate some of the camera's moving parts. If the oil is applied too liberally when the camera is manufactured, it can become scattered onto the surface of the LPF through normal camera operation.
* Image of Back Side of Main Mirror
 
The image above shows the top of the mirror box when the main mirror is flipped up. The white spots in the red circles are excess lubricant oil.
 
Affected Products
EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras
 
Support
We ask that customers who are encountering this phenomenon or, who have noticed that oil is visible on the surface of the back side of the mirror, please contact our Customer Support Center. To prevent oil from scattering, which may seriously affect images, our Customer Support Center will arrange free cleaning of the mirror box to affected customers to remove the excess oil.
 
Oil Lubricant Used in Cameras
Measures are being implemented to control the amount of lubricant applied during manufacture in order to reduce the occurrence of oil spots. However, because this lubricant is required to ensure proper operation of the camera's precision mechanical parts, it is impossible to eliminate all instances of oil scattering. If you require CMOS sensor cleaning, please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
Thank you for your patronage and support of Canon products.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon U.S.A., Inc. Customer Support Center
1-800-828-4040 (toll free)
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
Click here for support options and hours of operation.
 
 
I can tell you from experience that getting this oil cleaned off the sensor until it no longer continues to be splattered there (or transfered there from a sensor brush) can be extremely frustrating. I welcome the attention Canon is paying to this issue.
 

 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
 
Getting the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D DSLR Review started - I have posted a high ISO noise comparison between the T1i/500D, 50D, XSi/450D, XS/1000D and the 5D II. The above-ISO-800 noise comparisons between the T1i and the 50D may surprise you.
 
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Near record-setting is the combination of corner softness (check 50mm), distortion (both barrel and pincushion) and CA (check 200mm) this lens delivers.
 
 
B&H has the still hard-to-find Canon LP-E6 Battery in stock.
 
 
Canon Speedlite Flash manuals are now available online. While very useful, these manuals are low quality (scans) with relatively large file sizes. Download them at Canon USA Support. I have also linked to the specific manuals from the individual Canon Flash Reviews on the site:
 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Buy
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Buy
Canon Speedlite 220EX Flash Buy
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Buy
 

 
Sunday, May 10, 2009
 
Chuck Westfall's May Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.
 

 
Friday, May 8, 2009
 
Gone: B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens in stock.
 
 
Updated: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from both the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and the Canon EOS 50D have been added. A focal length range example/comparison has also been added.
 
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
 
A Photography Gear Buy & Sell Forum has been added to the site.
 

 
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
 
B&H Photo has the new Canon Speedlite 270EX in stock. (thanks Jerry)
 
 
Updated: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
 
 
Tamron celebrates Mother's Day with a $50 rebate on the Tamron AF 18-270mm VC Lens. Rebate is valid from May 5, 2009 through May 12, 2009 and as usual, the lens must be purchased from an authorized retailer.
 
Buy the Tamron AF 18-270mm VC Lens at:
 
B&H Photo
Amazon.com
Adorama
 
Here is the Tamron 18-270mm VC Lens Rebate Form.
 
 
B&H Photo has the new Canon Speedlite 270EX in stock. (thanks Jerry)
 

 
Monday, May 4, 2009
 
Amazon.com has the Canon LP-E6 Battery in stock.
 

 
Sunday, May 3, 2009
 
The Canon Spring-Summer 2009 Camera, Lens and Flash Rebates are now available. This program in in effect from May 3 - July 11, 2009. Some great gear is included and the savings on some of these items is big. Once again, these are rebates that everyone can love - they are instant.
 
Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 18–200mm IS Lens Buy - $300
Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 18-55mm Lens Kit + EF-S 18–200mm IS Lens Buy - $300
Canon EOS 50D + EF 28–135mm IS Lens Kit + EF-S 18–200mm IS Lens Buy - $300
Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 18-55mm Lens Kit + EF 70–300mm IS USM Lens Buy - $150
Canon EOS 50D + EF 28-135mm Lens Kit + EF 70–300mm IS USM Lens Buy - $150
Canon EOS Rebel XSi + EF-S 18–55mm Kit (Black) + EF-S 55–250mm IS Buy - $200
Canon EOS Rebel XS + EF-S 18–55mm Kit (Black) + EF 75–300mm III Buy - $100
 
Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM Lens Buy - $500
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Buy - $200
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Buy - $130
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy - $100
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy - $100
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens Buy - $100
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy - $80
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Buy - $75
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy - $70
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy - $50
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy - $50
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM Lens Buy - $40
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens Buy - $40
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy - $35
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy - $30
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens Buy - $30
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM Lens Buy - $20
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy - $15
 
Canon Speedlite Flashes
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Buy - $50
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Buy - $30
Canon Speedlite 220EX Flash Buy - $30
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Buy - $70
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Buy - $50
 
The Canon Lens and Flash Rebate Form and Canon DSLR Rebate Form are available for download, but as with the other Canon instant camera and lens rebates, the forms are not needed.
 

 
Saturday, May 2, 2009
 
New Canon EOS 50D + Canon PIXMA Printer rebates are available. Buy a 50D and a PIXMA MP980, PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II or PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and get a $300, $400 or $500 rebate (respectively). Rebates are also available for these printers alone. (thanks Matthew)
 
These rebates are available at B&H Photo and Adorama. New Tamron Lens Rebates are available.
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