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


 
Saturday, August 29, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 135mm f/2 USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are now included.
 

 
Friday, August 28, 2009
 
Apparently B&H received a shipment from Canon - this would be a good time to check any other previously OOS Canon product (there have been many) you are looking for.
 
Sold out: And while on the in-stock topic, B&H also has the still-hard-to-get-9-months-later Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body and 24-105mm IS L Lens Kit versions in stock.
 
 
Gone: Act immediately: B&H has the awesome new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens in stock. These have been lasting for only a few minutes.
 
 
Gone in about 5 minutes: Act immediately: B&H has the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Lens in stock.
 

 
Monday, August 24, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 300mm f/4 IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.
 
 
The Canon Refurbished inventory at Adorama has been once again refreshed. This is a decent update with some good cameras, lenses and flashes available. Expect like-new gear at nicely reduced prices. Act fast - the good stuff doesn't last long.
 

 
Saturday, August 22, 2009
 
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.
 
Canon TS-E 24mm L Lens - $875 shipped
This is the original version of this lens. It is like new except for a tiny fleck of paint missing near the serial number (smaller than the center of an 0 in that number). Includes hood (couple of very small rub marks), pouch and manual (no box).
 
Sold: Canon 580EX II Speedlites - $325 shipped
I have three of these to sell (had 9 for a project - no longer need this many). Comes in box with pouch, mini stand and manual. These might have a tiny bit of tape residue, but otherwise they are in excellent condition - no dents or scrathes of any significance.
 

 
Thursday, August 20, 2009
 
I spent the last day and a half traveling to/from the Canon USA Press Conference in New York City. Notably absent from yesterdays new product announcements were DSLRs and lenses. So for now, we will have to entertain ourselves with the new:
 
PowerShot G11
PowerShot S90
PowerShot SX20 IS
PowerShot SX120 IS
PowerShot SD980
PowerShot SD940
 
Here is the Canon Press Release.
 
 
Adobe Labs has made Camera Raw 5.5 Release Candidate available.
 

 
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.
 

 
Monday, August 17, 2009
 
Tamron has announced a pair of new super-zoom rebates (PDF).
 
Get $60 back on the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI II Lens and get $70 back on the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens when purchased from an authorized dealer between 8/15/2009 and 12/31/2009.
 

 
Thursday, August 13, 2009
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review
 

 
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
 
The Canon Refurbished inventory at Adorama has been refreshed. Not the biggest update we've seen, but definitely some good cameras, lenses and flashes available. Like the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II, EF 135mm f/2 L, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, EF 100-400mm L IS ...
 

 
Monday, August 10, 2009
 
Amazon.com has the Canon LP-E6 Battery (for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR) for only $69.03 shipped.
 
 
Chuck Westfall's August Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.
 

 
Friday, August 7, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
 

 
Thursday, August 6, 2009
 
Today's entertainment is courtesy of the Canon Digital Learning Center - here are some recently added articles/videos:
 
Bruce Dorn Speedlite Videos, Part I: External Speedlite Controls
Bruce Dorn Speedlite Videos, Part II: External Speedlite Ratio Controls
EOS-1D Mark III Autofocus Testimonial with Peter Read Miller
EOS Rebel T1i: Shoot Like You See, Edit Like You Think
Single Image HDR: Part 1
Jeff Lau on the EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II
 

 
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
 
Sold Out: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens in stock - again.
 
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 50D have been added to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS Lens Review page.
 
 
I corrected the bug that was preventing the ISO 12233 chart results from the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens Review from displaying. Sorry about that.
 
 
Want to know the shutter actuation count on your Canon EOS DSLR? Astro site AstroJargon's EOSInfo (free) might be what you are looking for. (thanks Nicola)
 

 
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 50D have been added to the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens Review page.
 
 
Sold Out: Back in stock: B&H has the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Lens in stock again.
 

 
Monday, August 3, 2009
 
Sold Out: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Lens in stock again. Act immediately - the last batch was gone in minutes!
 
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 50D have been added to the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Review page.
 
 
The extended Canon Spring/Summer 2009 DSLR and Lens Rebate Program ends on Sat, August 8th. I don't remember Canon ever extending a rebate period for a second time, so if there is a rebate-included-item you want, now is the time to get it.
 
Go to the Canon DSLR and Lens Reviews to find your gear and use the recommended retailer links to make the purchase.
 

 
Friday, July 31, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are now included.
 

 
Thursday, July 30, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.
 
 
Canoga Camera has the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens in stock. (thanks Jeff)
 

 
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are now included.
 
 
Just released: Canon EOS 50D Firmware v1.0.7
 
"Firmware Version 1.0.7 incorporates the following changes.
 
1.Corrects a phenomenon where captured images may tend to appear somewhat magenta depending on the shooting scene.
 
2.Fixes incorrect indications on the Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian menu screens.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.7 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.6. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.7, it is not necessary to update the firmware."
 

 
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. I don't yet have an explanation for the grainy extender samples. I'm using a new (smaller) ISO 12233 chart for these (1600mm has a rather narrow field of view).
 

 
Monday, July 27, 2009
 
Think Tank Photo has announced a new series of bags called the Multimedia Wired Up Collection (press release).
 
Think Tank Photo Multimedia Wired Up Collection
 
According to Brian Erwin (TTP) ... "The world of digital photography is changing, as are the market conditions that are dictating how visual imagists make their living. At Think Tank Photo, we have been observing closely as still/video/audio morph technologically into new, complex ways of presenting information.
 
To meet these emerging needs, we have just launched the Multimedia Wired-Up Collection, the first integrated suite of bags designed to be wired together and used in tandem in the field to collect stills, video, and audio. Unlike most bags, that are designed to get gear into the field, these bags are meant to be used as a portable office that allows the imagist to keep their hands free to collect images and sounds."
 
Visit Think Tank Photo's home page for more information on the Multimedia Wired Up Collection or any of TTP's many other great products.
 

 
Thursday, July 23, 2009
 
OOS: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens in stock again. Again, awesome lens!
 
 
Own a Canon PowerShot camera? You qualify for the just-announced Canon EOS Upgrade Mail-in Rebate good for $50 or $100 off select DSLRs (T1i, XSi, XS, 50D, 5D Mark II). (thanks Chris)
 

 
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
 
Coming soon: Canon Hybrid Image Stabilizer
 

 
Monday, July 20, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.
 

 
Thursday, July 16, 2009
 
Updated: Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.
 

 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
 
Gone: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens in stock again. Awesome lens - should be gone in minutes!
 
 
Gone: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Lens in stock again. Act immediately - the last batch was gone in minutes!
 
 
Updated: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Review
 
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included. This is one very-drool-worthy lens.
 

 
Monday, July 13, 2009
 
Gone in minutes: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Lens in stock. Act immediately - they will not likely last very long!
 
 
Chuck Westfall's July Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.
 

 
Friday, July 10, 2009
 
Vignetting results have been added to the upcoming Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens Review and Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review.
 
Results are included for various tilt and shift settings including combinations of settings. Note that all vignetting tests are taken using evaluative metering. Certain tilt-shift settings have a significant affect on both vignetting and exposure. And there is a penalty to using the full tilt in conjunction with full shift in parallel orientation (this was no secret - Canon told us already). These test results should make these comments clear to you.
 
 
Great news! According to B&H Photo, the Canon USA Spring/Summer 2009 Rebate Program (sans DSLRs) has been extended by a month - to August 8th.
 

 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
 
Now OOS: Hot Deal: Beach Camera has the new, hard to find, Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens for only $1,409.00. Search for "CN2414IIL"
 
 
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is apparently a hot item right now (many people wanted the one I had available). Adorama has both a refurbished and a white box model available for $129.95 shipped if you are interested.
 

 
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
 
More stuff for sale ... Including some high end computer gear this time. 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.
 
Dell XPS 730 PC - $1,595 shipped
 
I have been a long-time laptop user, but in late November 2008, I decided that I wanted a killer/loaded desktop system for performance reasons - and for a video card that could drive a 30" monitor at its maximum resolution. Truth is, I couldn't pull myself from the laptop, so this beautiful gaming/video-class PC has been practically unused.
 
This unit has spent its short life under my studio desk. Aside from a little dust, it is mint. And, with the "Aluminum with Clearcoat Chassis" and LED lights, it looks awesome. Note: this is not a small tower system (weighs over 63 lb).
 
Item Description
XPS 730, Intel Core2 Q9550 (2.83GHz,1333FSB) w/QuadCore and 12MB cache
4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz
nVidia GeForce GTX 280 1024MB
750GB SATA HD(7200 RPM) w/16MBDataBurst Cache
Raid 0 with Dual 750GB Hard Drives (three 750GB hard drives total)
16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW (two drives)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, English, 32-bit (64-bit installed)
Dell USB Keyboard
Dell USB 4 Button Premium Optical Mouse with Scroll
Roxio Creator 10.2 Dell Edition
Integrated Audio (no speakers - I attached it into my Yamaha receiver)
1 Year Limited Warranty and Next Business Day, Desktop (started 12/1/2008)
Type 3 - Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year
Copper Heat Sink
 
This system cost me $2,169.75 plus tax. The remainder of the Dell warranty should take care of any problems that arise, but it is working perfectly right now. Here is Dell's description of this system.
 
 
Sold: Gitzo G-1518 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Rapid Column - $69 shipped
I used this in a Gitzo G1548 tripod. In great shape but shows typical slide-marks. The G1518 typically sells for $150 new.
 
Sold: Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens - $105 shipped
Lens is brand new / never opened (came with my T1i). Lens and caps only.
 
Sold: Canon 220EX Speedlite - $55 shipped
Includes case and manual.
 
Sold: Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP 30" Wide HD/HDMI Flat Panel Monitor - $975 shipped
 
Incredible, like-new, barely-used. It is an amazing monitor that I am reluctant to part with. I purchased this monitor on 1/29/2008 (remainder of 3 year warranty in effect) to go with a loaded Dell XPS 730 gaming/photo/video-editing PC (next item), but never made the switch from my beloved laptop. The monitor was used very, very little and works/looks like new. I even kept it covered while not using it.
 
My laptop will not drive the full 2560 x 1600 resolution of this monitor. A Display Port or Dual Link DVI-D compatible video card is minimally required for this resolution. I am including the required Dual Link DVI-D cable (took 8 hours on the phone with tech support to discover that Dell does not ship this monitor with this DVI cable version). Here is Dell's description of this monitor.
 

 
Friday, July 3, 2009
 
J&R has the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D + 18-55mm IS Lens Kit on sale for $799.88 (this weekend only).
 

 
Thursday, July 2, 2009
 
ISO 12233 Sample Crops from the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L 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.
 
Again, this lens looks impressive. Very low barrel distortion and CA with sharp corners at typical landscape apertures. Top-of-the-line build quality.
 

 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
 
The Canon Spring/Summer 2009 DSLR and Lens Rebate Program ends on July 11th. If there is a rebate-included-item you want, now is the time to get it. Don't forget USA, there is a holiday weekend in the middle of this remaining time period.
 
Go to the Canon DSLR and Lens Reviews to find your gear and use the recommended retailer links to make the purchase.
 
 
While on the rebate topic, SanDisk introduced a new rebate program. Get the details at B&H and Adorama (check out the "Pack of 3" deals).
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