Nov, Dec 2009: Canon EOS News and What's New at

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
PocketWizard has Released MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware Version 5.0
"ControlTL™ Firmware Version 5.0 for Canon incorporates several new features, many performance improvements and new camera and flash compatibility."

Friday, December 25, 2009
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
We wish you true peace and joy this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Canon USA has once again posted Vincent Laforet's Canon EOS 1D Mark IV sample video entitled "Nocturne".
Shot at night with only existing lighting, Nocturne shows this new DSLR's impressive low light video capabilities.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Attention Europe:
B&H Photo Video has a Christmas present for you! Guaranteed delivered-to-you prices including shipping, VAT and duties!
You can now enjoy the great selection, service and pricing that we in the United States have without the unknown VAT and duties costs.
Add the items you want to your B&H cart (after clicking on one of the links on this site of course :), select your country and preferred shipping method in the shopping cart and you should see the duties and VAT displayed along with the shipping cost. Complete the order and your gear arrives to your door with no hidden costs.
B&H has invested a huge amount of resources in this project and has big plans for the future - including significant expansion of the country list and real time currency conversion.
You are not required to use B&H's guaranteed VAT and duties prices - simply click on the "See Duties & VAT" link beside the rate and select the opt-out check box if you are exempt or would rather pay the duties/VAT yourself.
Try it out!

Sunday, December 20, 2009 has the Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D with kit lens for only $409.00 with free two-day shipping.
B&H has the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens in stock.

Friday, December 18, 2009
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.
The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens is now in stock at:
      B&H Photo, Adorama, and J&R
Adobe has released Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 updates.
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS4, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, and Adobe Premiere® Elements 8 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 2.6 update includes support for several new camera models including the Canon EOS 7D and includes corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases.
Camera Raw 5.6 Update: Windows | Macintosh
Lightroom 2.6 Update: Windows | Macintosh
Adorama has the Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset for FREE including shipping after $20 MIR. Limit three (3) rebates per household or address.
Adorama has the Canon EOS-5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with SanDisk 16GB Extreme III CF Card and Slinger Camera Bag for $2,679.00 after $20 SanDisk MIR (Visa debit card).
Definitely order the Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer at the same time. The price of the printer is $446.95 but the 5D II/printer combo then qualifies for a $400 rebate. Sell the printer if you don't need/want it. Or, the PIXMA 9000 Pro II would make an amazing $46.95 Christmas present.
There are many variations of the 5D II deal available. Search for "Canon EOS 5D Mark II" to see them all. For example, the 5D II in Refurbished by Canon condition is $2,399.95.

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
Canon has released the following firmware updates:
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.2.0
Canon EOS 1D Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.3.0
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 1.2.4
Canon WFT-E2 / E2A Firmware Update Version 2.0.0
The Mark III bodies gain support for the WFT-E2 II wireless file transmitter that was released in December 2009.
The 5D Mark II improvements and fixes are:
"1. Supports the WFT-E4 II wireless file transmitter that was released in December 2009."
"2. Corrects a phenomenon in which visible noise may appear in images taken by continuous Bulb shooting."
"Firmware Version 2.0.0 supports the use of the WFT-E2 / E2A wireless file transmitter with the EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR camera. If you are using the WFT-E2 / E2A with the EOS-1D Mark III or EOS-1Ds Mark III, you do not need to update the firmware."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
'Tis the season for free shipping (to cUSA) ...
Adorama is offering free shipping on all orders over $100 until Wed, 12/16/2009 at 3PM EST (act fast).
B&H is offering free second day shipping on all Canon cameras.
And since it is also the season for giving and many of you are looking for gift ideas ... a DSLR is a great gift for many reasons. The first is that the recipient will surely love it and get significant use from it. Another is that they will likely share their images with you. Yet another is that you will have an activity/passion to share with that person. And another is that you will no longer have a problem finding a gift for that person for any occasion. Lenses, flashes, a tripod, memory cards, cases, a battery grip ... there will always be great add-on gifts for a DSLR owner.

Monday, December 14, 2009
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Review.

Friday, December 11, 2009
Updated: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 50D and larger product images have been added.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review.
There's a new show in town.
Canon USA, on behalf of CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association), has announced a significant "New International Photo Event in Japan" - succinctly called "CP+".
"Please find below and enclosed information [PDF Press Release] on the newly-created photo industry event in Japan called “CP+ (Camera & Photo Imaging Show, pronounced [see-pea-plus])”, hosted by CIPA. The first exhibition of “CP+” is scheduled to be held in "Pacifico Yokohama" of Yokohama-city, Kanagawa, between March 11th and 14th, 2010.
For those familiar with the PIE (Photo Imaging Expo) held in every March for the past 5 years of which CIPA was a part owner together with other three industry organizations, please be informed that the event was dissolved in March this year, and CIPA decided to take a step in the new direction by launching “CP+”, its own annual event starting from 2010.
The goal of “CP+” is to create a new international photographic industry exhibition, something comparable to Photokina in Germany or PMA in the USA, which proves to be an ideal platform for camera equipment manufacturers, component/device suppliers and software developers alike to present their products/technologies on a global scale and to search for untapped business opportunities. There will also be numerous lectures, seminars, galleries, panel discussions and speeches to facilitate and nurture further development of the photographic society at large. Please find the attachment for details on “CP+”.
For “CP+” please visit
For CIPA, please visit
(CIPA members)
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
Kenko Co., Ltd.
SIGMA Corporation
Sony Corporation / Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc.
Tamron Co., Ltd.
Nikon Imaging Japan Inc.
Panasonic Corporation
FUJIFILM Corporation
HOYA CORPORATION: PENTAX Imaging System Division
Ricoh Company, Ltd.
and others
CIPA cordially invites you to visit their “CP+” website and register yourselves.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Akiyoshi Hatakeyama from CIPA (E-mail:"

Monday, December 7, 2009
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review
Chuck Westfall's December Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Announced: Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 and 100mm f/2 ZE Lens (press release)

Friday, December 4, 2009
Announced: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens (press release)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I posted a quick, lab-only look at the new Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens. I hope to complete the full review later.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I have been discussing the price of the Canon Refurbished gear with Adorama. Some of the recent prices simply did not make sense (a couple were more than new gear prices).
While not all prices are corrected yet, there have been at least some nice changes made. If there is a lens or camera you are interested in, check the Canon Refurbished inventory again - and watch for more corrections in the near future.
Canon has announced another round of DSLR+Lens instant rebates (PDF).
Save $200 instantly if buying the:
EOS 50D + EF-S 28-135mm IS Lens and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
EOS Rebel T1i + EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
EOS Rebel XSi + EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
Save $100 instantly if buying the:
EOS Rebel XS + EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens and EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving USA!
I have a lot to be thankful for, but I especially want to express my thanks to you for making this site possible. Without you, this site would not exist - It's really as simple as that.
As you do your holiday shopping online this year, please keep this site in mind. My inbox has been filling up with Black Friday deals (some will only show up Friday morning) from the retailers included on the site. I can't keep up with all of them, so, it is probably easiest to just send you to the Support This Site page. Most of the retailers listed have a Black Friday deal page(s) that will list all of their bargains. Start at the first and go through all of them. And experience no traffic or parking hassles. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
About 20 lenses have been added to the Camera Lens Product Image Comparison. Most of the non-super telephoto Canon lenses are now included.

Monday, November 23, 2009
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Adobe has posted:
Camera Raw 5.6 Release Candidate
Lightroom 2.6 Release Candidate
Newly supported Canon camera models are the Canon EOS 7D, Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot S90.
Adorama asked me to share two printer deals with you. Both printers are $50 with the appropriate coupon code:
Canon Selphy ES30 Compact 4"x6" Photo Printer - coupon code S2446655
Canon Selphy CP770 Compact 4"x6" Photo Printer - coupon code S2446656
Both printers are FREE after rebate with the purchase of a Canon digital camera.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Canon Refurbished inventory at Adorama has just been updated. There are 138 items showing as available right now.
Again, you will need to dig through the camera kits to find lots of great cameras and lenses available. Since we are in a Canon instant rebate period (= great deals), be sure to check the new price of the lens you are interested in before making the purchase.
Expect like-new gear with a 1 year Adorama warranty - Act fast - the good deals on good gear usually don't last long. Here are some of the deals ...
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens - $1,949.95 (save $170)
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens - $1,499.00 (save $190)
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Lens - $399.95 (save $30)
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens - $499.95 (save $100)
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens - $1,199.95 (save $170)
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens - $6,699.00 (save $400)
Canon Extender EF 1.4x II - $259.95 (save $49)
Canon Extender EF 2x II - $269.95 (save $29)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens - $949.95 (save $40)
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - $949.95 (save $100)
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens - $1,049.95 (save $49)
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens - 2,369.95 (save $69)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens - $1,049.95 (save $85)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens - $1,099.95 (save $120)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens - $479.95 (save $49)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Canon Virtual Plant Tour: How are Professional Use Digital Camcorders Made?
Not the manufacture of a DSLR, but this 17 minute is still an interesting watch.

Monday, November 16, 2009
Canon EOS 7D Review
Adorama has some great deals on SanDisk Extreme III memory cards.
Link is to a 3-pack of 8GB CF cards for $69.95 after MIR. That's only $23.32 per quality 8GB card.
Check out the rest of the SanDisk deals by searching Adorama's site for SanDisk Extreme III.

Friday, November 13, 2009
More Canon EOS 1D Mark IV information:
Canon Digital Learning Center Videos (thanks Greg)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Explained Explained - by Canon Europe
CDLC's What's New in the EOS-1D Mark IV: Improved CMOS Sensor
CDLC's What's New in the EOS-1D Mark IV: Advanced Autofocus System
I plan to have the Canon EOS 7D Review completed on or by Monday.
I apologize for inadvertently posting a partially completed 7D review recently. I (apparently) accidentally loaded it to the production server along with another updated review.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV White Paper (7.8 MB, 123pg .PDF) is available for download.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live Shoots Opening Title Sequence in Full 1080p HD Video with Canon’s EOS Digital SLR Cameras
Here is the Saturday Night Live Opening Title video. Drag the slider to about 4:48 into the show. (thanks Michael and Jon-Michael)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Owner's Manual (6.5 MB .PDF) is available for download.
Monday, November 9, 2009
New to the site: Camera Lens Product Image Comparison
I have the images for most of the Canon lenses shot. Many are on the site now and the balance will be available soon.
Using mouseover links, the new Camera Lens Product Image Comparison feature makes it easy to compare the size/shape of a lens to other lenses.

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Chuck Westfall's November Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Review
Canon has released EOS 7D Firmware v1.1.0
"Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes.
1. Corrects a phenomenon that in images captured by continuous shooting, and under certain conditions, barely noticeable traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Canon has announced a new DSLR + Lenses Rebate for Nov 1 - Nov 21, 2009.
Rebates (mostly $200) are available for the Canon EOS 50D, Rebel T1i, Rebel XSi and Rebel XS - all with a specific set of kit and tele-zoom lenses.
Hit the Canon DSLR Reviews page, select the camera you are interested in and use the link to your favorite retailer.
Also available is an up-to-$700 rebate on select Canon Printers and DSLR/Printer combinations.
Included printers are the Canon Pixma Pro 9000/9500 Mark II (B&H link).
Included DSLRs are the Canon EOS T1i, 50D, 5D Mark II, 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III (B&H link).
Sell the printer if you don't need/want it.
For more details, see the rebate form linked from this B&H EOS 5D Mark II page.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Updated: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di Lens Review
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.

Monday, November 2, 2009
Updated: Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens Review
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III have been added.
The Cavernous Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise ® 70 Pro Shoulder Bag (press release) has been released. It is available now.
Zeiss has announced the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE Lens (press release)
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