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 Monday, May 30, 2011
Canon USA has posted Canon EOS 1D Mark IV firmware version 1.1.0.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
 
Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
 
Fixes a phenomenon where the ability to shoot movies may be stopped under the following conditions:
 
When using high-capacity (32 GB or greater) CF cards with little available space remaining and the user attempts to start shooting movies; or
 
When the camera’s battery is removed and reinserted into the camera and the user immediately attempts to start shooting movies.
 
Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic and Portuguese languages (applies to models outside of the the Japanese market only).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/30/2011 9:06:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only: Amazon.com has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 featured as the Gold Box Deal of the Day - priced at only $119.99 shipped (thanks Kerry).
Post Date: 5/30/2011 2:09:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, May 29, 2011
Canon Asia has posted Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.9.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.9 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 
1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
 
2. Fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button. This is because custom function C.Fn III-2 allows users to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens
 
3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai languages.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2011 9:04:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 27, 2011
B&H has changed the price on a significant number of the Canon Lenses. The really good news is that most of the prices went downward this time.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/27/2011 9:18:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Canon Refurbished inventory at Adorama has just been updated. Lots of great cameras and lenses are available - expect like-new gear at nicely-reduced prices.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/26/2011 1:45:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Canon USA Professional Services has sent notification to members stating that:
 
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011
 
We would like to take the time to remind you that all products sent in for repair are required to be registered in order to take advantage of your CPS repair discount. As of July 1st, any unregistered products sent in for repair will not be eligible for discount and returned to you. These products will not be eligible for service back-up loans under your current CPS account.
 
We encourage you to review your CPS account and register any unregistered products through your account at www.usa.canon.com/cps before the specified deadline date.
 
In the instance of illegible or worn serial numbers, please contact your local service facility for retrieval.
 
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to continue providing you with quality service.
 
Thank you,
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2011 2:04:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Redrock Micro has launched Universal Bundles for DSLR Cameras. These bundles are looking very nice!
Post Date: 5/25/2011 1:27:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In a press release issued today, Canon USA provides anticipated lens availability information. Canon USA adds "December" as the month for the 500 L IS II and 600 L IS II arrival.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/25/2011 12:29:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has released updates for Lightroom and Camera Raw:
 
Camera Raw 6.4.1 Update
 
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
English: Windows | Macintosh
 
Lightroom 3.4.1 update
 
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4 update includes these enhancements:
 
• Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Canon Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100
 
• Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom 3
 
The Lightroom 3.4.1 update includes an important correction for a bug introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 release
 
English: Windows | Macintosh
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/25/2011 7:41:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In a noticed issued today, Nikon Corporation has indicated that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sigma:
 
Nikon Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Japan
 
Nikon Corporation (KIMURA Makoto, President, Tokyo, hereafter referred to as "Nikon") filed a patent infringement suit against Sigma Corporation (hereafter referred to as "Sigma") to Tokyo District Court on May 25, 2011. Nikon's lawsuit seeks an injunction against Sigma's manufacture and sale of infringing interchangeable lenses with vibration reduction for single lens reflex cameras, along with damages for past infringement.
 
Nikon has invested considerable resources in the form of research and development over a period of many years. Such investments have created intellectual property that are important business assets of Nikon and have enabled Nikon to continuously provide the products and services that satisfy its customers requirements.
 
Although Nikon attempted to resolve Sigma's patent infringement through negotiation, a non-adversarial resolution could not be reached. Consequently, Nikon concluded that filing a lawsuit was the only way it could protect its intellectual property.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/25/2011 7:35:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Inc. has announced that it will acquire own shares.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2011 7:31:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon UK has posted some expected availability information for the new Canon lenses we have been waiting for:
 
Update to sales start for EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 25th May 2011 – Following the announcement of delays to the sales start to the following lenses :- EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, Canon can now provide an update on the planned start dates for these lenses:
 
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Late August, 2011
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Late August, 2011
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM - Late July, 2011
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM - Within 2011*
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM - Within 2011*
 
Canon would like to apologise to any customers who have been inconvenienced by these delays.
 
*Any sales start dates will be communicated as soon as they become available.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 5/25/2011 7:02:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 23, 2011
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If you prefer a FREE shipping & 55% off all orders deal, simply use coupon code fday11.
Post Date: 5/23/2011 3:42:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has announced the Long Live Imagination Campaign with Ron Howard.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/23/2011 3:10:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 20, 2011
(Reuters) - Japanese camera and copier maker Canon Inc (7751.T) expects its quake-hit supply chain to recover more quickly than originally estimated, giving a roughly 50 billion yen ($600 million) boost to its annual sales, the company's chief executive said.
 
In an interview with Reuters, Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai said "We now forecast (production) to return to normal by the end of June." Read the full story.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2011 6:04:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 19, 2011
Just posted: Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review.
 
Some reviews are definitely more fun to create than others. The Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens review was definitely one of those. I'll try to get some sample photos online soon.
Post Date: 5/19/2011 2:32:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lexar has introduced a Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Memory Card Reader (press release).
 
I'm currently using the USB 2.0 version of the this card reader - it works great.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 5/19/2011 1:14:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Lightroom Journal has posted the following warning:
 
Potential JPEG Bug in Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4
 
The Lightroom and Camera Raw team would like to inform you of a potentially severe bug that was introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 update. Please note that this bug only impacts customers who are saving metadata to JPEG files with a rare characteristic. (JPEG files must have an unusually large block of private camera data included in the file to be susceptible to the bug*) This scenario is so rare that we do not believe that it is necessary for customers who have already upgraded to revert to the previous version of Lightroom or Camera Raw. However, the bug could cause image corruption which falls within our highest severity category of bugs. The team believes it’s very important to notify you of the risk and provide an estimate of when we will be able to deliver a correction in the form of Lightroom 3.4.1 and Camera Raw 6.4.1. We intend to have these updates available by Friday, May 27th.
 
If you do work with a significant number of JPEG files in Lightroom or Camera Raw and routinely update metadata (keywords, captions, etc) it would be prudent to wait for the updated release of Lightroom and Camera Raw.
 
The team would also like to thank Doug Cooper who reported this issue on the Lightroom Feedback Portal. Rare bugs like this make it quite difficult to pinpoint the source of the problem or even create a reproducible scenario but thanks to Doug’s persistence we were able to track down this bug quickly.
 
* To date we’ve only found one camera that generates these large blocks of private data, the HP PhotoSmart R607.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/18/2011 10:08:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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