Canon, Nikon and Sony News for Nov 2011 (Page 2) Report News & Deals  ►

 Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I listed a large quantity of used lenses, filters and other gear for sale in the cUSA.
Post Date: 11/23/2011 1:08:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
John Reilly (neuroanatomist) is back with his AF Microadjustment Tips.
Post Date: 11/23/2011 9:22:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have not had time to review all of the new Lowepro Lens Cases yet, but this Lowepro Lens Case Size Chart (Excel .xls format, provided by Lowepro) should make selecting the right case easier.
 
B&H carries Lowepro Lens Cases. (thanks Luis)
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 11/22/2011 12:11:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
John Reilly (neuroanatomist, from the forums) presents: Canon EOS DSLR Autofocus Explained
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/22/2011 10:36:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review page.
Post Date: 11/22/2011 10:21:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Manfrotto has announced a new L-Bracket.
 
Looks like a very useful product if you are using the Manfrotto quick release system. I'm still hoping they migrate to or add the Arca-Swiss standard.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 11/22/2011 9:20:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 21, 2011
dc.watch.impress.co.jp has posted an interview with the developers of the Canon EOS-1D X. The article, being in Japanese, is completely illegible to me - but Kaz sent me a summary of what he felt was new information. Here are his notes:
 
1) The 1D X is the first time they were able to combine the features of the 1D and 1Ds, which they couldn't do before due to technological issues. It was a "finally" kind of feeling after 10 years of development.
 
2) They knew some people would ask for more MP even when they announced the 1D X, but have their ears open and will keep thinking about what the market needs.
 
3) They're always considering the possibility of MF, but have no current plans to enter that market.
 
4) Timing of the 1D X announcement was to quell questions about the 1Ds replacement and to warn pros before the Olympics, and in consideration of Nikon, which they consider to be their biggest competitor when it comes to pros.
 
5) The earthquake had some effect on the 1D X release date, but it's not that. They actually wanted to release it earlier than March, which they feel is still a bit late for the August Olympics.
 
6) Although they can't say they'll never use them in the future, they are stopping production of APS-H sensors.
 
7) The APS-H size was more to allow for high-speed shooting, so they're moving fully to full-frame, to focus more on image quality.
 
8) The Digic 5 is 6 times faster than the Digic 4. The Digic 5+ is 3 times faster than the Digic 5, making it 17 times faster than the Digic 4, allowing for a lot of processing to be done in hardware rather than software.
 
9) ISO 204800 isn't overkill, as some feel, because some photojournalists need that kind of sensitivity.
 
10) Noise levels of the 1D X should be 2 stops better in all ISOs compared to the 1D IV.
 
11) The Digic 4 is now used as an image recognition processor, so it should be more than plenty to deal with the mere 100,000 pixels used for the AE sensor.
 
12) They know some people want the low-pass filter removed. The low-pass filter in the 1D X is fundamentally the same as previous models, and they decided to keep it in because the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for the pro segment that will use the 1D X.
 
13) Weather sealing is about the same as previous models.
 
14) HDR and some lens corrections still can't be done in-body due to processing power issues. But they may be added in future models.
 
15) Lots of consideration was given to the duplication of buttons in the portrait orientation, as well as preventing accidental pushing of some buttons (like the trash button).
 
16) Quieting the dial and buttons was also considered for video use.
 
17) Contrast AF speed is the same as in previous models.
 
18) The jello effect of the rolling shutter is slightly improved.
 
19) As for mirrorless, they definitely see the utility of a small camera, but have nothing to report at this time.
 
Thanks Kaz!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2011 6:03:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One of the benefits of using the Think Tank Photo banners on this site for placing your Think Tank Photo order is that you get a free gift.
 
I'm happy to relay the news that the Think Tank Photo free gift promotion just received a nice upgrade:
 
Think Tank Photo is offering up 11 camera pouches and memory card holders worth almost $300 that you can have added for free to your purchases. Every time you place an order with Think Tank, when you check out you will be asked which one of the items listed below you wish you receive for free. There is no limit on the number of orders you can place. You receive free gear with every order.
 
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Skin Double Wide ($35.96)
Skin Strobe ($28.80)
Skin Chimp Cage ($31.96)
Pixel Pocket Rocket ($18.75)
Security Tag ($25.00)
Post Date: 11/21/2011 2:09:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One of the tasks that I am far behind on is adding sample pictures to the site. To begin addressing this issue, I have added a batch of sample pictures to the site.
 
Many Canon EOS DSLRs and many lens brands and models are represented in this batch. I hope to add many more pictures in the near future.
 
Be sure to read the tips and other comments below each picture.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2011 10:54:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has posted the following firmware updates:
 
1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6L Firmware Update 1.02: USA | Europe
 
1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM L Firmware Update 1.01: USA | Europe
 
1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 L Firmware Update 1.02 : USA | Europe
 
Modifications enabled with L firmware Ver. 1.02
 
An issue that sometimes caused the aperture value recorded in image data to differ from the actual aperture value at which the image was shot has been resolved.
 
Modifications enabled with L firmware Ver. 1.01
 
An issue that in some rare cases caused images to be blurred when shot immediately after the camera was shaken or moved quickly has been resolved.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2011 9:09:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 17, 2011
PhotoShelter will email you a free guide to Selling Stock Photography.
Post Date: 11/17/2011 4:07:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 11/17/2011 10:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens in stock (or available to order = in stock very soon).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2011 10:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 16, 2011
For various reasons, the forums have been migrated to a new software platform utilizing vBulletin forum software. Migration is (mostly) complete, so take a look around.
 
One of the benefits of the new platform is that the Tapatalk Mobile App is now supported.
Post Date: 11/16/2011 12:04:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 16, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced updated availability information for three of its EF lenses:
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x lens availability yet to be determined
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens availability yet to be determined
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens availability yet to be determined
Additional information regarding the shipping date of each lens will be made available as soon as possible.
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x lens
 
The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x is being developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens for Sports and Nature Photography
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM offers professional photographers a lighter weight option for those situations that require a long focal length with improved image quality and enhanced durability over its predecessor. Great for a wide range of applications, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens is ideal for professional photojournalism, sports photography and nature and wildlife photography. The optical formula of the new lens has been enhanced to include two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 18 percent from 136.5 oz to 112.5 oz.
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens is expected to be available for an estimated retail price of $10,499.
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens for Wildlife and Photojournalism
 
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is the successor to the current EF 600mm IS lens first introduced in 1999. This new lens has been engineered for outstanding optical performance and durability and includes two new fluorite lens elements for improved quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Helping photographers in the field, Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by a substantial 27 percent from 189.1 oz to 138.3 oz.
 
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens is expected to be available for an estimated retail price of $12,999.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2011 11:36:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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