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 Sunday, October 23, 2011
Through Nov 23rd, 2011, save between $100 and $300 instantly on the Canon EOS 60D DSLR.
 
The savings breakdown is:
 
$100 for the 60D body or body and kit lens.
 
$250 for the 60D body or body and kit lens plus the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens.
 
$300 for the 60D body or body and kit lens plus the Canon EF-S 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens.
 
The rebate poster is available for download.
 
Get the Canon EOS 60D at: B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2011 8:46:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, October 22, 2011
In case you did not pick up on this fact from the Canon-published 1D X AF information, the new Canon EOS 1D X, unlike previous 1-Series DSLRs, will not autofocus when using lenses or lens combinations with an f/8 max aperture.
 
Chuck Westfall, through Arthur Morris, confirms this:
 
"AF is unavailable on the EOS-1D X if the maximum aperture reported to the camera through the electronic lens mount is smaller than f/5.6. This is a lower specification than previous EOS-1 series DSLRs. On the plus side, consider the fact that with most f/4 lenses including the 400 DO, 500/4L IS and IS II, and 600/4L IS and IS II, you now have 41 cross-type AF points plus color and face detection, whereas you had no cross-type points and no color or face detection during AF with previous EOS-1 series DSLRs using the same lenses, not to mention a significantly wider AF coverage area from left to right."
 
This is of course disappointing to many extender users. Canon does not currently have a bare lens with an f/8 max aperture, but adding a 1.4x extender to an f/5.6 max aperture lens results in an f/8 max aperture lens. And, adding a 2x extender to an f/4 max aperture lens results in an f/8 max aperture lens.
 
The largest group of photographers affected by this change are, probably, bird photographers (such as Arthur Morris) - who have been dealt a double blow with the 1D X. Bird photography typically needs the most reach possible - through both lens focal length and sensor density. Increasing focal length via extenders has now been limited (for autofocus to function) and the 1D X has a less-dense sensor than either of the previous 1-Series models.
 
There are still some Canon EOS 1D Mark IV bodies available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2011 10:06:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 21, 2011
From Canon Professional Services USA:
 
Canon Professional Services Program Announces New Points Qualification System and Website to Enhance Membership Opportunities For Emerging Professionals
 
Canon Hosts CPS Lounge at PhotoPlus Expo 2011 with a Full Roster of Membership Benefit Activities
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 20, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced an enhancement to the Canon Professional Services (CPS) program with a new qualification system for membership acceptance. The new CPS professional points system allows an expanded roster of equipment to qualify prospective members into the program. The new points system will help many professionals who were unable to join based on the previous membership requirements.
 
In April of 2010, Canon extended its CPS membership to qualifying videographers, cinematographers and filmmakers and the overwhelming response received from these professional clients has prompted the need for a third CPS support center. Under the new points system, professional image makers can now qualify with ownership of a broader range of professional products including DSLR camera bodies, professional camcorders, lenses and accessories (speedlites and wireless transmitters, etc). The CPS program is designed to extend Canon's support assistance to imaging professionals with fast service, equipment evaluation loans, and a range of other benefits. For details and additional information on the new CPS points system and to see a comprehensive list of all eligible pro DSLR and Video equipment, please visit the CPS web page at: www.usa.canon.com/cps
 
Canon will once again host the CPS Lounge during PhotoPlus Expo 2011 at the Jacob Javits Center, October 26th-29th. The CPS Lounge will be open to the public on October 26th at noon, the day before PhotoPlus Expo opens and will be located in rooms 2D02/03 and 2D04/05. In addition to answering questions and providing Clean and Check services throughout PhotoPlus Expo, Canon Professional Services will also host a number of great opportunities for CPS members to enjoy additional membership benefits:
 
Print Signings
 
On October 27, 2011, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. legendary Rock & Roll photographer and CPS member, Bob Gruen will be signing copies of one of his iconic images for the first 100 Gold and Platinum CPS members to visit the lounge. These limited edition prints will be produced on the latest professional Canon printer.
 
On October 28th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CPS Lounge, Canon Explorer of Light, Vincent Isola will be signing prints for Gold and Platinum members. Images will be printed on the latest professional Canon printer.
 
Free Large Format Print Sample Member Images
 
CPS Gold and Platinum members are encouraged to bring with them their favorite image file to receive a free large format sample print of their image, courtesy of Canon Professional Services. Throughout PhotoPlus Expo Canon will station an imagePROGRAF iPF6350 large format printer in the CPS Lounge where Gold and Platinum members will be able to receive a sample print of their own image, limited to one print per member.
 
Free Clean & Check
 
Gold and Platinum members will be able to take advantage of free on-site Clean & Check services for up to two Canon professional DSLR or lens models. All equipment must be dropped off before 5 p.m. on October 28th in order to guarantee turnaround before the show ends. The lounge will not be accepting any equipment as of October 29th.
 
On-Site Registration Promotion
 
As a bonus for new or upgrading members, any person who signs-up, upgrades, or renews for a Gold or Platinum membership in the CPS Lounge will receive an additional free Clean & Check coupon. A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge to new and existing members throughout the show.
 
CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2011:
 
10/26 noon – 5 p.m. (Pre-show hours available)
10/27 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
10/28 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
10/29 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (equipment pick-up only)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/21/2011 9:18:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made a video about the new EOS 1D X available:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/21/2011 9:04:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
2nd Notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand
 
This is to advise you, following our first notice of October 11, of the latest situations of submersion at Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand.
 
1. Damages
 
The 1st floor of all buildings at the premises are presently submerged and the water level is as high as around 2 meters and there arose no remarkable change since October 12. Operation of the factory has been suspended since October 6. It is reported that there is no human damage.
 
2. Estimated impact to our business performance
 
We still have difficulty to grasp the overall damages of our equipment and facility since access to the premises continues to be prohibited. We are now continuing our utmost to estimate the impact of the flood to our group companies and business performance. We assure you to immediately advise our findings once it is judged there will be an important change in our forecast.
 
3. Recovery
 
We are unable to define how soon operation will be resumed. It will take a certain time before the situation normalizes including completion of water pumping out from the Rojana Industrial Park. We have set up support system under the Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the president and will endeavor to restart the operation as early as possible. Every possible measure is now under preparation to resume production by means as purchase of new manufacturing equipment, review of production assignment among whole Nikon group companies. As for drainage from the industrial park, we are requesting its acceleration to the Thai government, together with the Rojana Industrial Park authority, other companies in the Park and Japan External Trade Organization.
 
We deeply apologize you for any inconvenience caused by the disaster such as short supply of our products.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/21/2011 8:51:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 20, 2011
 Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Westcott has announced new Apollo Orb and Strip Light Modifiers (Westcott product page) for use with Speedlites.
 
Get your Westcott Apollo Orb and Strip Light Modifiers at B&H
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 2:58:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In my Dec 23, 2010 What I Want From Canon for Christmas post, I requested a 1Ds Mark IV with "... the latest DSLR features (horizon level, better LCD, HD video ...) to be added to it. Increase the resolution and frame rate too."
 
As the dust settles on the big Canon EOS 1D X announcement, I am getting asked the question "Are you excited about the new Canon EOS 1D X?" The ONLY reason I am being asked is because the 1D X has fewer pixels than the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III it replaces.
 
I have personally chosen the 1Ds III over the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV as my primary camera because of the full frame sensor format and higher resolution. Otherwise, I consider the 1D IV a better camera overall.
 
So, the 1D X retains the full frame sensor I strongly want but gives up 3mp of resolution. And yes, I will probably be able to notice that difference. Here is an example (use the mouseover feature) of what this difference is going to look like - though the 1D X should be considerably sharper than the 60D. But the reality is, that at this resolution, 3mp is not a great amount. And the quality of the pixels matter. With the promise of impressive pixel-level image quality, the trade-off may be even less than it first appears. Again, reference the difference in pixel-level image quality between the 1Ds III and the 60D in the example provided.
 
So, even if I don't gain resolution by upgrading to the 1D X, I do not expect to lose anything of significance in this regard. Looking at the additional features I gain makes it easy to say that March will be a long wait for me and that at least one 1D X will definitely become part of my kit.
 
I am simply drooling over the 12fps frame rate. Better LCD, incredibly high ISO settings, improved self-cleaning sensor, new AF system, built-in level, better auto white balance, HD video ... the entire list of feature improvements is huge. The significanly-lower-than-the-1Ds-III's-market-entry-price-tag is also greatly appreciated (the 1Ds III was $8,000).
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
 
Perhaps the 5D Mark III will get the megapixels? My expectation for the 1Ds III replacement to precede the Canon EOS 5D Mark III appears to be coming true. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an incredible camera for the price and continues to be great seller. My expectation [a guess] is for Canon to continue the 5D product line in some form and an EOS 5D Mark III, based on history, could very well be their 5D model line upgrade choice. I could see Canon making this camera an ultra-high resolution model. Perhaps with an articulating LCD?
 
When will a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or equivalent be announced? I have no idea. Canon does not share this information without an NDA - and I am not currently under such an NDA for this product, so please don't ask. :) Basing purchase decisions on rumors can mean a VERY long wait for a product to become available - if it ever becomes available at all.
 
Buy your gear when you need/want it is the advice I usually give.
 
Canon EOS 1D X Preorders
 
My guess is that the Canon EOS 1D X will be hard to get for months after it first hits the shelves. Preordering will be the best option for getting one of these cameras early.
 
At this time, I have not found any preorder opportunities for the 1D X. Perhaps the "estimated retail price" [Canon USA press release] and long delivery time may be holding retailers back from committing to deliver this camera for a specific price (some were burned on price in the last rounds of super telephoto lens preorders).
 
Continue to follow this news page to be notified of Canon EOS 1D X preorder opportunities.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 2:24:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store just received the refurbished Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens into stock - Only $1,999.20.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 1:53:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The HOYA PRO1 Digital ND32 and ND64 Neutral Density Filters (press release) have been announced.
Category: HOYA News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 11:20:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Check out the updated Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page for more 1D X images, charts and links to other online information.
 
From Canon Europe: Canon Ambassador Frits van Eldik's first impressions of the EOS-1D X (thanks John):
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 4:12:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
CPN has posted The EOS-1D X Explained.
 
This article digs deeper into the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera's features than the press releases.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 2:40:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon UK has published a worth-reading 8-page paper entitled Canon EOS 1D X Technologies Explained.
 
Again, a link to this page is now included at the bottom of the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 11:33:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera UK Press Release reveals more information about the new 1D X - a link to this release is now included at the bottom of the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 10:25:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Replacing the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III is the just-announced Canon EOS 1D X DSLR.
 
Some pics are available on the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page. I plan to add more information to the review page later today.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 1:25:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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