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 Sunday, May 15, 2011
Canon USA has announced their Spring 2011 Lens Rebates.
 
While Canon USA typically offers a significant DSLR, lens and flash rebate program each spring, this one is not likely to impress you - only three low end lenses are included. Canon USA has not commented on the reason for the small rebate program, but I'm certain that the lack of inventory resulting from the disaster in Japan is the reason. I personally was not expecting any lens rebates to be offered this spring.
 
One thing we do know is that these three lenses have significant availability - the instant rebate amounts are significant relative to the price of the lens. These rebates are in effect from May 15 through June 18, 2011.
 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - $150.00
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens - $100.00
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens - $50.00
 
If one of these three lenses is on your to-buy list, now is the time to get it. Links are to B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2011 9:24:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 13, 2011
Wonder no longer - Canon USA has issued a press release regarding this project:
 
Canon U.S.A. Commemorates The Setting Of The Last Segment Of Steel For Its New Canon Americas Headquarters
 
LAKE SUCCESS, May 12, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, celebrated the setting of the last segment of steel for its new headquarters during a "topping off" ceremony today in Melville, N.Y. Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A, and Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A., were joined by state and local officials to commemorate this milestone in the development of Canon's new facility which will serve as headquarters for North and South America.
 
"Today we are celebrating yet another milestone towards completion of the new Canon Americas Headquarters," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A. "I look forward to the day when we open the doors to One Canon Park and provide our employees a world-class facility in which to grow and succeed."
 
Canon USA's New Headquarters
 
Above, Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A., and Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A., raise the commemorative steel beam for the Canon Americas new headquarters in Melville, N.Y.
 
"It has been an exciting experience to watch our new headquarters being built from the ground up and we are grateful for the support we have received from various government officials and community leaders," Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A.
 
Just in case you wanted to know, the Canon-supplied image above was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens at 50mm, f/11, 1/100 and ISO 100.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/13/2011 8:47:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sigma has today announced that the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens in Nikon-mount is scheduled to start shipping this month.
 
Adorama is taking preorders.
 
B&H is now accepting preorders for the Canon-mount version, so I expect this one to be available very soon.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/12/2011 10:30:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As announced last week, I have a Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 (v1) to give away. As the entry list has been light, your odds of winning are high. Make sure you enter!
 
Here's how the giveaway works:
 
1. You "Like" The-Digital-Picture.com news page by clicking the Facebook "Like" button at the top right of the main news page.
 
2. You "Like" The-Digital-Picture.com home page by clicking the Facebook "Like" button at the top right of the site's home page.
 
3. Then you send me an email using this link with the subject line unchanged.
 
I will not have time to read these emails, so please leave the email body empty. Duplicate email addresses will be discarded.
 
At some time on Monday, May 16, 2011, I will randomly/blindly select one person to win and will ship this case to anywhere in the world that USPS services.
Post Date: 5/12/2011 12:50:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has posted financial results for the march 2011 fiscal year end. A Financial & Business Data PDF is also available.
 
More entertaining to many of us is the presentation material PDF.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/12/2011 11:09:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Canon Online Store just added two of my favorite APS-C general purpose lenses to their refurbished inventory - the Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS and 15-85mm IS lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2011 4:49:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H now has the Canon EOS Rain Covers in stock - for only $89.95.
 
Canon EOS Rain Covers are:
 
• Provided in three sizes (S, M, L) to fit a wide range of lenses
• Attachable eyecups (L, S) are provided for compatibility with all EOS DIGITAL cameras
• Transparent window enables clear visibility of the top and rear LCD panels and LC monitor
• Supplied soft case for compact packing
• Large printed “Canon” logo
• Front fastener enables easy attachment and removal of all lenses
• Strap slits in the S size rain cover can be used for improved operability and better gripping combined with waterproof performance when holding the camera by hand
 
Here are the compatibility lists.
 
Canon EOS Rain Cover Small ERC-E4S
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
 
Canon EOS Rain Cover Medium ERC-E4M
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
 
Canon EOS Rain Cover Large ERC-E4L
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS USM
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
 
It is highly likely that these lists are not conclusive.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2011 1:08:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DxO Labs has added 50 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses, for numerous Canon, and Sony cameras.
 
Visit this page to see the new combinations.
 
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 5/11/2011 12:33:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 10, 2011
J&R is accepting preorders for the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 500mm f/4L II IS USM Lens.
 
This is a great opportunity to get on the top of a waiting list for the lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 5/10/2011 9:23:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
"When is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III going to be announced?" is the big question hitting my inbox these days. And that is a good question - one that Canon has not answered publicly.
 
Last year, my guess was that the EOS 5D Mark III would be announced in August 2011 with availability in December. The reasoning behind this answer was that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was announced 3 years after the Canon EOS 5D and August is historically the month of one of Canon's biannual major DSLR, lens and flash announcements. The 5D II became available in December (to those who preordered early).
 
Today, I'm much less optimistic about seeing a 5D Mark III this year.
 
Why?
 
First, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark IV announcement did not happen in its historical timeframe (August 2010) - and has not happened to date. I expect the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III to be updated before the EOS 5D Mark II.
 
And second, the disaster in Japan was hugely disruptive. Details of Canon's recovery have been absent lately, but I have not been hearing any optimistic news coming from the affected area. I'm happy that we can still buy most current Canon DSLRs and lenses.
 
So back to the question: "When is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III going to be announced?" As with the rest of Canon's unannounced products, no one who knows is allowed to say. My complete guess is that we will not see an upgrade to the 5D II available until at least mid-2012.
 
The advice I've been giving is to get the incredibly successful Canon EOS 5D Mark II now. It has impressive image quality and you will most likely get a LOT of great shots from it before even my last-year-estimated 5D Mark III arrival date.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2011 1:23:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Phase One has released Media Pro (press release).
 
"Originally created by iView Multimedia, this professional digital asset management software has recently been known as Microsoft Expression Media. In its first release since Phase One’s acquisition of the product from Microsoft last year, it has been re-christened Media Pro."
Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 5/10/2011 1:16:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
PhotoShelter has made a 15 page Email Marketing for Photographers guide available.
Post Date: 5/10/2011 11:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lastolite is proud to announce the Joe McNally Signature Series of light modifiers. These products are take-offs of already existing great Lastolite products, but decidedly with professional photographer Joe’s touch.
 
Joe McNally TriFlip Kit (LL LR3996JM)
• New size of TriGrip, about 35.4”.
• Base is translucent.
• First cover is Silver, Softsilver, Gold and White.
• Second cover is a double sided black cover with a square that can be pulled out to create a hard edge.
 
Joe McNally TriFlash Rotate (LL LA2457JM)
• Same unit as the TriFlash Shoelock, but each of the cold shoes swivel 360º.
• Attach up to three flash guns.
• Rotating shoe mounts.
• Screw locking.
 
Joe McNally Satin Ezybox Hotshoe (LL LS2462JM)
• Same size as the medium Ezybox Hotshoe.
• Interior is white instead of silver providing a softer, less “contrasty” look.
• Adjustable bracket for different sized flash guns.
• Inner and outer diffuser.
 
Joe McNally UpLite (LL LR3497JM)
• Same as the standard UpLite 4:1 but includes a 3’ x 4’ diffuser panel.
• Diffuser can be used to create a ground level direct or indirect softbox effect.
• Self supporting reflector/diffuser panels.
• 30 to 80 degree positions.
• Ideal for outdoor use.
 
B&H carries the Lastolite Joe McNally products.
Category: Lastolite News
Post Date: 5/10/2011 9:28:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 9, 2011
I know that some of you have been looking for the extremely-hard-to-find Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III - B&H has it in stock. The previous batch went fast - don't wait if you want one.
 
The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is also in stock at the moment.
 
Add the 5D II body, the 7D and most of the other Canon EOS Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/9/2011 5:18:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Celebrating Dads and Grads, AdoramaPix is offering 20% off 8x8 Photo Books.
Post Date: 5/9/2011 12:07:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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