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 Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Friend NeuroAnatomist (AKA John) has pointed out a Canon EOS-1D X Autofocus MicroAdjustment bug:
 
"In the AFMA menu, when When Adjust by Lens is selected, powering off then on resets the setting (or W/T settings for a zoom lens) to zero, and also clears out a manually entered lens serial number. If I set it to All by Same Amount, the setting entered is retained...but, powering off actually changes the setting to Adjust by Lens, which is zeroed out. Even setting it to Disable and power cycling results in it being set to Adjust by Lens."
 
"The same reversions occur if the camera goes into standby mode - when it's woken up, the AFMA setting, regardless of where it was left, reverts to Adjust by Lens with the previously set value(s) zeroed out."
 
I have verified the issue with my 1D X. Expect a firmware update to resolve this bug.
 
Visit Neuro's "My name is John, and I'm an EAV" post in the forums for more information or to join the discussion. (thanks Sean)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2012 11:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 16, 2012
Preceding the full review, resolution and noise image quality comparisons have been added to the Canon EOS-1D X Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/16/2012 11:41:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Craig Blair over at CanonRumors.com has posted very sad news on his Facebook page:
 
"Our second child Hailey was born and died on July 12, 2012. I may not be around as much for the next little while. Thanks to everyone for the kindness."
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this tough time, Craig.
Post Date: 7/16/2012 11:27:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Voigtländer has announced the 28 mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII Lens in Canon and Nikon mounts.
 
Voigtlander 28 mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII Lens
 
Specifications
 
Focal Length: 28mm
Aperture Ratio: 1:2.8
Smallest Aperture: F 22
Lens Construction: 6 groups, 7 elements
Picture Angle: 74.8°
Aperture Blades: 9
Nearest Distance: 0,22m
Macro: 1:5
Diameter: 63.3mm Nikon AI-S, 70.0mm Canon EOS
Length: 24.5mm Nikon AI-S, 27.0mm Canon EOS
Weight: 180g Nikon AI-S, 230g Canon EOS
Filter Size: 52 mm
Mount: AI-S (CPU intergrated), Canon EOS
Item Number: 19650 Nikon AI-S, 19651 Canon EOS
Recommended Retail Price
Price 529,- € for Nikon
Price 549,- € for Canon
Optional (not included): LH 28N Lenshood
Post Date: 7/16/2012 10:20:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 13, 2012
PocketWizard ControlTL MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 6.104 Beta for Canon is now available for download
 
The release notes can be found here here.
 
According to Rob Galbraith, the new beta "adds support for the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT."
 
Rob also adds that "... this beta firmware release does not add compatibility with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X or EOS Rebel T4i" and quotes LPA Design's statement that the "5D Mark III is being reverse engineered and is our highest firmware priority."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/13/2012 12:27:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops along with flare and distortion test results have been added to the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 7/13/2012 11:33:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA CPS has announced that the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is now availabile for evaluation loans:
 
"EOS 5DMarkIII cameras are available for evaluation loans to Gold and Platinum level CPS members on a first come first served basis. Subject to the same rules and regulations applied to all try before you buy evaluation loan requests. cpsloan[AT]cusa.canon.com"
 
It is worth the membership cost just to evaluate this camera. Learn more at http://www.usa.canon.com/cps.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/13/2012 10:26:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma Corporation of America:
 
Sigma Corporation of America announces pricing and availability for 180mm F2.8 macro lens
 
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro HSM Lens
 
World’s first 1:1 180mm F2.8 macro lens arrives in the US in July for street price of $1,699
 
RONKONKOMA, NY July 13, 2012 – Sigma Corporation, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced that the Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMwill be available in the United States on July 27 for the street price of $1,699.
 
The new APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens boasts Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology and a wide F2.8 aperture to allow faster shutter speeds for narrow depth of field. With the OS feature, the lens offers the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible, enabling handheld, close-up photography. Three “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have a performance equal to fluorite glass, are included to provide excellent correction for color aberrations, and an inner focusing system enables this lens to photograph objects precisely throughout the entire focusing range. Overall length does not change during focusing.
 
“Macro photography is becoming quite popular and we’ve been growing our lineup of macro lenses as a result,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re filling a gap in the industry by introducing the world’s first 1:1 180mm F2.8 lens to the market. The Optical Stabilizer technology and the larger focusing distance also provide photographers with more control for highly sensitive subjects that are on the move, like butterflies and insects.”
 
Equipped with the Super Multi-Layer Coating feature, the APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens reduces flare and ghosting, and delivers sharp and high contrast images, even in backlit conditions. The incorporation of Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet and high-speed autofocus, as well as full-time manual focus override capability. The macro lens has a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to create an attractive blur to the image’s out-of-focus areas. At 1:1 magnification, this lens has a focusing distance of 18.5 inches, which is a greater working distance than shorter focal length macro lenses, making it advantageous when taking pictures of highly sensitive subjects. It is also compatible with Sigma’s 1.4x EX DG APO and 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters.
Post Date: 7/13/2012 9:42:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 12, 2012
As you know, this site is 100% supported by you - primarily from small commissions received from purchases you make using the links on this site. The bad news is that, late last year, the PA DOR made a shortsighted decision.
 
This PA DOR (Pennsylvania Department of Revenue) re-interpretation of an old law has resulted in B&H withholding support of the site - for many months now. B&H has been a good partner, I have had a long relationship with them, and I have been dedicated to maintaining that relationship going forward. Unfortunately, significant legal expenses compounded by the dramatic reduction in funding have seriously drained my finances. The result is that a new premier partner now takes over the preferred retailer position on the site.
 
Fortunately, Adorama is an excellent retailer to work with and is very worthy of my recommendation. I purchase very significant amounts of gear from Adorama and know firsthand that they take excellent care of their customers. Adorama generally delivers to me 1 day faster, and if you order by 7:00 PM ET, they ship (usually for free) the same day.
 
Going forward, I humbly request your support of this site through your gear purchases at Adorama - specifically by using the links provided here to add items to your cart and to complete the checkout process. I am extremely grateful for your support - I look forward to serving you long into the future!
 
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Post Date: 7/12/2012 10:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay is once again featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Body as a Daily Deal - $3,148.72 shipped (compare at $3,499.00). Plus, "You'll earn $62.97 in eBay Bucks." Seller is GetItDigital.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 8:31:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the following review pages:
 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 11:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Nikon to release a super-telephoto, 800-mm, fixed focal length lens for professional photographers
 
Nikon 800mm Super Telephoto Lens
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation will add the super-telephoto 800-mm, fixed local length lens to its lineup of NIKKOR lenses. This lens will offer a fixed focal length of 800 mm, a maximum aperture of f/5.6, and will be fully compatible with Nikon FX-format cameras.
 
This lens has been developed in order to strengthen the NIKKOR lineup of super-telephoto lenses. It will boast the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus lens, and will be best suited to capture of a wide variety of decisive outdoor scenes, from sporting events to wildlife. In addition to its superior optical performance, the lens will offer dust and water resistance.
 
In 2012, Nikon released three new FX-format digital-SLR cameras—the D4, the new flagship digital SLR, and the D800 and D800E, which offer incredible resolution and image quality. In addition to reinforcing its lineup of FX-format digital-SLR cameras, Nikon has also been working to expand the lineup of NIKKOR lenses.
 
Nikon has been providing service and support to professional photographers for roughly fifty years through the activities of its Nikon Professional Services (NPS). In addition to providing maintenance and repairs for the equipment professional photographers use every day, NPS service depots are set up at a variety of international sporting and cultural events. At these service depots, photographers can have their equipment inspected and repaired, and they can also borrow equipment.
 
Nikon has been also an official sponsor of The Open Championship since 1993. The Open Championship is the oldest of the world's four major tournaments* in professional golf (the next Open Championship will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England between July 19 and 22, 2012). This lens is scheduled to be on display at the Nikon service depot that will be set up for professional photographers working at the event.
 
Furthermore, this lens is scheduled to be on display at Photokina 2012, one of the world's largest photo and imaging exhibitions, to be held in Cologne, Germany from September 18–23, 2012.
 
*World's four major golf tournaments: Masters Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, The Open Championship, PGA Championship
 
As a leader in the professional imaging market, Nikon will continue to develop and release products offering superior performance and functionality based on the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history. Nikon will also continue to strive to strengthen and improve the service and support it offers to its professional customers.
 
Release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.
 
*Specification and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of manufacturer. Exterior finishing and design are not final.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 9:00:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Canon CameraWindow DC 8.8 is now available for download, adding supports new models.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 12:04:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Induro:
 
Induro® Announces New Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set
 
Unique support system for both still cameras and video cameras that can securely hold up to a 220 lb. load scheduled to be in stores July 2012
 
North White Plains, NY – (June 1, 2012) – Induro (www.indurogear.com), makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers and videographers, announces July 2012 availability of the new Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat Tripod Set.
 
Shown for the first time at NAB 2012, the new Induro DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set, designed with both photographers and videographers in mind, is a unique support system that provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting an unprecedented 220 lb. load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 100mm Bowl, and a 100mm Half Ball Adapter.
 
"We are so excited to soon be bringing this amazing compact, flexible and extremely strong tripod set to market," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "Sure to please the most demanding photographers and videographers, this new tripod set meets and exceeds the standards set by other Hi-Hat and Low-Hat solutions."
 
Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set goes far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on virtually any surface, plus the capability to be screwed, spiked or otherwise firmly secured to establish a rock-solid connection to the ground or a board.
 
Bubble levels are incorporated both on the tripod spider and the top plate of the half ball adapter. And three evenly spaced points provide secure 3/8" and 1/4" threaded mounts for accessories.
 
The Induro DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set will be available in stores in early July 2012 for $279.
 
B&H carries Induro products.
Category: Induro News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 11:04:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a series of EOS-1D X On-Camera Tutorials.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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