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 Monday, December 23, 2013
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From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
The rubber of the viewfinder of some units of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS compact digital camera may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
 
We take great pride in the quality and performance of our products. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.
 
Phenomenon
The rubber section of the viewfinder of some PowerShot SX50 HS digital compact cameras produced in certain lots from September 1 through November 15, 2013 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and internal analysis that the white substance is zinc bis (N,N’- dimethyldithiocarbamate).
 
Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. The reason for the depositing of this material was the use of an improper rubber accelerator by the manufacturer of the rubber viewfinder. As a result the rubber section of the viewfinder may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’- dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Viewfinder

Affected products
Only a small fraction of the PowerShot SX50 HS compact digital cameras – the ones containing the improper rubber accelerator – are affected by this phenomenon.
 
This phenomenon may occur in cameras of which the first and second digits from the left in the serial number are “69”, “70”, or “71” and the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”.
(Example serial numbers of cameras that may be affected: “69xxx1xxxxxx”, “70xxx1xxxxxx”, “71xxx1xxxxxx” (‘x’ can be any number))

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Safety Recall Serials

Caution on use
The amount of zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) deposited on the affected units is minimal. However, depending on one’s health and physical condition, in rare cases it is possible for zinc bis to cause allergic reactions, such as a rash, when it comes in contact with the skin of sensitive persons. In addition, if the eyes make contact with the substance, symptoms such as red eyes may develop.
 
As a precautionary measure, thoroughly wash your hands and rinse your eyes with water if they have come into contact with the rubber part of a viewfinder that has turned white. If any medical symptoms develop, please consult your physician immediately.
 
Support
If the camera meets the serial number criteria listed above, the product will be inspected and repaired free of charge. If you own one of the affected cameras please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-226-3277
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/23/2013 7:09:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 22, 2013
I spent a good part of this weekend with my extended family. We celebrated our annual "Christmas at Grandma's" on Saturday. As such, I didn't quite complete the video portion of this week's Recap. Oh well – enjoy the script if you want a rundown of the week's events!

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 21st, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, we highlighted a fast and easy way to resize and share your photos – with CoolTweak. Using CoolTweak, you can create custom right-click mouse actions for resizing, watermarking, or publishing your images to social media. I highly recommend trying it out!
 
On Friday, we learned that Lenstag had published mobile apps for iOS and Android. Using the Lenstag app, you can register your own gear, check the serial numbers of used items you wish to purchase, or flag your own gear as stolen. The Lenstag service is free, so there’s no reason not to protect your gear through registration with the site!
 
Also on Friday, we posted a YouTube video created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center which explained the sequence of events that led up to Apollo 8’s iconic “Earthrise” photo. As it turns out, the photo would never have been captured if it weren’t for a fortunate coincidence and some quick teamwork by the astronaut crew.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens. Wide open, the Sigma is not a stellar performer. But its relatively low price and solid build quality will prove enticing for many photographers. Check out Bryan’s review for all the details.
 
On Tuesday, Bryan posted image quality results and some eye candy for the Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens. Tests results now available include ISO resolution, flare, vignetting and distortion.
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his review of the Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 Laptop Bag. Bryan liked the case’s compact design, rugged build quality and surprising amount of storage space. Check out the My 2nd Brain review for more information.
 
And, for our deal(s) of the week…
 
Instead of just picking one deal this week, I’m going tip my hat to Adorama for all their fantastic Canon camera and lens deals we posted on Thursday. Some of them are still active, yet even better – now with overnight shipping. Scroll through our news pages if you're needing a special gift to go under the tree!
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 12/22/2013 6:00:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00**. (thanks Tim)
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the 6D deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera may be a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
 
** The "Compare at" price listed above is Adorama's checkout price and includes free overnight shipping, 2% Rewards, a Canon USA Warranty, and two free accessories (battery and SD card). In my opinion, it's worth the extra $100.00 to shop there. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/22/2013 2:09:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Need something by Christmas? Adorama is offering Free Overnight Shipping on tons of popular products (5D Mark III, Rebel SL1, etc). Order soon to ensure your gifts gets under the tree before Christmas morning! (thanks Greg)
Post Date: 12/22/2013 1:50:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, December 21, 2013
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $648.68 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 in checkout.
 
For more information, check out our full review of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the lens deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this lens may be a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
 
Update: This deal has expired. The price has been raised.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/21/2013 8:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 20, 2013

 
We've all seen the classic Earthrise photo taken by Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve, 1968. But do you know what events led up the photo's capture?
 
Watch the video to see how astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders used teamwork and quick thinking to turn an unexpected site into one of NASA's most iconic images.
Post Date: 12/20/2013 1:56:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring the Eye-Fi 16GB Pro X2 SDHC Wireless Memory Card as a Lightning Deal and is available for $58.99. Compare at $69.95.
 
I use an Eye-Fi 8GB X2 SDHC memory card in my Canon EOS M. I love the setup for capturing memories at family holiday get-togethers and having my images appear on a slideshow via a laptop connected to the TV. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/20/2013 1:01:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (review) available for $324.00. Compare at $474.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/20/2013 12:54:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 SD Card
Use promo code VMEBUYDIG ($20.00 off) and check out using V.me (by Visa) at BuyDig.com to get the Sony 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 SD Card (2-pack) for $59.99 with free shipping.
Post Date: 12/20/2013 12:43:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
Focus Camera has the Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (review) available for an in-cart price of $599.00 with free 2-day shipping (must choose the 2-day shipping radio button in cart). Compare at $699.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/20/2013 8:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Lenstag, a website devoted to protecting your camera gear, has just released it's newest tool in the fight against theft - the Lenstag App for iOS and Android.
 
The Lenstag App allows you to register your own gear and check the serial numbers of cameras/lenses you are considering purchasing to see if the items in question have been flagged as stolen in the Lenstag system.
 
And if the worst happens to you, the Lenstag App allows you to quickly flag your gear as stolen from your mobile device.
 
For what it's worth, all my cameras and lenses are registered with Lenstag. I highly recommend taking advantage of this free, valuable service. Check out the Lenstag website for more information. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/20/2013 7:56:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Tamron has announced their upcoming holiday closing schedule.

BranchDates Closed
TAMRON Co., Ltd. (Japan)Dec. 28, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014
TAMRON USA, Inc. (USA)Dec. 25, 2013 / Jan. 1, 2014
TAMRON Europe GmbH (Germany)Dec. 24-26, 2013 / Dec. 31, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014
TAMRON Industries(Hong Kong) Limited (China / Hong Kong)Dec. 25-26, 2013 / Jan. 1, 2014 / Jan. 31, 2014 - Feb. 3, 2014
TAMRON Optical Shanghai Co. Ltd. (China / Shanghai)Jan. 1, 2014 / Jan. 30, 2014 - Feb. 6, 2014
TAMRON (Russia) LLC. (Russia)Dec. 31, 2013 – Jan. 7, 2014
TAMRON INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED (India)Dec. 25, 2013 / Jan. 1, 2014

Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 12/20/2013 6:47:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 19, 2013
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
Adorama has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon (review) available for $349.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2013 2:05:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
Adorama has a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM & 600EX-RT Bundle available for a checkout price of $1,029.00 with free 2-day shipping. Regularly $1,487.00.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2013 2:00:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Focus Camera has many cameras, camera kits and lenses available with free 2-day shipping.
Post Date: 12/19/2013 1:23:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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You likely can't stop drooling over the incredible Adorama Canon deals that Sean has been posting this morning – and I completely understand. I haven't seen a deal list like that in a long time! Merry Christmas from Adorama!
 
But, I need to convey a sense of urgency for you to take advantage of these deals.
 
Our Adorama rep has indicated that "These Won't Last" and that "... they can expire at any time". Look over the previous Adorama Canon deal posts carefully and buy anything you think you want right away.
 
– Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2013 11:20:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $699.00. Regularly $799.00 after rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2013 10:37:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for a checkout price of $949.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Regularly $1,099.00 after rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2013 10:31:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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