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 Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens firmware v1.2.0 is now available for download (for Mac OS only at this time).
Firmware Version 1.2.0 addresses the following phenomenon
1. If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
A Canon EOS-1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D is needed to install the upgrade. Alternatively, the lens can be sent to Canon Service to have the firmware upgrade installed.
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Post Date: 8/21/2012 8:50:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Magic Lantern has released version 2.3 of their firmware compatible with the foolowing Canon EOS DSLRs: 5Dmk2 2.1.2, 50D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 500D 1.1.1, 550D 1.0.9 and 600D 1.0.2.
From Magic Lantern:
Magic Lantern v2.3 represents an important milestone - professionals from all around the world are already trusting it for their paid work. We can safely say it's no longer a hack, but it's strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust.
We have worked a lot on bug-fixing and usability improvements and we sincerely hope you will find it a great companion for all your shooting sessions - from hobbyist to professional.
New or improved features

  • Fast zebras
  • Customizable menu and shortcut keys
  • Automatic HDR bracketing
  • A powerful timelapse tool
  • Advanced FPS control
  • Advanced ISO control
  • Contrast and saturation adjustments for LiveView
  • Image analysis tools in photo mode
  • Very fast playback zoom
  • A great support community

Learn more at

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Post Date: 8/21/2012 8:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Canon Celebrates Production Of 80 Million EF Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company's 80-millionth EF lens on August 3, 2012. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20 million units in 2001. After reaching the 30 million unit milestone in 2006, Canon celebrated the production of its 40-millionth lens in 2008. Owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series of SLR cameras, production for Canon's EF lenses then gained momentum to reach the 50 million unit milestone in 2009, followed by the 60 million mark in January 2011 and the 70 million mark in October of the same year. Now, just over nine months later, the EF lens series has reached the 80 million mark on August 3, 2012, adding a distinguished achievement to the 25th anniversary of the launch of Canon's EOS system.
Canon's EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and over the years has led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including a number of world's firstsi such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Also, since last year, the EF series newly added the EF Cinema Lens series for digital cinematography and the EF-M series for interchangeable lens cameras. As a result, Canon's current EF lens lineup is comprised of 76 modelsii. In 1987, production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began at the company's Utsunomiya Plant. Since then, it has expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies. The Company strives to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers-from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while also contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
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Post Date: 8/21/2012 8:25:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 20, 2012
Use coupon code USFCAMPUS50 to get the Canon EOS Rebel T4i, EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens, PIXMA PRO9000 II, Samsung 32GB SDHC Memory Card, case and cleaning kit for $1,099.00 AR with free shipping at BuyDig.
The camera and lens alone typically sell for $1,199.00.
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Post Date: 8/20/2012 7:20:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only: Woot has the Kodak Xtralife 72pk Alkaline AA or AAA Batteries for $14.95. Limited quantities are available. (thanks Jordan)
Post Date: 8/20/2012 7:03:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code S1111000 at Adorama to get the Canon EF-S 10-22mm Lens and EF-S 18-200mm IS Lens Bundle for $1,111.00 (regularly $1,328.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 5:32:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
About a week ago, I had the privilege of shooting in the Deboullie Mountain area in the northern tip of Maine. I will post many of the pictures captured on this trip as I get time, but have posted a Canon EOS-1D X-capture of the Milky Way and Perseids Meteor Shower with more-than-usual detail included about how the image was created.
Post Date: 8/20/2012 4:27:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens for $869.95 with free shipping (compare at $949.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 3:24:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC 30 MB/s UHS-I Memory Card for $44.95 with free shipping. Save about $10.00.
Post Date: 8/20/2012 1:51:17 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via GetItDigital) is featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body for $3,076.52 (compare at $3,464.00) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Kit for $3,908.75 (compare at $4,299.00).
Both ship for free. Plus "You'll earn $61.53/$78.18 in eBay Bucks."
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Post Date: 8/20/2012 11:38:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
David Hunt has an interesting project going on. He has inexpensively modified a Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to house a computer, allowing more functionality from the combo.
Check out David's project here. (thanks Sean)
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Post Date: 8/20/2012 11:19:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 19, 2012
eBay (via Beach Camera) has the Samsung 32GB SDHC Class 10 "Waterproof and Shockproof" SDHC Memory Card for $24.95 (compare at $29.95). Plus, "Pay today and earn $2.50 in eBay Bucks".
I only buy memory cards from retailers I trust (to insure that I receive authentic cards) - I trust Beach Camera for such purchases.
Reikan has released FoCal 1.6.0 with the following improvements:

  • Significant improvements to the analysis and prediction algorithm
  • Addition of Canon EOS-1D X support
  • Improvements to the MultiPoint Focus Test
  • Automatic update check on startup - get quicker notification of new versions!
  • Various bug fixes

(thanks John)

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Post Date: 8/19/2012 8:43:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon has the Canon PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer as the Gold Box Deal of the Day - only $59.99 with free shipping (compare at $134.00).
Post Date: 8/19/2012 8:26:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 17, 2012
Through Aug 28th, use coupon code PXSEEIT to save 50% on high quality 8x8 14 Page Photo Books at AdoramaPix.
Post Date: 8/17/2012 1:51:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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