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 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
 
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Refurbished CanonPowerShot ELPH 500 HS and SELPHY CP800 Printer Bundle
The Canon Store has a Refurbished Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS and SELPHY CP800 Printer Bundle available for $129.99 with free shipping.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Refurbished Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS Digital Camera (Silver)
  • Refurbished Canon SELPHY CP800 Printer
  • 8GB SD Card Class 4
  • Color Ink/Paper Set KP-36IP

 Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Canon Logo
From Canon USA:
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D digital SLR camera.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.5 incorporates the following fix:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the Canon EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A.

Firmware Version 2.0.5 is for cameras with firmware version 2.0.3. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to version 2.0.5, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version.
 
Download Firmware Version 2.0.5 for the EOS 7D.
 
NOTE:
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
 
When the camera is updated to Firmware Version 2.0.5, the following settings will be automatically reset.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
 
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A must be running Firmware Version 1.0.7 in order to be used with the EOS 7D camera running Firmware Version 2.0.5.
 
Some older versions of the applications listed below do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. In order to address compatibility issues, please download the latest versions of the applications (listed below) from our Web site. For the latest operating system requirement information please visit the Canon website.
 
EOS Utility Version 2.13.25 or later Supported OSes:
Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
 
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.13.45 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6/10.7/10.8)
 
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8/8.1), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
 
Please download the most recent Instruction Manual if the firmware of your camera is being updated from firmware version 1.25 or earlier. The Instruction Manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions provided in these previous firmware versions.
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera ($1,257.95 checkout price w/ Free Shipping & 4% Rewards).

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 8:54:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Adorama has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for a checkout price of $449.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $499.00 AR.
 
Note: You must go all the way through checkout to see reduced pricing.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 8:08:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Amazon has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens available for $1,349.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate. (thanks Chris)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 6:15:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 3 Lenses Bundle available for $859.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $1,271.79.
 
Note: You must go through checkout to see reduced pricing.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DLSR Body
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  • Lowepro Adventura TLZ 15 Top Load Zoom Bag
  • SanDisk 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Adorama USB 2.0 SD/SDHC/MMC Reader
  • Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Photo Monopod
  • Adorama Slinger Digital Card Case Aluminum - Weather Proof

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 4:13:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
Adorama has a Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Bundle available for $949.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $1,099.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: You must go through checkout to see reduced pricing.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR Body
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Adorama Slinger Photo Video Bag
  • SanDisk 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 4:00:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto Pro-B4 1000 Air Generator with ProHead Plus
From now until December 31, you can get a free Profoto ProHead Plus ($2,205.00 value) with the purchase of a Profoto Pro-B4 1000 Air Generator.
Post Date: 12/10/2013 12:36:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens
From Samyang Europe:
 
As a result of many questions, we would like to provide information regarding the recommended retail price for the new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS will be:

  • 429 € (mount: Canon, Canon M, Sony, Sony E, Pentax, Samsung NX, Fuji X, 4/3, MFT)
  • 469 € (mount: Nikon AE);

Note: There's no word yet on the official North American suggested retail price, but if you simply convert Euros to US Dollars, the price would be slightly less than $600.00.

Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 12:18:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens
Amazon still has the Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $429.00. Compare at $649.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 11:13:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR with 24-85mm VR Lens Kit
DigitalRev has the Nikon D610 DSLR with 24-85mm VR Lens Kit available for $2,249.00. Compare at $2,496.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 10:25:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver
PocketWizard radios have been the de facto standard for flash triggering for more than 20 years. They are well-known for their range and reliability, so I was interested to see if their new entry-level Plus X Transcievers would live up to PocketWizard's long estabilished, impressive reputation.
 
Check out our full review to see what I found. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/10/2013 7:52:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon EN-EL14a Battery
On November 14, we posted the news of firmware updates available for the Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, D3200 and P7700 cameras. The firmware modification notes read:

"Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
 
Remaining battery charge is now accurately detected for Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a. By upgrading firmware to [current version], EN-EL14a performance is maximized so that more images can be captured (battery performance) than when an EN-EL14 is used. With firmware [previous firmware version] and earlier, the number of images that can be captured (battery performance) when an EN-EL14a is used is less than when an EN-EL14 is used."

Some owners who updated their Nikon cameras' firmwares are reporting that the update killed compatability with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon attempt to kill 3rd party compatability with the firmware updates?
 
If so, I suspect they may have been taking a play out of Canon's playbook. Back in early Ocotber, Canon released a product advisory regarding the LC-E6 Battery Charger, the charger that ships with cameras using the LP-E6 battery (5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D, 70D, 60D, 60Da). In the product advisory, Canon stated:

"In rare cases, the orange lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 will blink rapidly at regular intervals when the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is inserted. In such cases, charging the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 is not possible."
 
This symptom may occur when a Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 has been discharged due to being unused for a prolonged period of time, such as when it is first purchased."

Canon provided a fairly easy procedure to reset the charger. However, Canon also stated:

"The situation may also occur when attempts are made to charge non-genuine Canon Battery Packs in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6. However, the procedure provided above does not apply to the use of non-genuine Canon products."

I found the note regarding 3rd party batteries quite interesting. And surely enough, when I tried to charge one of my 3rd party batteries in the LC-E6 that came with a 5D Mark III, the battery wouldn't charge. However, if I placed the same battery in an older LC-E6 (one that was packaged with our 7D review camera purchased in late 2009 and another packaged with a 5D Mark II), the 3rd party battery charged perfectly fine.
 
That got me wondering – Did Canon reengineer their battery chargers to make them less compatible with 3rd party batteries? And did their reengineering attempt inadvertently cause issues with their own OEM batteries? If so, is Nikon following Canon's lead in actively discouraging 3rd party battery use?
 
I don't have an answer to these questions. However, I do find it quite ironic that newer LC-E6 Battery Chargers seem less compatible with 3rd party batteries than the older chargers and that Nikon's firmware updates seem to break compatability with 3rd party batteries. [Sean]

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 7:46:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera
For today only, the Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera available for $179.99 with free shipping, deluxe leather case and 8GB memory card. Regularly $344.97.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 6:26:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 09, 2013
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via RytherCamera) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $689.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.
 
This item comes with a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/9/2013 8:28:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Kit with 24-85mm VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon D610 DSLR Kit with 24-85mm VR Lens available for $2,249.00. Compare at $2,496.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/9/2013 7:43:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS II Lens
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm IS II, PIXMA PRO-100 & Printer Paper Bundle available for $386.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards after $400.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • SanDisk 32GB Class 10, Extreme SDHC Memory Card
  • Red Giant Adorama Production Software Bundle

Directions:

  1. Go to Adorama's T3i Kit page.
  2. Click the link under Buy together and save.
  3. Click the radio button beside the PIXMA PRO-100 printer. Add to cart.
  4. Go through checkout. The price will drop to $786. Redeem $400.00 mail-in rebate for a final price of $386.00.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/9/2013 7:00:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Ultra 32 GB MicroSDHC Class 10 Memory Card
Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra 32 GB MicroSDHC Class 10 Memory Card available for $16.79. Compare at $23.95.
 
Amazon also has the SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDHC Class 10 Memory Card available for $34.99. Compare at $45.95.
Post Date: 12/9/2013 6:48:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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