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 Saturday, November 01, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Canon EOS 50D is now $1,099.95 shipped at:

B&H Photo
Amazon
J&R

The Canon EOS 40D is now $839.95 shipped at Amazon.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving USA! Here are some Black Friday deals:

B&H Photo Video
Adorama
RitzCamera.com (1) and RitzCamera.com (2)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vincent Laforet has posted a second 5D Mark II video. The video is not full 1080p resolution, but is still very nice.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Review

 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is shipping to US dealers today. Watch for your preorder to be filled the end of this week or the beginning of next (according Adorama/Chuck Westfall/Rob Galbraith).

 
Adobe Camera Raw 5.2 is now available for download. The 5D Mark II is the big additonal supported camera from the Canon Digital SLR perspective.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, Maine

I needed a break from working on a review, so I thought I would share one of my favorite images from my recent Acadia National Park trip. Hope you enjoy it - many more will be coming.

 
Canon USA has updated the mail-in rebate notice:

"Dear Valued Customer,

This is an official message from Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The third-party rebate processing company, Continental Promotion Group (CPG), that was responsible for processing rebate claims and issuing mail-in rebate checks for Canon-brand printer and video products (along with many other products from a number of other companies) filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition on Friday, November 14. The funds provided to them by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (and other companies) are no longer available to satisfy the rebate checks that CPG issued on behalf of Canon and other companies.

Canon has made arrangements for such checks to be honored despite CPG's bankruptcy. Accordingly, if you have not yet presented such check to your bank for payment, please feel free to do so now.

Notwithstanding Canon's efforts in making arrangements to have rebate checks honored, as of the close of business on November 20, we received information that a small percentage of the outstanding rebate checks that were issued by CPG and dated on or before November 14, 2008 were returned unpaid. Canon has identified the affected customers and is in the process of sending replacement checks. Please allow approximately ten (10) business days for processing replacement checks. Canon will also reimburse those affected customers their returned check charge (see below for instructions). We apologize for any inconvenience, delay or confusion this situation with CPG has caused.

Accordingly, we request that you take the following actions:

If you are holding or receive a rebate check for printer or video products which is dated on or before November 14, 2008, and such check has not previously been returned unpaid, please present that check to your bank for payment. If you have not yet mailed in your rebate claim materials, please note that Canon has made processing arrangements with a new mail-in address. Please direct those materials to the following address instead of the address referenced in the rebate materials:

Canon USA Rebates
P.O. Box 342140
Bartlett, TN 38184

If your rebate check was returned unpaid as noted above, we are processing replacement checks now which will be mailed to you and you should receive in approximately ten (10) business days. Once such replacement check is deposited, please destroy your returned rebate check, which will not be honored. In the event your bank has charged you a returned check fee on the original rebate check which was returned unpaid, please submit the letter from the bank advising of such charge or, if unavailable, such other evidence as you may obtain that reasonably supports your return check charge to:

Canon Recovery
P.O. Box 343150
Bartlett, TN 38184

Please black out or otherwise delete any sensitive information, including your account number and statement balance from the documents you submit to support your request for reimbursement of a return check fee. Canon will promptly process these charges and reimburse affected individuals. We are committed to ensuring that you receive your rebate as soon as possible and that you will continue to have full confidence in Canon U.S.A., Inc.

We apologize again for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Canon U.S.A., Inc."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Amazon.com has Adobe Photoshop CS4 for $589.99. (Update: Now $579.99.) This is about $120 less than the going price. Purchase Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 at the same time and get a 30% discount (on LR only).

 
Canon rebate problems - Here is Canon USA's notice to customers:

"November 17, 2008.

Dear Valued Customer,

This is an official message from Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The third-party rebate processing company that was responsible for processing rebate claims and issuing mail-in rebate checks for Canon-brand printer and video products (along with many other products from a number of other companies) filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition on Friday, November 14. The funds provided to them by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (and other companies) apparently are no longer available to satisfy the rebate checks such company issued on behalf of Canon and other companies. Regrettably, as a result, you should not cash the rebate check you recently received for such products, as it may bounce. We apologize for any inconvenience, delay or confusion this may cause. We are doing everything in our power to promptly rectify the situation.

Accordingly, we request that you take the following actions:

If you are holding or receive a rebate check for printer or video products which is dated on or before November 14, 2008, please do not cash the check, as it may bounce. Please look for updated postings on the Canon U.S.A. website on or about November 21, 2008 for further instruction on how to exchange your check for a new check that you will be able to cash. If you have not yet mailed in your rebate claim materials, please hold such materials until you receive further instruction. We are making new processing arrangements, with a new mail-in address. Please look for updated postings on the Canon U.S.A. website on or about November 21, 2008 for further instruction on where to mail your rebate claim material and how to exchange your check for a new check that you will be able to cash. Check our website later this week for further instructions and contact information for any questions you may have. Again, please do not cash any rebate checks for printer or video products which are dated on or before November 14, 2008, as they may bounce.

We are committed to ensuring that you receive your rebate as soon as possible and that you will continue to have full confidence in Canon U.S.A., Inc.

We apologize again for any inconvenience.

Sincerely, Canon U.S.A., Inc."

It appears that, in light of a bad situation, Canon USA is being very proactive in taking care of their customers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Lens Review - Part 1.

Read the review to find out why a "Part 2" is necessary.

 
B&H now has the Lexar CompactFlash card rebates posted.

Lexar 8 GB, 133x Professional CompactFlash Memory Card ($87.95 - $80 rebate = $7.95)
Lexar 4 GB, 133x Professional CompactFlash Memory Card ($44.95 - $40 rebate = $4.95)
Lexar 2 GB, 133x Professional CompactFlash Memory Card ($32.95 - $30 rebate = $2.95)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Sample Pictures

All were shot with the Canon EOS 50D. I have many more 50D sample pictures coming.

 
Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.5.1 updater (along with the rest of the Canon EOS family of software) is now available for download. Choose your operating system to get your specific options.

"1. Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.5.1

1-1. Supports the EOS 5D Mark II.

1-2. Supports luminance noise reduction for sRAW images taken with the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 50D

1-3. Now displays movie icons for movie files (.MOV) on the thumbnail list screen.

1-4. Added one lens that is supported by the lens aberration correction function Supports the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

1-5. Fixes malfunctions - Fixes a malfunction where the setting of Toning effect (Sepia/Blue/Purple/Green) in the Picture Style setting Monochrome cannot be reflected or changed if Highlight tone priority under the C.Fn II-5 is set to 1: Enable when shooting RAW images with the EOS Kiss X2/EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS DIGITAL 450D cameras."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Adorama has some good deals on Lexar CompactFlash cards.

Lexar 8 GB, 133x Professional CompactFlash Memory Card ($89.95 - $80 rebate = $9.95)
Lexar 4 GB, 133x Professional CompactFlash Memory Card ($47.95 - $40 rebate = $7.95)
Lexar 2 GB, 133x Professional CompactFlash Memory Card ($34.95 - $30 rebate = $4.95)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Updated: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Review

A link to a specific 50D ISO 12233 resolution chart comparison has been added to the Diffraction Limited Aperture section.

Additional comparison samples have been added to show the results of the downsizing a 50D image to 40D proportions.

 
Take 20% off of Lowepro gear at Amazon.com using promo code "9OA8XRQS". I don't when this code expires, so use it fast if you are going too use it. (thanks Jason)

 
Think Tank Photo Airport Backpacks V2.0 Press Release

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Review

 
Amazon.com has the Canon Speedlite 430EX II for $249.99. (thanks David)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

B&H has the new Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Lens for Canon EOS in stock. This should be a great lens for the price (if you do not need auto focus). I have one on order.

Monday, November 10, 2008

With the new Canon rebate in effect, the Canon EOS 40D body is now priced at $864.95.

Canon 40D options at B&H
Canon 40D options at Amazon.com
Canon 40D body at Adorama

 
Chuck Westfall's November Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

More Canon rebates!   First, the Fall 2008 Canon Rebate Form has been updated to include the Canon EOS 50D (we knew about that rebate) and now includes the Canon EOS 40D. You should see a $100 instant rebate on the 50D and a $50 instant rebate on the 40D.

The Canon EOS Rebel XSi and Canon EOS Rebel XS also have $100 instant rebates if purchased with the specified lens. The rebate form indicates that the Canon EF 75-300mm III Lens is the required additional lens for the Rebel XS and the Canon EF 55-250mm IS Lens is the required additional lens for the Rebel XS. (thanks Joseph)

 
Canon RAW Codec 1.4 is available for download.

"Changes and corrections made from Canon RAW Codec 1.3

1. Added supported models: EOS 50D, EOS 5D Mark II, and PowerShot G10.

2. Changes made in the RAW image processing of the EOS DIGITAL products. RAW processing results are now the same as those of Digital Photo Professional.

3. Supports Microsoft Pro Photo Tools." (thanks Sean)

Friday, November 07, 2008

J&R is taking preorders for the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens. I don't expect the demand for this lens to be huge, but preordering insures that you are first in line when the lens arrives.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Canon EOS 50D is now available for $1,199.95. The new pricing appears to be a $100 price drop and a $100 instant rebate on all 50D kits. Additional up-to-$400 printer combo rebates are available with both the 40D and 50D - the details are available on B&H's site.

I am actively working on the 50D review - I hope to have it completed within a week.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Adorama "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has reached 127 available items (guess I should have waited another day for yesterday's post). Lots of great lenses are available including the 400 f/2.8L IS, 400 DO IS and 500 f/4L IS.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Adorama "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has reached 100 available items. Expect like-new equipment at nicely reduced prices.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Watch an animated Canon EOS 10D and EF 24-85mm lens assembly (UC Berkley video /YouTube).

 
Make your own Canon EOS 1-Series body - out of Balsa Wood - at the Canon Camera Museum's Balsa Wood Mock-Up Modeling Turtorial.

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