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 Monday, December 01, 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Amazon.com has the 5D Mark II Body in stock. (thanks Reno)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Introducing ... The-Digital-Picture.com Photography Community!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Adorama's site is indicating that both 5D Mark II kits are in stock - act fast if you want one:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 24-105mm L IS Lens Kit

 
While at Adorama, here are a couple of great deals:

Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW Photo Backpack - Sale Price: $149.99 shipped

Adobe Photoshop CS4 11.0 for Macintosh - Sale Price: $559.95 after $100 Instant Rebate

 
J&R brings us a very unique Canon EOS 50D ad (Thanks Howard and others):

 
I'd like to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas! I intended to send you this wish on the holiday, but with a pair of computer upgrades gone bad and lots of family gatherings to attend, please accept my late wishes knowing my heart was with you over the holiday.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Update: Sold Out. B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Kit in stock - act fast if you want one.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Amazon.com is offering "select" Sigma lenses at 20% off with the purchase of a qualifying digital SLR. (thanks Tony)

Friday, December 19, 2008

By request, I have added Canon EOS 5D Mark II sample crops downsized to Canon EOS 5D dimensions to the two comparisons currently on the Canon EOS 5D II Review page. Also by request, I added a set of samples showing the "Black Dots" phenomena along with a brief explanation.

 
Tis the season for deals:

B&H is offering free overnight shipping on all Canon cameras and has many additional holiday specials.

RitzCamera.com is offering 10% off all in-stock orders when you use PayPal Checkout - plus free shipping over $100. There are some restrictions - and the Canon EOS 5D and 1Ds Mark III are included in the exclusions. Also, make sure the net price is lower than at B&H before finalizing your order.

 
And Adorama's deal list is long - here is a selection from their list:

Canon Digital Rebel XTi SLR Camera Body Kit - Refurbished by Canon - Save 40% - Regular Price $499.99 - Sale Price $299.95

SanDisk 8 GB, Extreme III Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card - Sale Price $39.95 - Rebate for 1 = $15, 2 = $35, 3 = $70

SanDisk 4 GB, Extreme III Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card - Sale Price $29.95 - Rebate for 1 = $10, 2 = $30, 3 = $60

SanDisk 16 GB Extreme III Compact Flash Memory Card - Sale Price $79.95 - Rebate for 1 = $20, 2 = $50, 3 = $100

SanDisk 8 GB Extreme IV Compact Flash Memory Card - Save 37% - Regular Price $126.95 - Sale Price $79.95 - Rebate for 1 = $40, 2 = $95, 3 = $150

SanDisk 4 GB Extreme IV Compact Flash Memory Card - Save 29% - Regular Price $69.95 - Sale Price $49.95 - Rebate for 1 = $20, 2 = $50, 3 = $90

Lowepro SlingShot 350 AW Backpack - Save 50% - Regular Price $179.95 - Sale Price $89.95 After $60 instant Savings and $30 Mail-In Rebate

Joby Professional Gorillapod Focus, Flexible Aluminum SLR Tripod, Supports 11 Lbs - Sale Price $99.95 - New Introductory offer - Free Shipping

Adobe Photoshop CS4 11.0 Image Editing Software for Windows - Sale Price $597 After $100 Instant rebate

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Software for Windows and Macintosh - Sale Price $262.95 - Free Shipping

Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly Brite 724 Kit - Save 20% - Regular Price $112.95 - Sale Price $89.95

X-RiteEye-One Display 2, Complete Monitor Color Profiling Solution - Sale Price $184.95

 

Canon USA has issued a Service Notice regarding the Canon EOS 5D Mark II "Black Dots" Issue:

 
"Safety Notice: Image quality phenomena that appear under certain shooting conditions.

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera have identified two types of image quality phenomena that appear under certain shooting conditions.

“Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
Vertical banding noise

We are currently investigating and analysing the causes, and examining measures to reduce or eliminate these phenomena by providing correction firmware. An announcement will be made on the Canon Web site when such measures have been determined.

Details of the phenomena and shooting conditions under which they are likely to occur are as follows.

“Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
When shooting night scenes, the right side of point light sources (such as lights from building windows) may become black. The phenomenon may become visible if the images are enlarged to 100% or above on a monitor or, if large prints of the images are made.

Vertical banding noise
If the recording format is set to sRAW1, vertical banding noise may become visible depending on the camera settings, subject, and background.
Vertical banding noise is not noticeable if the recording format is set to sRAW2.
Vertical banding noise does not occur if the recording format is set to RAW or JPEG.
Noise can be reduced if C.Fn II-3: Highlight tone priority is set to 0: Disable.

Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience these phenomena may have caused. We appreciate your kind patronage and support.

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.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Call Center
1-800-828-4040 (toll free)
8:00 a.m. - Midnight, EST (M-F)
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., EST (Sat.)
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com"

 
Additional Canon regional service notices can be found here:

Canon Australia
Canon Europe
Canon Japan
Canon Korea

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A first look at the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens.

 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Canon EOS 50D and 5D Mark II DSLR White Paper (4.4 MB PDF) is now available for download.

 
Add B&H to the list of retailers selling the Canon EOS 40D for $799.95. (thanks Oren)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Amazon.com has the Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash for $588.86. That is more than $35 less than a normal good price.

 
Just in time for Christmas - The Adorama "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has been refreshed. Expect like-new gear at nicely reduced prices.

 
Adobe Lightroom 2.2 is now available for download. Support for the Canon EOS 5D II is included in this update.

Adobe Lightroom 2.2 for Windows
Adobe Lightroom 2.2 for Macs

Monday, December 15, 2008

ISO 12233 results from a second Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens are now available. There are slight differences between the new lens (sample 2) and the first one (sharper in the center), but nothing dramatic.

 
RadioPopper has announced their next generation of impressive radio flash remotes.

One of the big benefits of the RadioPopper system is that it maintains ETTL exposure control while using the radio-controlled remote flashes. For more information, check out the full press release. (thanks Sean)

 
The Canon EOS 40D is reaching new low-price points. It's a great deal at $799.00 shipped (thanks Tony):

Amazon.com
Adorama (plus shipping)
J&R (listed as "clearance" - you may need to search for it)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

High ISO noise and resolution comparisons between several Canon EOS bodies have been added to the Canon EOS 5D II Review page. I'm actively working on the review.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Canon USA has issued a "Safety Notice Update: Counterfeit Lithium-Ion Battery Packs and Chargers"

"It has been confirmed that counterfeit Canon lithium-ion batteries and chargers for Canon digital cameras and digital video camcorders are in circulation. In addition, it has been reported that counterfeit batteries have been considered the cause of some battery ruptures.

In many cases, counterfeit batteries and chargers are not equipped with protective devices required to meet international quality standards. Therefore, when these batteries or chargers are used or charged, they can cause abnormal heat or leakage, ignition, rupture and other malfunctions in the batteries, chargers, and digital cameras and video camcorders. There is concern that, in the worst case, not only could digital cameras and digital video camcorders be damaged, but fire, burns, blindness and other severe accidents could occur. Thus, to ensure customer safety, we urge our customers not to use counterfeit devices.

Please be advised that Canon is not responsible, and will not be liable, for any malfunctions, damages or injuries caused by non-Canon genuine lithium-ion batteries and/or battery chargers including, without limitation, counterfeit devices.

Recently, both in Japan and overseas, counterfeits of Canon's genuine lithium-ion battery packs and chargers have been frequently offered for sale on the Internet. Accordingly, please use caution when purchasing Canon lithium-ion battery packs and chargers on the Internet to ensure that they are genuine Canon brand.

Canon's genuine lithium-ion batteries have security labels on their packaging that identify them as genuine Canon products. When purchasing battery packs, please refer to this information. (See the following image for the labels.)

For questions about "Counterfeit" products, please contact us at the following:

Call Center
1-800-828-4040 (toll free)
8:00 a.m. - Midnight, EST - Monday to Friday
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST - Saturday
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com

Sincerely,

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

 
It's one thing to consider buying a 3rd party battery for our expensive DSLRs, but now we need to be careful even when buying Canon branded batteries. Purchase your Canon batteries from B&H, Amazon.com LLC (not a third party seller on this site) or Adorama with confidence.

I frequently get asked about buying third party batteries. While some may be good, I have not to this date purchased a non-Canon brand battery for any of my DSLRs. The one issue holding me back is that I've heard many reports of (at least some of) these batteries having short lives - meaning the value is not there. The other risk - that of a fire - risks costs far beyond the value of our expensive gear. That's where I am on this issue right now.

Monday, December 8, 2008

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

Friday, December 5, 2008

Think Tank Photo has announced the StreetWalker Backpacks.

More good information from Think Tank Photo: "In addition, our founder, Doug Murdoch, has published a new free white paper called “Active Shooting vs. Transportation/Storage.” [navigate to the news page for the PDF link]. As you know, Doug is one of the leading camera bag designers in history (he was the lead designer at Lowepro for many years before starting Think Tank three years ago). It is from this perspective that he wrote the paper: what type of camera bags do the pros use to fulfill different shooting challenges?"

 
Adorama has several deals in effect:

Lexar 8 GB, 133x Professional High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card
One week only at $9.95 after $80 mail-in rebate + FREE Shipping

Lexar 4 GB, 133x Professional High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card
One week only at $4.95 after $40 mail-in rebate + FREE Shipping

Lexar 2 GB, 133x Professional High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card
One week only at $2.95 after $30 mail-in rebate + FREE shipping

Photoflex Litedome, Small Softbox Kit for Speedlites with Connector, Mount & Stand
One week only at $99.99 + FREE shipping

Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW, All-Weather BackPack/Sling Bag Converter
Sale Price at $59.95 after $20 mail-in rebate and $10 instant savings

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lensbaby Composer Review

Amazon.com now has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

B&H has the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS in stock.

Adorama has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder.

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Post Date: 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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