FAQ: Peripheral AF points operation limitation with certain EF lenses Issue
When using any of eight zoom lenses listed below released between 1990 and 1995 with any of the listed cameras, the peripheral AF points do not function as cross-type AF points resulting in vertical and horizontal lines not being simultaneously detected. Vertical or horizontal lines can only be detected separately.
Cameras EOS 7D EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 EOS 40D EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II EOS 50D EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III EOS 60D EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
Lenses EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM EF 35-105mm f/4-5.6 EF 35-105mm f/4-5.6 USM EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Cause This is due to the optical characteristics of the camera’s AF sensor and lens. If the maximum aperture of the EF lenses and EF-S lenses other than the lenses above is up to f5.6, all of the AF points function as cross-type AF points, and both vertical and horizontal lines are simultaneously detected.
Answer: We would like to apologize for not including this information in the user’s manuals of the affected cameras.
I think that you will also find the following Tamron lenses to have the same issue:
Digital SLR camera "EOS 7D", "EOS 40D", "EOS 50D", "EOS 60D" to customers are using
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Products for the title, the lens being eight below (released during the years from 1990 to 1995) when used in conjunction with the surrounding AF ranging Cross in the frame (simultaneous detection of horizontal length) is performed not. Ordered specifications and detect vertical or horizontal line detection.
As well as apologize for the leak was noted from the contents of this manual and I will send details. We look forward thank you for your understanding.
EOS 7D EOS 40D EOS 50D EOS 60D
EF35-80mm F4-5.6 EF35-80mm F4-5.6 II EF35-80mm F4-5.6 III EF35-80mm F4-5.6 USM EF35-105mm F4.5-5.6 EF35-105mm F4.5-5.6 USM EF80-200mm F4.5-5.6 II EF80-200mm F4.5-5.6 USM
PhenomenonTarget camera, lens when used in conjunction with the above subject, ranging around the cross-frame AF (simultaneous detection of vertical horizontal) does not. Detection and specification of horizontal or vertical line detection. This is likely because the camera's AF and lens on the optical properties of the sensor.
EF lenses and the other being open at EF-S Lenses Lens FNo. F5.6 but until you are all cross-frame AF ranging (simultaneous detection of vertical horizontal) will be.
Apparently, the outer cross-type AF points on these DSLRs do not function properly with these lenses mounted.
DateTime: 2/24/2011 9:27:35 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Metz Flashes Now Updateable Via Mac OS
Forever compatible thanks to Mac updates
Advanced update function for flash devices
Metz flash devices can be consistently updated via software update, ensuring they stay compatible with the latest camera models – even after purchase. Software updates, which are available on the Metz homepage www.metz.de, can be downloaded in a flash via the integrated USB interface on the 58 AF-1 digital, 58 AF-2 digital, 48 AF-1 digital, 50 AF-1 digital, 44 AF-1 digital and 15 MS-1 digital models. Until now, updates have only been available via computers with Windows, however software updates are now also possible via Apple computers. Mac OS-X 10.6 is currently the basic operating requirement.
New software updates ready to go
The latest software updates have been available on the Metz homepage since February. The update-compliant Metz mecablitz devices are fully compatible with the following models: Sony Alpha 580, Sony Alpha 55, Sony Alpha 33, Pentax K - r and Pentax K - 5 – with immediate effect.
Multifaceted special functions
Metz flash devices are tailored specifically to individual camera models and work with them in perfect synchronicity. This means that practically all current camera models made by different manufacturers can be used without limitation. Over and above this, some Metz flash devices even offer functions which exceed the functionality of the original equipment. The mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital, for example, is equipped with an innovative secondary reflector, servo mode and an integrated interface for USB updates.
Service and tradition – Made in Germany
Metz has been consistently engineering and manufacturing flash devices at its location in Germany for over 59 years. The Metz range of flash devices extends from the high-performance mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital system flash to professional handheld flash guns and slave flash devices such as the mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital. The company, with its long-standing tradition, provides high quality products, Made in Germany, and is the only full range supplier of flash devices worldwide.
DateTime: 2/22/2011 10:14:43 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, February 21, 2011
Adorama Explains EOS 60D and 7D Rebate Pricing
Helen Oster, Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador, explains the new EOS 60D and 7D pricing under the current Canon USA rebate program. This is a forum link - go down to Helen's post - about the 14th down. We appreciate the clarification, Helen.
DateTime: 2/21/2011 9:37:00 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Sunday, February 20, 2011
New Canon USA DSLR and Lens Instant Rebates
From now through Mar 19, 2011, Canon is offering some healthy instant rebates on some very nice cameras and lenses. An official announcement has not been made yet, but here is what I've determined so far:
Canon DSLR plus printer rebates are currently in effect. Buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 7D, 60D, T2i or T1i and receive a $500 Mail-in-Rebate when purchased together with Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mk II printer or $400 Mail-in-Rebate when purchased together with Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mk II printer. These printers are definitely worth the $49 net cost after rebate - the ink alone is worth a lot more than that. The printer rebate offer ends 03/31/2011.
"The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras only. This is used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. This may be loaded into cameras that support distortion control."
"The 290 is the newborn series in the Manfrotto range. Developed from the experience of the 190, the 290 is the ideal tool to develop your skill and passion for photography and video. Some key features like the professional aluminium and adjustable leg locks for unsurpassed stability, and anti-rotation columns akin to pro tripods for great accuracy, are unique for this support category. Thanks to highly durable materials, sturdy construction, advanced settings and removable head for future upgrades, the 290 is excellent value and an investment to serve you for years to come. It comes in various popular sizes and kits, and especially in the short four section version - it is also the ideal tool for travelling."
"The brand new Manfrotto Compact series is the most compact and intuitive range of supports on the market. It is an excellent value solution to effectively hold and support your new photo and video equipment and bring the best out of it. The Compact makes your shooting experience as enjoyable and trouble-free as never before - both in use, thanks to simple and clear controls, and travelling, thanks to the incredible compact design and unique features. The 360 tripods come in two versions: a new special dual purpose head for photomovie applications, and an ultra compact photo version with unique reversible column for increased compactness. The Compact is also available as a monopod - the most compact and versatile support for both photo and movie applications."
Okii Systems Introduces USB Follow Focus for Canon EOS HDSLRs
From Okii Systems:
The new Okii Systems USB Follow Focus gives the photo and video enthusiast a compact yet powerful device that enhances the capabilities of HD video enabled Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, including:
• EOS 5D Mark II • EOS 1D Mark IV • EOS 7D • EOS 60D • EOS 550D/Rebel T2i/Kiss X4 • EOS 500D/Rebel T1i/Kiss X3
Like Canon's EOS Utility, the USB Follow Focus uses Canon's USB protocol to allow control of a wide range of functions, but without the limitations and bulk of being tethered to a computer. The device is handheld, weighing under 5 oz. including batteries, and less than 3" in diameter.
The USB Follow Focus uses the autofocus motor in Canon USM lenses to control focus, even while recording video. This focus control also works in any Live View modes, which can be useful for photography. The nine other switches located around the central focus knob can be used to access important camera functions, such as recording start/stop, digital zoom, engaging autofocus, saving focus points, and adjusting certain camera settings.
A hard coat anodized aluminum enclosure protects the electronics while a 1/4"-20 mount on the back of the unit provides a way to attach the USB Follow Focus to rigs or other equipment. The buttons can also be swapped out, providing the user with a way to specify certain functions.
It is important that potential users understand how Canon's USB implementation has shaped and enabled the development of the Okii Systems USB Follow Focus. Certain characteristics of Canon's design make it perform quite differently than a mechanical follow focus, so it is recommended that you read the User Guide and the Canon USB Protocol article in the Technical section of the Okii website.
Included is a 30 day money back guarantee, which ensures that you can fully test out the USB Follow Focus with the type of film or photography work you do, along with all of your cameras and lenses.
An example of focus point use is shown in the following video, which displays the ability of the USB Follow Focus to return to four different focus points. Filmed with a 5D Mark II and EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens.
This video shows the responsiveness and potential speed (keep an eye on the focus distance window). Filmed with a 60D and EFS 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
For more information, visit okii.net. (thanks Mark)
I expect this lens to be hard to get, so this is a good chance to get your name at the front of a preorder list of a reputable retailer. Canon's "approximate retail price" is $1,400, so I like J&R's price.
February 10, 2011 - DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.4 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support for the Olympus E-PL2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 in both its Standard and Elite editions.
Further, 69 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering numerous Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony cameras.
DateTime: 2/10/2011 9:56:25 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
RedRock Micro Announces microRRS Adapter Clamp
The RedRock Micro microRRS Adapter Clamp (press release) marries a Really Right Stuff quick release clamp and a Redrock rod clamp/base plate, allowing quick attachment of cameras and lenses to Redrock HDSLR Rigs.
"VECTOR is a unique collection of prosumer bags with a striking monochrome design. Every zipper, clip, D-ring, rain cover, lens cloth and piece of fabric is custom-dyed in three of the latest trend colors (plus black) and made to match. Vector bags are extraordinarily lightweight, and constructed of water-resistant fabrics for protection in wet weather conditions. The materials and hardware used in each bag meet the “Crafted Without Compromise” level that has continued to be Tenba’s signature. All bags are available in Krypton Green, Oxygen Blue, Cadmium Red and Carbon Black."
Note that a soon-to-be-fixed glitch is preventing these new items from being ordered without an in-stock item included in the order. If you are having problems, add a GTCL3612 (Giottos Anti-Static Microfiber Cleaning Cloth) to the order - and have it removed by customer service later if you don't want it.
Following is the list of the new Canon gear announced today. These links are to the review placeholder pages where product images, links to the Canon USA and Europe press releases and Amazon.com preorder links can be found.
What we get is a pair of more-advanced Rebel bodies (the T3i gets the Vari-Angle LCD), a tweaked kit lens, a formal announcement for the 500 II and 600 II lenses, a pair of flashes with some unique capabilities, and ... though it is not exactly the Canon EF 500mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens on my Canon Christmas list, the awesome-looking 200-400 f/4 L IS with a built-in 1.4x does indeed get us there in a very unique way - and adds zoom. I did not include a Canon EF 200-400 f/4 L IS USM Lens on my list, but it is also one of my most-wanted lenses.
"If you have read the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III Review, you will find the Canon 2x EF Extender III Review familiar. The 2x III is similar to the 1.4x III and these reviews were prepared simultaneously."