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 Thursday, July 29, 2010
I would not be surprised to see a Canon EOS 60D arrive this fall, but DxO Labs is apparently sure enough to publish the it. Update: Now Removed: The Canon EOS 60D is listed on the DxO Optics Modules Roadmap for inclusion in November.
 
I caution against making plans based on unsubstantiated rumors, but thought you might find this interesting. Canon typically makes new DSLR-related gear announcements in August.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2010 1:01:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 27, 2010
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart and Lens Specifications and Measurements Tools have been added to the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
Post Date: 7/27/2010 12:42:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 23, 2010
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart, Lens Specifications and Measurements and Standard Product Image Tools have been added to the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2010 12:11:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 22, 2010
Canon has introduced an EOS Rebel T1i instant rebate.
 
The rebate amount is $100.00 for the body with the EF-S 18-55mm IS lens and $150.00 if the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is purchased at the same time. Swap the 75-300mm lens for the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens and the instant rebate increases to $200.00.
 
The rebate period runs through July 31st, 2010. The Canon EOS Rebel T1i July 2010 Instant Rebate Form is available for download.
 
Here are the Rebel T1i DSLRs at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2010 1:22:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Canon has released EOS 7D Firmware Version 1.2.2.
 
Firmware Version 1.2.2 incorporates the following fixes.
 
1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
 
2. Fixes the AF point-selection behavior of the C.Fn III-7 (Manual AF pt. selec. pattern) custom function when set to [1].
 
3. Fixes the AF point display for the viewfinder electronic level when shooting in the vertical position.
 
4. Corrects misspellings in the Spanish and Thai menus for applicable products.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/21/2010 9:59:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Adorama has the awesome Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens in refurbished condition for $4,899.95. (thanks Guthrie)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/20/2010 9:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 19, 2010
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart Crops have been added to the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II Lens Review page.
 
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II Lens and I are off to a rocky start. The first copy backfocused at all focal lengths. The second copy backfocused at 24mm. And by backfocusing, I'm talking about the lens focusing behind the subject by an unacceptable amount (not just a tiny distance) on both a 50D and a Rebel T2i. The third purchased-retail lens appears to be focusing accurately.
 
I have added ISO 12233 Chart results from the last two lenses (select the specific lens results to view using the drop-down box) - I was hoping the wide open results from the first-tested lens were an anomaly, but ... they apparently were not. You will not want to use this lens wide open very often.
Post Date: 7/19/2010 12:03:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 9, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II Macro Lens Lens Review placeholder page.
Post Date: 7/9/2010 1:52:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Canon has posted Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D Firmware Update Version 1.0.8.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.8 incorporates the following fixes.
 
1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2010 9:25:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 1, 2010
The video has been removed from YouTube, but ... Photo District News is reporting that Panasonic released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of a new commercial for the 720p-video-capable Panasonic Lumix G2. Throughout the BTS video, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and L Lenses are frequently seen in use.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/1/2010 9:58:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 23, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar ZE Lens Review placeholder page.
Post Date: 6/23/2010 12:41:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 21, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results from the 1Ds III have been added to the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/21/2010 9:51:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 18, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2010 9:24:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 16, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2010 9:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Canon Europe has announced two new ad campaigns, one for the PowerShot SX210 IS and one for the Canon EOS 550D, with video shot primarily with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
 
Read the Canon Europe Press Release for the details.
 
Go to www.canon-europe.com/takestories to view the two ads.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2010 8:54:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 14, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2010 12:40:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Canon EOS 50D instant rebates end today. Sorry for the late notice (I'm still digging out from my trip).
 
The rebate amount is $100 for the body (or the body with the EF 28-135mm IS lens) or $250 if the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens is purchased at the same time. The rebate is in effect from Apr 4 through Jun 5, 2010.
 
The Canon EOS 50D Instant Rebate Form is available for download.
 
Here is the 50D at: B&H, Adorama, J&R and Amazon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/5/2010 12:08:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 24, 2010
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
 
I'm traveling in the Southwest USA right now. I wanted to know how this lens performed before taking it on an important photo trip. This is an impressively well-built (MF) lens with image quality to match.
Post Date: 5/24/2010 10:11:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 17, 2010
 Monday, May 10, 2010
B&H has the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens for only $620.00. Great lens at a great price.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2010 10:07:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Canon China has announced the EOS 550D DSLR Jackie Chan Limited Special Edition.
 
There will be 2,010 JC 550D units produced and these will be available only in China - and priced at 10,000 Chinese Yuan ($1,465 USD). The gold Dragon logo of Jackie Chan (Canon China’s spokesperson) will be placed in front of the flash hot shoe and a special case, strap and manual cover will be included. The JC 550D will come with an off-the shelf Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens.
 
For product pics, visit itechnews.net
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2010 10:51:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 24, 2010
Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II refurbished for $2,199.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/24/2010 12:37:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 22, 2010
That's my perspective at least. :)
 

 
Join BMW Blog for the "The Making of the 12 Hours of Sebring Commercial" showing the behind-the-scenes story of this 5D Mark II-shot commercial - including the tale of a 5D II and lens destruction.
Post Date: 4/22/2010 9:20:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 20, 2010
 Thursday, April 15, 2010
Canon EOS 7D Firmware Version 1.2.1 is now available.
 
Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 
1. Extends the timing at which the high temperature warning indicator is displayed and the timing of automatic shut down of the camera due to a rise in internal temperature during Live View or EOS Movie functions.
 
2. Optimizes program shift when the ISO setting of the camera is set to AUTO.
 
3. Corrects a misspelling in the French-language menu.
 
4. Corrects a phenomenon in which vertical magenta-colored banding appears in still images taken in movie-shooting mode. (This only occurs when in Manual exposure mode and when the ISO speed is set to "H". Note that this phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.0)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/15/2010 12:05:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 13, 2010
With the NAB show going on, it is appropriate to learn that Greg Yaitanes has confirmed that Fox's House Season Finale was shot entirely with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (thanks Jason).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2010 1:06:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 1, 2010
Have you seen the Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Kit Cake?
 
This is definitely my new favorite cake. :)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2010 7:39:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 29, 2010
 Friday, March 26, 2010
ISO 12233 Chart results for a third lens copy have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review page. Select "Sample 3" in the ISO 12233 chart tool.
 
The results from the third lens are nearly indistinguishable from the first copy results. Simply excellent.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2010 4:13:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Onecall has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2010 7:58:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sold Out: B&H has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2010 9:29:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 25, 2010
 Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Redrock Micro has issued a press release describing the Canon EOS 7D being used to shoot "The Tonight Show" Opening.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2010 9:44:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sold Out: B&H has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in stock.
 
The last batch sold out in a few minutes - act fast if you want one.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2010 3:47:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 22, 2010
"Here in Japan, it is indeed still impossible to find the new 70-200 F2.8" [thanks Florian]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/22/2010 9:53:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, March 21, 2010
Canon Japan has announced a shortage (translated) of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens due to higher than expected demand.
 
Since the 70-200 II remains in stock at many of the site's recommended retailers (which is surprising to me), I find Canon's statement perplexing. Unless Canon is talking about the future supply?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2010 10:22:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 19, 2010
Canon has posted EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.4 for download.
 
"We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience caused to our customers by suspending the availability of the Version 2.0.3 firmware.
 
We are now introducing the Version 2.0.4 firmware. This firmware corrects the malfunction that occurred in the previous Version 2.0.3 firmware, in which the manual recording level changed and made recording impossible.
 
Customers who have the Version 2.0.3 firmware on their cameras should update the firmware to Version 2.0.4."
 
"In the Version 2.0.4 firmware, the following phenomena that occurred with the Version 2.0.3 firmware (which was to enhance the movie functions) have been corrected.
 
There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3." (thanks John)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2010 9:47:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 18, 2010
Canon USA has posted a PDF indicating that some people are experiencing problems with the new version 2.03 firmware. Here is the full text of the announcement:
 
"Thank you for using Canon products.
 
We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera are experiencing issues with Firmware Update Version 2.0.3.
 
We are working on a new firmware update to address these phenomena, which will be available soon.If you have not registered your EOS 5D Mark II, please register so we will be able to notify you via email when future updates become available for download.
 
Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience these phenomena may have caused. We appreciate your kind patronage and support." (thanks Hugh & neuroanatomist)
 
 
The Canon PDF is available for download.
 
Apparently the specific problem has to do with sound recording not working when a manual record volume is used in the C modes.
 
 
Update from Canon:
 
"Recently we have discovered a malfunction that occurs with Firmware Version 2.0.3, in which the manual recording levels for C1/C2/C3 are changed and the camera becomes unable to record audio if the power is turned off (or if Auto power off takes effect) after registering "Sound Recording: Manual" in the camera user settings.
 
We apologize very sincerely for the inconvenience, but we are going to stop making this firmware available for download. For customers who have already updated to the new firmware, when using the camera with the mode dial set to C1/C2/C3, please either set the sound recording settings to Auto.
 
We are currently preparing firmware that will correct this malfunction. As soon as those preparations have been completed, we will let you know on this Web site. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience this represents, but please wait until the fixed firmware is ready."
 
This update is posted on the firmware download page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 Chart results for a second lens copy have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review page. Select "Sample 2" in the ISO 12233 chart tool.
 
The second lens appears to be even sharper at f/2.8 at the 70mm end and slightly softer at f/2.8 at the long end compared to my first copy of this lens.
 
Vignetting results and a flare comparison test have also been added to the review. Vignetting performance appears mostly similar to the version 1 lens - slightly improved in the mid-range focal lengths. The flare comparison (posted by request and yet un-narrated - at bottom of the review page) shows another great advantage the new lens holds.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sold out fast: B&H has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in stock.
 
The last batch sold out in a few minutes - act fast if you want one.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D DSLR Camera Review
 
The T2i is very similar to the Rebel models before it - with a few nice upgrades.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 15, 2010
Canon has posted EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 for download.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.
 
1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
 
NTSC:
?1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
?1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
?640×480 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
 
PAL:
?1920×1080 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)
?1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
?640×480 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)

 
2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
 
3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
 
4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
 
5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
 
6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)
 
For more about this firmware update, visit the Canon Digital Learning Center's EOS 5D II Firmware Version 2.0.3 page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/15/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has both the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D DSLR Body (sold out) and the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D DSLR Kit in stock!
 
We have seen the with-kit-lens version of the T2i available before, but this is the first body-only version I've seen available. I plan to have the full Canon EOS T2i / 550D DSLR Review online this week.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/15/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 Chart results, measurements, product images (for comparison) and some additional product images have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
I'm not comfortable making any final conclusions yet (and have a second copy of this lens arriving today), but the new lens is looking very good so far.
 
The version II lens is overall, sharper wide open than the version I - you can compare the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS I and II USM Lenses using the mouseover feature in the ISO 12233 chart tool. Increase the focal length for both lenses to see how this improved image quality carries over to extender results. CA (Chromatic Abberation) is also improved - noticeable in the corners (bottom crop) at 200mm.
 
The 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens focuses very fast - even faster than the version I lens. IS is quiet and well-behaved (very little jumping image in viewfinder). Build quality is excellent - though somewhat large, the lens feels great in use.
 
B&H Photo is accepting orders for theCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (should ship soon).
 
Adorama is taking preorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/15/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 11, 2010
Sold out in a few minutes: B&H has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 10, 2010
 Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tamron celebrates their 60th anniversary by announcing the Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens (press release).
 
Notable features of this lens include image stabilization (VC - Vibration Control), ultrasonic focus drive (USD) with full-time manual focusing and a fixed lens size.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted many short Canon EOS 7D Tutorial Videos. View them online - or on your 7D's LCD.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 4, 2010
A few Rebel T2i image quality comparisons have been added to the Canon EOS T2i / 550D DSLR Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/4/2010 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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