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 Friday, June 15, 2012
The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens (press release) has been announced.
Sigma has created a special site for the new lens.
Preorder at B&H or Adorama.
Post Date: 6/15/2012 8:50:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 14, 2012
As Neuroanatomist points out, Canon has re-designated the meaning of "-S" portion of the "EF-S" moniker.
"EF-S" initially stood for "Short-back Focus". One example of this designation comes from the 20 Years of Canon EOS document that states:
"The launch of the EOS 300D also saw the debut of the new EF-S lens mount, the ‘S’ standing for ‘Short-back Focus,’ due to the fact that rear element of the lens is closer to the image sensor than in a regular SLR."
Neuroanatomist says:
"If you look at the Canon Technical Report for the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM, you'll see the notation, "*The "S" in "EF-S" comes from "Small image circle.""
Also, if you look at p. 128 of EF Lens Work III (it's in section 7, The Basics of Interchangeable Lenses...), there's a notation that, "* Some of the EF-S lenses does not employ a short back focus optical system." Yes, that's grammatically incorrect, but correctly quoted, and highlights the fact that while all EF-S lenses have a small image circle, not all of them have a short back focus design (I believe, for example, that the EF-S 17-85mm does not have a short back focus optical design)."
(thanks Nuero and Sean)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 5:13:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lens specs and measurements, distortion test results and vignetting test results have now been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review pages.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 2:20:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PocketWizard:
MultiMAX Beta Firmware 7.51 Release Notes
Intro: Beta Firmware Version 7.51 adds two new features introduced since the launch of Firmware Version 7.50: Patterns and Auto Power-Off control.
Please report any problems with this beta version to
IMPORTANT: This new firmware requires that you use PocketWizard Utility version 1.35 or later. It is available here. Upgrade to the latest Utility first, then upgrade your radios’ firmware.
When updating firmware, be sure to update all of your radios to the latest version. Your radios will only operate as expected when all units are using the latest firmware.
PocketWizard Utility and Factory Reset Note: Always perform a factory reset after updating your firmware. To reset your MultiMAX to factory defaults, hold “C” as you power on the radio.
Custom IDs: If you have Custom IDs installed in your MultiMAX, they will be retained through a firmware upgrade and factory reset. Custom IDs are permanent.
Learn More: Visit the PocketWizard Wiki for more information on using your radios.
Post Date: 6/14/2012 1:59:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is a roll-up of the planned new Canon DSLR and lens availability dates that I am aware of:
Canon EOS-1D X
Canon Japan is stating "June 20, planned" for the arrival of this long awaited DSLR. Expect extremely limited quantities to be available for a long time. (thanks Kaz)
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Both lenses are shipping now in the USA including from B&H and Adorama. But, supplies are extremely limited and only the earliest preorders are getting filled.
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
B&H just extended their expected availability date from June 17 to June 27.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens
Retailers are not stating the availability date for this highly-anticipated lens. The USA press release says "end of June".
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
The big USA retailers are not even showing this lens on their websites. The USA press release again says "end of June". Will these initially be available in Rebel T4i kits only?
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D DSLR
The T4i bodies are now showing up on retailer's shelves in the USA. (thanks "D")
The bodies and with-18-55mm IS II Lens kits showed up at Amazon as I was typing this.
B&H lists the body and body w/ 18-55 II IS Lens as "Expected availability: June 18 2012".
Adorama is saying "Delivery scheduled to start June/18".
The Canon USA press release indicates that the Movie Kit bundle is expected at the end of June, but retailers are not listing the availability dates for this T4i version.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Don't ask.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 12:51:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Gitzo:
Gitzo introduces the new Ocean Tripods Collection.
Gitzo’s new Ocean tripods are designed to give outstanding levels of strength and stability in some of the world’s most problematic locations for photographers. Gitzo Ocean tripods are resistant to the corrosive power of seawater, humidity and other aggressive natural environments, thanks to carefully-selected raw materials and finishes, and to engineering solutions like sealed leg-locks that prevent mud, sand and dust from entering and gradually wearing away at the tripod’s mechanisms.
Ocean tripods are ideal for supporting high-end, heavy camera equipment in wildlife, landscape, travel and sports image-making where reliability is essential and the right equipment can make the difference between the success and failure of an entire shoot in a far-flung, inhospitable location. Precisely because of their extreme specialisation and exacting engineering, the new Ocean tripods are of strategic importance within the Gitzo range.
The Ocean family comprises four models, covering Gitzo’s Series 1, 2, 3 and 5. The larger Series 2, 3 & 5 models are designed around Gitzo’s recently relaunched (and already award-winning) modular Systematic shoulder element that allows centre components to be interchanged. The Series 1 model, instead uses the latest evolution of the Gitzo Traveler structure, with a shoulder that allows the legs to flip 180° for an extremely compact folded length ideal when baggage needs to be kept to a minimum. All Ocean tripods have leg tubes made exclusively from Gitzo’s top quality 6X carbon fibre. Shoulder elements throughout are made from corrosion-proof aluminium.
Benefits of the new Ocean Systematic tripods for photographers:
The specially designed and engineered Ocean G-lock collars prevent sand, dust and mud from entering the leg tubes. Any water that gets inside the legs is expelled by the tube sections, which act as an air cushion.
Switching centre components is made quicker by the new shoulder locking system, with its tool-free ratchet lever.
You can’t drop your equipment from the tripod thanks to the safety catch even when you inadvertently leave the shoulder lock open.
You can use your Ocean tripod in aggressive environments, in salt water, mud or areas of high humidity, thanks to our careful choice of corrosion-resistant materials and protective finishes.
For more information, visit Gitzo's website.
B&H carries Gitzo products.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 12:19:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Digital Photo Professional 3.11.31 Updater is now available for download. (thanks Scott)
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.11.31 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports images taken with EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS 60Da.
  • Supports new lens (EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM).
  • Fixed a phenomenon where the camera's serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image is not displayed correctly for some of the EOS 60D.
  • Fixed a phenomenon where the buttons for HDR tool cannot be displayed under specific settings of the display.
  • Fixed a phenomenon where check mark or rating that is set using Quick Check Tool may not be displayed correctly.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 11:39:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
First up is the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor Lens that has now been formally announced. This lens was first revealed on Nikon UK's website on March 26, 2012: press release.
Next up is the inexpensive full frame Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Nikkor Lens: press release.
Nikon USA has issued a combined lens press release.
Preorder ops are available on the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor Lens Review and Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Nikkor Lens Review placeholder pages.
The 70 Millionth Nikon Nikkor Lens has also been announced.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 10:07:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 13, 2012
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review pages.
Not surprising is that both lenses turn in very impressive results. Comparisons with the older versions of both lenses are available. The 600 L II + 1.4x III compared to the 800 L is interesting.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/13/2012 7:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2012
As with most families, the Canon Big White L Lens family should have its picture taken regularly. Here is the latest:
With Hoods | Without Hoods
You are welcome to use these images as your wallpaper. Might want to have a stack of napkins handy for that drool issue.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 7:22:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standard Big Lens Images have been added to the following review placeholder pages:
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
A direct link to the standard images tool with these two super telephoto lenses preloaded is here.
Special thanks to Adorama for getting me two of the first of these lenses available in the USA.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 6:25:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I intended to have this information available for you on Friday, but ... sometimes your plans get changed for you (my apologies). I have added UK press releases, product images (including comparisons) and comparison charts to the following review placeholder pages:
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 12:22:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
LAS VEGAS, June 12, 2012 – Helping to enhance the workflow of audiovisual professionals while delivering high-quality results, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its innovative product line of both input and output solutions including the recently introduced REALiS Pro AV Series LCOS and portable LV-Series projectors at InfoComm 2012, June 13-15, booth # C6334 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Canon products on display at InfoComm 2012 will include:
REALiS Pro AV Series LCOS Projectors
Designed to provide exceptional display performance for large conference rooms, small theaters, and other long-throw venues with relatively high ambient light levels, Canon’s REALiS SX6000 and REALiS WX6000 projectors integrate new, advanced LCOS display panels with an improved pixel-spacing aperture ratio of 96 percent for seamless imagery and exceptional detail. The REALiS SX6000 delivers 6000 lumens of brightness at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution and an aspect ratio of 4:3, while the REALiS WX6000 delivers 5700 lumens of brightness at WXGA+ (1440 x 900) resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:10.
The REALiS WUX5000 and REALiS WUX4000 Pro AV Series LCOS projectors will also be on display showcasing their WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200). These projectors – and the new REALiS SX6000 and REALiS WX6000 – offer a choice of three Genuine Canon projection lens options, ample computer and video inputs (including HDMI Version 1.3 and DVI), a built-in Six-Axis Color-Correction IC and 3D Color LUT (look-up table) for superb color-reproduction accuracy.
REALiS Pro AV Series Portable LCOS Projectors
Designed for classrooms, conference rooms, and similar environments, Canon’s line of REALiS portable multimedia projectors feature Canon AISYS-enhanced LCOS display technology for the display of video and still images with intricate detail, high brightness, and accurate color. Displayed at this year’s show will be the WUXGA resolution REALiS WUX10 Mark II and SXGA+ resolution REALiS SX80 Mark II models, as well as the SXGA+ resolution REALiS SX7 Mark II projector with a high brightness rating of 4000 lumens and support of both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces.
Canon LV-Series Portable Multimedia Projectors
Cost-effective and feature-packed, Canon’s line of portable LCD projectors will also be shown at InfoComm 2012, including the new LV-8227A, LV-7392A, LV-7297M, and LV-7292M models. All feature convenient Auto Set-Up functions, a variety of Image Modes to suit varied presentation needs, and long lamp and filter life.
Also on display will be the Canon LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw (UST) model, which is capable of projecting an 80-inch picture from a distance of only 1.05 ft. This projector can sit on a table or be mounted horizontally or vertically on a wall, ceiling or floor for a variety of display applications, including educational presentations, advertising/digital signage, or museum/arcade rear-projection screens.
Cinema EOS Cameras
Designed for high-end digital filmmaking and HD television production, the Canon Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera employs Canon’s unique Super 35mm, 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, revolutionary DIGIC DV III Image Processor, and MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec to deliver exceptional dynamic range and exposure latitude. Part of Canon’s Cinema EOS system, the highly mobile Cinema EOS C300 is designed to be used with Canon’s wide array of Cinema-EF, EF, EF-S, or – for the C300PL camera version – PL-mount cine lenses. The Canon Cinema EOS C300 and EOS C300PL cameras provide filmmakers, universities and corporations with a class-leading professional tool for producing first-class HD video content in the studio or on location.
Canon EOS Digital HD SLR Cameras
Of interest to a wide variety of corporate and institutional HD videographers, filmmakers, and professional photographers is Canon’s line of EOS digital SLR cameras. Canon’s InfoComm display will showcase the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D, and EOS 60D, all of which combine the ultimate in still-imaging quality with full 1080p HD video capture. Compatible with more than 60 Canon lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, these cameras offer unprecedented content-creation opportunities.
HD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras
Designed for use in houses of worship, schools, sports stadiums, concert halls, TV stations, and legislative chambers, Canon’s broadcast-quality remote-control robotic HD pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are fully integrated, cost-effective systems. The compact Canon XU-80 features a water-resistant housing for either outdoor or indoor use. An alternate model, the XU-80W includes a wiper unit to maintain lens clarity and a servo neutral density (ND) filter unit to optimize picture quality for permanent outdoor installations. Both models are equipped with a 1/3-inch CMOS HD 2.1 megapixel imaging sensor and a Genuine Canon 20x zoom lens with additional 12x digital zoom.
The Canon BU-46H and BU-51H are larger models designed for outdoor and indoor use, respectively, and feature a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with a 2X digital extender. The BU-46H and BU-51H are equipped with three 1/3-inch (1.67 million-pixel) CCD sensors and also feature an advanced Canon Auto Focus function and Canon’s sophisticated Image Stabilizer technology. All four of Canon’s HD PTZ cameras use a non-proprietary control protocol enabling users and system integrators to interface the cameras with a variety of control systems from major third-party providers. The XU-80, XU-80W, BU-46H, and BU-51H also include genlock input for broadcast video-system synchronization, HD-SDI outputs for HD recording, and a simultaneous analog composite output (NTSC or PAL) for monitoring.
Canon XF-Series Professional File-Based HD Camcorders
Canon’s XF Series of professional file-based HD camcorders feature Genuine Canon HD zoom lenses, advanced Canon 1920 x 1080 Canon CMOS image sensors, Canon’s MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec for exceptional HD image quality and color detail, and Compact Flash (CF) card recording (with hot-swappable card slots) for edit system compatibility and efficient workflow. The XF305 and XF300 HD camcorders include a 18x HD L-series zoom lens; the smaller Canon XF105 and XF100 feature a 10x HD zoom lens and Canon’s built-in infrared low-light feature to shoot HD video in complete darkness. All models include XLR microphone inputs.
Megapixel IP Video Security Cameras
Canon’s megapixel IP security cameras include the VB-M40 PTZ camera, VB-M600VE fixed vandal-resistant outdoor network dome camera, VB-M600D fixed network dome camera, and the VB-M700F fixed “box” style camera. All feature Genuine Canon optics, a 1/3-inch 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon DIGIC NET image processor, and simultaneous transmission of high-quality video up to 1280x960/30 fps in bandwidth-saving H.264 and Motion-JPEG. A built-in Web Viewer allows for remote video monitoring by authorized users on any web browser, including “smart phone” web browsers or leading third-party applications. In addition, the models VB-M600VE and VB-M600D feature a unique Remote Adjustment Function to adjust the pan, tilt, rotation, zoom, and focus settings of these fixed cameras from any Internet-connected PC at any time.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 11:43:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has updated the EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook "... for clarity and enhanced description of the cameras' AF systems ..."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 11:10:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon Europe:
How to avoid RAW file support problems with Nikon software
When RAW images captured with a Nikon digital SLR camera are transferred to a computer, viewed, or edited with an earlier version of Nikon software that does not support RAW images captured with the camera used, some RAW image data may be corrupted and handled incorrectly by the software.
To transfer RAW images captured with a Nikon digital SLR camera to a computer, view the images, or edit them with Nikon software, please be sure that you are using the latest version of that software.
For example, if you are using a version of ViewNX (Ver. 1.x) or Nikon Transfer (Ver. 1.x) that does not support RAW images captured with your camera, please uninstall the software. To transfer image data, use the most recent version of Nikon Transfer 2 (included with ViewNX 2) that supports RAW images captured with your camera.
Use the CD containing Nikon software that supports RAW images captured with your camera supplied with purchase of your camera to install the software, or you may download the latest version of software compatible with your camera from this website and install it on your computer.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 10:31:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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