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 Monday, August 6, 2012
Canon has released EOS 7D firmware version 2.0.0.
 
This is a SIGNIFICANT firmware upgrade that all 7D owners will want to take advantage of.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.0 incorporates the following improvements, new functions, and fixes.

  1. Improves the maximum burst in continuous shooting.
    JPEG Large/Fine: About 94 (126) bursts *1 -> About 110 (130) bursts *2
    RAW: About 15 (15) bursts *1 -> About 23 (25) bursts *2
    RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: About 6 (6) bursts *1 -> About 17 (17) bursts *2
    *1 The figures are based on Canon's testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) using a 4 GB card. The figures in parentheses indicate the number of shots that can be taken with an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 4-GB card, based on Canon's testing standards.
    *2 The figures are based on Canon's testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) using an 8 GB card. The figures in parentheses indicate the number of shots that can be taken with an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 128-GB card, based on Canon's testing standards.
  2. Supports a new accessory, GPS Receiver GP-E2.
  3. Adds an ISO Auto maximum setting.
  4. Adds an in-camera RAW processing function.
  5. Adds a Quick Control function during image playback.
  6. Adds a rating function.
  7. Adds a JPEG resize function.
  8. Adds an auto recording level manual adjustment function.
  9. Adds a function to freely set text for file names.
  10. Adds a function to make time zone settings.
  11. Increases the screen scrolling speed when magnifying images.
  12. Fixes a phenomenon where a slow shutter speed may result when an external flash is used to fire intermittent, consecutive flashes.
  13. Corrects the color space information in the Exif file for movies.

NOTE:
 
-If the camera is updated with Firmware Version 2.0.0, the following settings will be initialized.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
 
-The Version 2.0.0 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.5. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
-Once the camera is updated to Version 2.0.0, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.7 to Version 1.2.5).
 
-When using an EOS 7D camera updated to the new firmware Version 2.0.0 with the WFT-E5A/B/C/D, the WFT-E5A/B/C/D needs to be updated to the latest firmware Version 1.0.7; otherwise, it cannot be used.
 
-It is recommended that you use the updated EOS 7D camera (Version 2.0.0) with the latest applications*3 . Some applications of previous versions do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. Please also note that EOS Utility needs to be updated to the latest version before it can be used with the updated EOS 7D camera. You can download the latest applications from our Web site.
 
*3 EOS Utility Version 2.11.4 or later (Supported OSes: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1,Mac OS X v10.6/10.7)
 
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.31 or later (Supported OSes: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1,Mac OS X v10.6/10.7)
 
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later (Supported OSes: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1,Mac OS X v10.6/10.7)
 
The system requirements for the latest applications may be different for the applications that have already been installed to your computer. For information on the system requirements, please go to our Web site.
 
-The instruction manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.
 
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/6/2012 9:53:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PocketWizard:
 
PocketWizard Announces ControlTL Firmware Update
 
New features and free upgrades available now for MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® radios, both Canon and Nikon versions
 
So. Burlington, VT – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTLfirmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, firmware version 3.150 for Nikon and 6.150 for Canon include several new features and updates including compatibility with more cameras and flash units, support for the Sekonic RT-32CTLmodule, and a new optimized rear curtain sync utility control. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install these new features via USB connection and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility.
 
New firmware features include compatibility with the Nikon D4, D800 and D800E digital cameras and Nikon SB-910 Speedlight as well as compatibility with the Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter. Compatibility for the Canon 5D Mark III is not available at this time but firmware for this camera should be available in the near future.
 
“This latest release of ControlTL firmware further strengthens PocketWizard’s compatibility with Nikon and Canon brand digital cameras and flashes,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “Providing photographers with frequent important upgrades such as this is a very high priority for us because it allows owners of PocketWizard radios to stay current as new cameras and flash units are introduced.”
 
This update enables PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios to work with Sekonic RT-32CTL equipped light meters and trigger compatible flashes in ControlTL mode. This allows photographers with an AC3 ZoneController on their transmitting MiniTT1or FlexTT5 to set remote flash power levels on their Speedlights or other ControlTL flashes, and then meter those remote flashes using their compatible Sekonic light meter, all wirelessly within the ControlTL system. For more information visit: http://www.sekonic.com/Products/All/Accessories/RT-32CTL-Radio-Transmitter-Module-for-L-358-and-L-758-series.aspx
 
These two firmware releases also include many additional operational improvements like improved default Aperture Priority and Rear Curtain Sync operation, improved Pre-Flash operation across all zones (Nikon), and more. Learn more here:
 
Canon_MiniTT1_FlexTT5_Firmware_Release_Notes_6.150_d.pdf
 
Nikon_MiniTT1_FlexTT5_Firmware_Release_Notes_3.150_d.pdf
 
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:38:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
To Users of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM Interchangeable Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that the autofocusing function of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens, which was released in June 2012, may not operate correctly.
 
The details of this phenomenon are described below.
 
Affected Product
 
EF40mm f/2.8 STM
 
Phenomenon
 
If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
 
*This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.
 
*This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.
 
Workaround
 
When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.
 
Market Support
 
The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.
 
Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.
 
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.
 
 
Note From the Review
 
This problem does not appear to affect all lenses - I tried to force my 40 STM to create this problem while creating the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Review, but could not induce the issue.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:01:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 3, 2012
Canon USA now has a YouTube Channel. (thanks Scott)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2012 5:18:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Additional serial numbers have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Grip color advisory. You can check your serial number here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2012 5:12:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Canon EOS-1D X in stock! Act fast - I doubt that these will last long.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2012 4:02:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 2, 2012
Adorama currently ships to over 200 countries. Photographers worldwide can take advantage of Adorama's great prices.
Post Date: 8/2/2012 10:35:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This just in from Canon USA:
 
To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.
 
Firmware changes:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:
 
1. Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.
 
Affected Products:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The serial numbers (10 digits) of the lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:
 
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM:
 
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).
 
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM:
 
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).
 
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
 
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).
 
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
 
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).
 
Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.
 
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.
 
Please register your EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II USM. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2012 9:53:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has today announced that a firmware update, version 1.1.1, will be (or has been) released for the following lenses:
 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon-EF-500mm-f-4-L-IS-II-USM-Lens
Canon-EF-600mm-f-4-L-IS-II-USM-Lens
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 will incorporate the following improvements
 
The control algorithm of the focus drive has been updated to improve the responsiveness of fine focus. Canon has improved the capability of the specified lenses to track irregular movements, such as soccer and rugby in particular in AI Servo AF mode.
 
Included Lenses
 
Lenses with a firmware of version 1.0.0 are the target of the version 1.1.1 update. These lenses can be identified by their 10-digit serial number as follows:
 
EF300mm F2.8L IS II USM and EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM:
 
A third digit of "0", "1", "2" or "3" - xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx)
 
EF500mm F4L IS II USM and EF600mm F4L IS II USM:
 
A third digit of "0" - xx0xxxxxxx
 
Products other than the above already have firmware version 1.1.1 installed.
 
To Have Your Lens Firmware Updated
 
Direct Google translation: "Available to those customers, we ask that you please bring to office repair the firmware update. In addition, it will be working on your deposit, you will get time of about one week. Please be patient."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2012 9:36:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 1, 2012
From PocketWizard:
 
PocketWizard Photo Products Announces New Storage Solution
 
PocketWizard G-Wiz Squared gadget bag perfect for the safe and convenient storage of multiple Plus® III’s and accessories
 
PocketWizard Photo Products Storage Solution
 
LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the new G-Wiz Squared bag. Designed specifically for use with the PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers and accessories, this optimally-sized padded gear bag, available in three colors, packs a lot of room in a small space and still fits easily into a photographer’s complete gear bag.
 
“This colorful new G-Wiz Squared bag offers photographers a convenient and secure solution to keep all their radios and coordinating accessories organized and together in one place for quick and easy access,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Design’s VP of Marketing. “It’s the ideal storage solution for photographers that have invested in multiple Plus III Transceivers plus it’s a perfect general gadget bag as well.”
 
The new PocketWizard G-Wiz Squared bag holds up to four Plus III’s and connector cables and features movable hook-n-loop padded dividers allowing photographers to customize this bag to fit their gear-packing needs. The G-Wiz Squared opens from the top allowing photographers to ensure at a glance that all their PocketWizard gear is neatly and safely packed away. And, the padded movable dividers provide extra protection when traveling.
 
Features include: zippered inside pocket perfect for connector cables, Super Snap Closure attachment straps, movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, 2.8" wide x 4.7" high by 4.7" deep, and durable rip-stop nylon construction. The G-Wiz Squared bags are available now in Black, Orange and Blue.
 
Adorama is your source for PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 8/1/2012 1:30:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Lowepro:
 
Photo Hatchback AW series/ Dashpoint series
 
Lowepro unveils a flexible camera daypack for active and social lifestyles, plus an outdoor-inspired pouch to complement it.
 
(Petaluma, CA – August 1, 2012 )
 
– Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, launches its new camera backpack, the Photo Hatchback AW series. Modern and lightweight, it offers a beginning photographer or casual enthusiast many carrying options for all-day adventures. Launching in conjunction with the backpack is the Dashpoint series pouch. Both series feature sleek profiles, compact designs and a stylish, graphic treatment.
 
"Our Photo Hatchback AW is inspired by fun and social activities and provides multi-functional carrying options and secure gear access for consumers who like to get outside with their DSLR or compact systems cameras, plus a tablet and personal gear," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of marketing and product management.
 
The "hatch" in the name refers to the body-side opening that contains a padded and customizable camera box with adjustable dividers that make it easy to change up a camera kit configuration. A storm-flap closure provides an extra moisture barrier. Cinch it closed, pull up on the grab handles and remove the box to turn the Photo Hatchback AW into a fully functional daypack.
 
Casual photographers who like to have all their digital devices within reach will appreciate the plentiful storage compartments of this pack. A padded front panel provides quick-access and dedicated space for a tablet or a MacBook Air® (laptop fits in the 22L model only). The roomy upper compartment offers 22 or 16 liters of volume for smartphones, keys, wallets, a light jacket, snack and other creature comforts.
 
A built-in All Weather AW Cover™ is a premium Lowepro feature included in this design. When needed, it can be deployed from the bottom and used to protect the entire pack and contents from sand, dust and moisture.
 
Additional features include: a padded and mesh-covered backpad for breathable comfort; tall, stretch-mesh side pockets for water bottles or a compact tripod; multiple adjustment points for a custom fit; SlipLock™ attachment loops to expand carrying capacity (with a Dashpoint pouch, for example); plus a built-in card pocket for spare memory.
 
The Photo Hatchback 22L AW fits a DSLR with attached lens (up to 18-105mm); 2 to 3 extra lenses, flash or other accessories; a tablet or MacBook Air® 11"; water bottle, extra gear and personal items.
 
The Photo Hatchback 16L AW fits a DSLR with attached lens (up to 18-55mm zoom); 1 to 2 extra lenses or flashes; tablet; water bottle, extra gear and personal items.
 
The Photo Hatchback AW series is available in three colors: Pepper Red, Slate Grey and Galaxy Blue.
 
Launching concurrently is the Dashpoint series of outdoor-inspired pouches. Lightweight, yet rugged in construction, these pouches fit and protect a myriad of digital devices—from a CSC (compact system camera) or GPS unit in the largest, to a point & shoot or pocket video in the smallest.
 
A new, t-Lock™ system (with vertical webbing and horizontal flaps) easily secures the pouch to the most commmon attachment points, such as loops, straps and daisychains (including the SlipLock™ loops on the Photo Hatchback AW).
 
The Dashpoint 30 fits a CSC with attached zoom lens or handheld GPS unit.
 
The Dashpoint 20 fits a CSC with attached pancake lens or a pro compact camera.
 
And the Dashpoint 10 fits a point & shoot, pocket video, smartphone, MP3 player or other ultra-compact device.
 
This pouch series also is available in Pepper Red, Slate Grey and Galaxy Blue.
 
Find Lowepro gear at Adorama.
 

 
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 8/1/2012 11:14:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DxO Labs:
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 now supports the Canon EOS 650D,the Sony SLT-A37, and the Sony NEX-F3
 
300 new DxO Optics Modules added
 
1 August 2012 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious amateurs and professional photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now supports the Canon EOS 650D, the Sony NEX-F3 compact digital with interchangeable lenses, and the Sony SLT-A37 — thus covering the entire range of Sony digital cameras with translucent mirrors.
 
Ever more new DxO Optics Modules
 
Since the previous version, DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 has added more than 300 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are for the Canon EOS 650D and 40 are for the Sony SLT-A37. These modules support additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Sony lenses for numerous Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. As of today, the DxO Optics Modules library includes more than 7,500 available camera/lens combinations.
 
Get DxO Optics Pro at Adorama.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/1/2012 9:43:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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