Friday, September 30, 2005
Amazon is now showing the Canon EOS 5D in stock.
Lots of small changes have been made throughout the site recently - most not worthy of mention here.
A revised Help section is one of the bigger small changes.
One of the questions I frequently get asked is "What are you going to review next?" Well, here is a little insight into my huge todo list ... After I finish the new Canon equipment reviews, I plan to evaluate third party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. To start, I have purchased the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di Lens and the Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Lens. You will find these lenses added to the navigation structure.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
B&H is showing the Canon EOS 5D in stock.
Big news for US residents - Canon's Fall/Winter 2005/2006 Cash'N With Canon Rebate Form has been released.
The triple rebates will make some excellent deals possible -
Up to a $300 rebate for the Canon EOS 20D
Up to a $225 rebate for the Canon EOS Rebel XT
Even the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens is included.
The rebate period runs from October 15th 2005 to January 15th 2006.
Use the link to download the rebate form.
A new article by Michael Reichmann entitled Industry Push and Pull is an interesting read and offers insight into the future.
Adobe has released Camera Raw v3.2 for Photoshop CS2. However, I see no reason for Canon DSLR owners to bother with the upgrade. Support for many non-Canon camera models is the noted change.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Adobe System Inc. has announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.
New Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Windows Delivers More Editing Magic, Creative Sharing and Easy Photo Organization Adobe's No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Editing Software* Combines Power and Simplicity to Help Consumers Do It All
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 27, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 4.0, a significant upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*. Photoshop Elements 4.0 delivers an impressive array of new ways for consumers to easily edit photos, show them off in creative and entertaining ways and always have them at their fingertips. Available for Windows®, Photoshop Elements 4.0 is the software that consumers choose for quick, one-click fixes, in addition to more sophisticated editing techniques when they need advanced creative control.
Also today, Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Premiere® Elements 2.0 software, a complete home video-editing solution (see separate press release). Available as separate products or together in a single retail package, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Plus Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 delivers the powerful and affordable software consumers need to be creative and delight friends and family with their digital photos and home videos.
"As the top-selling consumer photo editing product, Photoshop Elements 4.0 continues to push the envelope with innovative features that allow digital photo enthusiasts to do it all," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Digital Imaging and Digital Video Products at Adobe. "With digital imaging capabilities turning up everywhere from cell phones to disposable digital cameras, it's easy to develop a click-and-forget habit. Our software unlocks the potential for people to get more enjoyment out of their digital photos, whether they took them on a cell phone, a point and shoot or advanced Digital SLR camera."
More Editing Magic
Auto Red Eye Removal, Magic Selection Brush, Skin Tone Adjustment, and Magic Extractor join an already impressive list of consumers' favorite editing tools that fix common photography problems and expand creative control.
The improved Red Eye Removal now eliminates red eye automatically as photos are downloaded from the camera. The new Magic Selection Brush quickly selects specific parts of a photo for easy color, lighting, and contrast adjustments. The new Skin Tone Adjustment allows consumers to get more realistic skin colors in just moments. The new Magic Extractor easily removes subjects from photos, with advanced edge de-fringing, for scrapbooking and composites like placing a friend on a mountaintop, adding ancestors to a family portrait, and creating other fun combinations.
Simple search and intuitive tagging options make it easier to find and view photos in Photoshop Elements 4.0. Date View automatically arranges photos by date. The enhanced Folder View lets consumers move, create, or delete files and folders. The new breakthrough Face Tagging helps consumers find faces in their photos automatically so that they can easily tag them now and quickly find them later.
Showcasing and Sharing Photos
New sharing options include multimedia slide shows, which consumers can create in seconds, complete with multiple pans and zooms, easier soundtracks with narration, over 80 transition options, clip art and more. New one-click printing makes it simple to order professional-quality Kodak prints and beautiful hardbound photo books in seconds through easy-to-access, integrated online services. Photoshop Elements 4.0 makes it simpler than ever to entertain a roomful of friends and family by showcasing photos on TV over home networks, Video CD, or DVD, for consumers who have both Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.
Photoshop Elements 4.0 is part of a complete family of Photoshop products that meet the needs of a diverse spectrum of digital photographers: the free Photoshop Album Starter Edition for the novice digital camera user; Photoshop Elements for the digital photography enthusiast; and Photoshop CS2 for the professional or the most demanding amateur photographer. Each product offers more growth and creative control for customers, giving them access to award-winning technology and options for more sophisticated editing, organization and sharing options for their digital photos.
Pricing and Availability
Adobe's digital imaging and digital video products will be available in early October 2005 at www.adobe.com and other major electronics retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Comp USA, Circuit City, Fry's, Staples, and Office Depot. Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Windows XP (Home, Professional with Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005) for an estimated street price of US $99.99. Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Plus Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 for Windows is available as a bundle in the United States and Canada at an estimated street price of US $149.99. Information about the other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade, and support policies for other countries is available on www.adobe.com . For more information, customers can call 1-800-492-3623.
About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe is the world's leading provider of software solutions to create, manage and deliver high-impact, reliable digital content. For more information, visit www.adobe.com .
* Source: The NPD Group/NPD Techworld, September 2003 - May 2004
© 2005 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Windows and Windows XP are either a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR in stock.
Those of us doing a lot of purchasing online are frequent credit card users. Using the right credit card can make a nice difference in your budget. For instance, the Chase Cash Plus Rewards Visa Card pays 5% cash back for grocery store, gas station and pharmacy purchases. With the price of gas where it is, 5% starts making a noticeable difference. Add groceries and medications to the tab and you can see some real cash flowing back in - from purchases you were going to make anyway. This card pays 1% cash back on all other purchases. Carrying a high balance will not pay, but using this card responsibly can noticecably help your financial situation.
Monday, September 26, 2005
B&H has the Canon 430EX Flash in stock.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Additional sample pictures have been loaded into the ...
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Sample Gallery
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Full frame sample pictures have been loaded into the ...
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Lens Sample Gallery
This is definitely one of my favorite lenses.
Sample pictures have been loaded into the ...
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Sample Gallery
Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus Lens Sample Gallery
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens Sample Gallery
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Sample pictures have been loaded into the ...
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Sample Gallery
This is an excellent lens.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
According to an article on Rob Galbraith's site, Canon USA expects to ship Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR Cameras, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lenses and Canon Speedlite 430EX Flashes to its dealers starting on Monday. Early October is the expected shipment date for the Canon EOS 5D.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
A Microsoft Press Release highlights an alliance between Canon and Microsoft aimed at improving color management in the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.
A site search function is now available. Provided by Google, the search box is at the bottom of each page at the end of the navigation section. Just press the "End" key to get close to it.
Monday, September 12, 2005
The World of Canon CMOS Sensors is a new Canon sub-site explaining Canon's CMOS sensor technology.
Canon has posted additional Canon EOS 5D Sample Pictures.
Canon has posted 6 Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Sample Pictures.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Additions to the site ...
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Review
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Review
Pelican 1510 Carry-On Hard Case Review
Bogen / Manfrotto 337 Hot Shoe Double Bubble Level
SanDisk Ultra II 4GB CompactFlash Card
SanDisk Ultra II 2GB CompactFlash Card
B+W 77mm MRC Slim Circular Polarizer Filter
Some reviews are more in-depth than others, but all items are good to have in the kit. I will be posting sample pictures from the above lenses (and many others) as I get time. Thanks for your support!