Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Want to see a burnt Canon L lens? Read about a really bad day experienced by a Reuters crew covering the Tour De France. Sometimes they create their own news.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Some Canon 1D Mark III owners are reporting that Canon Service Centers are installing firmware v1.0.9 on their DSLRs. Following is the text of the letter that is suposedly returned with the updated cameras ...
EOS-1D Mark III Firmware Update, Version 1.0.9
Dear Canon Customer;
We have updated the firmware in your camera to the latest version (Version 1.0.9). This firmware update incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
1. Improves the look of images when enlarged on the LCD monitor. Applies a slightly stronger sharpness setting to the LCD monitor when images are enlarged.
2. Counter measures for Main Dial response errors (Main, Quick Control, Vertical-grip Main). Fixes a rare response error in the Main Dials in which they either did not respond when rotated or would change several clicks' worth even if only clicked once.
3. Improves the consistency of AI Servo AF under certain conditions. Reduces the tendency of the camera to autofocus on high-contrast backgrounds when shooting in conditions where AF detection is difficult, such as when the main subject is not completely covered by the AF frames or if the main subject's contrast is low.
4. Corrects errors in the Italian and Simplified Chinese menu screens.
Please note that this Version 1.0.9 firmware will be made available for download from the Web at the end of July. However you will not need to take any action as your camera has already been updated.
Thank you for your understanding.
Number 1 is desperately needed - the new LCD is really nice, but it is worthless for checking sharpness even at full zoom. More sharpening needs to be added to the displayed image - like is currently done in Live View.
Number 2 - I remember this happening to me - I just thought I was losing my mind. It is a very unusual problem, but I welcome the fix.
Number 3 is what is getting lots of attention in our community. I indeed am seeing a much lower AI Servo AF hit rate in a narrow set of situations. Looks like a lot more testing will be required to test the new behavior.
Number 4 - I'm sure a group of you will appreciate this fix.
I'm loving this camera - It is a tremendous tool. I will begin adding to the review page soon.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Have you seen the new Canon Off Camera Shoe-Cord OC-E3? It is very nice ...
Monday, July 16, 2007
Canon intends to double their CMOS chip manufacturing capacity. Canon has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility. Interesting is that some of these chips may be used in compact models as well as DSLRs.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Canon USA has released a set of documents describing the Canon EOS-1D Mark III custom functions. RobGalbraith.com is hosting these - the link is to the download page on this site.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Now online ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Canon has released an updater for DPP v3.0.2 and for EOS Utility v2.0.2 in Windows and Mac OS.
DPP Changes from Digital Photo Professional 3.0.1 for Windows Vista/XP/2000
1-1. The following functions can now be used in Windows Vista.
- Trimming Tool
- Quick Check Tool
- Detailed settings printing
- Contact sheet printing
1-2. Improvement of image display quality.
Corrected the issue in which jaggies are noticeable in images displayed on the monitor.
1-3. The setting value of Picture Style files will be applied to images.
When a picture style is applied to images, the setting value of picture style (contrast/color tone/color depth/sharpness) will be applied.
EOS Utility changes from the previous version
1-1. Support added for Auto Power OFF (camera) during Remote Live View shooting
The Auto Power Off function can now be used during Remote Live View shooting with EOS-1D Mark III.
1-2. Corrected "From PC" in Time Setting on the Camera
It's corrected that the "From PC" in "Date/Time" of the camera setting does not function properly when a computer is working in daylight saving time.
1-3. The setting value of Picture Style files will be applied to camera.
When a picture style file is set to the camera, the parameters included in the file (contrast/color tone/color depth/sharpness) will be applied to the camera.
*** From the link, select "Drivers / Software".
"The following fixes and improvements have been incorporated."
"1. Adds support for the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), which has greater expandability than the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) used for communication between the camera and the computer up to now."
"2. Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese menu screens."
Chances are, if you are reading this, improvement #2 will have little benefit to you.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Reminder: The Canon Spring/Summer 2007 rebates are coming to an end. Monday, July 16th is the last day to take advantage of this program.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Canon USA's Chuck Westfall shares some of his vast knowledge in the July Tech Tips (at DigitalJournalist.org).
Monday, July 2, 2007
Adorama's "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has been replenished. There are now 53 items on the list. Lots of cameras and lenses available.