Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Now available is Canon EOS-1D Mark III firmware v1.1.3.
"This firmware update (Version 1.1.3) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
Increases transmission speed when using high-speed SD cards.
Fixes a phenomenon involving not being able to release the shutter.
Improves AF tracking in specific conditions.
Corrects errors in the Spanish and Korean menu screens."
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Get 20% Cash Back (max $50) on your RitzCamera.com purchase when you pay with PayPal.
According to Chuck Westfall (as reported by RobGalbraith.com), the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III will be delivered to dealers this week. Reiterated was that the 1Ds III already contains the redesigned sub-mirror mechanism being installed in most of the early 1D III models.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
While those of us in the USA celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday, I'd like to take time out to thank you for your support of this site. This is probably not news to you, but the only support received by this site is from purchases made through the affiliate links provided here (Canon is not a sponsor). Thanks to your generosity, I am able to keep sharing my photography and photography gear passion with you. And I'll say a special thank you to those doing their Christmas shopping through the site links - I really appreciate it!
Adorama has a new batch of "Refurbished By Canon" cameras, lenses and flashes in stock (or coming soon) - 52 of them at this moment. Several of you have been expressing interest in the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens - They have a Canon refurbished (like new) one for $5,499.95. Great deal. Lots of other sought-after models are available as well.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Now online ...
I add some sample pics soon.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Canon has released EOS 40D Firmware v1.0.5.
"This firmware update (Version 1.0.5) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
When playing back images just after recovering from Auto Power Off, the display now shows the last image played back.
During remote shooting, images are now displayed on the camera's LCD monitor right after they are taken.
Corrects a warning message in Korean that appears when updating the firmware.
Corrects errors in the Spanish menu screens.
Corrects a phenomenon that prevented printing with some print systems.
Corrects a rare phenomenon in which file numbers or image numbers were sometimes skipped.
The Version 1.0.5 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.4. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware."
You should also find the 40D .CR2 files produced by v1.0.5 compatible with Adobe products.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Canon has updated their 1D Mark III Service Notice. This notice now includes a list (a PDF file) of several thousand 1D III serial numbers of cameras that do not require the repair.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Adobe has released many updates ...
Adobe Photoshop CS3 10.0.1 for Windows and Mac
Adobe Bridge CS3 2.1.1 for Windows and Mac
Adobe Camera Raw 4.3 for Windows and Mac
Adobe Camera Raw 4.3 bundled with DNG Converter for Windows and Mac
Adobe Lightroom 1.3 for Windows and Mac
Adobe Lightroom Export module SDK (preview)
* Or simply take the "Updates ..." menu option from the "Help" menu in Photoshop CS3 and follow the prompts.
The landing page for each of the above links lists the most notable new features and updates for each of these software packages. These downloads are taking a very long time right now.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I have a couple of deals for you today ...
First, SanDisk has a nice memory card rebate program in place. Buying 2 or 3 of the same card gives you at least a double or triple rebate amount (and usually more). I linked to the Adorama version of the rebate form as this one has an additional option to get a 10% rebate amount increase if you opt for an Adorama Gift Check. Memory cards make good Christmas presents.
I already mentioned the $400 Canon 5D + Pixma Pro9000/9500 Rebate, but there is an additional Canon Pixma Pro9000/9500 $100 Rebate. This $100 rebate appears to be stackable with the $400 rebate - It requires a "Secondary Proof of Purchase" UPC code. So, if my figuring is correct, you can get the Canon EOS 5D + Pixma Pro9000 kit at Adorama for $1,987.40 after two rebates. If you don't need the printer, EBay it - They are bringing $300+.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sigma has announced two new fisheye lenses ...
Friday, November 9, 2007
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III owner's manual is now available for download (5.6 MB PDF).
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Now online ...
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review and sample pictures.
It has been brought to my attention that some Canon EOS 40D DSLRs are shipping with a new firmware version - v1.0.4. While this is probably good news in most respects, it is not good news for those currently processing 40D RAW files in Adobe Photoshop CS3. Apparently the 40D EXIF information was tweaked slightly in this upgrade - and this is causing a problem for Adobe Camera Raw. I suspect the problem will be worked out in the near future - I'll let you know if/when I see the fix.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Chuck Westfall's November Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Canon USA Service Notice regarding the EOS 1D Mark III AF Mirror Adjustment Problem. This page includes the serial number range of affected bodies.
Canon Australia announces EOS-1D Mark III AF fix. This page includes the serial number range of affected bodies.
Canon has released Digital Photo Pro v3.2.0. From this link, select "Drivers / Software" and then select the software update you wish to download. The DPP v3.2.0 updater is a large 24MB download, but the update to the software is big as well ...
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.2 for Windows Vista/Windows XP/Windows 2000:
1. Added support for EOS 40D and EOS-1Ds Mark III.
2. Added Lens aberration correction function (for correcting peripheral illumination, distortion, chromatic aberration, and color blur).
Please refer to User's Manuals (PDF) for the supported models and the target lens in Digital Photo Professional 3.2. (The User's Manual can be downloaded on [the same] page. [a 12MB PDF])
3. Highlight/shadow warning function has been added. Can now check for blown highlight and shadowing on the screen.
4. High speed (moiré reduction off) has been added to the High Quality display mode for RAW images.
5. Retain sort order function in the main window has been added.
6. 100% has been added to the enlargement ratio that appears on the Quick Check window. (Previously 50% only)
Once again, Adorama has a new batch of "Refurbished By Canon" cameras and lenses in stock. I hesitate to keep telling you this, but these are very popular items - this is a great way to get like-new products at a good price ... Be sure to compare the prices with the new item cost if a rebate is available for it.