Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
$150 price drop - the Canon EOS 40D body is now only $1,149.95 at ...
B&H (used in "10" condition for $1,049.00)
Amazon.com (28-135mm IS kit is $1,424.99)
Back to normal price: J&R
Friday, December 21, 2007
Three new but similar reviews now online:
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Canon has announced production of the 30 millionth EOS SLR camera. Of these, more than 10 million are digital.
TOKYO, December 20, 2007— Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's EOS-series film and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras passed the 30-million mark. Additionally, production of EOS Digital-series SLR cameras has passed the 10-million unit threshold.
The achievement coincides with Canon's 70th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the launch of its EOS line of SLR cameras. Shipment of EOS cameras began in 1987 from Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.), with production later moving to Canon Inc., Taiwan and the company's current main production base at Oita Canon Inc. In 1997, the 10th anniversary of the series, production reached 10 million units, and in 2003 it passed the 20-million mark. And now, a mere four years later, Canon reached the 30-million level.
In March of 1987, Canon's 50th anniversary, the company introduced the EOS 650 AF SLR camera, the first model of the EOS series. The EOS 650 incorporated the world's first fully electronic mount system, achieving complete electronic control not only between the lens and body but throughout the entire camera system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras. Standing for "Electro Optical System" while also carrying the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, the EOS series marked the dawn of an impressive range of innovative technologies and new heights of technological development.
Designed to realize Canon's key concepts of high speed and ease-of-use, EOS cameras garnered high acclaim from a wide range of users. In 1989 the company introduced the top-of-the-line EOS-1 professional model, and in 1992 the EOS 5 QD (EOS A2/EOS A2E or EOS 5 in regions outside Japan), equipped with Eye-Controlled Focus, a groundbreaking AF function that allowed users to select a desired focusing point just by looking at it. The following year, in 1993, Canon succeeded in expanding the company's user base with the compact, lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500).
In 2000, Canon formally ushered in the age of the digital SLR camera with the introduction of the EOS D30, equipped with the company's proprietary CMOS sensor. In addition to developing in-house such key components as CMOS sensors and the high-performance DIGIC digital image processor, Canon offers an extensive lineup of EF lenses and has launched cameras aiming to fulfill the company's new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality.
This year, commemorating the 20th year of the EOS series, Canon has further bolstered its digital SLR camera lineup with the launch of the top-of-the-line EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III, featuring a fully revamped camera system, as well as the EOS 40D, which has won praise from a wide range of users, from first-time SLR camera owners to advanced amateurs.
Canon, through continued technological innovation with the EOS series, and by strengthening its marketing activities to deliver enhanced product quality and services, will continue its efforts to deliver all-around user satisfaction with an even more attractive lineup of products, contributing to new directions in the future of photographic expression.
"Canon has released EOS 1Ds Mark III firmware v1.0.6. This firmware update (Version 1.0.6) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Improves the reliability of communication with some CF cards.
2. Fixes a phenomenon that occurs in some cases involving color cast and vertical lines appearing in images."
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Now online ...
$100 price drop - The Canon EOS 40D body is now only $1,199.95 at ...
Monday, December 17, 2007
Compare the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III resolution with the ...
* What you need to know about the above comparisons (aside from how to use the tool's mouse-over feature) ... Canon specifies the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III viewfinder as having an "approx." 100 percent horizontal and vertical view. In reality - and like the Canon EOS-1D Mark III, it is somewhat less than 100% (maybe 98%?) - this makes precisely framing a test chart hard as I must rely completely on the zoomed LCD review. But, the LCD does not show a 100% view of the final image - cutting about 5 pixels off each side. For most real world uses, these are non-issues for this camera, but for these comparisons, the 1Ds III has an approximately .4% disadvantage to the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and the Canon EOS 5D (which also doesn't mean much in the real world). Full disclosure finished.
I was determined to complete the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens Review before releasing the my new 1Ds III's shutter. I have enough uncompleted reviews on the site and was being very disciplined. Well, after 8 days I couldn't stand it any longer - and had an event to shoot with it. So ... I'll get the 18-55 IS review online very soon.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Expired: RitzCamera.com has 10% off all in stock items when you use PayPal Checkout. Free shipping on most photo items over $100 and no sales tax. There are some great deals available - Like the 40D and 1D Mark III for example. Link is to RitzCamera.com - You should see a small banner near the top center of the page describing the deal.
Two minor changes in these results ... First, I moved the UV filter test to the end of the focal length range and second, I added a normal thickness CP filter test for lenses I currently have this filter for (67mm, 72mm and 77mm). As always, more coming.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Canon has posted a guide to the camera settings and Custom Functions in Canon’s Mark III series cameras, and suggested settings to consider for AF, image sharpening, and minimizing digital noise at high ISOs (877K PDF).
Monday, December 10, 2007
Rob Galbraith has posted an update to his Canon EOS-1D Mark III autofocus article.
Chuck Westfall's December Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org.
Friday, December 7, 2007
It's been a few long days, but the site is now up on a new, faster server. I hope the only thing you noticed during this process is FASTER performance. Unfortunately, I incurred much more stress.
After the site was upgraded, I was unable to transfer files to or from the site. Since there are seldom coincidences in the IT world, the obvious piece to blame was the new server. Support and I have been trying to regain access - and finally reached resolution using FileZilla (FTP Software). Turns out that Microsoft pushed a software update down at the same time the server was being upgraded. This update apparently killed FTP through Windows Explorer/IE 7 to the new web server. Phew.
If you notice any issues, please let me know. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy better server performance.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
These results are from the Canon 40D. 40D results from comparable lenses are currently lacking (they are coming), but you can compare the 18-55 IS to the excellent Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for now. This comparison will show the deviation from a good standard.
Monday, December 3, 2007
ISO 12233 chart sample crops from a Canon EOS 5D have been added to the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Review. Samples from many other Canon camera bodies (including the 40D) are included here for comparison.
Sigma has once again announced two new lenses ...