Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sigma has announced 4 new Canon-mount lenses.
Sigma APO 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG Lens
The world’s first Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at 500mm focal length APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG
APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG *Camera shown sold separately
2007.3.8: The APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG is the world’s first Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at 500mm focal length. It covers the widely used 200 to 500mm focal length range, and maintains its fast F2.8 aperture over the entire zoom range. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations and produce a high level of optical performance throughout the entire zoom range.
Shooting distance and focal length can be viewed on the lens' LCD panel, which is an additional convenience for the photographer.
A filter can be inserted towards the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used with its ingenious rotation mechanism.
A dedicated APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG II is supplied as a standard accessory with the APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG.
Its exclusive design minimises image degradation usually associated with teleconverters. When this dedicated teleconverter is used with the APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG lens, it becomes a large aperture 400-1000mm F5.6 AF Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens.
Copyright 1999-2007 SIGMA CORPORATION All right reserved.
We've seen this one before, but what an awesomely-spec'd lens. It looks like it was made for the military. At 34.6 lbs (15,700g), you're not going to hand-hold this one.
It would be nice to see "EX" in that name, but a 4-stop OS is a nice addition to what looks like the Sigma 50-500mm EX Lens.
Looks like an updated Sigma 80-400mm EX Lens - without the "EX". HSM is a very welcome improvement in this case.
Tamron announces the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II LD Asperical Lens. No availability date has been given.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Update: Sold Out. The CompactFlash deals keep coming - How does Free after rebate sound for a very decent CF Card? Adorama has the Kingston 4GB 133x Elite Pro CompactFlash Card for free after rebate. Download the rebate form on the Adorama product page.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Canon EOS 40D ISO 12233 chart sample crops have been added to the site for the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 Lens. I also shot the 40D tests for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens (the compare-to lens in the link above).
Monday, January 28, 2008
Take another look at the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D Digital SLR Camera Pre-Review for information and product pictures including mouseover comparisons with other Canon cameras.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Preorder opportunities for some of the new Canon gear:
Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D at RitzCamera.com
Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D at OneCall
Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D at Amazon.com
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens at Amazon.com
Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens at Amazon.com
Historically, to get a new piece of Canon gear when it first hits the streets, you need to preorder. However, some items are harder to get than others. My guess is that the Rebel series bodies will hit the shelves in high volumes, making them relatively easy to get within a few weeks of the first deliveries (unlike 1-series bodies). I'm less certain of the new L lens' early availability. They are going to be very highly desired, but carry a very high price which will reduce the demand for them.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It's Canon announcement day!
The Rebel XSi / 450D appears to be a strong upgrade to the Rebel XTi / 400D. The review placeholder page (link above) shows some product pics and provides links to both the Canon USA and Canon Europe press releases - with highlights in bold. Amazon.com is taking preorders.
Pre-announced last fall at PhotoPlus Expo, the new 200 is formally announced today. I anticipate this to be an awesome lens in all regards; however, the price will stop all but the serious photographers from making this investment. Once again, the review placeholder page (link above) shows some product pics and provides links to both the Canon USA and Canon Europe press releases - with highlights in bold.
Ditto from the 200 ... Pre-announced last fall at PhotoPlus Expo, the new 800 is formally announced today. I anticipate this to be an awesome lens in all regards; however, the extremely high price will stop all but the serious photographers from making this investment. The review placeholder page (link above) shows some product pics and provides links to both the Canon USA and Canon Europe press releases - with highlights in bold. The 800 shares press releases with the 200.
Well, not really new. You've seen this one before - actually, many of us have one. This lens is available throughout most of the world. The 55-250 will now become available in the USA. The review placeholder page (link above) shows a product pic and provides links to both the Canon USA (part of the XSI/450D release) and Canon UK press releases.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sandisk has Winter 2008 rebates valid on purchases through Mar 3, 2008. Some of these rebates amounts are significant and increase if more than 1 of the same card is purchased. To make the deal hot, Adorama is offering a 10% higher rebate if the gift check (redeemable at Adorama only) option is selected AND they are offering great sale prices on these cards. Download the rebate form at one of the following links for the full details.
Sandisk 16GB Extreme III CompactFlash - $109.95 after $90 rebate
Sandisk 8GB Extreme III CompactFlash - $59.95 after $40 rebate
Sandisk 4GB Extreme III CompactFlash - $39.95 after $20 rebate
Sandisk 2GB Extreme III CompactFlash - $29.95 after $10 rebate
Sandisk 8GB Extreme III SD Card - $39.95 after $40 rebate
Sandisk 4GB Extreme III SD Card - $19.95 after $30 rebate
Sandisk 2GB Extreme III SD Card - $19.95 after $10 rebate (get the 4GB)
Sandisk 1GB Extreme III SD Card - $12.75 after $5 rebate
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Canon has updated their current rebate form to indicate the new expiration date (1.7MB PDF).
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Good news - Canon has extended the lens and flash rebates until February 17th. They have not yet updated the flyer or web site.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Canon has made an easy-to-understand Color Management Guide available (2 MB PDF).
One last reminder - the Canon lens and flash rebates expire on Sunday the 13th.
Stuff for sale ... As before, these offers are available within the cUSA. Please do not ask me about selling anything else as I am probably not and do not have time to keep a waiting list. Sorry! To be fair to everyone, all items will remain for sale until I receive a firm "I'll take it" under agreed-upon conditions. I will accept Paypal if shipping to the verified address. Use the email button at the top and bottom of this page to contact me.
Sold: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM Lens - $649 shipped
Like new in box with all original accessories. Barely used. Sigma focus calibrated this lens for me though it is still not the best-focusing lens I've used.
Sold: Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW - $45 shipped
Like new with exception of a little dust AND - the kid's cat decided to attack it (I was trying to think of a better story, but ...). There are 6 or 8 tooth marks into the front of the case on the bottom of the flap. I have a picture available for serious buyers.
Sold: Canon 580EX Speedlight #2 - $279 shipped
In excellent condition. A little dust and minor tape residue. Comes with box, manual, padded case, stand. In use since 3/2/2005.
Sold: Canon 580EX Speedlight #1 - $299 shipped
In excellent condition. A little dust and minor tape residue. Comes with box (missing UPC), manual (like new), padded case, stand. In use since 12/11/2006. Selling because I have completed my upgrade to 580EX IIs.
Sold: Canon Angle Finder C - $139 shipped
In excellent shape with padded case and second adaptor.
Sold: Lowepro Slingshot 100 AW - $45 shipped
Like new with exception of a little dust.
Sold: Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW - $75 shipped
Like new with exception of a little dust.
Friday, January 4, 2008
The current Canon rebate programs are coming to a close. The lens (and flash) instant rebates end on January 13th. The $400 Canon 5D + Pixma Pro9000/9500 Rebate and Canon Pixma Pro9000/9500 $100 Rebate end on January 12th. As I said before, the $100 rebate appears to be stackable with the $400 rebate as 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 $1,984.46 after two rebates. If you don't need the printer, EBay it - I sold mine for $355 plus shipping making my 5D net under $1,700. Very nice.
While there ... Those of you interested in shooting sports will find the The Ultimate Setup—Sports Illustrated and the Final Four article interesting.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tamron has announced a new round of lens rebates.