Friday, October 30, 2009
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both Canon extenders are now included. Shifted results are now included.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Canon USA has issued an EOS 7D Service Notice:
Service Notice: EOS 7D: Residual Image in Picture
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have confirmed that in certain camera settings and shooting conditions, the phenomenon described below may occur in images captured by the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera.
Canon is currently investigating and analyzing the cause of this phenomenon, and we are planning to release a firmware update to address this issue.
Once the support measures have been established, we will post the relevant information on our Web site.
We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.
In images captured by continuous shooting, and under certain conditions, barely noticeable traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible. This phenomenon is not noticeable in an image with optimal exposure. The phenomenon may become more noticeable if a retouching process such as level compensation is applied to emphasize the image.
EOS 7D Digital SLR
This contact information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region. Thank you, Customer Support Operations Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. ET,
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., excluding holidays
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)
TTD: 1-866-251-3752 (toll free)
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Dig through the camera kits to find lots of great cameras and lenses including the 15mm Fisheye, 35 f/1.4 L, 135 f/2 L, 300 f/4L IS, 300 f/2.8L IS, 400 f/2.8L IS, 16-35 f/2.8L II, 17-40 f/4 L, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, 24-70 f/2.8 L, 24-105 f/4L IS, various 70-200 Ls and many more.
Expect like-new gear - Act fast - the good gear doesn't last long.
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di Macro Lens Review page.
Monday, October 26, 2009
PocketWizard has announced the PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for use with the PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers. PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers owners will receive the AC5 for free with shipments starting in November.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Fall 2009 Canon Rebates have been introduced. Once again, these are instant rebates available to anyone in the world buying through a Canon USA authorized dealer. Here is the list of lenses and flashes included in the program along with their respective rebate amounts:
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens - $50.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens - $100.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM Lens - $50.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens - $70.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens - $80.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens - $40.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens - $75.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens - $80.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens - $150.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - $30.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens - $130.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens - $500.00
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash - $50.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash - $30.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash - $20.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash - $70.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash - $50.00
Get 5% off all Sigma and Tamron lenses at Beach Camera.
Using the Tamron coupon code (TAMAFF1025) makes the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens only $489.55 shipped after rebate.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Canon USA has posted a Windows 7 Compatibility List (pdf).
I have not been writing many accessory reviews recently, but a friend came up to me at a recent soccer match. He was excited about what I was sitting on - not the Canon EOS 7D and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens I was using at the time. So, based on his excitement matching my love for the Walkstool Comfort Folding Stool, I felt I needed to share this piece of gear with you. My guess is that you also have a use for one or two of these.
John Harrington has released Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition. This is a must-read book if you are selling or are planning to sell your images and/or services.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta is now available for download.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review page.
This is a nice lens.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Introducing: The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV (press release)
Amazon.com has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV available for preorder. I expect this camera to be hard to get for a rather long period of time - just like the previous 1-Series bodies. Preorder immediately if you plan to get this DSLR.
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review page is now live on the site. Included at this time are links to the USA and Europe press releases, Rob Galbraith's preview, product images and specification tables.
From Canon Europe:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Statement on Firmware Development
Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps. The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.
Introduced in September 2008, the multi award-winning EOS 5D Mark II was the first DSLR product to offer full frame 1080p HD video recording, opening up a multitude of new creative possibilities for photo journalists, news photographers and amateur filmmakers. Since then, Canon has continued to develop its groundbreaking EOS Movie functionality, firstly with the firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II that enabled manual exposure control, and more recently by introducing a choice of video recording frame rates with the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV.
Canon currently expects the firmware update to be made available during the first half of 2010. An announcement regarding details of the update and its availability will be made closer to the release date.
Announced today were the Canon WFT-E2 II and WFT-E4 II Wireless File Transmitters (press release)
Canon has also announced the Fall 2009 EOS & PowerShot Loyalty Rebate Program.
"As an exclusive offer to our registered EOS and PowerShot customers (who have registered before October 12th), a $50 mail-in rebate is available if you purchase and register a Rebel XS, XSi, T1i, 50D, 7D or 5D Mark II; or a $20 mail-in rebate is available if you purchase and register a PowerShot camera* between October 12, 2009 and December 31, 2009. Download .pdf for complete details."
Monday, October 19, 2009
Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.7.2 (66.93MB Updater) is now available for download. Select your OS on the landing page.
Zeiss has announced the Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 ZE Lens (press release)
Canon EOS 7D Firmware v1.0.9 is now available.
"Firmware Version 1.0.9 incorporates the following fixes.
1. Improves AF accuracy during Live View shooting.
2. Corrects a phenomenon where in rare instances, movie images shot by the camera may exhibit abnormal colors.
3. Corrects a phenomenon that at certain timings, the shutter cannot be released when the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite is used for shooting."
ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both Sigma extenders are now included.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
More stock updates:
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body and 5D w/24-105mm IS Lens Kit in stock.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sorry for the slow week of updates. I arrived home at 2:00 AM this morning from a week shooting the Acadia National Park landscape. It was a great trip - I'll share some of the results with you in the future.
ISO 12233 Chart samples crops have been added to the future Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens is now in stock.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Again, B&H (usually) takes orders for not-in-stock items only when they know they are about to receive stock of the item.
Chuck Westfall's October Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.
Canon has released EOS Rebel XS/1000D Firmware v1.0.6.
"Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following changes.
1.Some cameras may exhibit a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor does not display, the shutter does not release, and the busy indication remains lit in the viewfinder.
2.The message, "Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to OFF and ON again or re-install the battery", appears on the camera's LCD monitor, and after the above operation is carried out, the LCD monitor displays in a language that is different from the actual language setting."
Monday, October 12, 2009
B&H (usually) takes orders for not-in-stock items only when they know they are about to receive stock of the item.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
ISO 12233 Chart samples crops have been added to the upcoming Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.
Monday, October 5, 2009
ISO 12233 Chart samples crops have been added to the upcoming Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Review. As expected, the results look great to me.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Color Control Patch and fabric ISO noise comparisons have been added to the Canon EOS 7D Review page.
Here are some examples:
Update: Most have sold out
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens - $899.95 Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens - $1,199.95 Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - $1,039.95 Canon EF-S 18-200mm IS Lens - $494.95 Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens - $559.95 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens - $1,679.95 Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens - $1,709.95
Oh yeah - the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Lens is still available for an even $120,000.00
Expect like-new gear at nicely reduced prices. Act fast - the good gear doesn't last long.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Lots of great cameras, lenses and flashes are available. Expect like-new gear at nicely reduced prices. Act fast - the good gear doesn't last long.