Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Lots of great gear is available - from the Rebel XS up to 800mm f/5.6L IS. Sean recommends the 70-200 f/2.8 IS for $1,400 - I agree.
Expect like-new gear at nicely reduced prices.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
What is "Lens Food"?
I knew it was a mistake when I first read it in the Tamron SP 60mm f/2.0 Di II Macro Lens press release, but I liked the concept. Sounds like a term we can use for subjects that invite our lens to be directed at them.
Tamron indicated that the true accessory was a "Lens Hood", but thanks to Pascal and Manuel, we likely know the reason the mistake was made.
Pascal states "... in Japanese phonetic alphabet there's no difference between the sound "hoo" and "foo". It confused me the first time I read about lens hoods in a Japanese catalog."
Manuel indicates "The Japanese press release most likely mentioned something that is pronounced 'rensu-fuhdo' which translates to 'lens hood' but could also be mistaken for 'food' since the pronunciation for that word would also be 'fuhdo'."
Now we know. I'm off to find some lens food for the 24 L II.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Update: OOS. B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body and 24-105mm IS L Lens Kit in stock.
Announced: Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D Digital SLR
Announced: Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Just announced: Tamron SP 60mm f/2.0 Di II Macro Lens (press release) (thanks Tony)
And sorry, I don't know what "Lens Food" is, but I'll find out. :)
Announced: Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm DX Lens (press release)
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Canon has released ZoomBrowser EX 6.3.1 (select your OS). I have not had a chance to try this one out, but listed as a new feature is "Enables users to edit MOV/AVI movies".
Friday, March 13, 2009
So, the 5D II has been on the street for 3 months, but it still is scarce on shelves. The LP-E6 battery is even harder to get (for a reasonable price). So, purely speculation here, is the battery shortage the reason for the lack of cameras?
I should mention the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens as another new Canon item that remains unavailable. Though I've tried, I have not received any information on the availability of this item either. It does not take a battery, so that theory does not work in this case. So, I'll keep watching for the new gear to become available and will let you know when I find it.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Chuck Westfall's March Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The revamped Canon USA CPS Program is now live and online.
Canon USA has now issued the 1D/1Ds Mark III Service Notices:
Thank you for using Canon products.
Please be advised of two important Service Notices and a firmware update for the EOS 1D Mark III and EOS 1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras.
1. We have learned that some EOS 1D Mark III and EOS 1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras have a problem in the accuracy of the AF (auto-focusing). If an AF point other than the center AF point is used, focus may become soft. For more details, please click here.
Free AF accuracy checks and adjustments will be provided for affected products.
2. We have discovered that abnormal mirror operation occurs in some EOS 1D Mark III and EOS 1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras where the mirror does not operate even if the shutter button is pressed and the following message appears frequently on the camera's LCD monitor, see below. For more details, please click here.
"Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to <OFF> and <ON> again or re-install the battery."
Free repairs will be provided for affected products.
3. <snip>firmware update information from Tuesday</snip>
Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience these phenomena may have caused. We appreciate your kind patronage and support.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you reside in the U.S.A. or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Contact Information for Inquiries:
Customer Support Center
1-866-207-9570 (toll free)
8:00 a.m. - Midnight, EST - Monday to Friday
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., EST - Saturday
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Canon has released:
"This firmware update (Version 1.1.4) incorporates the following fixes.
Corrects a phenomenon in which a displayed image becomes pitch-black if it is zoomed in on during Live View shooting.
Corrects a phenomenon in which "busy" may continue to appear on the camera if the USB cable is disconnected during USB communication.
Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera. The error indications are further clarified to make the causes of errors easier to identify, and so that adequate support can be provided to our customers."
Following is the new error number lookup table:
10 Malfunctions related to files have been detected.(*1)
20 Malfunctions related to the mechanical have been detected.
30 Malfunctions related to the shutter have been detected.
40 Malfunctions related to the power source have been detected.
50 Malfunctions related to the electric control have been detected.
70 Malfunctions related to images have been detected.
80 Malfunctions related to the electric control or images have been detected.
99 Malfunctions related to the mechanical charge mechanism have been detected.
In addition, Canon UK has made an "Announcement regarding AF accuracy in EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III cameras".
Canon UK states "We have learned that some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras have a problem in the accuracy of the AF (autofocusing) feature" and state the cause as "If an AF point other than the center AF point is used, focus may become soft".
While this sounds like a big deal, the "answer" does not. "Free AF accuracy checks and adjustments will be provided to affected products." Apparently a number of Mark IIIs with out-of calibration outer focus points have been discovered.
Canon (Japan) has posted a Canon EOS-1D/1Ds Mark III AI Servo Auto Focus Manual.
Canon UK has also published an Announcement regarding abnormal mirror operation (Err 99) in EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III cameras.
"We have discovered that abnormal mirror operation occurs in some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras. The mirror does not operate even if the shutter button is pressed, and the following message 'Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to OFF and ON again or re-install the battery' appears frequently on the camera’s LCD monitor".
Once again, necessary repairs will be performed at no charge.
Adobe has released Camera Raw 5.3 update
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS4; Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0; and Adobe Premiere® Elements 7.0 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
Adobe has released Lightroom 2.3 update
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 2.3 update includes these enhancements:
Additional camera support for the Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30
Includes several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases
Canon has announced the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printers and the LiDE700F Color Image Scanner
Monday, March 02, 2009
I finally got around to adding an About Me page to the site.