Saturday, January 30, 2010
The-Digital-Picture.com is now hosted in a new data center.
I donned my IT hat this past week and migrated the site to a new physical location. The site is now running on multiple, load-balanced servers in a scaleable configuration at a closer-to-tier 1 data center. Images continue to be served from Amazon's S3 service (for performance reasons) and the forums remain on their same server.
While not everything went smoothly, hopefully the only change you have noticed is that site pages load faster. The small percentage of you that were having trouble viewing images should no longer have this problem.
On a side note, I'm loving my Mark IV. I'll try to get the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review completed this week.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Canon celebrates production of 50 million EF lenses (press release)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Firmware v1.0.6 is now available.
This firmware update (Version 1.0.6) incorporates the following enhancement.
1. Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance.*
* AF performance has been enhanced for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Exercising great timing (it is flooding in large parts of the US right now), Think Tank Photo has introduced the Hydrophobia 70-200 (press release)
3 4 new Kenko TelePlus DGX Teleconverters (press release)
Friday, January 22, 2010
FAQ: Announcement regarding AF tracking performance of the EOS-1D Mk IV
As a result of further enhancement, Canon is working to release a firmware update for the EOS-1D Mark IV. This firmware update further enhances the AF tracking performance and is scheduled to be available for download from the Web starting from late January.
We will update this announcement on once this firmware update is ready for download.
Details of the enhancement: Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance of the EOS-1D Mark IV for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.
Support: Once the new firmware is ready for download, this announcement will be updated.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Canon last week announced the Story Beyond the Still Digital Image Contest with Vincent Laforet and Vimeo.
I'm sure this will not be an easy contest to win, but the prizes are nice. Winning will be a great way to gain exposure.
The Adorama 5D II deal has been sweetened - an additional LP-E6 battery is now included along with the SanDisk 16GB Extreme IV CF Card and Slinger Camera Bag:
Canon EOS-5D Mark II Body Kit
- $2,439.00 shipped
Canon EOS-5D Mark II Body + 24-105mm L IS Lens Kit - $3,239.00 shipped
(prices are after $60 SanDisk MIR for a Visa prepaid card)
Again, you will want to order the Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer at the same time to get the $400 rebate.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Or save another $100 by purchasing the Refurbished by Canon version of this lens.
(thanks to Bill for the deal notices)
The Canon rebates end on January 16th.
Bogen Imaging Rebrands Internationally as Manfrotto Distribution (press release - thanks Greg)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
You will love the sound of this: A Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 10 fps Burst (MP3).
In case you were not able to count the frames, that was 34 shots in RAW format.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has just seen a $200 price drop! Here are the best deals:
Adorama has the Canon EOS-5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with SanDisk 16GB Extreme IV CF Card and Slinger Camera Bag for $2,439.00 shipped after $60 SanDisk MIR (Visa prepaid card).
Add the excellent $1,199.00 Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens for only $800 more (a $399.00 savings) - Adorama has the Canon EOS-5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body + 24-105mm L IS Lens Kit with SanDisk 16GB Extreme IV CF Card and Slinger Camera Bag for $3,239.00 shipped after $60 SanDisk MIR (Visa prepaid card).
You will want to order the Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer at the same time. The price of the printer is $446.95 but the 5D II/printer combo then qualifies for a $400 rebate. Sell the printer if you don't need/want it.
The 5D II in Refurbished by Canon condition is $2,199.95.
Monday, January 11, 2010
ACT FAST! - These will not last long!
Friday, January 8, 2010
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review page has been updated with resolution and color block noise comparisons.
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D + 18-55mm IS + 75-300mm III Lenses for only $509.90 shipped.
The $669.98 price will show on the B&H product pages but the deal price will show in the shopping cart.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Canon has announced three new Wireless File Transmitters (press release).
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Reminder: The Canon rebates end on January 16th.
Lens and flash deals seldom get better than when there is a rebate available for them. If a Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens is on your to-buy list, don't miss the $500 instant rebate available right now.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Just announced: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens (press release)
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review placeholder page is now on the site with product images, an MTF chart comparison, specifications and press releases (USA & Europe).
Now we likely know the update that caused many of the lenses to disappear from Canon's site. And a retraction on my part ... I said yesterday that your favorite lens was not discontinued. Well, if your favorite lens was the same as mine (though I have many favorite lenses) - the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens, it indeed has been discontinued! The good news for current owners is that the new lens will likely be significantly more expensive than the already-excellent current model. Thus the value of the original 70-200 f.2.8 L IS will remain high.
I'm excited about the new model - It looks very nice and has an excellent MTF graph. I expect this lens to be a big hit and hard to get. I'll let you know when preorders begin to be taken.
Firsthand news: The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is shipping in the USA.
I expect this body to remain hard to get in the near future.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Many new sample pictures from various lenses and cameras have been added to the site. Some image pages have short tips included.
Some of you have noticed that a significant number of lenses are missing from the Canon USA website at this moment. You can rest assured that your favorite lens has not been discontinued - Canon USA has "... identified the issue and will have it fixed as soon as possible".
The new (and very nice - I have all three) Lowepro Toploader Pro camera cases are now readily available. B&H's Used Department is clearing out the remaining also-nice original Lowepro Toploaders in new condition and at nice prices.
Friday, January 1, 2010
The Tamron Cold Cash Winter 2010 Rebate Program (PDF rebate form) has been announced.