Friday, January 28, 2005
The current batch of Canon Rebates are Expiring at the end of this month!
Monday the 31st is the last day to take advantage of these potentially great deals.
The Photo Marketing Association's PMA2005 takes place February 20th-23rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. I expect we will be hearing some new product announcements any time from now until the end of the show.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Canon has introduced their first new digital camera of the year, the very inexpensive Canon PowerShot A510 Digital Camera. It is the successor to the successful Canon PowerShot A75 and features 3.2 megapixel resolution and a 4x zoom in a 13% smaller/10% lighter body. Of interest is that it utilizes an SD MultiMediaCard - a break from Canon's longstanding CompactFlash storage medium.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
There are less than two weeks left to get in on the Canon rebates!
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Three new reviews are online ...
Gitzo G1327 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
Arca-Swiss B1 Panning Ballhead Review
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 Review
Sorry, I'm still waiting for delivery of my Canon EOS-1DS Mark II. I was indecisive on the price and got in line very late.
Friday, January 7, 2005
A Forbes.com article gives some insight into the digital camera market. It also reveals that Canon plans to release about 20 new digital camera models this year. I'm sure most will be consumer point and shoot models, but that is a big number nonetheless.
Thursday, January 6, 2005
I also picked up a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens. I didn't currently have a 50mm in my kit - and I couldn't resist the price after the triple rebate.
Don't forget - the current Canon Rebates are Expiring at the end of this month! Tripled, some of these rebates create great deals. If you are adept at selling stuff, you could probably make some decent money on the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel with its rebate tripled.
I picked up another Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens. I sold my first one to fund my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens. But, I kept looking back at the pictures I took with it - and had to replace it. Portraits shot at f/1.2-1.4 with this lens are addicting!
While I really like my Bogen/Manfrato 3021B Pro Tripod Legs, The quality of my Gitzo G1588 Monopod has also become addicting. A new Gitzo G1327 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod is coming my way. I am especially interested in the extra rigidity these legs will provide - rated about 2x as high as the Bogen's rating. I picked up an Arca-Swiss B1 Panning Ballhead to go on top.
Since I have not had my hands on the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Soft Focus Lens, I added one to my cart before checking out. Word on the street is that this is a decent lens for the money.
A Canon Speedlite MT-24ex Flash is on the Brown Truck to complement my also-soon-to-be-reviewed Canon MP-E 65mm Super Macro Lens. There is a nice rebate on this flash as well. The reviews for this flash and for the other new-to-me equipment will be online in the not-too-distant future.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
The Canon SELPHY CP-400 Compact Photo Printer has been announced. "This new dye sublimation device creates water and fade resistant prints that last up to 100 years!(C)"
Canon's New Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 Lets Consumers Print Beautiful High Quality Photos in Seconds; New Dedicated Photo Printer Adds Speed, Ease-of-Use And Style To Direct Photo Printing
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2005--Canon's new Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 makes printing brilliant, high quality photos from a digital camera quick and easy. Replacing Canon's popular CP-220 model, the new Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 allows consumers to make beautiful 4 x 6-inch postcards or photographs in approximately 81 seconds(a), which is four seconds faster than previous models.
Quick and Simple = Brilliant Long Lasting Photos
Producing crisp, vibrant photographs, The Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 runs on AC power and can be connected to a PictBridge-compliant digital camera or a compatible personal computer for quick, high-quality prints in seconds. Its small size (6.7 x 4.7 x 2.2 inches) and new streamlined design make this compact photo printer simple to tote along to parties and family gatherings. It can also print credit-card size photos, photo stickers, photo labels and 4 x 8-inch photo greeting cards(b). This new dye sublimation device creates water and fade resistant prints that last up to 100 years(c).
The Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 is PictBridge compliant. PictBridge is the worldwide direct printing standard that allows any PictBridge-compliant printer to print directly from any PictBridge compliant digital camera. Standard PictBridge features include the choice between borderless and bordered prints, optional date imprinting, print quantity selection, and trimming (cropping) of individual images. All of these features are controlled through a simple menu system on the camera's LCD monitor.
The Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 provides further PictBridge support with two added features; N-Up printing, which allows users to create more than one smaller version of the same image on a sheet (2,4,6,9, etc.); and Fixed Size Printing, which allows the end-user to pre-select a dimension for the print, even though it may be a different size from the paper it will be printed on. For example, consumers can print a 3 x 5-inch photo onto a 4 x 6-inch paper.
Personalized Postcards and Greeting Cards
The printer can create high-quality 300 dpi color photographs in three different paper sizes from a computer via USB or by direct camera-to-printer connection. These sizes include 4 x 8-inch personalized greeting cards or invitations; 4 x 6-inch postcard size or 2.5 x 3.5-inch credit card size pictures (The 4 x 8-inch paper cassette is an optional accessory). The 4 x 8-inch wide paper size allows consumers to create and print personalized greeting cards for nearly any occasion. The printer comes equipped with drivers and application software(d) that includes a wide variety of templates and clip art for users to personalize their greetings, holiday cards, birth announcements, party invitations, and many other projects.
Additionally, select Canon PowerShot digital cameras feature Direct Print options that can be used with the SELPHY CP-400 model, including an ID Photo Print function that automatically generates passport style prints on 4 x 6-inch paper as well as ID prints of various sizes (selectable on the camera-menu).
The printer also allows consumers to print thumbnail sequences from movie clips from select PowerShot digital cameras. Up to 63 thumbnails can be printed on 4 x 6-inch postcard-size paper. With the Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 and PowerShot digital cameras, users are ready to capture and print their memories anywhere, anytime.
The Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 supports the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Version 1.1 printing standard. This handy feature allows users to pre-select multiple images for automated batch printing.
Pricing and Availability
The Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP-400 will be available in January for an estimated street price of $149.99(e).
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America, and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top-patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2003, with global revenues of $29.9 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com. (a) Print speed based on average output speed achieved during product testing with DIGIC II processor embedded Canon PowerShot digital cameras. Other products' print speed may vary. Printer functions are sensitive to temperature and humidity; (b) 4x8 and credit card size paper cassettes are option. please see User Manual for appropriate operating environment. (c) Based on accelerated testing, assuming image is stored in an album at 23 degrees C/50 % R.H. (d) Software and Drivers available for Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 SP4, XP and Mac OS X (v10.1.5 - v10.3). (e) All prices are set by the individual dealer and may vary.
Unstoppable Canon - an interview with Fujio Mitarai, president of Canon Corporation, by Japan Today. A notable statement was that Canon's sales of digital cameras increased 70% in 2004.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Five Canon EF Normal Zoom Lens reviews have been added to the site ...
Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II Zoom Lens Review
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II Zoom Lens Review
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM Zoom Lens Review
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM Zoom Lens Review
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 USM Zoom Lens Review
I do not intend to post sample pictures from these lenses - sorry!
In the Photography Tips section, I added a page regarding ...
Photography Equipment and Liability Insurance
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Four Canon EF Telephoto Zoom Lens reviews have been added to the site ...
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Zoom Lens
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens Review
Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Telephoto Zoom Lens Review
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens Review
I do not intend to post sample pictures from these lenses - sorry!
Monday, December 20, 2004
Canon has released EOS 1D Mark II Firmware Update Version 1.1.0 and EOS-1Ds Mark II Firmware Update Version 1.0.3. Both updates make improvements to AF tracking in AI Servo AF mode including improved tracking of moving subjects in low light and dark colored subjects. The 1D Mark II update also reduces the time between when the camera is turned on and when it is ready to shoot. In addition, support has been added to the 1D Mark II for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E1. The firmware upgrade for the EOS 1DS Mark II also addresses an issue of color differences between RAW and JPEG thumbnail images. Although the download site does not mention it, the 1D Mark II is supposed to address a noise issue during bulb exposures. A camera body serial number is required for these free downloads.