Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Canon Professional Services (CPS) Europe has posted Issue 13. There is always good information to be found here.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Canon has released yet another round of firmware updates for the 1Ds Mark II (version 1.1.3) and the 1D Mark II (version 1.2.3). Canon indicates that "Pressing the DISPLAY button right after shooting images resulted in an abnormal display and the camera would freeze. Images are not lost when this occurs. Also, removing and then reloading the battery restores the camera to normal operation. This version 1.1.3 (or 1.2.3) firmware incorporates fixes for the issue described above."
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Don't forget - the Canon rebates end July 15th. And $500 off a Canon EOS-1D Mark II sounds like a great deal to me.
Friday, June 17, 2005
I have uploaded pictures to the sample and regular galleries.
Here are some of them ...
Kid Soccer Picture
A Pair of Blue Jays
A new gallery is online ...
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Sample Gallery
Many sample pictures have been added to the ...
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM Lens Sample Gallery
Canon has EOS 20Da information online.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
New reviews online ...
Gitzo G1548 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
Canon RC-1 Wireless Remote Review
Gitzo Padded Tripod Bag GE10P Review
Gitzo Padded Tripod Bag GE12P Review
Gitzo Padded Tripod Bag GE14P Review
Lightware z600 Long Lens Case Review
Microsoft has released Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP. "The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer is a free “PowerToy” for Microsoft Windows XP that provides the ability to view, organize, and print photos captured in RAW image formats from supported digital cameras."
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
It is the time of year when those of us in the US are starting to think about our July 4th holiday plans. Typically included in those plans is at least one fireworks event. This year, take your camera. It is easy to get beautiful fireworks pictures - learn how with the Fireworks Photography Tips.
Friday, June 3, 2005
Two new reviews online ...
Lowepro Pro Trekker AW II Camera Backpack Review
Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW Camera Backpack Review
Thursday, June 2, 2005
Lexar has posted an "Advisory for Owners of Lexar Professional 80x CompactFlash Cards indicating that new firmware is available as promised.
LEXAR CUSTOMER ADVISORY
JUNE 1, 2005
To: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 20D, and EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital / EOS Kiss Digital N camera customers using Lexar memory cards.
Update: On June 3, Lexar will release a firmware update for its Professional 80x CompactFlash customers who experience a problem with the Canon cameras listed. Issues experienced with other cards are expected to be addressed by Canon through its firmware release.
Action: To request the firmware update, click on the Return Materials Authorization (RMA) link below. Upon completing the RMA form, a RMA number will be issued. Alternatively, please call the Professional Support line at (510) 413-1233 to be issued a RMA number. (NOTE: Replacement cards cannot be processed without a RMA number). Follow the instructions to send the completed RMA form along with the Lexar product to the nearest Lexar office where the card will be exchanged for a card with the updated firmware. It is not possible to install the updated firmware.
The firmware update applies to the following memory cards:
Lexar Professional 80x-speed CompactFlash 512MB (last 4 digits of card edge stamp is A4B6 or 9171)
Lexar Professional 80x-speed CompactFlash 1GB (last 4 digits of card edge stamp is A4B6 or 9171)
Lexar Professional 80x-speed CompactFlash 2GB (last 4 digits of card edge stamp is A4B6 or 9171)
Lexar Professional 80x-speed CompactFlash 4GB (last 4 digits of card edge stamp is A4B6 or 9171)
For the latest information on Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 20D, and EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital / EOS Kiss Digital N cameras, please see Canon's website.
To update firmware on your card please visit Lexar's RMA page.
A 20D for Astrophotographers - Canon has introduced the EOS 20Da Digital SLR to the rest of the world.
The Sky's the Limit with the New Canon EOS 20Da Digital SLR; Newest Canon Digital SLR Helps Address the Needs of Astrophotography Enthusiasts
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 2, 2005--Now that Canon digital SLRs are proven performers on this planet, Canon U.S.A., Inc. is reaching for the stars with the much anticipated EOS 20Da digital SLR. Based on the popular EOS 20D camera and joining it as a companion model in Canon's product line, the new EOS 20Da digital SLR helps address the specific requirements of astrophotography with features such as a live preview LCD and a modified low-pass filter optimized to help photograph the clear night sky in brilliant detail. The EOS 20Da digital SLR will be available in July at an estimated selling price of $2,199.*
The low-pass filter positioned in front of the EOS 20Da's 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor has been modified from the EOS 20D to yield sharper and higher-contrast images of various astronomical phenomena such as diffuse reddish nebulae. The modification increases the transmission of light at the specific wavelength of 656nm, known as the Hydrogen Alpha line, or H(alpha) wavelength, by a factor of 2.5x compared to the standard EOS 20D digital SLR. Although optimized for astrophotography, the EOS 20Da can also be used for most conventional photography by mounting an optional filter on the lens in use.**
"The EOS 20Da digital SLR is a direct result of Canon addressing the specialized needs of the astrophotography market," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ). "By offering the EOS 20Da, we hope to make it both easier and more cost effective for astronomy enthusiasts to photograph the heavens, as well as events here on earth."
While traditional digital SLRs lack a live preview due to the blocking of the image sensor by a reflex mirror and shutter, the EOS 20Da digital SLR addresses this issue by locking up the mirror and opening the shutter to display a magnified live view of the subject on the 1.8" LCD monitor. (This feature is effective for clear night viewing conditions only.) To help ensure a sharp focus, the central portion of the image can be magnified on the LCD by 5x (4% of the picture area) or 10x (1% of the picture area). The live view mode can also be viewed through most TV monitors while connected to the EOS 20Da camera's video OUT terminal.
Photographers can also attach the EOS 20Da digital SLR to a telescope through the use of widely available optional T-mounts. The EOS 20Da is also compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses,*** the world's largest selection of interchangeable autofocus lenses, including select image stabilized telephoto lenses.
The EOS 20Da digital SLR features enhanced noise reduction for long exposures, achieved by incorporating an optimized CMOS control system. A custom function is also available for noise reduction, so users can enjoy the wide array of ISO settings ranging from 50-3200.
The EOS 20Da retains the same features that have made the EOS 20D digital SLR a favorite among discerning photographers, such as Canon's own DIGIC II processor for low noise, high speed, and excellent image quality. Other features include a nine point autofocus system, full manual controls, up to five frames per second burst mode, and a choice between RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG image recording capabilities. To reduce vibration at the start of the exposure, self-timer and mirror lock-up functions are integrated into the camera. The camera also features a backlit LCD display on top for easy adjustments of camera settings in the dark.
To support the needs of astrophotography, Canon provides a full line of EOS system accessories compatible with the EOS 20Da digital SLR. For better control over shutter release timing and to reduce vibration, Canon offers remote control solutions like Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3, as well as Remote Switch RS-80N3. When the camera is attached to a telescope, low angles make composing shots through the viewfinder difficult. Canon's response is the Angle Finder C,**** which attaches to the camera's eyepiece. To increase battery life for even longer exposures, Battery Grip BG-E2 is available. It accepts two rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries or widely available AA-size batteries.
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 third overall in the U.S. in 2004, with global revenues of $33.3 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
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Specifications are subject to change with notice.
*Pricing is subject to change without notice at any time. All prices are set by the individual dealer and may vary.
**Note that when photographing normal subjects with a high infrared reflectivity, an infrared cut filter on the lens will allow the camera to perform similar to the EOS 20D digital SLR.
***Select EF lenses with electronic manual focusing cannot be used for manual focusing in the live view mode.
****Requires the use of supplied adapter Ec-C.