Canon News for Jun 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Adobe has released Lightroom v1.1. Details of the update and download links for the Windows and Mac versions are included in the link provided. Perhaps the biggest news for Canon users is support for the Canon EOS-1D Mark III.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Now online ...

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Canon has made the Digital Photo Guidebook for Professionals available for download as a PDF (8MB). "This guidebook is designed to assist professional photographers in their switch to digital photography. In particular, the guidebook helps explain many of the creative options available when using digital cameras to produce photos for commercial printing. We believe photographers in all fields from advertising to publishing to photojournalism, whether shooting in the field or in a studio, will find this guidebook a source of useful information." This book is also available for purchase in hard copy format ($19.95 USD).

The Great Sigma Heist. Sigma UK press release informing of a professional gang heist of Sigma Imaging UK warehouse and offices.

Sigma UK Press Release

Sigma Break In

The offices and warehouse of Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd were broken into on the night of Friday 15th June [2007].

The theft was captured on CCTV and police are currently investigating. The burglary is believed to have been carried out by a professional gang who stole a large quantity of Sigma products.

Sigma have a record of all the stolen products and their serial numbers and ask members of the public to be aware of any Sigma products being sold at lower than usual prices. Sigma’s supply chain was temporarily disrupted and we regret any disappointment or delay caused to our customers.

Sigma’s normal efficient service has been resumed and every effort is being made to replace the stolen goods. In addition to being vigilant, we would ask our customers to be patient and understanding of any temporary delays.

If you are suspicious of a Sigma product you have seen for sale, please telephone Sigma immediately on 01707 329 999.

For further information, please contact:

Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd
13 Little Mundells
Welwyn Garden City
Tel: 01707 329 999

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rob Galbraith has posted An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance in which he describes in detail some AF problems he is having with this new body. Rob is well respected and is using 15,000 or so images and multiple cameras to make his conclusions. I have no reason to doubt him.

In response to a lot of questions I'm now getting concerning AF problems, I have updated the 1D Mark III video page to include AI Servo AF details of the images in these sequences. This should give you another data point to base your understanding on.

Of course, more will follow.

Monday, June 18, 2007

One more MP3 - the Canon EOS-1D Mark III in Soft Mode with 4 normal single shots included ...

Canon EOS-1D Mark III "Soft" Mode

Friday, June 15, 2007

Free MP3s! Listen to the Canon EOS-1D Mark III online or on your Ipod. The machine-gun-like sound from a 10fps burst will make you smile ...

Canon EOS-1D Mark III 10fps Burst
Canon EOS-1D Mark III 4fps Burst
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Single Shot

Canon DPP v3.0.1a and EOS Utility 2.0b are now available (for Windows only). Canon does not list the changes - I have not found them yet. From the link, click on the "Drivers & Downloads" tab and select "Drivers / Software".

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I have added Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens vignetting results with a normal thickness B+W 82mm MRC UV Filter attached. The results can be seen using the mouseover feature in the lens vignetting comparison. Unfortunately, a normal thickness filter causes some additional vignetting at 16mm when mounted on a full frame body. So, the B+W 82mm MRC Slim UV Filter is going to be the best full frame option in my opinion. Users of 1.3x and 1.6x crop bodies should be fine with the B+W 82mm MRC UV Filter.

Vignetting test results have been added to the ...

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro Lens Review

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Compare the Canon EOS-1D Mark III resolution with the ...

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II using a Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens *
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II using a Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM Lens *
Canon EOS 30D using a Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM Lens *

* What you need to know about the above comparisons (aside from how to use the mouse-over feature) ... Canon specifies the Canon EOS-1D Mark III viewfinder as having an "approx." 100 percent horizontal and vertical view. In reality, it is somewhat less than 100% (maybe 98%?) - this makes precisely framing a test chart hard as I must rely completely on the zoomed LCD. But, the LCD does not show a 100% view of the final image - cutting about 8 pixels off each edge. For most real world uses, these are non-issues for this camera, but for these comparisons, the 1D III has an approximately .4% disadvantage to the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II (which also doesn't mean much in the real world). The Canon EOS 30D is at a very slight disadvantage in this comparison as its LCD display only shows about 98% of the final image. Full disclosure finished.

Canon USA's Chuck Westfall once again shares some of his vast knowledge in the June Tech Tips (at

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Want to see something very cool? How about a ...

Canon EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR 10fps video

10 fps is very therapeutic - It makes me smile every time.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Now online ...

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Review

Monday, June 4, 2007

I know it's only Monday, but do you need a break? Try out a Canon Rebel XTi/400D from your computer in the Superman Returns Game. "You are Jimmy Olsen, the Daily Planet's star photographer. Try to get some good pictures of Superman for tomorrow's edition."

Need help justifying your wedding photography rates?'s Nina Callaway, in "Your Guide to Weddings" lists "Wedding Photography" as #1 on her what's really worth the cost list. Of course, this applies to Photography in general as photos are an excellent way to retain life's important memories.

Friday, June 1, 2007

More about Adobe Camera Raw 4.1 from Jeff Schewe. Jeff, personally involved in the development of Camera Raw 4.1, talks about the new features and functionality.

Posted: 6/1/2007 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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