Canon News for Mar 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Today only - has 40% off 3 Lowepro Backpacks ...

Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II Camera Backpack
Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Camera Backpack
Lowepro DryZone 200 Camera Backpack

Friday, March 28, 2008

Adorama added more "Refurbished By Canon" camera bodies to their inventory - including a Canon 1D Mark III for $3,499 (back in stock) and a Canon 5D for only $1,629.95 (Great deal). Many other models are available as well.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gitzo GM5540 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod Review

Monday, March 24, 2008

Adorama has refreshed their inventory of "Refurbished By Canon" cameras, lenses and flashes. There are currently 59 items listed - including a Canon 1D Mark III for $3,499. Expect like-new equipment at nicely reduced prices.

I was asked the question, so I had to find out for myself. The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens mounted on a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III ...

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens image circle as seen by a full frame body

With the help of a 12mm Extension Tube, you can physically mount this EF-S lens on a full frame body. But you probably will not want to. The image above shows the image circle as seen through this combination by a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. In addition to the heavy vignetting, AF does not work and the aperture information does not report to the camera. Even in MF mode, more hurdles remain - at 55mm, the 17-55 will not focus any farther away than about 7" or so in front of the lens. This distance rapidly decreases as the focal length is widened until the subject is against the glass and beyond this point no subject can be in-focus. It was a fun exercise at least - and now we know.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sigma announces the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens.

Now available: Canon EOS 5D Firmware v1.1.1

"This firmware update (Version 1.1.1) incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. It now supports high-capacity CF cards.

2. It allows the latest lens names to be recorded in the Exif information of images taken.

3. It adds lenses that are compatible with the Digital Photo Professional 3.2 lens aberration correction function."

Now available: Canon EOS 30D Firmware v1.0.6

"This firmware update (Version 1.0.6) incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. It allows the latest lens names to be recorded in the Exif information of images taken.

2. It adds lenses that are compatible with the Digital Photo Professional 3.2 lens aberration correction function."

Monday, March 17, 2008

Adobe issues a warning regarding Camera Raw v4.4 and Photoshop Lightroom v1.4. Read the details at

Friday, March 14, 2008

Stuff for sale ... These offers are available within the cUSA. To be fair to everyone, all items will remain for sale until I receive a firm "I'll take it" under agreed-upon conditions. I will accept Paypal if shipping to the verified address. Use the email button at the top and bottom any website page to contact me.

Really Right Stuff (RRS) B57-L L-plate - $149.00 shipped
Fits all 1D series bodies except the Mark IIIs. In excellent condition - no scratches.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens - $429 shipped
Like new with manual and caps - missing box.

Sold: Gitzo G-1518 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Rapid Column - $99 shipped
I used this in a Gitzo G1548 tripod. In great shape but shows typical slide-marks.

Sold: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II - $3,699.00 shipped (PayPal eCheck only)
In excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. Scratch-free - If there is a scratch on the LCDs, you are going to have to look very hard to find it. Slight brassing is visible on the hotshoe as usual. The battery was purchased new on 1/31/2007. Includes box and all original accessories.

Sold: Canon NP-E3 Battery - $89 shipped
Purchased new 6/8/2007. In excellent conditions.

Sold: Gitzo GM3550 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - $239 shipped
Great monopod. Like new with very lightly dirty foot.

Sold: Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack - $159 shipped
Like new with a little dust.

Adobe has released Camera Raw v4.4 and Photoshop Lightroom v1.4. Included is support for the Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D

Camera Raw v4.4 - Windows (includes DNG Converter v4.4)
Camera Raw v4.4 - Mac (includes DNG Converter v4.4)
Photoshop Lightroom v1.4 - Windows
Photoshop Lightroom v1.4 - Mac

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is now in stock ...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sold out: B&H has the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III in stock.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New: "New to the Site" Gallery

I posted a bunch of new sample pictures for various lenses and cameras. The new gallery will make viewing them as a group easy.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Sample Pictures
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens Sample Pictures

Chuck Westfall's March Tech Tips are online at

Friday, March 7, 2008

Lens Filter Wrench Review

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Canon USA has updated the Canon EOS-1D Mark III Service Notice.

"March 5, 2008
Updated Information

After the AF mirror Adjustment, including the updated firmware version 1.1.3, the EOS-1D Mark III AF function performed better in our tests than all previous EOS camera models.

Canon strives at all times to continuously improve our products in order to provide our customers with the best performance and value.

We are aware that some customers have raised questions about the performance of the EOS-1D Mark III AF system under certain conditions. We will continue to investigate, and look for opportunities to improve, the performance of the AF system to ensure the satisfaction of all of our customers"

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Camera Backpack Review

Adorama has over 20 Domke cases on special for at least 50% off. These are listed in Adorama's "Specials" section (use link at the top of the Adorama Home Page). Go to the bottom of page 5 to get to the start of the Domke gear. These are while supplies last - don't hesitate if there is something you want.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Yellowstone National Park Gallery

All images were shot with the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II DSLR along with a small set of lenses including the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens. is offering 10% off in-stock orders when you use PayPal Checkout. Free shipping on most photo items over $100. Click on the link at the top of the home page for details and a few restrictions.

J&R has the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D available for preorder ...

Black Body
Silver Body
Black Body w/ EF-S 18-55mm Lens
Silver Body w/ EF-S 18-55mm Lens

Saturday, March 1, 2008

OneCall has the Canon 1D Mark III on sale for $3,868.77 shipped.

$15 off $100 at Calumet Photographic plus free shipping over $75. The discount will not show in your shopping cart but will show in your confirmation email - PayPal users will be credited the next day. There is no code to enter - simply using this link generates the discount.

Posted: 3/1/2008 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Nikon News    
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