Canon News for Jul 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Canon EOS Rebel XSi w/18-55mm IS Lens Kit is now priced under $770.00. - $769.97
Adorama - $789.95
B&H Photo - $794.95
17th Street - $792.00
J&R - $799.88 shipped
Wolf Camera (same as - $799.99 shipped (starting 8/2)

The body-only XSi version is also at a nice price - $700.00 - $725.00.

Tamron has announced the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Macro Lens.

Actually, the full name is "Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO" - a lens desperate for a nickname. The focal length range looks awesome, but I can't help being skeptical of the image quality across the huge 15x range - hopefully my skepticism will be unwarranted. Small size, vibration reduction and a short minimum focus distance make this an especially attractive lens.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Lens Review

The SanDisk rebates (3.3 MB PDF) just got better. The rebate form has been updated with better (significantly better in some cases) rebate amounts.

Here are the revised Adorama deals from Friday:

SanDisk 4GB Extreme III SDHC Memory Card - $14.95 shipped after $20 MIR
SanDisk 8GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card - $34.95 plus shipping after $40 MIR

The SanDisk 16GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card is $95.95 plus shipping after $90 MIR at B&H

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Adorama "Refurbished By Canon" inventory has been once again updated - 49 items are available. The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens is one of the hard-to-find refurbished lenses currently in stock. Lots of other great lenses and bodies are available. Expect like-new equipment at nicely reduced prices.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Adorama has a pair of nice SanDisk Extreme III Memory Card deals:

SanDisk 4GB Extreme III SDHC Memory Card - $24.95 shipped after $10 MIR
SanDisk 8GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card - $49.95 plus shipping after $25 MIR

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens Review

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops from a second Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens have been added to the site. Samples from the original lens showing a right-side-softness issue remain on the site as sample lens "2". The new lens (sample "1") is the default sample lens - the link sets both lenses up for comparison. The new lens delivers a much more uniform sharpness across the frame.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Do you have or use an HP printer? If so, please sign up for HP's "My Print Rewards". Sign-up is free and fast - You get exclusive savings on HP supplies and each sign-up generates support for the site. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. Thanks in advance!

Have you checked the price on the Canon EOS 5D recently? After the instant rebate, the 5D body is only $1,799.95 and the kit with the also-excellent Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens is an even better deal at $2,599.95.

5D Body-only at J&R
5D + 24-105mm Lens at J&R
5D Body-only at
5D + 24-105mm Lens at ($2,607.10)
5D + 24-105mm Lens at Adorama

Also, J&R has the Canon 40D for only $899.95 shipped.

Friday, July 11, 2008

It is time to make your final decision. The current Canon Summer 2008 Rebate Promotion ends in 1 week. It is unlikely that we will see better Canon deals until the next rebates are offered - typically in the fall.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens Review

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 has the EOS Rebel XS DSLR with 18-55mm IS Lens and Canon 430EX II Speedlite Flash available for preorder.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Canon USA announces the EOS Rebel XS / 1000D Digital SLR and the Speedlite 430EX II. is offering new customers a 24" x 36" print for $4.29 (normally $19.99) plus shipping which was $8.62 for me (thanks Chris). See the details for this promotion on their site (link).

Monday, July 7, 2008

Catching up ... Things were a bit quiet here last week. That was not completely planned. I was traveling but expected to have dial-up Internet access. Unfortunately, a storm took out the phone service at the rental house. So, I have some catching up to do.

Canon Announces Plans to Build a New Manufacturing Facility

Chuck Westfall's July Tech Tips are online at

Newegg has the Transcend 8GB 300x CompactFlash Card on sale for $89.99 after $10.00 promo code "HARDOCP63010". Shipping is $5.99. Search Newegg for the model number (TS8GCF300). This one expires today (thanks Chris).

Our UK friends can take advantage of a Canon £50 Cashback Offer on the Canon EOS 450D DSLR (thanks Richard).

SanDisk has announced their Summer 2008 Rebate Program (1.4 MB PDF). Great performing, high quality memory cards are once again a great deal. Try B&H or Adorama for good deals.

Posted: 7/1/2008 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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