Canon News for Jan 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body available for order. The "accepting orders" status usually indicates that they expect to have the item in stock very soon.

Ditto for Adorama.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just released: Canon RAW Codec 1.4.1 and ZoomBrowser EX 6.2.1c.

These updates address the Canon EOS 5D Mark II black dot issue.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review

The Canon Refurbished inventory has been refreshed at Adorama. Expect like-new gear at nicely reduced prices. (thanks Joseph)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Adorama's site is indicating that both 5D Mark II kits are expected to be in stock soon ("This item is on the way to our warehouse and is expected in a few days") - act fast if you want one:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 24-105mm L IS Lens Kit

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Check out the unique Canon EOS 5D Mark II Remote Capture at the inauguration. I love the inclusion of the Pelican case. (thanks JTownDog)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Have you seen the HDR Forum Thread? Jeff Allred initiated the thread with a home run HDR portrait image and many other members have added to the score with their inspiring HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. Nice work everyone!

Canon has released EOS 40D Firmware v1.1.1.

"Firmware update Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

Fixes a malfunction that in rare occurrence causes a low battery indication to be displayed when using the EF 85mm F1.2L II USM lens. Depending on the battery check timing of the camera, the battery level displayed on the camera's LCD data panel may shows Battery will be exhausted soon or Battery must be recharged, even though the battery capacity is sufficient.

Fixes a malfunction that in rare occurrence causes an Err 06 Self Cleaning Sensor malfunction to appear on the camera's LCD monitor and LCD data panel, even when the Self Cleaning Sensor Unit is operating normally. This message may appear depending on the timing of when the camera is switch to the ON position.

Fixes a malfunction that prevents correct colors from being printed when direct printing. RAW images captured using the camera's custom Picture Styles (Emerald, etc.), which have been downloaded from Canon's Web site and registered under User Def. 2 or User Def. 3.

Modifies the level of subject brightness that causes the AF-assist beam to fire when using an external Speedlite.

Enables an external flash connected to the camera's synchro terminal to fire even when the camera's built-in flash is popped up."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Reminder: the current Canon rebates end January 17th. The prices of the included lenses and flashes after rebate are seldom beat (unless under a later rebate).

The first "official presidential portrait" taken with a digital camera. The White House's new official photographer, Pete Souza, used the Canon EOS 5D Mark II for this capture. (thanks Jason, Reggie & everyone)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens has been announced.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Small update: Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Review.

I've added a small comparison of the black dot issue before and after applying firmware v1.0.7. The black dots, to my eyes, appear to be gone.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Review
Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip Review (short)

Integrating the community forums and the reviews - you will find a link to a review discussion at the end of both of these reviews. Share your thoughts on the review and the reviewed products.

Reminder: the current Canon rebates end January 17th.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware v1.0.7 is now available for download.

"Firmware Update Version 1.0.7 improves and mitigates the following two types of image quality phenomena that occur under certain shooting conditions.

1. "Black dot" phenomenon (the right side of point light sources become black)

2. Vertical banding noise"

"Notes: When updating to Firmware Version 1.0.7, please also update the Digital Photo Professional and Picture Style Editor software." "Updates for Digital Photo Professional and Picture Style Editor can be downloaded from the following Web site."

Americas (excluding Canada, English only)
Canada (English)
Canada (French)
Asia (excluding China, Korea and Japan)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A couple of Adorama deals:

Canon EOS 5D Refurbished - $1,399.95 (thanks Greg)
Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II - Sale Price $199.99

Canon Celebrates 50th SLR Anniversary (press release).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.

I didn't expect this lens to be as hard to get as it has proven to be. Adorama expects to have stock within days.

Roger Cicala ( presents the results of his research and experience with Error 99.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Chuck Westfall's January Tech Tips are online at

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Gone: Adorama has the Lexar 8 GB 133x Professional CompactFlash Card for $0.00 after rebate. Limit (3) three rebates per product per address.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Update: Sold Out. B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body in stock.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Just announced: Tamron 2009 Winter Rebate Program

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for a great 2008 - I look forward to a great 2009 with you!

Posted: 1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News    
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