Canon News for Jul 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are now included.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.

Canoga Camera has the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens in stock. (thanks Jeff)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are now included.

Just released: Canon EOS 50D Firmware v1.0.7

"Firmware Version 1.0.7 incorporates the following changes.

1.Corrects a phenomenon where captured images may tend to appear somewhat magenta depending on the shooting scene.

2.Fixes incorrect indications on the Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian menu screens.

Firmware Version 1.0.7 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.6. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.7, it is not necessary to update the firmware."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. I don't yet have an explanation for the grainy extender samples. I'm using a new (smaller) ISO 12233 chart for these (1600mm has a rather narrow field of view).

Monday, July 27, 2009

Think Tank Photo has announced a new series of bags called the Multimedia Wired Up Collection (press release).

Think Tank Photo Multimedia Wired Up Collection

According to Brian Erwin (TTP) ... "The world of digital photography is changing, as are the market conditions that are dictating how visual imagists make their living. At Think Tank Photo, we have been observing closely as still/video/audio morph technologically into new, complex ways of presenting information.

To meet these emerging needs, we have just launched the Multimedia Wired-Up Collection, the first integrated suite of bags designed to be wired together and used in tandem in the field to collect stills, video, and audio. Unlike most bags, that are designed to get gear into the field, these bags are meant to be used as a portable office that allows the imagist to keep their hands free to collect images and sounds."

Visit Think Tank Photo's home page for more information on the Multimedia Wired Up Collection or any of TTP's many other great products.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

OOS: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens in stock again. Again, awesome lens!

Own a Canon PowerShot camera? You qualify for the just-announced Canon EOS Upgrade Mail-in Rebate good for $50 or $100 off select DSLRs (T1i, XSi, XS, 50D, 5D Mark II). (thanks Chris)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Coming soon: Canon Hybrid Image Stabilizer:


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 22, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today the development of Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS), the world’s first* optical image stabilization technology that compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake. The technology will be featured in interchangeable single lens reflex (SLR) camera lens planned for commercial release before the end of 2009.

Several different preventative methods and corrective procedures have been introduced to compensate for errors caused by camera shake, which occurs when a camera moves while its shutter is open and its image sensor is exposed to light.

Canon began researching methods to compensate for camera shake in the 1980s, and in 1995 launched the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, the world’s first interchangeable SLR camera lens to feature a mechanism that compensates for optical camera shake. Since then, the company has continued to produce a variety of interchangeable lenses with image stabilization capabilities, and boasts a total of 21 such lenses in its current product lineup.

Canon’s newly developed Hybrid IS technology optimally compensates for angle and shift camera shake. Sudden changes in camera angle can significantly affect images taken during standard shooting, whereas shift-based shaking, which occurs when a camera moves parallel to the imaging scene, is more pronounced in macro photography and other close-range shooting.

The new Hybrid IS technology incorporates an angular velocity sensor that detects the extent of angle-based shaking and is found in all previous Canon optical image stabilizer mechanisms, as well as a new acceleration sensor that determines the amount of shift-based camera shake. Hybrid IS also employs a newly developed algorithm that synthesizes information from the two sensors to make optimal adjustments, thereby dramatically enhancing the effects of image stabilization during shooting, including macro shooting, which had proven difficult for conventional image stabilization technologies.

Canon is actively engaged in ongoing research and development of interchangeable SLR camera lenses incorporating Hybrid IS technology, and is aiming for the early commercialization and inclusion of the lenses in a wide range of products.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei - “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” - Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at

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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

* For use in interchangeable SLR camera lenses as of July 17, 2009. According to Canon research

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gone: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens in stock again. Awesome lens - should be gone in minutes!

Gone: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Lens in stock again. Act immediately - the last batch was gone in minutes!

Updated: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Review

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added. Samples with both extenders are included. This is one very-drool-worthy lens.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Gone in minutes: B&H has the new Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Lens in stock. Act immediately - they will not likely last very long!

Chuck Westfall's July Tech Tips are online at TheDigitalJournalist.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Vignetting results have been added to the upcoming Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Review and Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review.

Results are included for various tilt and shift settings including combinations of settings. Note that all vignetting tests are taken using evaluative metering. Certain tilt-shift settings have a significant affect on both vignetting and exposure. And there is a penalty to using the full tilt in conjunction with full shift in parallel orientation (this was no secret - Canon told us already). These test results should make these comments clear to you.

Great news! According to B&H Photo, the Canon USA Spring/Summer 2009 Rebate Program (sans DSLRs) has been extended by a month - to August 8th.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Now OOS: Hot Deal: Beach Camera has the new, hard to find, Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens for only $1,409.00. Search for "CN2414IIL"

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is apparently a hot item right now (many people wanted the one I had available). Adorama has both a refurbished and a white box model available for $129.95 shipped if you are interested.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More stuff for sale ... Including some high end computer gear this time. 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. Email me if you are interested in purchasing.

Dell XPS 730 PC - $1,595 shipped

I have been a long-time laptop user, but in late November 2008, I decided that I wanted a killer/loaded desktop system for performance reasons - and for a video card that could drive a 30" monitor at its maximum resolution. Truth is, I couldn't pull myself from the laptop, so this beautiful gaming/video-class PC has been practically unused.

This unit has spent its short life under my studio desk. Aside from a little dust, it is mint. And, with the "Aluminum with Clearcoat Chassis" and LED lights, it looks awesome. Note: this is not a small tower system (weighs over 63 lb).

Item Description
XPS 730, Intel Core2 Q9550 (2.83GHz,1333FSB) w/QuadCore and 12MB cache
4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz
nVidia GeForce GTX 280 1024MB
750GB SATA HD(7200 RPM) w/16MBDataBurst Cache
Raid 0 with Dual 750GB Hard Drives (three 750GB hard drives total)
16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW (two drives)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, English, 32-bit (64-bit installed)
Dell USB Keyboard
Dell USB 4 Button Premium Optical Mouse with Scroll
Roxio Creator 10.2 Dell Edition
Integrated Audio (no speakers - I attached it into my Yamaha receiver)
1 Year Limited Warranty and Next Business Day, Desktop (started 12/1/2008)
Type 3 - Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year
Copper Heat Sink

This system cost me $2,169.75 plus tax. The remainder of the Dell warranty should take care of any problems that arise, but it is working perfectly right now. Here is Dell's description of this system.

Sold: Gitzo G-1518 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Rapid Column - $69 shipped
I used this in a Gitzo G1548 tripod. In great shape but shows typical slide-marks. The G1518 typically sells for $150 new.

Sold: Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens - $105 shipped
Lens is brand new / never opened (came with my T1i). Lens and caps only.

Sold: Canon 220EX Speedlite - $55 shipped
Includes case and manual.

Sold: Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP 30" Wide HD/HDMI Flat Panel Monitor - $975 shipped

Incredible, like-new, barely-used. It is an amazing monitor that I am reluctant to part with. I purchased this monitor on 1/29/2008 (remainder of 3 year warranty in effect) to go with a loaded Dell XPS 730 gaming/photo/video-editing PC (next item), but never made the switch from my beloved laptop. The monitor was used very, very little and works/looks like new. I even kept it covered while not using it.

My laptop will not drive the full 2560 x 1600 resolution of this monitor. A Display Port or Dual Link DVI-D compatible video card is minimally required for this resolution. I am including the required Dual Link DVI-D cable (took 8 hours on the phone with tech support to discover that Dell does not ship this monitor with this DVI cable version). Here is Dell's description of this monitor.

Friday, July 3, 2009

J&R has the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D + 18-55mm IS Lens Kit on sale for $799.88 (this weekend only).

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ISO 12233 Sample Crops from the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens are online.

Included are results with the Canon EF 1.4x and Canon EF 2.0x Extenders along with +/- 6mm and 12mm shifted results.

Again, this lens looks impressive. Very low barrel distortion and CA with sharp corners at typical landscape apertures. Top-of-the-line build quality.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Canon Spring/Summer 2009 DSLR and Lens Rebate Program ends on July 11th. If there is a rebate-included-item you want, now is the time to get it. Don't forget USA, there is a holiday weekend in the middle of this remaining time period.

Go to the Canon DSLR and Lens Reviews to find your gear and use the recommended retailer links to make the purchase.

While on the rebate topic, SanDisk introduced a new rebate program. Get the details at B&H and Adorama (check out the "Pack of 3" deals).

Posted: 7/1/2009 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News    
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