Canon News for Dec 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

PocketWizard has Released MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware Version 5.0

"ControlTL™ Firmware Version 5.0 for Canon incorporates several new features, many performance improvements and new camera and flash compatibility."

Friday, December 25, 2009

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

We wish you true peace and joy this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Canon USA has once again posted Vincent Laforet's Canon EOS-1D Mark IV sample video entitled "Nocturne".

Shot at night with only existing lighting, Nocturne shows this new DSLR's impressive low light video capabilities.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Attention Europe:

B&H Photo Video has a Christmas present for you! Guaranteed delivered-to-you prices including shipping, VAT and duties!

You can now enjoy the great selection, service and pricing that we in the United States have without the unknown VAT and duties costs.

Add the items you want to your B&H cart (after clicking on one of the links on this site of course :), select your country and preferred shipping method in the shopping cart and you should see the duties and VAT displayed along with the shipping cost. Complete the order and your gear arrives to your door with no hidden costs.

B&H has invested a huge amount of resources in this project and has big plans for the future - including significant expansion of the country list and real time currency conversion.

You are not required to use B&H's guaranteed VAT and duties prices - simply click on the "See Duties & VAT" link beside the rate and select the opt-out check box if you are exempt or would rather pay the duties/VAT yourself.

Try it out!

Sunday, December 20, 2009 has the Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D with kit lens for only $409.00 with free two-day shipping.

B&H has the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens in stock.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.

The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens is now in stock at:

      B&H Photo, Adorama, and J&R

Adobe has released Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 updates.

This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS4, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, and Adobe Premiere® Elements 8 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 2.6 update includes support for several new camera models including the Canon EOS 7D and includes corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases.

Camera Raw 5.6 Update: Windows | Macintosh
Lightroom 2.6 Update: Windows | Macintosh

Adorama has the Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset for FREE including shipping after $20 MIR. Limit three (3) rebates per household or address.

Adorama has the Canon EOS-5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with SanDisk 16GB Extreme III CF Card and Slinger Camera Bag for $2,679.00 after $20 SanDisk MIR (Visa debit card).

Definitely order the Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer at the same time. The price of the printer is $446.95 but the 5D II/printer combo then qualifies for a $400 rebate. Sell the printer if you don't need/want it. Or, the PIXMA 9000 Pro II would make an amazing $46.95 Christmas present.

There are many variations of the 5D II deal available. Search for "Canon EOS 5D Mark II" to see them all. For example, the 5D II in Refurbished by Canon condition is $2,399.95.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.

Canon has released the following firmware updates:

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.2.0
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.3.0
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 1.2.4
Canon WFT-E2 / E2A Firmware Update Version 2.0.0

The Mark III bodies gain support for the WFT-E2 II wireless file transmitter that was released in December 2009.

The 5D Mark II improvements and fixes are:

"1. Supports the WFT-E4 II wireless file transmitter that was released in December 2009."

"2. Corrects a phenomenon in which visible noise may appear in images taken by continuous Bulb shooting."

"Firmware Version 2.0.0 supports the use of the WFT-E2 / E2A wireless file transmitter with the EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR camera. If you are using the WFT-E2 / E2A with the EOS-1D Mark III or EOS-1Ds Mark III, you do not need to update the firmware."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

'Tis the season for free shipping (to cUSA) ...

Adorama is offering free shipping on all orders over $100 until Wed, 12/16/2009 at 3PM EST (act fast).

B&H is offering free second day shipping on all Canon cameras.

And since it is also the season for giving and many of you are looking for gift ideas ... a DSLR is a great gift for many reasons. The first is that the recipient will surely love it and get significant use from it. Another is that they will likely share their images with you. Yet another is that you will have an activity/passion to share with that person. And another is that you will no longer have a problem finding a gift for that person for any occasion. Lenses, flashes, a tripod, memory cards, cases, a battery grip ... there will always be great add-on gifts for a DSLR owner.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Review.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Updated: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.

ISO 12233 chart results from the Canon EOS 50D and larger product images have been added.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sample pictures have been added to the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review.

There's a new show in town.

Canon USA, on behalf of CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association), has announced a significant "New International Photo Event in Japan" - succinctly called "CP+".

"Please find below and enclosed information [PDF Press Release] on the newly-created photo industry event in Japan called “CP+ (Camera & Photo Imaging Show, pronounced [see-pea-plus])”, hosted by CIPA. The first exhibition of “CP+” is scheduled to be held in "Pacifico Yokohama" of Yokohama-city, Kanagawa, between March 11th and 14th, 2010.

For those familiar with the PIE (Photo Imaging Expo) held in every March for the past 5 years of which CIPA was a part owner together with other three industry organizations, please be informed that the event was dissolved in March this year, and CIPA decided to take a step in the new direction by launching “CP+”, its own annual event starting from 2010.

The goal of “CP+” is to create a new international photographic industry exhibition, something comparable to Photokina in Germany or PMA in the USA, which proves to be an ideal platform for camera equipment manufacturers, component/device suppliers and software developers alike to present their products/technologies on a global scale and to search for untapped business opportunities. There will also be numerous lectures, seminars, galleries, panel discussions and speeches to facilitate and nurture further development of the photographic society at large. Please find the attachment for details on “CP+”.

For “CP+” please visit
For CIPA, please visit

(CIPA members)
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
Kenko Co., Ltd.
SIGMA Corporation
Sony Corporation / Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc.
Tamron Co., Ltd.
Nikon Imaging Japan Inc.
Panasonic Corporation
FUJIFILM Corporation
HOYA CORPORATION: PENTAX Imaging System Division
Ricoh Company, Ltd.
and others

CIPA cordially invites you to visit their “CP+” website and register yourselves.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Akiyoshi Hatakeyama from CIPA (E-mail:"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review

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

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Announced: Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 and 100mm f/2 ZE Lens (press release)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Announced: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens (press release)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I posted a quick, lab-only look at the new Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens. I hope to complete the full review later.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I have been discussing the price of the Canon Refurbished gear with Adorama. Some of the recent prices simply did not make sense (a couple were more than new gear prices).

While not all prices are corrected yet, there have been at least some nice changes made. If there is a lens or camera you are interested in, check the Canon Refurbished inventory again - and watch for more corrections in the near future.

Canon has announced another round of DSLR+Lens instant rebates (PDF).

Save $200 instantly if buying the:

EOS 50D + EF-S 28-135mm IS Lens and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
EOS Rebel T1i + EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
EOS Rebel XSi + EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens

Save $100 instantly if buying the:

EOS Rebel XS + EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens and EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens

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