Canon Issues Product Advisory For the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Lenses

Canon Issues Product Advisory For the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Lenses

To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding the criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification procedure has been enhanced to include the first, second and third digits from the left in order to more precisely identify affected products.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.

Firmware changes:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise
focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses
to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.

Affected Products:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Identification Procedure:
The first, second, and third digits from the left in the serial number (10 digits) for lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

Lens name Serial numbers of affected products
(x presents any optional numbers)
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM 790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM 790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM 880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM 880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.

Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register your EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II USM.  By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available.

Source: [CUSA]

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Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DPReview had an interview with Chuck Westfall from Canon USA and they talked about the EOS 7D Mark II. This will give you a good rundown of all the features you’ll care about when making a buying decision.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]

A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]

thread has popped up on a forum talking about a 46mp pro Canon DSLR being launched in New York City in October for PhotoPlus. It’s also mentioned that the camera will cost in the range of $8000-$9000 USD. I have no idea if this is a troll or not, but it will surely appear other places so I might as well post it.

If the EF 11-24 f/4L is indeed real, then it makes sense to announce it with a full frame camera.

If it’s true, there will be more to come.

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Sigma at Photokina 2014

Sigma announced 3 lenses, 2 teleconverters, filters and a new Quattro camera, and we were able to play around with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport lens. They did not have the contemporary lens on display.

The new sport lens is built to the same standard as the 120-300 f/2.8 OS lens that Sigma released over a year ago. The focus and zoom rings are extremely smooth, and the autofocus was relatively quick on the 5D Mark III I borrowed to try the lens out with. The weight is well balanced and the lens doesn’t expand as much as I thought it would when zooming to 600mm.

There’s definitely a space in the market between the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC ($1100) and the Canon EF 600 f/4L IS ($12,000). The added reach will also sway a lot of Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS ($1700) prospective buyers over to the Sigma camp if the autofocus can perform up the standards most birders and field sport photographers demand.

I suspect the contemporary version will be priced in the $1200 range, but we’ll have to wait on the official word from Sigma.

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Sigma at Photokina 2014 | 150-600 Contemporary is on the left | Click for Larger

As you can see from the image above, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sports series lens is bulkier and longer. Sigma told us that the lens is better built for the elements, autofocus performance and optical quality. At the $1999 price tag for the sports version of the lens, Sigma should be very competitive once again from a price standpoint.

Preorder: Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 C | Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S | Sigma 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 C

Preorder: Sigma TC-1401 Teleconverter | TC-2001 Teleconverter

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Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2586

Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2586

If the brand new EOS 7D Mark II isn’t for you, maybe the full-frame EOS 5D Mark III is. There are a couple of returning deals on the body only as well as the 24-105 f/4L IS kits via ebay.

From 6ave (99.2% approval)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III body $2586 (Reg $3199)

From electronicsvalley (99.6% approval)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899 (Reg $3799)

*as always, these are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

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Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design

Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design

UPDATE 09.18.2014
After yesterdays post about my admiration for the the products from Peak Design. We were inundated with links and articles that originated from Reddit about the Slide camera strap and Clutch hand strap failing when in use. I purchased both products from their booth at Photokina on Monday and I decided to go back today to ask Peak Design directly what the issues are and how confident should be in the products.

I spoke directly with the founder of Peak Design, Peter Dering. I requested a demonstration of what had been failing on the products and asked what Peak Design was doing about the issues. I also wanted to know if what I purchased at Photokina was affected by the issues, to which I was glad to hear they aren’t.

Peter explained that the issue arose because of quality control issues from the manufacturing side of things. A small percentage of springs that hold the anchor links in place were not built to the specifications Peak Design wanted. Peter did say that their manufacturing partner has been very responsive to the issues and they are working diligently at improving QC immediately on the spring mechanism.

I asked if the poster from Reddit that had his equipment damaged was going to be taken care of, and I was told they would be.

You can view Peak Design’s acknowledgement of the product on their Kickstarter page for the Clutch and Slide. There should be a video posted there shortly showing the issue and how to see if your Slide or Clutch is affected by the issue. Anything sold and shipped at Photokina and in the future is completely free of the spring issue.

Peak Design is giving 10% off to any order of $19.95 or more to Canon Rumors readers. I am making no money on this and after the explanation and demonstration from Peter, I have complete confidence in the product.

Save 10% at Peak Design, click here, if the link doesn’t automatically remove the 10%, please use the coupon code “cr10″.

 

Original Post
I’ll post a few of these over the next couple of days as I find vendors of products I actually love and use. First up is Peak Design, who manufactures some of the most useful and well design camera strap on the market. Their designs are simplistic and usable, I have found other manufacturers tend to make something as simple as a camera strap, extremely complex to use.

I first heard of Peak Design about a month ago when I was looking for a long, comfortable, quick release camera strap for my Sony A7S. I’m a tall person and I like the camera to hang down just below my waste level to the side. It became apparent that people were really in love with the Peak Design Leash. I ordered it and it turned out to be the perfect camera strap for the application I was looking for. The Leash is probably best on cameras like the 60D and smaller. I wouldn’t use this type of strap with the EOS-1D X or a battery gripped metal DSLR. It’s probably too thin of a strap to be comfortable. They have a solution for those cameras though…

While I was at the Peak Design booth, I was given a demo of their new Peak Design Slide camera strap for larger DSLRs. It’s a very thin, yet well padded strap. It’s best feature is a very nifty quick adjust handle on the strap to quickly shorten and lengthen the strap as needed. I ended up buying one.

The second product I bought yesterday was the Peak Design Clutch hand strap. This is another quick release and quick adjust product. For anyone that has used the Canon hand strap, you know that is anything but quick and easy to use. The one caveat for this product is the need of a camera plate in the tripod hole. Peak design does sell an Arca compatible universal plate, but they do not sell L brackets. There are probably L brackets out there that the strap could mount to, but you’ll have to find a bracket with a hole that you can feed the mounting hardware to. It might be worth it to the various bracket makers out there to be “Peak Compatible”.

All-in-all, their products are wonderfully designed and executed and I highly recommend their straps.

Peak Design Leash | Peak Design Slide | Peak Design Clutch

*I paid full price for my Peak Design products, there were no freebies given to me. :)

**You can also play “Find Fro” in the image associated with this post.

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Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II

Matt Granger has posted a short hands-on video and samples gallery for the new Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II. Keep in mind the lighting conditions around the Canon booth are less than stellar and all the sample images were shot at high ISO.

I had a chance to hold the lens and it feels exactly like the previous version, solid, light and well balanced. I am looking forward to shooting with the new 400 DO, as the first version is one of my favourite Canon lenses.

Read more and see the samples at MattGranger.com

Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II $6899: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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Canon Confirms Replacement of 100-400 Coming, More DO & EF-M Lenses

Canon Confirms Replacement of 100-400 Coming, More DO & EF-M Lenses

Canon’s Chuck Westfall has confirmed to CNET that Canon is indeed working on a replacement to the long-in-the-tooth EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L, though no timeline was given as to when we would see it.

Canon also plans to introduce more DO (diffractive optics lenses), though manufacturing costs have to come down before we see more “popular” type lenses. It’s interesting to note that Canon has patented an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS lens formula in the past.

EF-M isn’t dead yet according to Canon, as they promise to introduce more lenses for the system in the coming months and years.

Read more at CNET

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Is This the Canon EF 11-24 f/4L?

The previously rumored EF 11-24 f/4L (which we had as an f/2.8) may have shown up on kakaku.com for a short period of time.

EF 11-24 f/4L - Real or Fake?

EF 11-24 f/4L – Real or Fake?

What do you think, real or fake?

Source: [DCI]

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High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Matt Granger has posted some high ISO samples from the brand new Canon EOS 7D Mark II. You can check out the samples at MattGranger.com

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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