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Lenses / 24-105mm and ERR01
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:06:19 PM »
I guess the inevitable has to happen one of these days... :'(

So I was at a wedding on Sunday shooting away with the EF 24-105mm f/4L, and just when the groom was about to kiss the bride, I heard loud motor-screeching noise from my lens, and before I knew it the OVF blacked out and I got the glaring "ERR01" on my screen.

After chatting with my co-workers in the office, I found out I wasn't the only one with this problem. It seems like the 24-105 is susceptible to this defect 2 years or more down the road (way after the warranty period). In fact, they even showed me the parts they got back after repair - the aperture-control parts with dangling cable lines.

Maybe I'll post a pic of the parts once I get mine's back...

Definitely not a good thing for L-grade lenses, Canon, especially when you have the same thing happen to three different people in the same office  >:(

Japan / Photo Gear Expo (Taipei)
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:32:56 PM »
In case anyone's in Taipei this weekend, there's a Photo gear Expo at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 3.

Date: Oct. 28 - 31, 2011

The good thing is that admission is free. ;D

Software & Accessories / Sanyo announced new batteries
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:08:14 AM »
Panasonic/Sanyo announces new rechargable batteries - the eneloop Pro and eneloop Plus.

Press Release (Japanese):

Also sold in packs of 4 batteries + charger.

I guess it's good news for people who use flash on a frequent basis....

Lenses / New Release Dates for Delayed Canon lens (8-15mm and more)
« on: May 24, 2011, 11:53:07 PM »
Here's the link to Canon JP's press release (Japanese):

8-15 fisheye: end of July
300 II and 400 II: end of August
500 II and 600 II: by the end of 2011

(fine print says those are Canon's estimation at this point)

Software & Accessories / Lightroom 3.4 Update
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:12:30 PM »
For Adobe Lightroom users, the latest version 3.4 is out. It now has camera support for the Canon EOS 600D and some other new cameras.

There's also the Camera Raw 6.4 update...

Japan / Canon Image Fest (Taipei)
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:02:50 PM »
Well, not in Japan, but this is probably the closest regional board to put it...

Canon Taiwan will be holding an exhibition to mark its 10th year anniversary, at an outdoor plaza near the Taipei 101 building between April 8 and 10.

Website (Chinese)

I guess the big thing about this event is the display of some of the older camera bodies, including a 35mm "Kwannon" from the 1930s, FLEX (1959), F-1 (1971), etc.

In case anyone's in town over the weekend, you might want to drop by and take a look.

Lenses / Upcoming Lens delayed
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:07:18 AM »
This is probably expected, but Canon Japan made an official announcement
on the delay of 8-15mm, 300mm, and 400mm:

The news release cites the damages to factories in the region as the reason.

No further release dates were given, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Update: more delays for Eos Kiss X50 (1100D) and related accessories - but only by a few days

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:19:58 AM »
I guess I'll jump on the band wagon...

This is my first TS-E lens, and it took a while to get used to it. While I still have some ways to go before nailing down the details, two things I found vital for this lens - LIVE VIEW and TRIPOD. Great lens, but not something you can use w/o prep time.

PS: By the way, these pictures were taken with APS-H body, so expect a wider view when you use it with FF bodies.

Pic 1 - Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Pic 2 - Taipei 101, Pic 3 - View from Liberty State Park in NJ

Software & Accessories / Canon to Release Raincover, strap, and trunk
« on: September 11, 2010, 03:40:44 PM »
Just in case anyone's interested, here's the article at Digi-camera Watch (Japanese):

The large one can take up to a 800mm f/5.6... but I guess the most important thing
is that big "Canon" printed on the surface  ;D

Japan / Canon S Tower (Tokyo)
« on: July 30, 2010, 05:58:25 AM »
Well, though I don't live in Japan, I think there's a place where Canonites should find time and visit if they ever drop by Tokyo - the Canon S. Tower near Shinagawa Station.

In fact, it was pure chance that I ended up discovering the building after calling off a one-day visit to Kamakura and ending up exploring the area around Shinagawa Station.

To get to the Canon Tower, exit the JR Shinagawa station (on the side where you see a bunch of towering skyscrapers and huge multi-story walkway/corridor/skybridge complex) and it's a walk of about 15 minutes or so. If you get lost, just look at the map guide along the path.

What's there inside the building? Well, I didn't have much time to explore beyond the entrance, but I noticed a cafe, a small gallery (there was an exhibition on railway photos when I was there last year), a product center, and a demo section for most of the big-white lenses (yeah, the 500mm and 600mm were there - you can test these telescopic muscles by peeping through the camera at people drinking coffee at the cafe on the other side).

Anyways, its a place to go if you ever wander by the area :D

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