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Lenses / Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 02, 2012, 08:19:55 AM »
From Australia
I have received two reports of people buying the new Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II from retailers in Australia. The lenses are expected to hit Europe and North America by September 13, 2012.

Initial stock is probably already allocated to preorders, but I’m told to expect quantities to be quite good into October.

The first unboxed Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II | Click for Larger | Credit to Barry

Preorder the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II at: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X Review - Fred Miranda
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:13:30 PM »
From FredMiranda.com
Fred Miranda has posted his review of the Canon EOS-1D X. I always find his reviews easy to read and quite detailed in real world situations.

Conclusion 

Overall, the 1D X is a very versatile camera. When you shoot with it, you feel like it can handle anything. Combined with ultra wide-angle lenses, the 1D X captures amazing full frame landscape photos. It does costs more and has less resolution than the Canon 5D Mark III (Read our Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800 review), but you’ll get great dynamic range, less banding, and body that you can take anywhere under any conditions. Sports and action shooters have found a match made in heaven. Only time will tell if other realms of photography will embrace it too.

Read the full review

Buy the Canon EOS-1D X at: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Norman Camera

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EOS Bodies / Patents: 28-135 f/4-5.6 & 28-300 f/3.5-5.6
« on: August 31, 2012, 06:15:44 AM »

More Patents

A couple of new lens formula patents which seems to address lowering chromatic aberrations in a new way


Patent Publication No. 2012-163746



  • 2012.8.30 Release Date

  • 2011.2.7 filing date


Example 4



  • Zoom ratio 4.67

  • 56.11 – - 131.85mm f = 28.21 focal length

  • Fno 4.12 -. 4.89 – 5.77

  • Half angle of view ω = 37.48 – 21.09 – 9.32deg.

  • Image height 21.64mm

  • 242.67 – - 266.43mm 224.00 overall length of the lens

  • BF 55.79 – 70.40 – 82.95mm

  • 20 sheets of 14 group lens configuration

  • Two two-sided aspherical

  • Three low-dispersion glass

  • Four Super UD glass

  • 102.40mm effective diameter of the first surface

  • 5-group zoom negative positive negative


Example 5



  • Zoom ratio 10.31

  • 93.64 – - 307.06mm f = 29.77 focal length

  • Fno 3.31 -. 4.71 – 5.85

  • Half angle of view ω = 36.00 – 13.01 – 4.03deg.

  • Image height 21.64mm

  • 263.66 – - 304.01mm 209.34 overall length of the lens

  • BF 61.72 – 89.40 – 106.84mm

  • 18 sheets 12 groups lens configuration

  • Three 3 aspherical surface

  • Three low-dispersion glass

  • 2 UD glass sheets

  • 84.36mm effective diameter of the first surface

  • 5-group zoom negative positive negative

  • In the zoom lens of the positive lead type, reducing the chromatic aberration of magnification of the secondary


Source: [EG]

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Pricewatch Deals / Canon EOS-1D X in Stock at B&H, Adorama & Amazon
« on: August 29, 2012, 01:36:48 PM »

From B&H

B&H Photo has informed us that they have limited stock of the Canon EOS-1D X.


Buy the Canon EOS-1D X for $6799 at: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


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New Precision-Matched Wide-Angle and Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Both EF and PL Mounts Enhance Canon’s Cinema EOS System

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 29, 2012 – As the production of motion pictures, episodic television shows, commercials, documentaries, and other program content increasingly transitions to digital, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continues to provide innovative Cinema EOS products designed to enable the most discerning filmmakers and producers to capture their unique creative visions. The latest of these Canon products, two new compact and lightweight cinema zoom lenses available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, were first announced at NAB 2012 and have now been officially added to the Canon Cinema EOS product line. Designated as the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens, both are engineered to deliver exceptional optical performance for the latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. Both lenses feature a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and SteadicamTM shooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths.


“These two new compact lightweight cinema zoom lenses provide exceptional optical and operational performance for creative film and television professionals. The Canon Cinema EOS line of high-resolution cameras and lenses is engineered to affordably serve the highest-performance needs of the production community and enable it to truly ‘Leave No Story Untold,’” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.


A leading maker of precision lenses for professional digital photography, broadcast HDTV sports and news coverage, and many other markets, Canon has leveraged its years of expertise as a world leader in optics and imaging to develop the compact and lightweight CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens. Each lens will be available in both EF- and PL-mount configurations. (The EF-mount version is designated by the letter “S” at the end of the model name; the PL-mount version by the letters “SP”.)



Main Features: CN-E15.5–47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30–105mm T2.8 L S/SP


1. High optical performance for use with 4K-resolution cameras


Supports 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) production standards, with a level of resolution exceeding four times the resolution of Full HD.


Offers compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent image format as well as APS-C-size sensors.i


The optimal placement of low-refraction, low-dispersion UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass corrects for axial and lateral chromatic aberrations to realize exceptional imaging performance without color blurring.


With a T-number of 2.8, the new lens lineup offers bright performance and, with no changes in brightness during zooming, enables the use of attractive blur effects when employing a shallow depth of field.


Each lens is equipped with an 11-blade aperture diaphragm for soft, attractive blur characteristics.


The lenses minimize focus-induced changes in the angle of view and, through the latest advances in anti-reflective coating and related technologies, reduce the occurrence of ghosting and flare.


2. Broad focal-length coverage despite compact, lightweight design


Designed with hand-held shooting in mind, each lens weighs just approximately 2.2 kg, less than half the weight of the top-end zoom lens models that went on sale earlier this year.


Combining the wide-angle and telephoto zoom lenses as a set enables users to cover a wide focal length range, from 15.5 mm (wide-angle end) to 105 mm (telephoto end).


Because the lenses provide a long focal length at the telephoto end, they enable the magnification of scenes shot from a distance and the use of attractive blur effects when employing a shallow depth of field.


3. Designed to deliver high operability


With a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees, the lenses facilitate precise focusing performance.


Zoom, focus and iris markings all appear on angled surfaces for improved readability from behind the camera.


Features a unified front lens diameter and uniform gear positions, doing away with the need to adjust or reposition accessory gear when switching between the two lenses.


By removing the cover ring, users can easily perform flange-back adjustment.


4. Functionality to realize increased shooting convenience


The new lenses can be used with matte boxes and other standard manual and electronic movie industry accessories widely used in the motion picture production.


Each lens offers a reduced minimum object distance (0.5 m for the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and 0.6 m for the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP) that makes possible tighter close-ups and facilitates shooting in limited-space environments.


The EF-mount version lenses, when combined with Cinema EOS System cameras, support lens-camera communication enabling the recording of zoom and other settings along with video data, making possible the effective management of shooting conditions. Additionally, a future camera firmware update (release date to be decided) will enable automatic image correction along with other benefits.


The Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products includes the EOS C300 and EOS C500 digital cinema cameras (available in EF- or PL-mount versions), the EOS C100 digital video camera, the EOS-1D C DSLR camera, the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6L S/SP wide-angle zoom and CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7L S/SP telephoto zoom lenses (EF and PL versions available), and the CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F prime lenses for EF-mount cameras. Cinema EOS cameras are also compatible with the more than 60 lenses in Canon’s EF lens line (which includes macro, fisheye, telephoto, and tilt-shift models) for maximum creative versatility. Canon continues to enhance its Cinema EOS System product line to support diverse image creation in motion picture, television, and other high-resolution digital production industries.


Pricing and Availability

The Canon CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens is expected to be available in November 2012 and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens is expected to be available in January 2013, both for an estimated list price of $24,500 each.


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Canon U.S.A. Aims To Expand The Cinema EOS System With The Development Of New EF Cinema Prime Lenses

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 29, 2012 – Further contributing to the evolution of the motion picture industry, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the development of two new cinema prime lenses, the 14mm T3.1 cinema prime lens and 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lens, adding to the Cinema EOS lineup consisted of 11 EF Cinema Lenses.


Both the 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lenses will be engineered for exceptional optical performance for Canon’s latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. As part of the Cinema EOS System, the lenses will be compatible with standard sensor sizes including Super 35mm, the standard format in the motion picture industry, as well as HD-compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras using 35mm full frame, APS-H and APS-C image sensors.


“In November of 2011, Canon pledged to offer high-end professional solutions to filmmakers, cinematographers, and television production professionals. Our pledge included a commitment to this industry and a promise of future product development and solutions to meet industry needs. Today’s announcements prove that we intend to deliver on that pledge,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.


The 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 EF cinema prime lenses are expected to be available in the first half of 2013, and will be showcased from September 6 – 11, 2012 at IBC2012 in Amsterdam.


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EOS Bodies - For Video / More Analysis of the C100
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:57:20 AM »

What’s the world saying?

There is lots of opinion out there already about the new Canon EOS C100 entry level professional video camera. It looks like the camera will be in the $8000 range, though pricing hasn’t been officially announced yet.


The biggest difference I see on the surface, is the camera cannot take PL mount lenses. It looks like they’re only releasing an EF mount camera. Most initial opinions on the camera are quite positive, visit the sites below for some opinions. I’ll post more during the day as they start rolling in.


Planet5D – C100 Impressions

“I think most of us will take that with a grain of salt. The “beginning filmmakers” part – many of us cannot afford an $8000 camera. Which is why the HDSLR line has made such an impact on filmmakers in the first place – it’s low-cost! While I agree this is the lowest price of the EOS line, many will quibble with the idea that this is priced for the beginning filmmaker.” Visit Planet5D


EOSHD – C100 Impressions

“Canon today launched the much speculated Canon C100, the budget version of the C300. Initially set for a price under the Sony FS700 (around $8000), the camera is double the price of a used FS100 but features built-in ND filters and the same sensor as the C300. The design and handling looks fantastic, it is even smaller than the C300 (by some 15%) but the major compromise is the codec which is now AVCHD at 24Mbit 4-2-0.” Visit EOSHD


Vincent Laforet – C100 Impressions

“Many may be taken aback with the idea of spending $7,999 on this camera at first. But if you stop to think about what you won’t NEED to buy – it can actually start to look like the C100 might just be a wiser investment long term. This camera comes ready to shoot. The ergonomics are great so you don’t HAVE to have a cage. You don’t need to buy an external audio recorder and synching software – this has XLR inputs (and stereo headphone jack as well as levels) with the handle.”  Visit VincentLaforet


No Film School – C100 Impressions

“While it would have upset quite a few people, this camera should really have been the C300. Canon has a more costly camera at every price point than Sony, and for the same money you can get a camera that does 240fps at 1080 — instead of 60i at 1080. I think Canon is gambling on users buying or using this camera strictly for the white name etched into the front. There won’t be any PL mount lenses on this camera, as Canon is only introducing an EF mount version.” Visit NoFilmSchool


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Lenses / *UPDATE* Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Pushed Back to October?
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:32:20 AM »

UPDATE

I have received two updates that a major store in Germany expects their first shipments of the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II by the end of next week. This information was backed up by a CPS rep in another country.


New ship date?

We and others are hearing that the new Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II will not begin shipping until October 2012 at the earliest. Nothing has been officially mentioned by Canon as of yet.


EOS Utility

You will see in the latest EOS utility the lens correction information has been added for the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II



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London, UK, 29 August 2012 – Canon today adds to the Cinema EOS System with the launch of the new EOS C100 – a compact, versatile interchangeable-lens professional video camera designed for independent videographers. Based on the core performance of the acclaimed EOS C300, the new model combines impressive hardware specifications with a range of new automatic features – making it ideal for professionals who shoot without a crew, or EOS videographers entering the Cinema EOS System for the first time.


With Canon’s Super 35mm 8.3MP Bayer-filtered CMOS sensor at its core, the EOS C100 combines exceptional image quality with a design approximately 15% smaller than the advanced EOS C300. The camera’s powerful imaging system enables the same processing as three-chip RGB systems, delivering exceptional colour, wide dynamic


range and proven low light performance, while extensive NLE support makes it suitable for a wide range of users and production purposes. With Canon’s EF mount users have immediate access to over 60 class-leading EF lenses, as well as the freedom to experiment with the company’s expanding EF Cinema Lens line-up.


First-class camera system

Designed to offer leading quality and portability, the EOS C100 features a specification designed around the needs of single operators. Its advanced imaging system utilises the widely-used AVCHD codec, with the CMOS sensor recording 1920×1080 (Full HD) resolution video to SD cards1 at 24Mbps with 4:2:0 colour sampling – delivering sharp, vivid, professional-quality video. Uncompressed video can also be output directly to external recorders via an integrated HDMI terminal, complete with embedded timecode data.


Equipped to provide exceptional performance, the EOS C100 allows users to capture high quality images for a range of creative outputs. Support for 24/25/30p and 50/60i frame rates offers flexibility, and an ISO range of 320-20,000 provides extensive exposure control and low noise in all lighting conditions. A new Wide Dynamic Range gamma setting makes it possible to shoot in demanding, high contrast situations – achieving a dynamic range of up to 800% without the need for extensive colour grading in post-production. Additionally, Canon Log Gamma enables the capture of high quality video rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range, and ensures footage has a consistent look and feel when used alongside other Cinema EOS cameras in multicamera shoots.


Easy operation for single users

As well as full manual control, the EOS C100 integrates a range of new automatic features to support independent operators such as documentary makers or news shooters. A new One Shot AF button enables users to instantly check focus, with the central image area automatically checked prior to recording. Push Auto Iris evaluates exposure and makes any required adjustments before shooting, while new Auto White Balance uses the power of Canon’s DIGIC DV III image processor to detect and balance colour information – allowing operators to focus on the story in front of them.


A new graphical user interface enables videographers to conveniently adjust standard camera settings using the LCD screen. Operators can fine-tune Gamma settings, with the camera displaying both ‘before’ and ‘after’ curves on-screen, while White Balance settings can be altered using the camera’s joystick lever, with a colour/plane graphic displaying the amount of compensation being applied in real time. Additionally, support for continuous, automatic focus and iris adjustment will be added by a firmware update in 2013, providing fast, smooth performance when used with specified models in Canon’s range of EF Stepper Motor (STM) lenses.


The EOS C100 also offers highly flexible storage, recording to two SD card slots. Users can record to both cards simultaneously with Double Slot Recording or use Relay Recording to automatically switch across memory cards when the one in use becomes full. In-camera down-conversion also allows operators to convert HD footage stored on one card to SD resolution on the other – ideal for operators who want to reduce the size or resolution of footage before transferring or web hosting.


Professional design, professional audio

The EOS C100 features the same modular concept made popular by the EOS C300. Engineered to provide mobility and durability, it features a robust build and lightweight construction ideal for use in a number of situations. Its magnesium alloy frame provides strength and rigidity while keeping weight to a minimum, allowing users to enjoy both versatility and comfort – even during all-day use.


A large, high quality 8.8cm (3.5”) Vari-angle LCD is situated on the rear of the camera body, which can be manoeuvred to offer easy access to a range of function buttons situated behind the display. An adjustable handgrip also offers DSLR-like ergonomics during handheld shooting, and can be removed altogether for shooting in tight spaces or as part of a multi-camera rig. The camera’s button layout also has been designed taking user feedback into account, with all recording buttons now featuring red markings for added convenience during shooting. Up to 15 assignable buttons also provide high levels of customisation, allowing each user to optimise camera operation to suit their own requirements.


The EOS C100 also offers professionally-optimised audio and connectivity, supporting the capture of Dolby Digital AC3 or 16-bit Linear PCM audio at 48 kHz – the high quality signal required for professional broadcast content. A stereo microphone is built into the camera’s detachable handle, alongside audio control dials and two XLR terminals which enable users to connect to external microphones and other sources. The camera also features a new lockable HDMI terminal that ensures cables remain securely attached to the input during shooting2.


EF lenses and EF Cinema Lenses – power to create

As part of the EOS system, the EOS C100 is compatible with over 60 EF lenses and Canon’s EF Cinema Lens line-up, and complements a new duo of compact lightweight cine zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S. Both new lenses offer outstanding mobility and quality, providing performance and value that makes them excellent options for independent professionals and production houses alike.


In addition, Canon’s hugely-popular EF lens series for DSLRs offers virtually unlimited creative freedom, with options to meet any budgetary requirement. The EF-S range comprises a selection of compact, lightweight zoom lenses that merge high image quality with affordable pricing, while the full-frame EF lens line-up offers outstanding quality and flexibility – utilising luxury, class-leading optics in a range of focal length options ranging from 8mm to 800mm. Since the launch of the EOS System in 1987 over 70 million EF lenses have been manufactured, a measure of the system’s unparalleled quality, popularity, and ability to meet the needs of all kinds of photography and video users.


Canon EOS C100 – key features:



  • 8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor; Full HD

  • High sensitivity, low noise

  • 24Mbps AVCHD to SD cards

  • Automatic shooting functions

  • Interchangeable EF lenses

  • Canon Log Gamma

  • Compact, modular, lightweight

  • Professional audio

  • Seamless workflow integration

  • CPS video support



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 1.0.6
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:18:20 AM »
Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following fixes.


  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of certain lens
  • *1) and extender
  • *2) the images captured become back-focused.
  • *1) EF 70-200m f/2.8L IS II USM or EF200mm f/2L IS USM
  • When used with
  • *2) Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III
  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens cap or the body cap is attached), Error 80 appears on the camera.
  2. Fixes the following phenomenon: if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the “Standard” or “Auto switch card” settings is selected for the recording method for [Record func+card/folder sel.], and then one of the CF cards is removed and then reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other CF Card.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of the images captured.
  4. Displays a “O” or “X” result to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

Download Firmware 1.0.6

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Lenses / Patent: Canon EF 300 f/4L IS II
« on: August 24, 2012, 09:19:49 AM »
New Patent
Canon has filed a patent for the optical formula of a new EF 300 f/4L IS II.

Patent Publication No. 2012-159726

  • 2012.8.23 Release Date
  • 2011.2.1 filing date

Example 3

  • F = 300mm focal length
  • Fno. 4.0
  • Tele ratio 0.68
  • Inner Focus
  • φr = 68.8mm
  • φg1 = 67.8mm
  • φg2 = 70.2mm

Technical background
  • When the miniaturization of the optical system, longitudinal chromatic aberration, chromatic aberration of magnification is remarkable
  • As the focal length becomes longer, the telephoto lens system, chromatic aberration is noticeable
  • There is a method of correcting the aberrations of a material having an anomalous dispersion resin, the resin is difficult to produce high-precision thick
  • There is a method of sandwiching a thin glass resin material, the bonding peeling distortion problem bonding at high temperature

Canon patent

  • Joining three or more optical elements
  • The outer diameter of the resin is increased to reduce the distortion at the time of bonding
  • Not adhere to each other resin outer glass element
  • Between the optical element of the outside is gone, adhesive, the thickness of the adhesive distribution occurs
  • Using a sealing agent to prevent change in shape of the resin and the refractive index change due to moisture absorption
  • Do the black outer peripheral portion of the glass element
  • Prevent flare and ghosting resin at the outer periphery
  • Surface resin glue is not good

Source: [EG]

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EOS Bodies / Canon EOS-1D C Available?
« on: August 24, 2012, 09:04:55 AM »
Update….
Here’s a Canon EOS-1D C in someones lucky hands.It is a preproduction model, and not the retail version.

I do think it’s a good sign that more people are getting their hands on the camera, as we should start to see lots of 4K footage from the EOS-1D C. As for retail availability, the EOS-1D C will start shipping to customers sometime before the end of 2012.

The camera is still listed at $14,999USD and not yet available for preorder.

Canon EOS-1D C Unboxed – 4K Wedding Shoot This Weekend – Click for larger

Already shipping?
I have received two reports of people buying retail versions of the Canon EOS-1D C, one of them in Australia. I haven’t yet seen pictures to confirm this.

If you have received an EOS-1D C, I’d love to see an unboxing.

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Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF6400, iPF8400 & iPF9400
Canon Japan is showing off their new range of large format printers that range from 24″ to 60″.

The basic specs are below:

  • 12 Colors – Lucia EX with a 20% larger gamut
  • 24 – 60 inch print area
  • 25% faster print speed
  • Better black performance

Source: [CANON]

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Software & Accessories / New Printers on September 12, 2012 [CR3]
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:15:45 PM »

New Printers

I’m told that ahead of Photokina, Canon will be announcing new printers on September 12, 2012. Expect new semi-pro PIXMA printers.


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Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA Rebates Expiring Soon
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:10:04 PM »

From Canon USA

The current Canon USA rebate program ends on September 1, 2012 (Unless extended). That gives you about 9 more days of savings.


Head over to B&H Photo for all the rebates on one easy page.



Visit B&H Photo


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