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Pricewatch Deals / EOS 5D Mark II & Pixma Pro-100 Bundle at Norman Camera
« on: December 15, 2012, 12:22:39 PM »

From Norman Camera

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body

  • Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer

  • 50 sheet box of 13×19 Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster.

The price after $300 mail in rebate is $1799. You have to add to cart to see the sale price.

EOS 5D Mark II & Pixma Pro-100 Bundle at Norman Camera


Lenses / Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 07:07:11 AM »
Roger and Aaron at have tested the resolution on a small batch of the new Canon EF 35 f/2 IS lens.

The lens performed better than the EF 35 f/2 that it was replacing, especially noticeable in the corners. While center resolution remains about the same. They compared the lens against the original EF 35 f/2, the EF 35 f/1.4L,  and Sigma 35 f/1.4.

Battle of 35mm Lenses - Higher Numbers are Better

Battle of 35mm Lenses – Higher Numbers are Better

The real winner here appears to be the Sigma 35 f/1.4. Canon is going to have to make their sharpest wide angle prime ever to outdo the Sigma. It just happens that Norman Camera has the Sigma 35 f/1.4 in stock for $899.’s conclusion I’m afraid this is a rather dull and boring post that doesn’t tell you anything you probably hadn’t already assumed. If you like to shoot 35mm and need Image Stabilization for the type of shooting you do, this will be a very nice lens and worth the money. Otherwise, you’re probably better off with something else.

Read the entire article

Canon EF 35 f/2 IS $849 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Sigma 35 f/1.4 for $899 at Norman Camera


Lenses / Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:33:47 PM »
A New Canon Ultrawide Zoom
This lens comes up every now and then as something that will be added to the Canon lineup. A couple of patents that have referenced this optical formula are out there, which tells us it’s something that is on the minds of the R&D team at Canon.

I was told today that the lens is in the pipeline and will be coming in 2013 if there are no more delays with lens production. I was told to expect availability to be in late 2013, but the announcement date was unknown at this time. It makes perfect sense that this sort of lens would be announced with the imminent large megapixel camera that Canon will unveil in 2013.

There were a few lenses that were to be announced in 2012 that will be pushed into 2013. A lot had to do with production delays with the new supertelephotos as well as the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II.


Pricewatch Deals / Sigma EF 24-70 & EF 50-500 Deals at B&H Photo
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:21:30 PM »

From B&H

Here are a couple very good Sigma deals currently at B&H Photo. To see the sale price, the item must be added to your cart. 

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Lens for Canon $694 (Regular $899)

Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon $1299 (Regular $1659)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.2
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:15:06 PM »
FAQ: EOS 6D Latest Firmware Update [Version 1.1.2 - Added 13 December 2012]
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following fix.

Fixes a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras from being played back on YouTube.

Helpful Information

Firmware version 1.1.2 may present some Video Snapshot limitations. Please review the two scenarios and the workaround provided below.

  1. EOS 6D running Firmware Version 1.0.9: If a video snapshot captured when the camera was running firmware 1.0.9 is combined with a video snapshot created by a camera which was running firmware 1.1.2, the resulting video snapshot album will be corrupted.
  2. EOS 6D running Firmware Version 1.1.2: If you try to add a video snapshot from a camera running firmware 1.1.2 to the video snapshot album created when the camera was running firmware 1.0.9, a warning message “Cannot select this movie” will appear and the video snapshot cannot be added to the album.

Please follow the following workaround to help addresses the two scenarios described above.

  1. Shoot a video snapshot and create a video snapshot album.
  2. Import the captured video snapshot album to your computer.
  3. Start ImageBrowser EX, an application bundled with the EOS 6D.
  4. Select the video snapshot album, and select [Edit Movie] in the [Edit] tab.
  5. MovieEdit Task will start.
  6. Select [Add Image] and select video snapshot album to add the movie snapshot.
  7. Select [Save] and [Save image type], and then click [Save].

Firmware Version 1.1.2 is for cameras with firmware version 1.0.9. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions for downloading thoroughly before you download the firmware. Links to the firmware are below.

Solution :

Firmware: The firmware is available for Windows and Mac.

Canon EOS 6D for $2099 at B&H Photo | Amazon | Norman | Adorama

Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS for $2699 ($200 off) at B&H Photo | Amazon | Norman | Adorama


Pricewatch Deals / 12 Days of Christmas at Gura Gear
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:08:36 AM »

From Gura Gear

Here is the deal: For the next 12 days we will be giving away incredible prizes from a ton of awesome brands. At the end of the 12 days we will draw a winner from all entries to win the grand prize of a Bataflae 18L, Tembo 8-0, Water Bottle, Et Cetera 1L Case and an Et Cetera 0.75L pouch.

Enter every day’s giveaway to put your name in more and increase your chances! Each giveaway opens at midnight (EST) and is live until 8pm (EST). Winners will be announced by the following day.

Today’s giveaway is a Really Right Stuff MTX Multi-Tool valued at $50.

There are multiple ways to enter below. Complete all of the options to increase your chances. Good luck!

When you’re done make sure to come back tomorrow and enter to win the next prize: The Compact HoodLoupe 3.2 from Hoodman!

Visit Gura Gear


Software & Accessories / Adobe Releases Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:52:30 AM »
From Adobe
Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 final releases on The update adds HiDPI support within the Lightroom Library and Develop modules and includes additional raw file format support for 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D5200 and Sony DSC-RX1. A comprehensive list of newly supported cameras is provided below.

Newly supported cameras:

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon PowerShot S110
  • Canon PowerShot G15
  • Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
  • Casio Exilim EX-FC300S
  • Leica M-E
  • Nikon 1 V2
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D600
  • Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS
  • Panasonic DMC-GH3
  • Pentax K-5 II
  • Pentax K-5 IIs
  • Pentax Q10
  • Sony DSC-RX1
  • Sony NEX-VG30
  • Sony NEX-VG900

In addition, the Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 final releases correct issues reported in earlier releases. Special thanks to all community members who contributed feedback via the community-powered site:

Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides fast and easy access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.

Pricing and Availability Lightroom 4.3 is available as a free download for Lightroom 4 customers, and the Camera Raw plug-in is available as a free download for Photoshop CS6 customers. Both are available for Mac and Windows. For additional information, please visit the Adobe Lightroom blog:

Click here to download Adobe Lightroom 4.3 for Windows

Click here to download Adobe Lightroom 4.3 for Macintosh


Lenses / Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:00:12 PM »
More non-L primes coming
Expect to see a new EF 50 f/1.4 IS sometime in 2013. There have been variations of a replacement for the very old (1993) EF 50 f/1.4 and it sounds like a 1.4 IS variant is going to be the winner. We have also heard of an f/1.8 IS version existing. Don’t expect such a lens to be much less than the $800 that the EF 24 f/2.8 IS, EF 28 f/2.8 IS and EF 35 f/2 IS all approximately cost.

The EF 85 f/1.8 is also in the works with an IS version we’re told. I haven’t heard anything about the very good EF 100 f/2 getting a replacement.

Source: [NL]


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS 6D Rating by DXOMark
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:28:34 PM »
From DXOMark
DXO has released their impressions of the Canon EOS 6D pretty quickly. The camera receives a sensor score 82, which is on part with most of the Canon lineup.

From DXOMark
“The EOS 6D offers a well-balanced performance across all three testing metrics, doing enough to put it into 10th place overall on the sensor rankings. Given the price, this does offer very good value for money, matched only by the Nikon D600. It suggests that this new market segment could be a real hotbed of key models for the major manufacturers and is therefore one to watch carefully.”

CR’s Take
I just got my hands on an EOS 6D today, so I’m not yet a good person to ask as to whether or not the camera is a winner. I do like the size and weight, I’m all about trimming weight wherever I can in my kit. Give me a week or so, then you can start asking me your questions.

Canon EOS 6D for $2099 at B&H Photo | Amazon | Norman | Adorama

Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS for $2699 ($200 off) at B&H Photo | Amazon | Norman | Adorama




Full Retina Support

Adobe has updated Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 with full Retina support.

From Adobe

“With this update, customers can see more detail in images, text, and in the Illustrator user interface when working on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display available on MacBook Pro. The HiDPI feature in Illustrator is currently only available on Mac OS. It is expected to be available in the future on additional operating systems.”

The update should be available from Adobe via the updater.


Canon General / Determining the Age of a Canon Lens Based on Serial Number
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:49:24 PM »
From The Digital Picture
Bryan and Norbert over at TDP think they have deciphered the date codes built into Canon’s newish 10 digital serial numbers. Previous to July 2010, Canon put date codes on all lenses other than EF-S that let you know when the lens was manufactured.

From TDP

To age a Canon lens using the 10-digital serial number Canon lenses, we dissect the serial number as:


The DD is the key to the date of manufacture of the lens – the date code. The long, narrow Canon lens date code chart is shown on the right side of this page.

They have posted what they predict to be the future date codes for Canon lenses. Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress and may not yet be definitive.

See the date code chart at TDP


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon T4i w/18-55 IS from B&H for $599
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:40:08 PM »

From B&H Photo

B&H Photo is selling the Canon Rebel T4i kit for $150 off at $599

Canon Rebel T4i w/18-55 IS II for $599

Lenses / Re: History Lesson: Canon FDn 1200 f/5.6L 1.4x Lens Images
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:34:16 AM »
It's interesting the size of the bulge on the teleconverter, looking at that I can see how the converter could easily be moved out of the way. Anyone know how it works internally on the new 200-400? That's quite small by comparison but I thought being at the rear the teleconverter elements would have to be about the same for any focal length.

Uh, what? The 200-400 has a similar bulge, and it apparently drew the ire of Canon's testers, according to a previous post here.

I think he means the bulge on the 200-400 is significantly smaller, and it is.  If you picture a whole 1.4X converter swapping in and out, you would need a big bulge.  But of course most of a normal 1.4X is just the lens tube, the structure that holds the camera and larger lens.  The actual glass elements are way smeller.

But how about this? I don't want to see pictures of this lens.  I want to see pictures taken with this lens!  And good photos.  Not pictures of NY city buildings taken from across the river.  Show me some of those sports pics this lens was supposedly used for.  NASA rockets going up? Let me see.  Spy photos?  Sure, why not.

I'm searching for some, the lens is so rare that photos seem to be too.

Lenses / Re: History Lesson: Canon FDn 1200 f/5.6L 1.4x Lens Images
« on: December 09, 2012, 08:25:09 AM »
I posted an image from the 1984 LA Olympics in the forum a few weeks ago that has two FD 1200mm lenses in it.

I guess I should have searched here. :)

Lenses / History Lesson: Canon FDn 1200 f/5.6L 1.4x Lens Images
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:14:33 AM »
Canon FDn 1200 f/5.6L 1.4x
We posted about the FDn 1200 f/5.6L 1.4x lens, which was the first Canon lens to have a built in teleconverter. I was having a hard time find a photograph of one, and apparently only 5 of these lenses were ever made and never went to production.

Thankfully, Phil from Australia scanned and sent us some images of said lens in action. These images are from the Easter Bike Races in Bathurst, Australia. Canon Australia had one ”on loan for a few years”, until EOS was launched in 1987 and these lenses became EF mount without the 1.4 teleconverter.

Thanks Phil

FDn 1200mm f/5.6L 1.4x | Click for Larger

FDn 1200mm f/5.6L 1.4x | Click for Larger

FDn 1200mm f/5.6L 1.4x | Click for Larger


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