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Lenses / EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Stock News
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:54:44 AM »
More are coming!
We knew more would come eventually, but when?

I’m told new stock should start hitting retailers sometime this month and next month, it may not be enough to clear the preorder backlog though.

Preorder at B&H: EF 500 f/4L IS II | EF 600 f/4L IS II

Big white firmware 1.1.1 update
I have sent our 300, 400 and 600 in to Canon Canada today for the firmware update, I’ll update you on how long the process takes.


Pricewatch Deals / 5D Mark III Bundle Deal at Adorama
« on: August 07, 2012, 05:36:04 PM »

From Adorama

The 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $4299 and comes with the Canon BG-E11 battery grip for free. That’s a savings of about $309.

5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS & BG-E11 for $4299 at Adorama


New 7D Features!
Canon has made available the new firmware for the EOS 7D.

Download the Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0

All the new features of firmware 2.0 can be seen here.

*Note At the time of posting, the firmware was not available if you select Mac OS X Mountain Lion, select Lion instead.

Canon EOS 7D at B&H Photo


EOS Bodies / Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 04, 2012, 07:09:59 PM »
More mentions
I’ve had two separate comments in regards to Canon entering the big megapixel space. We’re talking 35+ megapixels like the Nikon D800. Both comments mention an announcement sooner than later. No word on whether we’re talking about an EOS-1 or 5D3 style body.

Lots to come in August and September!


Canon General / Announcements in August [CR1]
« on: August 02, 2012, 12:57:47 PM »
What’s coming in August?
Some information came today explaining what will be coming from Canon in the month of August. Currently it sounds like 3 different announcement dates for various Canon imaging products.

First up?

We’re told that we should see new ImagePROGRAF printers sometime very soon, possibly next week.

New PowerShot cameras at the end of August is almost a given. I am told we’ll get a true replacement to the G12. The G1X was never really meant to replace the lower end cousin. I am also told we’ll see a small camera with an f/1.9 lens. There was no mention of specifications for either camera.

I also expect a new superzoom or two for the PowerShot lineup.

I find this a bit unlikely, but it was also mentioned we’ll see a second EOS-M camera announced in the fall, probably not before Photokina though. It would be the “pro” model.  I’m confident one is coming, I’m just not sure it’s coming that soon. 

A new wide angle zoom lens
A new wide angle zoom for EF should be announced before Photokina in September. Could it be the long awaited EF 14-24?

EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
There are tons of these lenses in London currently, I expect an announcement this fall and pretty fast availability. 


Pricewatch Deals / Big Lexar Memory Card Deals at B&H
« on: August 02, 2012, 12:45:03 PM »
Lots of deals
B&H has launched a bunch of deals on various high end Lexar memory cards.

I don’t know when the sale ends, I imagine it won’t be around too long though.

Lexar Compact Flash 1000x
Lexar CompactFlash Memory Cards Professional 1000x UDMA at B&H

Lexar Compact Flash 400x
Lexar CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 400x UDMA at B&H 

Lexar SDHC Class 10
Lexar SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I at B&H 


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

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. The serial numbers (10 digits) of the lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM:
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).

EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM:
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).

EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).

EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).

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


Lenses / *UPDATE* Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:00:38 PM »
Most seem to agree the image is a pretty good fake, albiet not a perfect one. 

Real or fake?
An image of a Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS has shown up on the xitek forum.

For the moment, we have no idea if it’s real or a great Photoshop job. The lettering around the front of the lens looks a little off. However, discuss away!

I will note, there has been a patent for a 135 f/1.8 in the past.

Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS – Click for larger

 Source: [XI]


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop in Canada
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:58:10 AM »
Official Price Drop
The price of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has dropped in Canada to $3499, that’s a drop of $300.

5D Mark III at Camera Canada $3499


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / New Canon Flash This Fall? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:52:55 AM »
A new radio ready flash
A new flash is in the works to replace the Speedlite 430EX II and could come as early as this fall. The new flash will be ready to work with the ST-E3-RT transmitter. The current 430 would be discontinued like the 580 was.

No word if we’ll see a flash smaller than the 430 replacement with RT capabilities. I personally don’t think we’ll see the 3xx series updated to RT.


Lenses / Canon at the London Summer Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 07:13:32 AM »
The 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X
Lots of the new Canon 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lenses on loan at the London games. I’ve spoken to a few photographers that have used it and I have yet to hear a single negative comment. That could change once they hear the price when it comes time to buy one. :)

I’ve heard the same stuff we hear about the new super telephoto lenses. It’s fast, light, well balanced and pretty creative in its design with the 1.4x teleconverter built in.

The Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x in action. – Click for larger

 Where did all the lenses go?
So you can’t find any big white lenses in your local photo store? That’s because Canon is hoarding them all for themselves, the proof is below! This view kind of reminds me of LensRentals.com.

All our lenses in one place! | From Canon France | Click for Larger


Lenses / Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II Review
« on: July 31, 2012, 07:04:40 AM »
A great Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II field review
Arash Hazeghi has posted a review on his blog for the new EF 600 f/4L IS II super telephoto lens. It’s a terrific review with wonderful photographs, much better than the one we did ever so quickly. If you’re into bird photography, definitely check this review out.


….Especially given the fact that the EF 600mm f/4L IS II is the sharpest, fastest and lightest 600mm super-telephoto lens currently on the market that eclipses the competition. At the end of the day, value for money is a relative figure. For handhold photographers who desire to produce top notch flight images, the EF 600mm f/4L IS II can significantly increase field productivity making it the best option on the market for this group of photographers. After spending just two weeks with the lens, I can state with confidence that the EF 600mm f/4L IS II is the most impressive product from Canon I have used to date and I am not easy to impress, therefore, highly recommended!

Read the full review [via FM]

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at B&H | Amazon | Adorama


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM in Stock at B&H
« on: July 30, 2012, 02:19:49 PM »

From B&H

B&H has just informed us that they now have available, but limited stock of the new Canon EOS Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM kit.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM at B&H for $1199


Lenses / New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2012, 11:12:26 AM »
New Tilt-Shift lenses in 2013?
The 45mm and 90mm tilt-shifts have been on the replacement cycle for a while now, probably since the day after the 17mm and latest 24mm tilt-shifts were announced a few years ago.

Apparently we’re going to see a new 45mm and 90mm tilt-shift announced in 2013. Both of the lenses will receive the “L” treatment and the updated movement mechanisms. I would like to see the lock knobs built a bit better, I found them to be unreliable in the rental world and they are quite an expensive repair.

Also coming in 2013?  A new “specialist lens”. I’m not completely sure what would be considered a specialist lens, although a new macro would probably fit the bill.

Source: [NL]


Dodge & Burn Photography Tees
It’s Friday, time to have a bit of fun after all the serious rumor stuff.

A few weeks ago a little start-up in New York City called Dodge & Burn contacted me to find out whether or not I wanted to check out their line of photography inspired T-Shirts. Being a guy that likes to wear clothes, I gave them an enthusiastic ”yes!” They gave me the option to choose any shirt I desired, I just had to go with the lust worthy “Fast Shooter” shirt showing the amazing Canon 7 and 50mm f/0.95.

Click for larger

My shirt showed up today, and while they didn’t improve my photography, it definitely made me look a lot better shooting.

You can check out Dodge & Burn and all their T-shirts at the links below, follow them on Twitter too!

Dodge & Burn Web Site | Dodge & Burn Twitter

A bit more information
The T-Shirts are made by American Apparel in the United States and also printed in the USA. One happy customer (thanks Brad) let us know they have held up excellent after months of use and washing.


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