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Pricewatch Deals / New Rebates Starting April 29 Until June 2.
« on: April 29, 2012, 09:39:40 PM »

From Canon USA

Canon USA will be launching new rebates starting on April 29, 2012. They will run through until June 2, 2012. This rebate program is a “double up” program. Your rebate will double if you purchase a 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D or 60D. For example, if you buy a 5D Mark III and a 14 f/2.8L II, the actual rebate would be $320.00.

The prices shown are current prices, updated hourly. They won’t reflect the rebate until April 29th.

EF-S Zooms (Rebate Amount) B&H Price | Adorama Price | Amazon Price

EF Prime (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

EF Zooms (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

EF Macro (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

EF Tilt Shift (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Teleconverters (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Speedlites (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon


*UPDATE* The sale appears to be over.

From Adorama Adorama has a select few Canon products at discounted prices beyond the new rebate program. Act fast, these discounts won’t last long.

Canon EOS 7D @ Adorama $1199 

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS Adorama is also selling the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS at a super discounted price of  $890.10.

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS @ Adorama $890.10

Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Adorama is selling the Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS  at a super discounted price of $1299.

Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS @ Adorama $1299 (review)

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Adorama is selling the Canon Speedlite 430EX II at a discounted price of $249

Canon Speedlite 430EX II @ Adorama $249


Canon General / Canon Aims to Sell More Stuff.....
« on: April 29, 2012, 02:57:24 PM »

… of course they do

Canon is projecting selling 27% more DSLR cameras this year, to the tune of 9.2 million units. They’re also aiming for a 17% increase in compact camera sales, up to 22 million units.

With DSLR sales growth, lens sales should take a similar path upwards.

Said about their compact segment

“… we will further differentiate and enhance our lineup by launching new cameras offering the image qualities that approaches SLR cameras; furthering the improvement in design and qualities, and by incorporating features such as network, connectivity capabilities.”

Cue the mirrorless rumors.

Source: [SA] via [NL]


I'm starting to think the future of APS-C will be in mirrorless cameras and they're going to get phased out in the "prosumer" market.

A 7D Mark II doesn't feel like a guaranteed product to me. It still could be....

EOS Bodies / More Full Frame Cameras on the 2012 Horizon? [CR2/CR1]
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:13:52 PM »
More big sensor cameras
We reported a while ago that Canon would introduce a new “entry level”  full frame camera some time in 2012. With the recent Nikon D600 rumors, there has been a lot of chatter in the Canon world if they’d do the same thing. For the moment, the 5D Mark II is Canon’s entry level full frame camera.

No specs were given to me, but again I was told Canon is working on such a camera to be available before Christmas 2012 (or 2013 if recent history tells us anything).

… and the other?
I’ve received 2 other reports that Canon will possibly announce another full frame DSLR beyond the “entry level” in 2012, with availability moving into 2013. One would assume it would be a larger megapixel offering.

I have heard as many as 5 different sensors are in the wild and being tested,  and in various camera form factors.

CRs Take
It’s highly likely that both cameras will become real products. I do get the feeling Canon hasn’t committed to their immediate roadmap yet and there’s a lot of “wait and see what the market wants” going on. People would like to see the Cinema EOS brand trickle down into a more affordable product than the EOS-1D C, but I don’t see that happening until the 1D C actually starts to ship. I’ll leave the delay jokes up to you guys.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Magic Lantern on the 5D Mark III
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:00:38 PM »
It can be done!
The folks at Magic Lantern have shown the hack can be ported to the new 5D Mark III.

This is all very preliminary and I wouldn’t expect to see the software available for some time. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Source: [EOSHD] via [Magic Lantern]


Site Information / Re: Forum software (upgrade) wish-list
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:13:58 AM »
We are moving to vbulletin in the next 15-30 days.

Post Rating will be included.

Collapsing Threads will be included.

Not sure about your third suggestion, I'll look into it.

There will be a few hiccups with vBulletin, most notably everyone will have to reset their passwords. Some threads will also get bumped when imported and some posted images will disappear. We're working to make it as smooth as possible.

Tapatalk will be installed on the forum.

Not sure about a whiners section. :)

Categories for specific cameras, that may be required and I'll think about it. The issue is moving current topics to the new boards.


Software & Accessories / Adobe Releases Lightroom 4.1 RC2
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:02:56 AM »
Adobe Lightroom 4.1 RC2
Adobe has released a new release candidate for Lightroom 4.1. It has added support for the Canon 60Da, the 5D Mark III was added in RC1.

There are various other bug fixes, most notably bugs from RC1.

  • Lightroom 4 did not properly open external applications when using the “Edit In” functionality.
  • Point Curve adjustments made in Lightroom 3 have been restored.
  • Addressed performance issues in Lightroom 4, particularly when loading GPS track logs, using a secondary monitor, and the controls within the Develop module.
  • Ability to update DNG previews and metadata for more than 100 photos has been restored.
  • This update allows for improved viewing of subfolders and stacks in folders with a large number of photos.
  • It was possible that a layout of a saved book could be lost after quitting Lightroom 4.

You can download RC2 from Adobe Labs.


Software & Accessories / Re: Which CPL filter can you recommend me ?
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:25:35 AM »
Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer is the best out there.


EOS Bodies / Canon 5D Mark III Light Leak Resolution (Canon USA)
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:09:23 PM »
To Users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.

Phenomenon In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.

Affected Product Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera *Products whose sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2 are affected. For example, “xxxxx1xxxxxx” or “xxxxx2xxxxxx” ([x] represents any optional number.)

Support Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service.

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 the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.2 Released
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:07:43 PM »
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS-5D Mark III.

Affected Product EOS 5D Mark III

Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2. 2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera’s power turned off (by the auto power off setting). 3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. 4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time. 5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands. 6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen.

Firmware Version 1.1.2 is for cameras with firmware up to version 1.0.7. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The new Firmware Version 1.1.2 can be downloaded by clicking here.

NOTE: Once on the “Drivers & Software” tab please choose operating system and version. Then expand the Firmware section and click on the firmware file name to access the details page.  Choose “I Agree – Begin Download” button to start the download.


Lenses / Lenses: 35L II & 85L III Next Up? [CR1]
« on: April 23, 2012, 03:26:41 PM »
“L” Primes Coming?
Received two bits of information about possible upcoming lenses from Canon. Apparently both the 35 f/1.4L and 85 f/1.2L II are slated to be updated. As with all things in regards to lenses from Canon, no one is quite sure when either could be announced. It was suggested the 35 f/1.4L II has been delayed on numerous occasions for  redesign and tweaking.

This is the first I have heard seriously about an 85L replacement, but anything that speeds up the AF of the lens would be very welcomed.

I believe we’ll have to see the new 500, 600 and 24-70′s shipping before we get another major “L” lens updated.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 23, 2012  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended software, major releases of the undisputed standard for professional digital imaging. Packed with new features and enhancements, the software includes groundbreaking innovations and unparalleled performance breakthroughs that expand the frontiers of imaging science, and deliver new levels of creativity and increased efficiency. Photoshop CS6 Extended integrates the state-of-the-art editing, compositing, and graphic design capabilities of Photoshop CS6, as well as advanced tools for 3D design*, image and video editing, and quantitative analysis which address the unique needs of the graphic design, video, Web, architecture, medical, manufacturing and engineering industries.

“Creativity is at the very center of our efforts – both in developing exceptional tools, and enabling our users to create beautiful imagery that stands out from the visual clutter around us,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Photoshop CS6 is unrivaled in capabilities and power and – as we have seen from the astonishing reception of our recent public beta – has once again captured the imagination of the worldwide creative community. ‘Photoshop magic’ is alive and well with CS6.”

Since Photoshop CS6 was released as a public beta on March 22 for Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms, there have been nearly one million downloads of the software worldwide – surpassing any public beta in Adobe’s history. With this launch, Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended can be purchased as stand-alone applications, key components of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 family (see separate press release), and now as part of Adobe’s revolutionary Creative Cloud™ offering, also announced today (see separate release).

Create with Imaging Innovation and Peak Performance

Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended deliver unparalleled speed and power combined with the creative tools necessary to perform advanced image manipulation, design, motion‐based content editing, and compositing. The software helps users to patch images with control for exceptional results; edit with real-time interactions and a fluid feel powered by the new Mercury Graphics Engine; easily edit video; perform automatic tone mapping and sharpening; and use improved design tools for better results with fewer steps. Creative customers will be able to take advantage of an efficient, modern UI that puts all focus on images, and sync settings and preferences for consistent workflows across multiple devices via Adobe Creative Cloud.

“Adobe Photoshop CS6 gives Trek powerful design tools to help bring our creative vision to a reality faster and with greater control than ever before. The responsiveness of the new Mercury Graphics Engine is simply breathtaking and being able to see the results instantaneously helps us keep to our extremely tight timelines,” said Eric Lynn, creative director, Trek Bicycle. “We often work with large files that include more than 500 layers and being able to search them all – and continue working while saving a large document – is invaluable to our workflow and a huge time saver for us.”

Photoshop CS6 features include:

  • Content-Aware Patch – Allows greater control by letting users choose the sample area used to create a patch.

  • Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine – Takes advantage of the graphics processing unit in modern hardware to speed up imaging and editing tasks, and process large images faster.

  • New and Re-engineered Design Tools – Type styles enable consistent formatting; vector layers apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects; custom strokes and dashed lines are easily created; quick layers search and more.

  • Intuitive Video Creation – The full range of familiar Photoshop tools and an intuitive set of new video tools to create and enhance any video clip.

  • Blur Gallery – A simple new interface with on-image and in-context controls allows users to quickly create photographic blur effects including tilt-shift effects, blur everything with one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points.

Photoshop CS6 Extended includes all Photoshop CS6 features and:

  • Mercury Graphics Engine for 3D – Increased power and speed via engine optimized for 3D imaging.

  • New 3D Controls – UI improvements for more efficient 3D workflows.

  • New 3D Effects – Reflections and “drag-able” shadows to enhance images.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Digital Imaging

Adobe Creative Cloud gives creative customers a new option for purchasing and experiencing Adobe software innovation, including Adobe Photoshop CS6:

  • Creative Cloud membership provides designers with access to download and install every new Adobe CS6 application announced today and two new HTML5 products, Adobe Muse™ and Adobe Edge preview.

  • Creative Cloud powers the integration of creative tablet applications, such as Photoshop Touch, into everyday work – seamlessly synchronizing and storing files in the cloud, for sharing and access on any device.

  • Creative Cloud members will be able to easily deliver mobile apps to iOS and Android marketplaces and publish, manage and host websites.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud members will receive access to application upgrades, including new Photoshop features – before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as inventive new products and services, as they emerge. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 4 will be offered as part of Creative Cloud membership in the future.

Live Streamed Webcast

The launch event for Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 will be streamed live beginning at 10 a.m. PT, April 23 and will be available there as a continuous rebroadcast from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT on April 23. An on-demand version will be available at beginning April 24.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, Adobe Creative Suite 6 editions and Adobe Creative Cloud are scheduled to be available within 30 days and can be pre-ordered now. Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended will also be available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales; estimated street price for Photoshop CS6 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS6 Extended. Upgrade pricing is also available to eligible customers. Subscription pricing for Photoshop CS6 is US$19.99 per month for an annual contract and US$29.99 for a month-to-month contract. For more detailed information about features, OS support, system requirements, upgrade policies and pricing, please

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month based on month-to-month membership and includes access to Photoshop CS6 Extended. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Learn more

Source: [Adobe]

EOS Bodies / Patent: New Diffractive Optic Patents
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:52:22 PM »
More DO Lenses?
A few patents in regards to diffractive optics have come about. 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS, 14 f/2.8 DO and a 600 f/4 DO IS.

Diffractive optic patents keep coming up, though no new products are being announced. It does appear Canon is invested in the technology and thinks there is a market for it. I am a big fan of the 400 DO and hope to see longer DO lenses in the future.

Read more about the patents after the break.

Patent Publication No. 2012-78397

  • 2012.4.19 Release Date
  • 2010.9.30 filing date

Example 1

  • Zoom ratio 4.01
  • 135.50 – - 290.90mm 72.50 focal length
  • Fno 4.66 -. 4.97 – 5.87
  • 9.07 – - 4.25deg 16.62 a half angle of view.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • 171.47 – - 204.08mm 144.08 full-length lens
  • BF 40.08mm
  • 18 sheets 12 group lens configuration
  • 3 UD glass sheet
  • A plane diffraction
  • Seven-group zoom positive and negative positive positive and negative polarity
  • Inner Focus (Group 6)
  • Shake correction (group 2)

Example 2

  • Zoom ratio 2.84
  • 200.00 – - 292.50mm 103.00 focal length
  • Fno 4.67 -. 5.44 – 5.77
  • 6.17 – - 4.23deg 11.86 a half angle of view.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • 189.12 – - 210.66mm 162.16 full-length lens
  • BF 45.16 – 58.25 – 70.16mm
  • 13 pieces in 11 groups Lens Construction
  • 2 UD glass sheet
  • A plane diffraction
  • Five-group zoom of positive and negative positive positive and negative
  • Rear focus

Example 3

  • 14.36mm focal length
  • Fno. 2.89
  • 56.38deg half angle of view.
  • Image height 21.60mm
  • Length 133.66mm lens
  • BF 38.47mm
  • 16 pieces in 10 groups Lens Construction
  • 2 UD glass sheet
  • Two surface diffraction
  • Two positive lens group a negative
  • (Part of the front group) Inner Focus

Example 4

  • 584.94mm focal length
  • Fno. 4.12
  • 2.12deg half angle of view.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • Length 404.06mm lens
  • BF 123.32mm
  • 18 sheets 12 group lens configuration
  • 3 UD glass sheet
  • One fluorite
  • Two groups of positive-positive lens
  • (Part of the front group) Inner Focus

Conventional diffractive optical element

  • Because there is a thick diffraction grating, and obliquely incident light, the diffraction efficiency is reduced
  • When the diffraction efficiency is reduced, flare, ghost, imaging performance deterioration, such as contrast degradation occurs

Canon’s patent

  • Can be in close contact with another medium to a diffraction grating, to reduce the thickness
  • Capable of suppressing a decrease in diffraction efficiency
  • With another medium, and fine particle dispersion ultraviolet curing resin material


Lighting / Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Reviews
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:49:40 PM »
The new flash
I finally got my hands on the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT today, and I’m looking forward to playing around with it. I probably won’t do a review, because I am 95% of the time a natural light shooter.

Below are three separate reviews done by Ron Martinsen, he’s pretty positive about the new flash.

Available Now at: B&H Photo | Norman Camera


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