Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service

Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service

*UPDATE*
We’ve re-opened with a few procedural changes. We will implement these changes on an order-by-order basis.

Original Story
This story pretty much only affects Canadian customers of Lens Rentals Canada, though it has started to make its way around the web.

I own Lens Rentals Canada and have been dealing with the theft of our items while they’ve been in transit with Canada Post. We have only been telling our customers about the issue and had a splash screen on our web site explaining we weren’t taking any new orders. We are doing our absolute best to honour reservations already in queue. We never released this information to the media. However it hit Reddit, and well… that was that. It’s all over the place now.

I did a little interview with CBC here in Canada, although there’s not much I know about the situation at hand. We do hope to have a resolution one way or another in the coming week or so.

There have only been a few instances where I’ve crossed over LRC and Canon Rumors, but I figured I’d answer to the emails I have been receiving from readers that know I wear both hats. I thank all of our customers for their kind words and support, it has been a stressful few weeks for everyone at Lens Rentals Canada and we’ll do our best to do what’s right for you.

Read more about Lens Rentals Canada at CBC

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Friday Deals: EF 24-105 f/4L IS & EOS 7D Body

Friday Deals: EF 24-105 f/4L IS & EOS 7D Body

Below are some deals on ebay for Canon gear.

First up is the “white box” version of the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS zoom lens. It can be had for $639.

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS (White Box) $639 (Reg $1199) via deals-all-year (99.8% approval)

The second is the soon-to-be replaced Canon EOS 7D camera body. This still makes a great backup camera, or a durable and capable camera for new photographers.

Canon EOS 7D Body $749 (Reg $999 after $500 discount) via BigValueInc (99.3% approval)

If ebay deals aren’t your thing, you can still get the Canon EOS 7D body from B&H Photo, Amazon and Adorama for $999 with an instant savings of $500.

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Canon Announces New imagePROGRAF Large Format Printers

Canon Announces New imagePROGRAF Large Format Printers

Updates to Hardware and Software, Can Help Lead to Seamless Productivity and High-Quality Images
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 31, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers – the 36-inch iPF785 and iPF780 models, and the 24-inch iPF685 and iPF680 models – and two new large-format imaging systems – the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. These devices offer faster printing speeds and lower operation costs as compared to their predecessors, as well as upgraded software for an enhanced user experience particularly in mobile and cloud based printing applications.
 
Designed for a variety of industries that print maps, technical drawings, renderings, site and facilities management plans, signs and posters, the 36-inch devices boast print speeds of up to 21 seconds for an Arch D (24″ x 36″) print and now support 300 ml ink tanks, helping to lower the cost-per-print. A sub-ink tank system allows users to deplete all of the ink in the tank before replacing them, as well as to replace empty ink tanks without needing to stop the printer, increasing productivity during continuous print runs. In addition, the iPF785 and iPF685 models come equipped with a 320GB internal hard drive for enhanced file processing, personal mailbox space and job storage for up to 500 print jobs.

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Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany

Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany

*UPDATE #2*
Both fine countries have found their 50 f/1.2L lenses!

*UPDATE*
Denmark too! (Thanks Jan)

Original Story
The Canon EF 50 f/1.2L USM has gone missing from the Canon Germany  prime lens page.

Introduced in 2007, the EF 50 f/1.2L has seen its share of controversy due to a design that can lead to focus shifting in certain situations for a lot of photographers. We do believe this lens is due for replacement in the next year or so.

In this case? It’s probably just a mistake on the Canon Germany web site, though stranger things have happened.

Source: [CG] via [NL]

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.6 Update

Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.6 Update

Adobe has released Lightroom 5.6 which includes the usual bug fixes and new lens  and camera profiles.

From Adobe:
Lightroom 5.6 Release Notes
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.6

  • Nikon D810
  • Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.6

Please note – the profile for the newly added Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is not automatically located when applying lens profile corrections. This is a bug and we will fix it in a future release. The workaround is to:

  • Manually select the profile and choose “Save New Lens Profile Defaults” in the Setup menu on the Profile tab. From then on, the lens should automatically select when the profile is enabled.

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Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]

Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]

*UPDATE*
The something “big” teaser from Canon India turns out to be a photo contest. See it here.

We’re told there are tons of new DSLR products coming for Photokina this September. The announcement for the new stuff should happen on September 4th or 5th, depending on where you are in the world. Our source has mentioned a DSLR body as well as a host of lenses for various budgets.

What will be announced?
First up, the successor to the EOS 7D will be announced. We’re told that there’s “a lot of the 1D X” in the new camera. As well as some revolutionary sensor technology.

What about lenses?
We’re getting more confirmations that the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be replaced by a new version with a rotating zoom instead of the push/pull design that the lens currently uses. It looks like Canon India is teasing a new “big” lens on their Facebook page.

The following lenses I’d rate as [CR1], as they’re the first time I’ve heard about them for Photokina this year.

We’re told that at least one EF-S lens is possible, most likely a replacement to the EF-S 18-200. The lens could be replaced with an 18-300 IS STM.

Another lens we’re told to expect is targeted at the EOS 6D user. It will be a “cheaper version of the 28-300L” lens. Canon is lacking a big range non L zoom for full frame cameras.

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Canon Announces the PowerShot SX520 HS & SX400 HS

Canon Announces the PowerShot SX520 HS & SX400 HS

With an Impressive 42x and 30x Optical Zoom, respectively, Canon’s new PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Cameras Provide High-Quality Imaging Tools to Meet Varying User Needs 

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras. Designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, these new cameras are packed with impressive features. The new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera includes a high-powered 42x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and the Canon HS SYSTEM for clear sharp images and Full HD Video. With a 30x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 24-720mm), the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera allows photographers to capture the moments that mean the most to them quickly and easily, even at long range.

“Our goal is to provide people who are passionate about photography with the imaging tools they need to capture the moments that inspire them,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras offer users features that help produce high quality-images and video with ease allowing them to capture their most creative shots.”

Preorder: PowerShot SX520 HS at B&H Photo | PowerShot SX400 HS at B&H Photo

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Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro

Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro

This is the first I have seen this sort of patent. Canon has filed an optical formula patent for a diffractive optic macro lens. What better lens to upgrade with a DO version than the long-in-the-tooth Canon EF 180 f/3.5L Macro?

Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-137484
    • Publication date 2014.7.28
    • Filing date 2013.1.17
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 180.00mm
    • Shooting magnification ∞ 0.5x 1.0x
    • Fno. 3.50-4.50-5.20
    • Half angle ω = 6.85 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 202.38mm
    • BF 52.18mm

Source: [EG]

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New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)

New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)

We’re told to expect new Canon L primes, but none will be announced in 2014.

The first one we can expect is a new 35L in early 2015, this has been rumored since the 24L was announced. There have been lots of patents for the optical formula, but nothing has come of it.

The second is a new 50L in late 2015. The new lens is said to be a lot smaller and lighter, perhaps a drop to f/1.4?

There may have been development delays in L lens development as Canon has been working hard building a cinema lens lineup.

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Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299

Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299

GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $3299 (Reg $3799 after $200 MIR). GetItDigital is also including a 3 year USA warranty.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299 (Reg $3799 after $200 MIR)

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