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Canon USA Spring Rebates

Canon USA Spring Rebates

Canon USA Lens Rebates
The following lenses are part of Canon USA’s spring rebate program. Not quite the breadth and depth of previous years.

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens – $150.00
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens – $100.00
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens – $50.00

Obviously these are just lenses they have an abundance of.

B&H Photo also dropped the price of the EOS  60D by $150 to $849.99. Buy it here. It was a one day sale, they’re now $999 again.



EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Review

The Review Has Been Posted
I took the new 70-300L on safari with me and really fell in love with the lens.

I tried to point out a few things that may annoy some people, most things were small issues.

Check out the review.

I updated the review to let you know the Kenko Pro 300 DGX 1.4 teleconverter will work on the lens.

thanks jason

Another point of view
Acclaimed photographer Eric Meola gives some brief thoughts on the new 70-300L as well.

Read it here



70-300L & More

Hello from Kenya
I’m currently at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Also known as “The Mara”. I’m obviously having a great time and will be here in Kenya for another 9 days or so.

70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
I have one of these lenses with me here in Kenya on Safari. I am working on a review of the lens, it will be a user review like the others.

If I could give you a bit of a hint of what I think about it, I’ve taken less than 10 frames with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and a few hundred with the new 70-300L. It’s not for everything, but it’s been great for a lot of things.

Not much in the way of rumors coming in, a few bits of email in regards to lenses.

One mentions a new focal length for a new tilt shift lens, what that is wasn’t known.

The other mentioned no replacement of the 50 f/1.4 anytime soon. The lens is a big money maker and hits a great price point for most people.

No camera rumors to speak of. Expect things to start picking up in January.



EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Real World Samples

The new EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS is generating a decent amount of buzz, more than I thought it would.

A CR reader picked up his copy today and told me he’d be doing some shooting. All I asked was he didn’t post a shot of a brick wall, he agreed!


thanks Martin

The lens is shipping next week in Canada, so I would expect it at US retailers as well.

Another reader who has played around with the lens says the following (Thanks Bruce):

Compared witht the 70-200/2.8, it is a featherweight.Zooming was smooth and the focus was quick and accurate at all focal lengths. The image quality was good over the full frame and IS worked superbly.

On the down side, it drops away from f/4 quite quickly (if I recall correctly around 100mm) which will influence it’s autofunction capabilities on less expensive cameras (Bruce tested with a 1D3 and could be talking about teleconverters).

So – it’s probably a terrific lens for someone with a high end camera who is getting on a plane. The limited focal ratio will probably constrain it more than most realise.

Buy From: B&H / Adorama / Amazon

Post your own samples
There is a thread on the forum for EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS lens samples. Please feel free to post your images there.,285.0.html



EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Preorders

Available for preorder in the USA
The new Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS is finally available for preorder in the United States. There have been reports that this lens has popped up in a few stores in Europe. They should be shipping soon.

Product Highlights

  • L-Series Optics
  • Optical Image Stabilization System
  • 2 Ultra Low Dispersion Lens Elements
  • Fast Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) Autofocus
  • Floating Focus System
  • Dust and Water Resistant
  • Inner and Rear Focusing System
  • Close Focus – 3.9′ (1.2 m)
  • Removable Tripod Collar
  • Protective Fluorine Lens Coating

Amazon $1599

Adorama $1599

B&H $1599

We’re all still waiting for the mountain of reviews that will follow the release of this lens. For $1599, I expect it to be great.



New Lens Availability & More

70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
At NL, they’ve been told not to expect it until the end of December in Sweden. It doesn’t look like it’ll be under most trees for the holiday season in North America.

8-15 f/4L Fisheye
There’s been nothing to contradict the original release date of January 2011.

300 f/2.8L IS II & 400 f/2.8L IS II
These two lenses will also be available in 2011.

New Camera Image?
Over at PR there’s an image of a Canon DSLR body. There is a claim it could be a new Canon body.

As far as I know you cannot use a branded camera strap with a prototype body. I don’t think anyone would be shocked to know new pro bodies are being tested.



EF 35 f/1.8 & Tales of Backorders [CR2]

35 f/1.8
A source is nearly positive Canon will be releasing this  for Photokina.

70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IS II?
As we reported before, the current version was heavily backordered. A local store has had 3 on order for nearly 2 months. One has been shipped, the other 2 have not yet.

This sort of backorder behavior has lead to replacements in the past.

Other significant backorders?
In Canada, 5D Mark II kits with 24-105 f/4L IS lenses have been backordered for over a month with some retailers.

A lot of retailer info has been coming in globally about 5D Mark II shortages. There could be manufacturing reasons for this, as we expect at least 2 new camera bodies for Photokina and perhaps a 3rd in Q4 2010.

I’ve also had 52mm drop-in filters for supertelephotos on backorder for nearly 2 months. Replacement! :)



New Lenses [CR1]

New EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS?
I’ve received an email saying Canon will be replacing the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS with a new version.

The current version was launched in 2005 and has been a good seller for Canon.

I have heard stories from various retailers about the lens being backordered for a while now.

I’m going to say the likelihood of this being replaced is low, unless I hear from better sources.

These are still easy to get from Canon, I do not see a replacement.



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