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More Black Friday Deals!

More Black Friday Deals! will begin their annual Black Friday used gear sale.

What’s the deal?
Receive an automatic 10% off at checkout.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 running from 6:00AM unti 11:59CST.

Visit Lens

Be early. If it was like last year, stuff will fly off the shelves.


The Next Deal is for Canadians

Lens Rentals Canada
Lens Rentals Canada will also have a Black Friday rental deal.

What’s the deal?
35% off any and all rentals 7 days and longer. Unlimited number of items, shipping is included. (Overnight shipping will not be discounted).

Thursday, November 24, 2011 running from 6:00AM until 11:59PM EST.

Visit Lens Rentals Canada 


  1. The discount will be processed once your rental has been approved.  No coupon code needed.
  2. You must mention “black friday” in the comments to get the discount.
  3. There will be no exceptions for the deal outside of the times listed above.
  4. The overnight shipping charge of $45 will not be discounted, only the item rented.
  5. 4 day rentals are not included in this promotion.


Black Friday at Adorama
Adorama has posted their Black Friday tag on their site. Expect updates tomorrow.

Visit Adorama “Black Friday Deals”

cr Black Friday Sale! Black Friday Sale!


“Just like last year, we’ll be running a special sale on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving Day) on our entire inventory of used equipment. Any purchase of a used item from 6:00 AM on Nov. 24 – 11:59 PM on November 25th (Central Time), and get an automatic 10% off at checkout. Remember, this sale is only good for used equipment, so our new, in-box, Leica and Zeiss items do not qualify. Keep in mind, our available sale inventory changes very rapidly, so what is available today might not be available still on the day of the sale.”

I receive no money from for posting this. They’re great folks and people love to gobble up their used gear on Black Friday.

Feel free to send me a 400 f/4 DO though.

Visit The Used Section



New Article – Lens Genealogy

New Article – Lens Genealogy

Lens Genealogy
Ever wondered how a lens is designed, where it comes from or why things are done the way they are? This new article from’s Roger Cicala may answer some of those questions.

It’s a great article and well worth the read, just have some time for it.

I knew that today’s lenses are all designed using computer programs, but I was surprised to find new lenses aren’t designed from scratch. Designers start with an existing lens design and modify it. Of course, a lens designer doesn’t say “this lens really sucks, let’s use it as our starting point”. They start with a good design and try to improve it.

Read the article | Visit

c HAS the 300 f/2.8L IS II in Stock HAS the 300 f/2.8L IS II in Stock
Our pals at has the new Canon 300 f/2.8L IS II in stock!

Check it out

As for us at Lens Rentals Canada, it’s on order.


Lets Play Chess

Lets Play Chess

I hear Canon won.
A couple of gents at got bored during their move to new digs and decided to play some chess!

Canon won the game with a Fischer like performance.

I know what you’re thinking. Can you rent this chess set? The answer is yes!

For $7654.75 you can rent this chess for a 4 days, this will include the damage insurance for when you knock your king over after a terrible loss.

What about buying it? Sure can! $151,202.17 you can buy the pieces necessary to do this at home. As mentions, buy now before the new Canon supertelephotos hit the market. The price will skyrocket. To entice you even more, they’ll throw in a free t-shirt!

Read More: Blog Post | Rental Post


News & Notes

News & Notes

Holga for Canon EF
The folks at HolgaDirect sent me a sample of the Holga for EF lens.

If you’re looking for a fun an inexpensive fun tool for your Canon camera, this could fit the bill. It’s optically terrible, but that’s the point. It’ll give your images and video a very unique look.

The focal length is 60mm, 120 medium format. It vignettes on full frame, however you’re supposed to crop a square photo anyway.

Shop Holga Direct


5D Mark III Rumor Roundup
There have been a lot of rumours about the 5D Mark III over the last few months. None of them I’d call a slam dunk, but there will be some truths build in there.

Mitch at Planet5D posted a roundup of all the rumor goodness.

Read the roundup Sales
Looking for a warrantied, but used Canon 7D or 1D Mark III? has a few available.

You can absolutely trust the grading given for the products.


Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

2 different people have written in saying there will be 3 separate announcements in 2011. One will be for PowerShot, the other for a DSLR(s) with 2011 availability and an announcement for a product that won’t be available until 2012.

A 5D Mark III will definitely get it’s own marketing push.

200-400 Availability
I get lots of questions as to when this lens will be announced.

It was only announced as an “in development” product, it hasn’t been officially announced as a consumer product. I predict we won’t see these in the wild until at least Q2 2012.

Error Correction
I worded my post about PowerShots incorrectly recently. There is in fact CMOS PowerShots, I was alluding to a CMOS sensor in the flagship PowerShots. Sorry about that.

New Article
I’ve posted another article written by Roger over at “How to test a lens”, it’s a fun read if you’re a geek like most of us.

A new profile will appear shortly as well. He’s a very interesting guy.

Calm before the storm
Things are slow to come in at the moment. Based on past experience, this is the calm before my inbox gets hammered with rumors.


New Article Section

“This Lens is Soft” and other myths
I have a couple of guest writers that are writing new articles or allowing me to republish things they have written in the past.

First up is our friend Roger Cicala over at

I loved his article on frontfocus and backfocus and the whole “this lens is soft” topic. He’s a man with more experience that most with multiple copies of lenses. Sometimes he’ll own 100 copies of a lens.

You’ll find his writing easy to understand, sometimes humorous and always educational.

Read the Article


*WINNERS* Giveaway!

*WINNERS* Giveaway!

Contest over
Thanks for all the entries!

We have winners!
1st Prize: Patrick
Runner-up: Kyle
Runner-up: Donald

The above 3 were the first to select the winning combination.

The final CR Guy rank of Canon lenses.

  1. 200 f/2L IS
  2. 24 f/1.4L II
  3. 800 f/5.6L IS
  4. 10-22 f/3.5-4.5
  5. 85 f/1.2L II


One lens seems to be fumbling everyone up. There’s been a few hundred entries and only one that was close!

So here’s the hint. I’ll fill in the blank on the #5 ranked lens.





5) 85 f/1.2L II

Fill in the other 4! You can enter more than once.

Hmmm, harder than I thought. No one is even getting close. At 11AM EST, I will post a hint.

The fine folks at want to give you money towards a rental.

  • 1st Prize: $150 Gift Certificate
  • Runner-up #1: $50 Gift Certificate
  • Runner-up #2: $50 Gift Certificate

How to win
Simple, I have strong opinions about Canon lenses. Some I love, some I don’t. Below are my 5 favorite lenses in a random order. Rank them 1 through 5 to match my preference.

  • 85 f/1.2L II
  • 200 f/2L IS
  • 800 f/5.6L IS
  • 10-22 f/3.5-4.5
  • 24 f/1.4L II

The first 3 correct answers will win!

This giveaway is only open to Americans.

They rent everything imaginable from Canon. I also rent some Leica stuff from them from time to time. Everything about is great. Check them out.


Canon Rumors Changes

Canon Rumors Changes

Some of you may, or may not have noticed a slight facelift to Canon Rumors. I mostly just wanted to clean things up.

Canon Rumors Sponsors
Canon Rumors is my day job now, so it has to make some revenue. That being said, I am very much into the soft sell. I don’t want to be posting “deals” to the main blog every single day. I don’t think most of you come here for that.

I think a lot of you will also notice there are less ads on Canon Rumors now. That isn’t because there isn’t demand, it’s because I don’t want my sidebar populated with 10 ads! That’s of no benefit to the advertiser or the reader.

So how can you help?

The Price Watch pages are there as a service and if you click links in there, I receive a small commission. Again, it’s not in your face advertising, but it’s there if you want to utilize it.

I wanted to expand things a bit further for advertisers and for readers that are interested in deals. What I have started is a forum for registered forum users where I will post sponsor deals. Most will be coupon codes of some kind, others will just be links to some exclusive offers.

Today we’re launching with a coupon code, and some Sigma for Canon deal’s from Abe’s of Maine. I have a few more planned this week.

I thank you for your support, and I won’t post about this again.

Deals Forum (Only Viewable if you’re registered on the forum)

NAB 2011
I’ll be in Las Vegas from the 10th of April until the 13th to attend the NAB show. I hope to meet some of you there. I’m going to see if Lisa Bettany will sponsor a limo arrival for me. :)