The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens is a wide-to-tele zoom lens designed for Canon APS-C sized DSLRs like the Canon Rebel XTi and Canon 40D. It has the 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-135mm. It has Canon’s Image Stabilization system, allowing safe hand-holding at speeds up to three stops slower than otherwise possible. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode. It also has a non-rotating front element and the lens length does not change during zooming. [Read more…]
Those of you looking for the hot new Nikon D3, D300 or Canon 1Ds Mark III are in for a tough hunt before Christmas. However, I checked Amazon, B&H and Adorama this morning and found the Nikon D3 and D300 available via Amazon (albeit at a premium price). I have yet to see the Canon 1Ds Mark III in stock at any of these retailers. Though I’ve heard of folks getting theirs via B&H Photo. If you’re looking for the Canon 40D, you should have no problem finding one in stock. Same goes for the Sony A700, including the highly anticipated kit with the 16-105mm lens. Ditto for the Olympus E-3. Just don’t miss out on the shipping date to get it by Christmas.
I’ve got direct links for all the different kit configurations for these cameras on this post.
[tags]nikon, canon, sony, olympus, d3, d300, 1ds mark iii, a100, e-3, availability[/tags]
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If you’ve been looking for the latest info on the Canon 5D Mark II, chances are you’ve see (or will see) this photo. Sorry, but it’s a fake. The rumors have been stirring over the past couple of weeks, but there’s nothing really floating around (except for this post, which is from a new poster that has no history of reliability).
If the 5D appears anytime soon, we won’t know anything until Canon’s 2008 PMA press conference. I expect that Canon will introduce either the Canon 450D (Rebel XTi successor) or the Canon 5D Mark II (or even both of them). Both the Rebel XTi and 5D are due for replacement.
If you’re looking to make a purchase, perhaps you should consider the crazy prices that you can get the Canon 5D at now. Once the 5D Mark II comes out, I expect the 5D will be discontinued and it may be tough to find new.
[tags]canon, 5d, mark ii, successor, replacement, 6d, rebel xti, 450d[/tags]
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens is an ultra wide-angle lens compatible with Canon APS-sized sensor DSLRs, like the Rebel XTi and 40D. The lens is equivalent to a 16-35mm zoom on a 35mm format camera. The consensus among reviewers is that it offers excellent performance and optics. Three aspherical lens elements, plus a Super-UD element, assure image quality. It also has a ring-type USM, which means fast and silent AF along with full-time manual focus. [Read more…]
Per Rob Galbraith:
Canon USA is shipping the EOS-1Ds Mark III in the U.S. starting this week. The first units of the 21.03 million image pixel digital SLR are expected to land on dealer loading docks in the next few days, says Chuck Westfall, Director of Media and Customer Relationship at Canon USA.
Watch Amazon’s listing for the availability. I’ll keep you posted.
[tags]canon, 1ds mark iii, availability, shipping[/tags]
Canon has released a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D Mark III. This firmware update (Version 1.1.3) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
- Increases transmission speed when using high-speed SD cards.
- Fixes a phenomenon involving not being able to release the shutter.
- Improves AF tracking in specific conditions.
- Corrects errors in the Spanish and Korean menu screens.
The Version 1.1.3 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.1. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
Version 1.1.3 is available for download now via the Canon Japan website.
[tags]canon, 1d, mark iii, firmware, update, af tracking, speed, sd, card, shutter release[/tags]
Canon has released a new iteration of the same old EF 28-90mm lens that’s been around forever. The Canon EF 28-90 f/4-5.6 III combines the same optical and electronics technology as the EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM but is equipped with distance metering information. This feature provides compatibility with the E-TTL II flash system which takes the lens distance information into account during autoflash. (*yawn*) More info on Canon USA’s product page.
[tags]canon, 28-90mm, lens, eos[/tags]
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 13, 2007 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging technology, has announced a “New Baby Photo Contest” offering contestants the opportunity to share eligible images of new additions to their family, and possibly win a prize that will help to pay for future education costs. [Read more…]
The Canon BG-E2N is a battery grip for the Canon 40D. Both were announced simultaneously in August 2007. The BG-E2N replaces the older BG-E2 grip. As such, it will also work with the Canon 20D and 30D. Basically, the difference between the two is that the new model has better sealing for weather resistance.
There’s really nothing sexy about the features of battery grips like this one. You either like’em or you don’t. Personally, I like’em. I find that the ease of use of my camera is increased and it is simply more functional than without the grip. Obviously, there are times that arise when you may not want something this bulky attached. For those times, I simply remove the grip and go on with my shooting.
The BG-E2N mounts to the bottom of the camera, with the protruding adapter you see on the left in the picture above being inserted into the battery compartment of the camera. The door to the battery compartment actually removes to facilitate the use of the grip.
Once mounted, you get the ability to shoot with your camera vertically and your right hand set more naturally along the right side of the camera. This is thanks to the shutter release button on the grip (seen in the bottom left of the above image). The great thing about the shutter release is that it feels just like the shutter release on the camera, so it’s quite natural. Additionally, the grip has a main dial, AE lock/FE lock and AF point selection controls for easier vertical shooting, as well as a tripod mount thread on the bottom. The AF point selection comes in rather handy for me, as I almost always select a different AF point when I flip to vertical shooting. For me, it’s a must have.
Where to Buy
First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your camera or accessories through these links helps support this site.
[tags]canon, bg-e2n, review, specs, 40d, 30d, 20d[/tags]
This firmware update (Version 1.0.5) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
- When playing back images just after recovering from Auto Power Off, the display now shows the last image played back.
- During remote shooting, images are now displayed on the camera’s LCD monitor right after they are taken.
- Corrects a warning message in Korean that appears when updating the firmware.
- Corrects errors in the Spanish menu screens.
- Corrects a phenomenon that prevented printing with some print systems.
- Corrects a rare phenomenon in which file numbers or image numbers were sometimes skipped.