Canon DSLR Rebates Expire Today

If you were thinking about picking up a Canon DSLR package for someone for Christmas, Canon’s package rebates (up to $200) expire today (Saturday, Nov. 21).

Here’s the rundown on the deals:

Remember, this is an instant rebate, so there’s no UPC to clip and mail-in while you wait 6-8 weeks for a check to come back.  Prices should be reflected in your checkout cart.

Canon 50D Kit w/ 28-135mm IS USM lens + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens = Save $200

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Rebel T1i Kit w/ 18-55mm IS lens + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens = Save $200

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Rebel XSi Kit w/ 18-55mm IS lens + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens = Save $200

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Rebel XS Kit w/ 18-55mm IS lens + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens = Save $100

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon 50D, Rebel XSi and Rebel XS Firmware Updates

Canon has released firmware updates for the 50D, Rebel XSi and Rebel XS DSLRs.

Canon 50D Firmware Version 1.0.6

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.
  2. Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera.
  3. Addresses the vertical banding noise phenomenon.

Click here to download Firmware Version 1.0.6 for the Canon 50D. [Read more...]

Canon Rebel XSi Steal at $599.99

Dell has a killer deal on the Canon Rebel XSi at $599.99 after $80 off with coupon code $GLW7$3SFZ930$

It was a great deal a couple weeks back when it was $629.99 for a day. This is awesome though, particularly considering that Amazon is selling it for $654.95.  I paid $900 for this kit 6 months ago – *sigh.

You must use the coupon code above to get your $80 off. The promotion is good through October 30, 2008 or after 500 purchases, whichever comes first.

Canon Rebel XSi Deal

Dell is always offering some kind of deal on consumer electronics, whether it’s an Xbox 360, a LCD TV or something else.  Today, they’re offering a killer deal on the Canon Rebel XSi kit for $629.99.  Sorry I missed it, but you’ve only got 2 hours left to pick one up at this price.  Here’s the link:

Days of Deals: 10.16.08 Canon’s EOS Rebel XSi SLR Digital Camera $629.99 after $170 off

Keep an eye on their “Days of Deals” for offers on digital cameras like this that may pop up between now and the 23rd. Here’s the link:

Dell Home Days of Deals

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion

O’Reilly has just announced the release of their Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion.  It’s $24.99 and, as the title implies, covers the functionality of the Canon Rebel XSi.  O’Reilly is touting the “lessons” the book offers as an advantage to the typical user manual of do this, do that instructions on how a camera works.  It’s available for pre-order at for $16.49.

Press Release

Sebastopol, CA—Have you ever bought a new camera, only to be so overwhelmed by all the buttons, gizmos, and gadgets, that you don’t touch it for months? You wind up using your old point-and-shoot camera simply because you don’t know enough about your new camera to be comfortable with it. If you’ve ever been caught in this situation, don’t worry–with O’Reilly Media’s new Companion series, you’ll be wowing people with your new photos in no time.

The newest book in this new series, The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion ($24.99) is not a typical camera guide. Rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs. Through easy-to-follow lessons, this book gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera. [Read more...]

Canon Releases Firmware

Canon announced a firmware update for the EOS Rebel XSi / 450 digital SLR camera. Update version 1.0.9 fixes several problems that have been reported to Canon with Auto Exposure Bracketing, Live View and Playback. The exact fixes are:

Fixes a phenomenon in which AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shooting does not operate normally under specific conditions.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the Live View exposure simulation warning indication does not properly display during Live View shooting.
Fixes a phenomenon in which images cannot be played back after continuous shooting when a printer is connected to the camera or a video output terminal is used.

The previous firmware version is 1.0.4 — if your camera uses this version, updating is recommended.

Further information about the update is available on Canon’s update page.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi Review at The Digital Picture

The Digital Picture has posted a review of the Canon EOS 450D. The new EOS 450D (aka Digital Rebel XSi) kit comes with an stabilized 18-55mm lens. Canon’s entry-level DSLR now features a 3″ rear LCD panel that’s capable of Live View framing and focusing.

Even compared to the not-very-old Canon Rebel XTi / 400D, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D delivers better image quality from a more attractive body with more features … I’m very pleased (actually somewhat surprised) with the improvements delivered by the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D.

Read Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XSi Review.

For more news, reviews and info on the XSi, check out Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XSi Reviews and Resources.

Canon Rebel XSi Sample Images

I’ve been testing the new Canon Rebel XSi.  The image quality thus far is impressive.  Below are a few in-camera JPEG samples taken throughout the range of ISOs available.  You may click on each photo to view the original image at 100%.  Additionally, you can see more sample images in this Flickr set (Full EXIF is available).  More news and reviews are available on the Canon Rebel XSi Reviews and Resources page. [Read more...]