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Canon Double Rebates Ending Soon

ENDING SOON!
CANON DOUBLE INSTANT REBATES

Additionally to the normal “Instant Rebate” Canon launched a great promotion some months ago that “doubles” the rebates, but they are both ending very soon: January 8, 2011.

Don’t miss the chance if you are planning to buy a new camera, lens or flash! We all love promotions, and even more if they are “double”.

“Instant rebates” are the best way to buy at a lower price because you don’t need to send anything by mail and then wait for a check or prepaid card to take real advantage of the discount like with “mail-in rebates”. With “instant rebates” you pay less, it’s that simple.

Click here to see the Full List of all qualifying items for Double Rebates.

LIST OF QUALIFYING CAMERAS
FOR DOUBLE REBATE

Important:
– Any Body/Kit configurations are eligible
– The final double discounted price will only be reflected in the cart. Please check it and you will see the double saving!

IMPORTANT NOTE

Even if you don’t buy a second or third item, there is still an instant rebate available on LOT of Canon cameras, lenses and flashes! Both promotions end soon.

Check: FULL LIST of ALL qualifying items for “Instant Rebate” and “Double Instant Rebate”.

For instance the Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II USM (the best 70-200mm 2.8L by far) currently has $200 instant rebate, but if you buy it with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (or any other DSLR that qualifies) at the same time, then you will get a $400 instant rebate on the lens.

Great moment to buy photo gear indeed!

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December 29, 2010 Posted by | PROMOS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

EOS 60D Firmware 1.0.8

FIRMWARE UPDATE 1.0.8 for Canon EOS 60D

– Canon has revealed that the latest firmware update – Version 1.0.8 – for the EOS 60D DSLR is now available for download.

Firmware Version 1.0.8 incorporates the following fix:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera’s built-in flash, or an external Speedlite, in combination with the lenses listed below:
    • EF300mm f/4L IS USM
    • EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    • EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
    • EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Before downloading the firmware please ensure that you read the entire contents of this link.

* To find out more about all of Canon’s EOS DSLR firmware updates just click here.

Official announcement:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/eos60d_firmware_update.do

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

It’s indeed very nice to see that Canon is actively fixing all bugs being detected and reported. All customers appreciate a company that makes efforts to fix and improve their current products.

But… Guess what!? Yes, we keep on requesting Canon for improvements on EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D.

Why? Because they CAN be improved (a lot). Many improvements are even a “kid’s game”, other require more work.

There are LOT of Canon users and customers asking those improvements since long ago (in some cases even since 2 years ago). Do not believe us, just do a research on forums, blogs and websites.

As always we post a reminder link to the List of Fixes & Improvements. Please check it and spread it for the benefit of all Canon users.

Some of those ideas and request listed there (collected from many hundred of professional and serious amateurs around the world) were taken by Canon and implemented on later but MUCH cheaper cameras (Panasonic took many ideas too, more seriously than Canon and did even a better job in their implementation).

If you want to get deeper and know more about the potential of Canon cameras that is not officially exploited by the manufacturer, please check The Hidden Potential of 5D Mark II and Magic Lantern Firmware Wiki. Do an internet research too, you may get surprised.

GREAT PROMOTIONS ENDING SOON

By the way, if you plan to buy a new camera, lens and/or flash, keep in mind there is a GREAT PROMOTION ending soon. You can save hundred of dollars when buying those items. Click here for more details.

There is an additional $100 instant rebate promotion for EOS 60D and EOS 7D ending soon too!.

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Thank you very much in advance for your support.

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December 17, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 60D, Firmware Updates, News & Info, PROMOS | , , , | Leave a comment

Selected Great Deals 12/2010

Christmas is almost here! If you still didn’t buy all your gifts or want to buy some more, you might find this post very useful.

Below there’s a very short list of selected great deals, promotions and items you may want to consider. Some of them are ending in few days, so don’t miss the chance!

The list could be very long, we just picked up some very interesting offers. For a full list of items, check any of these links:

Photography & Accessories / Lighting & Studio / Video / Pro Video / Pro Audio / Home Entertainment / Computers & Software

Canon Double Instant Rebates

This is the BEST current promotion for photographers and filmmakers using DSLR cameras (or people interested to join this great level of cameras).

We already posted a comprehensive article about it:  Click here to see full details.

Do not miss the chance to get many hundred dollars instant rebates on cameras, lenses and flashes. It is Real!

UPDATE: Promotion extended!
LEXAR 32GB Professional UDMA 600x CF Card

UPDATE: This promotion was extended and now ends December 31, 2010!
It was not a typographical error, it really ended 12/13/2010 (the price was the regular one on December 14, but recently the promo was extended to the end of the year (or until it gets out of stock). So you have a new chance to get it at lower price. It’s a great card, don’t miss it.

There is a great INSTANT REBATE on this excellent memory card. It is really fast, reliable and you can save $70 from the regular price. Offer ends December 13, 2010! (in few days).

Check full specs and get yours clicking here.

LEXAR is one of the best manufacturers of memory cards. We highly recommend this card.

Panasonic HDC-TM700 Camcorder: Full HD @ 60p!

You won’t see this kind of items very often on this site. This is a well deserved exception.

The reasons are simple: this Camcorder can record Full HD video at 60p (very unusual!), has a great image quality and costs only $750!

Check full specifications and reviews clicking here.

You can do beautiful Slow Motion with this camcorder. Very brief list of features:

  • 1920 x 1080p Full HD @ 60p (60fps progressive in AVC/H.264 format so you can edit it with almost every current video editing software)
  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 9.15MP 3 MOS Sensor
  • 3″ LCD
  • Leica Dicomar Lens
  • 18x Intelligent Zoom
  • Power O.I.S.
  • 14.2MP Still Image Capture
  • Headphone and Microphone Connections

Click here to watch a very nice Slow Motion video shot with this camcorder by iamkalaniprince. Even Philip Bloom has this camcorder! (check comments posted on the video).

This camcorder can be a really nice mate for your Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D or EOS 60D.

By the way, don’t forget the current $100 INSTANT REBATE available on the EOS 7D and EOS 60D!

Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera

This is one of the best (if not the best) compact cameras available on the market today. It is solid, metal made (you can feel the big difference compared to other compact P&S cameras), with full manual controls (along with lot of automatic modes like most P&S cameras). It has a great image quality and LOT of great features (including HD video recording and HDR photography shooting mode).

You can shoot full manual, partially auto or in full automatic mode.

We love this little gem; you can carry it on your pocket everywhere and still have lot of great features (including articulated display, HD video capturing, 5x Optical Zoom with Stabilizer, etc) found on higher level, much bigger and much more expensive cameras (like DSLRs).

Image quality is great for this class of camera, and it’s fully featured. If you want a GREAT compact camera for less than $470, you should consider this one!

There isn’t any rebate on this specific item, but since it is so nice, we decided to include it in the list. It is highly recommended.

Some features:

  • 10MP CCD Image Sensor (less megapixel count, much better image quality and less noise)
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 1280 x 720p HD Video Capture (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV file format)
  • 2.8″ Vari-Angled LCD (Articulated Display)
  • JPEG and RAW File Image Capture
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMC+/HCMMC+ Card Slot
  • Lens: 28mm-140mm (35mm equivalent) with Hybrid IS (5x Optical Zoom)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stereo Sound for Video
  • Manual Exposure Control
  • Macro shooting
  • HDR shooting mode & more.

Please check the Full specifications and reviews for more details.

Acer Aspire AS5334-2598 15.6″ Notebook

This is not a high-end notebook. But it is a bargain!

You can buy one for only $349.95 and use it for your home or office daily tasks, browse internet, listen to music, burn CD/DVDs, etc., everything on a big 15.6″ HD wide screen.

Check Full specifications here. Offer ends 12/31/2010.

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Thank you very much in advance for your support and happy buying!

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December 9, 2010 Posted by | PROMOS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mode Dial Lock Upgrade

Canon has recently announced a Mode Dial hardware (optional) upgrade for owners of Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D. It is already available for USA residents.

According to Canon Product Advisory: “The modification is intended to prevent the Mode Dial from accidentally moving, once set to a particular exposure mode by the user.”

We must note that we NEVER had such a problem with the Mode Dial in any situation at all. It’s pretty sturdy indeed, and we love it since you can change the shooting mode with one hand in a snap. Maybe the mentioned problem is only present on some production batches. We couldn’t tell so far.

What Canon SHOULD fix without a doubt is the Battery Grip knob and design (more on this later).

From Canon USA website:

“Effective December 6, 2010, Canon will start to provide as a chargeable service, a locking mode dial modification for the “EOS 5D MarkII” and “EOS 7D” digital single-lens reflex cameras.

This modification is available, for a fee, to owners of these cameras who would prefer a Mode Dial which locks in place and can’t be accidentally moved during normal camera operation.

For USA residents, the pricing of the locking mode dial modification service for EOS 5D Mark II and 7D cameras has been set at $100 per camera as of December, 2010. (Pricing and availability subject to change without notice.) For further details, see contact information for inquiries below.”

Check the full official Product Advisory here.

BATTERY GRIP ISSUE

Canon SHOULD fix all Battery Grips TOO, which are nicely built, but using a PLASTIC knob (engaging metallic gears) to attach to the camera body, thus giving a potential cause of failure (we have had this problem, as so many other users).

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE: the battery grip design prevents it from disassembling when it’s attached to the camera body, so… when the knob breaks or get stuck inside the battery grip, it CANNOT be removed easily (at all).

TWO big build & design mistakes:

1-Using plastic knob instead of metallic one on battery grips that cost over $230
2-Not possible to disassemble the battery grip when it’s attached to the camera.

These same mistakes repeat in all current Canon battery grips for DSLR cameras.

At least Canon should spend few more dollars on a metallic knob… and improve the design too, allowing to disassemble the grip even when attached to the camera.

Do not misunderstand us: the battery grip is great, and even necessary for lot of tasks (and even better comfort), but be careful and avoid over-tighten the knob.

There is an online store called USCamera which provides the replacement part for the battery grip (original from Canon, obviously with a plastic knob too), in case you don’t have any official Tech Service to take your camera to (or if they don’t know how to remove the battery grip; unbelievable but possible…) and you can remove it by yourself (not easy at all, but possible). Obviously the easiest (but not always possible) solution is to send the camera+battery grip to an official Canon service center.

This is an amazing easy to fix build issue (at least using a metallic knob), but the grip is STILL being made the same way since so many years ago by Canon…

Here is the link to the replacement part for the 5D Mark II’s Battery grip (BG-E6): http://www.uscamera.com/bg-e6.htm

If you need a different part, just send them an e-mail. Very friendly people.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

When is Canon going to open an “easy, clear and direct” channel to get users feedbacks and suggestions (that really works)? We don’t know, but indeed we already suggested it too.

As we always say: WHY Canon doesn’t offer non-free upgrades to Firmware (Software) improving some of the features/functions too? Just like most software companies do. If the cameras can be improved (they actually CAN) and IF Canon can’t offer it for free, then offer it as an option!

LOT of people are willing to pay for such kind of firmware upgrades. Just take a look at what Magic Lantern has already done and the enthusiasm around that project to bring the hidden potential of the great EOS 5D Mark II to their users.

It’s even smart from a business point of view: List of Fixes and Improvements.

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Follow us on Twitter for special news, articles, important promotions and rebates. We try to keep everyone informed about promos, since they’re great to save when buying.

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

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December 7, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 7D, News & Info, Reports | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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