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EOS 60D Firmware Update 1.0.9

Canon has recently released a firmware update for the EOS 60D DSLR camera.

Before proceeding to update your camera, carefully follow all instructions given by Canon. Update it with a fully charged battery (Canon brand) and do NOT touch anything during the process.

Below we post the information provided by Canon and the download link.

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March 29, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, EOS 60D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , | 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!.

Support us

Please help us to keep this blog running. Make your purchases through these links:
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/ Lighting & Studio / Video / Pro Video / Pro Audio / Home Entertainment / Computers & Software. There’s no additional cost to you.

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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.

Support us

Please help us to keep this blog running. Make your purchases through these links:
Photography &  Accessories
/ Lighting & Studio / Video / Pro Video / Pro Audio / Home Entertainment / Computers & Software. There’s no additional cost to you.

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 and happy buying!

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

Canon EOS 60D Special Rebate


** UPDATE: PROMOTION EXTENDED TO 01/08/2011 **

OFFER EXTENDED for both EOS 7D and EOS 60D, now ending on 01/08/2011. Still time to buy and save!

Besides the “Double Instant Rebates” promotion Canon has launched a special $100 instant rebate on the new Canon EOS 60D (also available for EOS 7D). It applies when buying the EOS 60D body only or the EOS 60D camera Kit with Canon EF-S 18-135mm lens.

Of course, if you buy a lens or flash with the camera, then you double the rebate on that item! (this can save you many hundred dollars).

Please check Canon Double Rebates for more details.

IMPORTANT: this special promotion is also for Canon EOS 7D and ends 11/24/2010.

The EOS 60D has great feature for both stills and video shooters. One of the most noticeable new features is the new fully articulated LCD screen.

A very brief summary of the most relevant features include:

  • Includes Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens (optional)
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video Capture at 24/25/30p modes
  • 1280 x 720 HD Video Capture at 50/60p modes
  • Manual Audio Gain (yes, you read it well)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Vari-Angle Clear View 3.0″ Flip-Out LCD
  • Top panel LCD & Rear control dial
  • 5.3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • HDR Photography function
  • RAW and Post Processing functions (correct distortion, chromatic aberration and more)
  • Works with all Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 6400 – Expandable to 12800
  • HDMI Output to HDTV
  • and lot more…  Check full specifications below.

COMMENTS & TESTS

As previously posted some days ago in our article EOS 60D 5 Test in 1, Mr. Amila C. Kumarasinghe from Sri Lanka has recently posted a very nice and interesting video test made with the new Canon EOS 60D.

One of the comments he sent us was about the improved performance of the 60D related to overheating during long sessions.

He told us: “last days I had a recording with 1hr and 45mins continuously. Camera (EOS 60D) didnt get overheat. Thats a good point. In my experience we can’t use 7D for 30mins continously, they get overheat. 60D does great job. (Basically my country is little Warm that means normal temperature range is 30-35º C in my area. . . .)”

That indeed is a very interesting point to keep in mind, that lot of filmmakers and videographers will really appreciate.

Additionally, this new camera has VERY interesting buil-in RAW and Post Processing functions for still photography (see Specifications below).

EOS 7D vs. 60D

If you are planning to buy a new camera and you are choosing between these two models (both APS-C sensor cameras), the first thing you should keep in mind is: Are you mostly interested in still shooting OR in movie/video recording?

To make it very brief:

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November 8, 2010 Posted by | EOS 60D, PROMOS | , , , , | Leave a comment

EOS 60D – 5 Tests in 1

CANON EOS 60D – 5 TESTS IN 1

Amila C. Kumarasinghe from Sri Lanka has recently posted a very nice and interesting video test made with the new Canon EOS 60D.

In fact, it’s not only 1 test, but 5! It includes: White Balance, Picture Styles, Noise test at different ISO levels, on board Audio and Low Light performance at all ISOs.

This can be of great help for those who may want to compare the performance of this new HDSLR with other models.

Full details of the camera settings and lens used are embedded in the video. You can download the HD version as well.

Thanks a lot to Amila C. Kumarasinghe for making this great test. Please check his video clicking on the above image or here and also visit his website: www.lsmworks.com.

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, EOS 60D, REVIEWS | , , , | Leave a comment

60D Features Request

Contents:

  • Update #1 – Canon 60D Manual
  • Canon EOS 60D Features Request
  • Additional Comments

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UPDATE #1 – CANON 60D MANUAL

The english user manual for the new Canon EOS 60D is now available for download. You will notice that there is no AF microadjust in the manual.

Download it from here:  Canon EOS 60D Manual (.PDF)

This camera looks very promising indeed, and great to use as a second body or complementary to the 5D Mark II (keeping in mind the 60D is a crop sensor HDSLR).

Despite the AF micro adjustment is not necessary at all for movie recording, we hope a firmware update will add this feature for still shooters.

CANON EOS 60D FEATURES REQUEST

The new Canon EOS 60D seems to be a very promising camera for the entry-level segment, and even as a second body for many serious amateurs or professionals.

Canon Rumors has posted today an article about something we do also support and want to share with the Canon community:

The 60D Needs AF Microadjustment

No Microadjustment in the 60D

I just learned today that there is no AF microadjustment in the 60D. There is a great thread on the forum about it.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,127.msg1785/topicseen.html#new

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Read more here.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

As with every Canon DSLR we encourage all users to request to Canon to give the full potential of their cameras to their customers.

You will find the Canon contact information on the sticky post at the main page of this blog.

We support all possible improvements that CAN be achieved via Firmware Updates, like lot more that are still possible to the Canon 5D Mark II and the rest of the HDSLR line (check Canon Firmware Updates). Some features are essential, and many are even very easy to implement.

Soon we’ll publish an article based on a very interesting comment posted by a reader. Stay tuned.

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August 30, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 60D, News & Info | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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