Canon Announces Changes To Canon Professional Services

Canon has announced some changes to the Canon Professional Services (CPS), read all about it on their website. The new CPS structure works as such, there are three levels:

Silver

  • Welcome Kit
  • CPS phone hot line
  • 20% discount on repairs

Gold

  • Access to loan equipment for two weeks
  • 30% discount on repairs
  • 2 free check & clean services
  • 3 day expedited turn around on repairs
  • $100 annual fee

Platinum

  • Priority access to loan equipment for two weeks
  • 60% discount on repairs
  • 2 day expedited turn around on repairs with equipment loan if repairs are longer than 2 days
  • $500 annual fee

Dammit, I just recently sent in my CPS packet with a pre-approval signature from one of Canon’s Field Managers. I wonder how this will affect my membership packet as CPS is not accepting any new members. My Canon EOS 5D is in desperate need of repairs and I don’t want to just send it to Canon Irvine Repair Center and have to wait 4-5 weeks for it to be repaired.

In other good news, CPS and Canon Professional Network (the worldwide CPS) are now merging. This means if you are a traveling professional photographer and have CPS membership and your camera/lens breaks, you won’t have as much issues getting service from CPN as it has been in the past.

Well if I have join again, then I’ll most likely go with the Gold membership to start out with. One of the benefits is that we’ll be able to join via the website (they actually have a website now…LOL!) now, which should be quicker turn around time. It’s a pain to have to get all the documents together and send it out to Lake Success, New York.

More SanDisk Compact Flash Rebates

I guess with SanDisk’s release of new Compact Flash cards at Photokina today, SanDisk is offering some nice rebates on select Compact Flash cards:

The 16GB is looking like a great deal, if you are comfortable putting that many eggs in one basket, as the saying goes. I use two 8GB Extreme III CompactFlash cards and I also have a 2GB Extreme IV.

Nikon Releases New Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G Lens

Image courtesy of DPReview.com
Image courtesy of DPReview.com

Nikon has just announced a new lens, the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G that replaces the previous generation Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4D. Essentially this new lens, with the designation of G, means it does not have an aperture ring making it useless for manual focus cameras but will now be able to autofocus with the D40 and D60 SLRs. With Silent Wave Motor, this lens should focus quite fast. It has more elements, eight elements in seven groups versus seven elements in six groups. It’s also got full-time manual focus. The MSRP will be $439, which is a bit steep considering that Canon’s 50mm f/1.4 is $325 and the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4D is $290. Perhaps they are trying to compete with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM’s $500 price tag?

Useful Links For Today

Scriptygoddess.com

Scriptygoddess.com has a lot of useful resources involving WordPress, PHP, and JavaScript. I’ve found numerous of useful tidbits that have been very helpful on many projects of mine such as How to make a progress/goal (thermometer-like) bar graph with PHP, Show full post if there is no excerpt, Moving a WordPress install, Pulling in a post content from a seperate blog install, and so much more useful information. Definitely worth bookmarking the whole website.

WordPress Codex – Using the gallery shortcode

The WordPress Codex is full of useful information. One particular useful reference is how to use the new built-in WordPress Gallery. Here’s what you need to know:

  • [ gallery columns=”4″] – will display the gallery with four columns or however many you put
  • [ gallery size=”medium”] – this will specify the thumbnail sizes to use for thumbnail display. Valid values are: thumbnail, medium, and full.
  • [ gallery id=”123″] – pulls all images associated with the post ID regardless of what post you’re in. By default [ gallery] will show all the images associated with the post your on.
  • Other available values are: orderby, itemtag, icontag, and captiontag.

Woork.blogspot.com – 10 Handwritten fonts you can’t miss

This post, 10 Handwritten fonts you can’t miss by Antonio Lupetti contains 10 cool handwritten fonts that you can use in your website designs for a personal feel. A lot of cool fonts that are free. Also Antonio has designed a nice theme based on CNN.com’s website.

DaFont.com – Great Site For Fonts

I was looking for a very specific type of font for a web project I was working on and DaFont.com provided me with numerous free fonts that worked great. They have lots of fonts for download. The font that I was loking for and used is Jefferson.

DarrenHoyt.com – Creating A Two Tiered Conditional Navigation in WordPress

Darren Hoyt has a great post on how to create a two tiered conditional navigation in WordPress. I’ve recently used it on a web project that I was working on and it’s great. WordPress pages appear as the main navigation and if there are any child pages, those will appear underneath. Also check out another of Darren’s post on how to style comments.

Apple Development Connection – Safari Web Content Guide for iPhone

A lot of great resources on how to style your website for viewing on the iPhone. Important things such as how to specify the Viewpoint Meta Tag, Adjusting the text size, Using Conditional CSS, and so much more.

Canon Field Workshop

I originally had learned about this Canon sponsored workshop from the past COBA meeting when Jim Rose had came to our class to speak about Canon Professional Services (CPS). The class, led primarily by nature/landscape photographer Jennifer Wu, is about tips and tricks for taking great nature and landscape photos.

The class was quite informative with quite a bit of hands-on tuition from Jennifer. We met at Keeble & Shuchat Photography at 11:00 AM and had a one hour introduction by Jennifer including some information from Jim Rose. Afterward, the group of fifteen broke up and had lunch at Mollie Stone nearby. The plan was meet at Pescadero (Half Moon Bay) at 3:00 PM.

Most of us commuted with each other as a precaution because parking can be some what difficult on a weekend. Jim Rose (Senior Professional Market Specialist for Field Market Support), David Carlson (newly promoted National Manager for the Canon Field Market Support), and Adam I-can’t-spell-his-last name (Canon’s Liaison Rep to stores like Keeble & Shuchat) from Canon brought out thirty something Canon L lenses for us to use and try. I had an excellent opportunity to try many lenses including Canon’s new $12,000 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens, 500mm f/4L IS USM, 400mm f/4 DO IS USM, 300mm f/2.8L IS USM, and a bunch of other telephoto lenses. Jim also brought a pre-production Canon EOS 50D with the new Canon EF 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. They both garnered good comments. I think the 50D will do well. I had also an opportunity to use Adam’s personal work camera, the 1D Mark 3, which was great. The entire event lasted for some five hours. The weather wasn’t great, but I’m sure a lot of people still got some great shots. Me, being the “people” photographer, spent most of my time shooting people. The cost for this very informative class was $49.

Looking For Tickets To Sold Out Concerts?

Are you interested in catching a once in a lifetime concert but when you go to buy Concert Tickets, it’s sold out?! Why risk trying to buy from ticket scalpers when you can get great seat tickets from ticket brokers? TicketFeeder.com is another one of the few tickets brokers who are able to get sold out concert tickets for you and your friends and/or family. Continue reading Looking For Tickets To Sold Out Concerts?

500GB Of Storage Bliss On My MacBook Pro

After almost two frustrating years of dealing with “your Mac is almost out of space” or your computer is running critically low, etc. etc., I finally took the dive and upgraded.

My 15.4 inch MacBook Pro now sports a shiny new Samsung 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive versus my old 100GB 7200 rpm hard drive. Why did I go with the Samsung model? It’s the only model (I know of) in the 500GB flavor that is 9.5 mm thick. The 15.4 inch MacBook Pro can’t take drives that are thicker, unlike it’s larger brother, the 17 inch. Continue reading 500GB Of Storage Bliss On My MacBook Pro