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Calumet roadshows and seminars

Calumet is running a series of one-day in-store trade shows in four key cities in the run-up to Christmas – and the UK’s leading professional photographic retailer will include Northern Ireland on the tour schedule for the first time:
Belfast – 24 November 2010
Birmingham – 11 November 2010
London (Drummond Street, Euston) – 30 November 2010
Manchester – 8 December 2010

The events will run from 9am until 7pm at each venue and there will be some special show offers and promotions. Many of the industry big names will be there, including Canon, and there will be experts on hand to offer help and guidance to customers. Complimentary camera sensor cleaning will be available. Admission is free.

Experience Seminars is running a number of half-day seminars at Calumet stores during November. The seminar fee is £40.

For more information visit:
and click the ‘Events’ link under the main banner at the top of the page.

Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3

Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 are now available as Release Candidates.   The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to customers.  The final releases of Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 may have additional corrections or camera support.

This release also introduces the Adobe Lens Profile Downloader.  This is a free companion application to Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Lightroom 3, and the Camera Raw 6 plug-in. It allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on the online lens correction profiles that are created and shared by the user community.

You can download the software at:

Print the scent of your subject

New Scientist reports that a team at a University in Tokyo has adapted a Canon inkjet printer to eject scent droplets. This means that one day you might be able to print appropriate scents along with the inks that make up your image. Output a picture of a flower and the print might come up smelling of roses.

The next step is to work out a way of ejecting scent at the same time as the image is printed. Then there is the small matter of matching the scent to the image. And finally, to avoid the need for a multitude of cartridges filled with specific aromas, the scent has to be made from a small number of components. Unfortunately, there is no RGB-equivalent for the creation of scents.

So don't hold your breath.

EOS 5D Mark II firmware version 2.0.8

Firmware update 2.0.8 for the EOS 5D Mark II incorporates the following changes and fixes:
1. fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user's settings if a shooting mode aperture-priority or shutter-priority is registered in any of the camera's user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie;
2. fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to ‘on’;
3. fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L;
4. fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off;
5. fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instruction…

Digital Photo Professional upgrade

Version 3.9.2 of Canon Digital Photo Professional software is now available. Changes over the previous version include: * added camera support for EOS 60D, PowerShot G12, PowerShot S95, PowerShot G9; * unsharp mask function added; * improved Image classification functions (check-mark function expanded and new rating function added); * changes made to the screen layout accompanied by an improvement in the image classification function. * EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM supported added in lens aberration correction. * lens aberration correction function adds support for Extender EF1.4 x III and Extender EF2 x III when mounted on a supported lens.
If you use the remote capture function with this version of Digital Photo Professional, it is also necessary to download the latest version of EOS Utility for correct operation.
Operating systems:  Windows 7 32bit, Windows 7 64bit, Windows Vista 32bit, Windows Vista 64bit, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3, Mac OS X 10.4.x, Mac OS X 10.5.x, Mac OS X 10.6.x

Sample video for EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens

Canon has uploaded a short movie to demonstrate the capabilities of their new EF 8-15mm lens. There is also a ‘making of…’ movie that includes views of a miniature remote controlled helicopter used for some of the aerial shots. See both movies at:

EOS 1000D firmware version 1.0.7

The latest firmware update for the EOS 1000D fixes a rare phenomenon in which ‘Cannot create folder’ is displayed on the camera's LCD monitor, after which shooting is no longer possible with the SD card in your camera.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre

Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone, iTouch and iPad

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint  (Canon iEPP) is a free app that enables you to print photos from an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad on a compatible PIXMA printer via a local wireless network (Wi-Fi).

Compatible printers are the PIXMA MP560, MP640, MP990, MX340, MX350 and MX870.

For more information, find the app in the Apple iTunes Store.

Cash discount on Canon large format printers

Sample Print, the all-Canon online sample print service is offering discount vouchers of up to £100 to customers for Canon large format printers. When a customer requests a sample they are offered a voucher request option. The promotion is only available from the Sample Print website at
and is redeemable via Canon accredited reseller partners. The promotion runs from 1 October to 24 December 2010.