2011 Camera of the Year

Fuji X100

This is the first year that I have passed out honors for a Camera of the Year, and I sure picked a year full of solid cameras to do this one.  There have been some truly great cameras released this year that meet all sorts of photographers’ needs, including the Canon Rebel T3i, Canon 1D X, Nikon D5100, Sony NEX-5N, NEX-7 and NEX-C3, Sony A77 and A65, Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3, among plenty of others.

However, only one camera gets the honor, and that camera is the Fuji X100.  Read on for the why. [Read more…]

Canon Lens Rebates Expiring Soon

Canon EOS Lens and Flash Fall Winter Instant Rebate

Canon’s current instant rebate program for lenses and Speedlites is expiring next week.  If you’ve been holding off buying that new Canon lens, you’ve only got until next Saturday, January 7, 2012 to get your order in.

The full list of rebates is below (note that many of the prices are lower than the “official” final price listed – check B&H and Amazon for the best deals).

[Update: Also note the Canon DSLR and lens combo rebates that end on Jan. 7 as well.]

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Canon “Super G Series” as an Answer to Mirrorless Competition?

Canon G12

There have been plenty of rumors lately about Canon’s response to the mirrorless camera systems that every other major manufacturer is cranking out like gangbusters.  The most consistent rumor of late seems to be that Canon is working on a sort of “Super G Series” camera(s).

I like it. Here’s why. [Read more…]

Nikon D5100 ‘Star Wars’ Theme Firmware Available

Nikon D5100 Star Wars Firmware

An unofficial Star Wars-themed firmware for the Nikon D5100 is now available. While the firmware gives certain menu settings new names, it serves no functional purpose.

Nikon D5100 DSLR loading custom firmware "ratSraW" - view original size for animated GIF

However, it does serve as a bit of encouragement for future enhancements via unofficial firmware upgrades.

Below is an interpretation of the StarWars beta firmware changes: [Read more…]