Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens is an update to the former 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens, one of Canon’s most popular professional lenses.  In the updated lens, the internal elements have been redesigned and a flourite and fifth UD element have been incorporated to the lens.  According to Canon, a new autofocusing algorithm should increase AF acquisition speed.  Additionally, the minimum focus distance has been reduced to under 4 feet.  Finally, the Image Stabilization system has been upgraded to a claimed shake-correction of 4-stops, which is a 1-stop improvement over the previous model.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens comes with a tripod collar, lens hood and pouch.  It should be available in April 2010.  Canon has yet to disclose the initial retail price; however, I would speculate the price to be around $2000 or more given Canon’s recent trend of increasing prices.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Thomas Hawk’s Interview With Wolf Camera

Here’s a good Sunday morning read.

Thomas Hawk did an online customer service chat with “Carol” at Wolf Camera regarding the shipping status of his pre-ordered Canon 5D Mark II. He didn’t let’em off easy with his questions and elicited some funny responses from Carol re: Apple vs. Microsoft; Canon vs. Nikon; and Sausage vs. Bacon.

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Canon UK Rebates on EOS 40D, EOS 450D and EOS 1000D

Canon UK has launched new cash back rebates on the 40D, 450D and 1000D for new purchases between now and January 12, 2009.  This offer is available to European Union.

EOS 1000D (18-55 IS Kit only) = £30 Cashback (EUR 40)
New Offer – started 15th September, ends 12th January 2009.

EOS 450D (any configuration) = £50 Cashback (EUR 65)
Extended Offer – started 26th June, ends 12th January 2009.

EOS 40D (any configuration) = £60 Cashback (EUR 75)
Extended Offer – started 21st August, ends 12th January 2009.

For additional details and the claim form, see this page.

Sorry US readers, no news on rebates yet.  Maybe we’ll see something on this side of the pond before Christmas.

Panasonic Gets Official With LUMIX DMC-G1 Pricing

Even though the cat was already out of the bag, Panasonic decided to drop a press release to tell us that their recently announced (but still unavailable) Micro Four Thirds camera – the Panasonic LUMIX G1 –  will cost $800.  They’re also pricing the 45-200mm lens at $350 (that’s a 90-400mm equivalent for 35mm sensors).

I’m sorry Panasonic, but that kit price still sounds high. Consider what else you can buy for $800 or less. [Read more...]

Hasselblad H3DII-50

Hasselblad has introduced three new products – the 50 megapixel H3DII-50, a new 35-90mm zoom lens and the HTS 1.5 Tilt/Shift adapter.  The new H3DII-50 features Kodak’s 50 Mpixel 36×48mm sensor, which measures, twice the physical size of the largest 35mm DSLR sensors.

Hasselblad H3DII-50 Key Features

  • Integrated 50 Mpix capture units with 3″ display
  • Ultra-Focus: integral optimization of digital lens performance
  • Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  • Integrated CCD cooling sink for lower noise
  • Direct ISO/WB control
  • Thumbwheel control of digital menus
  • GPS accessory option
  • Full Digital APO Correction for improved image sharpness and detail

The H3DII-50 is priced at £14,750 (excluding lens).  The 60 megapixel H3DII-60 will be available in April 2009 for £18,750 (excluding lens). For more details, see the press release below. [Read more...]