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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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Nikon has released firmware version 1.10 for the Nikon D300.

It is available for download via the following links:

D300 Firmware Update 1.10 Windows

D300 Firmware Update 1.10 Macintosh

The following improvements have been made in version 1.10: [click to continue…]

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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.

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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. [click to continue…]

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Hasselblad H3DII-50

by on September 25, 2008

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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. [click to continue…]

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Leica M8.2

by on September 15, 2008

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GERMANY – 15 September 2008 – The new LEICA M8.2 is an exciting upgrade of Leica Camera AG’s German-made M series digital rangefinder camera for professionals. Improving on important LEICA M8 attributes such as discretion, intuitive work and robustness , the new model retains the key characteristics of the Leica reportage camera such as the compact shape, the exceptional image quality in connection with Leica M lenses and the unique picture composition with the Leica rangefinder that show it to be a genuine M camera. The LEICA M8.2 complements the M8, and many elements of the M8.2 can be integrated into the M8 if desired. With this parallel marketing, Leica Camera AG is underlining yet again the full system compatibility and high value retention of its M series. [click to continue…]

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