The Canon EF-S f/2.8 60mm Macro USM is a portrait-length lens designed for Canon APS-C sized DSLRs like the Canon Rebel XTi and Canon 40D. This lens has an angle of view is equivalent to a 96mm lens on a 35mm camera, with a floating optical system that can focus down to full life-size (1:1) magnification. Inner focusing, driven by a silent and powerful ring-type USM, means the lens’ overall length never changes during focus. It has frequently been heralded as L-quality glass by reviewers and in photography forums around the web. [Read more…]
A major factor in the D300’s stellar image quality is the new Sony-made 12.3MP (effective) CMOS sensor that captures RAW data with up to 14 bits of color per red, green, and blue channels. Most other DSLRs in this class only provide 12 bits per channel. This gives the D300 an advantage in reproducing fine color gradations, shadow details, and wider dynamic range. But it also increases the file size of images recorded in the 14-bit mode (selectable over normal 12-bit RAW). (Read more)
Popular Photography also named the Nikon D300 its “Camera of the Year,” beating out competitors like the Olympus E-3, Canon’s 40D and Sony’s A700.
You can follow all of the Nikon D300 news and reviews on this page. (Thanks for the tip Jeff.)
After shooting with the camera with a few days under numerous conditions I can confidently say the Canon 1Ds Mark III is easily the most versatile full frame digital SLR currently available. Currently the only thing similar on the market is the camera it’s replacing. The 1Ds Mark II. In terms of pure image resolution the only cameras that come close are digital medium format bodies and backs. I’ve used a range of PhaseOne backs now and I know they can squeeze out more detail. That said you lose a lot of flexibility for that gain in resolution and in price point.
You can follow the latest reviews of the Canon 1Ds Mark III on this page.
[tags]canon, eos, 1ds mark iii, review[/tags]
2StepSteve has posted a couple of comparisons of his new Canon 18-55mm IS lens and is older 18-55mm kit lens in a gallery on his SmugMug page. Click on the above image for a closer view of the compelling differences between the two lenses. That’s quite a difference for a lens under $200.
Thanks for posting this Steve and for enabling sharing on SmugMug.
[tags]canon, ef-s, 18-55mm is, lens, review, comparison[/tags]
Best Price Cameras is attempting to capitalize on the Canon 5D Mark II rumors even though there has been no official word that this camera will ever exist. According to the product page, the Canon 5D Mark II is a 16MP camera.
Hold your horses though before you try to buy something from these yahoos. [Read more…]
The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens is a wide-to-tele zoom lens designed for Canon APS-C sized DSLRs like the Canon Rebel XTi and Canon 40D. It has the 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-135mm. It has Canon’s Image Stabilization system, allowing safe hand-holding at speeds up to three stops slower than otherwise possible. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode. It also has a non-rotating front element and the lens length does not change during zooming. [Read more…]
Olympus has released firmware version 3.1 for the SP-560UZ superzoom that allows you to wirelessly control off-camera flashes.
[tags]olympus, 560uz, firmware, update, version 3.1, flash, wireless, off-camera[/tags]