Canon 60D Review

The Canon 60D is prosumer DSLR with video capture prowess.  It sports an 18MP APS-C format sensor and a swivel LCD.  As the successor to the Canon 50D, it’s somewhat of a change in the natural progression of the xxD line of cameras.  A smaller form-factor gives it a more Canon Rebel look and feel; however, the video features and articulating LCD display take it up to and beyond some of the capabilities of the Canon 7D and 5D Mark II.

To see whether the Canon 60D is right for you, read on. [Read more...]

Speedliter’s Handbook Review

Have you ever looked at those buttons on the back of your flash and wondered what exactly that they do?  What about understanding flash exposure compensation?  Or, high speed sync?  Want to dim the sun?

The Speedliter’s Handbook is a killer resource from Syl Arena that is primarily for Canon DSLR shooters who want to integrate Canon Speedlites into their repertoire.  That said, photographers using any other brand of gear will get their money’s worth out of this book. [Read more...]

Canon Rebel T3i and Rebel T3 Announced

Canon has announced a pair of new entry-level DSLRs – the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3.

The Canon Rebel T3i features an 18MP CMOS sensor, a 3-inch vari-angle LCD (very similar to the 60D) and captures HD video in full 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24p, 25p, or 30p.  A new feature for EOS cameras, the T3i allows users to magnify HD video between 3x to 10x while retaining Full HD quality.  Additionally, you can opt to record video clips (dubbed “Video Snapshots”) at 2s, 4s, or 8s while capturing still images.

A big boost for the Rebel line is the T3i’s ability to control Canon Speedlites courtesy of a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.  The Canon Rebel T3i should be available in March and retails for $799.99 for body only and for $899.99 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Canon Rebel T3 becomes the entry-level Canon Rebel, and sports a 12.2MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 9-point AF system.  The Rebel T3 can also capture video, albeit at a lower 720p resolution.  The Canon Rebel T3 should be avialable in March at an initial retail price of $599.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

In addition to the new Rebel models, Canon has also introduced two new entry-level Speedlites – the 320EX and 270EX II, priced at $249.99 and $169.99, respectively.  The new Speedlites should be available in April.

More product photos and details below. [Read more...]

Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM Announced

Refreshed versions of Canon’s popular 500mm and 600mm super-telephoto lenses will be available, respectively, in May and June 2011.

The Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM offer reduced weight and greater durability over their predecessors.  The addition of two fluorite lens elements should also provide better image quality over the older lenses as well.

In addition to other features, the new lenses offer a feature aimed at HDSLR shooters, which Canon calls “Power Focus.”  According to Canon, “This mode allows manual rack focusing to be operated smoothly by turning a playback ring that is normally used for the focus preset function.  Both low-speed and high-speed focus shifting are available.”

All these improvements come at a price though.

The EF 500mm F/4L IS USM will retail for $9,499.00 (check availability at B&H Photo and Amazon), while the 600mm F/4L IS USM will retail for $11,999.00 (check availability at B&H Photo and Amazon).

Complete details and more images for the new lenses are below. [Read more...]