Xrite now has a "ColorChecker" passport device with included software which in effect acts like a very advanced grey card for field use.  We can carry this device into the field, open it, take a frame with the ColorChecker, and then use that frame to determine the exact white balance needed for the color temperature of that scene.  A grey card does essentially the same thing, but the ColorChecker goes a big step further by allowing you to create a profile based on this frame which you can then import into ACR or Lightroom and other raw processors.  The folks over at Luminance Landscape completed a quality review and it's a must read if you're serious about getting proper color from your DSLR.  You can read it here.

The Canon 7D is an exciting new DSLR from Canon with is much more than an update, this is an all new design with several new systems from Canon seen for the first time on their new 7D.  A new 18mp APS-C sensor, 8 frames per second continuous shooting, 1080p HD video, 3 inch 920,000 pixel LCD, 19 point AF system, and 100 coverage viewfinder to name a few.  Professional quality environmental sealing as well.  This camera competes directly with the Nikon D300s and it does so favorably putting Canon on top of their game.  Read the review here.

Olympus hit a homerun with their new Micro 4/3's E-P1, and can't even keep them on the shelves.  They've taken their success seriously and continued development recently announcing the new Olympus E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera.  They claim minor upgrades, but these upgrades effect some serious improvements including enhances auto focus and a EVF electronic viewfinder attachment.  Read more about the new E-P2 here. 

Olympus also announces two exciting new lenses for the E-P1/P2 micro 4/3's cameras.  The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm (18-36mm in 35mm equiv) F4.0-5.6 wide angle lens, and the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm (28-300mm in 35mm equiv) F4.0-5.6 Superzoom.  These will be available in the first half of 2010.  You can read more about them here. 

I HATE TO SEE THIS. Bangladeshi police in Dhaka closed a photography exhibition on Tibet after complaints from Chinese diplomats.  You have to wonder what they're afraid of?  This exhibition titled "Into Exile, 1949-2009" promised to have some interesting photographs.  You can read more about it here.