Photography News of Interest

The 24-70mm F2.8 zoom is a very popular mid-range zoom and every DSLR manufacturer makes one.  The problem for hobbyist especially is these lenses can be very expensive, often from $1200-$1500 USD.  The generic brand lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc) have always been cheaper, but have usually been missing either the high speed focusing motor, the F2.8 aperture, or are just a poor overall quality.  Now, Sigma is shipping their new 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM lens that looks to solve all these issues and at a price point of roughly half of the OEM’s!!!  This is great news, especially if the lens performs.  I’ll be watching for a review on this lens and will post it here.  This lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and all popular mounts.  You can read about it here.

A very interesting article over at the Luminous Landscape compares the Sony A-900, Nikon D3x, and Canon 5d Mark II for noise.  These are the major three high-resolution offerings from the big three.  You can read the test and see the test images and evaluations here.

Another group test of cameras has been posted over on Digital Photography Review and this time it’s comparing the “SLR-like” ‘super zooms’.  These cameras are a lot of fun and pack a lot of capability into a small camera at a relatively inexpensive price point.  They excel at providing a small body with a huge zoom range, and not a whole lot more.  Read the Group Test and perhaps you’ll see a model that will fit your travel style.  Read the test here.

Travel cameras should be as small and light as possible while providing the most image quality possible.  Unfortunately we haven’t had many choices, or a quality choice at all.  A new camera I mentioned a few months ago that fits this use perfectly is the new Panasonic Lumix G1.  It’s the worlds smallest DSLR using the new “micro-4/3’s” system.  The Digital Outback does very complete quality reviews which can be very helpful to a prospective buyer.  They’ve started a  review diary on the G1 and will be adding to is as they use the camera.  You can keep track of it here.

Can you envision a small Secure Digital (SD) card that not only stores your data, but on command can send your images and/or video to Youtube or your own FTP server via Wi-Fi automatically?  A wireless SD card!  Very cool if you need the capability.  You can read about it here.