Sony announces  both the DSLR-A580 and DSLR-A560 DSLR’s featuring the 16.2mp and 14.2mp sensors respectively.  Full 1080p movies, fold down LCD’s, ISO capability to 25,600, in Auto HDR, and more.  Much more  These entry level DSLR’s have a ton of leading edge features.

 

Sony announces  both the DSLR-A580 and DSLR-A560 DSLR’s featuring the 16.2mp and 14.2mp sensors respectively.  Full 1080p movies, fold down LCD’s, ISO capability to 25,600, in Auto HDR, and more.  Much more  These entry level DSLR’s have a ton of leading edge features.

 

 

Sony releases three new prime lenses.  The Carl Zeiss Distagon T 24mm F2 SSM,  the 35mm F1.8 which is a fast ‘normal’ lens for a crop frame (APS-C) sensor, and the 85mm F2.8 SAM, a small portrait lens.  Check them out.

 

Sony releases three new prime lenses.  The Carl Zeiss Distagon T 24mm F2 SSM,  the 35mm F1.8 which is a fast ‘normal’ lens for a crop frame (APS-C) sensor, and the 85mm F2.8 SAM, a small portrait lens.  Check them out.

 

These releases will be important.    Sony unveils the SLT A55 and A33 base level DSLR’s with the TRANCLUCENT MIRROR TECHNOLOGY.  What this means is a small amount of light is allowed past the mirror and used for full time autofocus allowing a very fast 10fps and full time autofocus during video recording.  Sure, we’ve seen  10fps cameras before, but not at the $649 prince point!  Digital Photography review does an in-depth review of the Sony SLT Alpha A55 here.

 

These releases will be important.    Sony unveils the SLT A55 and A33 base level DSLR’s with the TRANCLUCENT MIRROR TECHNOLOGY.  What this means is a small amount of light is allowed past the mirror and used for full time autofocus allowing a very fast 10fps and full time autofocus during video recording  Sure, we’ve seen  10fps cameras before, but not at the $649 prince point!  Digital Photography review does an in-depth review of the Sony SLT Alpha A55 here.

  

Canon develops a 120mp, yes a 120 megapixel APS-H sensor.  120mp’s is incredible and fun to think about, but don’t expect to see on in a camera for quite some time.

 

Canon develops a 120mp, yes a 120 megapixel APS-H sensor.  120mp’s is incredible and fun to think about, but don’t expect to see on in a camera for quite some time.

 

Remember a few weeks back I linked you to the newly discovered Ansel Adam’s glass negatives found at a garage sale?  A group representing Ansel Adams claims it’s a hoax and sues a company from marketing the images using the name or image of Ansel Adams. Read about it here

 

Remember a few weeks back I linked you to the newly discovered Ansel Adam’s glass negatives found at a garage sale?  A group representing Ansel Adams claims it’s a hoax and sues a company from marketing the images using the name or image of Ansel Adams. Read about it here.

Remember a few weeks back I linked you to the newly discovered Ansel Adam’s glass negatives found at a garage sale?  A group representing Ansel Adams claims it’s a hoax and sues a company from marketing the images using the name or image of Ansel Adams. Read about it here.    Remember a few weeks back I linked you to the newly discovered Ansel Adam’s glass negatives found at a garage sale?  A group representing Ansel Adams claims it’s a hoax and sues a company from marketing the images using the name or image of Ansel Adams. Read about it here.

 

A few years back when my son was heading to Iraq I sent him a very tough water proof, shock proof, and shock proof Ricoh.  It survived that tour and the next and he recorded some decent images and short movies with it.  Ricoh announces their latest camera with these features in mind .  If  you need a very tough go anywhere camera give this one a look.

 

A few years back when my son was heading to Iraq I sent him a very tough water proof, shock proof, and shock proof Ricoh.  It survived that tour and the next and he recorded some decent images and short movies with it.  Ricoh announces their latest camera with these features in mind .  If  you need a very tough go anywhere camera give this one a look.

 

A big week for Canon as they announce their new redesigned EOS 60D.   Canon redesigned and repositioned this EOS 60D in their lineup, making it less expensive, smaller, and more capable.  18mp, high-rez 3” LCD which is an industry first fully articulated.  Incredible amount of movement.

 

A big week for Canon as they announce their new redesigned EOS 60D.   Canon redesigned and repositioned this EOS 60D in their lineup, making it less expensive, smaller, and more capable.  18mp, high-rez 3” LCD which is an industry first fully articulated.  Incredible amount of movement.

 

Canon releases the EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM zoom lens.    This focal range has been tried many times before, never resulting in anything stellar.  The best even done in the 70-300mm range was Canon’s own 70-300mm F4 DO IS lens and this is still a current model.  I’m not sure where this new lens comes into their lineup, but I’m guessing below the DO model.

 

Canon releases the EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM zoom lens.    This focal range has been tried many times before, never resulting in anything stellar.  The best even done in the 70-300mm range was Canon’s own 70-300mm F4 DO IS lens and this is still a current model.  I’m not sure where this new lens comes into their lineup, but I’m guessing below the DO model.

 

Canon announced and released the EF 8-15mm F/4L USM Fisheye Zoom Lens.    A fisheye zoom?  Yes, another industry first.  At first glance you have to wonder why, but it’s probably for those automating panoramics and 360 degree VR movies for high end real estate and other ‘walk through’ photography products.  It should be interesting to see how the respective professionals in these areas make use of this lens.

 

Canon announced and released the EF 8-15mm F/4L USM Fisheye Zoom Lens.    A fisheye zoom?  Yes, another industry first.  At first glance you have to wonder why, but it’s probably for those automating panoramics and 360 degree VR movies for high end real estate and other ‘walk through’ photography products.  It should be interesting to see how the respective professionals in these areas make use of this lens.

 

Canon introduces the updated versions to their EF 300mm F2.8L IS II and EF 400mm F2.8L IS II lenses.  Canon’s 300mm F2.8L IS has long been considered perhaps Canon’s sharpest lens ever, and certainly it’s fastest focusing.  Able to capture an extreme amount of detail on a darkened sports field from a distance while activating all the cross-type sensors with it’s F2.8 aperture. 

Canon enhances this lens with its newest IS (4 vs. 3 stops from the previous model), and a bit less weight, and the AF uses new algorithms with a newer faster CPU which ‘should’ equate to even faster AF than ever before.  If you’ve ever used the original, it’s hard to imagine faster AF.  What really gives me pause is the $7000 USD price.  I tell people you’ll rarely lose money purchasing a top quality lens and this is a great example.  Last week the original listed for $4500, up from $3500 the year before.  Now with the replacement at $7000 I doubt you’ll see an original go for under $5000.  That would be $2000 more than I paid for mine (new) six years ago.  Btw -  This lens is great, worth every penny. 

Canon’s 400mm F2.8L IS has long been recognized as way too heavy and not very useful, often bringing discounted prices for resale, and meanwhile Canon’s 400mm F4 DO IS lens did great with its much lighter weight and shorter barrel.  The new 400mm F2.8L IS II drops an amazing 28% of it’s weight!  Perhaps that’s enough to make this lens useful, the F2.8 aperture will certainly be appreciated if it is!

 

Canon introduces the updated versions to their EF 300mm F2.8L IS II and EF 400mm F2.8L IS II lenses.  Canon’s 300mm F2.8L IS has long been considered perhaps Canon’s sharpest lens ever, and certainly it’s fastest focusing.  Able to capture an extreme amount of detail on a darkened sports field from a distance while activating all the cross-type sensors with it’s F2.8 aperture.

 

Canon also releases their updated 500mm F4L IS II USM and 600mm F4L II USM lenses featuring a bit less weight and new lens coatings.  These also get the newest generation of IS with a 4 stop advantage,  and while they haven’t listed the new prices, with the 300mm F2.8L IS II USM going for $7000 you can expect these to exceed $8000 and $10,000 respectively.  We’ll see.

 

Canon introduces the updated versions to their EF 300mm F2.8L IS II and EF 400mm F2.8L IS II lenses.  Canon’s 300mm F2.8L IS has long been considered perhaps Canon’s sharpest lens ever, and certainly it’s fastest focusing.  Able to capture an extreme amount of detail on a darkened sports field from a distance while activating all the cross-type sensors with it’s F2.8 aperture.

 

Canon updates both it’s teleconverters, the 1.4x III and the 2x III.  Heck, I’m still using a 1.4x original and a 2x II.  These ARE NOT your off-brand substitutes.  These are matched to Canon’s great telephotos and provide great image quality.  If you’re in the market for teleconverters for your Canon, these are the ones to get.

 

Canon updates both it’s teleconverters, the 1.4x III and the 2x III.  Heck, I’m still using a 1.4x original and a 2x II.  These ARE NOT your off-brand substitutes.  These are matched to Canon’s great telephotos and provide great image quality.  If you’re in the market for teleconverters for your Canon, these are the ones to get.