Archives for January 7, 2009

Using a Ring Flash

My review of the Canon MR-14EX TTL Macro Ring Lite Flash.
This new Ringlight for macro shooting is loaded with features and capabilities. Now with Canon’s E-TTL, it takes full advantage of the flash performance of the EOS-1V, EOS-3, and other E-TTL supported cameras. Twin circular flash tubes fire at even power, or can be varied over a six-stop range. One or more 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, or 420EX Speedlites can be used as wireless slaves along with the MR-14EX. The controller unit has an illuminated, informative LCD panel. Accepts optional hi-capacity battery packs.

Key Features

• Twin tubes designed for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses; Flash tubes can fire together or independently
• Ratio control in manual mode: 1/1 ~ 1/64 range in 7 full steps
• Supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, or 420EX flashes
• Attaches directly to EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (both versions), and MP-E 65mm Macrophoto Lenses [without filters attached] (can also be used with EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM via Macrolite Adapter 72C)
Can be adapted to other popular filter sizes with appropriate Macrolite Adapters; 52mm, 58mm & 72mm
• Incandescent focusing lamps and two forms of modelling flash permit preview of lighting effects
• Illuminated LCD panel for easy flash settings in any lighting condition
• Seven Custom Functions set on the flash LCD
• Compatible with AA alkaline, lithium, Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries
• Accepts Canon external battery packs (compact battery pack CP-E2 & transistor pack E)

Sony A900 compared to Canon 5D MKII

What separates these two outstanding DSLRs from anything else on the market is that they offer 20+ Megapixel resolution, full frame sensors, standard body size, and all at a price under US $3,000. This essentially makes them the first cameras since the beginning of the digital revolution […]

Olympus announces three new models : FE-5000 – FE-3010 and FE-45

The Olympus FE series is back and better than ever, with three new cameras joining the updated line-up. They bring you the best of both worlds, uniting user-friendliness and surprising power, making them ideal for hobby photographers on a budget who don’t want to compromise on image quality. The latest additions to the FE series […]

SDXC Memory Cards providing up to 2 Terabytes of storage

DXC Memory Cards Provide Consumers with Massive Storage, Incredible Speed in Familiar, De Facto Standard
The next-generation SDXC (eXtended Capacity) memory card specification, announced today at the 2009 International CES, dramatically improves consumers’ digital lifestyles by providing the portable storage and speed needed to store weeks of high-definition video, years of photo collections and months of […]

Lexar Full-HD Video Memory Cards

New Video Memory Cards from Lexar Media Provide Extended Recording Capabilities for Growing Number of Consumers Capturing High-Definition Video
Lexar Full-HD Video Memory Cards Offer Reliable Solutions for Consumers Recording with Digital Camcorders and Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Fremont, CA, January 5, 2009 — – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced […]

Olympus announces SP-590UZ with 26X zoom

26x optical zoom, plus 10 shots per second
London, 7 January 2009 – With a 26x optical zoom lens covering a remarkable 26-676mm* focal length range, 10fps sequential shooting, and a 12 Megapixel CCD, nothing can escape the scrutiny of the SP-590UZ. Photographers using the latest Olympus Ultra Zoom can further increase the power of its […]

Canon 50th Anniversary of the SLR

2009: THE START OF A NEW ERA FOR CANON’S SINGLE-LENS REFLEX CAMERAS, COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS SINCE CANON LAUNCHED ITS FIRST, IN 1959.

Mississauga, ON, January 5, 2009 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging, helps honour 50 years of SLR camera sales, beginning with the sale of Canon’s first SLR camera in 1959. 2009 is a milestone year, commemorating the passing of 50 years since Canon sold its first single-lens reflex camera. Canon’s single-lens reflex cameras have evolved with the times, incorporating advanced and groundbreaking technology. Exceeding a cumulative total of 53 million units, they have garnered extensive support from photographers around the world. Looking to the future, Canon will continue its efforts to develop its single-lens reflex cameras and lead image culture for the next 50 years.

Canon’s history with 35mm single-lens reflex cameras began in May 1959, when Canon Inc. launched the Canonflex. Thereafter, the Company continued to introduce cameras that embodied solid technology and innovativeness, including the F-1, its first professional model (1971); the AE-1, the world’s first single-lens reflex camera with built-in CPU (1976); and the T90, a state-of-the-art T Series model (1986).

Additionally, in March 1987, Canon adopted the world’s first electronic mount and launched the EOS650, a new-generation AF single-lens reflex camera with electronic control that was originally between the lens and the body and then encompassed the entire system. The EOS Series, which has continued to the present day, has rapidly expanded users in both the professional segment, with the top-of-the-line EOS-1 (1989), and in the entry segment, with the EOS Rebel (1993), for which size and weight reductions were accomplished.
Since the year 2000, an era of full-fledged digitalization has been dawning, beginning with the EOS D30 (2000). With speed, ease and high image quality as its key concepts, the EOS Digital Series has constantly been a leader in the evolution of single-lens reflex cameras with Canon-developed CMOS sensors, high-performance image processor DIGIC and an EF lens group that boasts outstanding optical performance and an abundant line-up.

Last year, in 2008, Canon released four models, including the EOS Rebel XSi, which has acquired the top market share in numerous countries around the world, and the EOS 5D Mark II, which is equipped with the first full high-definition movie recording functions for a single-lens reflex camera. With the introduction of these camera models, the Company has successfully created an even more powerful lineup.

As we review this half a century of history, Canon is truly grateful to all of its photographers for their support and seeks to continue the challenge of creating single-lens reflex cameras that provide the best image quality and reliability for the next generation.

Digital camera package deals

There are many sellers try to sell beginner “aspiring” photographers with a package deal of digital cameras, several lenses, wide angle/tele-converter, bags, tripods, memory cards in many variations.

I will suggest you to avoid or take a very good look on what they offer.

The store tries to sell you package deal because You might save $150-200 by buying what you really needs instead of buying the package deals.

1. They earn more profits by upsell you tons of stuff2. They want to get rid of their old overstocks

 

For example: They package a newer digital slr camera with older version lenses. This lens price has been declining rapidly and no new buyers want to buy it anymore. So they try to sell you this older version in the package deals. Pretty smart right?

3. Stuff offered mostly is low quality (junk) and will broke within days.

For example the mini tripod it might break any time soon, and then the sd card could not be consistent in recording data. I bought one generic one like that before, and keep getting Error note because the card can’t record well. It will be a disaster if you rely only on those cards. the bag is usually made from low quality materials, so it will break in short period of time of active usage.

At the end, you need to buy a higher quality cards, a better bag, and the better or solid tripod, so it costs you a lot in the long run.

So i suggest you to take a closer look on what they offers and think that is that what you really need?