Archives for January 2009

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?

Turn A Photo Into A Collage Of Polaroids Photoshop tutorial

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how to take a single photograph and turn it into a collage of polaroids, with each polaroid containing a small section of the overall image. You can use this effect with lots of different types of images, whether it’s a photo of one person or several […]

PENTAX announces the new high-performance Optio P70 digital compact camera

PENTAX U.K. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio P70.  With a stylish and ultra-thin body, this new high-performance model features a host of advanced functions that make impressive digital photography both effortless and enjoyable.
The Optio P70 packages outstanding core features, such as a 4X optical zoom, approximately 12 effective megapixels for […]

Tokina AT-X 116 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX For Canon

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is the best super-wide angle lens up to date. The build quality of the lens is very good. The image quality is excellent in any aperture and focal length. Auto focus is fast and quiet.

Unlike Canon EF-S which have a smaller aperture of f3.5-4.5, and also is not compatible with full frame body, Tokina 11-16mm have a constant aperture of f/2.8 and compatible with full frame body up to 15mm which is great. It is also slightly cheaper.

The constant aperture of f/2.8 made this lens great for low light and also good enough to create shallow depth of field.

The limitation of this lens will be the zoom length. 11-16mm definitely shorter than Canon EF-S 10-22mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Nikon 12-24mm, and ultra wide lens from Tamron. (Tokina is available for Nikon cameras as well).

There is also no manual focus override, you need to push-pull the focus bar to change focusing mode.

Overall this lens is great in super wide angle category. If you are in love with the ultra-wide coverage for landscape, architecture (outdoor and indoor), and some of photojournalistic work (close crowd shots), then this lens is a must have.

Image Quality : Excellent 5/5
Build Quality : Very Good 41/2 /5
Price value: 4/5

Samples: at 11mm – Canon XSi/450D

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM is probably the best value Canon lens. The quality of the image is very good, big aperture allow low light hand held shot and create a shallow depth of field. The auto focus is quiet and very fast.

Build quality of this lens is very good, feels very solid and definitely a step up from kit lens. It is relatively short and light weight compared to general purpose lens (3.0″ x 2.8″, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g).

Application of this lens will be portrait, indoor sport (basketball, volleyball), art performance and candid photography.

Using this lens for soft and sharp images

  • Wide open at f/1.8, this lens is soft but create a very nice ‘bokeh’ great for girls portraits.
  • at f/2.8, the center of the image is very sharp, my favorite setting for general portraits and sports.
  • at f/4 and above, the image is very sharp edge to edge, especially f/8 where you get the maximum sharpness.

There is nothing that I can complain about this lens at this price point because it has very good built quality, excellent in low light especially freezing motion, and awesome for portraits. It worth every penny. I recommend this lens in addition to your general purpose kit lens.

Image Quality : Excellent 4/5
Build Quality : Very Good 4/5
Price value: 5/5

Canon Pro Tips On IS Lens Stabilization Modes

All Canon Image Stabilization (IS) lenses have two switches for stabilization; one to turn Image Stabilization on or off and the other to select the mode. The second switch is rarely used by many photographers, but is an important part of the Image Stabilization system.
Mode 1 – this provides two or three shutter speed stops equivalent stabilization in vertical and horizontal directions. In other words, with stabilization active, a shot taken at 1/15sec is equivalent to working at 1/60sec without stabilization.
Mode 2 – this is designed to offer perfect panning shots by providing stabilization in a vertical direction only. To alternate simply flick between the clearly marked 1 and 2 modes on the side of the lens barrel on any IS lens.

Canon Professional Network Has Launched A Quarterly Magazine

CPN magazine showcases the work of professional photographers who use Canon equipment. The CPN magazine publication also profiles some of the most influential figures in photography. CPN magazine  includes news of awards and events, along with a technical and business section.

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/magazine.do