Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM Vs Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L

January 13th, 2006

Bill Caulfeild-Browne has written a good article comparing the new Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM with the legendary Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L with Canon 1Ds Mark II @ Luminous Landscape. This is what he says about:

Canon 24-105mm VS Canon 24-70mm

Distortion: Both lenses show significant barrel distortion at 24mm, and pincushion distortion by 50mm. However, Canon 24-70mm shows less distortion than Canon 24-105mm.

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Smallest Canon DSLR

January 13th, 2006

Canon has developed a new technology which made them able to design the smallest DSLR camera and lens in the world!

Here’s a picture sent by one of our readers..

Canon Camera

Olympus Stylus 800 – Review @ Megapixel

January 12th, 2006

Megapixels has recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 800, 8 Megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom, and a large 2.5″ high resolution monitor.

Olympus MJU 800

“Overall, the strengths of the Stylus 800 are its high quality build, its excellent monitor, and its capability to withstand inclement weather or environments that are usually risky for a camera, all of which would make it an ideal travel companion.

The weakness of the Stylus 800 is that it seems to be a bit more prone to noise than some other 8-megapixel cameras, and that when inspected closely at 100% its images exhibit some artefacts. This said, its 8-megapixel image size allows photos to be printed out at up to 8 x 10 without any imperfection becoming noticeable, and that may be the most important factor when considering the camera.”

Olympus Stylus 800 Review Roundup

Nikon D200 – Hands on Review at PopPhoto Magazine

January 12th, 2006

Michael J. McNamara had his hands on the new Nikon D200 and wrote a review at Popular Photography Magazine. In conclusion he wrote:

Nikon D200

“At nearly one-third the price, the D200 will attract pro shooters who don’t need all the bells and whistles found on the D2x, and D2x owners will treasure it as a lighterweight backup body. If the D200’s image quality and advanced features live up to expectations in our tests, we think the extra $400 this DSLR will cost over the Canon EOS 20D is well worth it. The $3,200 EOS 5D maintains a full-frame advantage over the D200, but wide-angle shooters can choose from several ultrawide-angle DX series lenses available from Nikon at a considerable savings. The game goes on!”

Canon EOS 5D – Review by Larryl Greenhill

January 12th, 2006

Larry Greenhill reviewed the Canon EOS 5D @ PhotographyReview and wrote:

Canon EOS 5D

“At ISO 100, the EOS 5D’s image quality is clean and smooth, with no artifacts or jaggies. Noise in the shadows is minimal all the way up to ISO 800. The sample images taken in the forest (see right) reveal detail in the shadows, both at the corners and at the center of the image. Some mild noise becomes detectible at ISO 1600. See the controlled studio tests to best evaluate image quality and compare with other cameras. The 5D’s color reproduction was impressive, both in dynamic range, depth, and ability to register what was there.

The Canon EOS 5D lives up to the hype. It breaks new ground with its full-frame sensor and huge rear panel LCD. Comparing it to Canon’s $7,999 flagship EOS 1Ds Mark II tells it all. The 5D offers a comparable full-frame sensor but beats the more expensive Canon with its lightweight construction, simple control layout, simplified menu, and a much larger LCD monitor. “

Ricoh Caplio R30 Review Roundup

January 12th, 2006

Ricoh has recently announced their new Digital Camera named the Capilo R30. The Ricoh Caplio R30 equipped with a 5.7x optical wide zoom equivalent to 28-160mm in 35mm camera format with 5.13 megapixels CCD and 2.5-inch large-scale LCD


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Canon PowerShot A620 – Review by Photography Blog

January 12th, 2006

Mark Goldstein has recently posted his review on Canon PowerShot A620 with sample images at Photography Blog. In conlcusion he rated the camera 5 out of 5 stars and wrote:


“The Canon PowerShot A620 is another winner from Canon. 7 megapixels, 4x optical zoom lens, a fold-out, twisting LCD screen, the usual excellent Canon image quality and general quick responsiveness (thanks to the Digic II processor) make this a great all-round camera. Even better for the aspiring shutterbug, the A620 also offers a complete range of photographic controls, perfect for those who want to take charge. And perhaps the best news of all, the Canon PowerShot A620 costs just over £200/$300 – I can’t think of another camera that offers such good value. The only thing that puts me off personally is that it is too big to fit in a trouser pocket, requiring a small bag to carry it in, but if you don’t mind the A620’s size, then it should be at the top of your list. The only other negative point that I can think of is the lack of a dedicated ISO button. You have to use the Function menu instead to access what is a commonly-used feature (although Canon have helpfully made it the first choice!). The Canon PowerShot A620 is a more than worthy successor to the popular A95, increasing the resolution but perhaps more importantly expanding the feature set and improving the overall speed. Highly recommended.”

Sigma Lenses Exposure Problems

January 12th, 2006

Service notice has once again been issued by Sigma. This time is regarding their exposure problems with some of their lenses when used with the new Nikon D200 DLSR

Sigma Service Notice:

Notice to end-users using Sigma’s Nikon fitting lenses with D200 camera

To our valued customers,

Combination of new Nikon 200 digital SLR camera with our following products can cause improper exposure. To overcome this we will be supplying a free upgrade to our customers. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to our customers.

List of lenses require update for D200 camera:

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Canon EOS 400D CP Rumor

January 12th, 2006

One of our readers sent us this picture with a message:

Canon EOS 400D CP( with built-in Cell Phone) is coming !! Please see your nearest cell phone stores for more information..

Canon EOS 400D with built-in Cell Phone

Sometimes it’s so hard to believe how people can get so creative these days.. 😀

Nikon ceasing production of film-based cameras and lenses

January 12th, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Nikon prepares to strengthen digital line-up for 2006

Wednesday January 11, 2006

Following the success of our digital line-up over the last seven years, which has resulted in more than 95% of Nikon’s UK business being within the digital area, Nikon Corporation has made the decision to focus management resources on digital cameras in place of film cameras. This decision will allow Nikon to continue to develop products that match the demands of an increasingly competitive market place.

Despite this growing competition Nikon Corporation has continued to outperform the market, and has recently reported positive financial results which saw group net profit climb by 20% in the fiscal first half which ended in September. Group sales also increased by 9.8% to 342.85 billion yen in the same period. Sales of high end digital SLR cameras and the success of products like the D70s and D50 have helped contribute to these positive figures.

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