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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Meet the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D in Europe)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:21 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0903/0...anoneos500d.asp

"Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies - the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 - Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR. The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor - ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon's DIGIC 4 processor."

The press release has the full details, but here are the specs you're probably curious about: the DIGIC 4 CMOS sensor snaps up to 3.4 frames per second at 15.1 megapixels, it has a three inch display with 920,000 dot resolution, the ISO goes up to 12,800, and it does 720p video at 30fps and 1080p video at 20fps, both in Quicktime MOV format (h.264). The MSRP is $899 USD. That's a lot of camera, and some great video functins, for the price. What I'm a bit curious about those is that 20fps 1080p video capture - on Canon's product page for it, it has the "Full HD 1080" gold logo - but I always assumed that in order to quality for that your product had to hit 30fps. 20fps is kind of weak Kung-fu if you ask me...but, heck, 720p video looks excellent so this camera will deliver some nice results.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Nikon D3X Reviewed: What Can $8,000 Buy You?

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond3x/

"Ever since the simultaneous announcement of the Nikon D1H and D1X back in 2001 Nikon's professional D 'single digit' series has been split into two - the X series designed for high resolution applications such as fashion or landscape photography and the H series for high speed sports type photography (lower resolution but faster continuous shooting). When the Nikon D3 was announced in August 2007 it did not carry an 'H' in its name but was clearly designed for speed. So the question wasn't if, but when, Nikon would launch a high-resolution counterpart. It arrived, after more than a year of eager anticipation, in the shape of the Nikon D3X in December 2008."

The review is in and the Nikon D3X is everything it was expected to be. Dpreview.com gives the camera its vaunted Highly Recommended tag. And, Luminous Landscape says "that by just about any measure (except price) this is the most outstanding 35mm format DSLR yet. Build quality, image quality - you name it." But the drawback is that it costs $8,000 USD. For that reason, I can only see a well-heeled professional studio photographer buying one. Most amateurs would be better served buying a Nikon D700 as it does low light better. But if you want the best, here it is. Click the read link for the full review.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hack Your DSLR to Shoot Video

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/inde...o_to_your_dslr/

"Canon Rumors has linked to a downloadable Russian program that apparently enables video on any Canon DSLR that has Live View, whilst Olivier Giroux has captured video using the Nikon D700."

Some programmers have created a hack that lets Canon DSLRs with live view and the Nikon D700 to shoot videos. The problem is you must have the camera connected to a computer. This sounds similar to the CHDK hacked firmware that enables features on certain Canon digital cameras. This is for the daring because if you mess up your firmware, it can void your warranty.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Lowdown on the Current Crop of DSLRS

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/sho...post.aspx?i=544

The link goes to a good writeup of the various advantages of the newest DSLR's, including the Canon 5D Mark II, Nikno D3X, Panasonic Lumix G1, Sony A900 amd the Pentax K20. THe price tag for the Nikon ($8000) is shocking in this economy and will be reserved for only the most well-heeled pros. As a non-purist, I love that they are adding video capability to many DSLR's now. Check out the link for more information!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dealing With DSLR Sensor Dust

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 AM

http://photojojo.com/content/tutori...ensor-cleaning/

"Digital SLR sensors are magnets for dust. Cleaning a digital sensor is nerve-wracking and risky, with enough methods, products, and gimmicks on the market to flummox a rocket scientist. And that, dear friends, is why you have Photojojo. We're breaking it down right now: what works, what doesn't, and whether the annoyance of having dust spots is worth the trouble of cleaning them"

Sensor dust is a real problem for landscape and travel photographers. Even though most new cameras come equipped with anti-dust shake mechanisms, dust still accumulates on the sensor. This site has the best and most informative post I have seen on the methods you can use to get rid of dust. It does a great job of outlining the steps you can use to combat dust accumulation, from the easiest to the most effective. I have used blowers before, but I have never had the intestinal fortitude to clean my sensors with the swabs. A mistake can cost you dearly!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lowepro's Cirrus TLZ 25: Only Small DLRs Need Apply

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Traveling light with a DSLR is somewhat of a paradox, but there are ways you can lighten the load. One way is to minimize the overall weight of what you're carrying is to pack your DSLR and a single lens - that's it. I decided I wanted to do just that, so I contacted Lowepro and requested their Cirrus TLZ 25 bag since it seemed like the best option for carrying only my DSLR with a single lens. The TLZ 25, the biggest version of this bag they offer, is available in black or Ultramarine Blue. I was sent the latter - it's a really nice colour of blue. The MSRP of this bag is $43.95, but it can be purchased from Amazon.com for $29.95 [Affiliate]. The internal pouch measures 6.1 inches wide by 4.1 inches high, and is 8.3 inches deep - and that's where the problems begin. Let me illustrate what works and what doesn't through a series of photos. Read more...


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