Pentax K200D 10-megapixel dSLR Announced

January 24, 2008

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Pentax has announced the new 10-megapixel Pentax K200D dSLR Camera with Shake Reduction. The K200D replaces the entry-level K100D. New and upgraded features include:

  • APS-C sized 10-megapixel CCD sensor (12-bit RAW output only)
  • 2.7 inch Live View LCD (230,000 dots and 160° viewing angle)
  • Improved dust reduction system
  • weather /dust sealing
  • IS0 up to 3,200 (but how does ISO 800 look)
  • 11 point Auto Focus system with 9 cross-sensors
  • SD and SDHC card
  • Battery consumption reduced by a factor of 8 over the K100D

The K200D is available in two configurations:

  1. Pentax K200D dSLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only)
  2. Pentax K200D dSLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

The following is an excerpt from the Pentax press release: Read the rest of this entry »


New Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D Announced

January 24, 2008

Well, the PMA2008 products are finally starting to roll out. Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced the brand new Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D). The Rebel XSi replaces the very popular Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D). New and upgraded features include:

  • New 12.2 megapixel APS-C size Canon CMOS sensor
  • Enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • 3-inch, 230,000 pixel LCD monitor with a broadened color gamut.
  • Larger Viewfinder, should be similar to 30D (long overdue for the Rebel series)
  • Improved autofocus sensor. The center f/2.8 AF sensor is now cross-type.
  • 3.5 frames per second frame rate. With bursts of up to 45 images in large/fine JPEG mode and 6 frames in RAW mode (the buffer size is a little disappointing).
  • Advanced Live View function. The EOS Rebel XSi adds a new “Live Mode” contrast-detection AF function that allows the camera to focus automatically during Live View without lowering the reflex mirror (sounds similar to Nikon’s).
  • SD / SDHC Card slot (XTi had Compact flash)
  • 4% spot metering now available.
  • The Kit now includes the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens.

The Canon Digital Rebel XSI Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Read the rest of this entry »


CANON Announces EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses

January 24, 2008

Big Lenses for those with Big Wallets

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Canon actually exhibited prototypes of these lenses at PhotoPlus Expo in October 2007. Today they have announced that the production versions will ship this spring. The following is an unedited Press Release:

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES TWO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TELEPHOTO LENSES AT PMA 2008

EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses Add New Levels of Super Telephoto Performance to Canon’s Market-Leading EOS System Read the rest of this entry »


New Canon EF-S Zoom Lenses Available

January 24, 2008

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Canon USA also announced today that the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-55.6 IS zoom lens and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS zoom lenses are now available.

The following is an excerpt from the Canon USA Press Release: Read the rest of this entry »


Pentax K20D 14.6-megapixel dSLR Announced

January 24, 2008

Pentax has announced the new 14.6-megapixel K20D dSLR. It is expected to ship in March for $1,299.95 (body only price). New features include:

  • APS-C sized 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor (12-bit RAW output only)
  • 2.7 inch Live View LCD
  • Improved dust reduction system
  • weather /dust sealing
  • IS0 up to 3,200 (but how does ISO 800 look)
  • 11 point Auto Focus system
  • SD and SDHC card

It looks like Amazon already has the Pentax K20D 14.6MP dSLR available for pre-order. Read the rest of this entry »


HP Unveiles Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Inkjet Printer

January 17, 2008

HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer

At the 2008 Macworld Conference & Expo, HP unveiled the Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer. The HP B8850 prints on a wide range of photo and Digital Fine Art media up to 0.7 mm thick (versus 1.5mm of the B9180). Not too big of a deal, as you can still use some of the new, fantastic Baryta fine art papers like Ilford’s Galerie Gold Fibre Silk (Amazon, B&H Photo). The B8850 also uses the same print heads and ink cartridges of the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer. It does not, however, include the B9180’s Ethernet port or LCD display. But, at around $500, this is a great value for a 13×19 inch, pigment ink, fine-art inkjet printer. Perfect for any dSLR Dad. Read the rest of this entry »


Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Printer Announced in the US

January 14, 2008

This 13 inch R1800 Successor promises improved color output and faster speeds.

Epson R1900 - Front

Today, Epson has announced the Stylus Photo R1900 pigment-based injet printer. This 13 inch wide, 8 color Printer is an update to the popular Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet. Epson has has replaced the blue ink found in the R1800 with orange and also reformulated the Red, Magenta, and Yellow inks. The gloss optimizer was also enhanced.
Other improvements include: Read the rest of this entry »