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 »


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 »


Canon Lens Winter Rebate Program Extended

January 17, 2008

Great news for you Canon dSLR Dads. Canon has just extended their winter rebate program until February 17, 2008. Now you get a chance to wait until after the big PMA2008 announcements before making your purchase decision. For those of you who are not aware, the 580 EX II flash and the following lenses are discounted:


dSLR Dad – The Top 5 Selling Camera and Lenses for 2007

January 3, 2008

Instead of boring you with the same typical sales chart, I thought I would do something a little different on this site. I have updated the main page of the dSLR Dad Amazon Store to list the top twenty items that you dSLR Dad’s have voted for.

That vote of course being with what is most important, your own wallets.

So what top’s the chart? What was the most popular?

Camera and Lenses – What sold more Canon or Nikon?

Well, it’s a clean sweep for Read the rest of this entry »


Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens Test Report

January 1, 2008

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Canon announced their new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens back on August 20, 2007 along with new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Amazon, B&H Photo). It is not yet shipping, but Klaus Schroiff over at PhotoZone.de has already picked up a sample for review.<

 

Technically the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a tiny lens with a great performance potential. The resolution is very good across the range. Chromatic aberrations are basically a non-issue. The level of distortions remain moderate. The most obvious flaw is….. read the rest of this entry>>