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 »

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 Books for 2007

January 5, 2008

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 to finish off 2007.  That vote of course being with what is most important, your own wallets. On the first ten products listed on the storefront, there are the top-five books.

So what were the Books that made it to the top 5?

  1. Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second by Bryan Peterson
  2. Book - Kelby - Dig Photo BookThe Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
  3. Book - Kelby - 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Scott Kelby
  4. Book - Photoshop Elements 6 Missing ManualPhotoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
  5. Book - Diallo - Mastering Digital Black and WhiteMastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) by Amadou Diallo

Some excellent choices by dSLR Dads last month.  I happen to own 1,2, and 5 myself (Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System should be on it’s way soon from Amazon).

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


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 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>>

Canon’s Peculiar Kit Options for the 40D

December 30, 2007

Canon EOS 40D dSLR Camera

So the new Canon EOS 40D only comes in two ways:

  1. Canon EOS 40D (body only, at Amazon or B&H Photo)
  2. 40D dSLR with the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens (at Amazon or B&H Photo)

You may note that the neither the original EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (Amazon, B&H Photo), nor the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Amazon, B&H Photo) are offered as part of a kit package like the 20D or 30D did. Hmmm, maybe Canon will introduce a new EF-S lens or two at PMA. Will Canon finally have an 18-200mm IS to compete with Nikon? At a minimum they need something in the 18-135mm range. We shall see in one month……

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