Sigma SD1 Brilliant! But so much effort for such a small sensor!

Sigma announced his flagship DSLR, the Sigma SD1.

Available on early June, price $ 9.700 (almost 3.5x time the price of a Canon 5D MK II ).

The price at the moment is more discussed than technical characteristics, but we think in a short time the discussion will be much more about the technical features.

Here the SD1 features:” a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, and a newly developed APS-C sized Foveon X3 image sensor which is quite a bit larger than those used in past Foveon DSLRs. The new sensor in the SD1 outputs images with 15 megapixel (4,704 x 3,136 pixel) resolution — a 78% increase in linear resolution as compared to the previous generation Foveon chip used in Sigma’s SD15 DSLR.

Other significant features of the Sigma SD1 include dual TRUE II (“Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine”) image processors capable of bursts of up to 5 frames per second for 7 RAW frames, a new 11-point, twin cross-type, phase detection autofocus sensor, ISO sensitivity from 100 to 6,400 equivalents, shutter speeds from 30s to 1/8000s, a pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, and UDMA compatible Type-I CompactFlash storage.

We said: so much effort for such a small sensor! It’s not so small but, considering the price…seems to be for the best Full Frame Lenses and: Where is gone our Bokeh? Anybody understanding photographic lenses vs. sensor size?

In any case, we are excited waiting to see the performance of the new Foveon .

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Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM for Canon on sale

Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM/ Canon mount released on April 29, is now on sale
and Sigma also reported the release date for Nikon: May 20.

. Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors
. Splash-proof feature protects the lens from the effects of harsh weather conditions
. Offers Sigma’s OS System (Optical Stabilization) allowing handheld photography even in low-light situation
. HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus
. FLD glass elements with performance equal to fluorite glass for compensate for color aberration

Rugged, image stabilization and image quality comparable to the large aperture telephoto zoom lenses OS-powered mechanism. FLD 2 glass, SLD adoption of a single glass, chromatic aberration correction to the limit. Inner zoom, focus and inner adopted, zooming, focusing less fluctuation of aberration, and excellent performance throughout the zoom range description.Anti-shake compensation effect of approximately four minutes of stage and carried the OS. This is quite useful for hand-held telephoto shooting. Dedicated APO TELE CONVERTER EX DG (sold separately) can also be used. Sigma

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T lens for Canon available

Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T lens is now available for Canon mount.
“This Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF continues the 120-year-old Zeiss tradition of optically superb lenses that are built to last–this very fast wide-angle 35mm lens offers all the traditional advantages of Zeiss optics: precise manual focusing with a large rotation angle, unparalleled control of glare and stray light to ensure brilliant images every time, an almost circular aperture that delivers a harmonious bokeh (the difficult-to-define quality in out-of-focus areas that’s pleasing to the eye), and robust all-metal precision construction. And it’s all at the service of Canon DSLRs with an EF mount.” BH

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Canon released Firmware Version 1.0.1 for EOS 600D/T3i

The changes are essentially two:
1. a new video digital zoom function guidance display (Function Guide) because it was confusing expression and changed the wording that appears on the LCD monitor;
2. a fix that prevents the computer via USB connection does not recognize the camera.

Read more e download Firmware Version 1.0.1 on Canon.

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No hope, no new Canon DSLRs at NAB


Canon’s own Chuck Westfall confirmed to Photography Bay “that there will be no new Canon DSLR announcements this week.” Shame!
At the moment, the Canon’s announcements for NAB are:
– video lenses and 3D firmware upgrade for the XF300 and XF305 camcorders;
– the Technicolor CineStyle profile that should be available for free download on April 30, 2011 on Technicolor’s website;
– the update to the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro.
Version 1.2 of the EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro will be available to download for free on April 25, 2011.

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