Three lenses, and a funny coincidence

Ok, let’s start with the coincidence. On February 7th Canon announced three new lenses, two primes and a standard zoom lens: 28mm f/2.8 IS USM, 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and the 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM. All three lenses are upgrades from previous versions. So, before dipping in details and specs, let me tell you where the coincidence lies. No idea? Well, on the same day Nikon announces the brand new D800 full-frame DSLR. Still no idea? Ok, I will tell you what I think. These lenses are made i) for full-frame cameras, ii) have improved resolution and iii) are high quality lenses for high quality camera bodies. Still no clues where I am aiming? Did it happen just by chance that Canon announces these lens the same day of Nikon’s D800 presentation? No! I think it allows us to think that an exciting new Canon camera is on the way (ok, not really a new fact).

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Canon G1 X now available in Hong Kong

The new Canon G1 X is sold in shops in Hong Kong. Users are already posting sample pics on forums. The high-ISO images are impressing. The new, almost-DSLR-sized sensor is doing a good job!

That means you will probably find the , although the price tag will probably be higher than the official price.

For pre-ordering in the USA check the following links: Amazon US (click here) free shipping, Adorama (click here) free shipping, B&H (click here) free shipping, J&R (click here).
Readers from outside the US can start to check the following links to see if pre-ordering is possible: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA


[via dpreview forum]


Get 4.5 GB storage for free on Dropbox

If you have a Dropbox account you can easily get 4.5 GB of extra storage. You just have to test the auto photo import feature. The first import gives you 500MB of extra space, each successive 500MB you upload will give you additional 500MB.

The importer allows you to upload your pictures automatically to Dropbox when you connect your memory card, or phone or camera to your computer. The tool can be downloaded clicking here.

Not bad! And for free….

[via petapixel]

Two movies made with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II nominated for the Academy Awards

Well, what to say? Times are changing!

Digital SLR’s have developed to a level where – at least so it seems – you can make serious movies using them. At least the Canon 5D Mark II has been used to produce two documentaries that have been nominated for the Academy Awards.

Dennis Danfung’s Hell and Back Again, after having won the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Price for documentaries, has been nominated for the Oscars. And that is not all. Another documentary, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom by Lucy Walker, has also been nominated for an Academy Award.

Check the following links for the Canon 5D Mark II: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA



Canon G1 X – First full review

PhotoReview Australia published the first full review of the Canon G1 X.

Find the summary clicking here, or the start with the in-depth analysis. The latter includes performance graphs and lots of sample images at different ISO settings. We anticipate the final verdict:

Rating (out of 10):

  • Build: 9.0
  • Ease of use: 8.8
  • Autofocusing: 8.0
  • Still image quality: JPEG – 9.0; RAW – 9.5
  • Video quality: 9.0
  • OVERALL: 9.0

They suggest to…

Buy this camera if:
– You want a compact digital camera with DSLR-like controls.
– You’re interested in shooting raw files.
– You want effective image stabilisation for stills and video clips.
– You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings.
– You’d like the ability to shoot HD video clips.

Don’t buy this camera if:
– You will only shoot JPEG files.
– You require high burst speeds and buffer capacity plus fast cycle times for processing shots.

Check this links for pre-ordering the Canon G1 X: