I'm filling in for the vacationing Mason Resnick on the Newsdesk this week. Mason may be taking it slow, but there's a lot of big news in the world of photography right now!
Canon launches 60D and a bunch of new lenses
Canon has launched the EOS 60D this week, an 18 megapixel HD DSLR that'll shoot full 1080 HD, and burst 5.3 frames per second in still mode. You can't really think of the 60D as the next upgrade to the 50D and that long lineage. This camera is a branch divergence. That million-plus dot 3.0 inch articulating LCD is an EOS first. But at the same time, there's some convergent evolution with the recent Rebel line: the 60D abandons the CompactFlash memory card in favor of the smaller SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. For this price, it packs an HDMI port and also offers a maximum of +/-3 EV for three shots in AEB mode for a wider overall dynamic range capture than the 50D–a nice touch for HDR photographers. In the grand scheme of things, this new camera's feature set and price point makes sense, and places the 60D firmly between the Rebels and the 7D. Check the full specs at Canon's site.
New Canon Lenses, ultrawides and superteles, oh my!
Canon has also announced a very unique full-frame EF 8-15mm circular fisheye zoom, and we are excited to get to play with this one! On the longer side of things, there's new fast supertele glass at 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm, along with a refresh of the two L-class telextenders anda new 70-300 variable aperture L zoomer. Check out the full details on all the new glass straight from the Canon press room.
Sony launches new HD DSLRs and translucent mirrored EVF cams with Full HD video with autofocus
Camera class taxonomy gets even trickier this week as Sony launched a pair of translucent mirrored, interchangable Alpha-lensed, EVF-packed, APS-C chipped 10fps-capturing cameras, that can also record full 1080 HD with continuous autofocus, the16.2 megapixel A55 and 14.2 megapixel A33. Wow. Things are getting very interesting! Check out the full details at Sony.
(And there's also a new Sony optical viewfindered full 1080 HD DSLR, to report, too, the 14.2 mp A-560. Full details from Sony.)
Cosina joins the micro four thirds party with a superfast Nokton lens
All I can say is wow, a native micro four thirds f/0.95 normal lenses, partly because I can't read a lick of Japanese and partly because I think this will be an amazing lens for m4/3 video shooters, especially with the Olympus in-camera stabilization.
DxOMark adds Canon EOS 7D kit lenses to their database
As we've explained, we are huge fans of the independent lens testing going on at DxOMark, and we love it when we get emails from them telling us they've added new glass and camera combos. This week, it's the 7D and the kit glass they've added to the database. Check it out.
Our orbis® friends are teasing about a frio®
The most recent orbis® newsletter showed a tease photo of something called the frio® coldshoe. We'll let you know more when we get more info from our friends from New Zealand...
Summer of Fun contest winners announced
And finally check out the winner's gallery in the Adorama Photography TV Flickr gallery. There were lots of great entries, and congrats to the winners!
Until next week, that's a wrap!