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Carl Zeiss debuts new video lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

Carl Zeiss is one of the biggest names in optics and lenses for digital cameras and other devices. The new breed of DSLR cameras has the ability to record HD video and Carl Zeiss has unveiled a new line of lenses just for these cameras.

The new line includes the Compact Prime CP.2 series that are lenses designed for shooting video with DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II. The new lenses have focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 85mm.

House season finale shot on a Canon 5D Mark II

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

The HD video quality of dSLRs is amazing these days. And so the House season finale has now been shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II.

House director Greg Yaitanes recently announced the news on Twitter. He says the 5D was a perfect fit for the “tight spaces” of the finale. They used some Canon prime lenses along with the 24-70 and 70-200 zoom and they didn’t even use an image stabilization rig of any sort for the non-tripod shots. Pretty impressive.

Cloak Bag: Take pictures from the safety of a bag

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

You’ve probably missed out on some good shots because it takes you too long to pull your DSLR camera out of the camera bag. By the time you do, the moment has passed. The Cloak Bag might just help you get your shot. It’s the “world’s first and only shoot-through camera bag”.

When it’s time to take a picture, just unzip the bottom of the bag, and roll it up. This lets you quickly take pictures with the camera, while still protecting the camera body. There are also slits on the side of the bag, so you can grip the camera and use the shutter button easily and the top of the bag flips open for viewfinder and control access.

French geeks builds own camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

I can get wanting to build things yourself. I once tried to build a deck because I thought it would be cool. It leaned so bad your lemonade would slide off the table. I have a DSLR camera, but I have a hard time just using the thing let alone building my own camera.

A French geek has decided building his own SLR camera is better than buying and did the deed. The case was fabricated in what appears to be aluminum. All of the details are in French, so I am not entirely sure what the guy used or how he pulled it off.

Pentax K-x DSLR goes pink for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Pentax by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2010

Add another pink gadget to those already unleashed upon the world. At least this one isn’t branded with a Hello Kitty face, or even the word Barbie. Apparently Pentax would like to remind you that you can use its custom color shop in honor of this special day for lovers, to create a pink K-x DSLR.

So the company has rolled one out to go with the red, white, black and navy blue versions. It will cost you about $770 and will match your pink handbag which has a tiny pink dog in it.

Hasselblad H4D-40 DSLR camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2010

Hasselblad is known for its high quality digital cameras with high price tags, and the H4D-40 DSLR is the latest, featuring faster capture rates, higher ISO ratings, up to 4 min exposure times and the new True Focus feature.

True Focus is a refinement of Hasselblad’s Auto Focus system which allows you to make accurate near field composing easily. The Hasselblad H4D-40 will arrive on the worldwide scene for 13,995 Euros. For that price you get the camera body, viewfinder and 80mm lens.


Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2009

NOVA Concept DSLRI love video games, but I’m not into photography. That probably describes many of us. This might be just the camera for me. Something that will bridge the gap between games and pictures.

It’s from designer Erin Fong and is dubbed the “NOVA DSLR”. The folding handle is obviously great for taking one-handed shots. And hey, it’s shaped kinda sorta like a game controller, so I already know how to use that. If a Klingon Starship and a camera mated, this is it right here. Look at that design. Those swooping wings. Looks like it could take down a Federation camera-ship.

Pentax unveils sweet K-x entry-level DSLR

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on September 18th, 2009

pentaxkx-sgThe problem with most of the DSLR cameras that have been introduced recently is that they are either very expensive and high-end or they are budget offerings that lack the features most want. Pentax has announced a new entry-level DSLR called the K-x that has lots of features at a good price.

The K-x comes in red, blue, white, or black colors, and the red looks fantastic. The cam has 12.4-megapixel resolution with sensor-shift shake reduction for both still shots and video. Yeah, the camera can shoot 720p HD video at 24 frames per second using any Pentax lens.

Sony intros Alpha A850, A550 and A500 DSLRs

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2009

Sony intros Alpha A850, A550 and A500 DSLRsSony has unveiled the full-frame A850 DSLR along with some friends, like the mid-range A550 and A500 DSLRs. The A850 is basically a toned down A900 that keeps the 24.6-megapixel sensor and costs $1,000 less. It retails for about $2,000.

The A550 and A500 feature 14.2 and 12.3 megapixel sensors. The A550 will cost you $950, $1050 if you want a lens kit. The A500 will retail for $750 without a lens kit. All of these models lack video recording.

Nikon Pro Battery Grip keeps your DSLR running

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

NikonWhen your Digital camera runs out of juice at the worst possible moment, it’s enough to make you want to scream. The Nikon Battery Grip can help. It holds six AA batteries which can be used to power your Nikon D200 through an adapter.

If you are a serious camera user, this one is a no brainer. Why chance missing out on that perfect picture? The Nikon Battery Grip will retail for £99.59 and save you a ton of frustration.

Energizer USB clip charges DSLR batteries via USB

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2009

Energizer USB clip charges DSLR batteries via USBEnergizer is really onto something with their Energi To Go gear. A few weeks ago we told you about their new XPAL battery chargers. Well, here’s another highly convenient product.

This USB clip will clip onto your DSLR and camcorder batteries and charge them up via USB. So what we have here is a much more portable DSLR battery charger. Nothing on price, but we should see it soon. We’re hoping the price is as convenient as the clip itself.

Details of Sony a230, a330, and a380 DSLRs emerge

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on May 18th, 2009

sonya230-sbSony has been offering its line of Alpha DSLR cameras for a while now. Many of its cameras are not targeted at entry-level DSLR users in price of features. Sony has announced full details for its new DSLR cameras including the a230, a330, and a380 cameras.

We talked a bit about the cameras earlier this month, but at the time no details were available. We now know that the a230 and the a330 are both 10.2-megapixel cameras. The a230 is being billed as the lightest and most compact DSLR camera body ever offered at 15.9-ounces.

Pentax offers new camera instant rebates

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on May 1st, 2009

pentaxx70-sbIt’s graduation time of year and that means that for many parents and other people with relatives graduating high school or college it is time to be looking for a graduation gift. Mothers Day will also be here soon and moms like to take pictures of stuff so a great gift idea is a camera of some sort.

If you are looking to spend the money to get a camera that is decent, Pentax is offering instant rebates on a couple of its cameras that will both make great gifts. The Pentax X70 is a point-and-shoot camera that offers a 24x optical zoom lens.

Pentax cuts price of K20D DSLR Camera

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2009

Pentax K20DThe economy is bad; we have all heard our fill of that. Computer makers, TV makers, and other technology companies are reporting some really bad results in quarterly sales with many firms cutting jobs and missing profit predictions by wide margins. What we haven’t heard much on is the state of the digital camera industry.

I am betting sales of digital cameras are down as well and Pentax has announced a big price cut on one of its flagship DSLR cameras introduced in January 2008 called the K20D. The K20D is a 14.6-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch LCD offering Live View. Other features of the camera include a dust reduction system and a dust and weather resistant body.

Pentax cuts prices on K-series DSLR cameras

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on February 5th, 2009

Pentax K2000 in WhiteWhen many consumers start to move from the world of point-and-shoot cameras into the DSLR realm, they look for some of the most cost effective cameras for their first foray. Pentax has long made some of the cheaper DSLRs you can get including a couple models in its K-series.

Pentax has announced price cuts for its K20D and K2000 DSLR cameras. Pentax is offering shoppers looking for the K20D a $100 in store instant rebate that is good on either the K20D body only or the K20D body and lens kit. Also offered on the K20D is a three year warranty rather than the one year standard. The offers are good through the 22 of this month.