Carl Zeiss Macros for Canon Mount

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Canon users are being spoiled this month, with Carl Zeiss making two new macro lenses for EOS owners, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 with EF bayonets.

With a light intensity of 1:2 these lenses include Zeiss’s acclaimed “floating elements” design, a lens alignment enables high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 0.24 m to infinity.

Nikon and Pentax users needn’t be jealous, as F and K mounts of the two Macros are already available.

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Pentax Releases Entry-Level dSLR

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Pentax has announced the release of its new entry-level Kx dSLR camera, featuring 12.4 megapixels and a high-performance, high-speed PRIME II imaging engine.

The new camera features, compact, lightweight design, and is capable of shooting at a continuous speed of 4.7 images per second. It also includes fancy new features like live view, face detection for up to 16 people, and high-quality video recording at 1280×720 pixels with HDTV-proportion models.

The Kx is available in New Zealand early November 2009, and retails at $1,399 with an 18-55mm lens. A two lens kit, with the 18-55mm and a 50-200mm models, is $1,599.

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Two 12 megapixel camera phones to launch

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Not one but two mobiles with 12 megapixel cameras are set to launch in the coming months, with the Sony Ericsson Satio and the Samsung Pixon12 fronting a new wave of fancy phones.

Samsung’s Pixon, with a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen, autofocus tracking and a dedicated camera power key which provides one-touch access, has just beaten Sony Ericsson to the punch with a European release date slated for June.

Sony’s Satio, likewise, features a 12.1 megapixel camera and an intuitive touchscreen. It also comes with a 16:9 widescreen screen, a xenon flash and features such as smile detection. A release date is expected sometime in quarter four this year, although a local release date has not yet been announced.
“Snapping perfect pictures also just got so simple thanks to the 12.1 megapixel camera, intuitive touch focus and Xenon flash,” said Fredrik Mansson, Market Business Manager at Sony Ericsson. “Share them with your nearest and dearest via your social networking site, produce huge prints and you can even comment directly on your images.”

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Photographers asked to get creative for good cause

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“Over the past few weeks we have spoken to a number of NZ charities,” said country manager for Canon New Zealand, Mike Johnston. “What they are telling us is that in the current economic climate, the demand for charitable services is on the rise, yet due to a lack of funding and public donations, many valuable and much needed smaller charities are really struggling.”

In response, Canon has engineered an initiative designed to relieve the strain.

Photographers have been asked to upload a picture to the Canon Creative for a Cause website and nominate a particular organisation. Visitors will vote on the most popular images. Twenty four images will be selected by popular vote and editor’s picks, which will then be reviewed by a judging panel selecting five finalists. A donation of $25,000 for a winning charity will be made at the conclusion of the program. Alongside the cash donation, the winning entry and four finalists will receive a Canon prize pack.

The competition is now open for submissions until Friday July 10, and the ...full story

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Canon EOS 500D – Review – 31

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Phil Hanson finds a lot to like in Canon’s new dSLR

Apparently determined to fill every niche in the DSLR market, Canon split its Rebel series into an entry range, the 1000D, and a better specified line that has now morphed into the 500D.

As a result, the 500D has picked up a number of features from more expensive pro and semi-pro models, including spot metering, and is all the better for it. Canon EOS 500D 02Many of its functions and much of the way it works mimic the high-line models, so it’s hardly surprising we keep bumping into pros who have already adopted the 500D as a backup body.

The 500D came along quite soon after the 450D, so what we have is an evolution rather than a revolution, and a good bit of it seems to have involved taking features from the far more expensive 50D. (As this was written, the 450D remained in the range as a cheaper alternative.) ...full story