First prize is the Canon 5D, EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM lens and PIXMA Pro9500 Printer.
Second place is a Canon 30D and EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens.
You can enter here.
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First prize is the Canon 5D, EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM lens and PIXMA Pro9500 Printer.
Second place is a Canon 30D and EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens.
You can enter here.
[tags]canon, contest, national parks, photo[/tags]
Canon has identified and issued a formal statement as of November 1, 2007 regarding a focusing problem with the EOS 1D Mark III. More information (including the affected serial numbers) on this page.
In action for Barry Bonds’ homerun record:
The per-pixel image quality delivered by the Canon EOS 1D Mark III is second to no Canon Digital SLR introduced to date. The most obvious improvement is in the high ISO noise department.
The focus problem is a tragic flaw worthy of Sophocles. We used the Mark III with a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm zoom. Those lenses should not challenge the 45-spot autofocus system, but the problem was bad enough to show up with it. After the firmware fix, we couldn’t reproduce the problem, but that’s really not good enough. It doesn’t prove the problem is fixed for more challenging conditions. Canon is in the difficult position of proving a negative: that the focus problem no longer exists.
The Mark III’s image quality at high ISO is very good. The image noise appears more like the effect of film grain than the imager noise of lesser consumer cameras. ISO 100 produces images that set a standard for what “noise-free” should be. Traces of noise appear at ISO 400 in shadow areas. At ISO 800, a barely-perceptible amount of noise begins to affect highlight areas.
The Canon 1D Mark III has become my new workhorse. It has all but completely replaced the Canon 5D I was previously shooting with, proving to me every time it is worth the extra weight and drop of 2 megapixels. Even though the 5D still produces superb high quality images, the 1D matches it in good light and is able to go that extra mile at high ISO settings.
Sure, the Canon EOS-1D Mark III is fast — but how is the image quality? Do you sacrifice quality for speed?
No, not at all. Image quality is Excellent from ISO 50 to 1600 and Very High at ISO 3200 and 6400 (with in-camera high ISO Noise Reduction activated.)
Pro Photo Home calls the Canon 1D Mk III “the best all around DSLR on the planet.” And says,
if I could have only one camera to try and cover all areas of pro photography this would be it. So, if you are a generalist, which many of us are these days, this camera is hard to beat. Read the rest . . .
Check out Cnet’s review of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. They give the formidable new DSLR a 9.3 out of 10 (“spectacular”). C|net also gives Nikon shooters a little food for thought:
If you can afford the cost of the 1D Mark III, and are a Canon shooter who doesn’t absolutely need the higher resolution of the 16.6MP 1Ds Mark II, then this camera is a no-brainer. Nikon shooters who are reading this might even begin to second-guess their beloved brand, but with rumors flying about a possible D3, you’ll probably want to wait and see if Canon’s top competitor can match this. It’s going to be extremely difficult, though, as this is one of the best digital cameras I’ve ever used. Continue to the C|net review.
e-Fotografija Review (with lots of real world sample shots – many at ISO 6400) of the 1D Mark III:
Any way you look at it, the Canon EOS 1D MkIII is a photojournalist’s dream camera. Loads of features, intuitive settings, antidust system, liveview, and excellent image quality at high sensitivity are what make it so amazing. And it is this last thing that makes the Mk III so special.
The Canon EOS 1D Mark III isn’t just for sports anymore. It’s a more universal camera for the vast majority of pro photographers. With the multiple improvements in the new camera, photographers will no longer need to trade off resolution, image quality, and speed against each other. The 1D Mark III now has enough of all three to satisfy a huge slice of the market in a single camera body.
Canon 1D Mark III Accessories
Where to Buy
First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your camera through these links helps support this site.
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In this post you will find several reviews, tests and other resources for the Canon S5 IS. I’ll be updating this post as I come upon new material, so check back often. You can purchase the Canon S5 IS as these reliable sellers: Amazon.com and B&H Photo.
PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera Features:
Movie Action and MovieSnap
The PowerShot S5 IS camera features four movie modes with Canon’s Face Detection AF and AE. Similar to its still mode role, Face Detection AF focuses on the faces in the movie scene while Face Detection AE measures and accounts for the brightness of the faces when it is evaluating the appropriate overall scene exposure. What’s more, the one-touch “modeless movie” feature makes the decision to capture movies virtually instantaneous by engaging the movie function at the press of a dedicated button, without first switching to a shooting mode.
For even greater flexibility, The S5 IS camera’s MovieSnap feature enables users to capture high-resolution eight-megapixel still images at any point during the movie. This “best of both worlds” solution transforms the family photographer into the family videographer, and preserves moving memories and milestones in their original action format while making key moments a snap to view in frames, photo albums and easy-to-share in emails.
Rugged, Reliable and Ready-To-Go
The feel is unmistakably one of reliability. Canon’s new PowerShot S5 IS digital camera ergonomic grip fits firmly into the hand and the ready-for-action rubberized grip cover offers a substantial sense of reassurance. From its fast shutter-speed capabilities – up to1/3200 sec. – to the new accessory Hot-Shoe that accommodates a variety of Canon EX-series Speedlite flashes, the PowerShot S5 IS digital camera is a technological bridge between Canon’s advanced point and shoot compact digital cameras and its entry-level digital SLR cameras. For those seeking still greater optical capabilities, Canon offers an optional 1.5x teleconverter, a .75x wide converter and a close-up lens.
What’s in the Box?
Despite its rich repertoire of photo features, the PowerShot S5 IS digital camera measures a mere 4.6 inches long, 3.15 inches high and 3.06 inches wide and tips the scales at less than 16 ounces. In stores beginning in early July 2007, the PowerShot S5 IS digital camera kit includes four AA alkaline batteries, a 32MB SD memory card, a USB interface cable, a stereo AV cable for audio/video output, and a full suite of Canon’s latest software applications. The PowerShot S5 IS digital camera carries an estimated selling price of $499.99.
Canon’s PowerShot S5 IS remains one of the best super-zoom digital cameras on the market. It sports a decent 12x range with optical stabilisation, a useful flip-out and twist screen, a decent degree of manual control and impressively, a flash hotshoe. Some will also prefer its use of AA batteries over proprietary and expensive Lithium Ion battery packs.
The Canon PowerShot S5 IS has a lot to offer with its image-stabilized 12x optical zoom lens and well-rounded feature set that provides more than enough sophistication and manual options for advanced amateurs and prosumers, while providing less experienced photographers a solid set of familiar options like Auto, Program AE, and Scene modes.
The Canon Powershot S5 IS is a feature rich super zoom digital camera. In terms of controls and settings it has the edge over all its rivals. Picture quality is very good overall and outstanding in places.
The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is unquestionably the most versatile digital camera on the market, with a powerful high quality zoom lens, superb image stabilisation, class-leading performance and what may be the best AF system on the market. It has a huge range of features, including a video mode with full zoom lens and stereo audio. It is slightly let down by the small sensor and its inherent noise problems, but it is still an outstanding camera by any standard.
Ultimately the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is something of a jack-of-all-trades – perhaps even a Swiss Army knife of a camera (though it doesn’t play MP3s), and there’s certainly more of a focus on shooting movies than many enthusiast cameras, with stereo sound (Wave format) offered, a long play option, and a nicely smooth and quiet zoom action thanks to that Ultrasonic Motor (USM).
The Canon PowerShot S5 IS combines a few aged components with some new technology and upgrades. The 8-megapixel ultra-zoom digital camera has a 12x optical zoom lens that has made several appearances on previous S-series models. The 12x lens used to be considered long, but is now one of the shorter lenses on an ultra-zoom camera. Newer cameras have 15x and 18x lenses – and are less expensive.
C|net is one of the first sites to post a review of the S5 IS. They gave it a 7.4 out of 10 (“very good”):
There was a lot to like about the Canon PowerShot S3 IS, and much of it remains in this year’s PowerShot S5 IS, including Canon’s veteran optical image-stabilization technology, excellent metering and focusing systems, the signature flip-and-twist LCD display, and a hefty set of manual and semimanual controls. The S5 IS bumps up to 8 megapixels from the S3’s 6-megapixel sensor, increases the LCD size from 2 to 2.5 inches, and adds trendy bonus features like face-detection autofocus/autoexposure, maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600, and an ISO-shift mode that lets you jack up the setting with a button press when the camera tells you the shutter speed is too slow. We can thank the upgrade to a Digic III processor for many of the new capabilities. Read the rest of C|net’s review . . . .
Popular Photography now has up a Buyer’s Guide page for the S5 IS with a section for users to submit their review scores.
DC Resource has a thorough review up now:
While not perfect, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is still one of the best ultra zooms on the market. It offers a nice blend of photo quality, performance, and features that appeal to both beginners and enthusiasts. I can recommend the S5 to just about anyone interested in an ultra zoom camera. If you’re a PowerShot S3 owner wondering if you should upgrade, I would only say “yes” if you need the hot shoe and longer movie recording times. Otherwise, stick with what you have! (Read more at dcresource.com)
You can read a short review of the S5 IS over at DPexpert.com.au:
The Canon S5 IS is one of the best of the pseudo SLR super zooms. The lens is outstanding and the company has kept the pixel count to 8 million. That’s about a million more than we consider ideal and images are a bit noisy at ISO speeds above 200, but not so much so that the picture is degraded. This is a good all-purpose camera with a standout macro ability. (Read more. . . )
DP Interface has a thorough review up:
The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is a worthy successor to last year’s S3 and it is arguably the flagship Canon PowerShot (though some may disagree) since it has an overall better feature set than the G7. There are some negatives about the S5 highlighted above but which camera is entirely perfect? Overall, I have no problem giving my recommendation and thumbs up to the Canon PowerShot S5 IS for those who want a very good ultra-zoom camera which has almost every feature you need, at a reasonable price too. If a capable all-in-one (good still image mode and impressive movie mode) camera is what you need, the S5 IS is absolutely it. (Read more. . .)
Digital Camera Review has posted a review of the Canon S5 IS and notes the following:
This is a capable and versatile camera, with good shutter and focus performance, great image and color quality and a lens that can range from modest wide angle to long telephoto. The auto and shooting mode options are supplemented by a full set of manual controls, and the camera will provide a fine imaging tool to the novice who never ventures past “auto”; serve as an excellent platform for someone contemplating the move to a DSLR and all that entails, or capably produce high quality images for an advanced shooter who doesn’t need or want to be constrained by the bulk of a DSLR. The smaller physical size of the sensor guarantees that noise performance won’t match a DSLR once ISO values start to rise, and the 0.9 fps continuous shooting speed is a bit of a disappointment for a camera that does so many other things so well. But these are truly minor annoyances given the overall excellence of the S5 IS.
Photo Review (Australia) gives the Canon S5 IS an overall score in their review of 8.5 out of 10 (which is really more of an overview of the features) and writes:
Features common to the S5 IS and its predecessor include the 12x optical zoom lens and lens-shift Optical Image Stabiliser (IS) technology as well as the digital zoom magnification ratio. The sensor sizes in both cameras are also the same, which means the photosites in the new model are slightly smaller. This presents a challenge for the image processor at high ISO settings. Interestingly, the shutter speed range is also identical for both cameras. The supplied lens cap is also unchanged and is still too easy to dislodge accidentally.
DPReview.com finally has a thorough (as expected) review up of the Canon S5 IS.
. . . let’s get one thing straight; the S5 IS is a great camera, one we really enjoyed using, and one that produces decent output shot after shot thanks to a responsive focus system, accurate exposure, vibrant (but natural) color and a decent image stabilization system. Although the results don’t bear close ‘pixel level’ scrutiny, for the typical user wanting to produce prints at standard sizes (say up to 5×7 inches) there’s very little to complain about, and the more you use it the more you learn how to tailor the settings to get the best output. It also offers class-leading movie quality, if that’s important to you.
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All the buzz is about the Canon “40D” but it just might be a 50D instead. Here’s why:
1. Canon doesn’t like 4’s. Case in point the new Canon S5 IS. Canon jumped from the S3 IS to the S5 IS. What happened to the S4 IS? Canon isn’t the only one; Fuji went from the S3 to the S5 with now S4 in between. What gives?!
2. It would get confused with the Nikon D40 and D40x. Canon and Nikon’s model numbers are confusing enough with D30, D60, 10D, 40D, 50D and everything else in between. Why do Canon and Nikon have to confuse us so?!
3. Canon wants to be sneaky. Remember the introduction of the 1D Mk III? It was a bit of a shocker because Canon Hong Kong had supposedly slipped up and posted a placemarker on its site for the 40D. They were indulging the rumor mill to keep the 1D Mk III under the radar.
4. The 5D needs a little brother. Could this be the push to full frame in the prosumer and up Canon models? I dunno. How about splitting the 5D with a higher-end 3D and a lower prosumer-level 50D?
5. The 40D has been rumored for so long, that Canon will just skip that model altogether and go right to the 50D.
Please note that this post is blatant speculation with a little bit of fun mixed in.
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So much for the 2MP incremental steps we’ve been so used to.
Canon has built a 50 megapixel CMOS monstrosity, which is reportedly almost twice the resolution of its nearest competition, and is prepping it as a sort of large format surveillance camera for monitoring large, busy areas such as parking lots and theme parks, along with detailed work like factory part inspections. Despite the sensor’s clear industrial-end aims, Canon has managed to build its prototype at 19 x 28mm in size, the same dimensions of the sensors in its DSLR cameras, so who knows where this tech could end up in the long run.
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III anyone?
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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel (also known as the 300D) is a 6.3-megapixel entry-level digital SLR camera, initially announced on August 20, 2003 at a price point of $899 without lens, $999 with the “kit” lens. It uses Compact Flash storage. The Digital Rebel polycarbonate bodies were originally available in silver color only, whereas the Japanese version was also available in black. Later, black versions of the Digital Rebel were also released in the US and Europe.
The Digital Rebel is often regarded as the little brother of the Canon EOS 10D, which features virtually the same CMOS image sensor and image processing chip. Interestingly, the two cameras also seem to share much of the same in-camera firmware which was demonstrated by hacking back some of the features the Digital Rebel missed compared to the 10D.
The Digital Rebel was the first camera to use the Canon EF-S lens mount. Along with the Digital Rebel, the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 was introduced as the kit lens, available in a USM version in Japan or as a non-USM version elsewhere.
The Digital Rebel’s autofocus system is excellent, especially when using Canon USM lenses with the ultrasonic focusing motors. We were quite impressed with the new EF-S lens even though it is a relatively inexpensive optic.
You won’t find better photo quality in a $900 camera than on the Digital Rebel. It captures incredible amounts of detail — down to blades of grass and individual leaves on a tree. Images are smooth, with nonexistent noise. Color and exposure were both accurate, and purple fringing was kept to a minimum, at least on the lenses I used.
The EOS 10D was an immensely popular camera, capitalizing on the EOS name with an excellent feature set and sterling performance. The EOS 300D seeks to surpass its predecessor’s popularity, offering very similar functionality at a much lower price point.
You get the same incredible DiGiC processor handling the same incredible 6.3 megapixel image sensor. All other things being equal, the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel should yield the SAME great pictures as the Canon EOS 10D. Keep in mind that some of the default parameters such as sharpness are turned up higher on the 300D.
The Digital Rebel offers buyers an entrance into the world of digital SLR photography for slightly more than the cost of a high-end point-and-shoot camera. Hard-core hobbyists may find the EOS-10D‘s higher shooting speed, heftier feel, and advanced controls more to their liking. But the Digital Rebel’s excellent image quality, light weight, and budget price tag are appealing, and we expect that dealers will have a hard time keeping Digital Rebels in stock this holiday season.
The Canon Digital Rebel is an excellent camera at a remarkably low price given the cost of other Digital SLRs. No doubt prices will drop further and cameras will improve over the next few years, but right now the Digital Rebel sets a price/performance standard that’s hard to beat. It’s clearly better and more versatile than similarly priced non SLR digicams in the same price range, though it may be slightly larger and you do have to buy lenses for it.
Where to Buy
First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. Due to the fact that the Canon Digital Rebel is no longer in production, it may tough to find one, especially at places like B&H and Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your camera through these links helps support this site.
[tags]canon, eos, digital, rebel, dslr, review[/tags]
Consider a visit to Picturetown, SC . . . just pack your Nikon D40 though.
Everybody knows once you go DSLR, you never go back.
If you like geotagging your photos in flickr, save some time and do the tagging via your hotshoe.
Thinking of upgrading to Vista? Are you ready for the full horrors?
Ever hear of a tricked out infrared camera, modified by removing the infrared filter? Me either . . . but some people really dig it.
We’ve all heard that the Nikon D40x is one bad mombo jombo. Well, you can see all (maybe not all, but a lot) of the reviews of the new killer camera over at Digital Camera Tracker. It’s one hot ticket right now!
Forget the Canon 40D, get a Canon 0D (that’s “zero” D).
Save some cash when you buy a Nikon DSLR and a point and shoot camera at the same time.
Read why flickr = censorship.
Word is Canon’s gonna make a “big” acquisition this year.
Ever wonder how Canon’s self-cleaning sensor works?
If you’re interested in getting more familiar with Adobe’s software products, consider the 200+ videos available free, online in the Adobe CS3 Video Workshop.
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Well, the rumor is that they’re around. With an announcement due in August.
Check it out at PMA Rumours.
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I always do my best to attribute the authors and sources of content that I link to here. It really chaps my rusty, however, when people take the content of others. Certainly, fair use is permitted in the blogging/news world. In fact, passing around content is generally encouraged – so long as you link back to your source. As photographers, we are particularly aware of copyright issues and proper attribution.
That said, let me take a moment to point out that canon40d.net has taken it upon itself to copy and paste the content of others with NO attribution whatsoever. Photography Bay’s recent post on the Canon 40D rumors now appears at the top of it’s page. As you can see by reading the post here on Photography Bay, canon40d.net has simply copied and pasted that post with no reference to the original post here.
Unfortunately, the site owner has not even provided a method to contact them via email or comments on the site. As a result, I’m left with no choice but to post this information here. I’m still considering whether to contact the host and issue a DMCA takedown notice, so if you’re reading this canon40D.net, you should do the right thing and create your own content and, when quoting others, properly attribute the authorship of the quoted sources. Given that the site has little original content, I’m not holding my breath.
Rather than link to canon40d.net, which improves the site’s search rankings, I’ll simply provide you with an image of the ripped off post (feel free to copy and paste the address to your browser though):
Now, read Photography Bay’s original post here.
FYI, Whois.Net provides the following info, which I have attempted to contact via email to no avail:
Domain Name: CANON40D.NET Registrant: Canon Inc. Canon40D (firstname.lastname@example.org) No 42, Ttrue Ave Texas Carrollton,75001 US Tel. +51.7654321 Fax. +51.7654321 Creation Date: 01-Feb-2007 Expiration Date: 01-Feb-2008 Domain servers in listed order: ns1.micfo.com ns2.micfo.com
UPDATE 5/15/07: More of the same from another rip-off blog: http://best-raw-food.info/blogs/leica/4830/
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