Carl Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE Lens

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE LensIt’s been about a year since premium lens-maker Carl Zeiss introduced the ZE-series lenses with a Canon mount. The Planar T* 1.4/50 and Planar T* 1.4/85 are now complemented with the Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE, an ultra-wide-angle lens.

The new lens is designed especially for architecture and landscape photography. Featuring a 21mm focal length and an aperture range between f/2.8 and f/22, the new it provides an image ratio at close range of 1:5. Digital photographers taking wide-angle shots often encounter image errors at the transition between bright and dark light as a result of lenses breaking the various wavelengths differently.

The Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE lens corrects color errors, prevents fringing and unwanted lack of focus that can result from chromatic aberrations. The new lens also features an anti-reflex coating to prevent stray light and reflections. The large front filter diameter allows for the use of standard screw-in filters when combined with the standard lens shade.

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Canon EOS 7D – Is it really an EOS 60D or EOS 6D?

Canon EOS 7DThe launch of the controversial Canon EOS 7D has generated a huge amount of forum buzz as to where it fits in to the Canon product lines. Marketing departments seems to make abrupt shifts in naming conventions leaving consumers to guess their strategy if they even have one. In Canon’s case, we are left to ponder such inconsistencies such as why there was no Powershot G4? Or, why the PowerShot SD980 IS is called the Digital IXUS 200 IS outside the USA?

Along comes the Canon EOS 7D with an 18MP APS-C size sensor, new viewfinder, improved body construction, new AF system with a dedicated processor, dual Digic 4 processors and new shutter mechanism to allow 8fps continuous shooting. The size and appearance of the EOS 7D are clearly those of the EOS 50D. However, the feature set puts it outside the EOS 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D product line.

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New Diana F+ SLR Adapters for Canon EOS Cameras

Diana Adapter and Sample PhotoVienna, Austria-based Lomographische AG has announced two new adaptors that allow use of the ‘Diana F+’ series lenses on both film and digital SLRs from Canon and Nikon.

The Diana camera lineup was manufactured from the 1960s through the early 1970s by Hong Kong’s Great Wall Plastic Factory. Available under different (often a stick-on label), Diana cameras were offered at very low prices – anywhere from under one dollar, to three dollars or more for the most expensive models. After being out-of-production for years, Lomographische relaunched the series with newly updated camera designs under the commercial trademark “Lomography“.

Images shot through the plastic lenses of a Diana camera exhibited vignetting, as well as aberrations, blurring, low contrast and unusual tonality. The very defects in quality that once saw the Diana derided as toy cameras has evolved into sought-after images effects (by both amateurs and professionals alike) described as ‘surreal’ and ‘dreamlike’.

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Canon PowerShot G11 – Tilt and Swivel is back!

Canon PowerShot G11Canon has just introduced the latest digital camera in the G-series. Lo and behold! The tilt and swivel LCD screen, long missing since PowerShot G3, is back. The tilt and swivel LCD screen (2.8 inch Vari-angle TFT) allows a photographer to take candid shots from all sorts of angles not possible with a fixed LCD or viewfinder. Why Canon ever took it out is beyond me. Without it, the G-series became just another line of pricey sub-dSLR compact cameras.

Another smart move is reducing the resolution to 10.0MP compared to 14.7MP for it’s predecessor, the PowerShot G10. Together with a new sensor (1/1.7” CCD) and enhanced DIGIC 4 image processor, this lowering of resolution offers substantially improved image quality over the PowerShot G10; especially when using higher ISO sensitivities.

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Canon’s Second Quarter Profit Crushed by Economic Downturn

Ad PhotoCanon Inc. said second quarter profit plunged 86 per cent as the global economic downturn weighed on sales of its copy machines, printers and digital cameras while a stronger yen reduced overseas earnings.

Canon’s net profit was 15.6 billion yen (US$164 million) for the April-June quarter, down from 107.8 billion yen a year earlier. Revenues declined 28 per cent to 793.8 billion yen, from 1.11 trillion yen last year.

For the current fiscal year through December, the company cut its revenue target to 3.20 trillion yen from 3.33 trillion yen. It held its profit target steady at 110 billion yen, which would mark a 64 per cent yearly decline.

With three-quarters of revenues from overseas, Canon was hurt by the stronger yen compared to a year earlier. The company said the rise in the Japanese currency has taken about 151 billion yen from its revenue over the first six months of the year, compared to last year.

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