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Canon Announces EOS 50D

August 25, 2008

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Canon Announces EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Canon has answered the call from advanced amateur photographers looking for a solid all-around lens with the introduction of the new EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens. With an incredible focal length range equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format, the new EF-S 18-200mm lens will make an excellent addition to any camera bag, and it gives shooters a great lens to capture both standard as well as telephoto images.

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Canon New EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS Lens

The new lens features Canon’s built in Optical Image Stabilization system which gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed roughly 4 steps faster, for better image clarity, even in shaky shooting conditions. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m/1.5 ft. at all zoom settings, this new lens should prove to be ideal for those situations where swapping lenses isn’t an option. An ideal complement to the EOS 50D SLR camera and all other EF-S compatible EOS SLR cameras, the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be in stores this October at an estimated selling price of $699.00.

Canon EOS 1000D Official Sample Photos


If you think that this is an entry level DSLR for beginner, think again. The EOS 1000D is more than a beginner’s camera. It is a beginner’s camera with a number of 1D Mark III features. 

 

Impression

Some similarity between the EOS 1000D and EOS 1D Mark III are 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, powered by DIGIC III Image processor and has a built in EOS Integrated Cleaning System. Apart from the EOS 1000D’s only 3 frame per second shooting rate, this camera are suitable for most photographers to act as a backup body. The continuous shooting mode however has virtually no limit on shooting Large or Fine JPEGs at 3888 x 2592 pixels each as it can shoots as much as 514 images.

Here are the official sample images taken by the new Canon EOS 1000D using lenses including EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (The kit lens), EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM, and EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.



Sport: Canon EOS 1000D, EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM, 1/1250 sec, f/7.1, ISO400 



Sport: Canon EOS 1000D, EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM, 1/1250 sec, f/7.1, ISO400 



Sport: Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO400 


Sport: Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO400 


Landscape Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/200 sec, f/3, ISO200 

Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Review and Sample

Introduced to replace the EF 200mm F1.8L USM which was announced in 1988, the new Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM has a smaller aperture but is embedded with Image Stabilization (IS) which is able to give up to 4 stops of image stabilization. In this test, sharp image was achieved at the setting of 1/8s, an extra stop as compared to the 4 stop Canon announced. Common rule for minimum shutter speed is 1/focal length, 1/200s in our Canon EOS 5D test.

Impression

This ultra-fast telephoto, a new member of Canon legendary L-series lenses, has totally new optics to provide better image quality. It uses fluorite and UD lens elements for excellent chromatic aberration correction and consists of 17 elements in 12 groups. The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer gives it up to 4 stops of stabilization correction.
The inner USM and optimized AF algorithms result in fast and quiet auto focusing, and the circular aperture can even produce beautiful out-of-focus images. This ultra-high-performance lens also improves its durability – better dust- and water-proofing. The EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is outstanding for many available-light applications, including indoor sports, theater work, fashion, and candid at events.

 

Build and Weight

When coupled with a 1.4x teleconvertor, the effective 35mm focal length is 280mm F2.8 on a full frame and 448mm ( 35mm equivalent) F2.8 on a APS-C sized sensor such as the Canon EOS 40D.
The EF 200mm F2L IS USM is 5cm shorter than the EF 300mm F2.8 IS USM while its 500g lighter than the old EF200mm F1.8 USM which is already end of production a few years back.

Specification

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 200mm f/2
Lens Construction 17 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 12° (on full-frame sensor camera)
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM, AF with manual focus option
Closest Focusing Distance 6.2 ft. / 1.9m
Filter Size 52mm (Drop-in Gelatin Filter Holder)
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 5.0 in. x 8.2 in./ 128mm x 208mm (maximum lens length); 5.6 lbs./2,520g

Sample Photos

Below are some sample photos of this lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D full frame dslr. Photos are taken in JPEG mode and 100% cropped samples are available.



Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Flower1/200s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Flower
1/200s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Still
1/200s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Still
1/200s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Monkey
1/500s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Monkey
1/500s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Bolt and Nut
1/3200s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Bolt and Nut
1/3200s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Monkey
1/500s F2 ISO 100


Canon EF 200mm F2L IS USM Sample: Monkey Eyes
1/500s F2 ISO 100

The EF 200mm F2L IS USM produces greeat blurring background, performing up to the level where it is designed to, noticeble at the flower sample photo,even at 100& cropped only the focused part is seen, the petals are blurred too. However, you will be be off to purchase a macro lens if you love photographing flowers. The monkeys’ eyes are sharp at 100% cropped while in the bolt nad nut sample photo, the details and contrast of its wear and tear are clear. Stay tune for some updated of indoor, low light and sports photography sample photos.

 

Canon Exends 1D and 1Ds Mark III Warranty

If you are staying in any of the following countries then you are entitled for a 2 years warranty for your 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

The EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark III cameras are Canon’s benchmark for absolute quality and professional performance. To express our pride in our flagship products, we’re making you this attractive offer.

For a limited time only, Canon is offering in addition to its standard warranty a one-year extended warranty absolutely free. This gives you a total warranty period of two years from date of purchase.

The offer is valid on all purchases made before 31 December 2008. So, whether you already own the EOS-1Ds Mark III or EOS-1D Mark III for a little while, or just bought it, you will benefit from the one-year extended warranty.

The deadline for registration is 31 January 2009.

Canon opens EOS Pro concept store in Malaysia

(TechCentral)- CANON Marketing Malaysia has officially opened its first Canon EOS Pro Centre concept store at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. Liew Sip Chon, Canon president and chief executive officer, said the new EOS Pro Centre is the first of its kind in Malaysia and South East Asia.

The Canon EOS Pro Centre features a wide range of EOS (DSLR) professional cameras and accessories, allowing customers to try, touch and feel the products.

The centre can become an avenue for customers to come and discuss issues regarding their camera equipment. While they are here, customers can even try out new lenses and even purchase them,” said Liew.

Canon said the flagship concept store would also double up as a training centre offering seminars and photography workshops for both amateur and professional photographers.

“Aside from meeting the needs of our customers, photo associations can organise workshops and activities such as studio shooting sessions at the EOS Pro Centre,” said consumer imaging and information division assistant director, Calvyn Laang.

“We hope this new centre will act as a bench mark for other EOS Pro Centres in the near future,” said Liew.