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Canon new tilt-shift lens TS-E 24 3.5L II and 17 4L up for pre-Order, costly as expected.

Canon new tilt-shift lens TS-E 24 3.5L II and 17 4L up for pre-Order, costly as expected.

Canon may have slowly losing its professional-ground in DSLR camera’s market, but not in optics department. From the last few years, they have redesigned, and in most cases, introduced a variety of premium L-prime from 800mm 5.6L, 200mm F2.0L IS, 85mm II 1.2L , 50mm II 1.2L to a decently pair of 17mm and 24mm tilt-shirt lens.

If you were an architecture or a landscape photographer, you would love that 17mm Tilt-Shirt lens. Pairing it with the cheapest 21mp available -- 5D mark II -- would result in the world’s widest 35mm format angle of view setup; but as expected, the new L glasses will cost you an arm and a leg as usual. They are up at Amazon for pre-order and are priced at $2,499 and $2199 for the 17mm and 24mm II, respectively.

In today’s image sensor standard, image qualities are nearly identical from one technology to another, availability of glasses is more important, at least to me. The 17mm tilt shift godness really got me thinking about robbing a bank or two. ( smiley )

PMA 2009 Rumor : Nikon new entry-level DSLR’s D5000

PMA 2009 Rumor : Nikon new entry-level DSLR’s D5000

Rumor at best, and this time coming from a Korean digital camera community forum: someone claimed to have received information from another person who’s working at Nikon headquarter about a new DLSR to be unveil on the opening of PMA 2009. That sounds familiar with all the second-hand stories been told before any major digital camera shows, right? Let's get to the story. That new model oddly, dubs D5000, and inherits the rather depressing no in-body’s AF motor likes the D40 and D60, hence the Entry-Level. However, it’s slightly upscale in performance level, and is neck to neck with current D90.

Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2’s gaming rig

Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2’s gaming rig

Gateway's FX6800-01e was the first i7, Nehalem, Quad-Core processor PC we tested, and its performance boost over the previous Core 2 architecture was obvious. That was the company's lowest FX-series rig with Nehalem/Bloomfield; today we have the highest model in the FX-series, the FX-6800-05 desktop, to review. Gateway's ultimate gaming rig sports high end components built upon the Intel's i7-940 2.93Ghz, ATI Radeon 4870 X2 graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and last but by no means least, an ultra-fast Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. All that will cost you around $3000 retail, so the big question is whether this Gateway is worth the asking price?

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Leaked Photo indicates next-gen Mac mini with Mini displayPort

Leaked Photo indicates next-gen Mac mini with Mini displayPort

Appleinsider has today reported a photo leak showing the rear of supposedly the new Mac Mini with revamped ports. Among the clues we can glean, assuming this image is legit, is that it supports early claim of DVI port to be replaced with Mini DisplayPort and Mini DVI to support newer Cinema Display. It also replaces the FireWire 400 port with a FireWire 800 jack and gains an additional USB port.

Can this be a real McCoy? Appleinisder said they don’t vouch for its authenticity but this is the 2nd picture they have gathered showing similar design. Although it seems out of fashion for Apple to equip an entry-level Mac mini with a FW 800, but nothing is certain until it’s official.

Vuzix ships widescreen iWear AV310

Vuzix ships widescreen iWear AV310

Vuzix has today announced an immediate shipping of its Vuzix iWear, AV310, a personal video eyewear that’s virtually wielding a giant 52-inch large screen display over your head, from any video sources on-the-go. The new AV310 claims World’s first virtual reality eyewear with widescreen aspect ratio, and is a better-equipped unit compares to the AC230 XL we reviewed last month.

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Honeywell preps 82-inch 1080p LCD TV

Honeywell preps 82-inch 1080p LCD TV

The behemoth’s screen real estate territory is usually belongs to the Japanese and Korean, hardly we’ve seen a giant TV, especially over the size of 80-inch, coming from an American brand like the Honeywell. Not any longer, apparently the company has readied an 82-inch beast, gunning at domestic LCD HDTV market in a big way.

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