Canon 5D mark II might have won award for its 21MP brilliant image quality at $2,699, but there are not many accessories yet worth any award. The BG-E6-battery grip is not as nice as many has expected, retailed at $380 ($275 street), it features the same old design with no significant improvement but the higher price. If you’re in market for one, hold on your horses, 3rd party battery grip for 5D mark II is coming at half the cost.
Nikon has today announced the AF-S DX 35mm F1.8G lens with field of view equivalent to about a 52mm lens on a 35mm sensor size camera. It’s the faster Nikon’s DX-format digital SLR prime lens to date, but hardly ground breaking.
The compact and lightweight Jobo’s PhotoGPS grabs GPS data such as country, city, street and point of interest, whenever your digital camera takes a picture. It unique design fits directly on your camera’s flash mount, and the physical locations of the shots taken are determined later with bundle software. The application used to work for Windows XP and Vista only, but now the company has made it available for Mac users.
In the right hands, a ring-flash can produce some great shots with a DSLR; problem is, that "right hand" also likely needs to have a deep pocket to dip into, as DSLR accessories don't tend to be cheap. So how about a DIY ring flash, made from fiber-optic toys, a tube of toothpaste and a load of zip ties?
Just in time for President Obama’s presidential inauguration we have spotted the Obaba Buckle DVR (yes it's spelled "Obaba"), which really is nothing more than a spy cam in a place you wouldn’t normally look. The buckle includes a hidden video cam complete with audio.
For some reason digital cameras with displays that tilt and swivel have managed to come back time and time again in one form or another. Implementing these LCD displays often create unneeded and unwanted bulk to a camera that was otherwise fairly slim.
Up until now, adding specialists lenses to your iPhone required a case with the new lens embedded into it. Problem is, that adds bulk and limits you to a specific case. Now, USB Fever are offering three magnetic lenses suitable for the iPhone - in wide-angle, telephoto and fish-eye - that simply clip onto a supplied self-adhesive ring.
Broad line of DSLRs are currently supporting Live view but none of the lineup from Canon or Nikon offering a tilt/swivel LCD screen where it makes more sense. I’m just saying, it could be a whole lot more useful. If shooting though LCD screen suits you better, Zigview has updated it Zigview S2 with S2 Live to support Live view and extend it connectivity range.
Instead of capturing images from the viewfinder, S2 Live acquires the video feed directly from DSLRs on its 230.000 pixel LCD screen that offers a variety of settings such as brightness, color/B&W and the images can be rotated by 180 degree. Another nice feature of the S2 is its remote shutter function that’s capable of triggering your camera with remote release, motion-release or interval release from a distance.
Attention ultra high-Megapixel Digital SLR shopper, here’s another playa stepping in UDMA 300X CF market with 16GB capacity. Ridata has announced a new 16GB CompactFlash for the likes of professional photographer or much-demanding hobbyist – speedy SLC based and industrial graded storage card.
The Ridata Superme Series 300X CF card sports an Ultra DMA mode and is capable of high speed reading and writing rate at 45MB/s and 31MB/s respectively. It’s also said to withstand and continue to work under extreme weather, below freezing or surrounding with excessive heat. Like most pro-level CF card, an embedded on-the-fly Error Correction Code is also supported.
To get the full advantage of any UDMA storage device, the pairing reader or your camera must has a built-in UDMA interface as well. Like always, we recommend RG’s CF database for reference. Price and availability have not yet announced but the manufacturer says to frequent Amazon online store for its latest street price.
I’ll confess; I’ve spend quite a fortune on tripods and low-level supports on my photography goodies, but it worth every penny. One of my Gitzo has been to sub-zero climate-challenge shooting grounds but it never failed me. Many Chinese counterfeits mimic the Italian designs but they are not the same. Here’s another design looks closely resembling the likes of Gitzo but make no mistake; it comes from a birthplace origins of many well-known photography markers, including the Gitzo.