PMA 2009

Nikkie reports Panasonic DMC-GH1’s AF difficulty

Nikkie reports Panasonic DMC-GH1’s AF difficulty

Future owners of the GH1 may find this report from Nikkie useful. Prototype shown at PMA permits quick Auto-focusing methods to record videos while zooming. There are two ways of doing this, one of them is by triggering the AF button to gain focus after zooming in AFS mode (Auto-Focus single). The second way is by using continuously mode (AFC) which functions like a camcorder. The latter though proven useful but having difficulty in acquitting subjects. We happened to have both video clips to illustrate their finding.

Meike’s 1.4x teleconverter spotted at PMA 2009, hands-on

Meike’s 1.4x teleconverter spotted at PMA 2009, hands-on

Having owned four 1.4x teleconverters for my birding outfit, I was excited to see a new candidate at PMA 2009. From previous report, we spotted a 3rd party battery grip for 5D Mark II at Meike booth, as well as a new a 1.4x TC available for both Nikon and Canon mounts. The design is closely resembling the Tamron SP or the kenko standard 1.4x TC; it doesn’t has a front element that’s sticking out from the mounting flange nor o-rings for weather seal, but definitely has slight edges in built quality.

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PMA 2009 : Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Quick Look

PMA 2009 : Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Quick Look

Our mission at Canon’s booth while attending PMA 2009 was a failed epic. We've got the “hot on the heel” Panasonic’s GH1 video clips, Sigma’s newest 24-70mm IF DG HSM samples and Olympus E-620 high ISO test shots, but the permission to test on the World’s widest Tilt-n-shift TS-E 17mm f/4L was gracefully denied by Canon! So sorry folks, no sneak peek on the TS-E lenses, however we have Canon’s tech guru, Brian Matsumoto on video explaining the 17mm’s TS-E feature, briefly.

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PMA 2009 : Fujifilm 3D Real Image System hands-on, video

PMA 2009 : Fujifilm 3D Real Image System hands-on, video

We met with Fujifilm at PMA 2009 to find out more about their 3D Real Image system (made up of a 3D digital camera, 3D digital display and 3D printer). Essentially, it was the same demonstration that was showcased at Photokina 2008, but this time around, in addition to the concept camera, we have gallery of the finished product.

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Sigma new 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM hands-on : sharpness at wide open

Sigma new 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM hands-on : sharpness at wide open

You want more choices of walk-a-round 24-70mm zooms with silent motors? Here's your latest option, but it comes in at a slight higher premium cost that one would normally expect from a 3rd party lens maker like Sigma. Sigma's new 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens now incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) - a quieter and speedy AF - with full time manual focusing capability and much superior lens construction. At twice the cost of the previous model, ($1,400 retail, $900 street) does it warrant the upgrade? We dropped by Sigma during PMA 2009 to find out more.

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SigZilla 200-500mm F2.8 incompatible with 5D Mark II ?

SigZilla 200-500mm F2.8 incompatible with 5D Mark II ?

The Sigzilla was back on show again this year, but with a different support. At PMA 2009 it appeared on a very tight-fitting Wimberley Ver II, so now wildlife photographers know they'll need no custom mounting if they want the fastest Autofocus 500mm at F2.8 ever built. On the other hand, not that you could afford one, or the behemoth optics were even practical on the field, 5D Mark II owners might have compatibility issues with the earth-green bazooka.

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