PMA 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2009

After cellphones had their way with the headlines the previous week, the past seven days have been an opportunity for netbooks to race back into the spotlight.  Rumors spread about ASUS' upcoming Eee PC "Shell" luxury follow-up to the S101, while we saw a slimline version of the Acer Aspire One.  If you want a machine in the more immediate future, though, the Samsung NC20 was made official, and Dell finally launched their Inspiron Mini 10.

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.

Canon unveiled TS-E 17mm F4L / TS-E 24mm F/3.5L II

Architecture and wide landscape photographers take note, Canon has announced a pair of tilt and shift lenses, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and an ultra-wide TS-E 17mm f/4L today. These two new lenses features new barrel design, UD glass, specially coated aspherical elements, and Canon’s latest SWC to have better control over the positioning of the focal plane while keeping optics distortion at minimum.

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A sneak preview of upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar

PMA 2009 is nearly two weeks away, there aren't any news from Leica front so far; but super wide shooters get your wallet ready, the French has posted a preview of an upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar. A tap faster than Zeiss 18mm f/4 Distagon, less distortion and better vignetting control, but twice as expensive!

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Nikon D400 prediction gone mad : 24mp with touchscreen LCD

We know the Nikon DSLR D400 is coming, there’s no leak more credible than a guide book dropping on Amazon: we’ve seen it happen with the Canon 5D sequel before, and both the book and camera made it to the shelf. However so far there aren’t any technical details of the D400 about. A Chinese site is suggesting the upcoming Nikon would be another bold move, just how Nikon surprised us with the D700: a shrunken D3x with 24mp but a touchscreen display. Is it even possible?

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Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR features Super CCD EXR Image Sensor

Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix F200EXR digicam with its new breed of Super CCD EXR technology, a 1/1.6-inch 12-megapixel image sensor that’s capable of altering photodiodes’ light captures to optimize image quality in three different ways : high solution, dynamic range or low noise high iso sensitivity capture. The camera has a 3-inch LCD display, 5x optical zoom ranges of 28-140mm (35mm equiv.), Dual Image Stabilizer, Face Detection 3.0, and incorporates the groundbreaking EXR mentioned above in both auto or manual modes.

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Store Leak hints Canon Mark III N coming to PMA 2009

A recent German store catalog has slipped though a photography community forum and the screen shot of it indicated an EOS-1D Mark III N listed in the store inventory system. There weren’t any technical details to support the claim but a price tag of 4,250 Euros ($5,637) with the associated model. Could it be true? Will we see this overdue Mark III N in the upcoming PMA 2009 this March?

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PMA 2009 Rumor : Sony Alpha A800 with 15.2MP

PMA 2009 is fast approaching, you can bet rumors of newly developed DSLRs are flying in the digital cameras community. The latest report came out from the dpr forum, citing a 15.2MP equipped A800 to replace A700 with an improved AF system, faster capturing speed and 100% viewfinder; but surprisingly, no movie modes were noted.

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