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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  September 15, 2010 03:29 PM

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Nikon D7000

From Nikon: The D7000, a new Speedlight, and two pro-level lenses

Nikon has released the D7000 digital SLR, and has announced the pending release of two pro-level lenses and a new Speedlight.

The D7000 features a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability. The camera features a new EXPEED 2 TM image-processing engine, a new 39-point AF system, and a new 2,016-pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System. It also provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full-time auto focus (AF).

The suggested retail price is $1,199.95.

Digital Photography Review has a preview of the new camera here.

The new Nikkor lenses are the AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and the AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II.

The 35mm f/1.4 is an update of one of Nikon’s most popular lenses, and joins Nikon's lineup of f/1.4 lenses announced in the past year, including a 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm.

Nikon says the 35mm features 10 optical elements in seven groups with one aspherical lens element that eliminates coma and other types of aberration even when shooting at the widest available aperture.

A rear-focus system provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation. Two focus modes are available: M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus). A refined manual focus driving mechanism is adopted to reduce focus time lag and improve operational ease in M/A mode.

The 35mm f/1.4 will be out in mid-November with a suggested price of $1,799.95. Read more here.

The new telephoto 200mm f/2 has Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II Image Stabilization system, which provides up to four stops of correction to assist in creating blur-free images while shooting hand-held or capturing D-Movie video content.

It has an internal focusing system that allows movement of the optical elements within the lens barrel and does not change barrel length. Three focus modes are featured, with an A/M mode added to the conventional M/A and M modes.

The optical construction consists of 13 optical elements in nine groups including three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and one Super ED glass element that effectively minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.

Also included is a Tripod Detection Mode, which automatically compensates for minute vibrations when mounted on a tripod and allows users to keep VR image stabilization on and active – even when the camera and lens are mounted on a tripod.

The telephoto 200mm f/2 VR will be available in early October for a suggested retail price of $5,999.95. Read more here.

The SB-700 Speedlight incorporates a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths and FX/DX-format identification that optimizes zoom settings based on the user’s camera body. It provides a more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage in addition to three light distribution patterns for flash-to-scene customization.

The light can be used on-camera for greater depth-of-field control than the built-in flash, or as an additional light for wireless multiple flash set-ups. It also can be set up as a commander or a remote.

The SB-700 will be available in mid-November and will retail for $329.95. Read more here.


Canon G12

Canon announces two new PowerShots

Canon has announced the pending release of two new PowerShots: the G12 (pictured above) and the SX30.

The G12 will have 720p high-definition video capture capabilities. It offers a full range of shooting and recording modes, including high dynamic range (HDR) scene mode, which allows for multiple shots to be combined into one image, helping to capture the full magnitude of a scene that consists of very dark tones and bright highlights producing greater image details.

It uses Canon's HS system - a combination of the DIGIC 4 image processor and a 10-megapixel high sensitivity CCD sensor to enhance image quality and help reduce noise at high ISO levels.

The camera has a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots of resolution. A new control dial has been added to the front of the camera for adjusting of camera settings similar to how users operate a Canon digital SLR. It also has a 5X optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization and wide-angle capabilities starting at 28mm.

The G12 will be available in early October and retail for $499.99.

The SX30 IS is the first point-and-shoot to feature a 35X wide-angle optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization. It has a new super telephoto lens that ranges from 24mm to 840mm, along with a zoom framing assist button to aid in the tracking and capturing of subjects from a great distance away while keeping the lens in focus; you zoom out, find the subject, and then zoom back in.

The camera also has a 14.1-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a 2.7-inch wide vari-angle LCD. For the first time, it will use lithium ion rechargeable battery rather than the standard AA batteries found on previous models.

The estimated selling price of the PowerShot SX30 IS is $429.99; the company says it will be available in late September.


DPS tipsheet: How to capture the perfect flower macro

Digital Photography School has a good tipsheet for beginners on how to capture the perfect macro shot of a flower, with good advice about finding a good specimen, using a tripod, choosing your glass, camera settings, and angles. Check it out here.

They also recently posted two items on using so-so or lousy weather to your advantage as a photographer. This tipsheet talks about rain, overcast skies, and snow; Part 2 covers clouds, frost, lightning, fog and wind.


Canon's print sample program

Thinking of buying one of Canon's new large-format printers? The company will send you three free 8.5-inch by 11-inch sample photographs, taken by the company's Explorer of Light photographers and printed on the imagePROGRAF iPF 8300 or the 6350/6300 large-format printers. Canon will also include purchasing information (of course). Find out more here.

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