The recent Canon 7D rumors have been very accurate. Canon 7D is now officially announced. Read the details and hand-on preview at DPReview. Unlike Canon’s past lackluster upgrade path from 10D to 50D, this new DSLR with APS-C sized sensor is meant to counter what Nikon has just started shipping: the Nikon D300s. Nikon has been generating more buzz with the D200, D300, D700, D3/D3x, and the lastest D300s.
With the self-claimed “revolutionary camera that redefines the highly competitive mid-range DSLR”, Canon is certainly hoping to grab the title of the best APS-C DSLR camera on the market and answer Nikon’s continuous assaults in the past years.
To some degree, I think Canon will succeed. Canon 7D clearly wins in the video department with full HD shooting (1920×1080) at 30/25/24 frames per second and full manual control. Other compelling features include the 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed, 19-point all cross type AF system, 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage viewfinder, Wireless flash control, rugged body with environmental sealing. Another nice feature is the built-in 3D electronic level that can detect both pitch and roll tilts.
Many Canon fans who feel the D50 less substantial can certainly find what they have been demanding from the Canon 7D. On the other hand, Nikon fans do not need to feel depressed. For most who are concerned mainly with still photo taking, there isn’t much difference between Canon 7D and Nikon D300s. In many aspects, Canon is still playing catch up. For example, the on-demand viewfinder grid line, wireless flash control, +/-5EV exposure compensation, etc. Canon 7D’s spot meter appears to be still the dreaded center-only type.
According to Canon USA, the Canon 7D will start shipping by end of September in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00.
Nikon D300s is currently in stock for the body-only option. The kit with the new Nikkor 18-200mm VR II lens will be available sometime in September.
Typically Amazon has very competitive prices for almost everything they sell including photography gears. However I just found this $193.89 Nikon MC-23 10-pin cable for simultaneous shutter release on two connected SLR cameras. That’s a ridiculous price for such a low tech item. Most reasonable places sell it for a far more reasonable price, for example, $74.95 at B&H. However you can buy compatible item on eBay for even cheaper price.
Sometimes you get what you pay for, which means you could be getting something inferior at lower price. Often the matter of the fact is that manufacturers and retailers are reaping fat profits from the sales of accessories. It appears that common sense is winning: More people are buying the $0.08 HDMI cable instead of the name brand that costs a whole lot more.
Rumor mills have been busy pumping out the bits and bytes about the upcoming Canon 7D. At the beginning it was rumored to be a full frame DLSR but now it appears to be an advanced APS-C format DSLR with 1.6x crop factor based on the bundled EF-S kit lenses.
The most recent information about the Canon 7D specifications appears to have come from a post in a Chinese language photography forum. Canon Rumors and Neutralday both have translations of the specs. Read More…
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According to The British Journal of Photography, Getty introduced a new low pricing model targeting online blogs and websites. The new prices are $5 for 170 pixel and $15 for 280 pixel wide images. At the same time, the old smallest file size 430 pixel wide images have their price lowered from $49 to $35.
Getty introduced the new business model to specifically address the needs of websites and blogs who cannot afford the traditional stock photo pricing, the growing concerns with piracy, and to compete in the market currently dominated by microstock companies.
Alamy, another well known stock agency based in UK, is also considering similar offering. The comments by Simon Cliffe, the executive director of The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA), shined some lights on the reasons behind the coming changes.
‘It seems like the World Wide Web has been around for decades, but it hasn’t and our industry has changed dramatically in just a few short years. Standing still and doing nothing drastically reduces the life of our industry and the photographers we support……’
‘…… The internet is here; it’s changed the traditional business model; it’s changed customer expectations; with the recession, it’s helped change ‘traditional’ spending. But if as an industry we can exploit it properly, there’s no reason why we can’t find millions of potential new image buyers – that’s certainly something BAPLA is working towards.
In the real world, the result of the debate seems apparent. It is interesting to see how long the stock agencies can hold on to their old business models.