As my first “official” post, I should probably give a nod to the recent release of the latest EOS gear from Canon. This was a much anticipated release of the new EOS 40D and 1Ds Mark III bodies. The hype that led to these news releases was palpable. Various photo communities and technical repositories have been monitoring sites like Amazon and Canon 24/7 for the last few months in hopes of being “the first” to uncover the release of any good information on new product lines. Just a brief look at some of the more popular venues like Photo.net, P.O.T.N, Fred Miranda, and DPReview, as well as the authors own regional site, SC Photogs show at least some curiosity, if not an almost perpetual buzz of thread postings on the anticipated release date. Subjects have ranged from specs we want to see, speculation over what will be included in the gear, who the gear is marketed for, what the fallout will be on the rest of the market, and what Nikon will do in response. Heck, there was even one report that came from someone with a cell phone shot of an in-store best Buy screen showing the ship date, and estimated retail pricing. All in all, there was a lot of speculation leading up to this release. Now that the news is there, we can expect to see them in online stores within a month. Brick-and-mortar stores may take a while longer as pre-ordered online sales will likely drain initial stock quickly.
While each of these camera bodies and the added features they will offer is quite exciting in its own right, largely due to the feature enhancements in both grades, extensive coverage of both would bore some, lose others, and just make for a really long post. So, in the interests of brevity, I will take a more direct look at the one that I will likely be throwing my wallet at (unless of course Canon happens to be viewing this blog and would like to send me an advance model for testing and review, I would be happy to accept the responsibility of testing this equipment in “real world” situations for them. (Canon, are you listening? 🙂 ).
So, look for the first podcast later this afternoon or tomorrow morning , where I pour over all the nitty gritty details of one of the latest gear releases from Canon…the EOS 40D!
Until then, I leave you with a few bits and pieces of general photography news and links to check out during the day (as if you don’t have enough from the inline references above!):
Photoshop TV has released its latest weekly episode for viewing on their website.
The Digital Photography Show has their latest podcast up for listening, as well as a post about the 40D too.
The Strobist is a great blog/resource for those interested in lighting gear and techniques. Great stuff here!
Until I post again (likely this afternoon)…happy shooting!