From the monthly archives:

August 2010

Canyon Truckhook 1.3MP Webcam

by Isaiah on August 31, 2010

Canyon has rolled out their newest webcam for the Russian market. Called the Truckhook, this eye-catching webcam sports a 1.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, a built-in microphone and has the ability to shoot video in maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels. Coming in four models with different looks, the Truckhook sells for 1,199 Rubles (about $39). [Canyon]

Sigma Apo has rolled out the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens for Nikon DSLR. Constructed of 22 elements in 17 groups, the tele zoom lens has a filter thread size of 77mm and has an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades for smooth bokeh. There are also a couple of FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, and a trio of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of color aberration. The new Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM retails for $2,470. [Product Page]

Thanko HDDV-506 Full HD Camcorder

by Isaiah on August 30, 2010

Check out the latest Full HD camcorder from Thanko, the HDDV-506. This compact camcorder sports a 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor, a 4x digital zoom, a 2.5-inch TFT LCD display, a 32MB of internal memory, an SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB), a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port and has the ability to capture both 1920 x 1080p Full HD video at 30fps as well as up to 12-megapixel digital still images (interpolated mode). The Thanko HDDV-506 sells for about $175. [Thanko]

Canon has recently unveiled a couple of new lens extenders designed for its L-series telephoto lenses. The Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III increase the focal length of a lens by a factor of 1.4x and 2x, respectively. The Extender EF 1.4x III provides seven lens elements in three groups, while the Extender EF 2x III has nine lens elements in five groups. All optical elements use Canon’s Super Spectra coating, reducing ghosting and flare. For convenient transport, the 225g Extender EF 1.4x III and 325g Extender EF 2x III are supplied with a soft case (LP811) and Extender Cap EII. The Canon Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III will be available in December 2010. [Canon]

B&H has begun taking pre-orders for Sony’s newest DSLR camera ‘Alpha DSLR-A560’ via its online store. In case you didn’t know, the Alpha DSLR-A560 sports a 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, a powerful BIONZ image processor, a 3-inch LCD screen, an SD/SDHC card slot, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI output and 1080p Full HD video recording (60fps) capabilities. The Alpha DSLR-A560 retails for $649.99 (body only). [B&H]

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

by Johan on August 28, 2010

Canon has rolled out the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens. which features an optical image stabilization, two ultra-low dispersion elements and Canon’s Super Spectra coatings. An eight-blade circular diaphragm produces excellent bokeh, while AF is fast and quiet thanks to a ring-type ultrasonic motor. The full time manual focus override allows photographers to manually focus, even when the AF motor is engaged. Canon’s new Fluorine Coating also makes cleaning the lens easier, preventing smears or streaking. The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens will be available in October 2010 for £1599.99 ($2,483). [PhotographyBLOG]

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