From the monthly archives:

May 2011


The new Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC A spherical Wide Angle lens for Sony cameras is now available for pre-order in the US via Amazon. The lens is currently being sold for $499.95 and comes bundled with a removable lens hood, lens caps and a lens pouch. Pre-order yours now! [Product Page]

Sony Introduces 16MP And 10MP CCD Image Sensors

Sony has revealed a 16.15-megapixel, 1/2.3″ CCD sensor, which uses its Super HAD (Hole-Accumulation Diode) technology. Developed for consumer digital cameras, the 16MP 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor uses tiny 1.34µm pixels and offers 720/30p video, as well as 5fps burst mode but only at 4MP. Sony claims improvements of high-ISO and wider dynamic range, thanks to finer fabrication technologies that enabled it to go from 1.43um to 1.34um. The company has also introduced a smaller, 1/2.93″ sensor, offering a 10.17-megapixel of resolution using the same 1.34µm pixel size. [Foto Actualidad]


Rollei has once again expanded its line of Full HD camcorders with the introduction of the Movieline SD40 and Movieline SD55. The Movieline SD40 packs a fixed 5.23mm f/3.2 lens with a 4x digital zoom, while the Movieline SD55 sports a 5.25mm f/3.5-3.7 lens with a 5x optical zoom lens. As for the rest of the specs, both camcorders are equipped with a 3.0-inch touch-sensitive screens, two slots for memory cards (SD and microSD), an HDMI port and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities (30fps). The Movieline SD40 and SD55 will hit stores from the end of July for 119.90 Euro (about $172) and 149.90 Euro (about $215), respectively. [PhotographyBlog]

Redrock Micro Universal Bundles

by Johan on May 30, 2011

Redrock Micro Universal Bundles

B&H Photo has started selling the Redrock Micro Universal Bundle. Priced at $4,287, the bundle enables customers to make one purchase and enjoy multiple rig configurations. The Redrock Universal Bundles address customers’ need for more flexibility when purchasing DSLR support equipment, and that the realities of production often require more than one camera support setup. [Product Page]


Here’s your chance to bring home the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Webcam for just $17.29 (normal price $49.99) over at Amazon, meaning you could save up to 65% ($32.70). This compact webcam features a Windows Live Call button, a built-in unidirectional noise-canceling microphone and has the ability to capture both 640 x 480 video as well as 1.3-megapixel digital still images (interpolated mode). Grab yours now! [Product Page]

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera Review

PhotographyBLOG has reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS travel-zoom camera. This compact digicam features a 12.1-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 3-inch LCD screen, the DIGIC 4 image processing engine, a full 1080p HD movie mode with Stereo sound and an HDMI output. Additional specs include a built-in GPS, a full range of manual exposure modes for more experienced photographers looking to take control, an 8.1 fps burst shooting at 3-megapixel resolution and a Super Slow Motion Movie mode. Here is the conclusion:

The new Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a more sensibly priced and better-specced challenger to the market-leading Panasonic TZ-series, going head to head with the TZ20, which it actually betters on paper in quite a few aspects. Judged on its own merits, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is an easy recommendation as a travel zoom camera that does it all with the minimum of fuss.

Available in pink, blue or black, the Canon PowerShot SX230 is priced at £299 or approx. $350. [PhotographyBLOG]

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