Rumors Circulating On The New Canon EOS 5D Mark III
// (C) 2000 www.CodeLifter.com// Free for all users, but leave in this headervar txt = "Add this page to your Bookmarks"var url = " ";var who = "CodeLifter.com Software and Scripts"var ver = navigator.appNamevar num = parseInt(navigator.appVersion)if ((ver == "Microsoft Internet Explorer")&&(num >= 4)) document.write(''+ txt + '')else txt += " (Ctrl+D)" document.write(txt) On September 21st a number of Canon websites released information on a new EOS DSLR,the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. This wasn't a big surprise as strong rumors have been circulating aboutthis camera for a while. As expected the pixel count has been increased (from 11.1 to 16.7 MP, making it the 35mm DSLR pixelchampion - at least for a while!). The image buffer is also now larger for JPEG files (32 vs. 11), though theRAW buffer isn't much bigger (11 frames vs. 10) which is a little disappointing. Frame rate is upslightly (4fps vs 3.3fps), a small but usable improvement. Canon now also provide USB connectivity as well asFirewire (IEEE 1394), though for some reason only the slow USB 1.1 protocol is supported, not the faster USB 2.0, so Firewire is clearly the preferred option for rapid data transfer. Perhaps the USB port is mainly intended for direct printer connection rather than data transfer, and in that role USB 1.1 is sufficient.Power consumption has been reduced, which should double the number of frames which can be shot on a single battery from around 600 on the 1Ds to around 1200 on the 1Ds mark II. The shutter lifetime has been extended from 150,000 cycles on the 1Ds to 200,000 cycles on the 1Ds mark IIAn optional wireless adapter which will allow IEEE802.11b/g wireless transfer will be availablefor the 1Ds Mark II (and which will also work with the EOS 20D after a firmware update), but no details on the price are currently available. The 1Ds MarkII should sell for just under $8000, pretty much the same as the 1Ds and it's expected to be available in November (2004). It looks like Canon's current DSLR strategy is to hold prices, but give increased performance and features (10D to 20D, 1Ds to 1Ds Mark II). The following table summarizes the major differences between the 1Ds and 1Ds Mark II. EOS 1Ds Mark II EOS 1Ds Image Sensor 24x36mm 16.7MP CMOS 24x36mm 11.1MP CMOS Image Size Options 4992 x 3328 3600 x 2400 3072 x 2048 2496 x 1664 4064 x 2704 2032 x 1352 Buffer JPEG: 32 frames RAW: 11 frames JPEG: 10 frames RAW: 10 frames Max Frame Rate approx. 4.0 fps approx. 3.3 fps Image Processor DIGIC II DIGIC (?) Flash E-TTL II E-TTL Memory Card Compact Flash (I/II) Secure Digital (SD/MMC) Dual writing capable Compact Flash (I/II) ISO Range 100-1600 (normal) Optional L:50 and H:3200 100-1250 (normal) Optional L:50 LCD monitor 2.0" TFT - 230,000 pixels 2.0" TFT - 120,000 pixels Horizontal/Vertical sensor Yes No Interface IEEE 1394 (FireWire) USB 1.1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Zoom on Playback 1x to 10x 1x to 3x Color Balance Image Sensor Image Sensor External Sensor Color Matrix Space (4) sRGB Adobe RGB (2) User configurable (4) sRGB Adobe RGB Wireless Options IEEE802.11b/g wireless None Battery life 1200 frames 600 frames Shutter Life 200,000 cycles 150,000 cycles See also:The Canon 1Ds Mark II Press ReleaseThe Canon IDs Mark II Specifications Copyright Bob Atkins All Rights Reservedwww.bobatkins.com
Rumors Circulating on the New Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Internet rumors are circulating that Nikon's 17-35mm lens is going out of production, which would be bad because it's Nikon's only current FX and film wide zoom that can take filters, like graduated ND.