My new toy! A Canon 50D Digital SLR

Posted on June 25, 2009 by

OK, so I bought it a few weeks ago, but I just realized I haven’t shared (gloated?) the good news yet.

Anyway, I picked up the Canon 50D digital SLR. This thing shoots like a dream, has a huge LCD screen on the back, and has some nice extra features.

Here’s a picture:

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From the Canon website:

Features

* New 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800), 14-bit conversion for smooth colour tones and gradations.

* Next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing, 6.3 fps up to 90 JPEGS using UDMA CF cards; 60 consecutive JPEGS or 16 RAW using standard CF cards.

* 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) with multiple coatings for improved viewing and smudge-resistant protection.

* Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode.

* 9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses.

* New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting to automatically even the brightness across the image.

* Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System with a fluorine coating for better resistance to dust.

* Creative Auto goes a step beyond full auto with on screen setting display.

* HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV.

* Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories.

Also picked up a few nice additions to my collection…

The Canon EF-S 17 – 85 IS Lens

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Overview

This EF-S lens brings true wide-angle to tele coverage to EOS 20D and Digital Rebel shooters. It has Canon’s Image Stabilization system, allowing safe hand-holding at speeds up to three stops slower than otherwise possible. And of course, it’s optically optimized for digital SLRs. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode.

And, the piece de resistance, a nice new ‘L’ series pro lens (albeit this is a poor man’s L series lens, but it is pin-tack sharp nonetheless, and I couldn’t justify twice the price for only one stop of lens speed for the big brother!)

EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Overview

High-performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness with an f/4 maximum aperture. Inner focusing and the ring USM enable quick and quiet autofocusing. Also, a circular polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. The tripod collar (sold separately) is the same one used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM.

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