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October 20, 2010

Review Train (Canon 60D, Sony A33, Samsung EX1/TL500, Nikon P7000, etc)

Time for a new edition of the "Review Train". As usual, the latest lens reviews, including the Sony Zeiss 24mm f2 review at dpreview, and perhaps the first review of the new Samsung 20-50mm NX i-Function lens can be found at the Lens Review Diary.

Photokina brought new highly anticipated cameras, but not all of the new models were greeted as liberators. Along with the Olympus E-5, the Canon 60D generated a lot of e-riots in the forums among the Canon X0D-series who thought Canon was sacrificing the x0Ds-series at the 7D altar. With that as a preface, here is a 60D hands-on report with Peter K. Burian at PiXiQ.

Pellicular (not an actual word?) is not peculiar or perpendicular in the world of DSLRs, and with that as a completely unnecessary preface, here is a review of the Sony Alpha A33 at Amateur Photographer UK.

Six full size samples taken with the Nikon D3100 are posted at What Digital Camera??? (click on the image twice to get to the full size). Speaking of the D3100, Art of the Image notes that the DxOMark data seems to contradict Hogan's and their findings. DxOMark only looks at the RAW sensor data, so that could be one of the factors. More will be known as more D3100 reviews, samples and comparisons come out.

Next up, a one-day 3-day hands-on with the Panasonic AG-AF100 at Philip Bloom, one of the fastest rising gurus in the Billboard "Top 20 Photography Gurus" ;-)


Fixed lens cameras
Don't you forget about me sings the Samsung EX1/TL500! Steve's did not as they have published their review of the camera!

On the Nikon side of the RAWsumer pentagon, Japanese website DC Watch Impress has posted their Coolpix P7000 review (computer-translated), including, as usual, germane full-size sample pictures taken with the camera. DC Watch Impress is one of the most best sites when it comes to matching their samples with the features/specs/uses of the camera at hand.

3D cameras have been slow to come out, perhaps the camera manufacturers are not quite on the 3D bandwagon like the LCD/HDTV manufacturers. But Fuji fears not, and their new Real3D W3 camera has two new reviews at CNet UK and Pocket Lint. Speaking of the W3, it got its first sizable discount, it has now dropped to $450 at Amazon et al.

Speaking of 3D, Quesabesde has posted their hands on report with the Panasonic consumer 3D camcorder, the awkwardly named HDC-SDT750. That sounds like the clinical name of an STD ;-)

Zoom-zoom! The new 35X Canon SX30-IS has a new review, including Imatest measurements, at Photo Review. The 35X zoom ratio gives Canon "the lead" in zoom-ratios. It wasn't long ago that we were shock-and-awe about the Fuji HS10 30X. Come CES 2011, will we get a 40X zoom? :)

Staying with Canon, Photography Review upgraded one of their user reviews as a featured review. Review of what? The Canon G12!

Gadget blogs are the main consumers of the Coolpix line with built-in projectors, cue, the Info Sync World review of the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj, the second generation model.


Samples Parade
+ Sigma 85mm f1.4 samples at Lens Tip
+ K-5 and K-r samples via RiceHigh and two Pentax K-5 video samples via RiceHigh


Lightning Round
+ Windows 7 Phone review by Paul Thurrott (he had it for 4+ months and he wrote the book)
+ Panasonic FX700 at Photography Blog
+ Canon SD4500 IS at The Pho-Blo-Grapher
+ Nikon D700 revisited at Photoog
+ Fuji F300EXR at Pocket Lint
+ first look at DxO Optics Pro 6.5 at Focus Numerique
+ waterproof Sanyo VPC-CA100 Xacti camcorder stick with "butterfly wing" at CNet UK
+ Hands on with Sony TV at Sony Insider
+ Fuji Z800EXR at Ephotozine
+ MPix photo books review at Canon Blogger


Firmware updates
+ Canon 5D Mark II gets surprise bug-fixin 2.0.8 firmware - see via 5DMk2 blog


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