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Canon
EOS 1Ds Mark II, 16.7MP, Full Frame Digital SLR

The latest version of the EOS 1DS, this is a camera that is faster, offers higher resolution images and is rugged enough for the most demanding pro - the target market for this camera. 

It features a full frame 16.7 megapixel CMOS image sensor, combined with Canon's new DIGIC II Image Processor. It captures up to 32 consecutive shots at speeds up to 4 frames-per-second, and has dramatically decreased startup and card-writing times in comparison to the EOS-1Ds. 

It is fully compatible with over 50 EF Lenses, and the entire line of EOS accessories, including the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1 (see below)

Street Price: $7995.95, Available now

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1

This new accessory allows photographers to transmit images from their cameras directly to a computer over any 802b or 802g compatible LAN. It is compatible with the EOS-1Ds Mark II, and with the EOS-1D MARK II and EOS 20D through firmware upgrades and allows you to write directly to any computer accessible through a wireless network. 

How powerful is this? Imagine five photographers working a sporting event, each shooting with multiple camera bodies. Each camera is assigned it's own IP address. As the game progresses every shot taken is immediately written to the hard drive of a photo editor half a world away - who is culling through shots in real time. Before the photographers have packed their camera bags at the stadium the artwork for the coverage is already laid out. The system features 128 bit encryption for security and includes a mini-antenna and IEEE1394 cable.

Street Price: $999, available late November

EOS 20D Digital, 8.2 MP Digital SLR

Canon's latest pro-sumer digital features an all-new 8.2 MP CMOS Sensor, a second generation DIGIC II Image Processor, 5 fps performance for up to 23 consecutive frames and a 0.2 second start-up time.

Top shutter speed is 1/8000 sec., flash sync at 1/250, a new high-precision 9-point AF System, a built-in multi-controller for fast focus point selection and a refined magnesium alloy body, for ruggedness. Compatible with Canon's new EF-S Lenses as well as the entire EOS System of lenses and flashes. 

Street Price: $1499.95, body only and in kit form with several different lenses. Available now. 

EOS Rebel T2 Film Camera

Canon's Rebel has been a story of constant improvement and refinement. 

The T2 is Canon's latest souped-up Rebel. It features expanded shooting modes, Canon's state-of-the-art E-TTL II autoflash system, and a 7-point high-speed, wide-area selectable autofocus with 35-zone Metering.

This is a lightweight, ergonomic, and user friendly camera that is great for beginners and brings along a surprising amount of control for advanced users. 

Street Price: $189.95, w/ 28-90mm f/4-5.6 EF III Lens: $269.95, QD (date) version: $214.95, Available now. 

Data Verification Kit DVK-E2

While ease of manipulation is usually considered a key benefit of digital photography, officials involved in data verification and legal proceedings consider it a liability. Canon's release of the DVK-E1 represents the world's first data verification kit for digital SLRs. 

This breakthrough was originally introduced as an option for the EOS-1Ds camera. Now Canon is offering a new improved version - the DVK-E2 - as an option for the EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1Ds and EOS 20D. 

Like its predecessor, this kit can verify whether or not a photo is an untouched original. But its use of a Secure Mobile (SM) card reader, instead of an IC card reader, makes it more compact and affordable than the previous version.

MSRP $699.95, available now.

Three New Digital Lenses from Canon

10-22MM f/3.5-4.5 USM Digital Lens

An ultra wide-angle digital lens designed for the EOS 20D and Digital Rebel shooter. 

Equivalent to a 16-35mm zoom in the 35mm format, it offers excellent performance and optics designed from the ground-up for digital SLR use. 

It features three Aspherical lens elements, plus a Super-UD element, to assure image quality. Its ring-type USM means fast and silent AF along with full-time manual focus. It focuses down to 9.5 inches, uses internal focus, and has a circular aperture design for natural out of focus highlights.

Street Price: $800, available now

EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Digital Lens

This new EF-S lens brings true wide-angle to telephoto coverage to EOS 20D and Digital Rebel photographers. It features Canon's Image Stabilization system, allowing safe hand-held photography at shutter speeds up to three steps slower than otherwise possible. And of course, it's optically optimized for digital SLRs. A ring-type USM delivers fast and silent auto focus, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode.

The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens provides a 5x zoom ratio and an angle of view equivalent to a 27-136mm lens on a 35mm camera. The new lens also uses a glass-molded aspherical lens element with aspherical surfaces on both sides for superb image quality throughout the entire zoom range and it features a closest focusing distance of 12 inches at all focal lengths. The EF-S 17-85mm IS lens is 5% shorter and 12% lighter than the EF 28-135mm IS lens and accepts 67mm filters.

Street Price: $599

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Digital Lens

This is the USM version of the popular EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens that is available in kit form with the EOS 20D and Digital Rebel. 

Both lenses have an angle of view equivalent to a 29-88mm lens on a 35mm camera. Weighing in at just 6 oz. and measuring only 2.5 inches in length, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM produces exceptional image quality in an ultra-compact package. The new lens accepts 58mm filters and features Canon's exclusive Micro USM II focusing motor technology for swift and silent AF.

Street Price: $169, available now

580EX Speedlite 

Canon's new flagship flash. The Speedlite 580EX flash is compatible with Canon's E-TTL II (Evaluative Through The Lens) auto exposure technology. When combined with a compatible Canon camera, E-TTL II utilizes subject distance and other information that automatically modifies flash power, resulting in accurate flash exposure regardless of subject size, reflectance, or photographic composition. This is great news for photographers that shoot high contrast or reflective subjects, like those encountered in wedding photography. Photographers can now capture every detail from the black of tuxedoes to the white of wide smiles and wedding dresses.

The Speedlite 580EX flash is compatible with all film and digital EOS cameras as well as G-series and Pro-1 PowerShot digital cameras. The flash includes two features especially for digital photography. EOS 20D and EOS-1D Mark II digital SLR users will especially appreciate the Speedlite 580EX flash's ability to auto-compensate for the size of the CMOS sensor, and zoom the flash head automatically to match the effective focal length conversion. This feature allows the Speedlite 580EX flash to maximize the efficiency of its light distribution and produce more flashes from a set of batteries. 

When used with the EOS 20D or 1D Mark II digital SLR cameras, the flash and camera communicate to make fine adjustments to auto white balance by electronically monitoring the charge level of the batteries and the duration of each flash burst, resulting in consistently accurate color for every shot.

Street Price: $480, available now

Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

This compact photo printer connects to your TV and allows you to print 4"x6" photos with a minimum of fuss from your digital camera, digital video camera or wirelessly from an infrared equipped camera phone. It also accepts a wide variety of memory cards.

Unlike most photo printers which use a variety of small buttons to access menus that could try the patience of Job, the Selphy DS700 uses a familiar television remote control to scroll through, choose and print images. 

This is the first personal printer we've seen that sucessfully takes the computer out of the personal printing equation and we hope there are more to come. 

Street Price: $199.95, available now.

Concord Camera

WIT - Universal Wireless USB Adapter

Concord Camera was showcasing it's the new WIT technology, 2 x 2 WIT wireless interface that plugs into the USB port of any camera allowing photos to be transmitted wirelessly over 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi networks. 

Obviously the utility of the adapter will be determined by how the camera makes use of it's USB interface, but this device represents tremendous utility for a wide range of digital camera users. 

Price and availabiltiy to be announced.

Epson

Epson P-2000 Portable Storage Device

Epson calls the P-2000 "a perfect companion to any digital camera", and they're not far off. After PMA 2004 we gave our Innovation Award to it's predecessor the P-1000. 

The P-2000 makes it easy to download files to and from any CompactFlash or Secure Digital memory card through its built-in card slots; and with an optional third-party adapter it supports additional memory cards. Designed with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, this portable device transfers photos, video and audio files quickly. 

It supports JPEG and select RAW image files, MPEG4 and Motion JPEG video files, plus MP3 and AAC audio files.

Printers

From the pro printer perspective things were quiet at the Epson booth this year. 

New printers include the PictureMate, a portable (it even has a handle) personal printer for creating 4"x6" prints from your digital camera. No computer is required and the prints are of the quality you'd expect from Epson. However our enthusiasm was tempered a bit after seeing the Selphy from Canon (see above). 

Street price is $199 and it is available now. 

The R320 is a versatile photo printer that can produce borderless images up to 8x10 and handle letter size printing.  It can also print onto printable CDs and DVDs. 

It is intended to be operated as a standalone printer with or without a computer and can even be hooked to standalone CD-R, DVD-R, Zip or thumb drive to save and print photos. 

Street price is $199 and it is available now. 

FujiFilm

Hybrid Pro Workflow - Film + Digital

Contrary to what you might think professional film sales were up significantly for FujiFilm this year. In talking with those pros they've found multiple reasons, chief among them concerns over the archival permanence of digital and the costs of "keeping up" with the latest digital technologies, and the falling prices of scanners. As photographers loose images to faulty backups, system crashes, viruses, and corrupt files they look to their cabinet full of slides - which can still be scanned. 

As a result many pros are turning back to film and a workflow that sees them shoot, scan, and post process on the computer. That doesn't mean they abandon digital completely, rather that they are picking and choosing between formats based on the assignment. 

This trend has FujiFilm reminding photographers that they have solutions for every step of the Hybrid film/digital workflow.

 

NPS 160 & NPC 160 Portrait Films, Updated w/ Finer Grain

NPS 160 and NPC 160 are fine-grain color negative films designed for portrait, commercial, fashion, and architectural photography, performing well under a wide range of lighting sources.

FujiFilm announced updated versions of these films with even finer grain and changes to their composition that make them more "scanner friendly". Credit FujiFilm with their responsiveness to the feedback they've been receiving from the pros using their films (see above). 

 

Firmware Updates for S3 Pro

FujiFilm is already announcing updates for the S3 Pro (which hasn't even hit the shelves yet). It seems the camera will have "a number of previously unannounced features", including adjustable dynamic range and film simulation modes.

Fuji claims the Super CCD SR II sensor will produce dynamic range approximately 400% greater than that of CCD working on a single-pixel design, capturing finer detail in high contrast scenes. And that dynamic range will be adjustable. The photographer will be able to fine tune the dynamic range by adjusting the ratio of S & R pixels on the CCD. To achieve smaller file sizes you can even turn off the expanded dynamic range. 

Photographers that favor the look and feel of film can replicate the results of various chrome and negative films while shooting digitally with the FinePix S3 Pro's Film Simulation Modes and can choose between sRBG and Adobe RGB. Gary Stanley wrote about this concept in his article Putting Film in Your Digital Camera around this time last year. We're thrilled to see it appear in a camera. 

 

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