Nikon announces the D7000

Nikon has released the D7000 mid-level digital SLR.

The new D7000 is an upgrade option for D90 and D5000 users, which occupies a new position in Nikon’s DSLR lineup, between the D90 and D300S.

Housed in a magnesium alloy body, the feature-rich camera incorporates a 16.2Mp CMOS sensor, faster ‘Expeed 2’-branded processor, 921k dot 3.0″ LCD and can record 1080p24 full HD movies. It features Nikon’s latest 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor.

For the full Digital Photography Review preview read here.

For the Nikon press-release about the D7000 read here.

In addition to the announcement of the D7000 Nikon also announced a new flashlight, the Speedlight SB-700, and two fast, fixed focal length lenses compatible with the Nikon FX format, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II. They also informed the press that the total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached fifty-five million in August 2010.

Canon announces the EOS 60D

Canon has unveiled the EOS 60D mid-level DSLR, replacing the EOS 50D.

However, following the launch of the EOS 7D, the 60D has been repositioned in the market, so isn’t a simple upgrade to its predecessor. Instead the 60D is a smaller camera featuring an articulated screen and plastic body shell and utilizing SD memory cards.

It combines the 18MP CMOS sensor and 1040k dot 3.0″ LCD from the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) with the AF system from the 50D.

For the full Digital Photography Review preview read here.

For the Canon press-release of the EOS 60D read here.

Flexibility on three legs

It is about time to start blogging again. The summer is (almost) over and spending time indoors is more likely for the coming period, hence there is time for blogging.

This week I have become the glad owner of a new tripod-system, the Manfrotto 190CXPro3 with Ballhead 496RC2. In addition I also have a new mono-pod, the Manfrotto 680B.

For a while I have been searching the market and internet for a good alternative for my Cullmann 2600, which did not have a very flexible head, in my opinion. On various forums and blogs I have been reading about the requirements and pros and cons of the models available.


Leica introduces the M9

Three years after the introduction of its first digital rangefinder, the M8, Leica has introduced this week the latest follow-up in the M-serie, the M9.

Although for many of us amateur photographers way out of our budget, it once again is a beauty and a true pleasure reading about it.

The Leica M9, with its 24 x 36mm, 18 megapixel sensor is, according to the company: ‘the world’s smallest full-frame system camera.’ The body is available in a new ‘Steel Gray’ finish and offers minor button re-arrangement over the M8 – all the major changes relate to the internals.

For the official Leica M9 website click here.

For the articles on Digital Photography Review read here and here.

Canon introduces the EOS 7D

As expected Canon has today announced the EOS 7D digital SLR.

The Canon EOS 7D has a completely new design to meet the specific demands of photographers. Incorporating a new 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, developed by Canon, the EOS 7D also features: Dual “DIGIC 4” processors to offer fast, high-quality performance in all light conditions, an ISO range expandable to 12,800 and continuous shooting at 8 frames per second – without the need for additional accessories. Impressive technologies are matched by excellent build-quality designed with the photographer in mind – to create a whole new photographic experience.

For the official Canon news release read here.

For the articles on Digital Photography Review read here and here.