Canon Lens Prices, Cheap P&S Cameras and A Must See Short Film


Sony W510 Camera
A month or so ago I read an article that asked whether point-and-shoot cameras were going the way of the 8-track; some obsolete technology replaced by something better. That “something” is smartphones. Everyone, it seems, has one and the phones feature cameras. So not only do people always have cameras on them, but with apps they can alter and edit the photos.

Well, it looks like camera companies are responding by slashing prices. Check out this article which states some cameras with more features are selling for less than $100.

What do you think?  Less demand means lower prices. Is this a last gasp?

Speaking of prices, a fellow photographer posted this interesting tidbit on Facebook. If true, it looks like Canon will be increasing the prices on their lenses come February 1. Honestly, the lenses I want are so expensive, a few extra bucks doesn’t make that much of a difference! Sad, huh?

In other news…I started reading the PetaPixel blog last fall and in December I was added as a contributing writer. Well on my twitter feed yesterday I saw something from Westcott Co. linking to a short film posted on the PetaPixel blog. So I check it out and it was from June of last year, but it was new to me.

It’s a short film called “Leave Me” by Daros Films. It centers around a broken Canon DSLR and a husband trying to reconnect with his wife. It is powerful, moving and very creative…

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Canon and Nikon DSLR Timeline


UPDATE Feb. 20, 2016: I originally wrote this post in 2010. In case you’ve run across it, here’s an updated graph showing both Canon and Nikon through 2014. It doesn’t include the most recent cameras like the 5Ds series, 80D or 1Dx MKII on Canon’s side or the D5 and D810 on the Nikon side.

Canon & Nikon DSLR Timeline photo CanonNikonTimeline_zps1edc9160.jpg

 

Original post is below:

 

Canon DSLR Timeline

click for larger view

So I was trying to figure out how old some Canon DSLR models were and I had trouble finding one source until I found the nifty little graph above in an on-line forum.  Click for a larger view and underneath the model number you’ll see the megapixel count and the sensor crop factor (1.0x = full frame, 1.6x = APS-C, etc.). For more on crop factors, check out this previous blog.

The graph ends in 2009.  For a list which includes 2012 check out this list on Wikipedia. 

The prices are interesting. Eight-thousand for the 1DS MKIII in December of 2007! Three years later it goes for about 6-thousand. Not bad depreciation.

I’m not leaving Nikon shooters out. Check out this similar graph on Wikipedia for the Nikon lineup through 2012. If you want a more visual presentation, Ken Rockwell has a timeline from 1973-2012 in reverse chronological order with pictures of each model beginning with the D1, the  “worlds first practical DSLR”, in 1999.

Nikon D1

Nikon D1

It’s also interesting to see how quickly or slowly Canon and Nikon replace some models. The 50D, for example, replaced the 40D in only one year. But the 5D MKII came along about 3 years after the 5D.  Nikon seems to average about 2-years between upgrades. This is why I tell people to invest in good lenses and not to worry too much about camera bodies.  My problem is… I want both!

Here’s hoping you get one or the other in 2011 if you didn’t for Christmas. On that note…Happy New Year!

Save Your Pennies for That New DSLR


If you are saving your pennies for that shiny lens or DSLR, there’s an easy way to do it and keep your eye on the prize.

I saw this on the PetaPixel site over the weekend…

 DSLR Coin Bank

The coin bank looks like a Canon 350D with a 24-105mm L lens.

It reminded me of this USB drive I wrote about in a previous post:Camera USB Drive

 Or this miniature camera:

 

 They make good stocking stuffers for photographers. But you better hurry, only 4 shopping days left!

Photography News and Tips


Not much to report this morning. Here are a few items of interest.

1.) Here’s a video tutorial on how to use Photoshop Elements to create a slideshow.

2.) If you follow me on Facebook, then you saw my post about Canon’s rebates on entry-level DSLRs.

   2a.) Related to that; Canon has a new firmware update for the Rebel XS.

3.) Finally, check out this cool time-lapse video of a music festival. It uses some 50,000 images and a tilt-shift effect was added in post to make things look miniature. Be sure to click the link to the “Sandpit” video which uses the same concept to give us a glimpse into life in New York like you’ve never seen it.