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Not to be left behind, Canon has presented to the masses it’s replacement to the EOS 40D… the EOS 50D (didn’t see that coming, did you?) Mainly targeted against the Nikon D300, the EOS 50D holds quite a few significant improvements over the 40D. For starters, it features a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as a faster DIGIC 4 processor. It has an ISO sensitivity that’s expandable to 12800 as well as a 3″ VGA LCD monitor with a Live View mode that offers 3 AF modes. And since we’re on the subject of the LCD – this one…

The compact, professional, 12.1 megapixel, full-frame (FX format) Nikon D700 is a new addition to Nikon’s full-frame roster (okay, it’s not so much a roster as a duo – since the D3 is its only other companion). To look at it, the D700 could be twins with the D300 (but with a larger viewfinder). Internally, however, the D700 is pretty much identical to the D3, except for a slightly slower shutter (5fps up to 8fps with the MB-D10 battery grip). Oh and there’s the small matter of the sticker price: the D700 runs about $2,000 less than the D3. While…

Manufacturers… What kind of systems are there? There are many different manufacturers that design different systems for their drop in filter lines. Different mounts allow you to use multiple filters in conjunction with each other and many other features makes your lens more adaptable to their system. Although some features may be unique to each manufacturer, the generic size of filter systems are 4”x4” (100mmx100mm) and 4”x6” (100mmx150mm).  The 4”x6” are designed for graduated filters so you have more control of where the gradation falls in your image.  Other sizes are available for smaller lenses like 75mmx75mm. The design of…

Filter Types… What can filters do to enhance your image? Clear Technically this is not a filter since it doesn’t do anything to change the light or colour but it does provide some essential benefits. Using a clear filter on your lens will help protect it from scratches, fingerprints, and dust. If by chance you happen to drop the lens, the filter should offer the camera lens some measure of protection. For an inexpensive piece of glass, you could be saving a lot of repair costs. Clear Filters » UV or Ultra-Violet One step up from the clear filter is…

Introduction… What are filters? You own the perfect lens and create stunning images, is it possible to make those pictures even more wonderful?  You might find the answer to this by using a filter.  Filters are accessories that are added to the front of your lens that emphasize, eliminate, or change the colour density of the image.  Typically made out of glass, resin, or polyester, the transparency of the material allows for correction of light or colour balance.  Want a special effect?  Many filters are designed to add bursts of colour, soften edges and make light sources sparkle. Attaching these…

Glossary of Additional Features Many camcorders come with a number of additional features designed to provide a smooth and effortless shooting process. Chances are, no one camcorder includes all the features listed in our glossary below. The key is finding a model with the features you’ll use for your own type of videography. Auto Slow Shutter Function – Ensures perfect exposure in low light by lowering your shutter speed. This will cause some interesting motion effects as well. AVCHD – A new format for hard disk recording which makes use of a special compression formula that retains excellent colour, detail and crisp…

Key Features It stands to reason that every quality improvement involved in the construction of a camcorder will impact on its price. Listed below are some of the main features that factor into both price and quality. Resolution A higher resolution means there are more pixels capturing information, which means higher quality images. The CCD or CMOS image processor or chip (see below) converts a visual image into an electric signal which the processor converts to digital information. Generally, the larger the CCD or CMOS, the greater the price and resolution of the image – although the power of the…

Recording Media One significant way to categorize camcorders is by the way they capture images. Not long ago, video was available in “analogue” or “linear” format only. You captured images on tape, and then in the process of editing, copied selected scenes on to more tape. Image resolution went down with each generation – one reason why many old home videos seem to suffer in quality when viewed today. Digital has changed it all. Today almost all formats are digital, meaning even the most basic camcorder delivers good quality. From MiniDV tape to DVD to tapeless Hard Disk Drive, the…

Introduction The Home video camcorder has come a long way in a short time. From the large and often unwieldy VHS camcorders that were popular into the 1990’s, video has experienced a revolution. Digitization and miniaturization are just two of radical changes that have made video cameras more affordable, easier to use – and much higher in quality. No matter what level of videographer you are, or plan to become, this is an excellent time to step into the medium – or step up to a higher level. From lens to battery pack, CCD to LCD, and MiniDV to 24p,…

Your Photography Style… What kind of subjects do you shoot most often? Now that you understand the main components that make up a great digital camera, determining your photographic style will also help you narrow down which features you need. Sports Fan Whether you follow the Maple Leafs or your child’s baseball team, shooting fast moving players can cause a lot of blur if you don’t have the right camera. To capture the play in just the right moment, consider the camera’s shutter speed, zoom capabilities, continuous drive, and sports mode. The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is…