Posts covering the latest photo/video gear including cameras, lenses, aerial imaging platforms, lighting, accessories and more!

Canon EOS 50D

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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…

Intuos4 to launch April 7 at Vistek.

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Vistek is proud to present the exclusive Canadian launch of the new Intuos4 from Wacom! In 4 sizes (ranging from a compact 3.8 x 6.2″ to a hearty 12″ x 19.2″ active area), the new Intous4 features the new Wacom Tip Sensor, 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, customizable ExpressKeys ™, and a multi-function touch ring. With a new design and features inspired by members of the professional creative community, Intuos4 redefines the pen tablet experience. The Intuos4 pen captures the most subtle nuances of pressure, allowing you to dynamically adjust exposure, brush size, opacity and more. User-defined ExpressKeys activate…

The PowerShot D10 – Canon’s first digital waterproof camera.

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In addition to its 12.1-megapixel sensor & 3x optical zoom, the PowerShot D10 is waterproof up to 33 feet, cold resistant to -10°C (14°F) and shockproof up to 4 feet (I still wouldn’t recommended dropping it from a glacier face). This little gem sounds like the perfect vacation accessory – regardless of where your passport takes you. The blue faceplate can be changed for one of three replacement front covers that come in orange, gray or a funky camo print. There’s even a handy dandy carabiner strap so you can be hands-free when the occasion calls for it. But this…

New at Vistek: Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Manfrotto.

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Vistek has just launched what has to be the most comprehensive Manfrotto site in Canada. A world-wide favourite with their innovative tripods, heads and lighting support systems, Manfrotto is a name known to photographers, videographers & lighting experts. The Manfrotto Brand Site highlights product arrays for Lighting & Camera Support in an organized, succinct and logical fashion. Everything you’ve ever wanted (or needed) to know about Manfrotto can be found now at Vistek.

Mofiria: Mobile security at your fingertips!

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The folks at Sony have come up with an ingenious method of securing our mobile devices from theft or unauthorized use. They’re developing a new finger vein authentication technology, called mofiria, that could effectively lock up our laptops & cellphones and keep them safe from intruders… only to be unlocked by an near-infrared scan (via a CMOS sensor) of the veins in our finger! This Mofiria technique uses a unique method where a CMOS sensor captures scattered light inside the finger veins. The vein pattern is extracted from the captured image and data from this pattern is compressed to store…

New Canon Camcorder Lineup Unveiled

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Canon had a new lineup of camcorders to unveil and, with 5 new High Def  & 5 Standard Def camcorders set to hit the market, they’re making sure they’ve covered all their bases for 2009. In addition to Canon’s core imaging technologies, these newest to the family include some new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility. A new image processor (DIGIC DV III) is featured in select VIXIA models along with 8.0 Megapixel photo capture, Video Snapshot Mode, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, and an advanced Auto Exposure system round out…

Epson Stylus Pro 7900 & 9900 Large-Format Printers

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The next generation of Epson Stylus Pro level large-fromat printers have arrived — and they’re as impressive as the hype surrounding them. The 24″ Stylus Pro 7900 & the 44″ Stylus Pro 9900 both combine the existing MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the new Epson 10-colour UltraChrome® HDR (high dynamic range) pigment ink system – effectively delivering a higher level of print quality, increased performance (with speeds almost twice as fast as previous models), and the widest colour gamut ever from Epson Stylus Pro printers. So, what’s so new about the HDR inks? Well for starters, all-new orange and green…

60 Megapixels at your fingertips: Phase One’s P65+

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No, that’s not a typo. This bad boy really sports 60 Megapixels (60.5, to be exact). It hasn’t hit the shelves yet (late 2008 is what’s been announced), but the new P65+ from Phase one will be the first full frame 645 medium format camera system and digital back. The P65+ has a sensor measuring 40.4 X 53.9mm, which means 20% greater coverage than some previously announced full frames – which, as it turned out, were still sporting a 36 x 48mm sensor. This means 20% higher resolution for the same pixel density, and the ability to utilize existing and…

Enhance your memory with Vistek Exclusive Acumem Memory Cards

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Acumem is the new kid on the high-end memory cards block that’s exclusively available from Vistek. They have the same exemplary quality and endure the same testing standards as their higher-priced counterparts, but they don’t share the same sticker shock. AND – on top of a lifetime warranty for the card, itself – you can archive your images (the number of images varies based on which card you own) for up to 30 years. The card actually comes  pre-loaded with software to connect you to the Swiss Picture Bank site, where your archived images are kept. Sweet! Varying formats and…

Nikon D90

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Well, it’s been 2 years since Nikon gave us the D80. And now… amidst much speculation and rumour, along comes the Nikon D90.  This is a camera that will appeal to everyone, from the first-time DSLR user to the serious amateur wanting more in-depth photographic control but without the cost and weight of a D300. While the D90 seems to have some nifty new bells & whistles, it’s more of an update than a full-on replacement. The most exciting and talked about bell (or whistle, depending on how you view these things) is the fact that it’s the world’s first…