On this episode of TWiP, we recap some of the news and announcements coming out of Photokina, Sony comes on strong with the A55, and Photocomment.net editor Tristan Hall joins the discussion.
Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Alex Lindsay, & Tristan Hall
NEWS & DISCUSSION
Photokina 2010 Recap
Tristan attended Photokina for the first time. He was impressed with the size of the show but was disappointed with the lack of ground breaking news during the show. The experience though was great and he was able to see a lot more product that he would see at his local camera stores but most of the major announcements came out prior to the show. Fred wasn't able to attend and he felt he could catch up on most of the news by reading the press releases and following the blogs that were covering the event, but Alex feels that there is something valuable about being able to play with the products and talk to the people in person that can't be replaced yet.
Incredible Shrinking Pro Camera Market
Dan Havlik from PDN Gear Guide wrote about Photokina and the big story being what he didn't see in terms of surprises from in the pro camera space from major companies like Canon and Nikon. The show seemed to be dominated by prosumer and compact DSLRs from a number of consumer electronic companies and smaller photography companies. Alex thinks that the camera companies have to target the prosumer space because phones are eating into the entry level P&S market. One product that was announced that Alex thought was interesting was the Sigma SD1.
Another interesting camera that Tristan had a chance to play with was the Sony Alpha A55, which David Pogue wrote about in the NY Times. This is a camera that uses a translucent mirror which separates the light between the focusing sensor and the imaging sensor and doesn't have a mirror that flips up like a traditional SLR. The A55 can shoot an incredible 10 shots per second and remain focused the entire time because there is no mirror that has to flip out of the way. One drawback in the past has been that these type of mirror-less cameras do not have an optical viewfinder but the new A55 sports a hi-res digital viewfinder.
Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 9
The latest version of Photoshop Elements has been released featuring some of the great features included with Photoshop CS5 such as content aware fill. Both Alex and Fred think that for the person thinking of jumping into Photoshop but is watching their pennies, Elements is a great starting point and if you hit the wall with it, then you can step up into Photoshop.
QUESTION #1: Gurney Hack writes: I have just purchased a Canon 50D to replace my 20D. The 20D still works fine, and I will probably use it as a second camera to save changing lenses. I have a Sigma 18-200 4.5-5.6 and a Canon 50 1.8. Obviously there will be times when each lens is better suited to a purpose but the 50D will be the primary camera, so is it better to have the Sigma or Canon lens with the 50D to take advantage of the better features of the 50D…or does it really matter?
Alex: The reason will be more about the situation you are in and much less about which camera you are shooting on. The reason for using a 50mm lens is when you're shooting portraits and want a small aperture. You'll use the Sigma when you are out walking around and want more flexibility and range of focal lengths in one lens so in both situations it has nothing to do with the camera.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Tristan: Frio double locking coldshoe
- Alex: DoF Calculator for the iPhone
- Frederick: SmugMugPro has a new look
We're re-thinking the photo missions after the incredible response we received around the camera mugs giveaway from a couple of weeks ago. Stay tuned and we'll announce more details soon.
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