March 5 2008 - Photo Jottings

March 5 2008


I’ve gone through all my lenses (for Sony) and tested them for focusing accuracy and speed on the A700, and inserted that information in the updated lens review pages.  I’ve also included Bokeh in most of the reviews, though some lenses were rented and I wasn’t able to retrieve that data.  I can tell you that the A700 is much better at focusing than the A100, and from what I’ve read and heard, the A200 and A300 series are better than the A100 also.

In the coming days look for a tour of Picacho peak, a state park and… site of the largest civil war battle in Arizona.  Actually, it’s now noted for the poppies that sprout up in the springtime.
In other news today, Olympus announces an update to their already small DSLR.  The E-420 is pretty much the same as the E-410 so no big deal here, but the most interesting item took a backseat to the camera unfortunately, and it’s the little 25mm F/2.8 lens that’ll be an option.  It equals 50mm on the 4/3 system.  Just look at the pictures below and see what I’m talking about.  This combo may be the first DSLR you can fit in a jacket pocket.  Supposedly it’s a mere .9″ or 23mm thick and will cost around $250 or $699 with the camera.  I’d probably rather have a 35mm if it’s going to be a prime, but that’s me.  Look at the neat little camera below for more info.

Olympus E-420 home page

  • Olympus E-420
  • 10mp CCD sensor.
  • 2.7″ LCD with 230,000 pixels.
  • JPEG
    3.5fps unlimited.
  • ISO 100-1600.
  • Live view.
  • No image stabilization, I guess you can’t have everything.
  • Face detection.
  • Just 380g without battery or lens.
  • CF I &II slot, and of course xD.
  • Shadow adjustment technology, same as DRO.
  • wireless remote, or wired which are extra dough.
  • Redesigned grip!!!.
  • 380g or 13.4oz without lens or battery.
  • 25mm F/2.8 pancake lens: 95g 23mm X 64mm.
  • Body 5.1″ X 3.6 X 2.1 or 130mm X 91mm X 53mm.
  • Priced at $499 for the body, $699 with 25mm lens, or $599 for regular kit lens.
  • Available (US) in May ’08.

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