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Canon leaks EOS50D details

Canon’s successor to the EOS40D is now a matter of public record.

The most important issue for me as an EOS40D owner is the degree of light sensitivity the new model camera offers; the 40D goes to ISO 1600 and will “push” to ISO 3200. The 50D goes to ISO 3200 and will “push” to ISO 12800, which is a huge improvement, particularly for wide-field astro photography which is an interest of mine, but also for low-light shooting in general. Higher ISO capabilities extend the range of situations any lens can be used in, a very welcome upgrade.

Among the sample images is one of a race car that was shot at ISO 1600; examining the dark areas of the shot, much less noise is evident than I would have expected based on my experience with the 40D. This is hugely encouraging.

The leak exposed a number of photos and diagrams that relate directly to the EOS50D; you can view those here, in a new flickr group I’ve created to support the camera and its users.

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Why Video Fails It

When it comes to opinion, commentary, and interviews, I am not enthusiastic about video. Not at all. Never really have been. But I hadn’t given it much thought; just sort of lumped the whole thing in with commercials, which I despise, “DJ” babbling, which I also despise, and the general failure of the mass media to properly do what I consider to be its job, which is report things as they are and as they happen, rather than give me their opinions, which I am not interested in.

So today I ran into a link on a website that announced that it led to an interview with someone of general interest to me (it doesn’t really matter who.) I clicked on the link, it is fair to say, with considerable interest. But as it turned out, the link led to a video of an interview. I felt let down. Not a little bit; a lot. I lost interest in pursuing the presentation; and this change of heart happened fast enough that it caught my attention as a mini-event all by itself. I didn’t watch. Instead, I did a little thinking, and here’s what I came up with.

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