Sunday, May 18, 2008

Week in review (May 12 to 18, 2008)

Welcome to another edition of our weekly recap! So what did we have this week?

Digital Lens Series tips off
We started our multi-part digital-only lens round-up series this week with Nikon DX lenses and Canon EF-S lenses. On Monday we will be posting the Sony Minolta DT lenses, and the Pentax DA lenses, and later in the week we'll go through Four Thirds, and then Sigma, Tamron and Tokina.

New Olympus E520 and 9-18mm wide angle lens
Olympus announced a replacement to their mid-range E510 this week, the new lovely E520, a camera most Four Thirds fan-addicts were expecting. The price is fairly reasonable ($700 with kit lens), and it is already available for pre-ordering. The 9-18mm lens is providing wide-angle Four Thirds fans a more affordable wide solution, with a price of around $600 when it comes around later this year.

Rebel Rebel!
Perhaps a pure coincidence, but a day later Canon had a "leak" in a new software update, where the name of the Canon Digital Rebel XS 1000D DSLR was shown.

Digital Camera Market
We had our usual two soap-opera episodes of the Amazon Top Selling Digital Camera Charts, on Monday where the Nikon D300 with the 18-200 DX VR crashed into the Top 25 after a favorable price, and on Thursday where the three Digital Rebel models went wild.

And an independent non-serialized edition of The Charts, looking at the top selling superzooms at Amazon. At the time we took the snapshot there were 16 superzooms in the Top 100. We define superzooms to be digital cameras with a fixed lens having a zoom ratio of 10X or more.

We also posted new updates to the Digital Camera Deals Wire, where we are currently trying a chaotic floating three column format. Tylenol not included, but should be :)

Using a more traditional format, but still chaotic, we posted the reader's choice feature Weekend Shopper and also posted a Noisy Shopper Alert when we saw the Panasonic TZ5A at $269.

One way to take the pulse of the market is to see who's advertising what and where. If you are into that, be sure to check the new Ad Tracker, reviewing (!) select camera ads from the June 2008 edition of Pop Photo.

Regular Columns
We found a new name for our chaotic GR-powered page, we are now calling it The Noisy Situation Room. Instead of using 100" LCDs, we use free text boxes :)

The Most Popular posts among our RSS subscribers has now become a regular weekly feature. Also regular (not thanks to fiber) was the Discover New Sites and Blogs feature, "discovering" lots of new stuff at Friendfeed.

Another regular feature is the forum digest, where we find threads of interest in the photo-forum-sphere. Also regular, a post that rotates and showcases pictures from our Flickr pool, as a small thank you to all our readers for their support.

But wait, there's more!
Our "Big Monday" feature this week was voted by the readers, and it was a listing of photography shows airing on TV in May 2008.

While surfing around the net we discovered this interesting story, where a photography blog managed to generate 3700 comments in 11 hours, and it had nothing to do with rumors of new high-end DSLRs or other digital cameras. And most of those comments came in the middle of the night. Why? Well, find out! We promise, it's nowhere near as complicated as the plot of LOST :)

Also posted were two episodes of Noisy at Nite, a late night lightweight round-up post, one of them on Monday Night (football not included), and the other on Wednesday.

If you missed any of last week's posts, you can catch up with last week's rewind.

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