Sunday, May 24, 2009

Week in review (May 18-24, 2009)

Welcome to another edition of the weekly rewind, a recap of the week that was! Let's see what happened! But first, you can also catch up with the previous week.

The Big Story: Pentax K-7 is revealed officially
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what the story of this week was. Why of course the launch of the Pentax K7, which we captured in this 26-hour countdown marathon, and unlike our previous "Dubai Countdown", this resulted in a dramatic product announcement :) For more of our K7 coverage, be sure to check the K7 mini-blog.

This also came with two new WR (weather-resistant) kit lenses, which reminds us we have to write our usual announcement summaries for the "record books". Coming up before Tuesday :)

And already, the K7 is available for preordering at Amazon for $1300 as body-only.

The B-story: New Sony Alpha gear geared towards the average consumer
Sony had its mini big-bang very early this week, on what feels like a month ago, but it's actually just a week ago. Sony revealed a trio of new DSLRs that run in parallel to their current trio of sub-$1000 DSLRs, and their main goal is to make DSLR photography more approachable to the average photographer and the average consumer.

To go with these, they also introduced four new lenses with a focus-motor built-in, the SAM lenses. Two of them are the standard kit lenses and two of them are primes. All four are "DT" lenses.

You can catch up with it at our Sony page.

Panasonic GH1 excitement
If it wasn't for the new Sony and Pentax camera announcements, the Panasonic GH1 would have been the star of the week, with more samples, reviews and action, including two new Lumix-branded adapters for the Leica M-series and R-series lenses. Also, samples from the GH1, and 14-140 and 7-14mm M43 lenses, and a GH1 review at CNet by Lori G. You can catch up with it all at our GH1 mini-blog.

Nikon D5000 vs Canon Digital Rebel T1i
While the buzz was focused on the K7 and GH1, among the currently-shipping cameras, the Nikon D5000 and Canon T1i/500D dueled for reviews and discounts, as both of them had some action this week and dropped about $50 for the one-lens kits at some retailers. You can follow all their stories via the D5000 and T1i/500D mini-blogs.

Other New Products
In addition to the Pentax K7 and WR kit lenses, we had the Voigtlander 50mm f1.1 lens announcement, and the European annie of the Kodak M420, a typical P&S camera, but with a lens that starts at 28mm wide.

Impact Review
Lost in-between the Pentax and Sony shuffle was the first full-size Sigma DP2 review by a camera-review site. The Sigma DP2 was analyzed by Photo Review. Check our coverage of the review.

Catch up with everything
You can catch up with all the updates at our main blog by checking all the May 2009 posts. We are also working on coming up with an all-inclusive stream that includes all the smaller blogs. We'll post an update when that one is ready.

Next week
We hope to launch two blogs products with the secret code word "K-projects", and if things are quiet, we will catch up with some infrastructure and reference materials, and bring back some of our regular weekly blog features.

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