Saturday, October 3, 2009

Week in review (Sept 27 - Oct 3)

Another week is in the books! Welcome to the Weekly-Rewind, a desperate attempt at summarizing the week that was in five minutes or less. Five minutes or less, or the next one is free :-)

The Big Story: The Canon 7D floodgates open
The biggest story of the week was the slow but steady opening of the Canon 7D floodgates. As it is often the case with new and high-demand cameras, it is often an adventure finding one in-stock, and the forums catch fire with excitement, samples, first impressions, debates, and of course the obligatory speculation about the replacement model :)

You can catch all the 7D action of the past week, and beyond, by checking out the 7D mini-blog

New Cameras This Week
Sigma promises that this time, unlike all the other times, they have real performance and functionality improvements on their new camera, the DP1s, which is a quixotic (?) attempt at modernizing the DP1.

Sony posted some R&D and prototype eye-candy with their new single-lens 3D technology. Typically, most 3D implementation so far, including the compact Fuji 3D system use two lenses. Of course the Sony technology is for the big iron video cameras at the moment, not of the Cybershot variety.

Not to be outdone by Hasselblad, the Phase One, Mamiya and Schneider alliance had some new product announcements, including four new DSLRs from Mamiya, which forgot to give anyone any tangible details, which si probably why the majority of photography websites ignored them. Phase One unveiled the "base camera" of it all, the 645DF, which is a medium-format camera in need of a digital back for digital capture. Joining the two is Schneider, providing three new digital lenses and being part of this collaboration.

PMA Blues
As if the state of the world economy and the balance sheets of the camera manufacturers were not bad enough, Canon decided to eject from PMA 2010, perhaps opening the door for more virtual trade shows.

Panasonic GF1 ships!
Another big theme this week was the release of the Panasonic GF1, with the GF1 zoom kit currently shipping for $900, while the GF1 pancake kit shipping only for some of the early-bird pre-orderers.

Also good news for Panasonic fans, some of the supply issues are improving, as this week we saw the LX3K, GH1, two M4/3rds lenses (14-140, 7-14), and even the black G1 shipping at their normal prices from different retailers.


Photobadger said...

Email received yesterday from Amazon on my GF1/20mm kit:

The following items have been shipped to you by
Qty Item Price Shipped Subtotal

--------------------------------------------------------------------- items (Sold by, LLC):

1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12... $899.95 1 $899.95

Shipped via UPS

Going to be here on Tuesday.

Will post a bit (I'm not a reviewer!) at

1001 noisy cameras said...

Thanks! Congratulations! Looking forward to your impressions!