Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Getting The Most From D-SLR Camera Systems
You bought more than just a camera body
Manufacturers regularly post firmware updates on their websites, however, and it's important to check for these for your camera (and in some cases, lenses) because they allow the camera to utilize new advances (such as larger-capacity memory cards that didn't exist when the camera was introduced), add features, and fix glitches that are discovered after the product's introduction (improving reliability and performance). Updating the firmware is free and involves downloading the update file from the website, then connecting the camera to the computer and following the provided directions to install the update in the camera.
Current System Overviews
• 6 D-SLR bodies: The entry-level EOS Digital Rebel XT (8.0 megapixels); mid-range EOS 20D (8.2 MP) and EOS 30D (8.2 MP); full-frame-sensor EOS 5D (12.8 MP); and pro-level EOS-1Ds Mark II (16.7 MP) and EOS-1D Mark II N (8.2 MP, 8.5 fps).
• 61 lenses (57 AF, 4 MF): From 10-22mm to 600mm (35mm equivalent focal-length range of 16-960mm with the EOS Digital Rebel XT, 20D and 30D; 13-780mm with EOS-1D Mark II N; and 10-600mm with 5D and EOS-1Ds Mark II), including 15 Image Stabilizer (IS) lenses, three manual-focus tilt-shift lenses, a 135mm ƒ/2.8 soft-focus lens, three 1:1 macro lenses, and 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.
• Flash: Three accessory units with ISO 100 guide numbers up to 190 (in feet), plus a Macro Ring Light and a Macro Twin Lite, and a wireless Speedlite Transmitter.
• Other: Optional battery grips, AC adapters, extension tubes, interchangeable focusing screens for pro models, angle finders, remote controls, Data Verification Kit for higher-end models, wireless file transmitter.
• 5 D-SLR bodies: The entry-level D50 (6.1 megapixels), mid-level D70s (6.1 MP) and D200 (10.2 MP), and pro-level D2x (12.4 MP) and D2Hs (4.1 MP, 8 fps).
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