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Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR

8.2-Mpxl camera helps speed up workflow

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Canon has introduced its latest digital SLR"?the EOS 30D. Built upon the EOS 20D format, the EOS 30D now includes a 2.5-in. LCD monitor (an increase over the 20D's 1.8-in. monitor) with a 170"? viewing angle, a shutter durability rated to 100,000 cycles, and spot metering capability that covers approximately 3.5% of the viewfinder area at the center.

The 8.2-Mpxl EOS 30D permits userselectable high-speed and low-speed continuous shooting rates up to 5 fps for up to 30 consecutive frames in JPEG mode, 11 frames in RAW, or 9 frames in RAW+JPEG. It also features: a CMOS sensor; DIGIC II Imaging processor; Picture Style setting simulation to control incamera modifications of color, contrast, sharpness, and more; a 0.15-sec start-up time; and a nine-point Wide-Area autofocus system.

To speed up workflow for professional photographers, the EOS 30D also features improved folder management, providing manual folder creation and raising the number of images in each folder to 9999 (up from 100 in the EOS 20D). By pressing one button, EOS 30D users can directly print and directly download images. When connected to a PictBridgecompatible printer, the user can also select paper sizes, cropping, and some special effects. The camera is fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

"Canon focused the EOS 30D digital SLR on professional photographers who need to keep a close watch on their equipment budget and advanced amateurs who want to step up in capabilities," says Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumerimaging group at Canon USA.

Price: $1399 for body only; $1499 for body plus EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens.

Canon also has introduced two new lenses: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. The EF-S 17- 55mm f/2.8 IS USM has a large maximum aperture that, combined with higher shutter speeds, can minimize subject motion blur. The internal stabilization has a sharpness benefit equivalent to a three-stop faster shutter speed, making this lens good for use in low-light situations. Compatible with the EOS 30D, 20D, EOS Digital Rebel XT, and EOS Digital Rebel SLRs, the lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-88mm and will be available in May with an estimated selling price of $1149.

The EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens may be of particular interest to professional photographers. The lens features improvements in AF speed as well as lens coatings that minimize ghost and flare. In addition to its 1.8x faster autofocus, this lens offers high-speed manual focus, distance encoding for E-TTL II flash, and a circular aperture diaphragm that improves the appearance of background areas. The lens has an estimated selling price of $2099.


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