Canon 800mm lens is one huge …

via DVICE by Travis Hudson on 1/24/08


It’s day two in our impromptu oversized gadgets series. Today we pay a trip to Canon to take a look at one hell of a gigantic lens. Blowing by the previous largest telephoto lens by 200mm is this 800mm behemoth.

For the nitty gritty, this massive lens goes by the name EF800 f/5.6 IS USM. The IS means this beast of a lens includes image stabilization and USM is the ultrasonic motor included in the lens that allows for quick and silent automatic focusing. Surprisingly, the lens was also constructed in a way that makes it weigh less than its little brother, the EF600, even though they are similar sizes, thanks to a magnesium alloy lens barrel on the EF800.

The Canon lawyers got to work on this lens as well slapping it with the title of the longest focal lens with optical image stabilization available. The downside is always the price, especially with this lens, at $12,000 once it becomes available. Maybe a cheaper spy camera is a better option for your voyeurism, Romeo.

Via Crave

Add optical zoom to your iPhone with Conice 6×18 Zoom attachment

via IntoMobile by dusanb on 1/21/08

Conice 6×18 Zoom attachment

Having owned the Nokia N93, I know that having a phone with the optical zoom is a great thing. That being said I find all those “optical zoom addons” for regular camera phones quite interesting. They are not big, hence are easy to carry around…

Today we’re presenting you with the optical zoom addon for the iPhone. The Conice 6×18 Zoom Attachment may look kinda ugly compared with the device it should be mounted to, but for $15 you can hardly find the more useful accessory for your shiny handset. As you can guess from the name of it, this baby adds 6x optical zoom, allowing you to comfortably spy on others from a safe distance. Not that we’re suggesting you should. It’s just an option. ;)

[Via: MobileWhack]

Nokia XpressMusic 5700 cell phone ready for European tour


You can’t throw a Bluetooth earpiece without hitting a music phone these days, but Nokia’s latest multimedia phone adds something new to the field. What’s the word I’m looking for…? A turn? A spin? In any case, if you want to fire up music, video, or the 2-megapixel camera onboard the XpressMusic 5700, you just rotate the keypad. That’s quite a… um, bend? Loop-de-loop? I don’t know.

The 3G phone uses a an microSD card for storage, with a 2-GB card getting you about 1,500 songs. Possibly notable is its ability to play music protected with Windows Media Digital Rights Management (WM DRM) as well as MP3, AAC and MP4 files. “Stereo” speakers are built right in, and you get some no doubt really crappy earphones in the package, so you’ll probably be more inclined to use a pair of Bluetooth headphones (which probably aren’t included, despite some photographic clues) since, hey, you can with this baby.

The XpressMusic comes to Europe this spring and will cost 350 euros. No plans for any U.S. gigs at this time. Check out another pic of the XpressMusic after the jump.

Nokia, via Engadget


Canon 1Ds mark III – 22 megapixel

Canon 1Ds mark II

According to a post over at Mike Johnstons photography blog ‘The Online Photographer there’s a new 22 megapixel pro camera coming out from Canon. The rumour also says that this camera will be unveiled for the first time at the PhotoPlus Expo 2007 in October 2007. Since the first 1Ds was a 11 megapixel camera and the mark II edition featured a 16 megapixel camera this rumour is probably true…

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Sony’s 10 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-N2 reviewed

The folks over at Imaging Resource got their hands on Sony’s latest and greatest Cyber-shot, the DSC-N2, and seem to like what they see. The 10 megapixel camera is all about its prominent 3-inch touchscreen, and we suppose it’s one of those love it or hate it affairs, but the IR folks sure seem to fall into the former category. One of the niftiest features afforded by the touchscreen, which can be operated with your finger or an included stylus, is a “Spot AF” mode that allows you to point exactly where you’d like to focus, perfect for zeroing in on an off-center subject. They also found most other controls quite intuitive, though they’ve got some minor quibbles with the playback mode. Otherwise, the camera seems like a great performer, with a relatively strong flash, good low-light shots, and responsive performance. That fancy ISO 1,600 might come in handy, but you’ll want to stick at around ISO 200 or below to keep your images relatively noise-free. Other than a few other minor imaging qualms, the camera really looks like a great option for the consumer in search of many megapixels and some interesting functionality, and while the $450 pricetag doesn’t make it exactly a steal, it’s not too bad for what you’re getting.

[Via Digital Photography Blog]