Sigma has announced a 50mm f1.4 lens for Four Thirds system DSLRs, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM. The 50mm lens, long considered the standard in 35mm SLR photography, will have a 35mm equivalent of 100mm on a Four Thirds camera, making it a 100mm f1.4 lens effectively. That is a very fast medium telephoto lens, great for lowlight shooting, or portraits with a very shallow depth of field. The lens features Sigma's Hyper Sonic Motor(HSM) for faster and quieter autofocusing; it also has full-time manual focus override. Pricing and availability information were not … Read more
Tokina has announced a versatile new 8x zoom lens, the Tokina AT-X 16.5mm-135mm f3.5-5.6 DX lens. It's a digital-only lens, featuring a wide focal length range, and it will be available for Canon and Nikon lens mounts. It has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 26mm to 216mm on a Canon DSLR, and a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 25mm to 203mm on a Nikon DSLR. The lens has a close-focusing distance of about 18 inches. No pricing or availability information was available, but it is said to be shipping early in 2009.
CNET Tech Editor Matt Fitzgerald joins us on today's show to shoot the film with us on a flurry of random stories from around the Internet, including George Takeiiiiiii's marriage, the inevitable death of TRL, the new POS Dragonball Z movie, the final word in iPhone updates, and more!
The morning starts off with a few crank calls (do I smell a new recurring segment?) that ends with us being forever banned from picking up a CNET telephone. Oh well, phones are overrated anyway. Anyway, I know we all bitch about iPhones incessantly on the show (especially Jeff "Hatin' on Fools" Bakalar), but most of our former qualms are solved by the newest firmware upgrade to end all firmware upgrades, version 2.1! If you have an iPhone, 3G or Edge, do yourself a favor and install the upgrade. Battery life is increased, phone crashes and dropped calls are nonexistent, and no more text lags! After three tries, Apple finally got it right. Now, if only they enabled cut/paste, SMS forwarding, and picture messaging....baby steps, Mr. Jobs, baby steps.EPISODE 185 Download today's podcast … Read more
This week Tamron announced a new ultrawide-angle zoom lens, the SP AF 10-24mm Di II LD f3.5-4.5, for use with Canon and Nikon APS-C sensor-size dSLRs. Versions for Pentax and Sony will be announced in the future.
The lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 16mm to 37mm. It offers a wider focal length range, and a faster aperture than Tamron's current SP AF 11-18mm Di II f4.5-5.6 lens. A flower shaped lens hood is included with it. The lens has a close focusing distance of 9.4 inches, a 77mm filter size, is 3.… Read more
If you're a Canon shooter and always wished Canon made a do-everything 18-200mm lens like others make, well, it finally arrived.
Canon on Tuesday announced its latest EF-S lens, the 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS. It offers an incredibly wide focal length range, with a 35mm equivalent range of 29-320mm. The lens features Canon's built-in optical image stabilization system, with a claimed 4-stop effect. With a minimum focusing distance of 18 inches, you will get pretty close for a big lens. Its focal-length versatility makes it ideal for traveling, and for anytime you don't want to carry … Read more
Cooliris for Firefox (formerly PicLens) is an add-on for Firefox that makes viewing images much more elegant and fun. Once installed, you can simply perform a search for images at a Cooliris-enabled site--like Google, Flikr, or Amazon--to bring up a full-screen 3D wall of results. Grab the bar at the bottom to watch your wall of results scroll by smoothly on your screen. When you find an image or movie you like, click on it to get a larger view. Cooliris also lets you search from within the interface by category or by site with its Discovery tools.
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On the show today: Justin calls in from bed, the Spanish Olympic basketball team is a bunch of racists, some chicks are using wide contact lenses to achieve "Anime eyes," fake porn inspectors, and putting Lojack in your PS3.
Sorry--today's post just won't be as long as Justin wants. It's just not gonna happen. We don't understand how he finds the time to do it anyway, so we're not gonna try and do it ourselves.
With Justin's trip to the "doctor," it leaves Wilson and I to fend for ourselves … Read more
Cross-platform, cross-browser, and proud of it, browser plug-in PicLens is to Web surfing as an IMAX screen is to a 13-inch laptop monitor. In theory, it takes the images it finds on a Web site, expands them to super-extra-large size, and then lets you surf through them in a classy scaling interface that we think we last saw in Iron Man. Or maybe it was The Dark Knight.
Installing it places a button on the Toolbar. When you're on a PicLens-enabled Web site, click the PicLens button to activate the PicLens interface. Your screen will go black, and all … Read more
The fun browser add-on PicLens has incorporated YouTube and Amazon.com into the short but hopefully soon-to-grow list of supported Web sites. Compatible with Firefox on Windows and Mac, Internet Explorer, and Safari, PicLens recreates your surfing experience with a futuristic graphical display.
As Rafe talked about in February, PicLens highlights the image content of a site and allows you to whip back and forth using mouse gestures instead of conventional static browsing. If you're familiar with how it works with an image site like Flickr, the YouTube interface is identical. The PicLens plug-in will install a grid button … Read more
Online storage provider Dropio has a cool new feature for its users today, allowing them to tap into Twitter to post updates every time they add files to one of their storage folders. Dropio's architecture is based around folders (called "drops") so after plugging in your Twitter log-in to any specific drop it will broadcast changes every time files are added or removed.
What makes this feature particularly useful is that you can assign it to specific drops but not all of them at once, meaning if you want to keep some files and uploads private you … Read more