Friday, February 22, 2013

Top Five Fridays: Most influential interchangeable lens cameras of the past decade

Another Friday, another countdown. This week it's what I consider to be the five digital camera bodies that left the biggest imprint on the industry. This isn't a countdown of 'best' camera bodies, but those that exerted their influence in the industry. I say 'influential' in a fairly literal way, meaning those bodies that introduce features or characteristics which were imitated and duplicated in other future bodies down the road. They don't necessarily have to do these things first - they could just popularize whichever important features they brought to the table. In other words, some aspect of these 5 bodies is seen in many cameras to this day.

I'm narrowing the scope of this countdown to the last decade for a pretty simple reason, and that's to allow me to disregard most of the industry 'firsts' that came to define their class, like the Nikon D1, Canon D30, Canon 1Ds etc. Anyway, here they are:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Top 5 Friday: Canon lenses in need of updating

Before anyone asks - yes, I know it's Monday today, I was a bit late posting this. 2012 was the year that saw most of Canon's pre-1990 lenses finally got refreshed, for better or for worse. Even with those out of the way, there are still quite a few lenses out there that are showing their age in one way or another

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A nickel for your thoughts?

Today is a bit of a special day in Canada, as February 4th marks the beginning of the withdrawal of the penny of circulation, meaning all cash transactions starting today will be rounded to the nearest five cent value. It's been a long time coming, too - each one-cent coin cost 1.6 cents to make, and the last of the darn things was actually minted back in March. Don't bother collecting them though, they won't become rare in our lifetime since there are billions of them floating around. Pennies are still legal tender and electronic transactions remain unaffected (details), but the nickel is now our smallest denomination of circulating currency.