No Longer a Rumor: Canon 50D and the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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You can now pre-order these items. The Canon 50D retails at $1,400 at Amazon, body only. You can also choose to purchase it with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens as a bundled kit for $2,099.99.

Get ready to weep. Canon just issued a press release announcing the Canon 50D. At first glance it looks just like the 40D. A lot of people are wondering why they’ve replaced the 40D so soon when it’s the 5D that badly needs the upgrade. For one thing, they insist it’s not a 40D replacement. Sure. As for the 5D upgrade, well, we’re all holding our breath. Going back to the 50D, here’s what’s under the hood.

15.1 Megapixels
The 50D retains the same old APS-C sensor which means a crop factor of 1.6x. What I like about what they did is that they redesigned the photosites on the sensor itself to fit in 15.1 megapixels on it.

Didn’t they just release DIGIC 3? Apparently they had to come out with DIGIC 4 to enable the 50D to burst at 6.3 frames per second and to deliver 14-bit image processing. This should translate to smoother gradients in your photos.

ISO 100-3200, expandable to 12800
Yes. You’re reading it right. ISO 12800. I would love to try out this camera just to see how it performs at 12800.

3.0″ Clear View VGA LCD
At last they decided to upgrade the LCD to VGA. This was the biggest disappointment we had with the 40D. The pixels count remained the same from the Rebel XTi which had a 2.5″ LCD. We all know what happens when you increase the surface area without changing pixel count.

The 50D will be shipping out at the end of September and will retail at approximately 1199.99 GBP. It’s approximately $1399 US and $1599 when bundled with the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. You can find the full product specs and press release here.

Lisa is ominously headed towards our piggy bank with a hammer.

For those looking for affordable compact telephoto zooms, here’s one that looks more promising than the 55-250mm IS: the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS

There have been a lot of powerful compact telephoto zoom lenses to hit the market lately. The EF-S 18-200 f/3.5 – 5.6 IS is the latest model to be released. It has a whopping 11x zoom range and an equivalent focal range of 28-320mm when attached to a camera with an APS-C sensor. The unit also features Canon’s newest Image Stabilization technology that is rated at 4 stops. Below are some of the features included in the press release.

High quality optics
The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS features a 16 element, 12 group construction which includes UD and aspherical lens elements.

4-stop Image Stabilizer
The IS included in the lens has an automatic panning feature which will make sure you still get crisp images even when following a moving subject.

No flare or ghosting
The lens are also treated with Canon’s Super Spectra coatings to help eliminate any reflections that can cause ghosting or flares in you shots.

You can read the full release here.

The Canon 50D retails at $1,400 at Amazon, body only. You can also choose to purchase it with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens as a bundled kit for $2,099.99.

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