"Real" Rebels, Exclusive Lenses, And More
Thoughts En Route And When Returning From Japan
Last month, this column was about software; this month the focus is on hardware. I'm writing this on a Boeing 777 as it flies across the Pacific Ocean toward Japan and will complete it on the way back. In between I'll visit representatives of Canon Inc. (www.canon.com) and ask questions, such as: If the EOS Digital Rebel, the camera tucked inside a red Lowepro (www.lowepro.com) Micro Trekker 200 in the overhead bin, has the same chip as an EOS 10D, what's going to happen to that camera? And what about the EF-S lens? Here's the deal: the 18-55mm EF-S lens only works with the Digital Rebel and won't fit any other Canon film or digital SLR. (Please, don't call them D-SLRs.) The lens, at its widest setting, only covers the 6-megapixel Digital Rebel chip, so while it measures 18mm at its widest, it only covers an area equivalent to a 33mm lens on a 35mm setup. Got it? It makes my head spin around. And what about the D80 for sale in Germany on a camera store's website?
Here's what I discovered.
The "D80" on the German website (www.fotovideoplus.ch/CANON/EOS_D80.html)
appears to be a fake; it's a cobbled together Photoshop camera built
using digital bits and pieces of an EOS 3 and some whimsy. It turns out
there have been others. After I predicted the Digital Rebel, several websites
created digital versions using a Rebel Ti film camera as the basis. The
only problem, they left the mid-roll rewind button! As I write this somewhere
over the Aleutians, no replacement for the EOS 10D has been announced
but I can't imagine Canon having two cameras with the same imager
in the line-up for very long. So like I anticipated the Digital Rebel,
I'll predict a real 8-megapixel D80 and expect it will look a lot
like the EOS 10D and won't be called D80.
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