Questions With Christian Erhardt: Vice President of Marketing Photographic Division, Leica Camera USA

I recently had the pleasure to chat with Christian Erhardt who is Vice President of Marketing Photographic Division, Leica Camera USA. On the agenda were questions about how Leica has changed recently with the success of their new products, their growing userbase, and tactics to lure in the average American consumer. Hit the jump for the full interview.

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Second Take: Olympus EPL-1

The Olympus EPL-1 is not a camera that many readers of ThePhoblographer would flock towards, however, I decided to give it a second look as I have been told that my previous posting was very harsh on the camera. This time, I not only tried my friend’s camera but also one at a local camera dealer. Let’s get right into this with another analysis then.

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Field Review: Canon 7D (Day 2)

The field review of the Canon 7D continues and accompanied me to the recent Pillow Fight in Union Square. I’ve shot this event for the past four years and so have an understanding of what typically goes on here. Being an action and sports camera, let alone a rugged one, I thought that the 7D would’ve been the perfect camera for this. The answer: yes and no.

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A Hint of What's To Come With Canon?

Something that I asked for from Canon in my Nikon D3s review was the ability to use the crop sensor area mode that Nikon allows users in their more advanced models. It’s a very useful feature and really helps out in many situations. Photography Bay just finished their review of the Canon T2i and they seem to really be pushing the new cropped movie mode.

Canon has been known to introduce certain features and then implement them in future bodies. For example, the variety of movie modes were first available in the 7D, then the 1D Mk IV and finally the T2i. The T2i allows for cropped movie mode recording though, something not available in the other bodies. Could this perhaps mean that the 60D and 1Ds Mk IV will have this feature as well? If so, will it also allow for the capture of stills this way too? If it does, it could potentially eat into 1D Mk IV sales unless the shutter speed really isn’t as fast and it is meant more for squarely taking on the D3x.

Only time can tell. This photographer has his fingers crossed. We could probably see it soon as the 50D is being offered right now at a rebate.

Canon photographers, weigh in. What do you think?

Hands on and Hands Off: Olympus EPL-1

I recently had the pleasure of testing the Olympus EPL-1 that is being so highly raved about while on an excursion in Chinatown. While this is a camera that people stepping up to interchangable lens cameras might appreciate, I don’t think I ever want to touch one again. There are flaws with the camera that I really wasn’t satisfied with in addition to huge problems that are totally unacceptable. My conclusions are after the jump.

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Canon 50D Rebates Are Available

Instant rebates are now available on the Canon 50D along with a couple of lenses when they are purchased together.

Canon 50D (body only)

With 28-135mm lens

With 18-200mm lens

With 17-85mm lens

Note that all of these are conditional with $400-500 off. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

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Field Test: Nikon D3x (Day 1)

My old boss, Sal Cangeloso over at Geek.com got to test out my Nikon D3x recently and his reactions are very positive towards it. While Sal is more of a hobbyist and very advanced enthusiast he confirms that the Nikon D3x is surely a camera meant for people that know what they’re doing. While you’re at it, also check out his test of some yummy Zeiss glass that we checked out.

My field review starts soon. So look out for that.

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Field Review: Nikon D300s (Final Day)

Despite the fact that the Nikon D3s seemed to be my constant companion for the past two weeks, the Nikon D300s also accompanied me many times where I felt the D3s was overkill, too bulky or I needed a backup camera. The new 70-200mm F2.8 ED VR II was almost always on it. My final thoughts on the camera and its uses at PAX East 2010 are after the jump.

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Field Review: Nikon D3s (Day 8)

The review of the Nikon D3s is nearing an end, and of all the cameras I am reviewing at the moment it is the camera that I have been most impressed with so far. I went to PAX East this past weekend and shot a couple of concerts. As you know, I am a concert photographer and have been for some time now. The D3s blew away my expectations for concert shooting. Here’s how.

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Field Review: Nikon D3s (Day 7)

This past weekend I was PAX East covering the event for my other website, 2D-x.com. The Nikon D3s with 24-70mm F2.8 ED almost never left my side and I’ve really grown attached to the pair. So did the cosplayers and booth babes. Oh, by the way, here’s an image dump of them demonstrating the image quality and sharpness of the pair.

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Field Review: Nikon D3s (Day 5)

The Nikon D3s and 24-70mm F2.8 ED went along with me to a Pokemon battle tournament at Nintendo World in Rockefeller Center. As News Editor for 2D-x.com, and also a photographer/editor for years, I demand great quality images. This posting is  reflection on how the D3s served me at this recent event. All images were shot in JPEG mode and at very high ISO settings. As you may probably know already, many other reviewers have crowned the D3s to be king of the High ISO range. As you’ll be able to see from the JPEGs this is true. However, there is a lot more besides great quality images that goes into shooting events.

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