Canon intros two DSLRs

Rebel SL2

Designed for the advanced amateur photographer, the Canon 6D Mark II is a full-frame DSLR and features several enhancements over its predecessor model.

Details are available on our companion site.

The Canon Rebel SL2 DSLR is aimed at those stepping up from a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera.

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Say goodbye to Lexar memory cards

Lexar memory cards will soon be gone from your favourite store. Micron Technology, owner of the Lexar brand, says it is discontinuing its Lexar retail removable media storage business.

So, if you’re a fan of Lexar memory cards – and many are – better get a bunch of them now while they’re still available. Same goes for Lexar USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.

Micron, according to Jay Hawkins, vice-president of the company’s consumer products group, is currently looking at selling all or part of the Lexar business. So while the name might continue, there’s no guarantee the same quality will be part of the equation.

Major changes ahead for photokina

Cologne, Germany, site of photokina

This is one of those “is nothing sacred?” moments. Photokina, which bills itself as the world’s largest photo imaging event, and which has clung to a bi-annual schedule since, well, forever, will become an annual event beginning in 2019. On top of that, it will move from its September calendar slot to May, also effective in 2019.

To prepare for an annual schedule, the 2018 photokina, which will be held in September, will shorten its duration from five days down to four, and will be a four-day event from that time on.

The change, says the organizer, “reflects fast moving industry trends . . . with shortened innovation cycles.”

The event will put “increased emphasis on the continued conversion of photography and mobile phones.” Accordingly, product lines will now include handset manufacturers, imaging phone accessories, application development and finished applications. In addition photokina will cover virtual and augmented reality, facial recognition, cloud computing and holography.

I think we’re still safe in saying the show will continue to be held in Cologne, Germany.