The crash-landing of Flight 1549 was amazing. A brilliant counter-example to the whole bland "Planes can fly themselves" thing. When both engines eat geese, I really do want a person in the cockpit making decisions, not some robot. Might as well pray for divine intervention instead of land the damn thing (which has happened in the past, too). Anyway, a photographer got access to the plane and the recovery process for the crane company... and now people who don't have the right to tell him he can't post the images online are telling him he can't post the images online.
Canon's 220EX has been out for ages to represent the "tiny little flash" market. The only problem is, it has no useful features to speak of that the built-in flash already has, just a smidge more power. It has no bounce or zoom, for example. The 270EX zooms and tilts up for zoom and even lets you control the advanced features on most of the modern G-series and EOS-series cameras via the rear LCD.
Sounds cool, but it's a little expensive, given the flash power.
I've been noticing some people finding my page on Google searching for more detailed information about the 383 Super. Now, since both of my 383's are presently dead and I've started to buy Vivitar 285 HV's instead, I might as well provide yet another guide.
I'm a little scared about the A-series from Canon.
The A-series has represented a great Honda Civic (Or Toyota Corolla, which is the most recent car we've purchased) sort of experience. It's not excellent at anything in particular. It's not the smallest. It's not the most impressive. It's not the best in the darkness. But, at the very least, it gets you most of the way there. It takes decent pictures, has a decent user interface, and doesn't suck in any major way. And because it's utilitarian and not sexy, you don't pay tons of money for it.
In some way, I always figured if I were to have an urge to go digital and a lot of money, the Rollei/Leaf/etc. MF digital system would be the one I'd get. But the company that makes it has just declared itself insolvent.