the unofficial official camera of the White House

About a month ago, the official portrait of the President of the United States was released. Engadget dug into the EXIF data and provided the vitals.

camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
lens: 105mm
aperture: f/10
exposure: 1/125 second
ISO: 100
flash: none
photographer: Pete Souza (official White House photographer)
date: 1/13/2009 5:38 p.m.

It’s very interesting that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II craze has hit the White House. Part of me is bummed that the White House is using only a 35mm equiv digicam. I’d think they’d be using a medium format digicam like the Hasselblad H3D. The H3D’s image sensor is 48 x 36 mm compared to th 5D Mark II’s 24 x 36mm. That’s exactly twice as big. It’s all about image sensor size nowadays. Because the H3D’s double image sensor, it can rightfully claim a 39 megapixel size which is almost twice the 5D Mark II’s 21 megapixels.

Perhaps the economy has hit the White House as well. No H3D for you, Obama.