February 28, 2009

Sony Alpha A900 detail resolution: RAW vs JPEG.

Source: Artaphot.ch
Artaphot: It is well known that the alpha 900 JPEGs are not exactly perfect - especially concerning high ISO levels (ISO 1600 - 6400). However, low ISO JPEGs are far from showing the real capabilities of the 24MP sensor as well (... more)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 full review and video tour in HD

Source: cameralabs.com.
Cameralabs: Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1 is the first camera to be based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. Micro Four Thirds was jointly developed by Olympus and Panasonic to target those who want the flexibility and quality of camera with a large sensor and interchangeable lenses,(...More)

Canon 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700 Review Shoot-Out

Source: John Mahoney/GIZMODO

For the last few months, we've been shooting with the two hottest cameras on the market. Lucky us. If you've been eyeing either one of these for purchase, here's everything you need to know.
Camera makers love to invent new categories. And while that can often lead to endless bloat, the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D700 represent a sweet spot that had never been hit before—the semi-pro body with a full-frame sensor. And it's the category with the most bang for buck we've seen to date.(...More)

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Giz Explains: Why Lenses Are the Real Key to Stunning Photos

Source: Matt Buchanan / GIZMODO.
Matt Buchanan: When most of us talk digital cameras, we talk megapixels, ISO, image noise, shot-per-second speed and image processing. We're tech geeks. But really, none of that stuff matters as much as your camera's lens.(... More)

February 27, 2009

Ricoh GX200 Review - Part 1

Source: Ricoh GR-Diary News

Ricoh GR-Diary News: If you are looking to purchase a camera that offers you full manual functions, a wide angle zoom lens starting at 24mm, RAW, offers the option to use a removable EVF and allows you to use AAA batteries in emergency situations you will have only two options, the Ricoh GX100 and GX200. (...More)

Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

Source: Photoclub Alpha.

Photoclub Alpha: Tamron’s new ultra wide angle zoom for APS-C/DX is getting a bit of a blasting from reviewers. Now, when I see this happen, I get curious. Lens testing is often badly designed for such zooms, involving test chart targets at distances which are extremely close and result in very bad figures caused mainly by a strong curvature of field (dished, ‘cap’ shape relative to the camera) when gets worse in effect the closer you focus. (... More)

New Tamron blog "Angle of View".

Tamron recently launched a new blog.

New Tamron blog "Angle of View"

Epson releases New Rangefinder "R-D1xG".

Epson will start shipping the new rangefinder "R-D1xG" from April 2009,

New Rangefinder "R-D1xG" / Epson.jp (Translate-google)

February 26, 2009

Nikon DTOWN Launches - New website with Nikon DSLR TIPS & TRICKS.

Source: Nikon DTOWN.Com.

Nikon DTOWN is a weekly show brought to you by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski with KelbyTraining.com.
Join us here each week as Scott and Matt share their photography knowledge along with the coolest tips and tricks out there for Nikon’s digital SLR cameras. (... More)

Photoshop CS4 update now available

Source: blogs.adobe.com.
John Nack: Adobe has released an update for Photoshop CS4 (Mac|Win). You can also get the update by choosing Help->Updates from within Photoshop. From the download page:(...More)

February 25, 2009

Nikon D5000 at PMA2009 - Specs Rumor

● 12.3 mp sensor (The same sensor that comes with the Nikon D300 and D90 simplified version)
● ISO: 200 - 3200 ( ISO 100-6400 with boost)
● AF: 11 points. (...More)

5DMk2 sRAW1 vs D700

Source : dpreview.com/forum
We were hoping that Dpreview will do a side by side comparison of the 5DMk2 sRAW1 with D700 this would have been a fairer than 21MP vs 12MP. (...More)

New Olympus Camera Rumor

New Olympus micro 4/3rd's camera in June and that it will be "40% smaller" than the E420.

dpreview.com/forum : At Focus on Imaging today in Birmingham, UK, Olympus were giving out a newsletter on their stand (Pixel: Olympus Issue). In it's there's some interesting info about release dates for micro 4/3rd's.... (More)

February 24, 2009

Nikon M1 Body and Lenses

Nikon MX Forecast by KenRockwell.

KenRockwell: Nikon may announce the MX medium-format system any time between now and 03 March 2009. If it hits a major program snag, as it did before the planned announcement at WPPI's BIG night at 8:30PM on 16 February 2009, which Nikon had been trumpeting for 5 months before, the announcement could get pushed out, and ultimately, the project can always get canned.... (More)

Olympus E-620 Preview

by DPReview.

DPReview: Olympus has established a tradition of offering very well specified cameras in the entry-level, and was one of the first to offer two cameras in this bracket - the little E-410 and its image-stabilized big brother, the E-510 (later upgraded to the 420 and 520 respectively). Now it has introduced the E-620, a model that will 'sell alongside' the E-420 and E-520 (in the sense that we suspect it will eventually replace the E-520) as the company's attempt at a '450D-killer' ... (More)

February 23, 2009

NEW ! Olympus E-620 will go on sale in the USA from May 2009.

imaging-resource: The Olympus E-620 brings the 12.3 effective megapixel Live MOS image sensor from the mid-range E-30 digital SLR into a more affordable body. Where the E30 is priced at $1,300, the E-620 will have a significantly lower pricetag of $700 - both prices being for the camera body only. A kit bundle will see the Olympus E620 sold with an ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens for $800 all-in... (More)

SIGMA SD15 at Imaging 2009

by Ian Burley/dpnow.com.
This is a mock-up of Sigma's next DSLR, the Foveon sensor-equipped SD15. It has a larger 3 inch LCD screen and rearranged controls at the rear. The image processor has also been updated. Resolution is unchanged and the front of the SD15 looks almost identical to the SD14.(...More)

Pentax Drops Price on K20D

PENTAX K20D body only: $799.95
PENTAX K20D with DA 18-55mm II lens kit: $879.95
PENTAX K20D with DA 16-45mm lens kit: $1199.95

Photographybay: Pentax has dropped the price of their K20D. The new price of $800 for the body is what some might call a steal. Details below.(...More)

Nikon D3X New Champion.

New 1600 Club Overall results and Sensor Performance Results.

Nikon D3X, Canon 50D, Nikon D90 and the Canon 5D have been added to the 1600 Club camera rankings. Each camera has been tested and ranked for both of the 1600 Clubs camera rankings.... (More)

More Information on New TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lenses by Canon Digital Learning Center.

Canon Digital Learning Center : An Introduction to Canon’s New Tilt-Shift Lenses.
This is an entirely new category of lens, never before offered by any camera manufacturer. A super-wide angle lens of superior optical quality, with full tilt and shift capability (...More)

Imagenomic’s Portraiture 2; Digital Retouching Plug-In

Source: Joe Farace/shutterbug

Joe Farace: The art of portrait retouching was born after a professional photographer first delivered a print to a client who then complained, “I dont’ look like that!” Digital software tools such as Imagenomics’ Portraiture 2 make it easy to retouch portraits and meet the subjects’ expectations of how they think/hope/dream they really look. Portraiture 2 is a Photoshop-compatible plug-in that also works with Photoshop Elements. It will be compatible with Apples’ Aperture and Adobes’ Lightroom 2(...More)

February 22, 2009

Sigma DP2 news and Sigma UK at Focus On Imaging 2009

sigmauser.eu: Sigma UK are attending Focus on Imaging 2009 in Birmingham at the NEC, and I took a wander down to see what's new. The stand was packed as ever on a Sunday with excellent Focus attendance on this first day, and getting to see what was on display was a bit tricky - but worth it!... (More)

Adobe Lightroom 2 - Price down to $257 with free shipping at Adorama

Lightroom 2 is $257 with free shipping (for the software box) at Adorama.

COLOR SKOPAR 20mm F3.5 SLII Aspherical is now officially announced

COSINA: while maintaining the image circle of the time corresponding to the full-size ultra-wide angle lens pancakes length from the mount of 28.8mm (Ai-S) and the thin. APS-C size equivalent wide-angle 30mm, 20mm full-size is to provide ultra-wide angle of view(...More)

Canon5D Mark II, 1Ds III, Nikon D3x, D700 and Sony A900 RAW Comparison

DPReview forum:
***Spoiler: Please stop reading if you find such comparisons useless.

With other posts getting accused of false info and fan fever, I decided to look at the available info myself. Here are the RAW samples (NR off) which I put side-by-side for ease of comparison from these originals:(...More)

February 21, 2009

PMA 2009/New Product Index

PMA 2009 New Product Index at dpreview

Canon 24-70mm vs. Nikon 24-70mm

Posted by Horshack/DPReview Forum.

Canon 5D with 24-70mm
Nikon D700 with 24-70mm
Camera settings:
Canon 5D: RAW, Faithful, sharpening zero, ISO 100, AWB, shutter = 1/200
Nikon D700: RAW, Neutral, sharpening zero, ISO 200, AWB, shutter = 1/200

Nikon D5000 Forecast

KenRockwell: The D5000 may be a replacement for Nikon's D40 DSLR.
The D40 is due for replacement any day now; the D40 came out on 16 November 2006.
With PMA opening Tuesday, March 3rd 2009, we'll know for sure any day now. This rumor seems pretty reasonable.
The D5000 seems to be a D40-like body with a D90/D300 class sensor(...More)

February 20, 2009

Nikon D90 Full Review

Neo Camera: The Nikon D90 is the first DSLR ever to shoot video. In addition to this new capability, the D90 is a full-featured DSLR with a 12 megapixels sensor, ISO 100-6400 sensitivities, 4.5 FPS continuous shooting, 11-point auto-focus with 3D tracking and a 3" high-resolution LCD(...More)

Digital Cameras Comparison by DXO Labs TOP 8

INFORMATION ON DIGITAL CAMERAS: DxOMark Sensor in each camera's RAW image can be measured by a comparison of "DxOMark BETA" is linked to. DxOMark BETA dynamic range for each item and select the preferred model in RAW image quality can be compared. Ranking below the camera images for each item of TOP 8.(...More)

Nikon D3X review

DPReview: Nikon D3X In-depth ReviewLars Rehm, February 2009(...More)

February 19, 2009

PDF containing all Lightroom 2 shortcuts

Source: blogs.adobe.com.
PDF containing all Lightroom 2 shortcuts

February 17, 2009

Canon Introduces the New TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lenses/Pre-PMA2009

PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and optics, today introduced two new Tilt-Shift lenses, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L. These two new L series lenses expand the Company's extensive lens line-up of TS-E lenses giving photographers creative control over perspective and depth of field in their images. Both the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L are specialty lenses ideal for landscape and architectural photography and are compatible with all Canon EOS system single lens reflex cameras1. The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, a replacement for Canon's TS-E 24mm f/3.5L introduced in 1991, has significantly improved operability with low distortion when photographing buildings, consistent image quality throughout the image and reduced chromatic aberration when shooting at ultra-wide angles. The TS-E 17mm f/4L is the world's shortest focal length Tilt-Shift lens with full-frame 35mm coverage(...More)

Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G on D200 Test Samples

Source: Optyczne Camera Test: Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G on D200 Test Samples

February 13, 2009

PMA 2009 Predictions [CR3]

CanonRumors: All predictions are based on rumors I have received
So what is Canon giving us next week? A lot of people want the world, unfortunately I don’t see it happening.
So what will be launched? (...More)

February 7, 2009

Sony A900 vs Canon 1Ds Mark III

juzaphoto: I have compared the Sony A900 with the Canon 1DsIII. The Sony is much cheaper - it is in the same price class of the 5D2 - but it offers similar specifications, and currently it is the most professional camera (...More)