Camera Corner: Nikon D3 – The Digital Journalist

So I have to think the D3 is the best pro camera that Nikon has ever made and I have used them all, starting with the original F way back in 1959.

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Plans for Kodak-branded 35mm film-based SLR camera unveiled

In this month’s Amateur Photographer Informer magazine supplement we reported how Kodak consumer print film has been saved from digital demolition thanks, in part, to a burgeoning market in India, according to Kodak.

Initial predictions of the death of film have been somewhat premature, according to Joel Proegler, general manager of Film Capture at Eastman Kodak who told us: ‘Kodak has focused on the digital message for the past four years. As we come out of that transition, one thing is very clear: film is a very profitable part of the business’.

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Sigma DP1 Digital Camera Samples – First Shots – The Imaging Resource!

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Not sure which camera to buy? Let your eyes be the ultimate judge! Visit our Comparometer(tm) to compare images from the Sigma DP1 with those from other cameras you may be considering. The proof is in the pictures, so let your own eyes decide which you like best!

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First Shots from Sigma DP1 at Imaging Resource – PDNPulse

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The Sigma DPI, the compact camera with a full frame sensor we faceitiously and, perhaps, unfairly, compared to the mythical Sasquatch in a previous post seems to be real after all. Our friends over at Imaging Resource have gotten their hands on a full production sample of the camera and have posted some “first shots.”

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Nikon D3 Review

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The D3 is Nikon’s flagship FX digital camera, if only because it’s Nikon’s sole FX digital camera. But the D3 justifies its standing in the Nikon ranks on much more than mere exclusivity. Unparalleled ISO performance, a 9 fps full resolution shooting rate, exceptional color and image quality, a superb monitor, robust construction, outstanding build quality and a full frame sensor offering wide angle and depth of field lens performance like a 35mm film camera are some of the attributes that makes Nikon’s latest pro model a must-have for serious Nikon shooters.

Designed for sports and photojournalism, I’d suspect the D3 might find an additional following among wedding photographers who prefer to shoot in natural light. The camera’s big sensor results in the lack of a crop factor for lenses, so users who can’t get close to their subjects may well do better with a DX Nikon that maximizes lens length. Otherwise, the D3 is simply a state of the art, high-performance pro camera, and few of us who’ve been fortunate enough to get our hands on one would argue that it isn’t worth every penny of that lofty price tag.

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Photographer's Toy Box: Strap Hanger

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Handcrafted by a working photojournalist, using nylon tubular webbing and Montana Elk leather, you will be treating yourself to one of the very best camera straps made.

Wapiti Straps are made by David Grubbs, staff photographer of the Billings Gazette. They come in two non-adjustable lengths of 32″ and 36″, or you can order a custom length that suits your needs.

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On deadline? No computer? No problem.

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George Bridges:

You’re shooting a big protest and you know you will be walking many miles and there will be clashes between the demonstrators and police. It’s no place for lugging a computer.

So how do you get those images back to your office?

One part of the answer would be with the wireless transmitters made for Canon and Nikon’s top cameras: The WFT-E2a for the Mark III and the WT-4 for the D3.

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Sigma DP1 coming March 25? – PDNPulse

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The Sigma DP1, a compact digital camera with a “full-frame” sensor, has had an even longer gestation period. It was first unveiled at Photokina 2006 in Germany to much buzz but has since been relegated to the mystical realms of the Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, and rumor-filled online photo forums.

Was the quest for a pocket camera that could produce low-noise images via a full-frame sensor really just so much vapor? Sigma continued to argue no.

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Pictureline Community adds free classifieds

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If you have some used equipment to sell, or are looking to purchase something that might be slightly used, check out the photo equipment classifieds. You can even post a free ad telling others what you are looking for if you can’t find it in the listings.

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SportsShooter.com – Sponsors

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The SportsShooter.com community is a large and dedicated bunch, and our sponsors have long appreciated their loyal support. As a continued thank-you from them, we’ve prepared this special page that lists the current special offers in effect for the SportsShooter.com community.

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+KN | Kitsune Noir » The New Lomo LC-A+

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Flipping through the latest issue of Vapors I came across this Lomo ad and it immediately made me smile. But as I was reading it, I noticed that this wasn’t just the regular old LC-A, this was the LC-A+, meaning they’ve made it better!

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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 Review

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I chose the iPF6100 for testing because for me it represents the sweet spot in the line. For many fine art photographers a 24″ printer is about as big as can be handled outside of a commercial print studio, and also is able to produce prints that are usually as large as one needs. Readers should be aware that these four models are quite similar, except for paper size capabilities. (The 6100 is also not that much larger than the 5100, for those that are deciding between the two, though of course it doesn’t have a multi-sheet cassette feed for sheet paper, only single feed,the same as all other 24″ and larger printers).

The iPF6100 sells for about US $3,500. It’s main competitors are the HP Z3100 at about $4,800 and the Epson 7880 at $4,000. This makes the Canon the least expensive of the three, though there are promotions available which make shopping for price a matter that you need to conduct yourself on a local basis. In any event, the major differences to be noted are that the HP, though it costs quite a bit more, has a built-in spectrophotometer and self-profiling capability. Of course another difference that separates the three models is that the HP and Canon printers allow use of either matte or photo black inks at any time, while the current large format Epson pigment ink printers (excepting the 64 ” / $15,000 Epson 11880) require that these inks be swapped, a time consuming process and one that can cost $75 or more in wasted ink.

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Q&A: Canon camera tech guru Chuck Westfall | Underexposed – CNET News.com

The jump from 2 megapixels to 4 megapixels is significant, but the jump from 10 to 12 is less dramatic. Is the megapixel race over?
Westfall: We’re trying to upgrade the entire camera. The megapixels rating is only one thing. When upgrading, you have to look at more aspects. We’re not going to go backwards.

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1200 f 5.6 – APhotoADay News

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B&H is selling a used Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm lens for $99,000.

As for image quality, even wide open it’s quite lovely. Stopped down to f/8 and f/11 it’s actually quite remarkable. How remarkable? From midtown Manhattan we were able to read the street signs on the corner of JFK Boulevard East and 43rd St. in Weehawkin New Jersey when viewing image files at pixel resolution. Oh, did I mention that’s about 2 miles away?

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Leica Ready to Spring Full-Frame M9 Camera? | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

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Reports are piling up that luxury camera specialist Leica is ready to introduce a new model in its M line of digital rangefinder cameras. Besides the look and feel of Leica’s classic film cameras, the M9 supposedly would have a full-frame image sensor the same size as a 35mm negative, promising image clarity similar to a high-end SLR.

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Reading Tea Leaves-PMA 2008

Things are still silly in the digicam field with shirt pocket cameras now up to about 12MP. This means 2.8 micron pixels (or maybe even less) which if this trend continues will begin to impinge on the size of the upper wave lengths of light. Stuffing photons into these little holes is going to start challenging the laws of physics pretty soon.

In the DSLR world sanity seems to be settling in, with pixel counts in the 12 – 14 MP range becoming the norm. The high end of the pro DSLR market seems to be at the 21 – 24 MP range, and while that leaves room for the lower end of the market to still move upward, the ceiling isn’t going to get much higher once pixel count gets above 25MP and photosite sizes below 5 microns, because noise will become too big an issue at anything other than moderate level ISOs. Photographers now want image quality above pixel count, or at least I do.

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Rob Galbraith DPI: Canon USA informing key customers of new EOS-1D Mark III AF fix

Starting on February 1, 2008, Canon USA began informing key photographers and key organizations using the EOS-1D Mark III that engineers at Canon in Japan have developed a new fix for the camera’s autofocus, a fix that’s in addition to the change in the sub-mirror mechanism and firmware updates introduced in 2007.

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Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Review

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We all like looking over the hill to see what’s coming next. With the exponential rate of change which technology now gives us, having a sense of what’s coming next can also be a form of economic sense, as it is not at all uncommon for one to buy what appears to be the latest and greatest only to find the next day that something new has just been announced. (If you want to have a better appreciation for what exponential technological change has in store for us, read The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurtzweil. It was recently recommended to me by Bill Atkinson, and is a real eye-opener).

That next big thing, at least in the world of photographic quality inkjet printers, is now available from Epson. As I write this the Stylus Pro 11880 has been on the market for a few months, and through the kind auspices of Epson I have had one in my printing studio for testing for almost as long. A combination of travel, the holiday season and teaching commitments has prevented me from putting fingers to keyboard as quickly as I would have liked, but I have been printing with the 11880 every chance that I’ve had, and I’m smitten.

There is no doubt that this U.S. $15,000, 60 inch wide, nine ink channel printer is likely the finest printer yet available for photographic printing. But given its price and size it is not likely to find a home other than in high-end commercial printing studios. Nevertheless it is a harbinger of what’s coming next from Epson, and so is well worth our while to have a close look at.

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DVICE: The coolest (and probably only) new film camera you'll see this year

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Tucked away in the back of Fuji’s booth at PMA 2008 was an interesting prototype for a 6×7 film camera. With over four times the resolution of 35mm film, 70mm 120/220 roll films have long been the favored film for pros, but it’s been decades since reasonably priced consumer models have been manufactured outside the toy-camera world.

Based on a classic design, this as-yet-unnamed camera isn’t amazingly innovative, but it seems to be perfectly refined with everything fans of old Ansco/Agfa cameras would expect. Add in the convenience of an electronic shutter and this becomes a pretty interesting concept, considering the rest of it is basically 1950s tech. This was the only new film camera model we ran into at PMA.

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Leica M8: A Camera for Life [Leica M8] »

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Leica fanatics are different than regular people, so it’s no surprise Leica’s taking an entirely different—but brilliant—approach with its M8: It’s everlasting. Instead of dropping an M9 or M10, Leica is offering substantial upgrades to the M8 itself—mechanical and digital components, so it’ll slowly evolve into a new camera. The first package is a sapphire LCD screen, which can only be scratched by a diamond, plus a new, quieter, less shaky shutter, at a cost of around $1,800.

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