Thursday, August 9, 2007

Photography Soup (August 9, 2007): Will the Nikon D300 use the Nikon Foveonesque sensor?

  • The Photography Soup has switched to an international date format to make it easier for all people across the globe. This blog cares for you! :)
  • Patent Hunting!. dpreview forum user "imagewest" has discovered a Nikon patent for a full-color RGB sensor from 2003 at USPTO. This discovery earned him a coveted mention on the front page of dpreview!. A detailed diagram of the sensor design from the patest also at dpreview. The big question is: Will we see this sensor in action or is this part of their R&D but won't make it to an actual sensor?
  • And here is my (rather wild and unfounded) speculation: Will the Nikon D300 use the Nikon Foveonesque sensor? Three colors match the 300 in the D300 name :-) Perhaps a co-promotion with the movie 300? This then could make a future D200s/D200x simply a sequential update to the Nikon D200 (in typical Nikon fashion). It would be a D200s if it uses the same sensor as the D200, and if it uses the 12mp sensor of the D2x, then it would be a D200x. This of course assuming the D3 (or D3X and D3h) use a more traditional sensor - perhaps the mythical Sony 1.1x. I doubt Nikon would risk making a D200x too close to the top D-series, so the D200x would only get the D2x sensor if the D3 gets something different/better. Again this paragraph is pure and wild speculation!

    New Blog Feature: Featuring Reader Pictures!
    To thank the readers of this blog and to add some pictures to this all-text blog, I decided to feature reader's pictures in the daily posts. This is just a humble blog, so don't expect to get thousands of visitors :) To make a submission, send me an email to (the name of the blog, no spaces) at gmail dot com. The name of the blog is in the url, before the and after the http://

    Submission Guidelines
    1) Please do not send pictures embedded in the email or as attachments. I will not open them. Instead:
    2) Please send me links to your pictures or galleries that you want featured. Sending links to pictures increases the chances of your picture getting selected because I may not have time to go through all the gallery pictures.
    3) This is an all-ages blog so adult-themed images will not be featured. Other than that, any subject or style of picture is fine, whether it is b+w, over-processed, unprocessed, noisy, ultra-sharp, grainy, HDR, scanned film, etc, etc, etc...
    4) The first person who makes a submission is guaranteed to be the first person featured. After that, I will go through the submissions and make selections. Since this blog does not get millions of readers, if you make a submission you have a very good chance of being featured :-)
    5) This is just a humble blog, I do not have the resources or the flexibility to host the pictures. The picture will be hosted by you, it can be anywhere you want to store it, on a website, a gallery, or anywhere else on the net.
    6) I do not want to place hard restrictions on the picture size that will be featured, but a good indicator is the size of the camera pictures posted in this blog, maybe slightly larger.
    7) Because of the format of the blog, panorama and wide pictures are well suited. But feel free to submit any format you like whether it is a standard 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or anything else... Also if you want to showcase your post-processing, you could for example have two or three or four side-by-side pictures, the original, the processed one, and perhaps an artistic creation based on the previous ones.
    8) What I need for your pictures to be posted? A link to your picture (link should point to a JPEG picture) that will be posted in this blog, as described in step #6. The picture will be posted as a link of the [img src] variety, so please send me the link you want your small picture to point to (eg larger size of the picture on your gallery/website/blog). Also if you like, send me a short 1-2 sentence description of the picture, how you took it and/or promote your gallery, blog, website, or anything else you want mentioned (within reason). If you prefer no text description, that's also fine. It's up to you.
    9) Again, please do not send me full size pictures, do not send pictures as attachments, or embedded in the email. Please only send links! This will make my lifer easier and significantly increase your chances of getting selected :-)
    10) Here is an example of what it would look like, using camera lenses as the picture subject :) Your pictures could be twice as large as those below.

    Today's featured pictures come from Ms Pentax, a photography enthusiast from Japan who specializes in pictures of pancakes. Here are her three favorite shots:


    Dr Hiding Pup said...

    The King of Sparta uses a D300 to slay the Invincibles, who all have exceptionally powerful Canon.

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Very nicely done!!!