Friday, October 31, 2008

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The New Blog is up and running
The new blog is up and running! Be sure to visit and bookmark the new blog at www.1001noisycameras.com. To get all the latest updates in your newsreader, subscribe to our free  full-text RSS feed. For more details, check the Blog Transition FAQ. But fear not, if you prefer this page, the Noisy Situation Room will continue to provide you with updates from the new blog but also from around the net! The left box has updates from the Imaging Insider, and the right box has news from around the net.


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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The New DSLR Review Organizer has gone live!

If you like DSLR Reviews, be sure to check the just launched Version 3.0 of the DSLR Review Organizer (DRO). This is a great resource and reference tool for fans of DSLRs and DSLR reviews.

The new version 3.0 builds upon the version 1.0, which was the crowded DSLR Review Matrix which evolved into version 2.0, which was the DSLR Map. We took the best of those two, and blended them together in the new DRO!

And if you are away from your regular computers, you can quickly and easily visit the main review index page by simply typing noisyreviews.com in your browser!

If you have any feedback on this new resource please let us know! And if you like it, be sure to share it with your friends and promote it on your website and blog. Here is the permalink.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New url for this blog: blog2.1001noisycameras.com

To better integrate this blog with the new "green" blog, we added this blog to the main blog's domain. The new url is http://blog2.1001noisycameras.com/

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Blog Transition FAQ

New updates are now posted at the new blog at www.1001noisycameras.com. Be sure to add this new url to your bookmarks and links, and spread the word if you please!

Don't remove this blogspot blog from your bookmarks. This blog will continue to be updated in its dormant state, with updates of our latest posts and updates from around the net, both on the main page and in the sidebars.

Also, this blog officially becomes our "Plan B" blog. In case there are problems with the new blog, we can temporarily revert to this blog until the issues are resolved. We cannot afford a global server farm with hundreds of computer servers, so we have to be creative with this poor man's Plan B :-)

The #1 priority is to minimize the impact to the readers and fellow bloggers out there. This blog's content will remain as it is. All the links and bookmarks will continue to work as before. All 1000+ posts will be here waiting for you to read, rediscover or cross-reference.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

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Weekend Shopper beats the Stock Market Blues

Think how much camera gear one can get with just one share of Berkshire Hathaway (oh my!)! Now back to reality, with our customary Weekend Shopper.

Save money, but still splash in the water with the older Pentax Optio W30, going for $195 with free shipping at Adorama. Sure, it's not as new or as cool blue as the new W60, but costs almost half as much.

Remember the $150 rebate talked about in the forums and the blogs? Well, here it is in action, the Canon 40D + EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM lens for $1370 and free shipping and "handeling" at Adorama. The lens alone goes for $550 and the 40D body only goes for $970. After some complicated calculations, $970 + $550 = $1520, and voila, the $150 instant rebate Canon promised.

On the other hand if you or one of your friends and relatives are looking for an affordable DSLR starter kit of the Nikon variety at a reasonable price, the Nikon D40 2-lens kit might be it. Be sure though to note that this DSLR (just like the D40x and D60), expect the lenses to have focus motors if they are to offer modern luxuries such as autofocus. The two lenses included are the 18-55 DX (not VR), and 55-200 DX (not VR).

Meanwhile Dell has a Camera Sale with various models at various prices. It would take forever to list them all, some are good deals, some so-and-so, some not-so-much. It depends on what you are looking for.

And speaking of Dell, on the computer front, they may have to call in King Solomon to sort this potentially great deal out: Buy one get one 1/2 half on select laptops and desktops. This includes their new Studio Hybrids. No relation to the Samsung "Hybrids" or the Battlestar Galactica "Hybrids".

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New Sony 70-400 SSM G lens coming up?

We received a tip by one of our readers of a lens leak for the Sony Minolta Alpha mount, perhaps to go hand-in-hand with the Alpha A900 leak.

The leaked lens is the 70-400 f4-5.6 G SSM, aka SAL70400G. A 35mm full frame lens. When mounted on the APS-C/DX-DT DSLRs, you get roughly the equ of 105-600mm. Sensor shift image stabilization and tripods are its new best friends :) Also, 77mm filter, weighs 1.5 kilograms (53oz).

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Sneak preview of the new blog!

Because of the waves of new products coming up in the next few days, we have accelerated the transition to the new blog. So without any further delay, here is a sneak preview for all to see! It has a more spartan look, so be prepared for a culture shock :)

We will post a Transition FAQ later in the weekend with more details. For now, enjoy the new blog and let us know us what you think in the comments section or by email.

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Samsung eating chips?

Memory card chips that is. The Imaging Insider has noticed a story in the WSJ talking Samsung and Sandisk. There is a long article at WSJ with commentary from a couple of security analysts explaining the "whys"/"wise" of such a move.

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RSS feed switching to new blog over the weekend

As we shift towards the new blog, we will be switching the official blog RSS feed to the new blog during the weekend. So what do you need to do?

If you are using the  Feedburner full-text feed, which is the http://feeds.feedburner.com/1001NoisyCameras url, this should happen automatically in the next few hours. There is no action needed. This is the majority of our subscribers.

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Tease: Canon Evolution

Fueling the EOS fires even more is Canon with their new "Moon" campaign. No, not the dark side of the moon, but the EOS side of the moon.

Details in the Canon dprf, here and here as well. There's also a teaser at Canon Europe.

Is "Evolution" code-word for video mode? :-)

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rumor Round-up: Nikon MX, Canon 7D, Nikon D4

Is Nikon going to shake things up and give everyone, from DSLR makers to Leica to medium format a good scare? Is Nikon becoming the new empire? Well, time will tell, but check out the new MX format rumors at Nikon Watch.

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Zoom! Zoom! The Canon 18-200 IS EF-S clocks in at $700

The recently announced Canon 18-200 IS superzoom EF-S lens is now taking pre-orders at Amazon for the price of $700. IS and the Canon brand name explain why this is priced higher than some of the TamTokSig offerings.

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Sony Alpha A900 main specs leaked via magazine

Don't look now, but the leaked magazine specs of the Sony Alpha A900 are buzzing all over the internets. And it's what we thought it would be with its 25-megapixel (okay, 24.6mp) sensor. Eolake points out that Sony is now the king of the megapixel hill among 35mm DSLRs.

More on this via Photography Bay, via Insider and via the dpreview forums which point to a giant scan of a National Geographic ad.

So the full-frame dreams of Minolta-Sony fans are a step closer to becoming real! You can now dream in the whole frame, not just the central part of the dream ;-)

For those who are just now firing up their web browsers, here are the specs shown in the leaked magazine ads:

  • 24.6mp (35mm) full frame ExMor CMoS sensor
  • Dual Bionz engine
  • SteadyShot INSIDE
  • 5fps burst mode
  • 3" hybrid LCD with 921K dots (not pixels)
  • 100% OVF with .74x magnification
  • 9pt center dual-cross AF (under certain preconditions)
  • "Intelligent Preview" - name does not sound promising ;-)

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Want to become a "Beta-Reader"?

As we are experimenting with the new blog format, we are looking for some of our regular readers who might be interested in checking out the new blog template before it goes live and giving us some feedback. If you are interested, please send an email.


What does a "Beta Reader" do?
It is very simple and unstructured: I will send you the link to the new work-in-progress blog, and you can visit it as often as you like and send feedback as often as you like. Please note that it is a work-in-progress template so things will get shifted and re-arranged until the dust settles. Which is why it is a limited beta.


What does a "Beta Reader" get?
The priceless satisfaction of seeing things before anyone else does :)

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Upcoming blog changes coming very soon

We mentioned earlier that changes would be rolled out after Photokina 2008, but considering a number of factors, including the extra time between now and the Sony/Panasonic announcements of next week, we will go into transition mode starting Friday.

If you find this blog over-crowded, over-stuffed, and over-whelming, rejoice! The new blog will be much cleaner and streamlined. More details later on.

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Digital-only Lenses Part VII: Sigma

The digital-only lens multi-part series concludes today with the army of Sigma clones!

We will be using the old-school shorthand to denote which lens is available in which mount. Since Sigma is the only maker of Sigma-mount SLRs and lenses, we won't be adding the Sigma mount to the shorthand.

  • C: Canon
  • M: Sony Alpha Minolta
  • N: Nikon
  • O: Olympus Four Thirds
  • P: Pentax K-mount



All the Primes
Distort the world in circles with the 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM lens, available for around $900 in [CN] flavors.

A more traditional fisheye is the 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM, going for about $650 and available in [CN] flavors.

And the trio of primes ends with a "normal" prime, the 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM, for about $430, priming the world in all the flavors, [CMNOP].


The Stabilized Lenses
A versatile zoom with OS? Gimmie some! The 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM can be yours for about $400. This has roughly the equivalent of 28-200mm, and is available in [CN] flavors.

Who needs telescopes when you can have superzooms from here to the moon? Well, actually Shiguma has been rather modest as they continue with the 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS, available in [CN] flavors, for about $500. The Nikon version is HSM to faciliate the AF-crippled D40/D40x and D60 DSLRs. Yell at Nikon, not me :)


The EXcellent Lenses
EX is of course Shiguma's indicator of a non-entry-level line of lenses. We start with the wide zoom 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, available for about $500 in all flavors [CMNOP]. This will be roughly 15-25mm or so, when mounted on most digital SLRs.

All lens manufacturers are contractually obligated to provide a constant aperture zoom. Okay, they are not, but it feels that way after you look at their lens line-up. Shiguma is of course no exception, and they offer their 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO for about $450 in all flavors, [CMNOP].

For fans of affordable f2.8 telephotos Sigma has two flavors of the 50-150 lens, the APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM available in [CN] for about $640, and the APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM available in [CMNP] for about $750.a


The Affordables
Saving money is one of the main reasons why one goes for a 3rd party lens manufacturer, and here we find the lowest priced Sigma lenses.

We start with the versatile 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO, available in [CMNP] for about $400. This is roughly a 28-105mm when mounted on cropped sensor DSLRs, giving the user a nice working range.

If your DSLR supports sensor shift stabilization, then you can get more out of the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC lens, available in [CMNP] for about $300. There is also version II with HSM for those pesky DSLRs who can't even autofocus on their own *cough* Nikon *cough*.

And we conclude with the two "standard" kit lenses, the 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC available in [CMNOP] for about $120, and the 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC, available in [CMNOP] for about $150. You pay an extra $30 for the Nikon HSM model. Their 35mm equivalent focal lenghts are roughly 28-75mm and 80-300mm, depending on mount.

And with this we conclude our digital lens soap-opera! :)


Sources
1. Sigma
2. B&H Photo

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Next week: Panasonic and Sony DSLRs coming up

Make sure you set aside some time for Photokina madness next week! Galbraith, Neutral Day, Engadget, and the dpreview forums are pointing to leaks on websites of old-school computer magazines that new DSLRs from Sony and Panasonic will be announced next week.

This is the IDG news service and published on reputable magazines so it's highly unlikely that they are propagating rumors. Do read the links mentioned above, they clearly state that these are DSLRs, not any other formats.


Speculation
No specific camera details are given but if you want to speculate, and you are a follower of the Panasonic HDR sensor rumor/wishful-thinking take a look at this line from the MacWorld story:

Panasonic said the new camera "offers unique features to set a new trend in digital SLR photography" but didn't reveal any information about the camera.

Does that fit the HDR sensor rumor? YES!
Does that prove anything? NO!

It could easily be any other feature not currently found in DSLRs, or an exaggeration by marketing. So don't get your hopes up high, but keep on dreaming until next week :-)

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dpreview previews Photokina

Tired of this blog's Photokina rumors page? How about a Photokina preview by the pros, a preview by dpreview.com. This is a must read. Dpreview, presumably under NDA at least in some instances, cannot leak or reveal any details, but they do have some very interesting comments on full frame, large-sensor compacts, lenses and compacts. Hide your wallets 35mm full frame fans! It's gonna be raining full-frame DSLRs, but unfortunately not money.

Needless to say this has sparked a forum discussion in the non-denominational but opinionated News forum.

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Add Photography Quotes to your blog (for free!)

These days there are thousands of widgets, but apart from the geek-tech factor, very few of them are actually practical and useful at the same time. One of the few is this one, it shows photography-themed quotes, and it is provided for free by FocalPower.com, delivered via Javascript. They provide the instructions and details on how to install this on your website, forum or blog. Here is a screen-shot of how it could look in the sidebar of a blog:

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Alert: Canon 30D body only for $650

What if you wanted an above-Digital-Rebel DSLR but wanted to pay a Digital Rebel price? Well, now there is a compromise: The Canon 30D body only for $650 at Calumet Photo.


And it is a compromise because there is the brand new Canon 50D coming up soon, but it costs as much as two 30D body only cameras plus a $100 more! Somewhere in between there is the 40D going for around $1000. What do you get? Well, it's a complicated answer depending on many factors. We blog, you decide!

EOS 30D DSLR Body

For a refresher on the 30D, you can find about 15 reviews at the DSLR Map. And more than thirty reviews for the 40D. How about the 50D? We have to wait...

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What do you think of the DSLR Reviews Map?

If you like DSLR reviews, this is a great time to give us some feedback on how you want to see DSLR reviews presented! Here is the how the DSLR Reviews Map looks right now. The idea behind it is to make it as fast and easy as possible for people to jump from camera to camera.

So what do you think? What would you like to see added or changed? What would make it more useful or practical for you?

Please feel free to leave a comment or send an email.

ThE DSLR Map will be part of the upcoming changes. More in the next few days.

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New Adobe CS4 (Creative Suite 4) to be announced at Photokina

A couple of our readers pointed us to the new news that Adobe is going to be announcing CS4 (Creative Suite 4) at Photokina 2008. Prepare your software wallets to be emptied ;-) Links via Photography Blog, Imaging Insider and by the The Flash Blog.

The last one is by one of the Adobe evangelists, and there he promises more excitement:

Get plenty of sleep now as you will have more new toys than you’ll know what to do with very soon.


So on September 23 Adobe will unveil more details about CS4 with a special webcast that will show at different times in different time zones, so that people won't have to get up in the middle of the night or leave their kids at school so they can watch the webcast ;-) You can sign up for the upcoming brilliant event at istreamplanet.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Rumor Round-up: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Zeiss

We are getting close and closer to Photokina 2008, and the rumors are flying left and right. Some positives, some false-positives, some somewhere in between. We blog, you decide!

We start with Camera Rumors having an update on the Zeiss rumor, with a new source that claims to know which lens mount Zeiss is going to be announcing in mid-September.

Next we go to Photography Bay where we learn that September 9 may be the day Sony Minolta Alpha fans have been waiting for.

New Nikon lenses are coming at Photokina says Nikon Rumors. Hide your wallet!

A YouTube Nikon D800 is discussed in the dpreview forums, although this seems to be more of a "creative" than a rumor or leak. But you never know until you know...

And more on Nikon via Camera Rumors, we find an update on the Big Nikon Surprise at Nikon Rumors where we also learn of a Nikon website outage. "Coincidence" or maintenance?

The rumor-consensus is converging on 21-megapixels for the new Canon 5D Mark I replacement. There is a long discussion and another one in the Canon dpreview forums. Of course the rumor-consensus is not what designs and produces the cameras :)

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1001 Noisy is compatible with the new Chrome browser

Google has unleashed today the first public version of their Chrome web browser. Our early tests show that this blog is compatible with Chrome. If you are using Chrome and you notice any problems or issues with this blog, please let us know.



And since we are talking web browsing, here is something really cool, it blends the Hadron collider and rap music, on YouTube.


Update! A Photo Editor is talking about to a "snafu" in the legal terms of service of Google Chrome. Google is apparently working to fix this, but needless to say this is rather embarrassing. Chief Google Spam-meister Matt Cutts responds to the criticisms and conpsiracy theories :)

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Canon 50D vs Nikon D90 Pre-Order Wars (updated)

The big rivalry is heating up again, Canon and Nikon announce new cameras back to back, so we thought to carry this one along by having a 50D vs D90 pre-order tracker.

Canon 50DNikon D90
body onlyw/EF 28-135w/18-200body onlyw/18-105 DX
$1400$1600$1700 $2100$1000$1300
Amazon
Ritz Camera
Calumet (7-14 days)
B&H (listed only)
Amazon
Ritz Camera
Calumet (7-14 days)
Circuit City
B&H (listed only)
Amazon (listed)Amazon
Calumet Photo
B&H (listed only)
Amazon
Ritz Camera
WolfCamera.com
Circuit City
B&H (listed only)


Update! The 3rd Canon 50D configuration, 50D + the new 18-200 IS EF-S lens is now listed at Amazon again but you cannot pre-order it. The price was $1700 earlier when it was available for pre-ordering.


This will grow over time, so be sure to bookmark it using the permalink!

And please don't forget that your purchases through this blog support this blog and allows us to continue and remain independent! For more, be sure to visit and bookmark the Noisy Mall.

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Digital-only Lenses Part VI: Tamron and Tokina

We continue the digital lens multi-part series with the digital lens line-up from Tamron and Tokina.

We will be using the following old-school alphabet-soup shorthand to denote the available mounts:

  • C: Canon
  • M: Minolta Alpha Sony
  • N: Nikon
  • O: Olympus Four Thirds
  • P: Pentax K-mount



Tamron Digital Lenses (Di-II LD)
The brand new SP AF10-24 f3.5-4.5 Di-II LD offers wide angle of roughly 15-36mm on APS-C/cropped sensor DSLRs, which is the vast majority of DSLRs out there. This was just recently announced so it's not available yet. It will eventually be available in [CMNP] and the Nikon flavor will have a built-in focus motor.

The SP AF11-18mm f4.5-5.6 Di-II LD is the approximate 18-27mm depending on where you mount it (DX/DA/DT or EF-S) and it is available in [CMN]. Goes for about $540 before any seasonal rebates are factored in.

A constant aperture zoom is thought as a good idea by many people, so Tamron is offering their AF17-50mm f2.8 Di-II LD in [CMNP], for about $420.

It's all about the superzooms these days, starting with the AF18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD for about $280 before any rebates, then jumping to the AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II available for [CMNP] for around $480, and then "graduating" to the just-announced 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC, the first Tamron digital lens to offer VC (vibration correction), available for [CN] for an unspecified price. Yes, VC is yet another name for image stabilization.

Last and probably least of this group is the AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD available in [CMN] for about $180 before any rebates. This comes out to about 80-300mm depending on which APS-C DSLR you mount it on.


Tokina Digital Lenses (DX) - [CN] only
Tokina is a Canon and Nikon club with regards to their digital lenses, despite the wide popularity of DSLRs among photographers and even the average consumer.

We start with the 35mm f2.8 macro AT-X M35 Pro DX, which of course translates roughly to a normal lens when mounted on a DSLR, which of course is what all digital lenses intended for. The price is around $450.

Then we move to the 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX fisheye, which distorts the world in 15-25mm equivalency. The price is around $560.

Fans of wide zooms may be interested in the 11-16mm f2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX, which will give them roughly a 16-24mm lens, a zoom range of great interest to wide-angle-starved dSLR photographers. The price is around $570.

A more affordable solution is the 12-24mm f4 AT-X 124 Pro DX, giving roughly 18-36mm. The price is around $500.

The constant aperture zoom is perhaps one of the must-have lenses for serious photographers on a budget, and Tokina is offering their 16-50mm f2.8 AT-X 165 Pro DX, giving dSLR users a 24-75mm equivalent range. The price is around $650.

Last but certainly not least is the 50-135mm f2.8 AT-X 535 Pro DX lens, giving DSLR users roughly a 75-200mm lens, with a constant aperture. Yum? The price is around $650.


Sources
1. Tamron
2. Tokina
3. B&H Photo

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Monday, September 1, 2008

September 15: Carl Zeiss introduces lenses for a different mount!

More at The Online Photographer. This is not a rumor! It's for real.

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Impact review: Pentax K200D by dpreview

A couple of days ago we talked about a PentaxForum user making the case for the Pentax K200D. Now there is more evidence perhaps to make their case, a 30-page review by Lars Rehm at dpreview.com.

We normally don't mention the conclusions here so as not to introduce bias, but we are making an exception in this case because the conclusions are the story: If you look at the negatives, and take out the negatives that have a "but/although" that softenes them up, it essentially leaves the camera with just one negative (considering the price): out of camera JPEGs shot at default settings.

I wonder what the results would be if dpreview posted a "fair and balanced" poll ;-)

The review has been added to the K200D reviews organizer.


Initial Reactions to the Review
A Pentax dpreview forum thread has sprung up and already the reviewer is answering questions, which is a nice way to interact with the consumers of the review. Needless to say, thick cyber-skin is required as tempers can fly.

No discussion yet, but expect a discussion to start up soon at the PentaxForums.com.


Pentax K200D availability
The K200D is available in two configurations: body only and bundled with the 18-55 DA lens. A quick search among reputable online retailers finds:

  • Amazon.com has the body only for $556 (almost a cigarette?) and the 18-55 kit for $619. Free shipping. 12-months special financing is available if you pay with the Amazon Store Card and buy from Amazon itself, not from a 3rd party retailer.
  • B&H Photo has the body only at a mystery price, and the 18-55 DA kit for $620, both with free shipping.
  • Adorama offers the body only for $570 and the 18-55 DA kit for $650.
  • Calumet Photo has the body only at $570 and the 18-55 kit at $640.

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New Sinar Hy6 31-megapixel medium format

Sinar continues the medium format buzz that started with the trio of high-megapixel MFs (medium format!) with the new 31-megapixel Hy6 65. More details via the Imaging Insider.

We rarely talk about medium format, partially because the exponentially increasing waves of shiny silver clones are eating up our resources. It's hard to believe that in 2008 alone we had 170+ new digital cameras and that's from the major manufacturers, not counting the likes of BenQ, Vivitar, Praktika, Norcent, etc, etc, etc, along with cloned brands from the past, webcams, camera-phones, hybrid-camcorders, etc.

But fear not, after Photokina we will make adjustments and spend less time on the sub-$200 boring shiny-silver-clones that get re-announced every six months and more time on lenses and the medium format. We hope :)

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Tamron labors for new lenses

Happy Labor Day by the way. And for those around the world, this is not a tape-delayed May 1st post :)

Tamron worked hard to come up with new lenses and these are the fruits of their labor, headlined by the new 10-24 f3.5-4.6 Di-II (digital-only) LD wide angle. Roughly 15-36mm on the majority of DSLRs which of course are using APS-C sensors. It will be available for Nikon with the built-in focus motor and eventually in Canon, Sony-Minolta-Alpha and Pentax. Computer-translated details from Tamron Japan. The english press release at Photography Blog.

Apart from that, there are more details on the availability of the previously announced 18-270 VC superzoom and 70-200 Di, both 35mm full frame lenses.

For more be sure to check the computer-translated DigitalCamera.jp, Photography Blog and DC Views.

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Nikon D90 Daily Diary

The new D90 is picking up the baton from the D700, and takes over the "Daily Diary" segment.


New Updates
For new updates, be sure to check Part II of the D90 daily diary at the new blog.


Thur Sept 4
A video blog takes a look at the Nikon D90 video. What do they think?


Wedn Sept 3
A video mode skeptic is now warming up to video after seeing the various samples. This at ISO 50. And while there, be sure to check out the photo section at the exhibit page - these pictures not taken by the D90, but they are of photographic interest. We occasionally stray from technobabble and into actual photographic work :) The exhibit page requires Flash.


Tue Sept 2
Epic Edits asks you to pick a side! 50D or D90?


Monday September 1: dpreview samples
Dpreview has posted Nikon D90 stills and video samples. The pictures gallery includes 39 real world outdoors pictures using the new 18-105 f3.5-5.6 VR ED lens. The full size images are available for download.

They also include four short but full size video clips of adorable animals. Total video runtime is 61 seconds.

But wait, there's more! Let's Go Digital has posted five sample images and two video clips taken with the D90. Butterflies are the main theme. Full size samples are available.

It looks like Nikon took everyone to the Zoo? ;-)

Sunday August 31
We forgot to mention it early, the NYT Time Lord talks D90.

Is the D90 changing the face of photojournalism asks PJ Mike Fox.

Neutral Day points us to new D90 image samples from Japan. ISO 3200 is there!


Saturday August 30
Digital Camera Review recaps the 50D and D90. Or is it D50 and 90D? Oh dear, Canon and Nikon are so intertwisted, even their model names are interlocked :)


Friday August 29
Digitalreview.ca is back with one of their patented spec compara-thons! D90 vs 50D vs D80 vs D300. Let the specs fly!

More on the Chase Jarvis D90 YouTube sensation video preview at Strobist.

Thursday August 28
CNet's camera reviewer Lori Grunin has taken the D90 to the dog part and posts her first impressions, along with 8 tiny samples.

Australian site PC Authority has a short hands-on write-up on the D90.

One of the popular stock blogs is analyzing the 50D vs D90 announcement calling it "D90 Steals Canon's 50D's Thunder". Note that the blog name "Seeking Alpha" is not related to the "Sony Alpha DSLRs", but it is stock-market-related.

We forgot to mention the Eye-Fi feature of the D90, but Wired didn't.


Wednesday August 27
Imaging Resource has just posted dozens of studio test samples from a production level Nikon D90. These are great for technical people and pixel peepers. A lot of the samples at ISO 200, but they also have some as high as ISO 3200 and 1600. Enjoy!

Of course the biggest buzz so far in terms of D90 hands-on experience is that of professional photographer Chase Jarvis. Be sure to check it out! In less than 24 hours, it has already managed to generate almost 100 comments! This is a 5 and a half minute YouTube video clip by the way.

Also must-see are various Nikon material, organized and summarized by Rob Galbraith.


The Beginning: Tuesday August 26
The D90 is officially announced, along with the new 18-105 DX VR lens. 24 hours later, the D90 is already available to pre-order by some retailers.


What is the Daily Diary?
The Daily Diary is a relatively new segment that tracks new news of some of the hottest and most buzzworthy digital cameras. Each camera is featured for a short period of time, usually weeks, not months. To keep up with the updates, be sure to bookmark it.

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Canon 50D Daily Diary

This is a viewer's choice dairy, by popular demand by readers like you! After all, we want to be fare and unbalanced in our Canon vs Nikon coverage :)


Tue Sept 2
Epic Edits asks you to pick a side! 50D or D90?

Should you upgrade to the 50D if you are a 40D user asks web500.us.


Monday September 1: dpreview samples
In a move to make both Canon and Nikon fans happy, dpreview has posted sample gallery images from both the 50D and the D90. The 50D has a 25-image gallery using the brand new 18-200 EF-S IS lens, so it is a double-feature, both a DSLR and lens sample in one :) Full size pictures are available for download.


Sunday August 31
DigitalReview.ca has a side-by-side spec comparison of the D90 taking on an army of Nikons and of course the 50D. While from an "other things equal" perspective the 50D and D90 are in slightly different segments of the market, it doesn't mean you can't compare them. Besides a number of people decide on a bang-for-the-buck basis or based on specific must-have features.

A wildlife photographer shares his experience with the Canon 50D. More at Neutral Day, Canon Rumors, Insider, Photography Bay.

If you are just getting started on the 50D, start with the 12-page trio preview at d-preview.


Lifecycle of the 50D so far

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Fair and Balanced Poll

It's time for a fun poll! You decide! Do you think this blog is showing any favoritism towards a specific brand or a specific group of brands? What do you think? Vote in the multiple-choice poll below. You can pick more than one answer if you like, or enter another answer in "Other".

A few of the brands we rarely/never cover here are getting votes so please note this is not a "favorite brand" poll, nor a "want to see more" poll :)



PS> There is something in the poll above that hints of bias. Let's see who notices it first :)

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Week in review (August 24 to 31)

Welcome to a new recap of the week that was! New stuff from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus generated a lot of noise, along with proclamations by Samsung and RED. And don't miss a blog update,  subscribe to our full-text feed (RSS/Atom).

New DSLRsNew Compacts
New Nikon D90 is official!
D90 Daily diary
New Canon 15mp 50D DSLR!
50D Initial Reactions
New Nikon 18-105 DX VR
New Canon 18-200 EF-S IS lens
50D and D90 pre-orders
New Canon Summary
New Canon SX-110-IS
New Canon A2000-IS and A1000-IS
New Canon E1
New Sony T500
New Sony T700 and T77
New Olympus SP-565uz
New Olympus Stylus 1050sw and 1040
New Olympus FE-20


News & RumorsVarious
Samsung's new APS-C interchangeable project
The RED barks at 35mm DSLRs
Photokina Unfinished Business
Canon G10 Leaked and pulled back
Canon SX-1 20x IS leaked
Micro 4/3rds Bodies and Dreams
On Canon and Rumors
Rumor round-up
Recap of New Cameras of 2008
Emerging Trends
Photography Soup
Previous week's rewind
Labor day Weekend Shopper
Amazon finally ships D700 body only
Panasonic LX3k for $400
Panasonic LX3s for $400
New Top Sellers
Ricoh GX100 deal
Blog changes after Photokina

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Alert: Panasonic LX3K (black finish) now $400 for pre-orders

We mentioned a couple of days ago the LX3 silver was on a limited time pre-order special for $400. Well, now we have even better news, the much more popular black LX3 (LX3K) is also down to $400. Both at J&R World and they are in pre-order status. The $100 instant rebate discount expires on September 6.

For a short list of reviews and a recap of the LX3 lifecycle be sure to check our earlier post.

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Amazon finally ships Nikon D700 body only - Engadget asks for opinions

With all the new cameras and new format announcements, the Nikon D700 is feeling a little bit left out. But fear not, Engadget has opened up the floor for D700 fans and users and asks what would you change on the D700? 65 opinions so far and counting...

On the availability front, Amazon has finally managed to fill up their warehouses with enough D700 bodies for everyone. The D700 body is now shipping from Amazon itself, with a $1 discount to boot and free shipping and "handeling".

For a list of current D700 reviews, be sure to check the D700 Review Organizer.


Update!
Digital Camera Review has just posted their Nikon D700 review. As always no spoilers, but if you are in a hurry, the conclusions are at the bottom of the review.

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DSLRs under attack: The RED howls at the mirror

You can't swing a mouse cord these days without reading about a new threat to 35mm DSLR's mainframe dominance among the majority of advanced photographers. Sure there is medium and large format and exotic rangefinders, but the vast majority of photographers are using traditional 35mm (D)SLRs.

But our favorite mirror slappers are under attack. First it was Micro Four Thirds, then earlier today the Samsung Hybrid, and now the RED Chief is barking in the direction of DSLRs.

RED is mostly into high-quality digital video but the convergence of technologies is allowing them to expand their Venn diagram into still photography.


RED on the Net
By RED CEO via Engadget via Canon Rumors via Camera Rumors.

Sounds like a Top 40 song artist credit line, except replace "featuring" with "via" :)

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Samsung developing its own small interchangeable lens format

Thanks to our regular reader and commentator Mrs Fix It for the tip!

Amateur Photographer UK is going to get another executive fired ;-) This time they have an exclusive interview with two Samsung executives where they reveal that Samsung is planning a small(er)-size APS-C interchangeable lens camera system to be launched in Spring 2010. Separate and independent of Micro Four Thirds.

For all the juicy details, be sure to check the Amateur Photographer UK interview!

But Pentaxians fear not, this will run alongside the current DSLR system.


Quick "Debbie Downer" Opinion
It is exciting that we will be getting a new smaller-size interchangeable lens system, but it is sad that we are not getting a universal standard with interchangeable bodies and parts.

It's hard not to be cynical, but people (and companies) never learn! And talk about throwing icy cold water on the Micro Four Thirds fire...


Reactions to the announcement
Serious Compacts analyzes the new development, and quickly points out one major difference between this unnamed ("Hybrid" a temporary name?) format and Micro Four Thirds.

A discussion in the dpreview News forum, thanks to a MrsFixIt tip. The dpreview thread is hard to notice because the title is not self-explanatory: the title is "Another giant awakes" which is what one could find in a Nessie forum :)

Another thread has sprung up in the News forum, with a "proper" title.

And what do the Olympus users think? Oh this is a must read thread! In the dpreview Olympus forums.

And this will undoubtedly start a new round of requests for a Samsung forum at dpreview!

Of course 2010 is far far away in the future, so this makes it even more important for Micro Four Thirds to announce and release new MFTs products this year. Otherwise it will feel like a vaporware race to 2010 ;-)

And while talking Micro Four Thirds, a forum user at Photo.net put on his creative designer hat and came up with concept sketches for what a Micro 4/3rds camera could look like. Please note that this is just engineering artwork from an enthusiast photographer. This is not a rumor, not a leak, not news! This is only someone's creative work! I hope this gets translated correctly with the automated computer-translators. But if you are a camera geek this is cool stuff!

An excellent comment on Samsung's new "Hybrid" announcement by one of dpreview's most knowledgeable forum participants. Good reading.


New Updates: Monday Sept 1
The Amateur Photographer UK editor has behind the scenes comments of their big Samsung story and also explains the need and desire for a smaller size digital-only format.

Serious Compacts has posted a nice color-coded chart that illustrates the sensor-size differences between standard 1/1.7x" sensors found in compacts, Four Thirds (and Micro 4/3rds) sensors, Foveon, and APS-C sensors which is what the new Samsung "Hybrids" (Samsung fan of Battlestar Galactica?) will be using.

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Photography Soup (weekend edition)

Welcome to a new edition of the Photography Soup! Let's have a look at the blogosphere, while avoiding Photokina talk that has been dominating this noisy blog for the last few weeks.


Flickr Group Member Showcase: Peasap
Today we feature the 3rd person who submitted a picture to our flickr pool, flickr user Peasap. And our favorite picture, "Three's A Crowd", a winter sunset beach from above, taken with a Canon DSLR.

To see all the pictures in the pool or add your pictures and be featured in a future segment, please visit the flickr pool. For more on this segment, be sure to check the introduction.


Tech Talk
Summer time! Water! Oceans! Beaches! Pools! How about some waterproof cameras - at Arnie's blog. And while you are traveling out and about, Arnie has a mini-review of a photo trackr gadget, a mini-GPS device.

Make a case for it! This user does, makes a case for the Pentax K200D.

Oh we forgot to mention it, Adobe has announced version 7 of Adobe Photoshop Elements. Coverage of this all over the blogosphere, press release at Imaging Insider.

We have added DigiCamReview.com to the giant Who Reviews Digital Cameras post. Any other review sites we have omitted? Please let us know and we will add them! And by reviews, we mean actual camera reviews, not specifications or press release reviews :)


The Learning Never Stops...
...especially with digital that changes almost on a daily basis. So here we go...

Have questions about lighting? Strobist is taking on questions, with answers coming next week. So if you have a question you can't find an answer to, ask the Strobist!

Have you done this? Take a song and turn it into a picture?.

We make a lot of noise about cameras having or not having a spot-meter. But how do you take advantage of it? Beyond Megapixels has an example.

TWIP Photo showcases the benefits of texture in your photographs.

Get Inspired and start photo-walking! Photo Walk Pro picks some of their favorite pictures from the world-wide photo-walks last Saturday.

JPG Magazine is introducing new interactive features, with profile pages featuring votable pictures, badges, stats and more!


Careers
If you are running a studio or you are a working photographer, be sure to check David Ziser's Business Days.

College student looking for an internship? Photographer Eric Hamilton is offering internships around the year.

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New Top Sellers Update: FZ28 Zooms Up, Canon SD-1100-IS has five!

Welcome to a new edition of the Top Seller Charts! With nine days in-between updates due to all the new news and rumoralia, we've had some more movement than usual! The screen-shot teaser follows, along with pseudo-analysis. If you can't wait, and just want to see the rankings, jump to the new top sellers chart now!



Top 20 stories
How do you increase sales? The answer is simple, cut prices. And the new low prices are driving the Canon A590-IS along with the colorful SD1100-IS to the top three spots. These are great prices, you can get them for $142 and $175 respectively.

Good news for Olympus, despite the xD card, the Stylus 770SW is providing to be a tough cookie, and continues to hover around the Top Ten. Now imagine if it also took SD/MMC memory cards as well!

Also good news for Samsung as it manages to keep the S860 in the Top 25. But the bad news is that in order to make it to the Top 25 they have to sell it under $95. Do I smell negative profit margin? :)



The Canon 50D effect
The introduction of the 50D was not good news for the Canon 40D, as both kits had noticeable drops, the 40D+EF28-135 kit dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time in a while. Granted, considering their prices that was a good showing.


The HyperZoom Wars
It only took a few days before Panasonic reclaimed the top Hyperzoom spot with a loud noise. The FZ28K has not only been released, but already received a $50 discount, selling for $340 by Vanns right now, and available for pre-order at Amazon for $346. The good news is that they have a pre-order price guarantee so if you pre-ordered at $400, you will get the lower price when it ships. So once again Panasonic undercuts hyperzoom prices, and you know what that means in a live market: More sales!

The next hyperzoom is the Nikon P80 at the bottom of the Top 30, selling at a similar price as the FZ28K, while the Sony H50 is just four spots behind making the race for the #2 spot interesting.

But the Olympus SP-570uz does not want to be left behind, a $20 discount has it moving on up and back into the Top 40, not far from the P80 and H50.

Making a rare appearance at the bottom of the top 100 is the Fuji S8100fd, which does have a competitive price but not the "superzoom cred" of the Canon and Panasonic models. Although Fuji has more superzoom tiers in their line-up than anyone else. I imagine even the people who work at Fuji must be carrying cheat-sheets to keep up with all the different tiers ;-)


Beyond Nikon and Canon DSLRs
Yes, there are DSLRs beyond those two, even if the market share numbers may indicate otherwise (ouch!) The leader of the pack this time around is the Sony Alpha A200 two-lens kit selling for just $600, not a bad kit for a beginner to DSLRs or to the Alpha mount, considering you get sensor-shift image stabilization with the majority of lenses attached... This is followed closely by the Pentax K200D kit, which at $620 is not a bad price, but nowhere near as good as the $550 after rebate price when the Gear-Up Rebates where up and running.

Following those two is the Olympus E510 two-lens kit which has been a relatively steady participant in the bottom of the top 100.

And two more Alphas next, the A300K which is the A300 plus the standard 18-70 DT lens, and the A200K, which is the same kit but obviously with the A200 instead. Their prices are FIXED by Sony who is probably borrowing an example from the oil companies - they are at $600 and $500.

Interesting to note that all the above kits are priced around $600. The magic price point in the non-CaNiKon market?

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Weekend Shopper (40D, LX3S, T300 and more)

This is a special edition of the Weekend Shopper, with the Labor Day weekend just around the corner! And the retailers are going on the attack with some tempting temptations.

We start with J&R World, where we have these hot specials, good until September 1st:



More and more reputable online retailers are making the 50D and D90 available for pre-ordering. Be sure to check them all out in the 50D vs D90 pre-order wars. One interesting thing to note is that Amazon had briefly listed a 3rd Canon 50D kit, the 50D with the new 18-200 IS EF-S lens for $1700, but as of earlier today that kit has disappeared and its page returns a 404. We saved the ASIN for reference in the pre-order page.

More specials we as find them or as they find us. And remember your purchases through this post/blog, and the Noisy Mall is what supports this blog.

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Photokina 2008: Unfinished Business

Photokina 2008 is getting closer and closer. We've already had a boatload of digital cameras announced, some exciting but also a lot of shiny-silver-clones. So what else can we expect to see?

Canon 5D Mark I Replacement: If Paris Hilton was a digital camera analyst, she would have called the lack of a 5D follow-up "outrageously totally embarrassing". But there is hope we can believe in! Thanks to a great tip by CameraRumors.com we see this forum post by a laconic user who has been quite accurate so far in his/her Canon "predictions". His/her 5D Mark II "prediction" is "21-megapixels and records video". More on Canon at CanonRumors.com.


Canon G10: It looks like Canon was about to announce the G10 but they pulled the string the last minute. Which could perhaps explain the G10 leak. If Nikon is pushing people towards the LX3 because of their quasi-RAW NRW silliness, Canon is pushing them towards the LX3 by their G10 Indecision 2008.


Nikon Flagship: Already Nikon went on record stating something big comes this way, but they also managed to muddy the waters by linking their "something big" to wedding photography through the Rangefinder magazine. So is it a wedding photography camera or a rangefinder or both or two-in-one? We can assume that we will get at least one of the two... With digital medium format dropping in price, this may be as good of a good time as any for Nikon to make a flagship statement.


Sony Flagship: This is almost guaranteed, although Sonoltalpha fans are getting frustrated that so many new cameras have been announced and released but they have yet to get their flagship. Sony went on record with the 25mp Exmor CMOS full-frame sensor. And various "A900" bodies were shown behind glass at various trade shows throughout the world. So barring any dramatic events, we should be seeing a Sony flagship before the end of September.


Leica, Leica, Leica: We have yet to hear from Leica, and it's been a while since they came up with a Like-a-Leica-sonic. Leica fans are hoping for a big bang, or at least some direction in the R-series, M-series, compact digital cameras, and future/potential involvement with Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds... One thing that screams Leica is the Panasonic LX3... Here is a recap of Leica rumors at the l-camera forums.


Micro Four Thirds: Speaking of which, it is imperative that the Micro Four Thirds "coalition" gives us more tangible details. At least one camera body, and at least 2-3 lenses are a must. The more the better. Many people remember Four Thirds, so if they see patterns of the same "behavior", Micro Four Thirds may be seen as Four Thirds Jr, instead of change we can believe in.


Olympus: Apart from Micro Four Thirds involvement, there are lots of Olympic rumors of a 4/3rds DSLR sitting somewhere in between the E3 and the E5xx-series. Not sure what or where, although the rumors are plenty. They call it E30. And for the dreamers out there, there are some wild rumors of a Panasonic HDR sensor.


K-Mounties: The rumors are of a "K2000D" affordable AA-based dSLR first, and then a flagship K-mount digital camera. Meanwhile Samsung who is seen as the financial and manufacturing muscle in this has not released an "affordable" DSLR recently, despite the availability of K100D, K110D, K100Ds, and K200D. Their current DSLR is the GX20 which is a variation of the K20D and costs $1000+.


Sigma: The Sigma founder promises an SD15 DSLR and two DP-series models, one possibly with a zoom lens. But Sigma operates on "Sigma time" so they could come at Photokina 2008 or 2010 or 2012 ;-)


Fuji: Are rumors of Fuji DSLRs demise greatly exaggerated or fact? We blog, the market decides... Away from DSLRs, there was a dream-rumor of a Fuji Natural Digital f1.9 which we all want to believe, but... More credible is a Fuji riddle posted by Thom Hogan.


Speed-demon 6mp 1/1.8" sensor: Was the Casio EX-F1 a one-off experiment or the vanguard of hybrid camera/camcorders? DSLRs are now entering the video business, so the competition is heating up!


What Else? There's more stuff to be announced at Photokina! What else you are interesting in seeing? Something from Zeiss? Someone else making a digital rangefinder play? More 3rd party digital lenses?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Changes coming after Photokina

Once Photokina 2008 is over, we will have a number of changes to improve upon a number of things. It's no secret that this blog is bloated, so a "blog diet" (in terms of the layout and page loading times) is one of themes. If you have any suggestions, preferences, recommendations or requests, please send an email.

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New Sony Cybershot T500 joins T700 and T77

Hot on the heels of the T700 and T77 announcements, Sony announced today the brand new T500 ultra-compact.

In typical high-end T-series fashion, it has a 5X Carl Zeiss branded lens goes 33-165mm, which is not wide enough, but at least it's not 37mm. Image stabilization is included. The sensor of course is everyone's favorite flavor du jour, the 10mp 1/2.33". It is expected to be released next month for $400.

The camera has a 3.5" LCD display and with good reason. More and more inexpensive cameras are using 3" LCD, making it a must for "luxury ultracompacts" to differentiate themselves with a bigger screen or at least a touch-screen, although most people are not into touch-screens, at least not yet.

The HD video fans will be thrilled due to its 30fps 720p HD mpeg4 video mode

This has not been announced in Japan yet, and it is only available in one color in the US market but in three colors in Europe. Pictures of the three colors at Engadget.

Your homework assignment? Find the differences between the T700 and the T500 :-)


Coverage on the net
The Sony USA press release at the Imaging Insider.

Detailed specs at Imaging Resource.

Are they sending a "video message" to Nikon with the timing? That's what one Sony dpreview forum user asks.

Giant camera body close-ups of the black finish at DC Resource.


It has been added to the gigantic table of current and recent digital cameras as well as the Directory of 2008 digital cameras.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

HOT! $100 pre-order discount on Panasonic LX3 silver! (and LX3K too now)

Special Update: Now the LX3K (black finish) is also available to pre-order at $400. Price good until September 6, 2008.

We interrupt the silence with a $100 discount for the Panasonic LX3 fans! J&R World is running a special pre-order promotion on the silver version of the LX3 (LX3s), offering it for $400 instead of the regular $500 pre-order price! This special $400 pre-order price is good until September 6.

This is only good for the silver model, the black model (LX3K) is at the standard $500 pre-order price. With the Nikon P6000 disappointing photographers with NRW, and Canon G10 playing hide-and-seek, this maybe an LX3 power-play to grab early mindshare.




The Panasonic LX3 Lifecycle so far

  1. Official announcement coverage
  2. Initial reactions in the blogosphere
  3. Initial reactions in the forums
  4. Panasonic LX3 Daily Round-up



Panasonic LX3 Reviews so far


Please consider thanking us for finding this great special for you by making your purchases and pre-orders through this blog!

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Horrible move by Canon

Canon just lost a lot of "internet cred". Apparently they are trying to essentially shut down Canonrumors.com. They have sent them a cease-and-desist letter. This is a sad move by Canon.

It's fascinating that companies have thousands of employees, yet very few understand how online communities work or how the internet works.

They are trying to effectively shut down a website that is part of their online community, mostly comprised of their own hardcore fans and photographers. These are the everyday evangelists for the Canon brand. Their loyal photographers are much more effective in promoting Canon on a daily basis than "traditional" tired TV ads with tennis players and super models. Way to go Canon.

Bad PR move, bad strategic move, bad marketing move, bad move on all accounts.

But there is time to make it right Canon, no damage done yet...

And while you are at it Canon, please feel free to add spotmeters to all your DSLRs :)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Nikon D90 is finally official - let the Canon vs Nikon Wars resume!

The D90 is finally officially official and we are rewarded for the wait with a 13-page product preview at d-preview by Simon Joinson. Also posted a duet hands-on preview at Imaging Resource.

The Nikon Melville New York (USA) press release can be found at the Imaging Insider.

The D90 will be available around September for $1000 as body only, and $1300 bundled with the brand new 18-105 f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens. One day later, the D90 body only is available for pre-order at Amazon for $1000. No shipping estimate is given, it is listed as "temporarily out of stock". Likewise the D90 + 18-105 kit is "temporarily out of stock" and goes for $1300. For more on these, be sure to check the Canon 50D vs Nikon D90 pre-orders edition.


Meet the Nikon D90
The DSLR is centered around the 12mp CMOS APS-C/DX sensor and the EXPEED engine.

The machine-gun mode is at 4.5 frames per second. Start up is 15 milliseconds with shutter response at 65ms. Even the image preview has a machine-gun mode, 120ms per image.

While not a photography-priority feature, the D90 is the first mirror-flipping interchangeable lens DSLR to offer a "true" video recording mode, which is a 24fps 720p HD movie, which Nikon calls D-Movie. And this is a great match for its HDMI output feature and socket.

The D90 offers 3D Color Matrix Metering II and it does have a spot-meter, something Canon DSLRs don't always have for some strange Oly-panarama-bizarro reason.

The D90 features the Multi-CAM 1000 AF Module with 11-point autofocus.

The native ISO goes up to 3200 at full resolution and up to 6400 in "Hi ISO mode".

Shutter speeds range from a little as 1/4000 and as along as 30 seconds. The shutter itself is rated at 100,000 clicks.

Scene recognition and Face detection are a must feature these days among electronics superstore consumers so here they are :)




It has a 0.94x optical viewfinder along with a 3" LCD with 920k dots and features a Live View.

Battery life is an estimated 850 CIPA using the included standard LiIon battery. For more, one can use the optional and already existing and available MB-D80 battery grip which goes for around $130. The grip can take two EN-EL3e or six AA (rechargeable) batteries.

The SD/SDHC memory card makes more in-roads in DSLRs, as the D90 is an SD/SDHC camera.

Dust bunnies protection is included, aka sensor cleaning function.

And of course the GPS functionality, and the GP1 accessory.

Thankfully Nikon has done anything stupid with RAW with this camera, unlike the P6000.




Coverage on the Net
Lots of Nikon goodies including sample images, sample videos, and a 16-page brochure have been posted by Nikon itself. Rob Galbraith has all the links.

Photo-blogger Chase Jarvis has a 5 and a half minute hands-on video preview of the D90.

Meanwhile Camera Labs rounds-up the D90 and compares the specs between the D80, D300 and XSi 450D.

And now we can revisit David Busch's D90 detailed analysis titled "Why Nikon are great".

There's a review coming! Jeff Keller has a D90 in his hands and he will post his review after he finishes the K20D and E520 reviews in August. More on the D90 at DCR. He also promises sample pictures this week, time-permitting.

And if you are looking for an appetizer, Crunch Gear talks about new Sandisk SDHC memory cards going as fast as 30MB/s and are co-promoted with the new D90.

More on the D90 at Digital Camera Review.

Directly from the horse's mouth, the PR by Nikon itself.

And a bonus, if you are tired of specs, rumors, leaks, and technobabble, you can help PhotoWalk Pro sort through 1000+ photo-walk pictures.

More reactions to the D90 coming later on Wednesday.

Also be sure to stay up to date with new D90 news via the D90 Daily Diary.


The Nikon D90 meets TechMeMe
The Nikon D90 has generated so much buzz that it made it to the front page of TechMeme!

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