Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Sigma DP1 is officially announced (again) (updated)

Yes! The Sigma DP1 has been officially re-announced by Sigma! We now have official specs again. But the world would spin off its axis if Sigma actually gave us a price and an actual release date. Dpreview reports that they were told by Sigma that it would be available in "Spring 2008". The price you ask? Available at $800, pre-order at Amazon at the moment.

The Sigma press release along with specifications at dpreview. Amin Foto discusses the new DP1. More coverage of the DP1 at Adorama News Desk, Nikon Watch, Imaging Resource, Photography Blog, Slash Gear, and Engadget.

Reactions to the Sigma DP1 re-introduction
As you can expect, the dpreview Sigma Talk forum is buzzing with the re-introduction of the DP1. Here are some sample reactions:

  • Discussions on the official announcement
  • Pictures of the DP1 body from multiple angles!
  • Focusing on ...focusing!
  • Guess the price - no fabulous prizes for the winners. Apparently the Australian price is the equivalent of $800 US dollars.
  • Some want more than just a fixed focal length lens
  • The DP1 is advertised in Oz (Spoiler alert: Foveon is the Wizard, Bayer is the Scarecrow, Pixel Peepers are the Lion, and the three color pixel is Dorothy!)
  • More discussions in the non-denominational dpreview News forum

    New coverage on the Sigma DP1
    Michael Tompkins of Imaging Resource has posted a new post on the Sigma DP1, detailing some of the differences between the new DP1 specification and the original DP1 specification. An interesting read for those interested in following the DP1.

    CNet's Underexposed blog covers the DP1 as well and mentions that the list price will be $1000.

    Meanwhile DCI (Digital Camera Info) is told by a Sigma USA representative that the price will be $800 with a release in March/April 2008.

    Ouch! But then again, it's the only current non-DSLR camera with a 1.7x Foveon sensor, so they have some flexibility in terms of price.

    A gallery with 20 sample pictures from Vegas (PMA 2008 host city) have been posted at dpreview! Check them out!

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  • dpreview at PMA: Sony A900 coming in 2008 (PMA Sony Event)

    The Sony A900 is coming in 2008! dpreview has the scoop, live blogging from the PMA 2008 Sony press event at PMA. The Sony Alpha A900 DSLR will be their flagship DSLR and coming later in 2008! It will be using the 25mp Sony CMOS 35mm full frame sensor just announced. Given that companies save their best for the Photokina trade show, we can assume that it may be revealed at that time. But may be not! dpreview also reports that it will have sensor-shift stabilization, just like their other DSLRs. Sony uses the blanket term Super Steady Shot across their product line.

    dpreview also mentions there is a prototype at PMA 2008. More from the dpreview live-blogging event.

    The 1001 Noisy Cameras Opinion
    This will make the 35mm full frame wars more exciting, as now the prices are setting the tone, with the Nikon D3 at $5000 and the Canon 1Ds Mark III at $8000. There's also the Canon 5D but we doubt Sony would price their 25mp flagship DSLR in the same price range as the 5D.

    So the question is, will it be priced near the D3, under the D3, above the D3, near the 1Ds Mk III or above the 1Ds Mk III?

    There are two different forces pulling this in different directions: The Sony brand price boost on everything "Sony branded" and the Minolta legacy of feature-packed cameras at very competitive prices. Our prediction? Perhaps around the Nikon D3 price, but this is just speculation!

    New Updates
    Imaging Resource has posted their story on the Sony A900 and they have created a gallery of pictures from the event. The new sensor by the way was given a name that sounds like it was taken out of Lord of the Rings, the Exmor sensor!

    Meanwhile Stephen (not Colbert) of CNet's Underexposed blog opines on the new Sony A900 development notice.

    New New Updates!
    dpreview has posted a quick hands-on preview of the DP1, including a gallery of 20 sample pictures taken around Las Vegas by dpreview! What did dpreview think of the images? What do you think of the images? How do the max ISO 800 images look? We blog, you decide!

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    New Sigma lenses announced at PMA 2008 (lots and lots!)

    Sigma has lots of candy for fans of 3rd party lenses as they launch a wave of new lenses. Let's try to sort through them! Complete press releases at - Sigma itself. Nikonians summarize the new releases from a Nikon perspective.

    Think the waves of superzoom digital cameras are not having an effect on lens manufacturers? Think again as you peruse the list of new lenses below!

    Quick Summary
    Sigma has "pinged" their giant monsterous 200-500 f2.8 lens for fun and games. Will cost somewhere between a Honda Civic and a Honda Accord.

    Then teased users of Minolta, Pentax and 4/3rds mounts with new f2.8 lenses, two for the first two mounts, and one for Four Thirds. Also gave 4/3rds users their version of the 10-20 EX DC HSM lens.

    Appeased the masses with an 18-125 DC lens for all but the 4/3rds mount, and offered two APO DG HSM OS lenses for the zoomers.

    And appeased the Nikon trio of DSLRs that expect lenses to have focus motors with two refreshes of the 70-300 lens (APO, and not APO).

    Despite all these lenses, there were no new primes.

    Minolta and especially Pentax lens owners will feel less left out by Sigma, as they made most of their new lenses available for those two mounts as well.

    Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG (Canon, Nikon, Sigma)

  • This is not a typo, this is a GIANT LENS!
  • An included attachment allows you to use this as a 400-1000mm f5.6 lens.
  • When used on a DX (1.5X) DSLR, you get the 35mm equivalent of 300-750mm with the lens alone, and 600-1500mm when using the attachment.
  • Weights 15.7 kgs (about 550 ounces,l which is around 34-35 lbs; calculations done off the top of my head while multi-tasking and blogging, so don't use the numbers to write up contracts)
  • Uses dedicated Li-ion battery BP-21 for its own power purposes
  • More at dpreview, Sigma, Crunch Gear (giant pictures), dpnow

    Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Sigma)
  • 35mm equivalent when used on a 1.5X (DX) DSLR: Approximately 225-750mm.
  • No price yet
  • Weight 1.9 kg or 67.4oz
  • offers Optical Stabilization (OS) - Sigma's term for image stabilization
  • Of interest and curiosity what happens with DSLRs that also have sensor-shift image stabilization - will anyone try to make those two systems work together?
  • More at Sigma, dpnow, dpreview

    Sigma APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Sigma)
  • The zoom parade continues with this lovely that when used on DX (1.5X FOV) DSLRs has the 35mm equivalency of 180-600mm.
  • Weighs 1.75 kg or 61.7 oz
  • More on this from Shiguma, dpnow

    Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Sigma)
  • OS function not available on Sony and Pentax (from Sigma)
  • 35mm equivalency when used on a 1.5X FoV DSLR: 28-200mm give or take
  • Also, if the camera body does not support HSM motor, AF will not work. (from Sigma)
  • Minimum focusing distance of 35cm/13.8 inches and maximum magnification of 1:3.8, making it usable for close-up photography (it doesn't have a MACRO designation)
  • Weight not listed, but this is a compact lens (88.5mm length, 75mm diameter)
  • More on this at Let's Go D, dpnow, dpreview, and Sigma

    Sigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM (Pentax and Sony)
  • When used on a 1.5X DSLR, this has the 35mm equivalent of 75-225mm or so
  • From Sigma: If the camera body does not support HSM motor, AF will not work
  • Weight has not been determined (what?)
  • 140mm long and 76.5mm diameter
  • More on this from Sigma, dpreview.
  • This lens is already available for Canon at Amazon for $680
  • The DG version (not DC) is "available" for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, but Amazon lists it for $820 and a 1 to 4 months wait.

    Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM (Four Thirds)
  • 35mm equivalent: 20-40mm when used on a 4/3rds DSLR (eg Olympus E3, Panasonic L1, Olympus E410)
  • No prices were announced
  • For comparison purposes, the version of the 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon and Nikon costs around $460
  • More at dpnow, Sigma, dpreview

    Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM (Pentax, Sony, Four Thirds)
  • 35mm equivalency on 1.5X DSLRs: around 105-300mm
  • 35mm equivalent on 4/3rds DSLRs: around 140-400mm
  • The 4/3rds version is physically longer by half a centimeter according to the Sigma site specs.
  • No prices were announced
  • For comparison purposes, the older version of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM for the Canon mount goes for about $830.
  • More at dpnow, dpreview, Sigma (4/3rds) and Sigma (Sony/Pentax)

    Sigma APO and non-APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO (Nikon)
  • From Sigma itself, an APO and a non-APO version. We blog, you decide!
  • The APO version is 5 grams heavier
  • Weigh around 20oz each (about 1/2 kg)
  • Have built-in motor to appease the Nikon D40 and D40x which are allergic to lenses without a focus motor
  • Oh Nikon, look at the mess you have created!
  • More at dpreview

    Sigma Speak
  • DC: lenses designed to work with DSLRs using sensors smaller than 35mm full frame, typically ranging from 1.5x FOV (Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fuji), to 1.6x (Canon), to 1.7x (Shiguma), to 2x (4/3rds party).
  • OS: optical stabilization, Sigma's version of image stabilization
  • HSM: Hypersonic Motor, Sigma's answer to the fast, silent and smooth focusing technologies everyone is clamoring for
  • EX: You pay more
  • APO: You pay more
  • DG: Not a reference to the Wizard of Oz (we think), but rather indicating a 35mm full frame lens that has been optimized to work with digital DSLRs
  • Shiguma: Computer-translated name for Sigma when going from Japanese to English

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  • Reader Picture Appreciation Day!

    A few days ago we created a Flickr group and Flickr photo pool to accompany this blog. This way we can thank our readers by offering them the option to showcase their pictures on this noisy blog. If you want to add your pictures to the pool, or see all the pictures of the pool, please visit our Flickr Photo Pool. If you are not sure how to add pictures to a pool, be sure to check this Flickr Help page.

    We are still trying to figure out how to customize the Flickr badges and how to automatically display the Flickr User name below the picture. If anyone knows how to do this, please let us know. We are using the HTML badges as this is a Flash-free blog.

    The five pictures were randomly selected by the Flickr computers from our flickr photo pool. Each time this page loads you will see a different combination of pictures.

    But wait there's more! You can also watch a slideshow of the pictures from our group. The slideshow is done using Flash, and it will be slow on dialup connections.

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    New Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS zooms in at PMA 2008

    Kodak has announced (or leaked) ten new cameras in 2008 so far, but ten is not enough, yet ten megapixels is the magic number as their new 12X Kodak Z1012 IS superzoom "grows up" to what looks like a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor. Oh boy! Details from Kodak itself.

    Better yet, you can already pre-order this camera for $300 via Amazon, with a pre-order and a post-order price guarantee and free shipping.

    Don't let the numbers confuse you. Even though their Z1286 IS has a higher model number, it is actually a step below the Z1012IS in the Kodak line-up. The Z1012 follows-up on the Kodak Z812 IS, which followed up on the Kodak Z712 IS. Also don't let this confuse you with the Kodak Z1085 IS, which actually has a 5X IS lens.

    Kodak promises a click-to-capture speed of 0.23 seconds, PSAM (okay, PASM), HD video, a 12X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom IS Lens (33–396 mm f2.8-4.8), high *cough* *cough* ISO mode (we'll skip the details), histogram (live view, quick review and review), face detection, text and voice tagging, scenes galore but also the traditional photographic PASM (we call it PSAM, P-SAM, easier to remember for the newcomers). The camera comes with a KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-8000.

    Web coverage of the Z1012 IS so far
    You can find some more about the camera at Gizmodo, Engadget, and Let's Go Digital.

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    Wednesday, January 30, 2008

    New Sony A350 and A300 DSLRs and two new lenses!

    As it was rumored for a while now, Sony introduced two new Alpha DSLRs, the A300 and the A350. These two make things a lot more interesting in the world of the Sony-Minolta mount, but before we get there, first let's take a look at the two new DSLRs!

    Sony press release at the Imaging Insider. Details of the announcement at dpreview. Also, a brief hands-on preview of the Alpha A350 at dpreview. And another brief hands-on preview at Imaging Resource. More at the Adorama News Desk.

    Meet the Sony A350
    The highlight of this DSLR is a brand new Sony 14mp CCD sensor. And what makes this quite interesting is that the differences between these two DSLRs stem from the differences of the sensors themselves.

    The price is $900 (pre-order, Amazon) and this includes the 18-70 DT kit lens. This "crowns" the A350 as the DSLR with the most megapixels under $1000, a crown that could prove thorny once the pixel peepers put its high ISO pictures under the e-microscope.

    The A350 is also available as body-only ($800, Amazon pre-order), and bundled with the 18-70 DT and 55-200 DT lenses for $1100 (Amazon pre-order)

    The cameras have the SLR features you would expect in this range, ISO 3200, 1/4000 to 30 second shutter speed range, pentamirror, PSAM, 9pt AF with center cross, dust bunnies (dust cleaning mechanism of sorts), RAW and RAW+JPEG.

    Did we mention Super Steady Shot which is the Sony blanket term which in this case refers to their sensor shift image stabilization.

    Sony is trying to differentiate this DSLR duo with its own approach to Live View with a tilting 2.7" LCD to go with it. And it's not a surprise that it would take an electronics company, not a traditional SLR company to push the envelope on making Live View on DSLRs almost as functional as that on $100 entry-level P&S digicams.

    Check the websites above and below for detailed diagrams on how Sony's new Live View with Quick Autofocus works. Basically they have a mirror that directs the incoming light to either the traditional optical viewfinder or the bonus sensors that is used for Live View purposes.

    Because the camera hardware has to carry a bigger anthill, populated by 14 million ants (read: pixels), the burst mode is a turtlesque 2fps, which makes the 3fps of the Pentax K20D look not as bad. This buffer is 6 RAW files deep, or 3 RAW+JPEG deep. The price you pay for a 14mp sensor. Compare and contrast that with the 60fps 6mp Casio EX F1 which uses a Sony sensor as well. Granted this is an apples and oranges comparison, and if we go on, we could make a refreshing fruit salad :)

    Meet the Sony A300
    The DSLR is very easy to describe. Same as the A350, except it features a 10mp Sony CCD sensor of the DX (APS-C) variety. The price is $800 ($100 less than the A350), and it also includes the 18-70 DT kit lens. Because this camera's hardware only has to carry an anthill of just 10 million ants, it is able to shoot faster, at 3fps instead of 2fps. The buffer size however remains the same.

    As you can see, Sony was perhaps smart in trying to capitalize on sales to both users who appreciate as many megapixels as they can get their hands on and users who want enough megapixels to get things done and have a decent burst mode.

    You can pre-order the A300 in two configuration, with the 18-70 DT lens ($800, Amazon pre-order) or with a 2-lens kit (18-70 DT, and 55-200 DT) ($1000, Amazon pre-order)

    Throwing all the Sony DSLRs in the hat
    Now if these two were the only Sony DSLRs, it would look great for those interested in buying. But things are a whole lot more complicated. Buyers have a choice of 5 DSLRs, and the differences sometimes cannot be found without digging knee high into the spec sheets. For one thing, there's the "original" Sony A100 which is now going for around $600 (or less) for body only.

    Then you have the brand new Sony A200, also at 10mp, but with a fixed LCD, and at about $700 with the 18-70 DT lens. And then we have the new 12mp Sony A700 which is at the top of the price tier because of its more advanced features. But perhaps because of the other new DSLRs announced, the A700 is sliding in price, currently at under $1300 for body only.

    So price-wise, we have a stair-case, with each step worth about $100 more. First the A100, then the A200, then the A300 and then the A350. From there, we take a big jump to the A700. With these in mind, and the new Sony 25mp CMOS sensor just announced, Sony and Minolta fans are at the edge of their seats, hoping and waiting for word from Sonolta on the Sony A900, be it a development notice, or even an informal notice to expect it at Photokina 2008.

    Meet the new Sony and Zeiss zoom lenses
    We cover them in their own post!

    What are the Gadget and Electronics blogs saying?
    Lori Grunin of CNet points at the Sony's confusion of DSLRs. Meanwhile, Gizmodo focuses on the live view and tilting LCDs with lots and lots of pictures of the cameras. Ubergizmo has posted a photo gallery of pictures of the camera, not pictures from the camera.

    If you like this post, be sure to add it to your web 2.0 lists!

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    New Zeiss T* 24-70 f2.8 and Sony 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G lenses

    To go with the two new DSLRs, Sony has announced two new lenses as well, one under its own banner and one under the Zeiss umbrella. Let's ...zoom through the lenses :)

    Meet the Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-70 f2.8 ZA
    The model name says it all. The price is $1750, with no concrete delivery time, other than Spring 2008. The 35mm equivalency is 36-105mm. Has SSM motor. Official name is SAL2470Z.

    Meet the Sony 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G
    The model name says it all too. The price is $800, same delivery "window" as the Zeiss above. The 35mm equivalency is 105-450mm. Has SSM motor. Official name is SAL70300G.

    Web coverage of the new lenses
    Sony press release at the Imaging Insider. Details at dpreview. More coverage of the new lenses at PDN Pulse, and Imaging Resource

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    Top sellers at B&H Photo (The Charts)

    We are excited to add B&H Photo to our regular feature, The Charts, where we look at the best selling cameras at various online retailers. So let's get started! This episode covers the recent top sellers at B&H Photo. Please keep in mind this is a short time period, so please do not draw any long-term conclusions based on this individual post alone. We would like to thank B&H Photo for providing us the data. The top sellers in each category are presented in no particular order.

    The Top Selling Digital Cameras at B&H Photo
    Nikon D300 body onlyThe D300 was the Robin of the dynamic D3/D300 duo in terms of buzz, but the D300 costs almost 1/3rd of the price of the D3, and that makes it more affordable. Bjorn's D3 review included an early endorsement of the D300 in the DSLR 2008 PixelPeeper Campaign which added fuel to the fire due to limited supply earlier on
    Canon 40D, body onlyAnd while a lot of Canon fans will admit that the Nikon D3/D300 duo won the "buzz wars", they will point out that the 40D has been, perhaps quietly, moving units and finding itself in the hands of more and more Canon photographers. And the price is certainly right for the 40D. Selling for about 1/3rd less than the D300, makes the trade-off between the two quite an interesting affair.
    Canon Digital Rebel XTi with kit lensThe D-Rebel continues to be a popular model, despite the fact that the non-Nikon competition has moved towards sensor-shift stabilization. But this has been slowly but steadily putting pressure on Canon to produce affordable IS EF-S lenses, and the crowning moment of that is the kit lens with IS included with the new XSi. The intro of the XSi means that the XTi will slide into the role of the affordable lieutenant, a role currently played by the XT. And some model name translations: XSi=450D, XTi=400D, XT=350D, Original=300D, Cripsy=KFC
    Canon G9The G9 added RAW as it followed on the heels of the G7, and that helped in toning down the "GINO" rhetoric. When evaluated as a stand-alone camera, and compared to what else is currently available with prices factored in, the G9 looks like a reasonable trade-off. (GINO = G-series in name only, referring to the G7 and G9 not having all the defining characteristics of the older legendary G-series models)
    Nikon D200The introduction of the D300 and the dropping prices, make the D200 an interesting option for those caught between the D80 and the D300, and perhaps the option of getting one of the older D2* Nikon DSLRs. The possibility of a D90 or D80x may make things even more interesting, but will we see that from Nikon at PMA or do we have to wait for Photokina 2008?
    Canon A560The price is right. This is what makes the Canon A-series the bang for the buck among compact cameras with AA batteries. They may not be the prettiest or sleekest models, but they offer the best bang for the buck and use SD/MMC cards and AA batteries, which are the most affordable options. One could easily call them the perfect cameras for the R-word (R-word = recession).
    Canon A570 ISUnless there is a very specific budget, or you plan to glue the camera on a tripod, we recommend that you get the IS model instead of the regular model. This goes for the A570IS over the A560, and also the A590-IS over the A580. It's only our opinion, which almost guarantees that it's not right ;-)

    Top Selling Accessories at B&H Photo
    Canon BG-E2N battery gripJust under $200, this grip gives the Canon 40D extra juice and versatility. Uses up to two LiIon or six AA batteries
    Nikon MB-D10 battery gripMore juice means more vroom for the D300, as it can jump to 8fps with the right accessories (EN-EL4/4A and BL-3). You can also use 8 AA batteries. Did you feed your Eneloops today?
    Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM lensWhy would a lens cost around $1600? Tha magic words: L, f2.8 throughout, IS, USM, 70-200mm, Canon
    Cano 430EX SpeedliteFour AA batteries power this Canonite with 2 second recycle on NiMHs. Bounce and swivel.
    Canon 580EX II SpeedliteFour AA batteries power this more advanced Canonite. Bounce and swivel.
    8gb Lexar CF cardUDMA 300x sounds fast! A UDMA reader on your PC would be able to take advantage of UDMA.
    8gb Sandisk Extreme IVNot to be confused with Rocky IV, the Extreme IV have ESP, not ESPN. Theoretical max speeds of 40MB/sec for R/W. Turn up the heat, or open the freezer, they can work from -13° F to 185° F
    Sony PRS-505 Digital Book Reader1001 Noisy is not yet available as a subscription on e-books, but many other sites and magazines are. Not to mention thousands of books, which is the raison d^etre of the next generation of digital book readers. Are any of our readers interested in receiving this blog on their digital e-books? If there is enough interest, we will increase its priority! Also available in black

    For a list of reviews of some of the DSLR mentioned above, be sure to check our DSLR Review Matrix.

    If you found this post interesting, be sure to save it to your bookmarks, or your favorite online social bookmark web 2.0 sites!

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    Tuesday, January 29, 2008

    New Sony 25mp CMOS sensor, 35mm full frame size

    Sony raises the stakes with the announcement of a new 25mp CMOS sensor, of the 35mm full frame size. The press release is starting to generate a buzz around the different photography and gadget sites. You can already find the press release at Imaging Resource, Steve's Digicams, Gizmodo, and CNet Crave, and Adorama News Desk.

    The basic stats mention 12-bit A/D, and 6.3fps, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can get a 6.3fps mode on an actual camera at full resolution.

    Discussions of the new sensor are already heating up in the Sony SLR Talk dpreview forum. Expect some discussions in the non-denominational News Talk forum at dpreview. Let the full frame vs cropped frame debates get recycled once again :)

    The Canon 1Ds Mark III and the Nikon D3 are the only current 35mm full frame DSLRs available. Thanks to blog reader Nesohu for reminding us that the Canon 5D is also a current model. All apologies to the 5D fans for the non-inclusion. Time to shutdown for the day or drink a gallon of coffee :)

    We forgot to mention our previous discussion and poll, who is the most likely company to come up with a 35mm full frame DSLR next?

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    Sony Mavica CD350 for $80 via OneCall (Blast from the Past)

    What do you get when our Blast from the Past feature intersects with a bargain alert? An older camera at a very low price! Thats right, the PMA 2003 era Sony CD350 (yes, it records on CDs) is available by OneCall on Amazon for just $80 each.

    So what exactly is the Sony CD350? Its product announcement at dpreview reveals the details. A 3mp 1/2.7" CCD sensor. What? Not a 10mp 1/2.33"? Pictures stored in TIFF format? Wowie! ISO only up to 400? But how can Monet take pictures? And look at that, five years ago, yet the LCD was 2.5"!

    Okay, how about a review? Steve Digicams has one. And so does Imaging Resource with their old-school EZ Print Link!

    And how about the Sony Support page? And how about pictures taken with the CD350? (at Flickr)

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    New Tamron SP 70-200 f2.8 Di and availability of other models

    CNet's UnderExposed Blog has coverage of new Tamron lenses and availability! In summary, the lenses updated are:

  • SP AF 70-200mm f2.8 Di available in Canon, Nikon, Minolta-Sony, and Pentax flavors for $700, shipping in 2 to 5 weeks
  • SP AF 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di II in Pentax flavor and a Nikon flavor with a built-in focus motor to appease the focus-motor deficient Nikon DSLRs. More at Nikonians.
  • AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di available in Nikon flavor with built-in focus motor. More at dpnow.

    The new SP AF 70-200 is available for pre-ordering at Amazon, delivery is expected in 2 to 5 weeks from now, and the price is $700. Amazon does offer a pre-order and post-order price guarantee, so you will get the lower price if there is a price-drop up to 30 days after your item is shipped. Each picture below is for a different mount. Mouse over for more details.

    The lenses are also featured at, computer-translated from Japanese to English.

    PS> Di are digitally optimized lenses, but work on 35mm full frame cameras
    PS2> Di II are cropped-sensor lenses (DX, DA, EF-S, DT, you name it), and not recommended for 35mm full frame cameras

    Update: We missed the SP AF 10-24 f3.5-4.5 Di II LD (IF)
    Among all the waves of announcements, we missed the new Tamron 10-24 lens. But Photography Blog has the details. This is a [Di II] lens, meaning you can only use it on cropped sensor DSLRs which gives it an equivalent range of about 15-36mm. It will be available in CMNP, which is old-school for Canon, Minolta-Sony, Nikon and Pentax. Price not mentioned, and we did not find it on Amazon for pre-ordering.

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  • New Pentax Lens Roadmap and three new lenses under development announced at PMA 2008

    Pentax has some new news for Pentax fans at PMA 2008. Three new lenses are under development and a new official lens roadmap is ...mapped!

    Details at dpreview, and The roadmap in PDF format is linked from both of the above sites.

    The three new lenses under development are the [smc PENTAX DA * 55mm f1.4 SDM], equivalent to 83mm or so in 35mm equivalency. Note the f1.4 and the SDM (Pentax's name for silent and smooth AF). Zoomers might be interested in the [smc PENTAX DA * 60-250mm f4 ED IF SDM], a zoom ratio of just over 4X, and 35mm equivalency of around 90 to 375mm. Standard zoom lensers might be interested in the new [smc PENTAX DA 17-70 f4 AL IF SDM]. This comes out to about 26-105 in 35mm equivalency. Note: The math is off the top of my head, so they are likely to be a couple of mm off. I'm doing a 1.5x, instead of a 1.5x multiplication :)

    Also on the roadmap one can observe a [DA * 30mm SDM] and a [DA 15mm Limited]

    Also of interest, there is a 645 lens in the roadmap, the [D FA 645 55m f2.8], which the text states that it will be available at the same time as the Pentax 645D launch. We are not sure if this text was included in previous editions of the roadmap or if this was recently added. If it is the latter, then this sounds promising for those waiting (im)patiently for the Pentax 645D! It looks like this was the older cached roadmap. The 645 lens is gone from the roadmap :(

    As you can expect these new lenses have generated some buzz among Pentaxians. Here are some sample threads from the Pentax SLR Talk forum at dpreview discussing these new lenses:

  • Roadmap discussion
  • 60-150 and 17-70 discussion
  • What's missing?
  • Not related to the new lenses, but discussing the new dpreview Lens tests which include two Pentax lenses

    PS1> [IF[ does not mean the lens is iffy, but rather internal focusing.
    PS2> You do not need a pill for ED.
    PS3> [DA *] is not a TMZ/reality TV term, it does not mean "da star"

    Read the rest of "New Pentax Lens Roadmap and three new lenses under development announced at PMA 2008"...
  • Bargain Hunter's Corner is now Shopping Row

    We are officially renaming the "Bargain Hunter's Corner" to the all inclusive "Shopping Row". Shopping Row is a superset that includes bargain hunters, early adopters, technophiles, pre-orderers, and cutting edge buyers.

    We were thinking of naming it "Shopaholics Anonymous", but then we discovered there is a website with that name, called Shopaholics Anonymous, run by a group of counselors, trying to help compulsive buyers.

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    dpreview launches lens reviews - four reviews are posted!

    Dpreview has just launched a lens review segment on their website. This was a feature that was highly sought after by dpreview forum users who now get their wish come true!

    The four lenses reviewed are two Canon (EF-S 17-85 f4-5.6 IS USM, and 18-55 EF-S IS) and two Pentax lenses (DA 16-45, DA 18-55 AL). Visit the dpreview lens reviews page for the reviews.

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    Panasonic leak-athon summary (TZ5, TZ4, FX35, LZ10, LZ8, FS20, FS5, FS3)

    To summarize the Panasonic day so far, we have the following. It started with the Panasonic FS3 on the Panasonic UK site, noticed in the Panasonic dpreview forum. Meanwhile, Engadget noticed that the Panasonic RSS feed was "leaking" the headlines of product announcements, which revealed the FX35. After that, we performed a few likely model name searches on Amazon and found the TZ5, TZ4, LZ8, and FS5. Then the official announcements came out and revealed two more cameras, the LZ10 and FS20!

  • Panasonic TZ5
  • Panasonic TZ4
  • Panasonic FX35
  • Panasonic LZ8
  • Panasonic FS5 and FS3
  • Panasonic FS20 and LZ10

    For discussions on past, present and future Panasonic digital cameras, be sure to check the Panasonic dpreview forum.

    Web coverage of the new Panasonics
  • dpreview
  • CNet's Crave on the FX35
  • Amin Foto comments on the new announcements. Amin Foto has performed some very interesting shootouts - such as the nine-part series Canon G7 vs Ricoh GX100 vs Leica D-Lux2.

    Monthly Production Output according to Panasonic Japan
    By looking at the press releases at Panasonic Japan, computer-translated thanks to Altavista's Babelfish, we discover the following monthly production outputs, in terms of camera units:
  • The wide angle cutie, the FX35, in five body colors: 80,000 units per month
  • The affordable LiIon FS3: 40,000 per month (three body colors)
  • The affordable mid-range zoom LZ10: 10,000 per month (1 body color)
  • The entry level P&SLS80: 10,000 per month (1 body color)
  • We did not find numbers for the remaining models

    Panasonic TZ5 sample pictures has posted sample pictures from the Panasonic TZ5. Squirrel included :)

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  • New Panasonic LZ10 and FS20

    The new Panasonics are now official! All the press releases at dpreview.

    We missed two of them that our "likely model name" search did not pick up, the FS20 and LZ10.

    Panasonic FS20

    • 10mp sensor

    • The attack of the 3" LCD!

    • 4x optical zoom lens, starting at 30mm/f3.3 wide, Leica branded

    • MegaOIS this time, not A-OIS

    • Venus Engine IV

    • face detection

    • Price: $300

    • Update from the Japanese announcement: Panasonic will be producing 20,000 units per month (initial monthly production output)

    Panasonic LZ10
    • 10mp sensor

    • 5x optical zoom lens starting at 30mm/f3.3, Leica branded

    • Advanced Optical Image Stabilization (as opposed to MegaOIS)

    • Manual Selection Dial to Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and full manual control

    • face detection

    • 2.5" LCD

    • 30fps WXGA video

    • Two AA batteries (up to 160 with alkalines, up to 460 with 2600mah NiMH)

    • Price: $250

    Read the rest of "New Panasonic LZ10 and FS20"...

    New Panasonic FS5 and FS3

    The FS3 had been leaked earlier today (Panasonic dpreview forum), but after a search at Amazon we've found a sister model, the Panasonic FS5.

    These are a more entry-level tier spun off the FX-series, which wants to move on up in terms of prestige and features.

    Panasonic FS5

  • 10mp sensor
  • 4x optical zoom starts at 33mm/f3.8
  • Note the "Advanced Optical Image Stabilization" instead of "MegaOIS" (branding strategy or is this different stabilization technology?)
  • 2.5" LCD
  • Venus Engine IV
  • face detection, intelligent scene selection
  • Price: $250

    Panasonic FS3
  • 8mp sensor
  • 3x optical zoom starts at 33mm/f3.8
  • Note the "Advanced Optical Image Stabilization" instead of "MegaOIS" (branding strategy or is this different stabilization technology?)
  • 2.5" LCD
  • Venus Engine IV
  • face detection, intelligent scene selection
  • optional marine case: DMW-MCFS5
  • Price: $200

    The official Panasonic press release at the Imaging Insider

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  • New Panasonic LZ8 leaked

    The Panasonic LZ8 is a follow-up to the entry-level mid-range zoom series - the LZ-series. Starting price is set at $180.

  • Manual Selection Dial to Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and full manual control
  • MegaOIS
  • Lens starts at 32mm but "drops" to a 5x zoom ratio, instead of the typical 6x of the previous LZ-series models
  • 2.5" LCD (230K)
  • up to 180 images with alkaline AA batteries
  • up to 470 images with 2600mah rechargeable AA NiMH

    Read the rest of "New Panasonic LZ8 leaked"...
  • Panasonic TZ4 leaked at Amazon!

    The Panasonic TZ4 is out of the bag! Pre-order price is $300.

  • 8mp sensor
  • 2.5" LCD
  • MegaOIS
  • 28mm to 280mm lens
  • Venus Engine IV
  • face detection

    The official Panasonic press release at the Imaging Insider.

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  • Panasonic TZ5 leaked at Amazon!

    The Panasonic TZ5 is listed at Amazon for $350 pre-orders.

  • 9 megapixels available to the user but the camera is using a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor. This is consistent with previous TZ models.
  • 3" LCD (460k dots)
  • 28mm-280mm Leica lens, f3.3
  • MegaOIS
  • Venus Engine IV
  • Continuous AF
  • 2.5fps burst mode at full resolution (3 or 5 images depending on quality level)
  • 6fps at lower resolutions (2mp to 2.5mp depending on crop (4:3 or 16:9))
  • face detection
  • intelligent scene selector (does that mean no PSAM?)
  • This is of note: "When in Advanced Intelligent Auto mode, the following technologies all operate automatically; no settings need to be manually changed". An "advanced auto" mode :)
  • PRICE: $350, available for pre-order at Amazon, with your choice of blue, black or silver. Amazon has a pre-order and post-order price guarantee so you can get the lowest price up to 30 days after the camera ships.

    The official Panasonic press release at the Imaging Insider and CNet's Underexposed blog.

    Various discussions on the new TZ5 and TZ4 are under way in the Panasonic dpreview forum.

    More on the TZ5 itself, including details specs, at dpreview.

    We are glad to see two more TZ-series models from Panasonic, however, we are disappointed that one of them was not a more "grown up" version. By that we mean give the user the traditional photographic control (PSAM) - manual exposure control, along with shutter and aperture priority. Scenes and program mode and intelligent scenes are wonderful. We do not ask that they be removed. But give the photographer photographic control please! Since these cameras have appeal to photographers of all experience levels.

    Another thing we would have liked to have seen is RAW mode. If the 1/2.5" Panasonic FZ8 had RAW, then why not offer RAW on the 10mp 1/2.33" TZ5? With more pixels on a very slightly larger sensor, RAW becomes even more important for those who want to use RAW.

    Panasonic TZ5 sample pictures has posted sample pictures from the Panasonic TZ5. Squirrel included :)

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  • Panasonic FX35 leaked by Panasonic's RSS feed (Engadget breaks the news)

    Instant Update: The FX35 is available for pre-order at Amazon!

  • 10 1/2.33" megapixel sensor
  • 4x optical zoom lens, 25mm to 100mm, F2.8, with MegaOIS
  • The FX35 also features a fourth-generation, high-performance image processing LSI, the Venus Engine IV
  • 2.5" LCD
  • 720p video
  • Price: $350, already available for pre-order at Amazon, with pre-order and post-order price guarantee.

    Engadget points out that Panasonic's own RSS feed has leaked some their new PMA 2008 digital cameras. Rumor hunters, subscribe to the manufacturers RSS feeds!

    The Panasonic FX35 starts at 25mm wide (why didn't they name it FX25?) and this is a welcome surprise for fans of wide angle! Already people were grumbling that 28mm on digital were not the same as 28mm wide on 35mm film, so now they have a 25mm wide to play with. More details on this when more is leaked or *gasp* an official announcement is made.

    The leak also mentions "expanding the TZ-series" which is interesting to those interested in seeing more "grown up camera" features in the TZ-series, but it maintaining its "fun component". We have to wait for another leak or the official announcement for details. Here is what I (and others) would like to see in this: PSAM (Av, Tv, manual exposure control) which should be fairly easy to implement. For bonus points, they should add RAW. After all the Panasonic FZ8 has RAW and it is using about the same size sensor, somewhere in the 1/2.5" vicinity.

    Also mentioned by no details were given were the LZ-series and the new "affordable" FS-series, a poor man's version of the FX-series, which apparently Panasonic wants to boost in terms of prestige. Thus the attempt with the 12mp 1/1.7" Panasonic FX100 last year. (I did say "attempt").

    So what of the LX-series and the FZ-series or perhaps an entry-level DSLR or a prosumer surprise? We hope that this was a partial leak, and not the whole enchilada! We have to wait and hope for the announcement (or another leak).

    The official Panasonic press release at the Imaging Insider.

    If you want to revisit this post, be sure to bookmark it!

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  • New Nikon D60 DSLR is officially announced

    No more a rumor the Nikon D60 is now an official member of Nikon's DSLR product line-up!

    Meet the Nikon D60 DSLR
    The Nikon D60 joins the Nikon D40 and Nikon D40X in the first tier of Nikon DSLRs. It uses a 10mp 1.5X DX CCD sensor with a 12-bit A/D converter. It expects a focus motor on the lens, just like the D40 and D40x, something that some Nikonians are upset about.

    It supports 12-bit uncompressed NEF RAW files, along with RAW + basic JPEG, and obviously JPEG. The CAM350 module is doing the auto focusing magic, and the 3D color matrix metering II does the metering magic. ISO goes up to 1600 (3200 extended).

    It has a 2.5" LCD (230k dots), EN-EL9 LiIon battery, SDHC memory cards, hot-shoe and the other usual features you would expect from a DSLR at this segment.

    Speaking of which, the price is set $750 with the 18-55 DX VR lens and the kit is expected to ship around February 2008. The European price appears to be similar, but in euros instead of dollars. You read right, it will ship with a kit lens that has a VR (vibration reduction) feature.

    Web coverage of the D60 announcement

  • Brief hands-on preview at dpreview, with a side-by-side visual comparison with the D40X
  • Announcement at dpreview
  • Announcement of the new Nikons at the Adorama News Desk
  • Let's Go Digital has a review (!) but I'm not sure if it's a spec-sheet review, a brief preview, or a real review. We'll look into this later on
  • DC resource
  • Ken Rockwell has his take on the Nikon D60. Rockwell has some very interesting recommendations on Nikon DSLR purchases at the bottom of his post. Be sure to check it out!
  • Gizmodo showcases the stop-motion feature
  • Photoxels ha posted their D60 fact sheet
  • Crunchgear points to the Eye Fi featurette on the D60.
  • The DSLR Blog talks pricing and so does Crave
  • Some D60 coverage on hot new social bookmarking site
  • NikonWatch covers the new Nikons as well

    For easier access, this is the permalink.

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  • Monday, January 28, 2008

    New Nikon 16-85 DX VR, PC-E and Macro lenses!

    As rumored and leaked and pre-leaked, Nikon has announced a new trio of lenses!

    Meet the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • Very versatile 24mm to 127mm equivalent range on the Nikon-mount DX DSLRs (all Nikon and Fuji, except for the Nikon D3 as of right now)
  • VR is a must given that Sony, Pentax, and Olympus are offering sensor shift image stabilization
  • Just 17oz!
  • Price: $650 (March 2008), available for pre-order at Amazon. Also available for pre-order at Adorama.

    Meet the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
  • More details at dpreview
  • dpreview mentions that there's also a development notice for two more PC-E lenses (45mm and 85mm)
  • Price: $1930 (Spring 2008)

    Meet the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
  • this is a 35mm full frame lens (FX)
  • 90mm equivalent when used on the DX DSLRs (all Nikon and Fuji except for the D3)
  • Price: $670 (March 2008), available for pre-order at Amazon.

    Web coverage of the new lenses
  • Ryan Brenizer's Amazon blog on all the new Nikon releases
  • dpreview (16-85 DX VR AF-S)
  • dpreview (PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED)
  • dpreview (AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED)
  • dcresource
  • Nikon USA press releases
  • Let's Go D
  • dpnow
  • Imaging Resource

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  • New Nikon Coolpix P60 - goodbye wide angle!

    The Nikon P50 generated some interest because it started at 28mm, and was viewed as a "poor man's Nikon P5000/P5100". Certainly the price was much lower than those two, and it was as closed to half off at some point.

    But Nikon surprised us here by not continuing the wide-angle feature of the PX0-series, and instead went with a pedestrian 5x optical zoom lens starting at 36mm. This perhaps indicates that is intended to run in parallel with the P50, as opposed to a replacement.

    It does have image stabilization which is always a plus, just like having manual exposure. But fans of Tv and Av will be disappointed, thus not the full PSAM complement.

    Its price is an affordable $230 (March 2008), which is explain why it has a low-res 2.5" LCD, as opposed to the more typical 230k dot resolution. But AA battery fans will be thrilled that it uses two AA batteries, just like the P50.

    The sensor is (I guess) a modest 8mp 1/2.5" vs the newer 10mp 1/2.33". You don't have to be a math major to see that the 10mp 1/2.33" sensor is more of an ant-hill than the 8mp 1/2.5" CCD. But that's a story for another day.

    A mild surprise is the inclusion of an EVF. Yes, an EVF, not a typo. Placed in the top left corner of the camera.

    Unlike the new S-series Coolpixies, battery life is estimated at 350 (although not sure if it is with AA lithium or rechargeable AA NiMH).

    Web coverage

  • dcresource
  • dpreview
  • Crunch Gear
  • CNet Crave - makes the case of the P60 as a Canon A720 IS competitor!
  • dpnow

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  • New Nikon S600, S550, S520, S210 - so many Coolpixies so little time!

    Oh boy, the bread is buttered at the mass-market cameras, and Nikon is going after that with a five-pack of new S-series Coolpixies!

    No pixie dust actually, these are fairly modest and predictable models but Nikon continues its embrace of 28mm wide compacts with one of those four starting at 28mm wide. Which is the S600, which we will start with:

    Nikon Coolpix S600

  • Embraces the new anthill sensor - 10mp 1/2.33" CCD
  • Starts at 28m wide, with a 4x optical zoom lens (28-112mm eq)
  • image stabilization
  • Sub-par LiIon battery life (190 CIPA)
  • 2.7" LCD (230k)
  • Price: $300

    Nikon Coolpix S550
  • Also 10mp 1/2.33" sensor
  • 5x optical zoom (36-180mm eq), no stabilization
  • 2.5" LCD (230k) - typical of sleek compacts
  • LiIon battery: misery around 200
  • Price: $230

    Nikon Coolpix S520
  • 8mp 1/2.5" CCD sensor
  • 3x optical (35-105mm eq)
  • image stabilization
  • 2.5" LCD with lower res (trade off stabilization with low-res LCD?)
  • LiIon battery, under 200 pics
  • Price: $230, which is explained by the stabilization vs the S550.

    Nikon Coolpix S210
  • 8mp 1/2.5" sensor
  • 3x optical (38-114mm)
  • 2.5" LCD (230K)
  • Battery life best of the quartet: 220
  • Price: $180

    Coverage on the net
  • dcresource
  • dpreview
  • CrunchGear (S600), S550

    Read the rest of "New Nikon S600, S550, S520, S210 - so many Coolpixies so little time!"...
  • New Nikon Coolpix L18 and L16

    Nikon has a wave of new announcements as expected. We start from the bottom and go up! So first we have two Coolpix L-series cameras. The L, perhaps for Learners, are their AA-based entry-level line-up.

    Meet the Coolpix L18

  • 8mp sensor
  • 3x optical zoom (35-105mm eq)
  • 3" LCD (230K) - notice the 3" size!
  • two AA batteries
  • price: 140 euro

    Meet the Coolpix L16
  • 7mp sensor
  • 3x optical zoom (35-105mm eq)
  • 2.8" LCD
  • two AA batteries
  • price: 120 euro

    Coverage on the web
  • dpreview
  • Crunch Gear
  • Let's Go Digital L16 and L18
  • dpnow

    Read the rest of "New Nikon Coolpix L18 and L16"...
  • Sony A350 and A300 leaks and Sony price drops!

    An eagle-eyed dpreview forum user has spotted a thread talking Sony A300 and A350 DSLRs. That's right, a 10mp A300 with a twist-and-shout LCD and a 14mp A350. This is quite interesting that the difference of sensors (10mp vs 14mp) only goes for a 50-model-point increase. the original Dyxum thread.

    If that is so, then what will the Sony A500 be? An affordable full-frame? An APS-H? A beefed up A350? Oh my! And then what of the Sony A900? Of course Sony has talked about the A900 formally, but not the A500, so there's no guarantee we will see an A500.

    More at Photography Bay, Neutral Day, Sony Alpha Flickr Group, Digital Camera Zone, Crunch Gear and more springing up any minute now!

    For more, be sure to stay tuned to the Sony SLR Talk dpreview forums and the forums.

    Sony Price Drops
    This dpreview forum thread talks of an official $100 price drop of the A700, while other users speculate that the 14mp Pentax and Samsung DSLRs has caused the price drop. Another user points out that the Sony 11-18 lens is advertised by Best Buy for $400.

    For reviews of existing Sony DSLRs, be sure to check our DSLR Review Matrix.

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    Planned outage at 7pm New York City time

    Blogger will be having a 10-minute maintenance outage at 7pm New York City time today. You may not be able to access this blog during that time period. Also as it is common with any sort of IT maintenance, it doesn't take a lot for a 10-minute outage to become a 20-minute outage. If blogger is inaccessible, be sure to check our Twitter page for the latest updates in 140 words or less.

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    New film rangefinder with bellows from Fuji? (not an SLR)

    The PDN Pulse blog points out to a Fuji press release for PMA 2008 that suggests that a new medium format retro folding rangefinder film SLR camera from Fuji will be announced, and perhaps shown even at the PMA 2008 trade show. Thanks to blog reader Shadow Leaves for the update and the correction!

    Since this is coming from Fuji, we'll treat it as almost-news. Almost-news, since it is not a formal product announcement. We'll post more details if/when more is known from Fuji.

    And for those speed-readers, I am inserting a speed-bump: this is a film SLR rangefinder with bellows, definitely not a digital camera!

    For all the Fuji-priority posts in this blog, be sure to check the Fuji tag (23 posts so far).

    More at, Let's Go Digital (has nice pictures). Discussion of this in the dpreview News forum.

    NEW!!! The PDN Pulse blog has exclusive pictures of the new Fuji RF. They also have a picture of the basic specs. The camera was shown behind glass at the PMA 2008 trade show.

    Also covered by Amateur Photographer UK

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    Panasonic Lumix Preview at PMA 2008 tonight!

    The Imaging Insider informs us that the Panasonic PMA 2008 Lumix preview event at PMA is taking place tonight!

    The people attending the event will obviously be under NDA, but this means that an announcement should be expected!

    Our speculation (along with rumors) on Panasonic at the giant PMA 2008 post and the prosumer specific post.

    For all things Panasonic, be sure to check the Panasonic dpreview forum early and often!

    So far Panasonic has announced one digital camera in 2008, the entry level Panasonic Lumix LS80.

    For all the major Panasonic posts here at 1001 Noisy, be sure to check our Panasonic tag. There are currently 27 posts in that category.

    A little bit more on the various things different people are wishing Panasonic would introduce at the RAWsumer blog.

    Read the rest of "Panasonic Lumix Preview at PMA 2008 tonight!"...

    Leaked? Nikon D60 and three new Nikon lenses!

    Our blog reader "fotomik" alerted us with this comment of a Nikon D60 leak - along with three new Nikon lenses!

    The leak is at this dpreview forum thread. The three lenses are mentioned in this thread.

    In case those threads disappear, here is a summary:

    Nikon D60

  • 10 megapixel "DX" sensor
  • EXPEED engine
  • Fully compatible with AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses, equipped with an autofocus motor
  • Compatible with most F-mount Nikkor lenses when using manual focus mode)
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • advanced three point AF system
  • 3 fps (up to 100 JPEG)
  • 0.19 powerup
  • "split-second shutter response" - no numbers given but the text claims "eliminates shooting lag"
  • 0.8x magnification (OVF)
  • Active D-Lighting (pun on d-lite?)
  • dust bunnies (sensor cleaning function)
  • in-camera retouching
  • LiIon battery R709 up to 500 pictures
  • Included Nikon ViewNX software
  • Price: unknown

    Some forum users have started comparing with the previous D40/D40x.

    New Nikon lenses
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR which was heavily rumored. Price: 600 euro!
  • Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt/Shift lens. Price: unknown
  • Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens. Price: 519 euro

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  • Sunday, January 27, 2008

    Nikon D60 battery on Amazon and Google - leak, typo, or clever marketing?

    We "accidentally" run a search on Amazon for "Nikon D60" and found a battery offered by electronics outfit DS Miller named "Nikon D60 battery", made by Hi Capacity. The date first available says July 2007, but those dates are not always reliable. For example, sometimes a camera that was just announced has a date going back 3-4 years ago.

    Then we went to Google and searched for "D60 battery" and found a number of results. Are all these Nikon D60 batteries, typos or clever marketing? We blog, you decide!

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    Photography Soup (No Tech Talk Allowed!)

    For all our readers who are bored, tired or not interested in the latest cascading waves of new digital cameras, we have a special edition of the Photography Soup that is free of new digital cameras, rumors, gadgets and speculation!

    And we start with a wave of pictures, Epic Edits has posted their latest photo dump. Those are pictures from the Epic Edits Flickr Photo pool.

    Meanwhile the Imaging Insider has a couple of stories of interest from the world of photojournalism: A photographer and Columbia, and a photographer and Benazir Bhutto.

    Also at the Imaging Insider, a do-nothing politician gets censured for kicking a photographer.

    Ryan Brenizer of the Ryan Brenizer Amazon blog shares with us a recent engagement photoshoot session.

    It's never too late to learn more! Take a look at the week that was at the Digital Photography School (DPS).

    More pictures, here's the latest photo of the day at Photography Bay.

    If you missed any of the updates at the PDN Pulse blog, be sure to check their week in review!

    Underwater photographer Brian Skerry talks to Pop Photo online. Also Pop Photo's Flash blog critiques user-submitted pictures.

    More images, David Ziser of Digital Pro Talk has a very nicely done Sedona ridge picture, then points us to the best of National Geographic, and has a round-up of wedding photographers from our the world.

    We, on the other hand, we are venturing into a segment of photography that has been under-served: divorce photography ;-)

    Wow, did we really manage to have a whole post without a single mention of digital cameras, rumors, gadgets and technology?

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    Canon Rumors: 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D and other dreams

    The dpreview Canon forums are buzzing with rumors, speculation, wishful thinking and anticipation as to what Canon will do at PMA 2008, at Photokina 2008 and in 2008 in general. Here are some sample threads:

  • What about a 5D Mark II in-between PMA and Photokina 2008?
  • There won't be a 5D replacement at PMA?
  • How close to reality are Canon plans for world domination?
  • How about a Canon EOS 6D?
  • If we project from the XSi, do we get 32 megapixels?
  • Some are excited that there was no 5D Mark II
  • And some sour grapes!

    You might also be interested in our recent post on Canon plotting world domination!

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  • Saturday, January 26, 2008

    Canon plans revenge and world domination

    In a story lost in the waves and waves of new camera announcements, but picked up by the Imaging Insider and CNet's Underexposed blog, Canon is plotting revenge and world domination.

    As we mentioned before, Nikon beat Canon in DSLR market share in Japan for 2007. This is something that did not sit well with Canon - obviously. Just two years ago, a lot of people, me included, thought that Canon was very close to being invincible in DSLRs. But Nikon managed to chip away, chip away, and now jump ahead. The unusual duo of the D40 and D40x is credited by some people as what shifted the momentum in terms of market share.

    And in terms of mind share, it was obviously the dynamic duo of the D3 and the D300, for which we have Beatle-mania like coverage because of all the buzz they have generated.

    According to the story referenced by the Imaging Insider above, Canon plans to sell 19.5% more cameras globally in 2008 - a 29.4 million unit total worldwide!

    The projections for 2008 are broken further down to 25m non-DSLRs (+16.8% projected increase) and 4.4m DSLRs (+37.5% projected increase). Canon hopes that the brand new Digital Rebel XSi (450D) will help them regain the #1 spot in Japan. This perhaps may explain why Canon jumped to 12mp, added a spotmeter (is the world ending?), bundled it with an IS kit lens for just $100 more, and borrowed a number of features from the 40D and 1D Mark III.

    For pre-ordering information, check our new camera pre-ordering center. For all the new digital cameras announced in 2008 so far (a "modest" 75) check The Digital Cameras of 2008.

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    Friday, January 25, 2008

    Pre-ordering the hot new cameras of 2008

    We are tracking all the new camera announcements of 2008 already, so now we are creating a new list, a list that tries to keep track of pre-orders for the new cameras that were announced in 2008! As the table has now grown long, we will split it into four different pieces: DSLRs, Lenses, Compact digital cameras, and Everything else. So here they are:

    Canon D-Rebel XSi, body onlyAmazon$800
    Canon D-Rebel XSi, w/18-55 EF-S ISAmazon$900
    Nikon D60 body onlyAdorama, Amazon$630 to $650
    Nikon D60 w/18-55 DX VR lensB&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon$750
    Nikon D60 2-lens kitAdorama$965
    Nikon D80 w/18-55 DX VR lens (new VR kit, not new DSLR)Adorama$950
    Olympus E420 body onlyAmazon$500
    Olympus E420 w/14-42Amazon$600
    Olympus E420 w/25mm pancakeAmazon$700
    Pentax K20D, body onlyAmazon, B&H Photo, Adorama,$1300
    Pentax K200D body onlyAmazon, B&H Photo$700 to $720
    Pentax K200D w/18-55Amazon, B&H Photo$800
    Samsung GX20Amazon$1300
    Sony A200 w/18-70 DTAmazon, B&H Photo$700
    Sony A200 2-lens kitAmazon, B&H Photo$900
    Sony A300 w/18-70 DTAmazon$800
    Sony A300 2-lens kitAmazon$1000
    Sony A350 body onlyAdorama, Amazon$800
    Sony A350 w/18-70 DTAmazon$900
    Sony A350 2-lens kitAmazon$1100

    Canon EF-S 55-250 f4-5.6 ISAmazon$300
    Nikon 16-85 DX VR AF-SAmazon, Adorama$650+
    Nikon 60mm f2.8 MacroAmazon$670
    Olympus 25mm f2.8 pancakeAmazon$250
    Sigma 200-500 f2.8 APO EX DG CanonAmazon$25,000
    Sigma 200-500 f2.8 APO EX DG NikonAmazon$25,000
    Sigma 200-500 f2.8 APO EX DG SigmaAmazon$25,000
    Tamron 70-200 SP f2.8 Di LD (C,N,M,P)Amazon$700

    Compacts (non-DSLRs)
    Compacts (non-DSLRs)Pre-ordersPrice
    Canon A590 ISAmazon$180
    Casio EX-F1None so far$1000
    Casio EX-Z200J&R World$330
    Fuji F100fdAmazon$380
    Fuji S100FSAmazon$800
    Fuji S8100fdAmazon$400
    Nikon P60Amazon$230
    Olympus SP570uzAmazon, OneCall$500
    Olympus FE-340Amazon$200
    Olympus Stylus 1030SWAmazon$400
    Panasonic TZ5Amazon$350
    Panasonic TZ4Amazon$300
    Panasonic FX35Amazon$350
    Pentax Optio A40Amazon$280
    Ricoh R8Adorama: black, silver, black w/ silver trim$400
    Samsung NV24HDAmazon$300
    Sony H10Amazon$300
    Sony T300B&H Photo, Amazon$400
    Sony W170Amazon$300
    Sony W120Amazon$200
    Sony S730Amazonjust $130
    SIGMA DP1Amazon$800

    Everything else
    Everything elsePre-ordersPrice
    Apple Aperture 2 UpgradeAmazon$90
    Apple Aperture 2Amazon$190
    Pentax BG3 battery gripB&H Photo$130

    Pre-ordering through this table is a great way to tip us for our efforts in chasing digital cameras across the globe and providing you information-overload updates on new digital cameras :) Just the other day we caught the Sony W300 swimming in the Great River :)

    This will be updated periodically, but please keep in mind it will not be updated in real time.

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    Nikon D300 vs Leica M8: Is a picture worth 1000 pixelpeeps?

    We were looking at the latest updates at the Imaging Insider and we noticed this interesting experiment, photographer Mark Alberhasky squared off the Nikon D3 with the Leica M8. This is not a long review, but rather a single picture face-off. An old-fashioned western duel if you like. One shot - who wins? We won't spoil it here, you have to read to find out!

    For more on photographer Mark Alberhasky, be sure to check this Imaging Insider podcast where he discusses photography and the new D3/D300 Nikons with the Insider, and check his blog.

    If you want to re-produce this experiment, you will need some expensive ingredients, prices at B&H Photo:
    * Nikon D3: $5000 + Nikon 24-70 f2.8: $1700 (total: $6700)
    * Leica M8: $5500 + 35mm f2 Summicron: $2600 (total: $8100)

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