Monday, March 10, 2008

Photography Soup (Camera Priority edition)

Welcome to a special camera-priority edition of the Photography Soup, our daily round-up post, posted every *gasp* ten days!

And we start with a first impressions review of the Sony Alpha A350 at Photography Bay. Stay tuned to Photography Bay, there's more coming up on the A350!

Meanwhile, Let's Go continues with their "Interview with a Camera Vampire" series with an interview with Pentax, where John Carlson of Pentax USA takes the hot seat. Be sure to check the black Pentax K20D 14mp CMOS sensor tshirt worn by Pentax guy. Among the topics covered, Samsung, an estimate of the market share of "professional" cameras, the 645D and price range, K20D, extended Live View discussion, lenses, comparisons with Nikon, lack of advanced non-DSLR compacts, and lots more. Yet another good interview by Let's Go D!.

For the cyber-toastmasters out there, there is a discussion on the lack of advantages of 4/3rds in the dpreview news forum. Not for the faint of heart!

And now a lens review, at, of the Zeiss ZA Planar T* 85mm f1.4. The Sony-Minolta-Alpha mount flavor is reviewed.

Meanwhile reviews the Nikon D40x DSLR. And if you missed their finalized PMA 2008 report, be sure to check it out.

On the sensor front, Adorama Newdesk discusses the 9mp Micron Aptina tiny sensor.

Eneloop is not just batteries anymore. It's ... hand warmers. After all, what are hands but organic quintapods? (is that a word even?) :-)

FujiMall Specials!
Fujimall has a couple of specials for Fuji camera fans out there! First up, the FinePix S8000fd Digital Camera Bundle at Value of $589.99 - bundle saves you $190!. For $410 you get the S8000fd (this is the previous model, the 2008 model is the S8100fd), a Fuji camera bag, Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2, and Fujifilm PixRX 2-Year Limited Extended Warranty

Also offered, the FinePix Z5fd Digital Camera with FREE leather case ($29.99 value) at for $136. The Z5fd is an older model, and uses xD cards exclusively, so it is ideally suited for people with xD cards. Unlike the newer Z-series ultracompacts, the F5fd uses a 6mp 1/2.5" SuperCCD sensor, however the benefits of SuperCCD are not as pronounced at this smaller sensor size.

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