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Casio Exilim EX-Z120 – Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Casio Exilim EX-Z120, a 7.2 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with anti-shake DSP, 3x optical zoom, and a 2.0″ LCD screen, has been reviewed at Steve’ s Digicams. Here’s their verdict on image quality

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“The 3x optical zoom lens produced sharp results throughout its range, although with noticeable softness in the corners at full telephoto. Its 38 – 114mm (in 35mm equivalence) focal length range is typical for a camera in this class. At 38mm, there’s enough field of view for group portraits and landscapes, while its 114mm telephoto extreme will bring distant subjects a bit closer. The lens exhibits a very slight amount of chromatic aberration (purple fringing in high-contrast areas) and noticeable barrel distortion at wide angle, but the telephoto end of the zoom range is essentially distortion-free.

The overall image quality when using 7-megapixel (3072×2304) Fine mode was good. Our outdoor images were well exposed and colors were nicely saturated. Image noise was essentially absent at ISO 50 and 100, and detectable at ISO 200. While noise was noticeable throughout at ISO 400, those images were useable. Anti Shake mode is capable of boosting ISO to 1600; those images were very noisy and lacking in detail.”

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Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM is a high magnification zoom lens, with 10x zoom ratio from 50mm to 500mm, which is optimized for Digital. The lens employs a seven-group zoom system, which provides a high zoom magnification of 10x. Triple-cam Rear Focusing System ensures high precision throughout the whole focus range.

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Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM also equipped with a zoom lock device to eliminate “Zoom Creep” when the lens is tilted down. The tripod mount is composed of magnesium, to minimize total weight and also it is easy to grip and carry the lens due to ergonomic design of the tripod mount.

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Nikon CoolPix P2 – Review @ ePhotozine

ePhotozine has posted their review (with sample photos) on Nikon CoolPix P2, a 5.1 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera with 3.5x zoom lens, wireless connectivity and 2.5″ LCD screen.

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“The auto white balance setting performs very well on this camera, correcting colour casts enough to leave a pleasing effect. Colour saturation is fairly muted on the normal setting, moving this to ‘enhanced’ gives images a little more punch, moving the saturation to the maximum setting gives great colour for landscapes.

Images from the Nikon Coolpix P2 are generally very sharp and detailed and the matrix metering system copes very well under most circumstances, tending to expose for shadow detail in very high contrast situations.”

Choosing the Ideal Lighting Setup for the Studio

Many a photographer starting out would like to know what lighting combination would work the best. A new studio has the advantage of starting with a new slate. Mimicking current studio setups may not always have the best arrangement because they sometimes have to make do with what was inherited or added to through the years.

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The main light should be at least three feet wide and in a soft box configuration. The reason for this is that a soft box places the surface of the light close to the subject without getting in the way of the camera or photographer. Another reason is that the light is kinder to skin surfaces and tends to wrap around the features without losing the modeling.

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark XXX

Here’s another e-mail from one of our readers.
Introducing.. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark XXX, a 120 Megapixel digital SLR camera with jobs button, money button, beer button, pizza button, sex button, mood button and many more.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark XXX

If this camera was real, it would be the best camera ever made on earth.

Nikon D200 Vs 4 x 5″ Film

Ken Rockwell has posted the result of his latest test with the new Nikon D200. This time he’s comparing the new Nikon D200 DSLR camera with 4×5″ Film. Here’s some of the reasons why 4×5″ film is better:

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“The D200 has nowhere near as many pixels as the film scan. When enlarged similar amounts the D200, or any digital camera or back, can’t keep up.

As time goes on scanners get better. You always can scan your film again in 10 or 20 years. I have 30 year old Kodachromes and 15 year old Velvias that look identical to when they were new. You’re stuck with whatever you got from your D200, presuming you can even find software to read the raw files if you didn’t save or shoot them as JPGs.”

>> Nikon D200 Review Roundup

Adobe Lightroom – Review @ Photoshopweblog

David Chartier has recently posted his first impression review on Adobe Lightroom, the latest program from Adobe which will help digital photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images.

Adobe Lightroom

“it’s fantastic. I’m running it on the latest version of the 15″ PowerBook G4, with a hi-res screen, 1.67 GHz G4 and 1.5 GB RAM, and it runs quick. App startup time is virtually nil, and the whole thing just feels zippy. It offers a great array of features centered around this image comparison/organization paradigm, and some of them are the type of tools where, upon using them, I never even realized I was missing. Some of the toolsets are simply a sort of remixing of the tools and palettes found in Photoshop, offering a very different and handy UI for accomplishing the same kinds of editing, touching up, print preparation and comparison tasks”

Easy Way to Back up Your Photos

Carbonite offers an easy way to back up your photos for less than $2.50/month. Once you have installed the software, it will starts automatically and works quietly and continuously in the background.

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PRESS RELEASE

FRAMINGHAM, MA (PRWEB) – Customers who purchased any digital camera at Staples this holiday season (and for a limited time in early 2006) walked away with peace of mind from knowing that their cherished photos will never be lost. Each digital camera purchase will come with a copy of Staples’ exclusive Digital Photo Protection Kit which includes a free 6-month subscription to Carbonite’s PhotoBackup service , a $17.95 value.

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Pentax Optio WPi – Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Steve’s Digicams has recently posted a review on Pentax Optio WPi, a 6.0 Megapixel point-and-shoot water resistant digital camera with 3x optical zoom and 2.0″ LCD screen.

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“The WPi features a Pentax 3x optical zoom that helps produce sharp images throughout its range, with average barrel distortion at wide angle and slight pincushioning at full telephoto. The operation of the optical zoom is smooth and quiet, but not continuous; it moves through its 38-114mm range in 10 distinct steps, more than adequate for composing most shots. The 9-point autofocus system did very well in most situations, however it would benefit greatly from a focus-assist lamp when shooting in low ambient lighting; focus will fail more often than not in these conditions.

Bottom line – Pentax has yet again created a “cool” digicam that can capture great photos whether you’re at home, in the office, or taking a dip in the pool. With 6-megapixels, you have plenty of resolution to work with and will have no problem making beautiful 8×10-inch or larger prints. Priced at around $299, it offers an excellent value for such a versatile little camera.”

Pentax Optio S6 – Review @ T3 UK

UK T3 Magazine has recently posted a small review on Pentax Optio S6, a 6.0 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5″ LCD Screen. Here’s the verdict:

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“The 2.5-inch LCD really is fantastic. It’s extremely responsive, so you get almost no smear at all as you pan the camera around to follow your moving subjects. It’s also sharp enough to show up any facial hair with stunning clarity on your close-up portraits.

Picture quality is good – in snaps of Sony’s AIBO robot dog doing his thing, every bit of dust on his snout shows up crisply, as do all the reflections on his glossy casing. Colours, meanwhile, are bright, but slightly lack contrast which can make some images seem a little two-dimensional.”

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