Archive for February, 2006

8 Megapixel 30D – Why, oh Why ?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

With many people were disappointed with the launch of Canon EOS 30D equipped with only 8 megapixel sensor, ImagingResource has done a brief interview with Chuck Westfall, Canon USA’s Director of Media and Customer Relationship, on the subject.

Canon EOS 30d

IR: Congratulations on the launch of the EOS 30D. I wanted to try to answer a few questions that we’re hearing about the 30D’s decidedly evolutionary changes. While most features are welcome, some potential customers have expressed surprise and disappointment that the sensor resolution hasn’t changed. Is Canon concerned about how the 8.2 megapixel 30D will be received in the traditionally megapixel-driven, “more is better” market?

Westfall: We realize that the EOS 30D may not be everyone’s idea of a next-generation digital SLR, but we are confident that it adds value to our line-up. After all, it is based on the hugely successful EOS 20D, which has established a solid reputation for high performance at its price point. By improving the feature set and reducing the price, we feel that the EOS 30D is a compelling product that will satisfy the needs of a wide variety of photographers.”

>> Read the complete interview at

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 – Review @ PhotographyBlog

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Mark Goldstein from PhotographyBlog has posted his review on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5, new 6.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 6x optical zoom (equivalent to 37-222mm ), Image Stabilizer and 2.5″ LCD. He gives the camera 4 out of 5 stars and writes;


“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 produced images of average quality during the review period. The 6 megapixel images were quite soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, as you can’t change the in-camera setting.

So overall, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is a stylish, easy to use, versatile point and shoot camera that is afflicted by an old problem. The noise issue is by no means a show-stopper, particularly if you live in a sunny climate or tend to shoot mostly outdoors, but it does stop me from recommending this camera more strongly.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Latest Price


Phase One P45 Vs Canon 1Ds MK II

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Outback photo has done a test comparing the The new P45 back (45 megapixel) and Canon 1Ds MK II (16 megapixel)

phase one vs canon 1ds
Phase One P45 Vs Canon 1Ds MK II

“Technical notes: All the images were developed in Capture One and sharpened with our EasyS Plus Sharpening Toolkit. We framed so that the horizontal scene had about the same width with both cameras.”

Fuji FinePix E900 – Review @ PCMag

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

PCMag has reviewed the Fujifilm Finepix E900, 9 Megapixels SuperCCD digital camera with 4x optical zoom and 2″ TFT LCD screen. Here’s their verdict;


“Pros: Large file sizes for cropping and large prints. Natural Light mode for flash-free shots. RAW file capabilities. Includes glass viewfinder. Uses easy-to-find double-A batteries.

Cons: No video zoom. A bit of purple fringing in our test shots. Slow recycle time. Uses slightly more expensive xD cards.

With its high megapixel count and sophisticated imaging system, many photo enthusiasts—even pros—will enjoy the little Fuji FinePix E900 compact digital camera.”

>> Fujifilm Finepix E900 Review Roundup
>> Fujifilm Finepix E900 Latest Price

Digital Foci Picture Porter – Review @ Digitalcamerareview

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Digitalcamerareview has published a review on Digital Foci Picture Porter, a portable storage media with 2″ color screen and capacity of 20 – 40GB


“If you don’t have a laptop or you aren’t taking one with you on vacation and you need a way to backup your images, a device such as the Digital Foci Picture Porter is a good plan. There are many other ways to accomplish this, so it’s up to you to decide on how you want to handle. For example, it may be cheaper to get more memory cards, but you give up being able to view images or perform a backup. The battery life and capacity of the Picture Porter are sufficient to last you a whole trip.

Pros: USB 2.0 reader for the most popular memory cards, Nice remote control, Works with PC and Mac,
Cons: 2 inch screen is smaller than most current cameras, A bit bulky”

Free Wallpaper: Barbershop

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Free Wallpaper: Barbershop Wallpaper

Free Photographic Wallpaper: Barbershop (1024×768)
Location: Flinders Station, Melbourne – Autralia
Camera: Canon EOS 300D Digital SLR
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG
Aperture: f/11
Speed: 1/60
Digital ISO: 400
Filter: none

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Canon EOS 30D Sample Images

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Canon Japan has posted Canon EOS 30D sample photos shot with Canon EF-S 17-55 mm F/2.8 IS, Canon EF 85 mm F1.2 L II, Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM and EF300mm f/2.8 L IS USM.

Sample 1)

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Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/125 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/6.3
ISO Speed: ISO100
White Balance: Daylight
Picture Style: Portrait


Canon EOS 30D

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Canon EOS 30D is the successor of Canon EOS 20D (released on 21.02.06) featuring 8.2 Megapixel, 5 fps and 30 large JPEG frame burst, 2.5”, 230K pixel, 170º wide viewing angle LCD screen, Spot metering and High Precision 9-point AF system. Canon EOS 30D will be available in mid-March 2006 with an expected street price of $1399.


Canon EOS 30D Official Brochure

>> NEWS (last update: 22.03.06)

Download Picture Style Files for Canon EOS 30D/5D/1D MK IIn

>> REVIEWS (last update: 16.05.06)


AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Nikon has announced the release of AF-S VR Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, world’s first macro lens with Silent Wave Motor and Vibration Reduction (VR) on board. The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens features advanced optical features and technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat, Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and Internal Focusing.


>> REVIEWS (Last Update: 08.03.06)


Photoshop Tutorial: 40s Style Photograph

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

This tutorial will show you how you can easily turn modern colored photos to monotone 40s style photographs like our sample below:

40s style photograph

Step 1 ) Once you’ve opened your photo, create a new document well over the size of the photograph. My original photo is 370×229, so I create a new 800×600 pixel document. (ctrl+n -> enter 800 and 600)