Archive for September, 2006

Sandisk Announces 4GB SDHC Memory Cards

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

The new cards can store more than 2,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 video. The announcement was made at the Photokina trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating its products.


The SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card features write speeds of 9 megabytes per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec. The cards are targeted at digital photography enthusiasts with 5 mega-pixel or higher resolution digital cameras or videographers with camcorders that require significantly faster flash storage cards.


Lensbaby 3G – Review & Sample Photos @ PopPhotoMag

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Popular Photography Magazine has recently reviewed the Lensbaby 3G and write;


“It’s a different breed of Lensbaby, but the 3G is a Lensbaby nonetheless. Just for fun, we attempted to analyze the distortion of the Lensbaby 3G using DxO 2.0, and the results were off the chart! (We’ve included several DxO dot-pattern target shots, to give the reader an idea of some of the distortions possible with the 3G.)”

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Acer CP-8660 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Last update: Review by ComputerActive (added on 27.09.06)

Acer has recently unveiled the CP-8660, 8.2 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 6X optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm: 37 – 222 mm) with anti-shake, 25MB internal memory and a huge 2.8 LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 96 x 61 x 29 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches) and weighing 180 g (6.3 oz.). It’s running on Rechargeable Li-Ion battery which is able to take 250 shots (without flash) in one charge.


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Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Large aperture ultra-telephoto zoom lens gives an equivalent field of view to 1600mm for the Four Thirds system.

By continuously varying the angle of view, the lens takes a lot of the footwork out of picture composition. The very latest lens coating technology and lens design reduce flare and ghosting, a common problem with digital cameras. Two ELD glass elements in the front lens group reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure high optimum image quality. The overall length of the lens does not change during focusing and zooming, ensuring convenient handling.


The HSM provides ultra quiet, high-speed autofocusing as well as full-time manual focus override. This lens is designed to accept a 46mm circular polarizing filter in a rear filter holder.

*With Four Thirds cameras the focal length will be equivalent to 600-1600mm.

Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM lens Specifications


Sigma 135-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG Lens

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

A Compact telephoto zoom lens for Four Thirds system.

The very latest lens coating technology and lens design reduce flare and ghosting, a common problem with digital cameras. This lens uses one aspherical lens and three Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements for excellent correction of various aberrations. The rear focusing system ensures fast focusing speed as well as preventing the front of the lens rotating, making it particularly suitable for use with circular polarizing filters. A removable tripod collar is included as a standard component.


*With Four Thirds cameras, the focal length will be equivalent to 270-800mm.

Sigma APO 135-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG Lens Specifications


Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Equipped with Sigma’s own unique technology OS (Optical Stabilizer) function.
Two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and two aspherical lenses provide excellent correction for all types of optical aberrations.
The Sigma Corporation is please to announce the new 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens.


This high zoom ratio lens is exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras and is capable of covering a wide range of focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto. It is equipped with Sigma’s own unique technology OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. This function uses two sensors inside the lens to detect vertical and horizontal movement of the camera and works by moving an optical image stabilizing lens group, to effectively compensate for camera shake. It automatically detects movement of the camera and compensates for camera shake when shooting moving subject such as motor sports.


Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

The Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro features large aperture F1.8 wide-angle lens has a minimum focusing distance of 18cm (7.1″) and a maximum magnification of 1:2.7, Minimum Aperture F22, Two aspherical lenses ensure the utmost correction of distortion and aberrations.




Lensbabies Launches Lensbaby 3G

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

3rd Generation Selective Focus SLR Lens Locks in Bent Position, Allows Precision Focusing

Cologne, Germany; Photokina Hall 5.2, Booth D028 (September 26, 2006) – Today Lensbabies, LLC launched its 3rd generation selective focus Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) lens, Lensbaby 3G, introducing new features that dramatically expand the Lensbaby product family’s capabilities.


The Lensbaby 3G SLR lens allows photographers to lock the Lensbaby in a desired bent position simply by pressing a button. Then, using a traditional barrel focus mechanism, photographers can do fine focusing and precisely place the sweet spot of sharp focus before pressing the shutter release. The Original Lensbaby lens and the Lensbaby 2.0 lens require the photographer to manually hold the Lensbaby in a bent position while pressing the shutter release.


Apple Releases Aperture 1.5

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Major Update Adds Open Library Option and Extends Workflow

PHOTOKINA 2006, COLOGNE, Germany—September 25, 2006—Apple® today released Aperture™ 1.5, a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers that delivers enhancements across each phase of the entire workflow. Aperture 1.5 delivers a powerful new open library, seamless iLife® ‘06 and iWork™ ‘06 integration, XMP metadata support, powerful new adjustment tools and an export API that makes it easy to extend the Aperture workflow to third party applications and services. “Aperture has given photographers around the globe the confidence to work in exciting new ways,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “Now with Apple Aperture 1.5, we’ve opened the library and extended the workflow to provide a solution that is as flexible as it is powerful.”

Apple Aperture 1.5


Olympus FE-140 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ CamerasUK (added on 26.09.06)

Olympus FE-140 is a 6.0 million point-and-shoot digital camera targeted to budget-conscious hobby photographers. This waterproof camera is featuring 3x optical zoom (equiv. 38-114 mm), with 20 scene modes, a 22MB internal memory and a large 2.5″ TFT LCD screen. Availability: March 2006


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