Ricoh Caplio R30 Review Roundup

Ricoh has recently announced their new Digital Camera named the Capilo R30. The Ricoh Caplio R30 equipped with a 5.7x optical wide zoom equivalent to 28-160mm in 35mm camera format with 5.13 megapixels CCD and 2.5-inch large-scale LCD


REVIEWS (last update 11.02.05)

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Canon PowerShot A620 – Review by Photography Blog

Mark Goldstein has recently posted his review on Canon PowerShot A620 with sample images at Photography Blog. In conlcusion he rated the camera 5 out of 5 stars and wrote:


“The Canon PowerShot A620 is another winner from Canon. 7 megapixels, 4x optical zoom lens, a fold-out, twisting LCD screen, the usual excellent Canon image quality and general quick responsiveness (thanks to the Digic II processor) make this a great all-round camera. Even better for the aspiring shutterbug, the A620 also offers a complete range of photographic controls, perfect for those who want to take charge. And perhaps the best news of all, the Canon PowerShot A620 costs just over £200/$300 – I can’t think of another camera that offers such good value. The only thing that puts me off personally is that it is too big to fit in a trouser pocket, requiring a small bag to carry it in, but if you don’t mind the A620′s size, then it should be at the top of your list. The only other negative point that I can think of is the lack of a dedicated ISO button. You have to use the Function menu instead to access what is a commonly-used feature (although Canon have helpfully made it the first choice!). The Canon PowerShot A620 is a more than worthy successor to the popular A95, increasing the resolution but perhaps more importantly expanding the feature set and improving the overall speed. Highly recommended.”

Sigma Lenses Exposure Problems

Service notice has once again been issued by Sigma. This time is regarding their exposure problems with some of their lenses when used with the new Nikon D200 DLSR

Sigma Service Notice:

Notice to end-users using Sigma’s Nikon fitting lenses with D200 camera

To our valued customers,

Combination of new Nikon 200 digital SLR camera with our following products can cause improper exposure. To overcome this we will be supplying a free upgrade to our customers. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to our customers.

List of lenses require update for D200 camera:

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Canon EOS 400D CP Rumor

One of our readers sent us this picture with a message:

Canon EOS 400D CP( with built-in Cell Phone) is coming !! Please see your nearest cell phone stores for more information..

Canon EOS 400D with built-in Cell Phone

Sometimes it’s so hard to believe how people can get so creative these days.. :D

Nikon ceasing production of film-based cameras and lenses

PRESS RELEASE: Nikon prepares to strengthen digital line-up for 2006

Wednesday January 11, 2006

Following the success of our digital line-up over the last seven years, which has resulted in more than 95% of Nikon’s UK business being within the digital area, Nikon Corporation has made the decision to focus management resources on digital cameras in place of film cameras. This decision will allow Nikon to continue to develop products that match the demands of an increasingly competitive market place.

Despite this growing competition Nikon Corporation has continued to outperform the market, and has recently reported positive financial results which saw group net profit climb by 20% in the fiscal first half which ended in September. Group sales also increased by 9.8% to 342.85 billion yen in the same period. Sales of high end digital SLR cameras and the success of products like the D70s and D50 have helped contribute to these positive figures.

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Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX

Ian Andrews has recently posted a his review on Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX, The world’s first constant f/2.8 3.2x zoom lens developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format, at Ephotozine and writes:


“In summary, the positive points of the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX are: Excellent wide-open performance, especially at the wider focal length, Good build quality, Excellent contrast and colour rendition, Good hood included

The negative points area are: Disappointing control of distortion at the wide end, Price, although value for money is relative, Hood useless with on board flashes.

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Burned CDs Life Span

Burning digital photos to CDs is currently the most common thing to do for digital photographers to back up their photos. But according to Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, this method is not recommended as many of the cheap burnable CDs available have a life span of around 2 years.

CD Burning

He says, ” Optical discs commonly used for burning, such as CD-R and CD-RW, have a recording surface consisting of a layer of dye that can be modified by heat to store data. The degradation process can result in the data “shifting” on the surface and thus becoming unreadable to the laser beam”

Similar situations are also applied for hard disks. The problem not so much the disk itself as it is the disk bearing, which has a positioning function similar to a ball bearing. Hard Disk with 7200 rpm is recommended if you want your photos last longer.

Download Free Adobe Lightroom Beta

Adobe has announce their latest software for professional digital photographer called Adobe® Lightroom™. The program will help digital photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images.


- Download Adobe® Lightroom™ Beta 1
- Watch Adobe® Lightroom™ video tutorial
- Lightroom Beta General Discussion
- Lightroom Beta Feature Requests
- Lightroom Beta Bug Reports

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Nikon D200 Banding Issues

Last Update (12.02.05): Nikon USA and Europe has officially responded to this issue. Go to Nikon D200 banding issue FAQs

Many users of Nikon D200 have reported some banding issues on their images. Here’s a sample of Nikon D200 banding in real life shot:

Nikon D200 Banding Issue
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Ken Rockwell has responded to Nikon D200 banding issue by saying:

“It’s such a non-issue I’d never have found it if I hadn’t tried to repeat it out of curiosity. I’ve made over 3,000 shots with my D200 and have never seen this except for when I tried to reproduce it.

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Tokina’s AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro Lens – Review by Peter K. Burian

Peter K. Burian just reviewed the Tokina’s AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro Lens with some sample photos at shutterbug and wrote:


“Focusing is not super fast because of the great distance the helicoid mechanism must travel between the infinity position and the minimum focusing distance. The process produces a metallic hum, but it is not loud enough to scare off any potential nature subjects. For longer distance shooting, as in portraiture, the Focus Limiter mechanism can be useful. This lock prevents the lens from trying to focus at very short distances, helping to accelerate the autofocus process.”

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