Canon EOS 1D Mark II N new firmware 1.02

Canon has announced the new firmware version 1.0.2 for Canon EOS 1D Mark II N which will fix file-numbering error that occurred during Bulb shooting, improving the brightness of the LCD monitor, and fixing mistakes in the Russian-language MENU displays.

Download Canon EOS-1D Mark II N firmware version 1.02

Nikon D200 Vs Canon EOS 5D Test From Japan

This time a Japaneese website (digitalcamera.impress.co.jp) has recently posted a test comparing the image quality from the two hottest cameras; Nikon D200 and Canon EOS 5D.

Nikon D200 VS Canon EOS 5D

Please click on the image above to visit the website..

New firmware version 1.0.3 for Canon EOS 5D

Canon has just released a firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D. The new firmware version 1.0.3 will Fixes the phenomenon of large image files (1.7GB) being created, Improves the brightness of the LCD monitor, Fixes an operational abnormality in the AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shootin, Fixes the mistakes in the Swedish-language MENU displays.

Download Canon EOS 5D firmware version 1.0.3

Microsoft Updates on Image Thumbnailer & Viewer

Windows XP users can now see thumbnail of their Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn, Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D2H, Nikon D50 and Nikon D70 RAW images. The new RAW image thumbnailer and viewer also fixes other bugs relating to the TIFF file locking issue and problems with RAW files produced by the 5D

Download Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer firmware version 1.0

Nikon D200 Vs Canon EOS 5D

Skyfire, has posted some sample photos and personal opinion of the new Nikon D200 and Canon EOS 5D.

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He commented:

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Nikon D200 samples with 85mm f/1.4

Uncle Frank, has just posted some samples of the new Nikon D200 shot with 85mm f/1.4 lens. The samples are straight from the camera, with ISO noise reduction was set to normal

Nikon D200 with 85mm @ f/2, ISO 800 & f/1.4, ISO 100

Nikon D200 Samples Nikon D200 Samples

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Download Free DOF Calculator for Cellphone

Paul Mutton (Jibble.org) has written an interesting small J2M3 program for calculating Depth of Field using your mobile phones. The DOF calculator can run on all phones that support CLDC 1.1 or later.

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The program is suitable for 35mm cameras and it’s easy to use. First, what you need to do is enter the focal length of your lens, the aperture, and the distance to the subject you’re taking a photo of, the program then will calculate what the depth of field is.

Download Free DOF Calculator : DOFCalc.jar & DOFCalc.jad

New Firmware for Ricoh Caplio R3

Ricoh has recently announced their new firmware upgrade for Caplio R3, 5.1 MP digital camera with 7.1x optical zoom. The new firmware will improve accuracy of the AF algorithm in the macro mode and improve accuracy of the vibration correction function.

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- Download Caplio R3 firmware version 1.27 for windows
- Download Caplio R3 firmware version 1.27 for mac

Fuji FinePix S9000 – Review by Imaging Resource

Dave Etchells has just reviewed the Fuji Finepix S9000, a 9.0 megapixels Super CCD HR with 10.7 Fujinon optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-300mm lens on a 35mm camera.

Fujifilm Finepix S9000

In conclusion, Dave wrote: “As time goes on, the falling prices of digital SLRs make it harder and harder for high-end all-in-one cameras to find a place in the market. That said though, the Fujifilm FinePix S9000 makes a pretty compelling case for itself, offering an excellent 10.7x zoom lens (that extends to a very useful wide angle equivalent focal length of 28mm) and loads of resolution at a price a hundred dollars or more less than the least expensive d-SLR equipped with only a modest 3x zoom. It doesn’t quite approach the quickness or low light/high ISO prowess of most d-SLRs, but certainly does well enough in these areas to suit the needs of most amateur photographers.

A flash hot-shoe permits the use of powerful external strobes, and it even offers a threaded cable-release socket on its shutter button. (Why more digital camera makers don’t offer this is beyond us, it can’t cost more than a few pennies to add to a camera, and is very useful for all sorts of situations where you don’t want to jostle the camera by pressing the shutter button.) Control-wise, the Fuji S9000 offers a full range of exposure modes from fully automatic to fully manual, with program, aperture-priority and shutter-priority in between, as well as a good handful of useful scene modes. This is a camera that a pure novice can start with and grow into as their skills mature. No camera is perfect, and the S9000 has its own set of foibles, but on balance, it’s a great choice for enthusiast photographers on a budget. “

Sigma 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG MACRO Lens

Sigma has recently announced their new lens for Pentax mount DSLR Camera. The new 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG MACRO is digitally optimized lens covers all the focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 300mm telephoto with 10.7:1 high zoom ratio as well as macro capability.

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The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range. This lens features two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and four aspherical lenses for excellent correction of all types of aberration and displays a high level of optical ability. The use of aspherical lenses in the construction of this lens not only corrects aberrations but also produces a very compact and lightweight lens design.

The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm at all focal lengths and is equipped with a macro mechanism for close-up photography at 300mm telephoto, allowing a reproduction ratio of 1:3. Moreover, the lens has internal focussing means that it has the advantage of a non-rotating front lens assembly, which is of great benefit when using polarizing filter and Petal-type hood.

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