Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED Zoom Samples

November 11th, 2005 has recently posted the new Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED Zoom samples shot with Nikon D70. They commented:

“In terms of handling and design, the Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED is sure to please. The sharpness and optical quality of the DX 18-200mm VR seems very good taking into account the broad 11x zoom range offered. The incorporated ED glass and aspherical elements contribute to this achievement. Overall, we feel the new Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED will make for a nice “all in one” walk around lens, great if you don’t want to carry a lot of gear with you.”


Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Canon EF 70-300mm IS VS Canon 100-400mm IS

November 10th, 2005

Erik Magnuson has recently posted his comparison test on Canon 75-300mm IS, the new Canon 70-300mm IS, and Canon 100-400mm IS. The result looks very promising. Canon has made big improvements and bring us closer to ‘L’ quality.

@200% crop of centres – Click to enlarge

@200% crop of edges – Click to enlarge

Nikon D200 Sample Picture @ ISO 800

November 9th, 2005

Fabio Blanco posted his finding on Nikon D200 sample photo taken at iso 800 with Nikon AF-S 600mm f4 at Nital.IT. Noise reduction was also deactivated and the photo was taken in jpeg as the D200 raw cannot be read by current nikon capture version

Nikon D200 ISO 800
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Nikon EN-EL3 Batteries Service Advisory

November 9th, 2005

Nikon has recently issued a service advisory for EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium ion battery packs due to the possibility of a short circuit causing the battery to overheat and possibly melt, posing a potential hazard to consumers.

Nikon service advisory

The Nikon EN-EL3 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon’s digital SLR D100, D70, and D50 cameras. It is also sold separately at retail under Nikon’s model number 26265. The EN-EL3 battery pack involved in this recall was first distributed by Nikon in May 2004 and is still being sold at retail.

Service Advisory: Nikon USA | Nikon Europe

Nikon D2X & D2Hs Firmware v1.0

November 9th, 2005

Nikon Japan has recently updated their firmware for Nikon D2X and D2Hs DSLR.

Issues addressed with D2X Firmware Ver. 1.01

– Autofocus performance has been increased.
– An issue that prevented the AF-assist illuminator from firing when the Speedlights listed below were used has been corrected. SB-29S, SB-29, SB-23, SB-22S, SB-22, SB-20.
– In images captured at a shutter speed of 1/250 s with a Speedlight SB-800, set to Distance-priority manual flash (GN), or Manual flash (M) with flash output set to full (M1/1) mounted on the camera, the top portion was often dark. This issue has been addressed. However, under the circumstances described above only, the guide number is reduced from that of full flash output level by approximately 0.6 EV.
– Images captured at white-balance settings of Incandescent, Direct sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, and Choose color temp. tended to have a reddish tint. This issue has been addressed.
– Errors in Dutch menus have been corrected.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 – Review @ Digtal Camera Info

November 8th, 2005

DigitalCameraInfo has posted a review on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1, a digital camera with 8.4 Megapixels, 4x Leica optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ LCD screen and an optical image stabilizer. They wrote:

“Likes: 16:9 movie mode, Nice LCD screen, High quality Leica lens, Durable aluminum body, Decent burst mode, User friendly exposure controls, Thorough software package
Dislikes: Expensive, Images are extremely noise (ISO 200 setting is pushing it, 400 is unusable), Rickety pop-up flash – placed off lens axis, Slippery zoom toggle, Small controls, Poorly translated scene help screen

In conclusion: With 8.4 megapixels, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and a Leica 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has a lot to offer consumers. That is, consumers with lots of money to offer Panasonic. The LX1 retails for $599, which is a substantial amount of money for a compact digital camera. The camera body itself isn’t especially gorgeous; it is more functional than sleek. The camera body has some good aspects to it: sturdy construction, a large LCD that can be viewed at just about any angle, and the compact dimensions; however, if consumers are expected to drop $599 on a point-and-shoot camera, noise should not be an issue. “

Sony Cybershot DSC T7 VS Nikon Coolpix S3

November 7th, 2005

DCViews has recently compared the Sony Cybershot DSC T7 to Nikon Coolpix S3 and wrote:

The Sony Cybershot T7 and the Nikon Coolpix S3 are both ultra compact digital cameras, which perform, despite their small dimensions and weight, above average. The Coolpix S3 is a real ‘point-and-shoot’-camera with little manual control, but handy automatic features. The Sony T7 works mainly automatic, but gives you more control if necessary. Colors and exposure of the pictures of the Sony T7 are better than with the Nikon S3. On detail and noise the cameras perform the same. The Sony Cybershot T7 and the Nikon Coolpix S3 are both good travel partners in back pocket or handbag, with the T7 as a winner on image quality and ‘looks’. But then again, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…

Sony Cybershot DSC T7 sample photos

Samples posted @ DCViews
Samples posted @ Imaging Resource
Samples posted @ Photoxels

Nikon Coolpix S3 sample photos

Samples posted @ DCViews

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – Review @ The Digital Picture

November 7th, 2005

The Digital Picture has recently posted their review on Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and wrote:

” The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens has decent sharpness wide open and good sharpness when stopped down a stop or so. Corner sharpness is good even at full frame. The long end of the focal length continues to be the weakest performing over the range. Overall, sharpness is definitely improved from the 75-300 IS.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens exhibits barrel distortion (on a full frame body from 70mm to 120mm or so. Slight pincushion distortion is visible at 300mm. CA is very well controlled.

Light fall-off is quite noticeable wide open (f/5) at 200mm and improves slowly as the focal length is increased or decreased – or the lens is stopped down one stop. Light fall-off is still noticeable at 100mm f/4.5 and 300mm f/5.6. 1.3x and 1.6x FOVCF body users will avoid most of this issue. “

Nikon D200 @ ISO 1600 Samples

November 6th, 2005

One of the FredMiranda forum members has posted pictures of Nikon D200 shot with Nikon 12-24 @ ISO 1600. Here are some details:

Nikon D200
12-24mm f/4 DX @ 22 mm
jpeg fine, 3872 x 2592
programmed auto
1/60 @ F8
0 EV
iso 1600
wb auto
front curtain flash (sb800 angled a bit up)
srgb mode 1, saturation and sharpening auto
noise reduction off

D200 Samples ISO 1600

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Interview about Nikon D200

November 6th, 2005 has just recently published an interesting interview with Carlos Ormazabal, Professional Product Manager of Nikon’s Spanish importer Finicon. One of the interview questions was discussing Nikon’s decision on choosing CCD for their Nikon D200 instead of CMOS, which Nikon has used it for the D2x.


The D200 incorporates a CCD, but the D2X, the most professional of the make, uses a CMOS.

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