Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 – Review @ Digtal Camera Info

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

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

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

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 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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Nikon D200 with Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Samples

Nikon has recently published the new Nikkor 18-200mm page with its main features, specifications, MTF chart and lens construction. The page also has sample photos of Nikon 18-200mm shot with Nikon D200 @ 95mm, 1/8 secs, f/5.3, ISO100

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

Nikon D200 – Test Review @ KenRockwell

Ken Rockwell has just posted his test review on the new Nikon D200, a DSLR camera with 10.2 megapixels, 5frames per second, 2.5″ LCD, and 11 AF areas. He wrote:

“Ergonomics: Superb! You really have to pick up and try the D200 to appreciate it. It’s even better than my beloved D70 since the ISO, WB and QUALITY controls have been moved to their own dedicated buttons. The D70, D70s and D50 share these record functions with playback function buttons, so the older cameras required you to tap the shutter button to get the camera back to the shooting mode before hitting them, otherwise you’d tweak a playback function by accident instead of your ISO. The D200 is brilliant!”

Canon 70-300mm IS VS Canon EF 200mm

Tom has recently posted his test on the new Canon EF 70-300mm IS VS Canon EF 200mm on Canon EOS 350D. He commented:

“All 100% crops, only the tree bark was sharpened. I concluded that IS is amazing! I also concluded I need to check my prime for front focusing, although most of the problem with it is too slow shutter speeds with no IS.

The 70-300-IS appears to be a very nice lens – although noisy focus, and hunts a lot with the TC on it. If I find my prime is focusing correctly, it’s going to be sold!”

Canon 70-300mm vs Canon 200mm prime
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Shoot First, Focus Later

Scientist from Stanford University invents “Fourier Slice Photography” and “Light Field Photography”. It gives the ability to focus an out-of-focus shot afterwards.

DOF Later

The article points out that especially microscopy and medicine are fascinated by its potentials. Taking pictures of cells and tissue and then gradually focussing in different depths. By focussing in increments you can even create a small “film” that allows you to travel inside the picture.

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Portrait Lighting Basics

Terry has written good basic tutorial on portrait lighting. The examples in her website were featured in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Portrait Photography by Kathleen Tracy

Here’s my favorite lighting:

Rembrandt Lighting

Rembrandt Lighting: “Still further left around Kiki, until a triangular patch of light remains on the leading cheek, is reminiscent of many of Rembrandt’s portrait paintings. As in butterfly lighting, the light needs to be fairly high — like Rembrandt’s studio skylight.”

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