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

Nikon Imaging.com 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 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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Panasonic DMC-LX1 – Review @ Luminous Landscape

LuminousLandscape recently posted their review on Panasonic DMC-LX1, a 8.4 megapixels camera with CCD chip, RAW support, true native 16.9 wide aspect ratio sensor, and an optical image stabilization. In conclusion they wrote:

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1

“I really like the Panasonic LX-1. To have a shirt-pocket-sized camera with a high quality Leica lens, optical image stabilization, wide-aspect ratio 8.4MP chip, and decent manual handling, is a pleasure. Anyone coming from a DSLR will find that the shooting is slower, and the need to use the LCD for composition and focusing less then ideal (though typical of digicams). But then there aren’t that many DSLRs with 4:1 zoom lenses that will fit in a shirt pocket, so the argument is moot.

If you’re looking for a serious camera of this size, that requires you to expend some additional effort in post processing, yet rewards with portfolio grade image quality, the Panasonic LX-1will not disappoint.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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ColorWasher for MacOS X

October 25, 2005 – The Plugin Site (www.thepluginsite.com) is pleased to announce Version 2.0c of ColorWasher for MacOS X, a plugin for correcting the colors, contrast, exposure and saturation of 8bit and 16bit photos. It works with various graphics applications, e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, Fireworks, Painter, Canvas, Photoline and GraphicConverter. ColorWasher takes photo correction to a new level of accuracy and speed. With its help even beginners are capable of doing photo corrections within seconds that only experts were able to produce in the past.

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Canon PowerShot SD550 – Review @ Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource have recently posted their review on Canon PowerShot SD 550 Digital ELPH, an excellent 7.1 megapixels camera with 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5 inch LCD monitor. In conclusion they wrote:

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“Pro: Vibrant, appealing color, Good skin tones, Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well, Better than average exposure accuracy, Good lens, generally low distortion (some chromatic aberration at wide settings though), Excellent shutter response at wide angle settings
Excellent camera styling, very compact, Very simple user interface, Accurate LCD viewfinder
Good low light capability (But only in Night mode), Case design fits both large and small hands well Cons: Only white balance and EV compensation options in Manual mode, Only average speed from shot to shot , A little slow to clear the buffer memory, and very slow shot to shot after buffer fills (five large/fine shots), Only average shutter response at telephoto focal lengths, Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting, Battery life is rather short with the LCD enabled, Some users may find the highly saturated color unnatural”

>> Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
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Fujifilm FinePix A345 – Review @ ImagingResource

Imaging Resource has recently posted their review on Fujifilm FinePix A345, a 4.1 megapixels camera with 3x optical zoom lens, a good-sized bright LCD monitor, and Pict-Bridge support. In conclusion they wrote:

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“Pro: Good skin tones, Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well, even does a fairly good job with household incandescent lighting, Better than average exposure accuracy, Good lens, generally low distortion (some chromatic aberration at wide settings though), Good camera styling, very compact, Very simple user interface, Accurate LCD viewfinder, Good low light capability (But only in Night mode), Case design fits both large and small hands well

Cons: Color is a little uneven. Greens and yellows are undersaturated, blues very oversaturated, Auto ISO boost in dark conditions makes for very high noise when flash is enabled (Images not really usable for prints larger than 4×6 inches), Only white balance and EV compensation options in Manual mode, Fairly slow from shot to shot, Only average shutter response at wide angle, very slow at telephoto focal lengths, Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting, Very tight optical viewfinder, Some users may find the highly saturated blue colors unnatural”

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D – Review @ Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource recently posted their review on Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, the 6,1 megapixels camera with interchangeable lens mount, and advanced Konica Minolta Body-Based Anti Shake Technology. In conclusion they wrote:

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“The Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D’s images contain a lot of detail, but the default in-camera sharpening settings leave the finest detail a little soft-looking, and there’s just a hint of a “halo” along strongly contrasting edges. The resulting images take unsharp masking in Photoshop or other image-processing program well, but you’ll want to dial down the in-camera sharpening to get the best results with post-exposure unsharp masking. At low ISOs, the Maxxum 5D’s noise suppression system seems to do a pretty good job of preserving detail in areas of subtle contrast, although you can still see some sign of its operation.

The Maxxum 5D handles very well, looks good, and feels solid. Images at up to ISO 800 are very usable even at 8×10 inch print sizes, which is a good benchmark. It offers a useful focal length range in the kit lens, with very high optical quality, but its big attraction is its in-camera image stabilization, extending low light shooting to nearly any lens you can mount on it. Considering that this system effectively turns all your lenses into anti-shake models, the higher cost of the 5D’s body relative to competing models seems very well justified. Negative points were relatively minor (depending, of course, on the type of shooting you’re looking to do) – A slight tendency to underexpose, particularly when confronted with scenes having strong highlights, an occasionally hesitant AF system, and a tendency to lose subtle subject detail at high ISOs. All in all, the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D is a very solid choice for anyone looking at the current field of digital SLRs…”

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