Astronomy Photos with Nikon D2x

Beautiful astronomy photos have been posted to Pbase gallery. The photos are shot with D2x @ ISO 640, 5 x 4 min exposure time with Flat-Field Lichtenknecker 190/780mm f/4


Please click on the link above to enter the gallery

Nikon D200 – Preview @ RobGalbraith

Rob Galbraith just posted his preview on the new Nikon D200. He wrote:

“If the image quality is solid (managing noise at ISO 400 and above has been a challenge for Nikon in recent times) and the new autofocus system is reasonably capable, then the D200 may well be one of the most interesting digital SLR models the company will release in some time. At first glance, it looks to be an effective response to Canon’s slightly less expensive entry-level pro camera the EOS 20D, because the D200 will almost certainly have a more-capable flash system, it produces a higher-resolution photo and most of its other main specifications meet or exceed those of the Canon model too. We’ll wait to view the pictures produced by the D200 before declaring it the superior of the two, however, since the image quality from the 20D is really good, and it’s especially impressive at the higher ISO settings where Nikon’s other double-digital megapixel camera, the D2X, falters.”

Nikon D200 Sample Shots

Download File (4.5MB)
Model NIKON D200
Orientation Upper Left
X resolution 300/1
Y resolution 300/1
Resolution unit inches
Software Nikon Capture Editor 4.4.0 W
Date/time 10/12/2005 5:33:46 PM
YCbCr positioning centered
Reference black/white (0,255,0,255,0,255)
Image description
Exposure time 1/80 s
F-number f/2.8
Exposure program Manual
ISO speed ratings 100
Date/time original 8/21/2005 12:29:40 PM
Date/time digitized 8/21/2005 12:29:40 PM
Component config YCbCr
Exposure bias value 0.00 EV
Max. aperture value f/2.8
Metering mode Center weighted average
Light source unknown
Flash Flash did not fire.
Focal length 60 mm
User comment
Subsec time 24
Subsec time original 24
Subsec time digitized 24
Colorspace sRGB
Pixel X dimension 3872
Pixel Y dimension 2592
Sensing method One-chip color area sensor
Scene type A directly photographed image
CFA pattern (00,02,00,02,01,00,02,01)
Custom Rendered Normal process
Exposure mode Manual exposure
White balance Auto white balance
Digital zoom ratio 1
Focal length in 35mm film 90 mm
Scene capture type Standard
Gain control None
Contrast Soft
Saturation Normal
Sharpness Soft
Subject distance range unknown
Exif version 2.2
FlashPix version 1.0
File source DSC
GPS Version ID (2,2,0,0)

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Download Nikon D200 Brochures

Nikon D200

You can now download the Nikon D200 brochure in English and other 15 languages at Nikon Euro FTP site. Please follow the link below:

Download Nikon D200 Brochures

Nikon D200 – Preview by Let’s Go Digital

Dennis Hissink had his hands on the new Nikon D200 and wrote:

“Well what can I say.? I am enthusiastic… maybe this is not the right word,; I am excited is putting it more clearly and it expresses better the way I feel. Excited because I believe the Nikon D200 is just the right product for all Nikon fans waiting out there. Ok you could argue about the fact that it took Nikon this long to anticipate to the fast changing market, but hey.. it’s here now! I am sure that Nikon D100 users, myself included will react positively to this introduction and will upgrade to this new platform where Pro meets Entry-level… bridging the gap! I also see the D200 function as a 2nd body for Professionals using the advantages of the DX standard. The D200 has it all, I believe we are looking at an all-round D-SLR tagged with a very interesting price..”

Best Digital Photography Books for Digital Photographers

In 2005 there were more digital imaging books published than ever before and trying to pick some of the best was difficult. So here’s the best books for digital photographers according to

Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques; by Barry Huggins; Lark Books; 192 pages.

Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques (A Lark Photography Book)

Shutterbug: “This book has cogent text, beautiful photography and extraordinary production values that combine to create a book where readers will find usefull information on every page. There’s more than weather effects with entire chapters on creating reflections, working with the “Quality of Light,” and creating special lighting effects.”

Read other reader reviews

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Photoshop Tutorial: Extracting (easy)

Lara Jade has written an easy to follow tutorial on how to extract your images for basic photoshop users. This is a must know skill for photo manipulators.


Go to Extracting Tutorial

Konica Minolta Dimage Z6 – Review @ CNET

Theano Nikitas reviewed the Konica Minolta Dimage Z6 at CNET and gave it 6.7 out of 10 (good). He wrote:

“The good: 12X zoom lens; Anti-Shake image stabilization; broad feature set; extremely close macro focus; flexible continuous-shooting modes; compact SLR-style body.

The bad: Subpar EVF; less-than-stellar photo quality; movie mode downgraded to 320×240 resolution.

The bottom line: Compact and affordable, the image-stabilized megazoom Konica Minolta Dimage Z6 delivers a solid feature set. Finicky photographers may take issue with its image quality, though.”

Nikon D200 – Review at reviewed the pre-production Nikon D200 and wrote (page was translated with altavista):

” An important criterion with the image quality represents naturally also the quality of the exposure. Those might be raised over each doubt, there the D200 the same technology (3D-Color-Matrixmessung II) as the cameras of the D2-Serie for exposure measurement begins. 1996 weihte Nikon with the F5 the 3D-Color-Matrixmessung. Up to then cameras analyzed excluding the light distribution (depending upon number of messzellen more or less roughly) and could let the brightness and the contrast of a scene flow in this way into the exposure measurement also. The F5 and/or the 3D-Color-Matrixmessung revolutionized the exposure measurement to that extent that new factors with were included. That was first once the spatial situation of the main motive in the picture, which was determined over the AF sensors (vertical/horizontal position) and over a chip in each objective (to the transmission of the distance information). Therefore also the 3D in the name. But the true innovation was that “color came into the play”. On the basis a RGB sensor with 1.005 pixels (a kind mini CCD) the color distribution in the picture could be considered roughly. That was enough, around e.g. a scene with much blue (sky) and much green (meadow green, leaves o. ae.) to identify by comparison with a data base (those at that time already 30,000 reference situations covered) as landscape and adapt the exposure accordingly. All this can do also the 2. Generation of the 3D-Color-Matrixmessung, which refined now however algorithms for recognition as well as to the balancing of shade and lights in the picture possess and thus not only the gesamtkontrast in the picture, but also the contrast of the brightest and darkest picture portions into the exposure measurement also lets flow.”

Canon PIXMA iP5200

Steve has posted his review on Canon PIXMA iP5200 at Steve’ and wrote:

Canon PIXMA iP5200

“For everyday text and color document printing tasks the Pixma iP5200 is an excellent printer and very fast. It’s also very quiet and the built-in duplexer (two-sided printing) is great for web page or document printouts and saves lots of paper. It’s also great for printing double-sided photo albums, sales flyers, catalogs or whatever. The top and bottom paper trays are a real convenience, use the auto sheet feeder on the top for plain paper and the covered cassette for photo paper where it’s kept away from dust and etc. What I do is put my most-used 4×6-inch photo paper in the cassette and then drop in the bigger, letter-size sheets of photo paper in the upper feed when needed. If you’re on a printing spree, both the top and bottom trays can be loaded with up to 150 sheets of plain paper each and the printer can be set to auto-switch trays when one goes empty.

Canon’s photo printers are still the fastest of the fast. The iP5200 cranks out 4×6″ borderless prints in about 36 seconds when connected to the computer. When connected to a camera in Pictbridge mode it makes the same 4×6″ print from a 7-megapixel image in 1:33. It makes a full-size 8.5×11″ borderless glossy print in the highest quality possible in just 2:10 from the computer — via PictBridge it took 3:15. “

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