Pro-Quality Digital SLRs
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George Schaub Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

The new flagship model of the Nikon advanced amateur (or semi-pro, if you will) line-up, the 12.3-megapixel DX-sensor (1.5x multiplication factor) D300 incorporates all the latest features in the D-SLR realm, and then some. Sporting a new digital image processor, dubbed EXPEED, and a 3" monitor, the D300 can create 12-bit or 14-bit NEF images and capture up to 8 frames per...

Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

The new "flagship" of the Olympus E-System, the E-3 replaces the 5-megapixel E-1 introduced in 2003. This 10-megapixel model shares no components with its predecessor but a quick glance through the specifications may suggest that it's similar to the EVOLT E-510. In truth, the E-3 is more advanced in virtually every respect, boasting superior technology, an...

Joe Farace Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

In 1979 Pentax launched the ME Super as a manual focus, aperture-priority automatic SLR with an electronic focal plane shutter. It was small, light, and by all reports had excellent ergonomics. It used the by-then ubiquitous K-mount lens system and was sold successfully through '84. Fast forward to 2007 and Pentax Imaging launched the K100D Super D-SLR with a few of the...

Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

When Sony introduced the A100 in June 2006, the company made a commitment to develop the Alpha system to include a full line of products. Since then, many Sony and Carl Zeiss ZA T* series lenses have been released, and now, the second camera is available. (A third D-SLR, targeting professionals, will be announced in 2008.) The new A700 maintains compatibility with Maxxum as well...

Joe Farace Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

The fascination with digital infrared photography continues to grow and Fuji follows up the introduction of the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR D-SLR with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) fixed-lens camera called the IS-1. (See our review of the UVIR on www.shutterbug.com by typing FinePix S3 Pro UVIR into the Search box.) Don't think Fuji is just concerned about the aesthetic...

Joe Farace Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

The big SLR news for pro shooters so far this year is Canon's launch of the EOS-1D Mark III D-SLR. It uses a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 28.1x18.7mm that's about the same size as sensors in the EOS-1D Mark II and Mark II N, but has more pixels than the Mark II's 8.2 megapixels and the same focal length conversion factor of 1.3x. The new 10.1-megapixel...

George Schaub Nov 01, 2007 Published: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

Common wisdom is what the collective mind creates to make sense of the world. It is a pool of "givens" based on experience and assumptions about how things work. While many aspects of the new Canon EOS 40D are evolutionary rather than a startling breakthrough, in other ways it creates a "new normal" that goes against some common wisdom we might share about...

Joe Farace Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications

Compatible Lenses: Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.3x
Image Sensor: Single-plate, CMOS sensor
Pixels: Approx. 10.1 megapixels
Aspect...

George Schaub Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

If you run down the specs of the Nikon D40x D-SLR and compare them with the D40 you'll not find many differences. This is essentially the D40 with 4.1 more megapixels on the same size sensor and the ability to use ISO 100, rather than the ISO 200 lower limit on the D40. (To see the D40 review and specs visit www.shutterbug.com and type Nikon D40 into the Search box.) The...

Peter K. Burian Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

The long-awaited replacement for the SD10 that was released in 2004, Sigma's new SD14 (average street price: $1599) retains the best features of its predecessor but benefits from improvements that make it more competitive with the latest cameras. These include higher resolution; a larger/brighter viewfinder; a faster, more versatile autofocus system; greater burst depth;...

Joe Farace Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

The Pentax K100D is an awesome camera for the price and works with all the 24 million Pentax lenses made since 1964. Now Pentax Imaging is "kicking it up a notch" with the K10D, a more serious, even professional, D-SLR as evidenced by its stainless-steel chassis. The camera is weather-resistant with 72 seals, including shutter release and all switches, levers, and...

Joe Farace Jul 01, 2007 1 comments

It's not the tools that capture the images; it's the photographer's vision that does the job. Nonetheless, here I am at the annual hardware orgy that is PMA, where smiling PR people try to put the best possible spin on the organized chaos that is the photo industry. Everyone has realized that digital imaging is not just another version of the widely...

Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

As part of our coverage each of our reporters were asked to pick out what they considered the Best of Show product, service, or idea. In most cases it is the item that caused them to reconsider how they worked or that sparked their imagination. While each reporter had their beat, this category was open game for all, and most "crossed lines" to find their pick.
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Jason Schneider Apr 01, 2007 1 comments

Technical Specifications

Camera Type: Compact digital range/viewfinder system camera for professional usage with full range of Leica M lenses; microprocessor-controlled metal-blade focal plane shutter
CCD Image Sensor: Resolution--10.3 million pixels; Physical dimensions--18x27mm; Focal-length extension...

Jason Schneider Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

The moment you take the eagerly anticipated Leica M8 in your hands you know that the design engineers at Leica have gone to great lengths to preserve the look and feel of perhaps the greatest 35mm rangefinder camera of all time, the legendary M-series Leica that debuted in 1954 as the original M3 and continues as the classic retro MP and autoexposure M7. The M8 retains the classic...