May 27 , 2008

June Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Test Report - Sigma DP1; A Compact “Full Spec” Camera
Industry Perspective - Hubble Photos: When Galaxies Collide
What's New This Month - Sigma, WD, DxO, Ilford, and Nik
Commentary - Where Do D-SLRs Go From Here?
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Comment briefly on your experience with higher capacity cards
Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Sigma DP1
A Compact “Full Spec” Camera

by George Schaub

A funny thing happened to me while I was shooting and reviewing the new Sigma DP1 compact camera in New Mexico. I had taken a lunch break in a local taqueria and in came a couple that sat down at the next table. Next to the guy’s backpack and hat he set down the Sigma DP1. I did a double take, and asked him how he liked it. “Great,” he said, “the picture quality is terrific, although it does make you think.”

Thinking about the pictures you make is not a bad idea, yet many of today’s compact cameras are so automated, with “smart” processors and full auto modes that some of the fun, and admittedly the challenge of photography is taken away in the process. The Sigma DP1 certainly qualifies as a compact, pocketable camera, being 4.5 x 2.3 x 2 inches in size and weighing in a bit over 8 oz., and it certainly can be used on Auto mode. But if you take the time to explore it you can find so many more options akin to working with a DSLR. And it is a unique compact in that it is the only one that uses a larger, Foveon style sensor, being the three-color layer type rather than have a mosaic of RGB filters over a monochrome sensor, like all but Sigma DSLRs sport.
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Tamron's AF28-300mm VC zoom lens features an anti-shake mechanism called VC (Vibration Compensation) that lets you take blur-free hand-held pictures at up to four times slower shutter speed than normal. The 28-300mm VC offers the convenience, comfort and versatility of an all-in-one lens that covers everything from standard to super telephoto plus macro.

Hubble Photos: When Galaxies Collide
By Ron Leach, Publisher

For most of us, the term “photography” brings to mind topics like portraiture, wildlife, sports, macro, landscapes, journalism and other genres popular with professional photographers and passionate hobbyists alike. Science and industry, of course comprises another interesting realm of imagery as evidenced by a new set of 59 striking images released by NASA recently on the 18th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Sigma Corporation 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
Sigma has announced a large aperture, standard prime lens with claimed superior peripheral brightness and corrected sagittal coma flare, ideal for all digital SLR cameras.

WD My Passport Elite USB Hard Drives
Expanding on its popular portable storage offerings, WD introduced its new My Passport Elite Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy to securely carry thousands of songs, videos or photos.

DxO Optics Pro v5 Software Public Beta for Mac Users
DxO Labs has announced the beginning of a DxO Optics Pro v5 public beta testing period for users running the software on the Apple Macintosh platform.

Ilford Photo “Comes To Aid" Of Large Format Photographers
As part of its campaign to ‘Defend the Darkroom’, Ilford Photo - the monochrome brand of Harman technology Limited – has announced a special initiative in support of ultra large format photographers.

Nik Software & Vertus Team Up to Offer Color Efex Pro 3.0 and Fluid Mask 3 at Significant Savings
Nik Software, Inc. and Vertus announced a new software bundle which offers photographers and creative professionals superior solutions for image extractions and creative enhancements..

Where Do D-SLRs Go From Here?
by George Schaub

Having edited articles about or done tests myself on the latest round of digital single-lens reflex cameras I continue to be impressed with the strides made in technology, image quality and innovation these camera represent. They offer two modes of operation—an almost fully automatic ways to get quite good pictures, and levels of complexity that will challenge even the most accomplished photographer. Instruction books have become quite long, hinting at the capabilities they contain that few photographers will fully explore. Image processing continues to be at the forefront of these advances, with the image being massaged for noise reduction, sharpness and color quality even before it hits the memory card. But there are other matters to consider that might give a hint as to where these cameras go from here.
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Memory card technology has grown considerably in the past two years with new architecture allowing for greater capacity and speed. Yet, some photographers are a bit leery about using, for example, 16GB cards and entrust their entire shoot to one card. Do you have similar qualms, or do you feel the convenience of one card far outweighs any such concerns?
Please comment briefly on your experience with higher capacity cards or any concerns you have about memory cards in general.

2007 National Photo Awards
Monthly Photo Contests. $500 top prize. Online & mail-in entry available. Contact:, $500 top prize. Online & mail-in entry available.

Secret Italy – The Photography Workshop with Kevin Kubota
Kubota Image Tools announces that there are still spots available for professional and advanced amateur photographers that would like to attend Kevin Kubota’s 4th creative Italy photography workshop.

Monthly Cutekid Photo Contest. Submit photos on the website to win various prizes. The categories are Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Big Kid, and Pre-Teen. Contact:

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