|June 26, 2007
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Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular
lenses are definitely an acquired taste, but those who get hooked find
themselves in another space entirely. I remember once suggesting that
a student try one out at a workshop and that was the last we saw of any
“straight” shots from her for the week. It’s just that
kind of point of view.
One of the best ways to gauge near-term trends in the photo industry is to take a look at what types of cameras are being purchased and what methods photographers use to output their images. We just received an interesting report from the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) that provides some up-to-date insight on both of these parameters.
When it comes
to camera sales, the overall demand for still cameras was up 12.5% in
March of this year as compared to March 2006, and up 16% year-to-date.
Obviously, digital cameras dominated the mix with sales up 15.9 percent
in March and up 19% year-to-date. By comparison, 35mm camera sales plunged
almost 53% in March and 48% year-to-date.
Canon EOS-1D Mark
Contributor Joe Farace is currently working on a full test report of the new pro EOS-1D Mark III for the magazine, but I thought I’d give you a glimpse into some of its features. It’s quite a camera.
Canon has restated the terms of what makes for a professional-level
digital SLR with their new EOS 1-D Mark III. Replacing the EOS 1-D
Mark II, yet selling for the same initial price of $3999, the III
sports a 10.1 megapixel CMOS APS-H sensor (1.3X multiplication factor),
which Canon claims has been optimized to increase the proportion of
each pixel sensitive to light, dubbed the “fill factor.”
In addition, the microlenses that distribute light to individual pixels,
used to make the light path less acute, have also been improved. This
is said to yield a greater potential for quality imaging in a wider
ISO range, from ISO 50 to 6400 (with ISO 100 to 3200 being the “normal”,
non-extended range.) Included in the camera are two new DIGIC III
Image Processors, which perform parallel processing to speed image
processing and framing rate, at 10 per second Large JPEG for 110 frame
bursts for JPEG and 30 frame bursts in Raw. In addition, the sensor
captures at 14-bit, expanding from the 12-bit capture of the Mark
Panoramic Photography weekend workshop with Howard Millard
Artistry Corel Painter Retreat
Basics By Westcott/Shutterbug Photo Contest
Mountain Paper 2007 Inkjet Print Contest
Picks the Legendary Italian Fashion Photographer Claudio Basso for
Photography Workshops in New York City.
Lumix To Launch Digital Photo Academy
Announces "Make You Mark" Photo Contest For Tamron Lens
Teaches National Geographic All Roads
Photography Workshops - Understanding Digital Photography
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