Amateur Digital SLRs

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2004 1 comments

Best known for its vast line of lenses with sophisticated technology, Sigma also manufactures 35mm and digital SLR cameras. Their latest digital SLR, the SD10, is an improved version of the earlier SD9 employing an enhanced Foveon X3 sensor detailed in the...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2004 2 comments

As full featured 5+ megapixel cameras are becoming quite common, a digicam is no longer viewed as something that's intended only for snap shooting. In fact, a growing number of photo enthusiasts are considering one of these models for their "serious" image-making. While some...

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Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

Did you feel it? Late in the summer of 2003 the ground shook, the earth trembled, the clouds parted, and a new vision was revealed. Well, maybe that's a bit dramatic. What did happen is another new digital camera was introduced. Big deal right? Huge...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

Said to be the smallest, lightest digital SLR body yet, the oddly named Pentax *ist D (pronounced ist-dee) is a 6-megapixel camera with an 11-point AF sensor, a 16-segment multi-pattern metering system, and what the company calls a "Hyper" operating system with 22 user-adjustable...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

The Nikon N75

Now that digital SLRs are knocking on the door, film SLRs are undergoing a renaissance that makes them smaller, lighter, easier to use and carry. They also are incorporating many advanced features of their pro film SLR cousins but...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2003 0 comments

Sigma SD9

The long-awaited Sigma SD9 Digital SLR arrived in our offices and although we had a brief hands-on shoot with it during photokina last September this was our first opportunity to put it through its paces. First off, the...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2001 1 comments

First, I must express my gratitude to Olympus. A few years ago when rumors of digital backs for 35mm SLRs first cropped up, I responded in print with the opinion that eventually cameras designed for and around a CCD chip would prevail.

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2001 0 comments

When they first arrived on the scene digital SLRs were well beyond the means of all but the well heeled. News organizations, sports photojournalists, government photographers, and the corporate world were the first to take advantage of the new tech...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 29, 2006 0 comments

The Canon Digital Rebel line accomplished a number of things. It broke the
$1000 DSLR price barrier, with room to spare, and as a result brought DSLR photography
into the mainstream. What followed is history, with other makers bringing forth
their "bargain" DSLR offerings, with the Rebel setting the bar.
As is their wont, Canon followed up on the Rebel with other generations of this
successful product, each one a modification that incorporated technology gotten
from more current cameras and lessons learned from past Rebel products. The
latest of these is the Canon Rebel XTi, a 10+ megapixel DSLR with a dust reduction
system and simplified operating system.

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

The Panasonic DMC-L1 DSLR is Panasonic's first digital single lens reflex
camera. Priced at just under $2000 with a Leica D Vario Elmarit f/2.8-3.5 14-50mm
zoom lens (equivalent to 28-100mm in 35mm format) and 7+ megapixel sensor, it
is a member of the Four/Thirds family. That allows you to use any lens from
the Olympus and Sigma 4/3 mount offerings on the camera as well. It uses SD
cards, and takes the newest SDHC cards with greater storage capacity. And the
Leica lens uses Panasonic's OIS (optical image stabilization) that helps
you get steady shots in two to three less stops of light than usual when shooting
handheld. The body also has a Live View mode similar to the feature found in
Olympus' recent DSLRs.

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