Pro-Quality Digital SLRs

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Jason Schneider Posted: 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...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

The first Panasonic D-SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1 is a product of an alliance with Olympus, since it employs, according to the company, some "jointly developed technologies and components." In fact, this camera shares many attributes with the Olympus EVOLT E-330, including the lens mount, Supersonic Wave sensor dust removal system, and Panasonic's Four Thirds format...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications
Sensor: 17.3x13mm (Four Thirds format) Live MOS; 7.4 megapixels effective
Maximum Resolution: 3136x2352 pixels
Image Formats: 4:3 aspect ratio; also, in Live View, 3:2 and 16:9 selectable (lower resolution)
Lens Mount: Four Thirds mount; 2x focal length...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Technical Specifications

Image Sensor: 23.6x15.8mm CCD with RGB filter array and low-pass filter; 10.2 million recording pixels; 1.5x field of view crop
Recording Options: Various JPEG options, raw (SRF format), and raw+JPEG formats
Sensitivity: ISO 100-1600; also, ISO 80 Low Key and ISO 200...

George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

When Nikon refines a camera but does not substantially change its attributes the company often designates the change by adding a lowercase "s" to the model name. It did so with the revamped D70 (the D70s) and now has done the same with their latest flagship pro digital SLR, the D2Xs. (As we went to press the D70s has been replaced with the D80, so interim status is...

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Lots of people don't know that Pentax built the first Japanese-made Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. In 1952 the Asahi Optical Company of Japan created the Pentax (PENTAprism refleX) line of cameras and were the first to incorporate a penta-prism viewfinder and reflex mirror system into a camera they called the Asahiflex I. This camera featured a cloth curtain focal plane...

George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

It's getting to the point where cameras are truly microprocessors with lenses. For those who have shot film in the past, today's digital SLRs give access to the look and feel of every film ever made at every speed with every color, contrast, and grain nuance you could imagine. While film builders create a combination of image attributes fixed in a micro-thin emulsion...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

The first digital SLR from Sony, the Alpha A100 ($899, body; $999 with 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens) offers amenities from the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D along with Sony technology. This first camera from the Konica Minolta/Sony collaboration announced in 2005 employs the Alpha designation that was previously used for the Maxxum line in Asia. More than a "re-badged Maxxum...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

It was a typical night at PMA. After a short ride in a stretch limo to an undisclosed location, I sat on the floor enjoying puffer fish sashimi and chilled sake with Nikon's Yoshida Shoichiro. That night, the geishas attending us watched nervously as the CEO handed me a prototype of Nikon's 24-megapixel full-frame digital SLR. "This," he told me...

George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2006 1 comments

The latest Nikon entry in the digital SLR market is the D200, a 10.2-megapixel digital SLR that combines a strong, pro-caliber build with 5 fps speed, all for a competitive $1699 list price (body only). The Nikon DX format CCD retains the 1.5x magnification factor of previous Nikon sensors, plus borrows many of the metering and some of the image-processing capabilities of the pro...

George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

The decisive moment could be described as the instant when photographer's instinct meets a picture and the shutter is released at the height of that honed perception. The digital decisive moment is now about 5 seconds long. If you happen to see more sports shots of the ball just coming off the bat, or the pass as it just begins to graze the fingertips of a tight end, you...

David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

Canon's new EOS 5D full-frame sensor digital SLR with 12.8-megapixel resolution set off a lot of speculation and opining in the electronic ether, which was to be expected. What was surprising was that it launched an argument as to what is affordable for a professional-grade digital camera. Since I got into photography in 1952, automobiles have increased in price about 10...

Tony Sweet Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

When Nikon announced the D2X last year at photokina there was a good deal of anticipation about it, and a good wait that followed until it finally arrived. In the meantime, Canon countered with their EOS-1Ds Mark II, which in many ways shaped the competitive landscape. With a street price of $4999.95, Nikon's flagship digital SLR is $3000 less than the $8000 (body only) Mark...

George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

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About a year ago I called up a stock agency to whom I'd been submitting 35mm and 6x7 slides for years and told them I was considering sending digital files. "Oh, don't worry about that, we scan your slides for you," they kindly replied. No, I told them, I want to start submitting files made...

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