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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

New Shoe Mount Flash

As conventional and digital SLR cameras become more and more sophisticated, dedicated flash units must be upgraded in order to remain compatible. Since the camera manufacturers already offer high tech flash units for their systems, we did not see any new...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2001 0 comments

Still the only independent lens maker to design and produce 35mm SLR cameras, Sigma continues developing and upgrading their line. Replacing the previous SA-5, two new models were recently introduced. The SA-9 and the SA-7 are very similar in...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

Although Tamron makes some exceptional professional lenses, one of its moderately priced products--various models of the 28-200mm zoom--has amassed sales of over one million lenses and won "Best Buy" awards worldwide. This is understandable, considering...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

Several new dye sub printers have been recently announced. These printers employ
thermal transfer technology--they apply heat to a special ink ribbon to produce
colored gas that forms an image on special media. All provide approximately
300dpi resolution, plenty for continuous tone output.



High Speed Pro Printers

Kodak recently introduced two new roll-fed thermal transfer 300dpi Professional
models (with automatic cutters) that generate high quality output for use as
proofs or for immediate sale. Both employ Ektatherm media said to produce prints
that will "last a lifetime". An archival rating has not yet been
published. (They require a computer running Windows 2000 or XP; Mac support
is not available at this time.) The Professional 6850 Digital Photo Printer
is lightning fast. It can deliver 6x8-inch glossies in 15 seconds or 4x6's
in a mere 4 seconds -- hundreds of such photos in a series (without operator
intervention) when high volume is required. (List price $2900; cost per print
not stated; available in August 2005.)

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2000 0 comments

Dedicated to sophisticated design and engineering, Tokina makes lenses with an excellent reputation; the best of these bear the AT-X designation, denoting "Advanced Technology-Xtra." These models--bearing a gold stripe indicating premium grade optics--include...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Nikon D70 Digital SLR Quick Look
· 6.1 megapixel
· $999
· USB 1.1 and 2 compatible
· Feels like a 35mm camera

Further...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Although Nikon is best known for professional SLR cameras like the F5 and F100, they sell far more of the entry-level and mid-range models. That's understandable, because such cameras are more compact, simpler to operate, and priced to suit the...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 29, 2005 0 comments

Nikon Inc. is recalling EN-EL3 batteries as detailed in a service advisory
(issued Nov. 7. 2005) because of possible overheating and melting. The recall
involves over 700,000 affected battery packs (including 200,000 in the US) that
were packaged with the Nikon D100, D70 and D50 and also sold as accessories
under model number 26265. Replacement will be free of charge. Although only
four incidents of problems have been reported to date, replacement of batteries
with the pertinent lot numbers is strongly recommended. Full specifics are available
at http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images/nikonusa/service_advisory/battery.html
on the Nikon Web site. To receive instructions and materials for the return
of your affected EN-EL3 battery pack, postage prepaid, and your free replacement,
click here http://www.nikondealernet.com/sa2.asp
or call toll free 1-800-645-6678.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments

Until recently, a 4000dpi Nikon 35mm film scanner would have set you back at least $1000, but that has changed with the introduction of the Coolscan V ED. Even at $599 this model is absolutely loaded with advanced features such as an ED (extra low dispersion glass) lens for superb image quality...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

The most affordable 6-megapixel digital SLR at the time of this writing, the Nikon D50 sells for about $250 less than the new/improved D70s. In spite of that substantial difference, the entry-level model incorporates much of the same technology and many of the same capabilities. And as a bonus, it's a bit smaller and lighter, more likely to appeal to those switching from a...

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