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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

This issue contains our photokina show report, a summary of what caught our eye at the giant photo and imaging show held in Cologne, Germany, every two years. While we concentrate our main energy on the PMA Show held here in the US (our report on that show will be in our July 2007 issue), photokina does represent a milestone in photography in its international appeal and breadth...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 26, 2006 0 comments


All Photos © 2006, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

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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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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

Is it possible that one day we might be able to bypass basic, global in computer editing for our digital images, and rely instead on the powerful on-board microprocessors in future digital SLRs? That's the implication of some of the new features in Nikon's latest enthusiast-aimed camera, the D80. Priced at $999 (body only) list, with a kit including an 18-135mm...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

In this issue we ask our contributors to pose their thoughts about the future of photography, at least looking forward a year. As is their wont, each has a particular revelation, wish, or projection based upon their sense of optimism (or lack of it) and field of expertise. You'll read echoes of nostalgia for film photography, thoughts on what needs to change to make things...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2006 1 comments

Recently we had an opportunity to witness first hand Canon's involvement with the US National Parks, the occasion being the 90th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service and the opening of the new Canyon Visitor Education Center in Yellowstone. As we sat through the opening ceremonies, addressed by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, we learned how...

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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: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Digital SLR Price Drops, with More to Come

by George Schaub

The recent announcement of the $599 D40 from Nikon (http://www.shutterbug.com/news/101606nikon/)
is just the beginning of an anticipated flood of announcements from DSLR makers
about morereaso...

George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Photographers who soup their own film know about developers. There are those for sharpness and those for speed, with agitation schedules and dilution ratios all part of creating a custom negative. Stretching the analogy, as we are wont to do when translating film to digital terms, today's raw converters are like custom developers, where you can manipulate image information...

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...

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