Amazon has the recently announced Nikon D7000, SB-700, and the new prime lenses available for pre-order.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Photography Gadgets on September 14th, 2010. No Comments.

Check out the amazing short film titled Benevolent Mischief Chase Jarvis shot with the Nikon D7000 in 1080p and the behind the scenes story and video.

With its MSRP of $1199.95 for body only and $1499.95 for body + AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, this Nikon D7000 appears to be a very exciting camera that many people have not expected. As pointed out by the DPReview preview, the D7000 has many specs better than the flagship APS-C DSLR Nikon D300s. This may just turn out to be the Canon EOS 60D killer.

Posted in News on September 14th, 2010. No Comments.

The economy is still struggling in much of the world but that doesn’t stop Nikon from trying to get you to upgrade your not-so-old and still-works-like-new gear. Today, Nikon announced the D7000, a successor to the mid-level Nikon D90. Obviously there is no room after “90” to name this new comer so it now starts with “7000”.

Basically, the Nikon D7000 is a DSLR camera with “a 16.2-Megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor, Six FPS Shooting, 39-Point AF System and 1080p HD Movie with Full Time Autofocus”. It will be available mid-October 2010 at an MSRP of $1199.95 for body only and $1499.95 for body + AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. If you need to know more, you have plenty to read below. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on September 14th, 2010. No Comments.

We knew it was coming and now it is official. The announcement didn’t come as expected on August 26, 2010 but that’s not very important. The basic specs about the high end compact point-and-shoot have been known and there isn’t much surprise from the official information.

The Canon PowerShot G12 adds 720P HD video shooting to its predecessor the PowerShot G11 but not much else. The recently announced Nikon P7000 a.k.a. “Canon G11 Killer” may kill G11 and G12 both with its better lens (28-200mm vs. 28-140mm), better LCD screen (921K dots vs. 421K dots), and similar specs in other aspects.

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Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on September 14th, 2010. No Comments.

When iStockphoto announced its plan for royalty rate change for 2011 on September 7th, the overwhelming response from its contributors was anger mixed with shock. The original thread quickly grew to over 2600 posts and was locked down when iStockphoto posted an official response. That thread grew to 3335 posts before another official response came.

Despite the better efforts that iStockphoto management put in in the latest explanation, the angers among contributors who will be affected financially seem even harder to quench. For some, the explanations are oil over the fire. Sentence such as “… money isn’t going to be what makes you all happy” is a poke to the eye for many. The responses are still overwhelmingly negative. Some contributors have started deactivating files, others are thinking about ending their exclusivity and spreading out, a few are tossing an idea about co-op site, some decided to wait and see… Read More…

Posted in Opinion on September 10th, 2010. No Comments.

Yesterday I was scared to death when I saw the home page of DPTnT. Apparently a hacker was able to break into this site and changed a few files. Fortunately, nothing else appeared to be broken and no data was lost.

Everything on the site should be back to normal now. If you notice anything out of place, please feel free to email us at info[at], or use the comment box below.



Posted in Site Update on September 10th, 2010. No Comments.

The rumors have been true. The Nikon COOLPIX P7000 is officially announced today. It features a 7.1x 35mm equivalent 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 wide angle zoom lens, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD, 5-way stabilization system, optical viewfinder, high definition (HD) video (720P) recording, and full manual controls. It remains to be seen if it will become the Canon G11 killer. Read More…

Posted in Photography Gadgets on September 8th, 2010. No Comments.

iStockphoto has been one of the leaders of the micro-stock industry. Many people, including me, have enjoyed the community and the extra income from the photography hobby. Since Getty purchased iStockphoto a few years ago, many changes have been implemented. Perhaps most were for the better of the company and its loyal contributors if not all. However the changes they announced today sent a strong shockwave to its contributors and many are left wondering if corporate greed has completely taken over.

The most significant change is how the royalty levels are determined. It used to be based on contributor’s lifetime download totals (represented by the canister icons Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond ). The new plan, scheduled to take effect from January 2011, will set levels based on total number of credits used by customers to download a contributor’s files in 2010.

What angered many people is that the new plan will mean a royalty cut. Even though the announcement promised that “would not change most contributors’ total compensation (except for the better)”, many could not be convinced. For non-exclusive contributors, it becomes difficult to climb the royalty ladder. A non-exclusive contributor will need to get 1, 400, 000 redeemed credit to get the 20% top rate. As a result, more than 1500 posts have been generated since the announcement a little over 9 hours ago and the discussion thread is still growing longer by the minutes.

It is unrealistic to expect an official response now as Calgary, AB Canada, where iStockphoto is located, is almost in midnight. We will see how things go tomorrow.

Posted in News on September 7th, 2010. No Comments.
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