The COOLPIX P510 features a crazy 42x zoom lens that goes from 24mm to 1000mm (35mm equivalent focal length), while the COOLPIX P310 features a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture (f/4.9 when zoomed all the way out). Both camera have 16.1 megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMPS sensor that takes 4608 x 3456 maximum resolution still images and 1920×1080 videos at 30fps. Read More…

Posted in News on January 31st, 2012. No Comments.

With current i-TTL capable Nikon DSLR cameras, the exposure compensation adjustment also affects the i-TTL flash exposure when shooting in an automated exposure mode like aperture priority. In another word, exposure compensation affects both ambient and flash exposure. If you want to reduce the ambient exposure while keeping the flash exposure unchanged, you’d have to make two adjustments: first dial down the exposure compensation, then increase the flash exposure compensation. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on January 30th, 2012. No Comments.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX200V

Sony just announced three Cyber-shot digital cameras featuring their Exmor R CMOS sensors: DSC-WX50, DSC-WX70, and DSC-TX200V. Among them, the new Cyber-shot TX200V is quite a different digital camera. Read More…

Posted in Point & Shoot Cameras on January 30th, 2012. No Comments.

This is a video demo of how to use and hold graduated neutral density filter (ND filter) by Adam Barker. Adam also demoed the use of Singh-Ray’s Gold-N-Blue polarizer. It is amazing how a lifeless scene looks magical with the filters. Check it out! Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on January 29th, 2012. No Comments.

Scoop NiCon D800
The Nikon D700 and Nikon D300s have been placed under “Discontinued Product” category on Nikon website. Nikon Rumors said the new Nikon D800 is coming on February 7th, 2012.

Not everyone has figured out if they need or want the rumored FX DSLR with 36 megapixel sensor, but that’s probably the next best Nikon full frame DSLR you can get if you cannot afford the recently announced Nikon D4. The rumor about two versions (with and without AA filter) of Nikon D800 is also quite interesting.

For anyone who wants to stay in the DX land, the D400 may be coming (on the same day) as well.

Posted in Rumors on January 27th, 2012. 3 Comments.

A Seattle-area bride complained on Craig’s List that she couldn’t find a “decently priced, exceptional, amazingly talented, fun” wedding photographer who doesn’t charge less than $3000. She thought the $3000 price tag for a wedding is a WACK. That quickly drew some angry responses from wedding photographers. You can read one response on PetaPixel and another on a wedding photographer’s blog.

The wedding photographers tried to justify the price/wedding using their high costs of doing the business. That certainly resonates with many other photographers. Also wedding photography isn’t just about a day of shooting. There are also preparation work and post-processing work need to be done. Some calculated that the price/hour isn’t much higher than plumber or electrician.

Not all responses are supportive though. Some pointed out that it is unreasonable to expect 4-month wedding season work to cover all year’s expenses. Others pointed out the photographers were wrong about justifying the price by high cost of their businesses. Based on economics principle, the price is determined by the market. It is quite interesting to read through the comments attached to the photographers’ responses.

The story was also picked up by DPreview and generated hundreds of comments.

Posted in Miscellaneous on January 27th, 2012. No Comments.

50-Dollar Follow Focus (FDFF) is a cool gadget that can boost your DSLR videography to a new level, professional one or not. What it does is allow you to precisely and smoothly control the focus of your DSLR lens during video recording. Check out the video below and the Kickstart project page for 50-Dollar Follow Focus to pre-order yours for $60 (not a typo, shipping does cost extra).

Posted in Accessories on January 26th, 2012. No Comments.

It’s a necessity – not an accessory!

That’s what is written on the package of my latest photography gadget purchase: the Lenspen Lens Cleaning System. I think it is an accurate statement. Lately I have used the same lens cloth I use for my glasses to clean lenses and it hasn’t worked very well. There are always some smudges I cannot get rid of. After rubbing the lens surface with the cloth, the lens surface becomes dust magnet immediately. Finally I decided to try something different. In the past I have tried some pen-type lens cleaning tool. It had a built-in cleaning liquid reservoir. It created a mess when the pen snapped inside my camera bag. I never looked at similar tool again until recently. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on January 25th, 2012. No Comments.
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