Nikon posted some official samples with the Nikon D800 announcements but there weren’t anything shot at very high ISO. There were some unofficial high ISO samples here. We also looked at ISO 6400. If you are frequent readers of DPTnT you might have read our old post with link to some NEF raw samples taking with Nikon D800. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 29th, 2012. 1 Comment.

It first came as a rumor from the usual place but later Thom Hogan also confirmed it in a Feb 25 blog post. If everything goes as said, the Nikon D700 will be selling for $2199 starting March 2012, instead of current $2,699. Read More…

Posted in News on February 26th, 2012. No Comments.

After the Nikon D800 official announcement, the next most anticipated full frame DSLR camera is the replacement for Canon EOS 5D Mark II. One of the uncertainties of the new camera is its name. Will it be Canon EOS 5D Mark III or Canon EOS 5DX? Someone is pretty sure it will be Canon EOS 5DX.

Of course, readers should treat this as rumor until official announcement, which is only a few days away.

[update]

It looks like the wind is blowing the other way. Some authentic looking images have showed up and we are expecting now a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The following image appeared a while back, showing the backside of the rumored Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Posted in Rumors on February 25th, 2012. No Comments.

This is a very nice time-lapse video capture using an iPhone 4S.

Interested in doing it yourself? Read More…

Posted in Popular Photos on February 25th, 2012. No Comments.

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These fantastic photos were taken by photographers working for Office of War Information (OWI), a US agency responsible for supporting war efforts during World War II. The photos, captured on 4×5 Kodachrome transparencies, depict subject matters such as military preparedness, factory operations, and women in the work force.

[Source: The Atlantic, ]

Posted in Popular Photos on February 25th, 2012. No Comments.
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Creative Commons License photo credit: [cipher]

So you just bought a shinny new lens for your mirror-less or DSLR camera and want to find out if the lens is performing as expected, what would you do?

Most people will mount it on the camera then take some photos to check at various zoom level after downloading them to a computer. There are a lot more can be done to example a lens. Roger Cicala of Lensrentals.com posted a blog post a while back. If it is news to me, it may be news to you as well. Check it out here.

Posted in Lens on February 25th, 2012. No Comments.

Canon Rumors claimed that the successor for the widely popular Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Mark III or Mark X, will be officially announced on February 27 or 28, 2012. The basic specs are listed here.

  • 22mp
  • 61pt AF
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ LCD
  • Dual CF/SD Card Slots
  • Price: Around $3500 USD

A UK website offered slightly more details on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III spec.

22MP, 6fps, 61 focus points (41 cross) same as 1DX system
100-25600 Basic ISO 1024k dots LCD display 3:2 wide (or 3.2″ ?)
Best Video quality in a DSLR.

Can this be real?

The improvements over the current Canon EOS 5D Mark II seem to be minor except the AF system. And if the AF system is the same as the one in 1D X it may be even unlikely considering the way Canon has done to protect the revenues from their high-end DSLR cameras from being eroded by the low-end ones. Actually there are also rumors floating around saying that the similarity between the AF system on the upcoming 5D Mark III and the 1D X is only the number of points. The 5D Mark III will have a “simplified” AF system. That seems more believable.

Posted in Rumors on February 23rd, 2012. No Comments.

Nikon Rumors grabbed some Nikon D800 vs. Nikon D700 high ISO noise comparison shots before the original Taiwanese website pulled the images at Nikon’s request.

Some readers quickly pointed out that the Nikon D700 images were out of focus but nonetheless the Nikon D800 appears to have excellent high ISO noise performance. Both set of images were labeled as 100% crops and they show about the same coverage of the scene. One possible explanation is that the Nikon D700 images were shot at much closer distance than the Nikon D800 images. This method is probably a fair way to compare cameras with different pixel densities but we really should be looking at both noise and details. We may have to wait until end of March when the Nikon D800 officially starts to ship to see any solid reviews and comparisons.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 22nd, 2012. No Comments.
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