Have you ever dreamed of the possibility that camera technology could one day be so advanced that it allows you to only worry about the moment of the capture and the composition, but not focus? Well, according to this New York Times article, it is definitely within reach. Read More…
Most DSLR cameras come in black although colored ones have been available, for example the Pentax K-x. It seems only the second tier DSLR camera manufacturers needed to do this in order to grab a piece of the DSLR market dominated by Canon and Nikon. Not any more.
Canon today announced Canon Online Store exclusive EOS Rebel T3 in red, brown, and metallic gray, in addition to the ordinary black color. You can check them out here.
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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.
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…
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.
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.
Nikon USA has opened its online store. As expected, the direct sale store is not the place for the cheapest price online but it does have something that may not be available elsewhere.
The Outlet section has refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes. Logo Items section has some clothing for men and women with Nikon logos. Sorry, but there is no mugs that look like a lens. Manuals and accessories sections are also worth checking out if you misplaced yours.