Archive for December, 2008

I am not a videographer but stills, now you’re talking. One of the shots from this recent shoot is going into an infommercial running on Comcast.  Thanks, Roseann!



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On the Mark

DxO Labs has published a website chock full of data. Analysis of RAW files at the sensor level. If you’re not familiar with DxO Labs, they are the developers of DxO Optics Pro software. Great software for conversion of RAW files but also disotrtion correction in lenses, and noise. There’s even a way to fit it into your Lightroom workflow.

DxOMark is the site for your testing and comparisons of different brands in comprehensive analysis of RAW files. jpgs are very reliant on in camera processing, even if you could load custom curves. There is such in depth data at DxO Mark that I’m stunned. I’m thinking  that most of the pro reviewers will use this as a resource.

Of course, you can simply look up your camera in the Image Quality Database and have some fun staring at those lines. What’s nicer, is the side by side comparisons of the bodies. What stacks up to what. If you’ve got a buying decison to make, check it out.

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Seems to be a lot of discounts out there no matter which way I turn.

Do you belong to a Mac Users group? Do you buy stock?

There’s a deal out there over at istockphoto.com!  20% off a credit purchase of 50 credits for stock imagery. Worldwide.

Good until Feb. 2009. To obtain the discount code, contact your Mac User Group leader or your Apple Regional Liaison.

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Shun the Nonbelievers

Nikon is not one to disappoint. I predicted this earlier this year. Many did. So if it’s being smug or happy or both, I am. Looks like I hit it right on almost every mark. Release before the end of 2008, D3x name designation, MP size at 24 and also the price point at $7999.95 Well, I did say eight thousand as a nice round number. Give me credit for the nickel. My primarily speculation was FX or DX sensor. It’s FX, btw. Wondering aloud if this is an indicator of Nikon’s commitment to FX on the high end? Glad that I don’t have a gaggle of DX lenses to sell on eBay. I began buying lenses that would work with FX five years ago long before the release of an FX sensor. Pro glass is expensive, but it outlasts bodies in value. No regrets from me for the 17-55mm DX  that I resisted.

Nikon has just announced the D3x. What is to be the flagship of their current lineup. I grant you that the pundits and engineering types will be looking at this more closely in field tests as it makes its way into the pool after shipping. With Nikon’s more aggressive efforts to broaden their lineup and 6 months between some major releases, I’m not one bit surprised. This is grand to see. Seems that they are no longer content to wait 3 years between major releases. Also, not just repurposing their sensors but upgrading other items as they go.


Where’s the video mode? They may feel that it’s not wanted by those using that body for the demands of quality. Granted, so many are multi disciplined in several areas today, but this is not going to be designated as a consumer or even prosumer camera. Someone who is shooting high quality video would likely bypass DSLR body combos in favor of a dedicated unit for video. They are going to be discerning moreso than a stills photographer. This doesn’t mean that the consumer audience won’t want something to sweeten the pot, but that doesn’t make the decision for the manufactuer.


In retrospect, 2008 has been an incredible year in choices that Nikon has given buyers. SB900 speedlight, D700, D90 and the D3x. All have been groundbreaking in their own right. I remain conservative in spending since the financial forecasters are spewing that 2009 will bring things other than new camera bodies. That doesn’t mean that I won’t buy it, but it does mean that I’ll be cheering from the sidelines for those that do. Nikon—confuse me with choices! 🙂

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