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The PhotoFast CR-7200 MicroSDHC RAID-0 CF adapter

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Tue, June 30, 2009 12:10:11

RAID together four 16GB MicroSDHC cards makes a fast, 64GB Compact Flash card! You get the speed of MicroSDHC combined by four cards that’s makes the MicroSDHC cards compatible with high-end (PRO DSLR's), and older, digital cameras.

Perfect if you own a bunch of MicroSDHC cards for your point and shoot and decide
to step up to a high quality DSLR!

The card will be available by July/August 2009 and will be priced at $30
Together with the 4 MicroSDHC cards it will be a bit cheaper than a single 64GB CF memory card when you add all the costs together.
Plus, you will be able to use the MicroSDHC cards alone in your P&S or phone
when they are not for use in the DSLR :0)

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Kodak Retires KODACHROME Film R.I.P

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Tue, June 23, 2009 09:27:00
Kodak Retires KODACHROME Film and invites us to there tribute site.

They say all good things in life come to an end. Today we announced that Kodak will retire KODACHROME Film, concluding its 74-year run.

It was a difficult decision, given its rich history. At the end of the day, photographers have told us and showed us they've moved on to newer other Kodak films and/or digital. KODACHROME Film currently represents a fraction of one percent of our film sales. We at Kodak want to celebrate with you the rich history of this storied film. Feel free to share with us your fondest memories of Kodachrome.

Link to Kodak Chrome tribute site!
Link to Kodak Crome slideshow!


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Olympus micro four thirds lenses (Olympus pen digital)

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Tue, June 16, 2009 13:47:45
Olympus Pen E-P1 will have two Olympus lenses available to start with.
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8
[34mm (35mm camera equivalent)]

Why cant't we get this one in black to!?

And the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6
[28-84mm (35mm camera equivalent)]
There will also be a optional optical viewfinder for the 17mm (Cool)

A Four Thirds adapter and a Olympus OM adapter will also be available :0)



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Yes! it was a Digital Olympus Pen

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Tue, June 16, 2009 13:35:02
Not a Point & Shoot. Not an SLR. It’s a PEN.
The new Olympus PEN EP-1 interchangeable lens digital camera delivers the next generation of digital imaging: Micro Four Thirds technology, which makes it easy to capture stunning, high-quality images from a compact body that's more point-and-shoot than DSLR. Of course, it's neither. It's a PEN.




Full specifications!

Product Type Product type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera

Memory SD Memory Card (SDHC compatible)

Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)

Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount

No. of Effective Pixels 12.3 million pixels

Image Pickup Element Product type 4/3" High-Speed Live MOS Sensor

Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels

Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)

Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)

Recording (Still) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III

File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, JPEG+RAW

Recording image size [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels [JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

Recording (Movie) Recording format AVI Motion JPEG (30 fps)

Movie mode HD: 1280 (H) x 720 (V) Aspect 16:9 SD: 640 (H) x 480 (V) Aspect 4:3 (VGA)

Maximum recording time HD: 7 min., SD: 14 min.

Recording (Sound) Recording format WAVE Format, Stereo Linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz

Maximum recording time Picture with Sound: 30 sec Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time

Live View Display mode 100% field of view, Exposure compensation preview, White balance adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, 7x/10x magnification display, Perfect shot preview, Off

Image Stabilization System Built in (Imager sensor shift type image stabilization)

Mode 3 modes (I.S.1, I.S.2, I.S.3)

Focal length setting Available

Effective compensation range Max. approx. 4 EV steps (depends on the lens type and shooting condition)

IS for movie Digital image stabilization

Monitor Product type HyperCrystal LCD

Size 3.0 inches

Total no. of dots Approx. 230,000 dots

Playback field of view 100%

Brightness control 15 levels

Colour temperature control 15 levels

Focusing AF system High-Speed Imager AF

* When a Four Thirds System lens (including high-speed imager AF compatible lenses) is used, it works as S-AF in C-AF mode.

Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF

Focusing point 11-area multiple AF

Focusing point selection Auto target, Single target

AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode

Manual focus assist Live View image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated (S-AF+MF or MF mode)

Exposure Control Metering system

(TTL image sensor metering) (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering)

(2) Centre-weighted average metering

(3) Spot metering

(4) Spot with Highlight control

(5) Spot with Shadow control

Metering range EV 0 - 18 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)

Exposure mode (1) iAuto

(2) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed)

(3) A: Aperture priority AE

(4) S: Shutter priority AE

(5) M: Manual

(6) Scene select AE

(7) Art Filter

Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow

ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 - 6400 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 or 1 EV steps

Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable

AE lock Locked at first position of Shutter button (also available with AEL button when customized)

Exposure bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable

ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable

Exposure reference adjust ±1 EV range selectable in 1/6 EV step

White Balance Auto WB system High-speed Live MOS sensor system

Preset white balance 8 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)

White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset / One-touch WB mode)

Custom white balance 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

One-touch white balance 1 custom setting can be registered

White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.

Colour Mode Colour matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Mode Mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom

Adjustment parameter Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for each mode Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait Gradation level available in 4 steps for Custom

Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone

Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone

Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High Key, Normal, Low Key)

Shutter Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000 sec., Bulb: up to 30 min. (time selectable, default: 8 min.)

(1/3, 1/2 or1 EV steps selectable)

Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)

Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)

Low-vibration mode Selectable from 1/8 - 30 sec.

Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer

Sequential Shooting Sequential shooting speed Approx. 3 frames/sec.

Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting RAW mode: Max. 10 frames. JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (LN mode: 12 frames with TOSHIBA Super High Speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB Card, under Olympus's standard testing conditions)

Flash

(Built-in flash not provided) Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14

External flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL

Flash mode of external flash Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off

Synchronization speed 1/180 sec. or less

Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps

Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable

Art Filter Mode Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole

Multi-Exposure Number of pictures 2 pictures

Functions Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture

Multi-Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6

Process RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is recorded based on the aspect ratio

Level Gauge Detection 2-axis

Display Rear LCD monitor

Sound Microphone / Speaker Stereo/mono (Mute, Volume control available)

Playback Playback modes Single-frame, Information display, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up (2 - 14X), Picture rotation (auto mode available), Movie (with sound, FF/ REW/Pause), Slideshow (with BGM/BGM + Sound/Sound available)

Information display Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, Off

Menu Languages Available from 34 languages including English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Custom setting My mode 2 settings can be registered

Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, all frames, selected frames (with protect function)

RAW picture editing RAW development

JPEG editing Gradation auto, Monotone, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait

Image Composition Max. 3 frames, Gain control (0.1 - 2.0) available

Post-recording Audio dubbing possible for still images

Print Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)

Input/Output PC interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

TV interface HDMI-OUT (HD/Stereo), VIDEO-OUT (SD/Mono)

USB/AV connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable available)

HDMI connector Mini HDMI type-C

Flash attachment Hot shoe

Power Requirements Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)

Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)

No. of recordable pictures Approx. 300 shots

(with BLS-1 and TOSHIBA Super High Speed Class 6 (4GB) SDHC card under CIPA testing standard)

Dimensions /

Weight Dimensions / Weight 120.5 mm (W) x 70.0mm (H) x 35.0 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)

Weight Approx. 335 g (body only)

Operating Environment Temperature 0 - 40°C (operation) / -20 - 60°C (storage)

Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

* * Specifications and appearances are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.



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Olympus Pen Digital

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Mon, June 15, 2009 21:53:54

The last leak/spy pic of the upcomming Olympus digital pen!
Looks great lets hope it delivers in black to!

Olympus Pen Digital to be announced 16 June 2009

The first-generation Olympus Pen camera appeared in 1959. The design process began with the concept of creating a camera that could be sold for ¥6,000 yen...

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New photography links directory

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Sun, June 14, 2009 17:00:08
I suggest that you add your photography related link to my links directory to become a member of a large photo links archive.

Be one of the first and enjoy increased web traffic at once!
http://www.stockholmviews.com/links/

enjoy/Stefan

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Olympus Pen digital

RumoursPosted by Stefan Wed, June 10, 2009 15:31:51

Olympus are now celebrating the Olympus pen 50th anniversary and are at the
same time announcing new 4/3 news, is this the new Olympus E-P1?

Many have taken this as a sign for an upcoming digital Olympus Pen camera.
This is what many people (including me) have longed for, a tiny camera system
with a large sensor (in small camera sense) and interchangeable lenses.

Expected specifications are still rumors but here they are!

* 12 Mp.
* 100-3200 ISO.
* 3" LCD
* Same auto focus system as the Panasonic G1
* Video capture @720p
* comes in black/silver, and beige
* 17 mm f2.8 lens and 14-42mm kit lenses.
* Expected kit price 990usd.

"Spy" images has also been found on the "net" and here is some of them!


The original film pen to the left and the spy pic of the new digital pen to the right.
Hopefully we will get a fully black edition to!
Get it here when available!

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DIY Graycard

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Tue, June 09, 2009 09:30:51
Is a DIY gray card anything to trust or must I get a PRO gray card for silly money?
Some nice reading in regards of this subject at DiYphotobits
I recommend you to read it, the conclusion was at least for me surprising!


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DIY Cameras and photo gear Facebook group!

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Tue, June 02, 2009 09:15:23
To help DIY fans in the Photosphere to connect, I started a new Facebook group.
Join NOW! smiley
http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=96052683054

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Photoshop keyboard

You wish!Posted by Stefan Tue, June 02, 2009 09:01:18
The perfect Photoshop keyboard?

The OPTIMUS MAXIMUS keyboard with 113 OLED keys
Can be configured to have different colors an symbol on each key at the
flavor of your taste.
This might look like the perfect keyboard for Photoshop users but at a quite
high price I must admit.

Anyhow there is an alternative for us cheapskates called OPTIMUS MINIMUS
that is a set of stickers that allow you to transform your keyboard in to the
perfect Photoshop tool.

The stickers will remark your keys with Photoshop shortcut symbols to make it easier
to find them, this is particularly useful for the Photoshop learner driver but can also
be handy for the pro as a help to find those less used function keys with.

Get it [here] for less than 8 USD it is worth a try!

The config tool for the Optimus Minimus

The configurator app for the Optimus Maximus keyboard!


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dxo helps you compare cameras easy!

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Sun, May 24, 2009 12:23:24
I just discovered dxomark.com and played around with it for a while.
This is a great tool for potential camera buyers to use for there own head to head
comparing and would be at help when you are about to decide witch of the cameras
in your price selected competitors to buy.

I brought up two cameras that have had many head to head discussions over the
last year, the Nikon D300 vs the newer cheaper (And also slightly less bulletproof) Nikon D90 just to find out if the newer D90 is as good as the D300 in respect of image quality.

Well, in all but frame rate and bit count - the winner is D90!
More details on D300 vs D90 HERE!
The orange colored bar DxOMark Sensor is a sensor raw quality bar, this
is explained by DxO below!

DxOMark Sensor ranks cameras based on real-life photographic scenarios

Objective measurements of RAW image quality are an essential component of any analysis of digital cameras. DxO Labs has developed a new scale for digital camera image quality performance, called DxOMark Sensor, to serve as an additional tool to help photographers rank and compare digital cameras.

Essentials about the DxOMark Sensor scale:

DxOMark Sensor measures only the RAW image quality of a digital camera; therefore, DxOMark Sensor is NOT an evaluation of overall camera image quality or performance.
DxOMark Sensor is a logarithmic scale
in which a 5-point increase corresponds to a sensitivity gain of 1/3 of a stop.
DxOMark Sensor AND resolution:
two metrics of sensor performance.

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Projector for digital slide shows

ReviewsPosted by Stefan Tue, May 12, 2009 10:13:17
I have just published the first pages on my comparing review of the Epson PT-AE3000u digital 1080P projector head to head with a trusty old Leica P150 slide projector. The review will continue to be updated until I feel its done :0)

During this projector investment / investigation and review I also had to get a HDMI extender to be able to hook up my stationary computer from a quite long distance.
This led me to a HDMI over TP cable extender I found it very useful and wrote a review of that one to [Here]

/Stefan


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Jobo Photo GPS for Geo Tagging

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Sun, February 08, 2009 19:04:52
Jobo Photo GPS for Geo Tagging
It fits in your camera flash shoe and records position data and time stamp.
Together with a clever software it will then be easy to geotag your images.
Around 170 USD at Amazon.com (2009-02-08)


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The impossible project

Seen and heardPosted by Stefan Wed, January 21, 2009 20:29:56
As a die hard DIY guy I must admit that this project will be hard to beatsmiley
This guys is actually going to reopen the Polaroid analog Instant Film Production!
They have bought the old factory and equipment in Netherlands and are planing to
deliver the first film in the beginning of next year (2010).

This is an impossible project in it self, but to make the challenge even tuffer
they actually also plan to develop and improve the direct film.
Both in terms of production friendliness but also in technical quality.

Read more about it at http://www.the-impossible-project.com/



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New scanners from Epson the V900 and V950

RumoursPosted by Stefan Sun, January 11, 2009 15:44:59
Rumors says that the now outdated Epson Perfection V700/V750 (introduced mid 2006)
will be replaced shortly.

The new model is assumed to be called V900, I guess that we will see a V950 to
that will have similar upgraded software and optical path that the V750 to make it a slightly better performer than V700 :0)

What can we expect from this new Epson scanner?
Except for being the new top of the line flatbed/filmscanner from Epson
We might expect.
1. Real resolution to be closer to the stated theoretical resolution.
2. Better lenses (Dual).
3. LED light source for quicker warm up (The V500 already have this).
4. Glassless scanning (To compete with Microtek M1/F1).
5. Autofocus (To compete with Microtek M1/F1).
6. Updated software and even better digital ICE.
7. Lower price tag than the Epson Perfection V700/V750 (All electronics get better and cheaper)

Will I review it?
YES, this is the one that I have waited for I will get one A.S.A.P and I will review
it in my own special way with tweaks and everything just to make sure to squeeze
every possible quality from this machinesmiley

/Stefan




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