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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Canon had a new lineup of camcorders to unveil and, with 5 new High Def  & 5 Standard Def camcorders set to hit the market, they’re making sure they’ve covered all their bases for 2009. In addition to Canon’s core imaging technologies, these newest to the family include some new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility. A new image processor (DIGIC DV III) is featured in select VIXIA models along with 8.0 Megapixel photo capture, Video Snapshot Mode, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, and an advanced Auto Exposure system round out…

Editors Note: Cataloguing – A Work Flow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Cataloguing – A Work Flow In earlier articles I looked at issues related to the storage and archiving of the vast size and number of digital files created, both when we scan film and when we shoot digitally. But there is another aspect that bears examination, and that’s file organization and naming. I haven’t done a hard count, but I’d guess that over the past year I’ve shot about 15,000 frames. Without a consistent filing system…

The next generation of Epson Stylus Pro level large-fromat printers have arrived — and they’re as impressive as the hype surrounding them. The 24″ Stylus Pro 7900 & the 44″ Stylus Pro 9900 both combine the existing MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the new Epson 10-colour UltraChrome® HDR (high dynamic range) pigment ink system – effectively delivering a higher level of print quality, increased performance (with speeds almost twice as fast as previous models), and the widest colour gamut ever from Epson Stylus Pro printers. So, what’s so new about the HDR inks? Well for starters, all-new orange and green…

No, that’s not a typo. This bad boy really sports 60 Megapixels (60.5, to be exact). It hasn’t hit the shelves yet (late 2008 is what’s been announced), but the new P65+ from Phase one will be the first full frame 645 medium format camera system and digital back. The P65+ has a sensor measuring 40.4 X 53.9mm, which means 20% greater coverage than some previously announced full frames – which, as it turned out, were still sporting a 36 x 48mm sensor. This means 20% higher resolution for the same pixel density, and the ability to utilize existing and…

Acumem is the new kid on the high-end memory cards block that’s exclusively available from Vistek. They have the same exemplary quality and endure the same testing standards as their higher-priced counterparts, but they don’t share the same sticker shock. AND – on top of a lifetime warranty for the card, itself – you can archive your images (the number of images varies based on which card you own) for up to 30 years. The card actually comes  pre-loaded with software to connect you to the Swiss Picture Bank site, where your archived images are kept. Sweet! Varying formats and…

Well, it’s been 2 years since Nikon gave us the D80. And now… amidst much speculation and rumour, along comes the Nikon D90.  This is a camera that will appeal to everyone, from the first-time DSLR user to the serious amateur wanting more in-depth photographic control but without the cost and weight of a D300. While the D90 seems to have some nifty new bells & whistles, it’s more of an update than a full-on replacement. The most exciting and talked about bell (or whistle, depending on how you view these things) is the fact that it’s the world’s first…

If you’re going to pick up the new Nikon D90, you’ll most certainly be interested in the new AF-S 18-105 f3.5-5.6 DX VR lens. Designed to go hand-in-hand with the D90, this DX-format, high-power 5.8x zoom lens has a 35mm format focal length equivalent of roughly 28-160mm. Useful in a broad range of shooting settings (from wide-angle landscapes and interiors to portraits and medium-range sports), it features a built-in Silent Wave Motor, giving you speedy & accurate autofocus while keeping you stealthy & unobtrusive. The built-in Vibration Reduction lets you take sharper handheld pictures while you shoot at shutter speeds…

Not to be left behind, Canon has presented to the masses it’s replacement to the EOS 40D… the EOS 50D (didn’t see that coming, did you?) Mainly targeted against the Nikon D300, the EOS 50D holds quite a few significant improvements over the 40D. For starters, it features a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as a faster DIGIC 4 processor. It has an ISO sensitivity that’s expandable to 12800 as well as a 3″ VGA LCD monitor with a Live View mode that offers 3 AF modes. And since we’re on the subject of the LCD – this one…

The compact, professional, 12.1 megapixel, full-frame (FX format) Nikon D700 is a new addition to Nikon’s full-frame roster (okay, it’s not so much a roster as a duo – since the D3 is its only other companion). To look at it, the D700 could be twins with the D300 (but with a larger viewfinder). Internally, however, the D700 is pretty much identical to the D3, except for a slightly slower shutter (5fps up to 8fps with the MB-D10 battery grip). Oh and there’s the small matter of the sticker price: the D700 runs about $2,000 less than the D3. While…

Manufacturers… What kind of systems are there? There are many different manufacturers that design different systems for their drop in filter lines. Different mounts allow you to use multiple filters in conjunction with each other and many other features makes your lens more adaptable to their system. Although some features may be unique to each manufacturer, the generic size of filter systems are 4”x4” (100mmx100mm) and 4”x6” (100mmx150mm).  The 4”x6” are designed for graduated filters so you have more control of where the gradation falls in your image.  Other sizes are available for smaller lenses like 75mmx75mm. The design of…


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