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To replace the former Photoworld (Minolta/Sony only) magazine, Icon Publications Ltd is publishing a new quarterly, Cameracraft. Two editions havd been published and subscribers are able to receive Issue 1 and 2 at present. A subscription form can be downloaded in PDF form or you can visit our web page for the Cameracraft launch.
Canon has announced a consumer level EOS 500D camera, with 1080p resolution video limited to 20 frames per second, and 15.1 megapixels but a maximum shooting rate of 3.4 frames per second: http://www.dphotoexpert.com/2009/03/25/canon-eos-500d-151-mp-plus-hd-video/ This continues the trend for all new DSLRs to have HD movie shooting in addition to live view modes, something which Sony to date [...] . . . → Read More: Canon EOS 500D – video plus 15.1 megapixels
Tamron Co., Ltd (Mr. Morio Ono, President), a comprehensive manufacturer of optical products with its head office in Saitama City, has announced the development of the SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD (IF) MACRO 1:1 (Model G005), a life-size macro lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors* that offers a [...] . . . → Read More: Tamron’s new 60mm f/2 1:1 macro
EDINBURGH PHOTOWORLD DAY A Photoworld Day has been arranged for Sunday 22nd March in the premises of the Edinburgh Photographic Society at 68 Great King Street, Edinburgh. Athough primarily aimed at subscribers to Photoworld, former Minolta Club members and users of Sony digital cameras, the meeting is open to others interested in photography. . . . → Read More: Photoclubalpha meeting – Edinburgh March 22
There is no need to dismantle the mount of the original series Sigma AF TELE 400mm f/5.6 lens, to bring non-functional versions (old chip) up to speed with later film and current digital SLRs. The whole process takes under five minutes, and requires two tools – a small Philips screwdriver, and a precision end cutter. . . . → Read More: Sigma classic 400mm tele quick rechip
There is a white paper by Sony Semiconductor on the imaging processing which I think is in the HX1, http://www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/cx_news/vol55/pdf/featuring55.pdf. I assume it is the IMX-032 CMOS sensor (http://www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/cx_news/vol55/np_imx032cqr.html) mated to a CXD4109AGG image processing chip. There seem to be some interesting techniques employed, multi-plane synthesis to combine several frames for low light and HDR [...] . . . → Read More: Sony CMOS sensor background revealed
Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3, available immediately for download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/. The Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 updates, originally posted as release candidates for community testing on Jan. 23, provide raw file support for the newly-released Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30 cameras. The Lightroom 2.3 update also provides support for [...] . . . → Read More: Lightrom 2.3 and ACR 5.3 final release
Press release from Sony, March 3rd 2009 – important bits highlighted in bold, uncalled-for comments in italics: The Cyber-shot HX1 by Sony, teams stunning picture quality, lightning-fast shooting and powerful creative features in a stylish, supremely easy to use camera. The new flagship of the Cyber-shot range showcases a range of sophisticated image sensing, optical and [...] . . . → Read More: HX1 Cyber-shot with EXMOR CMOS and G Lens