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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Canon Speedlite Know how (link)

Here's is some informative and interesting website's regarding canon speedlite. Below is all the links which you will learn for Canon Speedlight. Enjoy!!!!!

http://photonotes.org/articles/eos-flash/

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=35

http://photonotes.org/articles/beginner-faq/flash.html

http://www.kjsl.com/~dave/speedlites.html

http://www.filmlessphotos.ca/IndexPage.htm

http://super.nova.org/DPR/Canon/MultiCanon/

http://www.canon.co.jp/imaging/flashwork/terminology/index.html

Monday, October 20, 2008

Interested in getting some extra income selling your pictures?

If you are a photographer who wants to sell photos online, this is the one for you. Just simply sign up and start selling your photos online and best of all, it's free to sign up. There is nothing to lose. Here is the list of website links that will help you to earn extra income.

http://www.dreamstime.com

http://submit.shutterstock.com/

http://www.crestock.com/

http://www.istockphoto.com

http://www.fotolia.com/

http://www.stockxpert.com/

http://www.featurepics.com

http://www.canstockphoto.com

http://www.mostphotos.com

http://www.imagecatalog.com/

http://www.citizenimage.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera (Camera Body Only) (21.1MP, 3.0" 920,000-Pixel LCD, 1080p Movie, Live View, ISO 50-25600, 3.9 fps) (Canon Malaysia)

Canon 5D Mark II offers high performance for higher expectation. It comes with new 21.1 megapixel with full-frame CMOS sensor. It also have the capability of full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution for up to 4GB per clip with HDMI output for HD viewing of still and video. Canon 5D Mark II is using DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing of fine detail and color reproduction as well as reduced image noise.

Check out some of the picture samples that are taken using Canon 5D Mark II:
http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=2128&productID=249&articleTypeID=25


Features:


21.1 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor

Newly developed, 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured entirely by Canon.

Expanded ISO Range & 4 Levels of High ISO Noise Reduction
ISO Speed increased by three full stops compared to the EOS 5D.

High Performance Viewfinder
Newly designed viewfinder optics, larger, easier to see and clearer than previous model.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon's latest imaging processor provides fine details, natural color reproduction and rich gradations, at high speed.

High-Definition LCD Monitor
Improved Clear View 3.0 inch LCD monitor, for high quality playback and easier
menu navigation.

Updates EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Newly designed to work with Full-Frame sensor.

16:9 Full HD Video Capture
The EOS 5D Mark II is the world's first Digital SLR to offer Full HD Video Capture
with 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps! Create your own masterpiece with more than
60 canon EF lenses to choose from.

Specification:
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor * • 36 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
• Full 35 mm size frame
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
• 22.0 million total pixels
• 21.1 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Lenses • Canon EF lens mount (does not support EF-S lenses)
• No field of view crop (1.0x)
Dust reduction • "EOS Integrated Cleaning System"
• Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
• Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Image processor * DIGIC 4
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image sizes (JPEG) * • 5616 x 3744 (21.0 MP)
• 4080 x 2720 (11.1 MP)
• 2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP)
Image sizes (RAW) * • 5616 x 3744 (21.0 MP)
• 3861 x 2574 (10.0 MP)
• 2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP)
File formats *

• RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
• RAW + JPEG (separate files)
sRAW1, sRAW2 (see above) *

Auto focus • 9-point TTL CMOS sensor
• 6 "Invisible Assist AF points"
• Centre point cross type F5.6 or faster
• Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
• AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes • One shot AF
• AI Servo AF
• AI Focus AF
• Manual focus
AF micro adjustment *

• Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)
• Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

AF point selection • Auto
• Manual
Predictive AF • As close as 8 m (with 300 mm F2.8L lens at 50 kph)
AF assist No (only with external flash)
Metering • TTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC
• Metering range: 1.0 - 20 EV
Metering modes

• Evaluative 35 zone (linked to any AF point)
• Partial (8% at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 3.5% at center)
• Center-weighted average

AE lock • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
• Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation • +/-2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing • +/- 2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity *

• ISO 100 - 6400
• 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
• Auto ISO (100-3200)
• Expansion options:
ISO 50 (L1)
ISO 12800 (H1)
ISO 25600 (H2)

Shutter • Focal-plane shutter
• 150,000 exposure durability
• 30 - 1/8000 sec
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Bulb
Aperture values • F1.0 - F91
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Custom
• Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing • +/-3 levels
• 3 images
• Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
• Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style • Standard
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Neutral
• Faithful
• Monochrome
• User def. 1
• User def. 2
• User def. 3
Custom image parameters • Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing options *

• Highlight tone priority
• Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
• Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)

Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Viewfinder * • Eye-level pentaprism
• 98% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.71x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
• Eyepoint: Approx. 21 mm
• Interchangeable focusing screen (3 other types optional)
• Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Mirror • Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
• Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info *

• AF information:
AF points
Focus confirmation light
• Exposure information:
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB
• Flash information:
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
• Image information:
White balance correction
CF card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst (2 digit display)
Highlight tone priority (D+)

LCD monitor * • 3.0 " TFT LCD
• 920,000 pixels
• Automatic 3 level brightness adjustment plus 7 manual levels
• 170 ° viewing angle
• Dual anti-reflection ('Clear View')
LCD Live view *

• Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
• 100% frame coverage
• 30 fps
• Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
• Best view or exposure simulation
• Silent mode
• Grid optional (x2)
• Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
• Three AF modes - Live mode / Quick mode / Face Detection
• Live histogram (Luminance or RGB)
• Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)

Movie recording *

• Available optionally during Live view mode
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9) up to 12 mins (Quicktime 1080p H.264; 38.6 Mbits/sec)
• 640 x 480 (4:3) up to 24 mins (Quicktime 480p H.264; 17.3 Mbits/sec)
• Max file size 4 GB
• Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video, PCM sound)
• 30 fps

Record review • Off
• On (histogram via INFO button)
• Display mode same as last used Play mode
• 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Playback modes

1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
2. As 1 but also image count and quality
3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms

Playback features • Optional blinking highlight alert
• Optional AF point display
• Magnified view (up to 10x)
• 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail index
• Jump (by 1, 10, 100 images, screen, date, folder, movies, stills)*
• Delete / Protect
Flash

• No built-in flash unit
• E-TTL II auto flash / metered manual
• Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Hot-shoe & PC Terminal

External flash • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
• In-camera flash configuration (currently 580 EX II)
• Wireless multi-flash support
• PC Sync
Shooting modes

• Auto
• Creative Auto *
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Custom 1
• Custom 2 *
• Custom 3 *

Drive modes

• Single
• Continuous: 3.9 fps *
• Self-timer: 2 or 10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up)

Burst buffer • Large/Fine JPEG: 78 frames (310 with UDMA card) *
• RAW: 13 frames *
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation • On (recorded and LCD display)
• On (recorded only)
• Off
Custom functions * 25 custom functions with 71 settings in 4 groups
Menu languages *

• 25 Languages
• English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip • Optional WFT-E4 (WiFi / LAN / USB mass storage)
• Optional BG-E6 battery grip
Connectivity *

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out (video & audio *)
• HDMI connector *
• Microphone input *
• PC Sync flash terminal
• Communication terminal on base for WFT-E4
• InfraRed *

Storage * • Compact Flash Type I or II (inc. FAT32)
• Supports UDMA cards *
• Copyright metatag support
• Canon Original Data Security Kit supported ("Original Image Data")
Power * • Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
• CR1616 for date & settings
• Approx. 850 shots at 20°C
• Battery indication 6 levels & percentage (memorized)
Dimensions * 152 x 114 x 75 mm (6.0 x 4.5 x 2.9 in)
Weight * • No battery: 810 g (1.8 lb)
Accessories

• Viewfinder: Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15, Focusing Screens Eg, Angle Finder C
• Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4
• Battery Grip BG-E6
• All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
• Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
• Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-1, Remote Controller RC-5
• Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3



Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera (Camera Body Only) (21.1MP, 3.0" 920,000-Pixel LCD, 1080p Movie, Live View, ISO 50-25600, 3.9 fps) (Canon Malaysia)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Photography - Close Up Macro Lenses


Close-up filters (also known as macro filters) are a filter that screws onto the end of your cameras lens. The main purpose of the close-up filter is to decrease the minimum distance required for the lens to focus. Take the telephoto lens for example. This lens would normally require you to be at least 1.5m from the subject being photographed before the subject will properly focus, but attaching a close-up filter to the lens will let you stand much closer to the subject. Filters can be used together (stacked) or used separately but always remember that if stacking your filters, that the strongest filter (+10 or the highest number filter) is closest to the lens.
Close-up filters are measured in Dioptre. A dioptre is a measure of lens power.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Canon 50D

Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera (15.1MP, 3" LCD, ISO 12800) (Canon Malaysia)

With the same rugged, conservative body as the 40D, the Canon EOS 50D's only distinguishing mark is the silver bezel on its mode dial, and there are a few minor changes to how the buttons and controllers are used, but for the most part the 50D's body is unchanged.
The Canon EOS 50D body is a magnesium alloy, with slightly improved seal against dust and water.





Canon EOS 50D specifications

Sensor • 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
• 15.5 million total pixels
• 15.1 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor DIGIC 4
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image sizes • 4752 x 3168
• 3456 x 2304
• 2353 x 1568
File formats

• RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
• RAW + JPEG (separate files)
sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
sRAW2 (3.8 MP)

Lenses • Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
• 1.6x field of view crop
Dust reduction • "EOS Integrated Cleaning System"
• Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
• Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Auto focus • 9-point TTL CMOS sensor
• All points cross-type for lenses of F5.6 or faster
• Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
• AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes • One shot AF
• AI Servo AF
• AI Focus AF
• Manual focus
AF point selection • Auto
• Manual
Predictive AF • Up to 8 m
AF assist • Stroboscopic flash
AF microadjust • +/- 20 steps
• Adjust all lenses by same amount/individually adjust up to 20 lenses
Metering • TTL 35 zone SPC
• Metering range: EV 0.0 - 20 EV
Metering modes

• Evaluative 35 zone
• Partial (9% at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 3.8% at center)
• Center-weighted average

AE lock • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
• Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation • +/-2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing • +/- 2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity

• Auto ISO (100-1600)
• ISO 100 - 3200
• 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
• H1 (6400) and H2 (12800) expansion

Shutter • Focal-plane shutter
• 100,000 exposure durability
• 30 - 1/8000 sec
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
• Bulb
Aperture values • F1.0 - F91
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Custom
• Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing • +/-3 levels
• 3 images
• Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
• Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style • Standard
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Neutral
• Faithful
• Monochrome
• User def. 1
• User def. 2
• User def. 3
Custom image parameters • Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing

• Highlight tone priority
• Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
• Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)

Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Viewfinder • Eye-level pentaprism
• 95% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.95x(-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
• Eyepoint: 22 mm
• Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
• Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Focusing screens
(optional)
• Ef-A (Standard Precision Matte - included)
• Ef-D (Precision Matte with grid)
• Ef-S (Super Precision Matte for easier manual focus)
Mirror • Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
• Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info • AF points
• Focus confirmation light
• ISO sensitivity
• Shutter speed
• Aperture
• Manual exposure
• AE Lock
• Exposure compensation amount
• AEB level
• Spot metering area
• Flash ready
• Red-eye reduction lamp on
• High-speed sync
• FE Lock
• Flash compensation amount
• ISO speed (while changing)
• WB correction (while changing)
• Highlight tone priority icon *
• B&W mode icon
• Warnings
• Maximum burst for continuous shooting
• Buffer space
LCD monitor • 3.0 " TFT LCD
• 920,000 pixels
• 7 brightness levels
• 160 ° viewing angle
• Dual anti-reflection
LCD Live view

• Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
• 100% frame coverage
• 30 fps
• Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
• Best view or exposure simulation
• Silent mode
• Grid optional (x2)
• Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
• Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
• Histogram
• Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)

Record review • Off
• On (histogram via INFO button)
• Display mode same as last used Play mode
• 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Playback modes

1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
2. As 1 but also image count and quality
3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms

Playback features • Optional blinking highlight alert
• Optional AF point display
• Magnified view (up to 10x)
• 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail index
• Jump (by 1, 10, 100 images / by screen or date)
• Delete / Protect
Flash • Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
• FOV coverage up to 17 mm (27 mm equiv.)
• Guide number approx 13 m / 43 ft (ISO 100)
• Cycle time approx. 3 sec
• Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• X-Sync: 1/250 sec
External flash • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
• In-camera flash configuration (currently only 580 EX II)
• Wireless multi-flash support
• PC Sync
Shooting modes

• Auto
• Creative auto
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Auto depth-of-field
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Flash off
• Camera user settings 1
• Camera user settings 2

Drive modes

• Single
• High-speed continuous: 6.3 fps
• Low-speed continuous: 3 fps
• Self-timer: 2 or 10 sec (3 sec with mirror lock-up)

Burst buffer • Large/Fine JPEG: 90 frames (with UDMA card)
• RAW: 16 frames
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation • On (recorded and LCD display)
• On (recorded only)
• Off
Custom functions 25 custom functions with 74 settings in 4 groups
Menu languages

• English
• German
• French
• Dutch
• Danish
• Portuguese
• Finnish
• Italian
• Norwegian
• Swedish
• Spanish
• Greek
• Russian
• Polish
• Czech
• Hungarian
• Romanian
• Ukrainian
• Turkish
• Arabic
• Thai
• Simplified Chinese
• Traditional Chinese
• Korean
• Japanese

Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip • Optional WFT-E3/E3A
• Optional BP-E2N battery grip
• Optional BP-E2 battery grip
Connectivity

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• HDMI connector
• N3 type wired remote control
• PC Sync flash terminal
• Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A

Storage • Compact Flash Type I or II (inc. FAT32)
• Supports UDMA cards
• Canon Original Data Security Kit supported ("Original Image Data")
• No CF card supplied
Power • Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
• Supports BP-511 / BP-511A / BP-512 / BP-514
• CR2016 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
• Optional AC adapter
Wireless connectivity
(optional WFT-E3/E3A)
• Mounts on base of camera and also acts as vertical grip
• Has its own BP-511A battery
• Wireless 802.11b / 802.11g
• Wireless security: WEP, TKIP/AES, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
• Wireless methods: Infrastructure or Ad Hoc
• Wired ethernet (100 Base-TX)
• Transfer: FTP, PTP (remote control by computer), HTTP (view / remote fire)
• USB host capable: External hard drives, flash drives
• USB comms: GPS devices (records coordinates and altitude in image header)
Dimensions 146 x 108 x 74 mm (5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Weight • No battery: 730 g (1.6 lb)
• With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb)


Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera (15.1MP, 3" LCD, ISO 12800) (Canon Malaysia)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Nikon D90 (12.3-megapixel)

Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera (12.3MP, DX Format, 3" LCD, Live View, Video, 4.5fps) (Body Only)

Nikon D90 comes with 12.3-megapixel image quality, broad control and the world’s first digital SLR movie function combine to deliver unsurpassed creative freedom in a D-SLR.




The new D90 incorporates an optional feature called Universal Vibration Reduction (uVR). This turns all lenses into uVR lenses, and offers a 10-stop advantage.

This means a person using a 500mm lens, who would normally have to shoot at 1/500th of a second, can shoot at 2 seconds when uVR is enabled.

The new uVR system isn't sensor based, and instead requires one of the three optional vertical battery grips (see below). In this case, the MB-D90a is required. This grip provides all the normal controls and extended battery life of a regular grip. It also holds 8 EN-EL4a batteries, along with a step-up transformer.

With uVR enabled, the combined power of the batteries sends a current through the step-up transformer. This then delivers a 110 volt shock through metal pads around the grip. The resulting electrical shock matches the shutter speed (maximum of 10 seconds).

The shock causes a very stable clenching of the photographer's muscles while the shutter is open, simulating the stability of a tripod.

Nikon D90 Feature Highlights

  • Newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with wide ISO sensitivity range with low noise

  • EXPEED for smooth tones, rich colors and fine details

  • D-Movie: the world’s first* D-SLR movie mode

  • Scene Recognition System integrated with Face Detection System

  • Easy-to-use Live View mode

  • Picture Control System: Customize the visual style of your images

  • Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast lighting

  • Versatile, practical 11-point AF system

  • Bright pentaprism viewfinder featuring frame coverage of approx. 96%

  • Advanced Scene Modes for superior image quality

  • Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus

  • Engineered for precision and durability


Nikon D90 Specifications

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective picture angle Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels 12.3 million
Image sensor 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 12.9 million
Dust-reduction system Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 required)
Image size (pixels)
4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
File format • NEF (RAW)
• JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
• NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
Media SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 96% horizontal and 96% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.94 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment -2 to +1 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview When depth-of-field preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses • DX AF Nikkor: All functions supported
• Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported (PC Micro-Nikkor does not support some functions). IX-Nikkor lenses not supported.
• Other AF Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
• AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and auto focus.
• Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Shutter type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb
Flash sync speed X = 1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200s or slower
Release modes Single-frame, continuous low speed, continuous high speed, self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response
Frame advance rate Continuous high speed: up to 4.5 fps, continuous low speed: 1-4 fps
Self-timer Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration
Exposure metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure method • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6-, 8- or 10-mm circle in center of frame
• Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Exposure range (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV
• Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Exposure modes Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
Exposure compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3 EV, can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200, or to approx. 0.3, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200, ISO sensitivity auto control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low or off
Active D-Lighting bracketing 2 frames
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20°C /68°F)
Lens servo • Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Auto-servo AF (A), Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in single- and continuous-servo AF
• Manual (M): Electronic rangefinder supported
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modes Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, Portrait, Close-up, Night Portrait modes: Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number (m/ft.) at 20°C/68°F • At ISO 200: Approx. 17/56, 18/59 with manual flash
• At ISO 100 equivalent: Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash
Flash control • TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
• Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lenses
• Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 or SB-22s
• Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash modes Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, or 1/2 EV
Flash bracketing 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output in i-TTL or auto aperture modes
Accessory shoe Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
White balance Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); 12 manual modes with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; preset manual white balance
White balance bracketing 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View AF modes Face priority AF, wide area AF, normal area AF
Live View focus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority AF is selected)
Movie image size (pixels) 1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps
Movie file format AVI
Movie compression format Motion-JPEG, with monaural sound
LCD monitor 3-in., approx. 920k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback function Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, Pictmotion, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB Hi-Speed USB
Audio video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL; simultaneous playback from both the audio video output and on the LCD monitor available
HDMI output HDMI Mini connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
Accessory terminal • Remote Cord MC-DC2 (Optional)
• GPS Unit GP-1 (Optional)
Supported languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
Battery pack Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80 (optional) with one or two Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e or six R6/AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH, lithium or nickel-manganese batteries (Battery Holder MS-D200 is required when using R6/AA-size batteries.)
AC adapter AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 132 x 103 x 77 mm/5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.
Weight Approx. 620 g/1 lb. 6 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or monitor cover
Temperature 0-40°C/32-104°F
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area) Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC1, LCD Monitor Cover BM-10, Body Cap, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Software Suite CD-ROM


Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera (12.3MP, DX Format, 3" LCD, Live View, Video, 4.5fps) (Body Only)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Canon EOS 1000D (New Launced)

The Canon EOS 1000D a 10.1 Megapixel entry level DSLR Camera features 7-point wide-area AF, Self-Cleaning Image Sensor, DIGIC III processor, SD/SDHC card slot, Picture Styles processing, and a 2.5” LCD with Live View mode.




Specification

  • Resolution: 10.1Mp
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Image size: 3888x2592
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Sensor size: 22.2x14.8mm
  • Autofocus points: 7
  • Crop factor: 1.6x
  • Lens mount: Canon EF/EF-S
  • Metering system: 35-zone TTL
  • Drive: 3fps
  • Sensitivity: ISO100-1600
  • Screen size: 2.5in
  • Card format: SD/SDHC
  • Battery model: LP-E5
  • Weight: 450g
  • Size: 126.1x97.5x61.9mm
  • Autofocus system: TTL-CT-SIR
  • Screen resolution: 230,000dots (76,000 pixels)
  • File formats: JPEG, RAW
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Flash type: In-built, Hotshoe
  • Flash metering: E-TTL II
  • Flash sync speed: 1/200
  • Image stabilisation: No (lens based)
  • Integrated cleaning: Yes
  • Live view: Yes
  • Buffer depth: 5(RAW) 514(JPEG)
  • Shutter speed: 30sec - 1/4000sec
  • Viewfinder coverage: 95%

Monday, June 23, 2008

Photography - Creating HDR Image

I use Nikon D40 to take this shot. I've been seeing a lot of HDR image in the net and found it interesting. So i decided to try it on my own by using Photomatix Pro to create HDR image.

See below:




Wonder how i did it using D40. I combine 3 pictures to get this HDR image. To do HDR image, save the shot in RAW format. I only take 1 shot which is using 0 EV for normal shot. Then, i use capture NX2 or photoshop CS3 to adjust the EV setting for overexpose and underexpose which is +2 EV and -2 EV respectively. Then, i combine it using Photomatix pro to create HDR image.
See below.

Try it and you'll like it.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Canon 40D Review

Canon’s EOS 40D is the latest DSLR designed for beginners and semi-pros. Announced in August 2007, it’s the successor to the EOS 30D, and continues Canon’s 18 month cycle for this product line. While the EOS 30D represented a minor upgrade over its predecessor though, the new 40D features significant improvements – and not a moment too soon considering arch rival Nikon’s leadership in mid-range DSLRs over the past two years.


The new 3-inch LCD is a 230k-pixel device that is extremely nice to use and provides both live view for composing and shooting without using the optical viewfinder, with manual focus assessment. The new LCD also doubles up as display device allowing shooting information and the like to be repeated from the top LCD for example. Both these systems are ideal for tripod use where you cannot always easily assess the scene and shooting information.

The camera’s new CMOS sensor has on-board processing for each pixel and that combined with the DIGIC III processor and 14-bit analogue to digital conversion aids the fast processing and shooting speeds and helps keep noise to a minimum and reduces power consumption as well.

In fact, the “standard” ISO range of 100 to 1600 is expandable to ISO 3200 and provides a good range to play with. However, the way the camera and sensor on this camera combine to deal with any noise means its noise performance (or the lack of it) is quite simply excellent, since the camera’s on chip processing and signal amplification work extremely well.

Overall, the image quality is stunning, with colour white balance control and sharpness out of the box ideal for most general shooting plus you get RAW and JPEG snapping to a fine level of controllable settings, 20 in fact, at a variety of resolution and RAW or JPEG compression values.

The camera’s handling will be familiar to any EOS user, even film SLRs, and, although the camera is quite chunky – and can get chunkier with the addition of a new vertical grip that incorporates Wi-Fi connectivity – the magnesium alloy body is very tough indeed. Environmental seals protect it from dirt and dust and water splashes, so it is certainly designed to withstand the rigors of, say, heavy professional use.

While the build is great, the handling suffers slightly from crammed in buttons round the new, larger screen. However, on balance the key button combinations needed to adjust shooting settings are very good. The main shooting control buttons are placed on the top plate behind the shutter button and control dial. Pressing one, say the ISO/exposure/flash compensation button for example and then spinning either the control dial or the large dial on the back plate adjust one of the variables the button deals with. Ditto the metering, AF, and white balance buttons also ranged across the top plate.

This is fast and very easy to get to grips with. The central “Set” button within the large back plate control dial activates the Live View mode and confirms selections in the excellent menu system. The only oddity here is the separate joystick style control for scrolling through main menu headers, leaving the large control dial to move through the chosen menus options once a menu has been chosen.

Other back plate buttons are pretty cramped spaced around the periphery of the new screen and although this doesn’t affect the controllability of the camera per se, I doubt we’ll be seeing larger screens on future models without a complete back plate revamp. Other features include USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connectivity, the aforementioned Wi-Fi capability with the accessory WFT-E3/E3A vertical grip and compatibility with all Canon EF/EF-S lenses, that’s over 60 optics and a small built-in flash that is okay for fill-in but underpowered form most other uses.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Nikon Coolpix P80 (New Launch)

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX P80, a new high-performance model tooled to satisfy camera enthusiasts. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX P80 offers extended reach and advanced shooting functions for satisfying performance in a wide variety of shooting scenes.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPne0wQKSQ4

Nikon Coolpix P80 is a point-and-shoot camera that has an 18X optical zoom lens that's a 35mm equivalent of 27-486mm. It integrates a 10.1 megapixel CCD image sensor with Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept. The P80 offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes, optical vibration reduction and up to 6400 ISO at lower resolutions. It boasts of a 2.7-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating, wide viewing angle and 230,000 dots of high resolution.


The P80 also offers quick access to a selection of 15 different scene-optimized and movie modes including the ability to shoot pictures in both black and white and color simultaneously. The new graphical user interface has an enhanced pop-up design allowing for more precise menu navigation and interaction.


Nikon Coolpix P80 Spec:
  • 10.1 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-4.5, 18X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 27 - 486 mm (sounds like the same lens as on the Olympus SP-560 and Fuji FinePix S8100)
  • Optical image stabilization (which Nikon calls Vibration Reduction)
  • Most compact body in its class, according to Nikon
    2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels + electronic viewfinder
  • Full manual controls; ISO 3200 and 6400 available when resolution is 3M or less
  • Sport Continuous mode lets you take up to 30 shots in a row at 13 fps
  • All the usual Nikon features: redeye reduction, D-Lighting, and face detection
  • VGA movie mode with sound (or at least I think it's VGA)
  • 50MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses EN-EL5 lithium-ion battery; 250 shots per charge
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support

Friday, April 11, 2008

Fujifilm S5 Pro

The FinePix S5 Pro is the first Fujifilm DSLR to use a development of the Real Photo Technology which has been universally lauded in the company's consumer cameras. Dubbed "Real Photo Processor Pro", it should yield improved saturation and tonality, and courtesy of two cycles of noise reduction the S5 Pro now offers ISO sensitivity to 3200 (with noise levels reduced across the board at all sensitivities). The S5 Pro also offers three new variations of the original film simulation mode (now five total) tailored to regional preferences for tonality in different markets. Unusually, the S5 Pro has the ability to password lock (in three levels) custom settings to prevent a photographer changing certain settings accidentally, or for pool cameras which are requeired to have certain settings identical across all camera bodies in the pool.



Image Processing and Quality
* Real Photo Technology Pro, which combines the Super CCD SR Pro sensor and the RP Processor Pro, allows for the wide dynamic range with smoother tonality from brightest light to darkest shadow. The re-designed new Super CCD SR Pro features an optimized low-pass filter that will reduce the noise and minimize moiré. The newly developed RP Processor Pro features two cycles of noise reduction so photographers can snap pictures at light sensitivities as high as ISO 3200 with less noise than comparable cameras at similar ISOs.

Increased Color and Dynamic Range Control

* Photographers can choose from six preset ranges for greater creative control over the FinePix S5 Pro’s expanded dynamic range between 100% and 400%,
* Three new variations of the original film simulation mode have been added (five modes in total) for improved reproduction of natural skin tones.

Face Detection Technology for post image verification

* At the push of a button, the FinePix S5 Pro’s Face Detection Technology detects up to ten faces in a scene immediately after each image is captured. Photographers can zoom in and confirm facial detail, whether eyes are open or closed, focus and exposure on the FinePix S5 Pro’s LCD monitor.

Specification:

CCD:
23 x 15.5mm Super CCD SR Pro sensor with 6.17 million S pixels and 6.17 million R pixels (12.34mp effective)

REC FORMAT:
RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG

MAX IMAGE SIZE:
4256 x 2848 pixels

LENS:
Nikon F

SHUTTER SPEEDS:
30-1/8000sec + Bulb

ISO:
Auto / Manual 100-3200

EXPOSURE MODES:
PASM (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter priority, Manual)

FLASH:
Built in, GN12m@ISO 100 Hotshoe (iTTL with Nikon SB600 / SB800)

METER:
3D Colour Matrix Metering II, Centreweighted, Spot

WHITE BALANCE:
Auto, 9 presets, Colour temperature

FOCUS:
11 AF points – Single Area AF, Dynamic AF, Group Dynamic AF, Dynamic AF with closest subject priority

VIEWFINDER:
95% coverage

CONNECTION:
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

VIDEO OUTPUT:
Still only

POWER:
Li-Ion, Optional AC Adaptor

STORAGE:
CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive

WEIGHT:
830g (without battery / card)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Canon 450D

Canon launches its latest D-SLR, the EOS 450D. Featuring a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 3.0” LCD with Live View mode and a new 9-point AF system, the model presents consumers with an unprecedented level of image quality and versatility at this end of the market. The Canon EOS 450D employs features already proven in Canon’s professional EOS-1 series cameras, including the DIGIC III image processor and a redesigned menu system that enables features such as direct control of Speedlite flash units from the camera LCD. A choice of 13 custom functions allows the photographer to customise the camera to their shooting style.



The Canon EOS 450D features:

  • Built for better photos

Built for better photos

The EOS 450D is designed to make photography a fluid experience for photographers of all levels and experience. Housed in a compact body that weighs less than 475 grams, the camera features an improved grip design that provides a natural, ergonomic fit with the user’s hands. A large, bright viewfinder makes image composition clearer and more comfortable. The menu system inherited from professional EOS cameras uses a simplified tab structure that does away with scrolling. It includes a user-defined My Menu tab for instant access to frequently used settings.

Several custom functions are available to optimise the quality of photos captured in a range of situations. Highlight Tone Priority boosts the dynamic range at the highlight end, providing better tonal detail from wedding dresses, cloudy skies and other bright objects. The new Auto Lighting Optimiser corrects brightness and contrast during image processing, while improving skin tones in portraits by ensuring correct exposure for faces. Photographers can also enable additional noise reduction for shots captured at high ISO speeds.

Live View

Available for the first time on a Canon consumer D-SLR, Live View mode makes it easier to shoot from awkward angles, such as ground-level macro shots or when shooting from a tripod. The image from the Live View mode is displayed as a smooth, 30fps video feed on the 3.0” LCD, which is 50% brighter than the screen of the EOS 400D. A grid line display and live histogram can be selected to help with shot composition and exposure. While focusing, the photographer can zoom in on specific details with up to 10x magnification of the image displayed on the LCD screen. Two types of auto focus are available: Quick AF flips the camera mirror momentarily to engage the AF sensor; Live AF uses the image contrast data to focus - a method familiar to anyone upgrading from a compact digital camera.

Specification:

Sensor:

• 12.2 million effective pixels
• 12.4 million total pixels
• 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
• 3:2 aspect ratio

Dust reduction:
• Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
• Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
• Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)

Image sizes:
• 4272 x 2848 (L)
• 3088 x 2056 (M)
• 2256 x 1504 (S)

Output formats:
• RAW (.CR2 14-bit *)
• RAW (.CR2 14-bit *) + JPEG Large/Fine
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine, Normal

Image processor:
DIGIC III

Lenses:
• Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
• 1.6x field of view crop

Focus modes:
• Auto Focus
• Manual Focus (switch on lens)

Auto Focus:
• 9-point CMOS sensor
• Cross-type F2.8 at center *
• AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)

AF modes:
• AI Focus
• One shot
• AI Servo

Shutter:
• Focal-plane shutter
• 30 - 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Bulb

Aperture values:
• F1.0 - F91 (0.3 EV steps)
• Actual aperture range depends on lens used

DOF preview:
Yes, button

LCD Live view:
• Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
• 100% frame coverage
• Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
• Best view or exposure simulation
• Grid optional (thirds)
• Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
• Optional Auto-focus with mirror-down / mirror-up sequence
• Two modes; normal and quieter
• Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
• Manual focus only

Record review:
• Uses last play mode
• Magnification possible
• 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold

Flash:
• Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
• Guide number approx 13
• Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
• X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
• Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)

External flash:
• E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
• Hot-shoe

Storage:
• SD / SDHC card

Power supply:
• Lithium-Ion LP-E5 rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1050 mAh)
• CR2016 Lithium battery (date/time backup)

Weight (no battery):
475 g (1.0 lb)

How to Get Professional Photos from your XSI

The reason photos are blurry, flat, or not very dynamic is due to a few factors.

1) inadequate lighting - low lighting, hard to distinguish subject matter from surrounding environment. Colors are flat, image lacks pop, often times when its past dusk and there is not enough available sun light. Can be rectified by the use of external lighting such as flash.

2) Poor focus - focus can be affected by inadequate light, the focus systems rely on adequate light to differentiate contrast. The focus system focuses via contrast phase detection, so adequate contrast and light is necessary for accurate focus.

3) Subject matter or camera shake blur - when an inadequate shutter speed is used, it will be hard to hand hold the camera or freeze subjects that are moving fast. Fast shutter speeds are required for action and hand held photography. For action / sport photography, a shutter speed of 1/500th or greater is almost always necessary.

Noise Reduction: When shooting in JPG mode, your camera will likely be applying noise reduction. Noise reduction softens digital noise introduced from high ISO sensitivy or underexposure of photos. Shooting in raw enables greater control in the balance between noise reduction and image sharpness. The end user can process the RAW file as they see fit.

Shooting in JPG:
If you are shooting in JPG, refer to my previous explanation of Picture Styles. These picture styles are user selectable options which change the sharpness, contrast, and other characteristics of your photos in camera on the fly while taking the photos. When shooting a JPG, the camera captures a raw file - compresses the data and processes it using its in camera algorithms and then discards the raw file saving only the JPG. Therefore JPG’s are already compressed, edited, and not extremely capable of being altered in post processing. You will want to maximize the results of your cameras inbody software if you are going to use it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. unveiled the FinePix S100FS (Film Simulation) digital camera, its most advanced SLR-styled camera to date. The FinePix S100FS provides an all-in-one solution for photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers seeking the manual controls and functionality of a Digital-SLR, without the hassle and expense of additional lenses and other accessories.




FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. unveiled the FinePix S100FS (Film Simulation) digital camera, its most advanced SLR-styled camera to date. The FinePix S100FS provides an all-in-one solution for photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers seeking the manual controls and functionality of a Digital-SLR, without the hassle and expense of additional lenses and other accessories.

Key features found on the FinePix S100FS include:

Optical Image Stabilisation: The FinePix S100FS features Fujifilm’s Optical Image Stabilisation technology to ensure clean, sharp and blur-free images, even in low-light conditions. This combines image stabilisation through a mechanically stabilised “floating” lens element to reduce blur from the photographer’s hand-shake, with Fujifilm’s Picture Stabilisation Technology, to reduce blur caused by subject movement, for the ultimate in stabilisation technology.
Multi-Bracketing function: The FinePix S100FS has three bracketing functions useful for high level photography: Film Simulation Bracketing, Dynamic Range Bracketing and AE Bracketing.
Comprehensive photographic controls: Including Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority exposure modes.
High-speed shooting: Reliable high-speed performance is possible through Fujifilm’s newly developed Super CCD VIII HR and the new RP (real photo) III Processor. At 3 Megapixels, a maximum of 50 continuous shots at 7 frames/second is possible. In addition, 14 scene settings and customer settings can be selected, as can four auto-focus modes offer convenient high-speed, high-precision shooting and focusing for a diverse range of conditions.
Image formats: Capture images in both JPEG and RAW format.
• Movie Mode: Movie mode with sound at 30 frames per second in VGA quality, and zoom capable with manual zoom ring while in movie mode.
xD/SD/SD-HC compatible slot: The FinePix S100FS features an xD/SD compatible slot which accepts not only Fujifilm’s traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SD-HC cards too.
2.5” tiltable LCD: The FinePix S100FS features a tilting 2.5” LCD that makes it easy to frame shots from a variety of shooting positions.

Specification:

Number of Effective Pixels:
11.1 million pixels

Image sensor:
2/3 inch Super CCD HR

Number of Recorded Pixels:
3,840 x 2,880 / 4,032 x 2,688(3:2 format) / 2,816 x 2,112 /2,048 x 1,536 /1,600 x 1,200 /
640 X 480 pixels

Storage Media:
Internal memory (approx. 25MB) /xD-Picture Card™ ( 16MB - 2 GB )
SD memory card/ SDHC memory card

File format:
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ),
Uncompresed CCD-RAW (RAF format, RAW conversion software included in CD-ROM),
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound,
Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)

Recording capacity (with 512MB xD-Picture Card):
Still images:
3840x2880 (RAW) - 22
3840x2880(F) - 93
3840x2880 (N) - 186
4032x2688(3:2) - 189
2816x2112 - 343
2048x1536 - 626
1600x1200 - 779
640x480 - 3194
Movie:
VGA (25fps) - 7.4 min.
QVGA (25fps) - 14.7 min.

Lens:
Fujinon 14.3X Optical zoom lens , F2.8 (W) - F5.3 (T)

Focal Length:
f=7.1mm - 101.5 mm, Equivalent to 28- 400 mm on a 35mm camera

Aperture Range:
F 2.8 -F 11 (W) F5.3 -F11 (T), max. 13 steps in 1/3 EV increment

Optical Zoom:
14.3X Wide (28- 400mm, 35mm equivalent)

Digital Zoom:
Approx 2.0X

Image Stabilizer:
Optical (Lens Shift Type)

Shutter Speed:
(AUTO mode) 1/4 sec to 1/4000 sec
(All other mode) 30sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb mode (up to 30 sec)

Exposure Control:
TTL 256-zones metering

Bracketing Mode:
Film Simulation BKT (PROVIA, Velvia, SOFT)
Dynamic Range BKT (DR100%, 200%, 400%)
AE BKT (±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV)

Exposure Mode:
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Shooting modes:
Mode dial : Auto, FSB, SP1, SP2, C1, C2, P, A, S, M, Movie
SP1: Nature, Nature-soft, Nature-Vivid, Flower
SP2: Portrait, Portrait - soft, Baby, Portrait Enhancer, Night, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Sport, Fireworks
FSB: Film simulation Bracketing,
C1/C2 : Custom setting position

Continuous shooting:
Top-7 (max 3 frames/sec, (CCD-RAW: Top-3)
High Speed Top-50, (max 7 frames/sec, 3M pixels)
Last-7 (max 3 frames/sec), (CCD-RAW: Last-3)
Long-Period (max 1.1 frames/sec)

Movie recording:
640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound

Self-timer:
Approx. 10 sec./2 sec.delay

ISO Sensitivity:
Auto / Auto (1600) / Auto (800) / Auto (400) /
Equivalent to 100 / 200 / 400 / 800/ 1600 / 3200 / 6400 /10000 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
* ISO6400: 6M pixels or lower, ISO10000: 3M pixels or lower (Number of recorded pixels)

White Balance:
Automatic scene recognition,
Preset [Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White) / Incandescent light], Custom

Video Out:
NTSC / PAL selectable

Digital input/output:
USB 2.0 High-speed

Power Supply:
NP-140 Li-ion battery(included) / AC power adapter AC-84V (sold separately)

Weight:
Approx.918g / 32.4 oz.
(excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)