Admittedly, this camera is likely to be most people's "win-the-lottery” camera choice. The new Leica S2 Digital SLR will turn more than one head when you take a picture with it.
Like so many cameras carrying the Leica brand, the S2 will not come cheap. Pricing was not yet set at the time this article was written, but do not be surprised if the camera body alone retails for around $30,000. So, what do you get for this largess? The S2 is a 37.5 megapixel camera, with a sensor measuring 30 mm by 45 mm. In other words, the S2 has a medium-format sensor in a body roughly the same size as that of a 35 mm camera with the motor drive attached. The body is armored in the same manner as the Leitz binoculars.
Initially, Leica will only ship four lenses to attach to the body. These S-series lenses will range from a 28 mm wide-angle to a 180 mm telephoto. Undoubtedly, there will be other lenses, but we will have to await their announcement.
F. J. Wescott Company has offered lighting solutions to the professional photo and video markets for several years. Now, it has introduced a lighting solution so effective and simple that even a kid can use it.
The uLite Video Lighting Kit and the uLite Digital Photo Lighting Kit provide the photographer or videographer with light stands, soft boxes, photo-flood lights, green screens, royalty-free video clips or digital images, and an educational DVD. Aimed at the educational market, these two kits provide the budding photographer with the opportunity to create his or her own professional-quality digital images or videos.
Using software such as iMovie on the Mac or Adobe Premier Elements on the PC, your children could be well on the way to showing classmates that they did, in fact, spend their last vacation touring the lunar craters.
M-Rock Camera Bags has solved small problems for many photographers throughout their careers. We probably change camera bags and totes more often than our cameras and are always on the look-out for the best way to protect our investments.
M-Rock has eliminated that annoying little flap over the bag’s zipper. Intended to protect the zipper in inclement weather, that flap always seems to bind up just when you are about halfway through zipping up the bag. The new M-Rock bags have weather-proofed zippers to solve that problem.
But, let’s say that you couldn't avoid a rain shower during an outdoor shoot and you need to change a lens. The M-Rock bags have a little “raincoat” attached to a lanyard in the bag. This raincoat will permit you to shroud your camera and lens while you are switching lenses. And after you have made the switch, you can clean the replacement lens with a lanyard-attached cleaning cloth.
Olympus is once again filling out the E-Series line of digital SLR cameras. Olympus introduced the E-620 IS at the 2009 PMA trade show. Filling out the line between the E-520 and the E-30, the E-620 offers several interesting features.
The E-620 can be tethered to your computer so that you can use the Live View feature. What you point the camera at is what you see on your PC’s monitor. But if you don’t want to tether your camera, use the articulated 2.7" LCD monitor on the back of the camera. The E-620 uses the Olympus 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and is equipped with image stabilization.
Use that monitor to check out what the six Art Filters can do for your image. We especially like the grainy filter, with which images in black and white can have the appearance of Tri-X or Tmax 3200 film pushed several stops.
Canon introduced the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II printer at PMA 2009. This logical follow-up to its previous version, the Pro9500 Mark II, uses 10 pigmented inks from Canon’s Lucia ink-set to create images. Be sure you like the picture you print out on this printer–Canon has stated that if printed on the right paper, the prints should be around for at least 100 years.
Utilizing a three-picoliter ink drop, the Pro9500 Mark II can print photos on paper up to 13" by 19" in size. The maximum resolution is 4800 DPI by 2400 DPI, while black-and-white images are just as easy to print out as color images are (other printers require you to switch to new inks for black and white).
The Pro9500 Mark II will run on both Macs (Mac OS X 10.3.9 or more recent) and PCs running on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000. Along with the usual Canon software that ships with the printer, the printer also comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.
Panasonic has been making great strides in the digital SLR market with the introduction last year of the G-1. And at this year’s PMA 2009, Panasonic followed that introduction with the GH-1. The GH-1 is a 12.1 megapixel camera with a Live MOS four-thirds sensor. The sensor lends itself to capturing 1080p HD video at a full 24 frames per second (FPS). The camera ships with the VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH lens that allows for continuous auto focusing for the video capture.
This lens is the equivalent of a 28 mm–280 mm lens on a 35 mm format camera. You can view the images this lens captures on the 3", articulated monitor.
Since the advent of color photography, photographers have had to adjust their images for color temperature by making use of a gray card or color checker of some sort. Historically, these have consisted of various color and black-and-white paint chips or some form of printed material. Datacolor has introduced its new SpyderCube to assist the photographer with a durable, permanent test source.
The SpyderCube is spectrally neutral so it can accurately respond to all lighting conditions. It provides the photographer with reference values to verify and adjust RAW images. It accurately adjusts for shadow and highlight details, both indoors, outdoors, and in a studio.
When used in conjunction with other Datacolor products, the SpyderCube gives the photographer complete control of his or her shoots. The SpyderCube is priced at $59.
Photo printers are nothing new, and even all-in-one printers are old hat. But HP has just come out with the Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One, which provides you with photo-quality pictures without taking up desk space with a scanner or fax machine.
The Photosmart Premium can send and receive color and black-and-white faxes without your computer being turned on. It is equipped with a 50-sheet document feeder and can fax and scan two-sided documents.
It can print from Bluetooth devices, such as your cell phone or PDA, or use the built-in wireless or Ethernet connectivity. Photo prints can be generated in as little as 17 seconds, depending on size, with maximum sized prints up to 8 ½" x 11". Street price is expected to be around $299.