German optics are famed for their precision engineering and beautiful lens coating that can affect the sharpness of pictures. But have you ever wondered how the insides of a Leica or Carl Zeiss lens look?
At the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin in Germany, there is a side exhibit of antique German cameras. But what makes these pieces so intriguing is that some of these items have been sawn lengthwise in half to show the all nitty-gritty--small but important components that make the handling and operation of the optics so smooth. Think of it as similar to the Body Worlds showcase, except … Read more
Normally I wouldn't recommend buying directly from a manufacturer's Web site unless that was the only way to buy a product. However, it looks like "Cyber Monday" may be an exception to that rule--at least in the case of SanDisk, which is offering some significant discounts on its flash memory.
For example, an 8GB Ultra II SDHC card that regularly goes for $49.99 is cut to $20.99. The price of a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo is cut in half, down to $19.99.
If you take more pictures with your phone than your … Read more
Though almost everything you need to know about the new Nikon D3X leaked Friday, the 24.5-megapixel dSLR Nikon dubs its "extreme professional" model formally debuts today, November 30. What didn't leak was the price: $7,999.95. Start saving your pennies now.
There's quite a bit of speculation as to how similar the sensor in the D3X is to that in the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900; Nikon says it's "a Nikon designed sensor" that may (or may not) be manufactured by Sony, which usually means they're pretty similar. However, the A900's … Read more
Thanks to a campaign of print BIG teaser ads (which may not even have been about this camera, but sparked the hunt for info) and a premature posting on Nikon's Web site, in addition to the usual Web rumormongerings, the Nikon D3x will probably go down as the worst kept digital camera launch secret of 2008. So it's not surprising that readers of the European Nikon Pro magazine were treated this morning to a premature disclosure about the Nikon D3X.
The Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD can be had for as low as $219.99 (from a reputable dealer, no less). That's really cheap inexpensive when you start adding up its feature list, which includes a 15x f3.5-5.4 27.6-414mm-equivalent lens, optical image stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD, as well as a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder, 10-megapixel resolution, and the ability to capture HD video clips up to 15 minutes long at 1,280x720 (720p).
But its feature set isn't on par with its photo quality and that's where the S2000HD comes up short. That's not … Read more