Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Nikon D3 any time soon now.

The Nikon rumour mill is in full force with the prediction of a high MP 1.1x or 1.13x crop factor D3 being announced at PMA. We know that the D3h is overdue, but maybe they're swapping which comes out first this time? Or dropped the x/h separation?

Check my post on flickr.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Stunt Junkies 171 foot Rally Car Jump

Ken Black does 171' rally jump in his production class rally car.


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Playstation 3s Not Selling!

Not Selling
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Shocking! Costco got a crate full of PS3s less than two months after launch. It took them over 4 months to get a small number of XBOX 360s which sold out fast after that lunch.

Not only that, but there is a stack of XBOX 360s right beside this PS3 stack, and it's got a few slots empty.

Apparently I could make a lot of money off this.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

US Corporations lie about Canadas Copyright stance

So the US Media giants are at it again. In a recent Globe and Mail article US organizations are quoted talking about how horrible Canada is when it comes to cracking down on those bad pirates. The reality is that we're doing just fine. The USA is just pushing their laws on the rest of the country to protect their corporations failing business models. The biggest lie in this piece is the following:

"Canada remains far behind virtually all of its peers in the industrialized world with respect to its efforts to bring its copyright laws up to date with the realities of the global digital networked environment," the group argued in its submission.

What? What Peers are they talking about? The only country that has draconian copyright laws is the United States. Our governments job is not to protect outdated business models.

Michael Geist has a great response to this article.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Web 2.0 all over again.

I hate the term Web 2.0. It's just grates me. I mean it's not really a revolution, like most applications changing version numbers. But I did really enjoy this:

Monday, February 05, 2007

Nikon D200s or D300 DSLR coming soon?

If you look at Nikons release dates for their DSLR line, you'll notice that they release a new or updated version of a body about every 18 months.

See Table below, this Blogger template pushes it down

OK, so it's not that clear that it's 18 months. In the D1x/h -> D2x/h it was several years jump. Same with D100 -> D200.
But things have changed since back then. Is the D200s or D300 due out this Spring?

D11999/06/15initial model
D1X2001/02/0518 months since D1
D1H2001/02/0518 months since D1
D1002002/02/21initial model
D2H2003/07/2229 months since D1H
D702004/01/28initial model
D2X2004/09/1643 months since D1H
D2Hs2005/02/1618 months since D2H
D70s2005/04/2016 months since D70
D502005/04/20initial model
D2002005/11/0144 months since D100
D2Xs2006/06/0120 months since D2x
D802006/08/0916 months since D70s
D402006/11/1619 months since D50
D200s / D3002007/05/01projected 18 months
D3hOverdueprojected over 23 months
D3x2007/12/01projected 18 months

Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Panasonic (or why not to get the Nikkor 18-200mm)

Panasonic today announced the new DMC-TZ2 and DMC-TZ3.

I have not used this camera. The fact that we have a camera this small, with a 10x optical zoom is amazing though. It's also got OIS, which is one of the only image stabilization systems that actually works in compacts (vs. Nikons VR and Canons IS which work fine in SLRs, but not compacts). This lens also starts at a 28mm equivalent field of view on 35mm which should be the new basis for compacts, not the traditional 35-36mm.

This, and cameras before it, are why I don't recommend lenses like the Nikkor 18-200mm. Those lenses are not great. They just have a very nice zoom range. Users who buy it usually say something along the lines of "This lens allows me to travel compact as it's the only lens I need". Well, then why not just get one of these? It's smaller and cheaper than the lens. You also get a whole nother camera out of it. Sure, a Nikon DSLR + Nikkor 18-200mm will take better pictures. But not by much.

Winter Reds (Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI impressions)

Winter Reds
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So, with winter comes a slow down in photos. (not helped by my lack of camera gear). Still, I managed to get out for a walk at lunch and snap some photos.

I'm really impressed with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4. This lens is from the day when lenses were crafted, not mass produced.
At close focusing distances, and wide open, this lens DOF is really shallow. Allowing you to create excellent subject isolation. it's field of view is just rite for a walk around lens on film.

Speaking of film, I've gone to using the cheapest film I can find. Currently "Life Brand" film from Shoppers Drug Mart. Combined with $2.99 Processing to CD (no prints), it makes for an economical way to shoot film.