Archive for July, 2008

The FINEPIX Z200fd GLAM CAM from FujiFilm

July 31, 2008

Fujifilm today announced the launch of the 10 Megapixel FinePix Z200fd, the latest addition to its popular range of ultra-slim, metal-bodied, high performance compact digital cameras.

Despite being only 19.8mm thick the FinePix Z200fd is packed with state-of-the-art technology including a 5x Fujinon optical zoom lens, Fujifilm’s acclaimed Face Detection technology, intelligent red-eye removal and Dual Image Stabilisation, as well as two brand new self-timer modes: Couple Timer and Group Timer.

FUJIFILM Global | FinePix Z200fd

No to long ago compact digital cameras on the market used to compete with who had more megapixels, today it’s about how much can fit into something so little.  The FujiFilm Z200FD addresses the needs of today’s digital photographer as well as adding some style to the substance.  This high performance 10 megapixel compact body boasts a 5x optical zoom, a spacious 2.7-inch display, and is also available in 4 stylish colors (shown above).

Look deeper into this sleek 20mm body and you will find the Z200FD is more than just glamourous looks and a large LCD screen.  Enjoy your photo experience with various functions: Blog and Auction modes, Wireless Communication, Folder Management, and Slideshow with Music in addition to other traditional FujiFilm digital features.

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Adobe’s Lightroom 2 Targets Avid Shutterbugs

July 29, 2008

Adobe Systems has begun shipping Lightroom 2, the latest version of its software toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. The new program supports 64-bit operations on Macintosh computers equipped with Intel processors running for Mac OS X 10.5, as well as PCs running Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems, Adobe said.

With the release of Lightroom 2, photographers now have access to flexible camera profiles — the visual starting points for establishing image preferences governing the raw processing workflow.

Top new features

  • Local adjustment brush
  • Enhanced organizational tools
  • Volume management
  • Extensible architecture
  • Multiple monitor support
  • Flexible print package functionality
  • Streamlined Photoshop CS3 integration
  • Enhanced output sharpening
  • 64-bit support for Windows® and Mac OS


Adobe once again is answering the demands of today’s digital photographers.  With Adobe Lightroom 2 photographers will have the ability to edit, catalog, and print images easier then ever. Now you can enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop software for streamlined use of Smart Objects, panorama stitching, high dynamic range (HDR) functionality, multiple layer workflow, and more. See your edits automatically updated in Lightroom 2 allowing less time infront of the computer and more time behind your camera.

Adobe – Photo Management Software – Photoshop Lightroom.

Fast 50mm Lenses for Available Light Photography

July 7, 2008

Another digital essential that resides in my camera bag is a fast, versatile, affordable, lightweight Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens (effective focal length of 75mm on my Nikon D300). A fast prime lens of this focal length is great for available light applications whether used indoors or outside as an event lens or as a fast portrait/travel/landscape lens.

I enjoy working with short telephotos in the classic portrait range of 70 to 135mm (50 to 85 mm on a cropped sensor DSLR). These are my favorite focal lengths because they allow me to crop my images tightly eliminating distractions and wasted space. In addition, the natural perspective, distortion free images created by theses lenses are in tune with my personal vision and how I see the world.

The shallow depth of field (DOF) produced by this lens at apertures of f1.4 through f2.8 will enable you to artistically blur backgrounds and place emphasis on your main subject. Brokeh (the rendition of out of focus areas) is almost as good as Nikon’s more expensive portrait lenses, namely the 85mm f1.8.

In addition to the shallow DOF characteristics as described above, this fast short telephoto (on a cropped sensor digital camera) can be used to stop action or subject movement even in low light without having to resort to flash or use high ISOs. This is a very valuable feature that’s useful in all types of photography.

Optical performance is amazing, especially when stopped down to f2.8 and below. At f1.4, the lens is a good performer and is capable of producing sharp photos. Stopping down to f2.0 results in snappier images with better contrast. When set at f2.8, my results were terrific, with outstanding optical quality and a very attractive DOF. For distance shooting, an aperture of f8 to f11 produced tack sharp, highly detailed images with great color and contrast.

The 50 f1.4 is a fantastic low-light companion lens to have in your bag, especially if you are using one of the slower aperture multi-purpose zooms.

Nikon D300, Nikon 50mm f1.4 @f8