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Nikon D5100 Review @ Camera Labs

Mon May 30, 2011

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

The Nikon D5100 is a DSLR I can Highly Recommend if you want a step-up from a budget model, fancy a relatively pain-free introduction to DSLR video, or simply desire the D7000′s quality at a cheaper price.

We’ve added another Nikon D5100 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

Camera Labs has published his review of the Nikon D5100, an entry-level Family digital SLR camera with 16.2MP (23.6 x 15.6mm APS-C CMOS), PASM, Guide Mode, Scene Modes, Scene Auto Selector, Active D-Lighting, 11-point AF, 3.0-in. Vari-angle LCD (921K-dot), RAW, Live View, High Dynamic Range, Continuous Shooting 4fps, and Full HD 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps with stereo sound.

You can read the Nikon D5100 review at: Camera Labs.

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Articles

Can The $99 NoteSlate Revolutionize Notetaking?

Mon May 30, 2011

NoteSlate

NoteSlate

How many times have you reached for a blank piece of paper to scribble a note, sketch a drawing, explain a homework assignment or present a concept? Now imagine an etch-a-sketch with a twist: it allows you to write and draw with a stylus (or type using an optional keyboard) just like you’d do with pencil and paper. The stylus has a pointed tip like a pencil and the other end is the ” eraser.” The screen of the NoteSlate has 1080×760 pixels resolution, but only 1 bit, i.e. only one color. It accepts a SD card, has a USB port, and a phone jack. Think of it as the modern-day electronic equivalent of the pencil and paper. What else could be simpler?

NoteSlate

NoteSlate

In this age of the iPad, is there a place for a simple device like the NoteSlate? I believe so. However, at $99, it is a bit pricey for a simple scratchpad. It would be great if the developers used an open-sourced OS to allow other developers to add features to it. Who knows, maybe the NoteSlate could become a viable competitor to the Kindle and even the iPad.

NoteSlate

NoteSlate

Note: The NoteSlate is expected to be available in June 2011 but there is no indication as to the exact date yet.

Learn more at: NoteSlate.

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Articles

Should You Buy A Cheap Or Name-Brand Wireless Flash Trigger?

Mon May 30, 2011

There’s an interesting article over at Improve Photography on whether you should fork out the money for a name-brand wireless flash trigger — or save hundreds with a cheap alternative.

For me, flash sync speed is one of the main reasons why you’d want to use a wireless flash trigger during outdoors portrait shooting: to be able to use a fast shutter speed and therefore a large aperture for shallow depth of field in bright sunlight. There are 4 other reasons listed to help you decide which way to go.

Read the article at: Improve Photography.

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Interviews

Interview with Professional Wedding Photographer Christian Oth

Mon May 30, 2011

There is probably nothing that terrifies us the most as amateur photographers than when our friends ask us to stand in as a backup photographer — or even be the main photographer — at their wedding. It’s about knowing what pictures to take and the sick realization that this is a once in a lifetime event that we dare not botch. Fortunately, help is available from professional wedding photographer Christian Oth who shares his secrets to making incredible wedding photos in this interview.

Read the interview at: popphoto.

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Fun Stuff

Famous Paintings Reduced To Their Basic Colors

Mon May 30, 2011

What happens when you take paintings from the masters and reduce them to their most basic colors? British artist Arthur Baxton did just that and famous paintings by the likes of Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh and Gaughin are reduced to colorful pie charts. It gives you a good idea of what color palettes the painters preferred to use. I happen to like Matisse and his bright colors.

Read the article and view more ” paintings” at: fastcodesign.

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Videos

The City Limits Timelapse

Mon May 30, 2011

Timelapse – The City Limits from Dominic on Vimeo.

Dominic Boudreault created this beautiful timelapse video from a composite of pictures taken from late 2010 through early 2011 from different locations, including:
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Quebec city, Quebec, Canada
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Manhattan, New York, USA
- Chicago, Illinois, USA

I especially like the silky smooth movements compared to so many timelapse where the movements are jerky.

Here is a MSNBC interview on his techniques.

Equipment:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Canon lenses: 14mm 2.8, 24mm 1.4, 135mm 2.0, and 70-200mm 2.8 IS
Support: Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff head

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Behind The Scenes, Videos

Shooting Blue Marlin Behind The Scenes

Mon May 30, 2011


From hydraulicphoto

Marc Montocchio gives us a behind the scenes look at what it took to get still images of a free swimming Blue Marlin in St. Thomas.

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Featured Site

The Amazing Iron Artwork of Mattia Trotta

Mon May 30, 2011

"come bambini come fratelli" Courtesy copy; Mattia Trotta

"come bambini come fratelli" Courtesy copy; Mattia Trotta

Our Featured Site is that of artist Mattia Trotta. His study in industrial mechanical engineering, specializing in technology and industrial production, reflects his approach to the world of visual arts. He leverages his technical expertise and knowledge of materials, to shape iron wires into works of art.

Visit Our Featured Site: Mattia Trotta.

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Vintage Leica Sells for $1.9M

Sun May 29, 2011


From WestLichtVienna

You don’t have to understand German; just watch the number at the top right of the screen, the one in “Euro.” At the 1M Euro mark, people in the audience turn to see who it is. You could place your bid by being present in the room or place it by phone. Eventually, the Leica camera was sold for 1.1M Euro which is equivalent to $1.9M using the conversion rate on the day of the sale.

Leica 0-Serie 1923

Leica 0-Serie 1923

According to AP, this Leica is the most expensive camera ever sold. The bid started at euro200,000 ($286,000) and eventually went to a private Asian collector.

I kind of seriously doubt modern-day Leicas will ever be worth that much in the future.

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