Nikon Announces D50 and 2 New AFS-DX Lenses
A few weeks ago, after an information leak, Nikon announced that they would release details for two new cameras on April 20th. Today, we learn about the new cameras, as well as two new lenses. The D50 is an entry level DSLR, aimed at the niche filled by the Canon 300D and 350D. It uses the same 6 megapixel sensor as the D70 but is smaller, less expensive, and only sports one command dial (much like the original Drebel). The two new lenses are the 18-55 AFS DX and the 55-200 AFS DX - both of which are not fast or stabilized, but do have the silent wave motor. This new camera does not look compatible with D70 housings, and it’s also notable that there is only an SD media slot - no compact flash.
French book on Digital Underwater Photography
Wetpixel members Isabelle and Amar Guillen have recently sent us details of their new book “Digital Underwater Photography: a practical guide”. The book is the first in french dedicated to underwater photography with digital cameras (both SLR or compact systems are covered). The book is aimed at both the beginner as well as the more advanced underwater photographer planning to move over to digital photography. At this time the book is only available in French, but they are hoping to offer an English language version in the future.
Jon Gross Published in Xray Magazine
Last week we reported that Jack Connick’s work was featured in X-Ray magazine. We found out that not only was one Wetpixel member featured, but that another - Jon Gross had a portfolio published, as well as upcoming work in the next issue.
New Italian Digital Photography Book
Italian Publisher Digital Life Style has just released a new book “Fotografia subacquea per turtisti digitali” by Enzo Borri. This book, only available in Italian at present, includes chapters on the basics of digital photography, underwater light and optics, camera maintenance, composition, filter photography and post processing. The book is in full colour and is 128 pages long. It costs Euros 11,90.
Wetpixel Member Martin Heyn - Scubadiving Photographer of the Week
Wetpixel member Martin Heyn (aka NWDiver) was selected as Scubadiving.com’s photographer of the week. You can view some of Martin’s photos, along with image capture and equipment data on their website. Congratulations to Martin for this recognition.
25th California Beach Dive Photo Competition
The 25th California Beach Dive Photo Competition will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, 2005 in Monterey, California. The event is sponsored by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society.
Underwater photographers shooting either film or digital images are welcome to compete for the honor of winning and a great selection of prizes.
All diving has to be done from the beach: NO BOATS, which is a great equalizer. All shooting is on Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pick up registration materials in the morning, shoot, return film or download digital images in the afternoon.
There’s a great dinner party Saturday night, film shooters select entries Sunday morning, awards ceremony and prize selection is 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Prizes include trips to to exotic dive locations and great dive gear.
Wetpixel Member Todd Mintz - Inon Artist of the Month
Long-time Wetpixel member Todd Mintz is featured as Inon America’s Artist of the Month for April. Todd’s photos from the Bahamas, British Columbia, and Indonesia are proudly displayed with photo and equipment commentary. According to Todd: “I relish the challenge to improve and adapt to the new situations that underwater photography provides. I feel it is a continual learning process. Each situation, setting and subject is different and requires practice, thought and a little luck. If I am lucky enough, and all the elements come together I may capture that photograph that was in my minds eye when I originally planned the trip. That said I also realize that it takes many people to make a great photograph. I have been fortunate to have been around some great underwater photographers who have been extremely gracious to impart bits of wisdom and experience my way.”
Canon 350D Review Posted at Dpreview.com
Check out Phil Askey’s review of the Canon 350D “RebelXT” at DPreview. This camera received a “Highly Recommended” rating and looks like a considerable improvement over the first Digital Rebel. The review contains sample images and Phil’s image noise comparison table. Also included is a “rollover” image, showing the body differences between the older and new Digital Rebel cameras.
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