Friday Link Dump

Check out this photo contest that was won without a camera.

Photographers and reality TV. Seriously. Get the “Money Shot.”

The Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is now in stock at Amazon.

A nice hands-on review of the [tag]Fuji S5[/tag] by Ryan Brenizer with the good and the bad.

The new [tag]Nikon D40x[/tag] gets some serious praise in a review at pixinfo.com.

Take a look at why lens speed matters.

Check out some great fashion and portrait photography at static.

Need a lens that you can’t afford for a shoot? Consider renting it.

Read the review of the $2000 (retail – it’s $1600 at Amazon) [tag]Panasonic DMC-L1[/tag] DSLR with the wicked Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS kit lens.

See the 10 Strangest Cameras.

[tag]Memory card[/tag] getting full while you’re out shooting? Don’t worry. Just get another one from a vending machine.

Got some time to kill? If you’re interested in the more technical aspect of [tag]Canon[/tag] lenses, check out Bob Atkins’ list of Canon Technical Reports.

If you’re spending a lot of time in [tag]Photoshop[/tag] doing the same tasks over and over again, then you should really learn how to create your own actions and save some of that time for shooting photos.

If you like browsing through photos at flickr, you’ll love flickr combat.

If you’re really bored this weekend, you can help Google by labeling some images.

[tags]digital camera, lens, photography, flickr, google, fuji[/tags]

Nikkor DX kit lens group test: 18-55mm vs 18-70mm vs 18-135mm vs 18-200mm VR


Camera Labs tests all of Nikon’s kit lens offerings.  This was a great idea for a comparison.

Since many owners end up using their first lens for some time, or even the entire lifespan of their camera body, it’s clearly important to choose the right one from the start. In this group test we’ll examine the four most popular lenses bought with Nikon DSLRs, whether the official kit models, or popularly bundled alternatives. All are DX models which means they’ll work with any Nikon DSLR, from the entry-level D40 to the professional D2X. They’re also all AF-S models which means they’ll auto-focus when fitted on the latest D40 and D40x bodies.

Head on over to see the results.

Nikon D3 (if it comes) Won’t Have a Full Frame Sensor

Nikon “clarified” their full frame policy by stating that Nikon won’t be making a full frame sensor DSLR anytime soon. Translation to Nikon D3 rumor-mongers (*cough, yours truly): If the Nikon D3 comes this year, it’s not gonna have the previously-rumored full frame sensor.

Amateur Photographer has the story on this latest update in the Nikon D3/pro-level DSLR rumor-mill:

Nikon has never ruled out the development of a full-frame digital SLR, but has no immediate launch plans, the company told us during discussions following persistent rumours on AP’s website forum.

Jeremy Gilbert, Nikon’s group marketing manager (pictured), said that if the firm decided to make such a camera it would first need to meet the appropriate quality-to-price ratio. In other words, it would have to be the right quality at a price able to compete in the market. Read more . . . .

No other news on the Nikon D3 or Canon 40D front. As always, I’ll keep you posted when it comes in.