Sony A300 and A350 Available for Pre-Order

Looks like Amazon just listed the A300 and A350. I just pre-ordered the A350 w/ 18-70mm lens, so I’ll let you know what I think when it arrives. Currently, Amazon is showing availability dates in May for the A300 and April for the A350.

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Here’s the links:

Sony A300 w/ 18-70mm lens

Sony A300 w/ 18-70mm & 55-200mm lenses

Sony A350 (body only)

Sony A350 w/ 18-70mm lens

Sony A350 w/ 18-70mm & 55-200mm lens

Get more info on the Photography Bay resource pages for the A300 and A350.

[tags]sony, a300, a350, pre-order, availability[/tags]

Pentax K20D Specs Leaked

I’m not sure you call it a leak if they’ve been in the wild for as long as they have, but the ever-diligent crew over in the DPReview.com forums have purportedly lifted the K20D specs from a Russian Pentax distributor (I’m not making this up).  Anyway, here’s a quick rundown of the specs:

  • 14.6 CMOS megapixel sensor
  • 3 types of dust removal
  • ISO – Auto, fixed 100-1600 (standard values), manual 100-3200 with possibility of ISO6400.
  • 2.7″ display consisting of 230k pixels
  • LiveView
  • 12 bit RAW
  • 3fps – 9 RAW, unlimited JPEG
  • PC-contact for studio flashes
  • Same battery and vertical grip as K10D

If this stuff is really floating around on a distributor’s website (it was taken down when I checked), then I imagine we’ll hear something official in the next couple of days.  Stay tuned.

Watch the Pentax K20D page for the latest updates.

[tags]pentax, k20d, specs, rumors[/tags]

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS80

Panasonic LUMIX LS80SECAUCUS, N.J. (January 22, 2008) – Panasonic today introduced its newest LUMIX digital camera, the DMC-LS80, which features advanced, yet easy-to-use settings that help even the entry-level digital photographer take great photos. Encased in a compact design and powered by AA batteries, the LS80 offers convenience and increased usability. With a newly developed LUMIX DC VARIO lens system, 3x optical zoom and 8.1-megapixel high resolution, the LS80 is feature-rich and user-friendly digital camera, all at an affordable price. [Read more...]

Upgrading WordPress Software

Photography Bay is in the middle of upgrading has been upgraded to the lastest version of WordPress.  I think I caught all the goblins with couple of close calls.  If you see something funky going on with Photography Bay, sit tight let me know with a comment on this post.

Photo Contests Galore

Are you looking for photo contests to enter? Well, PhotoCompete.com is a site that keeps a running tally on all the current photo contests. You can check out all the active contests (58 at the time of this post) and even jump in on ones that are ending soon (better hurry, 24 are about to end). And follow the blog for the latest announced contests. Check out the goodies in this current contest:

Amateur Photographer, the world’s leading weekly photographic magazine, is launching a competition to give away a rare Leica model O replica kit in its Christmas issue, AP 22/29 December 2007.

The limited-edition kit was put together by Leica Camera AG to mark the 125-year anniversary of the death of Leica inventor Oskar Barnack. Worth well over £2,000, the special kit comprises a working replica of the original Leica model O 35mm camera and a ‘1 of 100’ archival print of a test photograph taken by Barnack himself during trials of his unique cameras.

So what are you waiting for? Enter now!

[tags]photo contest, photography[/tags]

Nikon D300 Rumors

Below is a chronology of the rumors leading up to the official announcement.There are some rumors floating around on the message boards of DPReview.com about a replacement for the Nikon D200:

The French newspaper Chasseur d’Images gives some information about a new body from Nikon which should replace the D200 in the last issue which came out this morning.

Main features:
-12-13 Mpix
-New image processor with integrated D-lighting
-better high ISO
- better AF system
- better battery management
It should be announced in the next days. (Read more. . .)

Also, a poster that purportedly states the replacement for the D200 is coming in fall 2007 . . .

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. . . albeit, in Chinese Japanese Chinese something other than English (see comments below) (thanks purefeel Sam). (Source)

UPDATE 8/1/07: More rumors that the Nikon D300 will be here September.

8/7/07: Rumors are heating up for the end of August time frame.

8/17/07: More confirmation on August 24th time frame (. . .with the D3 to boot).

8/21/07: A well done (i.e., photoshop) Nikon D300 spec sheet showed up in the rumor mill today.

8/22/07: More rumored specs of the Nikon D3 (16MP) and D300 (12MP) along with five new pro-level lenses.

[tags]nikon, d200, d200x, d300, replacement, news, rumors, announcement, d3, fall, dslr[/tags]

PENTAX INTRODUCES EASY-TO-USE, AFFORDABLE OPTIO E40 AND ULTRA-SLIM OPTIO M40

GOLDEN, CO. (July 11, 2007)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced two new lightweight, affordable compact digital camera models – the PENTAX Optio M40 and the PENTAX Optio E40.

With 8.0 megapixels, the PENTAX Optio M40 features an ultra-slim, sophisticated metallic body offering a 3X optical zoom and a large and easily viewable LCD monitor. The user-friendly Optio M40 also features Face Recognition and digital Shake Reduction.

The PENTAX Optio E40 is an affordable, entry-level compact digital camera also featuring Face Recognition technology and Digital Shake Reduction functions for high-resolution photography. This entry-level model accepts widely available AA batteries and is designed for simple and intuitive operation so that even beginners can enjoy photography effortlessly.

Priced at US $199.95, the PENTAX Optio M40 will ship in August 2007. The PENTAX Optio E40 will ship in September 2007 for US $149.95. [Read more...]