Digg Making Room for Photos

Seeing daily requests for photo integratation for those great Dugg pics, Digg is finally pulling the trigger and Digg Images are on the way:

In a conversation with Digg founder Kevin Rose tonight at The Lobby conference in Hawaii, he mentioned that Digg would be adding an Images category in a week or two, on top of the existing News, Video and Podcasts. This was originally mentioned in a Digg blog post back in August, and the launch is now eminent. Lots of images are already uploaded to Digg today; the new category, like video, will better organize the information. (via Tech Crunch)

[tags]digg, photography, images[/tags]


Pentax K100D Reviews and Resources

The Pentax K100D is a 6.1 MP entry-level DSLR. The K100D is compatible with any Pentax lens ever produced. The in-body Shake Reduction (.pdf fact sheet) means that you get image stabilization with every K-Mount lens out there. The K100D also features a 2.5″ LCD, an 11 point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors, ISO 200-3200 and 16-segment multi-pattern metering.
Reviews

Think Camera

A good-all round, entry-level contender with enough advanced features to keep enthusiasts happy too – especially if they have brand loyalty to Pentax and can make use of their existing stock of lenses. The K100D Super represents value for money par excellence!

DP Review

The clear step forward in image processing and the addition of Shake Reduction are enough to tip the K100D into our Highly Recommended category, this is the camera the *ist DS should have been and is a refreshing change from another strong Canon or Nikon.

Digital Camera Resource Page

Photo quality was excellent in most cases. The K100D took well-exposed photos with vivid colors and pleasing sharpness — this camera is clearly aimed toward the consumer set. Noise levels are nice and low through ISO 800, and ISO 1600 is still usable, with ISO 3200 only for desperate situations.

Imaging Resource

I have enjoyed my time with the Pentax *istD — I mean K100D. Yes, it’s going to take a little time for me to get used to the new/old name of the latest SLR from Pentax. I say “new” because they’ve finally left behind the ill-conceived *istD naming scheme that unnecessarily alienated so many. I say “old” because the K100D’s name so closely matches the long-running mechanical film SLR, the K1000. Due to the similar shape of the D, you can even mistake the two.

ephotozine

If you’re looking for your first digital SLR, the Pentax K100D is well worth a look. The Shake Reduction, easy controls SD card compatibility and lightweight design make this camera ideal for those looking for a step up from a compact digicam. Photographers who travel will also appreciate these features, as well as the ability to use AA batteries. Existing Pentax SLR owners may also wish to upgrade, whether it is from a film or earlier digital SLR.

Digital Camera Info

The Pentax K100D is just what an entry-level DSLR should be – simple to use and functional enough to take good pictures. Pentax deserves praise for putting such a good autofocus system in an inexpensive camera. The combination of the autofocus system and Shake Reduction system will increase the percentage of sharp shots for many users. The 3-zone autofocus systems in the Nikon D40 and Olympus’s DSLRs look pathetic in comparison, and their performance bears out that impression.

Luminous Landscape

In use, the K100 is totally, completely…okay. It won’t blow you away. Neither will it frustrate or dismay you. In fact, you may end up appreciating its tough, cheerful, scrappy can-do character.

CNet

With its built-in image stabilization and comfy mix of manual and automatic features, the Pentax K100D is one of the best dSLR bargains on the market.

Macworld

Because of its 6.1-megapixel sensor, you won’t be able to enlarge the K100D’s images as much as you could with a higher resolution camera, but for users who want a DSLR, and all of the flexibility that it provides, the K100D is a great entry-level camera at an unmatched price.

Digital Camera Review

Serious amateur shooters may have a few issues, but family snap-shooters, P&S digicam users just making the jump to a dSLR, student photographers, casual shutterbugs, and old timers with a collection of Pentax glass will appreciate the K100D’s reasonable price, robust construction, operational simplicity, use of available anywhere AA batteries, image stabilization, and solid performance.

Let’s Go Digital

The auto focus has become faster, and we daresay it was about time. The Pentax K100D now turns out to be pleasantly rapid to work with. A helpful function is the Shake Reduction. Perhaps not as effective as an image stabilisation in a lens, but certainly more than sufficient for most uses.

Official Pentax Resources

Pentax K100D Product Page

Download Manual

Download Literature

Download Digital PC Manual

Software Update

Firmware Update

Where to Buy

First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your camera through these links helps support this site.

[tags]pentax, k100d, review, dslr, digital camera[/tags]

Infringement Sucks

See how copyright infringement really adds up.

Lane Hartwell is frustrated with photo theft. Scott Beale echoes that sentiment.

An update on the Lara Jade case. More here.

Hot lips photo lands Pepsi in the hot seat.

Yet another teen has been humiliated by Virgin Mobile.

If it’s on Flickr, it’s free. Right?

A discussion on what to do with and how to protect your photos on the web?

Dianna’s photo stolen by CBS?

[tags]copyright, infringement, photo theft, photography, plagiarism[/tags]

Some Lightroom Tips

If you use Lightroom, you might find some of these tips useful.  The first two were news to me and I know I’ll be using this one:

if you press Shift-4, rather than just 4, it assigns a 4-star rating to the current photo and then immediately brings up the next photo

Thanks to Nycgraphix for the excellent post.  Enjoy!

[tags]lightroom, tips, help, faq, adobe[/tags]

An Open Letter to Hasselblad Photographers

For you medium-format photographers our there, I received the following email from Hasselblad today:

There have been several announcements from Hasselblad over the past several weeks, and I wanted to take a moment to write to our photographers and partners to make sure each of you are aware of all of them.

The New H3DII DSLR Family
In the past few weeks, we have been busy around the world launching our 4th generation medium format DSLR, the new H3DII family. Following in the footsteps of the H1D, the H2D, and the H3D; the H3DII is the continuation of a product line that is one of the most successful in Hasselblad history. In addition, we have this week announced our newest camera, the H3DII-39MS a multi-shot version of the H3DII-39. [Read more...]

Canon Refurbished Products

FYI, Adorama has a ton of new Canon “Refurbished” offerings.  There are some significant deals in here if you’re looking to save a buck or two, including a Canon 30D for $899 and a 70-200 f/4L for $499.  These deals never last long.  Good luck!

[tags]canon, lens, dslr, deal, refurbished[/tags]