The Great Camera Shootout 2011

Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2011

Zacuto’s 3-part documentary, The Great Camera Shootout 2011, is now out with all 3 parts online.

The camera lineup includes the 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film, Arri Alexa, RED ONE M-X, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 7D and Nikon D7000.

Part I ‘The Tipping Point’ tests dynamic range, under-exposure and over-exposure: [Read more...]

Mastering the Nikon D7000 – New Book

Mastering the Nikon D7000

Mastering the Nikon D7000 is a new book from Darrell Young.  “The book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option.”

Mastering the Nikon D7000 retails for $34.95; however, it is currently available for $19.22 on or the Kindle version for $9.99.

Firmware Friday: Nikon D7000, Fuji 3D W3, Leica S2

Camera     Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Nikon D7000 version 1.01 – “Bright spots were sometimes noticeable with live view mode or movie recording of especially dark scenes or subjects. Occurrence of this issue has been reduced.” [Nikon Website]

Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W3 version 1.10 – “In [HD][1280] movie recording mode, Economy mode [HD][1280]E) can be selected. In this Economy mode, movie quality for long period is optimized. For long continuous recording of 3D HD movies, Economy mode setting is recommended.” [Fuji Website]

Leica S2 version – “The FW firmware update enables a multitude of enhanced camera functions.” [Leica Website - login required]

Apple Issues Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5

Apple Aperture 3

Apple has updated its Camera RAW compatibility to version 3.5 and extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ‘11 for the following cameras:

  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • Leica D-Lux 5
  • Leica V-Lux 2
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

The update is available via OS X system updates or via Apple’s Support Site.

Nikon D7000 Availability Update

Speaking of the Nikon D7000 . . . .  B&H Photo now has the D7000 “available for pre-order,” which (as many of you may know) means B&H will have real stock of this camera very soon.

B&H doesn’t do long lists of pre-orders that take months to fill.  Instead, they only open up the pre-order list when stock is confirmed and then shut it down when stock runs out.

Here’s the link while it lasts:  Nikon D7000 w/ 18-105mm lens at B&H