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It is August again and all the big camera manufactures are getting ready for their big announcements. Nikon, Sony, and possibly Canon have major DSLR announcements scheduled for the end of the month with reports of consumer compacts sprinkled around those dates.
Adobe is now selling Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for only $150. There is no telling how long this deal will last.
Nikon has officially announced a press conference in several countries for August 24th. Typically such announcements are reserved for heavy increases in product offerings or for new DSLR cameras. Nikon could be announcing a D4, D400, or D800, all of which are due for replacement. Replacements for the aging D300, D700 and D3s have been rumored for some time. Nikon also typically will bring a new lens to the table to compliment a new DSLR camera.
Picasa Web Albums has been the best free sharing enabled cloud storage I have ever used. With large amounts of features with complete editing capabilities, Picasa offers a huge advantage over the more popular Flickr. Though relatively unknown to date, I expect Picasa to be widely adopted with the introduction of Google+ and will likely be a popular and increasingly updated method of storage and sharing.
Cloud storage is everywhere. From data backup, image sharing, music streaming, and even full operating systems, it is becoming difficult to find a company without it.
While the number of heavy users may be relatively small at the moment, expect this number to quickly increase with new music streaming options from heavy players like Google, Sony, and Apple, large increases in portable tablet sales, and even a push from Google for a completely cloud based OS.
There is an obvious lack of wide aperture lenses for Canon & Nikon’s 50mm equivalent focal length for cropped sensor cameras. While canon has some great L lenses in this category such as the 24mm f/1.4L and the 35mm 1.4L, these lenses are often over $1,500 placing them out of reach of most prosumer camera owners. Sigma has come to the rescue though offering quite a few lenses in this range, most notably though, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4.
Over the last several months, we have seen a number of DSLR cameras surface. What we have not seen is any movement on the prosumer/pro models of APS-C & Full frame cameras in recent years and as a result, there are quite a few rumors cerculating around on what to expect. Here are some basics of what to expect.
Regardless of your photographic abilities, we all have photos we need to store and share. Whether we are preserving memories, sharing new photos of our children or family, showing off some recent highlights, or demoing photographs for a client, we all have a need for networked storage.
Let’s face it, lenses get expensive. Great quality glass with a large maximum aperture does not come cheap, and purchasing a collection to cover a variety of focal lengths will quickly max out most budgets. Lets look at a couple tips to find lenses at a discount.