Nikon: exit from compact film cameras?
Things continue to be exciting in the film-to-digital transition in industry. I always tell people that they don’t have to switch to digital imaging right now, but they should be aware of what is happening so when they are forced to switch, they will be ready.
Excerpt from “Nikon Boosts Digital Cameras, Eyes Exit from Film”:
“Canon and Nikon control nearly all of the nascent digital SLR market. They are also the leading makers of film SLRs, but demand is declining due to a rapid switch to digital models.
“Kimura said Nikon had no plans to stop producing film SLRs, but that it may next year start considering pulling out of the film compact camera business due to a sharp plunge in demand.
“‘There is still the matter of timing, but eventually we will have to dissolve [the film] business,” Kimura said. ‘There really is no region in the world where you can do good business in compact film cameras anymore.’”
Ikelite SD10 Housing
There are no off-the-shelf housings for the Sigma SD9/10 DSLRs. Such a housing could not be cost-justified, given the volume of sales and the profile of the user-base In researching the options, it very quickly became clear that Ikelite would be the only reasonably-priced choice and for all practical purposes, the only choice. After some discussion with Ike and a review of the camera by his staff, it was determined that a custom housing could be done from their standard digital mold.
Ikelite/Sigma SD10 Review Posted
Wetpixel member Rick Decker has submitted a review of the Ikelite custom housing for his Sigma SD10. According to Rick: “There are no off-the-shelf housings for the Sigma SD9/10 DSLRs. Such a housing could not be cost-justified, given the volume of sales and the profile of the user-base In researching the options, it very quickly became clear that Ikelite would be the only reasonably-priced choice and for all practical purposes, the only choice. After some discussion with Ike and a review of the camera by his staff, it was determined that a custom housing could be done from their standard digital mold.”
Inon Support for the Canon Powershot S1
Inon Japan announced it will support the Canon WP-DC20 Housing for PowerShot S1 IS camera with the following accessories:
M67 Mount Base DC20
Optical D Cable/Cap W5 Set with Clear Photo Film
Grip Base DIII
Seaspace 2004 - Houston TX
We've posted a few photos from Saturday - the first day of Seaspace 2004. Believe it or not, this is the 35th year of Seaspace! Things are very busy as I gave a Seminar today and Eric and I are giving our Digital Workshop tomorrow, so I'll just post the photos, with the full feature and photo captions to follow.
Portable Digital Backup Devices
Safari photographer and good friend Andy Biggs sent us a great link that compares various portable digital backup devices. Currently, 28 portable devices are listed and 14 of them matched up against each other by transfer speed and battery life. The author is a photography enthusiast named Frederic Houde.
New York Times, Digital Underwater
A year ago, Douglas David Seifert took a photo with his Canon D60 that became the first digital cover for Dive Magazine. In tomorrow’s New York Times, the Science section will feature a story on the annual snapper spawning ritual in Belize, which will contain two digital underwater images of whale sharks, also taken by Douglas. One was snapped with a Canon EOS D60, and the other with a Canon EOS 1Ds.
Also be on the lookout for the current issue of Nature’s Best, which – surprise! – features both film-based and digital whale shark photos by Mr. Seifert.
BBFS PIT Journal 2003 Updated
The old Bimini Biological Field Station Lemon Shark PIT Tagging feature was for some reason missing week 3’s journal. I’ve updated the coverage to include it!
- Think Tank Photo releases massive Logistics Manager 30 rolling… (via )
- Air Pacific/Fiji Air exposed as shark fin trafficker (via )
- Adobe releases Camera Raw release candidate 8.1 (via )
- Red Sea moon jelly gallery (via )
- John Kerry and Arctic Council to meet today (via )
- Panasonic updates 12-35mm f2.8 X lens to firmware version 1.2 (via )
- Nikon announces 1 system 32mm f1.2 lens (via )
- Zombie worms feast on whale bones (via )
- Senegal begins marine conservation project (via BBC)
- Atmospheric CO2 reaches 400 parts per million (via BBC)