Nikon's CoolPix S8000 Actually is Rather Cool

I'm always on the lookout for digicams that stand out from the crowd, and considering how crowded the marketplace is, most digicams tend to blend into the masses rather than stand out. An exception to this sad situation is Nikon's CoolPix S8000, a little hottie I've had an opportunity to tool around with for the past week or so. Clad in a brushed - but not brash-looking - red aluminum housing, the S8000 passes muster on several counts. First off, the camera features a 5.4 - 54mm/3.5-5.6 ED VR zoom lens that takes in the equivalent field-of-view of a 30-300mm lens.  Anybody looking for a good pocket-sized travel camera?

Diana Lenses for Video? Oh, Yeah!

Hey indie filmmakers! If your next flick calls for a wild dream sequence or soft focus under-the-influence, you should check out this little ditty from Lomographic. The Diana F+ Lens Adapter allows you to use the sweet, plastic-y goodness of a Diana lens on your video-enabled DSLR. Popular with fine art photographers and students, Diana glass plastic is bringing a new look to the moving image.

Nikon Rebate Bundles!

Been dreaming of some new Nikon glass? Need a body to go with it? Between now and March 27th, buy a new 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, 24-70mm f/2.8, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II, or 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 + a new Nikon DSLR and SAVE! There’re no coupons to clip, no forms to fill out - all rebates are instant!

New and Noteworthy Photo Gear

Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85/3.5G ED VR

Designed for use with Nikon DX-format (APS-C) imaging sensors, the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85/3.5G ED VR covers the angle-of-view (18º) of a 127.5mm short-telephoto lens on a full-frame (24x36mm) DSLR. The new lens focuses down to 10.8" (0.27 m) for sharp, life-size (1:1) reproduction of your subject.

New Nikon CoolPix Digicams

Just in time for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (and home of this year's World Tulip Summit) are a slew of new Nikon CoolPix digicams, which are available in a selection of styles and colors.

Nikon's D300s

The Nikon's D300s is an update of the company's popular D300 digital SLR camera, and like its predecessor, the D300s contains a self-cleaning 12.3Mp DX-format CMOS sensor, a dynamic 51-point Multi-CAM3500 autofocus system, and an EXPEED image processor. It is also notably faster and shoots 720p high-definition video. Wait one minute. Is that an arched eyebrow we detect?

Hands-on with Nikon's D3X

Nikon's newest offering, the D3X might best be viewed as a 'co-flagship' camera that compliments rather than supplants the Nikon D3. In terms of performance, appearance, and structure, both cameras exemplify state-of-the-art pro-quality DSLRs designed for two specific markets.The Nikon D3 is living proof you can

capture lush, full-bodied image files without sacrificing high performance levels. The new D3X is aimed at shooters seeking to capture image files that approach the sort of resolving power one expects from medium-format capture backs without sacrificing the handling and performance characteristics of a pro-quality '35 mm' DSLR.


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