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October 2006 news and reviews

October 29
Olympus E-400 Japan Gallery

It's not often we post a gallery without a review, but the Olympus E-400 is in the unique position of not being available to around 60% of our visitors (those in North America). Because we have limited resources we have prioritize cameras which are available to all rather than a few (I have enough of those to last me until well into the New Year). So in this instance instead of a review we have provided a 46 image gallery taken in Japan.

October 19
Just posted! Samsung NV10 review
Just posted! Our review of the Samsung NV10, one of the new NV series of cameras from Samsung. The all black, metal body NV series was announced back in July and is a significant departure in design and build quality from the cameras Samsung had been known for. The NV10 has a ten megapixel CCD, three times optical zoom lens, MPEG-4 video and sensitivity up to ISO 1000. It's also ultra-slim at just 18.5 mm (0.72 in) 'thick'. See how the NV10 shapes up and how it performed against the competition.
October 14
Just posted! Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi review
Just posted! Our in-depth review of Canon's latest in the EOS xx0D / Digital Rebel series, the new EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi. With a ten megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, a three part dust reduction system, nine point Auto Focus, a new larger LCD and user interface the EOS 400D offers a range of improvements over the camera it replaces, the very successful EOS 350D. See how the EOS 400D performed in our tests and how it compared to the competition.
October 10
Just Posted! Panasonic DMC-LX2 review
Just Posted! Our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 review. A year after the innovative LX1 we have the LX2, which adds a 16:9 widescreen LCD to match the sensor, ups the pixel count to 10.2 megapixels and upgrades the processor to the latest Venus Engine III. There are also minor enhancements to the control interface and a new (low resolution) ISO 3200 mode. Find out what we thought - and if the LX1's flaws have been fixed - after the link...
October 6
Adobe Camera RAW 3.6 Beta
We were fortunate enough to get an early copy for use in our Nikon D80 review, now Adobe has decided to release Camera RAW 3.6 Beta for public download. This new release of the much praised RAW conversion plug-in adds support for the Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi, Nikon D80, Pentax K100D, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica D-LUX 3 and Leica Digilux 3. The Beta is available for both Windows and Mac platforms.
October 3
Nikon firmware for D200, D2X and D2Hs
Nikon has today issued firmware version 2.0 for three of its digital SLRs. The D200 gets support for the WT-3 wireless transmitter and image authentication via the menu (the use of which requires optional software). Updates to the D2X and D2Hs are far more extensive (probably the largest list of updates we've ever seen implemented by firmware) and include additional ISO settings on the D2X, auto-focus improvements, changes to menu options, new image processing options and playback information. Full details after the link.
October 1
Four new Zeiss lenses for Nikon F mount
Photokina 2006: Zeiss has announced no less than four new ZF series manual focus prime lenses for Nikon F mount. First come the Distagon T* 35 mm F2.0 and 25 mm F2.8 ZF lenses, promising fast wide angle. Next the Makro-Planar T* 50 mm F2.0 and 100 mm F2.0 ZF lenses, a combination of excellent, sharp macro performance and a very fast maximum aperture. These lenses range in price from US$824 (the two Distagon lenses) to US$1,749 for the Makro-Planar 100 mm F2.0.
HP Designjet Z Photo Printers
Photokina 2006: HP announced a new series of professional photo printers at Photokina in the shape of the Designjet Z2100 and Z3100.The HP Designjet Series is the first to use an embedded spectrophotometer using X-Rite's i1 Color Technology. It simplifies accurate colour-matching, enabling automated ICC profiling and HP Advanced Closed-Loop Colour Calibration. The Z2100 and Z3100 use 8-ink and 12-ink HP Vivera pigment ink system, respectively, and will be available in both 24-inch and 44-inch widths.
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4 lens
Photokina 2006: Carl Zeiss recently announced a totally unique 'monster lens', the built-to-order Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4 lens. Designed to be used with a Hasselblad 6x6 medium format camera this monster lens weighs in at 256 KG (564 lb) and uses unique methods for handling focusing (because of the weight of each glass element). This lens becomes the largest telephoto lens for non-military use anywhere in the world. The price hasn't been disclosed (although we've heard rumours) nor has the private owner, although some of the text on the lens is in Arabic and it carries a 'State of Qatar' emblem.