The October 2004 COBA meeting featured a wrapup of the recent Photokina conference in Cologne, Germany, a preview of Canon’s latest products, including the Canon EOS-20D and the EOS-1Ds Mark II, and a demonstration on using graphics tablets.
There was a lot of DSLR news coming out of Photokina. In addition to the 16.7 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II being released from Canon, Nikon had its 12.4 megapixel D2X, Fuji had its 12.4 megapixel S3 Pro, Leica with its 10MP digital back for the R8 and R9, Olympus with the EVOLT E-300, and Mamimya with its amazing 22MP digital back. Epson was showing off the very-retro RD-1 digital rangefinder; it’s not a digital SLR, but it does have a DSLR-sized imaging sensor, which means the image quality from it should be quite good.
Jim Rose came up next to talk primarily about the Canon EOS-20D and the EOS-1Ds Mark II. Most of the people in the meeting had heard all about these cameras, so Jim basically fielded questions from the crowd. After handling the EOS-20D with the 17-85mm IS lens, I can say for a fact that I want one! It would have been the perfect travel camera to have taken to Europe last month.
Chuong and David finished the evening with a presentation on graphics tablets. Just this morning, I sold my Wacom 12×12 USB tablet on eBay. Tablets are very useful, but tablets as large as mine can be very unwieldy. I’ll probably be looking for a 6×8 or 4×5 in the future. One of the biggest feature of tablets is pressure sensitivity; it makes dodging and burning areas on an image so much easier than using a mouse.
One more thing from a meeting a couple of months ago. I gave a presentation on sensor cleaning and noise reduction and wanted to post some links to companies in those areas:
- Visible Dust (makers of the Sensor Brush)
- Kinetronics (makers of the SpeckGrabber)
- Photographic Solutions (makes of the Sensor Swab and Eclipse Fluid)
- Information on sensor cleaning
- ISOx Pro
- Neat Image
- Noise Ninja (recommended)
- Michael Almond great reviews of other noise reduction software packages
And now for some photos! Next month, we’ll have a comprehensive presentation on matting and framing your prints!