TWiP #155 – More is More: Medium Format DSLRs

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Medium format DSLRs, Nikon projects, And TWiP gets “Twitty” with it…

Host: Frederick Van Johnson, Ron Brinkmann, and Joseph Linaschke


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Phase One: All the Camera $55K Can Buy
Phase 1 announced new medium format cameras.
Frederick asks the question if medium format cameras are important to the TWiP audience.
These larger cameras also create larger images which require larger storage and larger backup solutions.

Nikon Rumored to Be Working on Second Projector Camera with Video-In Capability
Rumored to contain video projector in the camera to project images on a wall.


Q: Listener Rob writes: Can you recommend recreational scuba gear for about 100+ feet use. Underwater camera gear for my D90 DLSR and my point-n-shoot I’ve seen are around $1,300 and $600, not counting the flash.

Ron: I haven’t done much with this. You can buy some cameras that are waterproof but they are limited to how deep you can dive. I think I’ve seen cheaper solutions for the Canon G10 but the cases may be limited to the particular cameras. My recommendation would be to go with a good point-n-shoot like the G10 and get a branded housing.

Q: Listener Lucas writes:  I’m pretty new to photography coming from a graphics design background and have worked with musicians and their artwork, be it album, poster, or tee-shirt art. I found myself borrowing my friends camera to shoot some band pictures. I bought the Rebel T2i with the kit lens. As I’m shooting a lot of portraits I was wondering what would be a good lens to enhance portrait shooting?

Joseph: You want a fast lens. A 50 mm 1.4. or 1.8 would be good for low light. Since it’s a crop-sensor camera that would give you about 80 mm.

Q: Listener Adam writes: Do you have a recommendation for taking microscopic features? I’m trying to decided between a dedicated USB microscope or an adapter to fit my SLR to my high school microscope. Could someone explain numerical aperture and how it affects image quality in microscopic?

Joseph: I did a Google search and found a USB microscope with 200x magnification for $50. Adapters for DLSR start at $100 for the same 200x. Unless your are doing this for a living I would go with the USB microscope. Ron adds that the USB microscope sensors may only be 1 megapixels may limit what you can do with the images. Aperture numbering for microscopes would be the same as for any camera.


Ron – and are good sites for rumor news.

Joseph – Canon PowerShot D10 — waterproof and shockproof camera. Good to a water depth of 33 feet.

Frederick – “15 Tips on File Management in Aperture 3” by Joseph Linaschke. Also for $5 ebooks.


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