August 23, 2009

(rt) Photography: The End of (MPx) War & More

  • Megapixel War Is Over (If You Want It): New Canon G11 features 4 MPx fewer than its predecessor. I think that’s great, but what a challenge it must be to market “Now with 35% less resolution!” to average consumers. (via Bryan O’Neil Hughes)
  • Always-on cameras” (of which the new iPhone may have one) = Way cool.
  • A MacGyver-style camera ring light for $5? Photojojo tells How to Light With LEDs.
  • offers free DNG profiles for Canon, Panasonic, Olympus. (Haven’t tried ’em & can’t offer eval) (via Eric Chan)
  • Photo quote o’ the day: “The best camera is the one you have with you and which has a f/1.4 normal prime.” — Neven Mrgan
Posted by John Nack at 6:57 AM on August 23, 2009


  • Eric — 8:15 AM on August 23, 2009

    Boy howdy, this is good news. Canon finally has regained their senses. Many of us have been telling Chuck Westfall at Canon for years that the marketing department has to stop driving innovation. The engineers need to make these decisions.
    Not to mention a camera company that listens to photographers is going to give them better quality, not better statistics.
    And in fact, Nikon is still beating Canon on this front with the incredible low-light performance of the D3 and D700. But Canon has really fast wide primes while Nikon seems to have missed the boat on that front.
    Chuck Westfall once said that a 35mm 1.4 lens (my absolute favorite of all time – I’ve owned three of them – all Leica lenses) was only interesting to photojournalists. We (students in Mizzou’s photojournalism program) told him he was partly right, but others would buy them if they offered such lenses. He listened then too. They now have 35mm 1.4 and 24mm 1.4 lenses. We’re still waiting for Nikon to get a clue.

  • Rick Redfern — 10:19 AM on August 23, 2009

    Comments like that only help those who don’t really understand photography development. We use primarily “prime” lenses and are moving away from variable telephoto. Our 24 mm and 85 mm are exceptionally sharp. Yes, they are the big guns. Now we are saving for a 400 mm DO lens.

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