HP Unveiles Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Inkjet Printer

January 17, 2008

HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer

At the 2008 Macworld Conference & Expo, HP unveiled the Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer. The HP B8850 prints on a wide range of photo and Digital Fine Art media up to 0.7 mm thick (versus 1.5mm of the B9180). Not too big of a deal, as you can still use some of the new, fantastic Baryta fine art papers like Ilford’s Galerie Gold Fibre Silk (Amazon, B&H Photo). The B8850 also uses the same print heads and ink cartridges of the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer. It does not, however, include the B9180’s Ethernet port or LCD display. But, at around $500, this is a great value for a 13×19 inch, pigment ink, fine-art inkjet printer. Perfect for any dSLR Dad. Read the rest of this entry »


Canon Lens Winter Rebate Program Extended

January 17, 2008

Great news for you Canon dSLR Dads. Canon has just extended their winter rebate program until February 17, 2008. Now you get a chance to wait until after the big PMA2008 announcements before making your purchase decision. For those of you who are not aware, the 580 EX II flash and the following lenses are discounted:

Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Printer Announced in the US

January 14, 2008

This 13 inch R1800 Successor promises improved color output and faster speeds.

Epson R1900 - Front

Today, Epson has announced the Stylus Photo R1900 pigment-based injet printer. This 13 inch wide, 8 color Printer is an update to the popular Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet. Epson has has replaced the blue ink found in the R1800 with orange and also reformulated the Red, Magenta, and Yellow inks. The gloss optimizer was also enhanced.
Other improvements include: Read the rest of this entry »

Tech Watch: RadioPopper

January 14, 2008

Radiopopper - P1 - Prototype units

I have been tracking the progress of RadioPopper since I first heard about them six months ago. Unfortunately, I have not felt like they deserved a mention on dSLR Dad, until now.

RadioPopper is a new stratup company that is on a mission to provide a range of radio flash triggering solutions for dSLR Dads. What you see to the left is a preproduction prototype of the P1 system. The RadioPoppper P1 is a long range, remote trigger radio solution that also transmits the infrared signal… Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Snow Photography

January 14, 2008

Snow Clad Tress ‹ Nevada, 2001

The Luminous Landscape has an excellent compact tutorial posted on how to get the proper exposure when photographing snow.

You can read the complete tutorial here.

Sony A200 Announced for Real, World Still Yawns

January 6, 2008

Sony A200 - DT 18-70mm FR top

Well, that didn’t take long (just over an hour). Sony of America has just announced the A200 at CES 2008. I still stand by my previous post in regards to competitiveness. It will come in two kit versions:

DSLR-A200K ($700): body with a Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Zoom Lens

DSLR-A200W ($900): body, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6, and a 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens.

Both models ship in February. Read the rest of this entry »

Canon 1D Mark III Review by Lawrence Ripsher

January 6, 2008

Lawrence Ripsher has posted a review of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III (Amazon, B&H Photo) on his Photo Journal Blog.

I’ve been the owner of a 1D Mk3 since early December 2007 and this review comes about a month in after many thousands of actuations. For those of you who are not familiar with my background, I have shot Canon for some time now (having transitioned over from Nikon) and shoot a variety of subjects including sports, portraiture, street and what I call narrative photography. For examples of my work, you can click on the galleries to the left (or simply follow this review).

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III has had quite a ride. Released as part of Canon’s 20 year EOS anniversary strategy it was both highly anticipated and widely applauded when it was announced. From the outset it has arguably generated more noise (of the vocal kind) than any other camera in the market today, with the possibly exception of the Nikon D3. Leading the emotionally charged opinions on the camera have been photographers from all walks – some highly respected professionals, some skilled amateurs, some hopeful hobbyists and typically, an even greater number of users who have never touched this particular camera. The 1D has been heralded as everything – from the greatest sports and photojournalism camera in the world today, to a huge disappoint and failure. Even in the already emotional and divided world of camera equipment forums, the Canon 1D Mark III has shown an extreme example of split opinion. Read the rest of this entry »