dSLR Dad – The Top 5 Selling Books for 2007

January 5, 2008

I have updated the main page of the dSLR Dad Amazon Store to list the top twenty items that you dSLR Dad’s have voted for to finish off 2007.  That vote of course being with what is most important, your own wallets. On the first ten products listed on the storefront, there are the top-five books.

So what were the Books that made it to the top 5?

  1. Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second by Bryan Peterson
  2. Book - Kelby - Dig Photo BookThe Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
  3. Book - Kelby - 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Scott Kelby
  4. Book - Photoshop Elements 6 Missing ManualPhotoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
  5. Book - Diallo - Mastering Digital Black and WhiteMastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) by Amadou Diallo

Some excellent choices by dSLR Dads last month.  I happen to own 1,2, and 5 myself (Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System should be on it’s way soon from Amazon).

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dSLR Dad – The Top 5 Selling Camera and Lenses for 2007

January 3, 2008

Instead of boring you with the same typical sales chart, I thought I would do something a little different on this site. I have updated the main page of the dSLR Dad Amazon Store to list the top twenty items that you dSLR Dad’s have voted for.

That vote of course being with what is most important, your own wallets.

So what top’s the chart? What was the most popular?

Camera and Lenses – What sold more Canon or Nikon?

Well, it’s a clean sweep for Read the rest of this entry »


Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens Test Report

January 1, 2008

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Canon announced their new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens back on August 20, 2007 along with new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Amazon, B&H Photo). It is not yet shipping, but Klaus Schroiff over at PhotoZone.de has already picked up a sample for review.<

 

Technically the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a tiny lens with a great performance potential. The resolution is very good across the range. Chromatic aberrations are basically a non-issue. The level of distortions remain moderate. The most obvious flaw is….. read the rest of this entry>>


Canon 40D $150 Price Drop at B&H Photo!

December 26, 2007

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Happy Holidays everyone. Nikon ramps up production on the D300, and then all of a sudden, Canon lowers the price on the 40D. Right now, you can get the Canon EOS 40D for $1,149 at B&H Photo. That’s $150 off <Read the rest of this entry


Nikon D300 with 18-200mm VR Lens is Back in Stock at Amazon

December 24, 2007


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It was out for a while, but Nikon’s new D300 with the Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Lens is now back in stock at Amazon as a kit. A note of caution to you potential D300 dSLR Dads: the price seems to fluctuate wildly on this one (no matter where you shop). In fact, it has stayed at the expected street price of $1800 only briefly during the past month. Before you buy, make sure that the kit price is cheaper than buying the lens. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Guide: The HDRI Handbook

December 24, 2007

High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

For you dSLR Dad’s looking for a new avenue to try in photography, may I suggest High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). HDRI is the process of combining photographs at different exposures (typically bracketed at +/- 2 stops). This allows you to keep proper detail in those tricky situations where you have a bright sky (the ‘blinkies’ on your LCD screen) mixed with objects that have shadow detail. One book that looks really promising (after my in-store review) is The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists by Christian Bloch. Read the rest of this entry »


Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Test Report / Review

December 22, 2007

Is it better than the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens through the same range?

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PhotoZone puts Canon’s latest entry level EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (Amazon and B&H Photo) through the test, and the results are impressive for a kit lens:

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is the next generation budget “kit” lens for Canon EOS APS-C DSLRs. It is a long awaited and, frankly, urgently needed successor for the rather mediocre EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II which was not able to convince anymore ever since the release of EOS 20D. However, Canon did not only improve the optical design – they also added an image stabilizer, changed the finish and introduced circular aperture blades for a better bokeh (out-of-focus blur)…..<continue>