Archive for February, 2008


Most of us can only dream of escaping to our own secluded isle but island trader, Farhad Vladi, can actually make it happen. Owning or hiring a paradise retreat has never been so easy.
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10 New Nikon Lenses for DxO Optics Pro

DxO has added 10 new lenses, including popular zooms and fish-eyes, to its library of lens correction modules for DxO Optics Pro v5. The addition of these lenses, designed specifically for the Nikon D3 and Nikon D300 digital SLR camera bodies, bring the total number of lens correction modules available to DxO Optics Pro users to nearly 700. “We are constantly extending our library of DxO Lens Modules to offer photographers worldwide the greatest selection of correction capabilities,” said Luc Marin, vice president of the DxO Labs Photography Business. “Combined with the batch-processing capabilities of DxO Optics Pro, this means workflow improvements for even the most serious photographers.”

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Sigma AF 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG (Sony mount) review

Sigma AF 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG – Lab Test Report / Review

Lens Reviews –

Sony Alpha (APS-C)

Thursday, 28 February 2008 04:58

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Special thanks to Konrad Kandler for providing this lens for testing!


The Sigma AF 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX HSM DG is of three ultra-wide zooms made by Sigma – obviously
a primarily playing field for the company. The 12-24mm EX is a full format lens and within its
range it is currently unique in Sony Alpha mount. In fact there isn’t even a (mass production)
rectilinear SLR fix-focal this wide. Quite an achievement! On an APS-C DSLR the specifications
are not all that impressive anymore but the field-of-view is still equivalent to a classic
18-36mm lens so even here it keeps its ultra-wide character.

Due to the extreme design Sigma had to choose a very protruding front element
so there’s no front filter thread by default. However, when attaching the lens
cap holder there is a option to mount a filter here (82mm). At 12mm this causes slight
edges shading so front filters can only be used from about ~14mm. There’s a
gelatin filter slot at the rear of the lens (useful for color filters for B&W

The build quality of the lens is very impressive and among the best what Sigma has
to offer. The typical EX finish (smooth crinkle style) feels
very pleasant and the zoom and focus control rings operate very smooth.
Unlike the Canon and Nikon variant the Sony Alpha variant does still rely on the
conventional focusing system driven by the camera (via a slotted drive screw). The AF
produces a moderate degree of noise during operations but it is very fast and
reasonably accurate – although AF speed does hardly matter for an ultra-wide angle lens.

Optical construction 16 elements in 12 groups inc.4 SLD and 3 aspherical elements
Number of aperture blades 6
min. focus distance 0.28m (max. magnification ratio ~1:7.1)
Dimensions 87x103mm
Weight 600g
Filter size 82mm (non-rotating – see issues above)
Hood built-in, petal-shaped
Other features gelatin filter slot

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Nokia Morph

Nokia Morph concept phone : Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept, developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK) – was launched alongside the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition, on view from February 24 to May 12, 2008, at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Nokia Morph concept mobile phone features in both the exhibition catalog and on MoMA’s official website. Elements of Nokia Morph might be available to integrate into mobile devices within 7 years, though initially only at the high-end. However, nanotechnology may one day lead to low cost manufacturing solutions, and offers the possibility of integrating complex functionality at a low price.

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A girl is helped by two women as the first gale winds of spring …

A girl is helped by two women as the first gale winds of spring sweep across Tokyo and its vicinity on Saturday February 23, 2008. Japanese weathermen said this year’s first warm gusty winds, an indication of the arrival of spring, blew through the Kanto region on Saturday, disrupting train services in and around the metropolitan area.

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