Sony takes the Photographer out of Event Photography?

For $150 you can now buy a robot to photograph your next party. Sony is releasing a "Party-Shot" accessory for its two new low-light Cybershot cameras (TX1 & WX1) that is an automatic panning system which combines with their face detection and AI-based composition firmware to capture photos from an event.

Nikon Announces 70-200 VR II and 18-200 VR II lenses -- Upgraded at upgraded prices

Nikon has launched updates to the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR lens and the popular Nikon 18-200mm DX f/3.5-f/5.6G lens....

Nikon D300s Updates D300 with HD Video --Article Updated

The  delivers a feature packed update to the venerable Nikon D300. It features HD Video and dual slots. Highlights include:

Nikon Introduces D3000--Full featured 10MP D-SLR with built-in coaching, 11-point AF & lens for under $600

Nikon has launched yet another ground-breaking entry level D-SLR. The headline feature of the camera is the new "Guide" mode which provides shooting suggestions for particular situations, but the one I'm most excited by is ...the 11-point AF system. Entry level shooters are often crippled by the 3 or 5 point AF systems so that the shooters who need the most help getting their subject out of the center of the frame get the least. Now they can benefit from more easy composition options. Nikon has also reduced shutter lag from previous entry level models which will be another big plus.

A Terrabyte for your laptop! New WD Mega-Drives Announced

Since disk drives keep getting bigger it shouldn't be a surprise that you'll soon be able to get 1 Terrabyte 2.5" hard drives for your laptop.But of course it is always a little stunning to see the pace of change. These 1 TB and 750GB laptop drives from Western Digital don't compromise on features. In addition to a 3GBit transfer rate they have WD features like WhisperDrive for quiet use, drop resistant ShockGuard, and SecurePark for more shock tolerance.

Nikon D5000 Service Advisory -- Recall of some units

Notice to users of the Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera -- From Nikon USA

"While Nikon takes great measures to assure high quality in its imaging products, it has come to our attention that an electronic component related to power control in some Nikon D5000 digital SLR cameras does not meet factory specifications and may, in certain circumstances, prevent the camera from turning on

Canon Announces new Hybrid Image Stabilization

NEW CANON HYBRID IS WORLD’S FIRST IMAGE STABILIZER TO COMPENSATE FOR TWO TYPES OF CAMERA SHAKE -- Supposed to ba particularly beneficial for macro photography and to ship in lenses before the end of this year...

Canon Instant Rebates Ending August 8th

Jody at Roberts wants to make sure everyone knows that the Canon rebates are really ending August 8. There was a report that they'd been extended to September, but that is not the case. There are some great cash back offers on quite a wide range of Canon lenses and flashes.

Adobe Releases Camera Raw 5.4 (Lightroom 2.4) with Support for Nikon D5000 + 25 other cameras

You can now download Adobe Camera Raw 5.4 (LightRoom 2.4 Raw module) with support for the Nikon D5000 and lots of other cameras:

Newly supported cameras for Camera Raw 5 and Lightroom 2:

Support for the following cameras has been added from Camera Raw 5.3 to 5.4 and Lightroom 2.3 to 2.4

Windows 7: Should you take the Plunge?

Do you think you have plenty of time to decide whether to upgrade to Windows 7? If you want to get it for a reasonable price, you may have a lot less time than you think...

DPS 7--05: Texas Trip Report & New Trip Announcements, Lensbaby Composer, Cool Drive Dock, Photo News

Welcome to DPS 7-05. We recently returned from our 4th spring visit to South Texas after a great safari week with some very happy participants who got the bird photo opportunities they were hoping for and more. As always we enjoyed the hospitality of some of the premier private photo locations in the Southwest, including the hot new property Campos Viejos--1st place winner in this year's Lens and Land photo contest!

Photorescue Updated to Extract JPEGs from Raw Files

PhotoResuce (the world's best image recovery software) has been updated to version 3.1.10. In addition to the usual RAW file format updates, this version allows the extraction of large thumbnails from RAW files. As raw files of top DSLRs grow bigger, so do the embedded JPEG (or
even small raw) thumbnails. While their quality obviously is not as good as the
raw files, they can save a shoot when the raw data is damaged beyond recovery.
This option is available in the option screen of the advanced recovery and is

Nikon USA "Learn & Explore" Web Site

Nikon has launched a new website with articles for photographers. Learn and Explore features articles from Nikon world and by Nikon photographers. There are some good tips in there about how pros are using the latest in Nikon gear. But don't expect any impartial reviews of course as it's all paid for by Nikon, so you'll see all Nikon products used.--David 

DPS 7-04: Hot Deal on Nikon D700, Sigma 120-400mm Lens Field Test, Camera Straps, SpyderCube, Lensbaby Composer and more...

Welcome to DPS 7-04--the newsletter.We've got some great new product announcements and updates as well as the results of our Sigma Lens field test for you in this issue, plus an upgrade to our November Botswana Safari and an announcement of our Texas Bird Photo Safari for next April. Mixed in you'll find some useful photo tips we picked up in Texas this April.

Our Botswana African Wildlife Safari Upgraded to Include Victoria Falls

We're excited to announce that thanks to some new flight schedules and lower fuel surcharges we've been able to upgrade our November African wildlife photo safari to include Victoria Falls without changing the price.