Thursday, January 22, 2009

Times are a changin

the Official Presidential photo taken of Barack Obama is the first one to be taken with a Digital Camera according to article below from Obama's Website.


New official portrait released

Today we are releasing the new official portrait for President Barack Obama.

It was taken by Pete Souza, the newly-announced official White House photographer.

It is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera.

You can see the portrait below, or click here to download a copy.

New official portrait

Instant Cameras are back

Well we have one Instant Camera back in stock and it is called the Fuji Instax 200.

"The Fujifilm Instax 200 Camera is a compact lightweight camera that uses the Fujifilm ISO 800 instant film to provide vivid, high-quality prints almost instantly. Its automatically-adjusting flash, high-resolution retracting lens and big clear viewfinder add up to excellent picture quality. Great for home use, outdoors, family occasions, and more.

The focus free lens is great for shots as close as 0.9', and the Auto flash is great for pictures in any light. combined with the use of the Instax film which carries a rating of ISO 800, this camera comes in very handy in low light scenarios. "

We've taken some test shots which you can come see in the store and the results were good. The quality is as good as if not better than the polaroid one step. The great thing about this is the picture is a "widescreen" format which is awesome in our HDTV world. The actual picture area is 2.5 x 4 which is a good size. There is even some space below the picture to write something if you wish.

We have a few of them in stock they sell for $59.99. A twin pack of film which will take 20 photos will set you back $24.99.

-MArk Miller

Nikon D700

Here is a little blurb that one of employees wrote about the D700 on our Flickr group a while ago.

"Nikon D700's came in today today, and we were absolutely blown away by how well it captured detail, and high ISO's. Anything in the 200-3200 range is completely usable for prints, probably even poster sized. The amount of detail the sensor is able to capture is beyond any thing I have seen, even in medium format film. It feels a bit larger than the D300, yet uses the same basic layout and a nearly identical menu system. So it remains as intuitive and easy to use as any of the other Nikon models.

We got a good sized Nikon shipment in today, and have a full line of professional full frame lenses in, including the new Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR and the new Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro.

And finally, SB-900's are in. With a huge zoom range from 17-200, and an even easier to use interface, but with even more features than the previous top of the line SB-800.

Stop in and try out some of this new gear, as well as the rest of the Nikon SLR and Coolpix lines, at either the Transit Rd, or Delaware Ave. location."

-Jon Capozzi

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

If the deal is too good to be true it probably is...

Not a day goes by where we get a request to match the price of an online vendor. Depending on the vendor we are sometimes able to match the price. There are legitimate stores like, Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Ritz etc. Then we have the "Rip Off" stores. The camera stores who sell products for half (or less ) of what we sell an item for. I won't name any names because I think that's slander but I will point you to this blog article in which this customer explains what happened to him when he dealt with an unscrupulous online vendor.

Abusive Bait and Switch Camera Store by Thomas Hawk

Mr. HAwk's article also references a PC World article called "Camera Confidential" which talks about the same subject.

Read these stories and don't get ripped off. And remember we do match legitimate advertised prices both local and on the web.

Monday, January 19, 2009

What do we cover in the seminar?

Alot of our customers ask questions such as " What do you cover in your digital camera class?" or "How basic is the seminar?"

My answer is that the seminar is about as basic as a digital camera class can be. We cover the basics of picture taking as well as the meanings if all of those digital photography buzzwords that you hear like, "Megapixels" "Optical Zoom" "Memory Cards" "Gigabytes" and so on. We will basically tell you what you need to know about the digital camera that you just bought and the multitude of things that you can do with the images that you have taken.

We also have a question and answer period at the end of the seminar where we wil answer specific questions about specific cameras.

Outr next class is Feb 3rd and will run from 7-9pm. It will be held at our Delaware Ave Location.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Photography Workshops

On February 3rd we will be offering our next "Intro to Digital Photography Seminar". During these classes we cover basic information about digital photography including basic photography techniques, what to do with your pictures after you take them and how to archive your pictures.


If our basic seminar is a little to simple for you the CEPA GALLERY offer workshops that cover a variety of topics including Photoshop, Digital SLR photography and even Black and White film photography.

Speaking of CEPA they have a members exhibition coming up soon which will showcase their members work. The Exhibition is from February 7 - March 21, 2009. Click on the above links for more information.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nikon is coming to teach a class Feb 19th

D700 vs Canon 5D Mark II

As requested by reader Jim here is a comparison of the Nikon D700 and the Canon 5D MArk II. We would have done the comparison ourselves but we haven't had a 5D MArk II in stock yet.

Nikon D700 vs Canon 5D Mark II



Top 10 Myths about Digital Photography

I stumbled across this list on The article was originally printed on Microsoft's website but is nowhere to be found. Hopefully this will help those who fear digital to educate themselves and tap into the wonderful world that is digital photography.

Myth 1: A digital photo is inferior to film.
Reality: Many of the first digital cameras, even the professional models, produced grainy, off-color images. Now, the better digital cameras, in all price ranges, offer photo quality that is at least on par with film. The best digital cameras often exceed the capabilities of film. Color, sharpness, lack of grain—today’s digital cameras produce great-looking photos, even when shown at large print sizes. Film is good—and improving too—but digital easily keeps pace.

Myth 2: Digital cameras are big and heavy.
Reality: Early on, it was tricky to squeeze all of a digital camera’s many components into a body that was as trim as a film camera. Camera manufacturers were also experimenting with new camera designs, to provided a new shape, size, and look to photography. The net result was big, cumbersome, and sometimes strange-looking cameras.

Today, the pendulum has swung. Professional and consumer cameras alike now have a more traditional appearance. Plus, there’s no shortage of small, featherweight digital cameras that don’t skimp on quality or features in achieving their tiny footprint.

Myth 3: Digital cameras are slow to fire.
Reality: The best digital cameras, at any level, offer a responsiveness that is equal to a comparable film camera. Put another way, it is possible to select a digital camera that will fire when you need it to. Unfortunately, there are still too many lesser digital cameras that have not been designed to take the picture quickly when the shutter button is pressed. So, while it’s not accurate to say that all digital cameras are slow to fire, it’s still true of quite a few.

Myth 4: Digital photography is expensive.
Reality: In 1994, one of the first digital cameras aimed at professional photographers sold for almost $18,000. Today, a similar—but much improved—camera for a pro can be purchased for about $2,000. The prices of digital cameras, at both the professional and consumer level, have plunged over the years, while the cameras themselves have only gotten better.

Still, the price of a digital camera is generally higher than a similarly equipped film camera. Essential peripherals, like a desktop printer or external memory card reader, add to digital’s cost. Whether digital photography is cost-effective for you is based on how you use a camera now, and how you anticipate using a camera in the future.

If you currently shoot lots of film and pay for lots of prints, or you have a business that uses photographs on a regular basis, then the higher up-front costs of a digital camera are quickly offset by savings on film, processing and perhaps even scanning your film into the computer. Some simple calculations will tell you where you stand.

Myth 5: Transferring pictures to the computer is slow.
Reality: Transferring pictures to the computer can be slow and tedious. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s because a variety of low-cost options exist that accelerate the transfer process.

For example, an external memory card reader that connects to the USB port on the computer is many times quicker than the serial port connection on many older digital cameras. And a memory card reader that connects to an IEEE 1394 (also called FireWire, or i.Link) port is noticeably faster than a USB-connected reader.

The fastest memory card readers transfer three or four high-resolution JPEG format photos to the computer in one second.

Myth 6: There is no good, affordable software for browsing and editing digital photos.
Reality: Software companies have heard the message on this one. The result has been the development of a wide range of inexpensive (less than $50), full-featured applications for viewing and adjusting photographs. Choosing from the many good software options is the tough part now. The My Pictures folder in Windows XP helps get you started—it offers the ability to organize, view, and even rotate photos.

Myth 7: Making prints from digital photos is difficult.
Reality: Software companies have heard the message on this one too. For example, the Photo Printing wizard in Windows XP streamlines the printing of photographs down to a few mouse clicks. Popular image browsers have also beefed up their photo printing capabilities.

Plus, if you’d prefer to leave the printing to someone else, online photo services manage this task for you. All you need to do is upload the photos to the service of your choice, pick the size of prints you’d like, then wait to receive the finished product in the mail.

Myth 8: Prints from digital photos look bad.
Reality: How true this used to be. In its infancy, digital photo printers produced prints that did not compare favorably with traditional photo prints. The so-so quality of images from early digital cameras didn’t help matters.

That’s all changed. Not only have digital printing technologies dramatically improved, camera and printer manufacturers are working hard to ensure that what the printer prints is of equal quality to what the camera captured. The net effect is digital photo prints that are often indistinguishable from old-fashioned film prints.

This is a good thing. Though digital photography offers many new opportunities for sharing your photographs, one of the most popular ways remains the tried-and-true print.

Myth 9: Organizing and storing digital photos is costly and time-consuming.
Reality: With Windows XP, you have all the tools you need to quickly and efficiently organize yu can reliably store your photos for years to come. The CD Writing wizard in Windows XP can help there, too.
Myth 10: Digital photography is too much fun.

Myth 10: Digital photography is too much fun.
Reality: Can’t debunk this one—it’s true! ”

Here are some links to other articles on the comparison of digital VS. film

Advantages and Disadvantages of Film and Digital

1-Year Cost Comparision for Film vs. Digital

Friday, January 9, 2009

Delaware Camera has a blog.

Welcome to Delaware Camera's Blog.

This blog will be a place for us to post up to date information as well as discuss various aspects of photography.