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NEW Kodak PRO DCS-720x Digital Camera (was Re: Using AKA imageson Aquabid?)
Serious phish photographers may want to take a look on e-bay.
Kodak is bringing out their "ultimate" pro digital camera this month (the
14n), and is dumping older PRO models at way below anything I have seen
before (nearly 65% off).
If you are a user of Nikons with lenses compatible with the F5 body, $1800
can buy a swinging camera body that should take great fish pics. Write Santa
quickly, as they only have a few on sale. Kodak clearly realizes that they
can no longer charge $4995 for this model if the new one is only $6-7K. The
sale is direct from Kodak, bypassing the distributor and dealer markups.
This is a 2MP camera, which isn't as bad as it sounds. It is more than
adequate for magazine photos with normal printing resolutions, 8X10 prints,
and -- particularly -- web photos. It is actually near the resolution limit
for most 35mm zoom lenses, but has 32 bit color, which is way larger dynamic
range than almost any film. Pro photographers have been more sensitive to
the speed loss of going to higher pixels than the consumer market, and this
camera is one of the fastest. Direct computer coupling and transfer via
Bursts of 25 shots at over 4 per second let you shoot moving fish and select
the best pose, discarding all the rest. [The film is free. ;-)]
Worth a look for anyone interested in serious fish photos and with
relatively deep pockets. This burst mode is impossible with 14MP cameras,
BTW, and the sensitivity (high ISO) and low noise are big pluses over
anything with much smaller ccd cell sizes.
If I already had an investment in Nikon/Nikkor lenses, I'd take a really
close look at this one.
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