A Revolutionary Two Megapixel Camera

Canon EOS D2000 with a 85mm lens 1/50sec at f1.8 with ISO at 400

A little story about a camera that had a huge impact for photojournalists on daily assignments.

Ran across the above photo recently – an old one of mine from my shooting days at the San Francisco Chronicle. The year was 2001 and my assignment was a new jellyfish display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. When I looked at the metadata attached to the image, it brought back memories of a really great camera. The Canon EOS D2000, a 2 megapixel DSLR that changed the way we got our photos published.

As shooters for the Chronicle, we always had deadlines to meet. Deadlines to get our images back to the paper. Prior to this revolutionary DSLR, we were shooting film. Shooting film on deadline always meant an hour or more of work getting the film processed and the images edited, captioned and sent. Sometimes it meant packing a portable darkroom or if we were lucky, finding a nearby camera store where we would beg to get our film processed right away. It always added to the pressure of making deadline. So when a digital camera came along that allowed us to capture an image, see it immediately, and send it within minutes rather than hours, it was a godsend. It meant we could now spend more time shooting and less time processing our film.

From 1999 thru 2001, the shooters at the Chronicle were using the Canon EOS D2000. Although it was not our first DSLR, it was the first one given to each staff photographer. No more sharing the only digital camera at the paper. And each staff photographer was given 2 D2000s despite the camera body costing over $15,000. each. Imagine having $30,000. on your shoulders! The cameras served us well, allowing us to shoot, edit and send daily photos quickly when on deadline. I shot a few Super Bowls, and even the Olympics with this camera and was thankful I had it.

The D2000  was developed by Kodak on a Canon EOS-1N body. It was released in March 1998 and featured a APS-C sized CCD sensor that shot 3.5 frames per second. It had an ISO rating of 200-1600 although I remember trying my best never to use 1600 because it looked so awful. The camera recorded to a PCMCIA card, about twice the size and thickness of a compact flash card. I remember we had to be very careful with them as they actually were miniature hard drives with moving parts in them. You never wanted to drop one!

Canon’s first home-grown professional DSLR, the Canon EOS-1D, was launched in 2001 and we soon started shooting with them, happy to have the additional megapixels…all 4.48 of them!

Just Sold : a $2.18 Million Camera

The Leica M3D seen above just fetched a staggering $2.18 million at the WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, becoming “the most expensive camera from a serial production ever.”

The camera was one of four that was specially customized by Leitz for American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, which he used for many years to document powerful war time photographs.

Back in May, a 1923 Leica O-Series camera became the most expensive camera in the world after being sold for roughly $2.79 million at the WestLicht auction. That camera was a prototype camera, and just one of 25 made (only 12 of them exist today).


Digiscoping with your Nikon 1 System

Nikon has announced two digiscoping accessories for its 1 System cameras, allowing them to be used to take pictures through telescopes.

The DSB-N1 (pictured above) is a bracket that holds the camera behind the telescope, and includes a mechanical cable release adapter. The DSA-N1 can be used to connect a Nikon 1 system camera directly to a telescope eyepiece.

Both will be available in December. $323.90 for the DSA-N1 and $250.28 for the DSB-N1.

Deadline Approaching for Nik Software Users

If you own any of Nik Software’s excellent products, you should know that Google bought the company recently, and in order to continue to receive updates and tech support for your purchases, you will need to transfer your customer info over to Google.

From Google :
Going forward, Google would like to provide you high-touch technical support for the Nik Software products. In order to be able to do this Google needs to receive the information that Nik Software has about you and your past software purchases such as your name, email address, purchase history, and any other interactions you have had with Nik Software. We ask for your agreement to transfer this data from Nik Software to Google Inc. This data will be used by Google for the purpose of providing you high-touch technical support for Nik Software products if you request such support. The data that is transferred to Google will be subject to the Google Privacy Policy.

The deadline for transferring is December 7, 2012. Visit : http://www.niksoftware.com/company/usa/entry.php?view=privacy/en_transferyourdata.shtml

An Evening with William J Palank

'Little Buddha' Photo by William J Palank (Leica M8, 35mm Summilux

Join us for a free presentation by award winning environmental portrait photographer, international traveler and fine art printer, William J. Palank.

His work has been featured in LFI Magazine and on the Leica Blog and he has won numerous Editor’s Choice Awards along with several International Juried Awards. His images demonstrate his genuine curiosity in the wide world around him and its intimate, human stories. He has a somewhat surprising career path which shows the rest of us who are interested in photography what can be accomplished by a committed photographer.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7 to 9 PM
Shadelands Arts Center
111 North Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, CA

Contact us at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up soon to reserve your seat!  This event is filling up fast!