The Master Guide to Digital SLR Cameras

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Everything necessary to choose the right digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera and gain a working knowledge of its functions and features is provided in this guidebook. Up-to-date reviews of the latest digital model offerings from Canon, Nikon, and Pentax are provided and the features of each type of camera are explained, including focusing capabilities, camera controls, and menu options. Sample photographs taken with each of the cameras discussed vividly reveal the strengths and weaknesses of each camera and ...
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Overview


Everything necessary to choose the right digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera and gain a working knowledge of its functions and features is provided in this guidebook. Up-to-date reviews of the latest digital model offerings from Canon, Nikon, and Pentax are provided and the features of each type of camera are explained, including focusing capabilities, camera controls, and menu options. Sample photographs taken with each of the cameras discussed vividly reveal the strengths and weaknesses of each camera and allow buyers to make a well-informed choice in buying a new SLR.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584281436
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author


Ron Eggers and Stan Sholik are coauthors of "Macro & Close-up Photography Handbook" and "Photographer's Filter Handbook." Ron Eggers is a senior editor with NewsWatch Feature Service and a contributing editor for "PhotoElectronic Imaging" and "Professional Photographer." He writes the "Digital Perspective" column for "Petersen's Perspective." He lives in Costa Mesa, California. Stan Sholik is a commercial photographer who has written for "Petersen's Photographic" and "Professional Photographer," "PhotoElectronic Imaging," "Photolab Management," and "View Camera." He is a former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Association of Media Photographers. He lives in Santa Ana, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Digital SLRs Are Becoming a Realistic Option 6
Selecting a Digital SLR 6
The Growing Field of Digital SLRs 7
Attracting Professionals 7
Competition 8
About This Book 8
1. General Information 11
Image Sensors 11
Size of Sensor 12
How They Work 12
Type of Sensors 12
Resolution 13
Filter Arrays 15
Bayer Filters 15
Micro-Lens 15
Infrared Filter 15
Anti-Aliasing Filter 15
File Formats 16
TIFF 16
JPEG 16
RAW 18
Imaging Software 19
Color Spaces 21
The sRGB Color Space 21
The Adobe RGB Color Space 22
Choosing the Color Space 22
Removable Media 22
Type I and II CF Cards 22
Microdrives 22
Performance 22
Connectivity 24
USB 24
FireWire 24
Card Readers 24
Common Problems 25
Shutter Lag 25
Write Delay 25
2. Canon Digital SLRs 27
The Canon EOS 1DS 27
Image Sensor 29
Shooting Speed 29
Shooting Options 29
Camera Settings 32
Flash 33
Removable Media 33
Viewfinder 35
Lenses 35
Weather Resistance 35
Documentation 35
Battery 36
Remote Firing 36
Software 36
Conclusion 37
The Canon EOS 10D 38
Image Sensor 37
Shooting Speed 39
Exposure Settings 40
Focusing 41
Metering 41
White Balance 42
LCDs 42
Menu Options 42
Viewfinder 43
Other Accessories 44
Flash Functions 44
Lenses 44
Removable Media 44
Connectivity 44
Battery 44
Software 44
Conclusion 44
The Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel 45
Image Sensor 45
White Balance 47
Responsiveness 47
Shooting Speed 47
LCD 47
Battery 48
Controls 49
Exposure 50
Focusing 52
ISO 52
Shutter Speed 52
Capture Considerations 53
Removable Media 53
Lenses 53
Conclusion 53
3. Nikon Digital SLRs 54
The Nikon D1X 55
Image Sensor 57
Layout 58
Camera Controls 59
Metering 59
Focusing and Flash 59
Menu Options 59
Removable Media 61
Software 61
Conclusion 61
The Nikon D1H 63
The Nikon D2H 63
Image Sensor 63
Responsiveness and Shooting Speed 66
Focusing 67
Camera Controls 67
Lenses and Flash 68
Layout and Functions 69
White Balance 69
Color Modes 70
Connectivity 70
Removable Media 70
Software 72
Conclusion 72
The Nikon D100 73
Image Sensor 73
Shooting Speed 73
Battery 75
Camera Functions 75
Flash 76
Image Playback 78
Menu Options 78
White Balance 78
Color Modes 79
Removable Media and Connectivity 79
Software 79
Conclusion 80
4. Other Digital SLRs 81
The Kodak DCS Pro 14N 81
High-Resolution Imaging 83
Shooting Speed 84
Camera Operations 84
Focusing 85
Lenses 85
Flash 85
Other Accessories 85
Camera Layout 85
Connectivity 87
Conclusions 88
The Fuji FinePix S2 Pro 89
Exposure Modes 91
Lenses 92
Digital Functions 93
Removable Media 93
Connectivity 93
Software 94
Conclusion 94
The Olympus E-1 94
Professional Controls 97
Focusing 99
Shooting Speed 99
Menus 99
Viewfinder 100
Weather Resistance 100
Removable Media 100
Flash 100
Lenses 100
Connectivity 102
Pricing 102
Conclusion 102
The Pentax *ist D 102
Image Sensor 102
Responsiveness 104
Batteries 104
Exposure Modes 104
Focusing 106
Lenses 107
Flash 107
Digital Functions 107
Removable Media 108
Connectivity 108
Software 108
Conclusion 108
The Sigma SD10 109
Image Sensor 111
Layout 112
Metering 113
Focusing 115
Flash 115
Features 115
Lenses 115
Batteries 115
Documentation 116
Removable Media and Connectivity 116
Conclusion 116
Final Thoughts 117
Resources 118
Glossary 119
About the Authors 122
Index 123
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