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DSLR News Roundup

October 4, 2012

A weekly survey of Digital SLR News and Updates from around the web

  • Usain Bolt Raffles Off Signed Nikon D4 – a signed Nikon D4 DSLR used by Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is being auctioned off to help raise money for a cancer charity. Bolt borrowed the camera from press photographer Jimmy Wixtrömshortly after winning the 200m Olympic final during the summer.  The resulting images of Bolt clutching the D4 – and the pictures he shot of fellow athletes – were splashed across TV, websites and newspapers worldwide.  ‘After he was done taking the photos, Bolt carved his name on the camera with a screwdriver – and thus made it unique,’ reads a description of the item on eBay. Wixtröm works for Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet which is selling the camera to raise money for cancer research. Part of the funds raised will go to Bolt’s own foundation in Jamaica which encourages children to seek education. The lot – said to show ‘cosmetic’ signs of  wear – comes with a framed 50x70cm print. At the time of writing, the highest bid stood at $9,200 with five days left before bidding was due to close.
  • Eye-Fi Unveils 16GB Wireless Memory Card – New Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB, Class 10 card that increases both storage and speed capabilities while continuing to deliver convenient, reliable wireless upload of photos and videos from cameras. WiFi enables users to wirelessly connect a camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, or use an authorized WiFi network to move content directly to a computer.
  • Serif Announces Winner of International Digital Photography Competition – After more than 12,000 votes, the winner of the PhotoPlus Photography Competition 2012 has been announced today by creative software developer Serif.  CK NG, from Indonesia, has been crowned champion with his fantastic entry of a farmer’s harvest celebration. His photo was taken at a festival in Padang where farmers ride running bulls through their fields, as they believe this will bring them good luck and a better harvest for the next year. CK beat 19 other finalists to the grand prize after being voted the public’s favourite on the Serif website. When asked to describe how he captured the winning shot, CK explained: “I was standing in front of the bulls, using the zoom lens to capture it. After shooting, I had to run to the side immediately to avoid being hit.”
  • Astronauts Use DSLRs in Space! – check out these photos from the International Space Station.
  • Nikon D4 Fit for International Broadcast –   The camera has become the first DSLR camera to pass the very elaborate European Broadcasting Union (EBU) test, commonly referred to as the BBC Test. Testers commented that the D4 exhibited the lowest amount of rolling shutter he has ever seen in a CMOS equipped camera and that the exposure latitudes of the D4 were truly remarkable at around 13 stops; a figure only bettered by top grade LS rated cameras. For an in depth report on how the D4 performed in the EBU test, click here.
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