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Upload Presets Utility

Upload Presets Utility is a small and easy to use utility that allows Leaf medium format back users to upload their custom presets to the Compact Flash card. When the CF card is in its slot, Leaf Custom presets will automatically appear in the Camera settings menus on the back, allowing you to use custom […]

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Nikon D300, how much of an improvement?

We were curious to see what improvements there are in the Nikon D300 compared to the Nikon D200. To find out we performed a few simple tests. Almost all of the tests you are about to see were done on the actual RAW file using Matlab. This means that there is no image processing involved […]

High ISO with DPP should and can be better

We have already established that Canon’s current noise reduction system is excellent. However, you can only take advantage of the new system by using JPEGs produced internally by the camera (As of today the EOS 40D, the EOS 1D Mark III and the EOS 1Ds Mark III are using Canon’s new noise reduction system). Many […]

KG Focus Finder for Autofocus tracking

Download Focus Finder droplet (Mac / PC) Focus Finder is a Photoshop droplet that can find the focus point in your images. Just drag and drop any image on the droplet and Focus Finder will attempt to find the strongest most detailed part of the image. A red circle will mark the focus point. Focus […]

Leica M8 Colors

Whenever you hear the word Leica, say the word Leica, or even think the word Leica, you think of quality. The quality of the product, the quality of the lenses, the quality of the image and surprisingly, also the quality of the colors. But why is it that when you think “Leica”, you think that […]

Canon EOS 1D Mark III vs. Canon EOS 5D Studio Scene – High ISO

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III is Canon’s latest DSLR, using the most advanced 10.1 megapixels CMOS sensor and DIGIC III image processing chip. The 12.7 megapixels Canon EOS 5D uses Canon’s last year technology coupled with last year’s DIGIC II image processor. It will be interesting to compare the two, especially as the EOS […]

Canon EOS 1D Mark III vs. Canon EOS 5D Studio Scene – Low ISO

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III is Canon’s latest DSLR, using the most advanced 10.1 megapixels CMOS sensor and DIGIC III image processing chip. The 12.7 megapixels Canon EOS 5D uses Canon’s last year technology coupled with last year’s DIGIC II image processor. It will be interesting to compare between the two, especially because the […]

Solving the Leica M8 DNG riddle

The image on the left is the RAW data at its bayer format from the Nikon D200. The image on the right is the RAW data at its bayer format from the Leica M8. one is brighter then the other even though they both will look the same with any Raw software, such as Adobe […]

Lab Noise

At the time of writing this article, our digital photography world is going through a change. A big change. Camera makers are finally starting to apply their noise reduction algorithms with some innovation. This is coming from a need to produce better high ISO images than ever. Sensor makers are trying (and encouraged) to stuff […]

Nikon D80 vs. Nikon D200 Scene – High ISO

It will be interesting to compare these two cameras at 1600 ISO and see if Nikon has set the noise reduction algorithms different according to the camera’s predicted audience. Nikon D80: Jpeg Fine, Optimize Image: Normal, AutoWB, ISO1600, 1/125, Nikkor 50mm@f9 Nikon D200: Jpeg Fine, Optimize Image: Normal, AutoWB, ISO1600, 1/125, Nikkor 50mm@f9 Nikon D80 […]

Nikon D80 vs. Nikon D200 Studio Scene – Low ISO

These two cameras are pretty close in their specifications. Still, it will be intersting compare their image quality and see if Nikon had improved it in the D80. Nikon D80: Jpeg Fine, Optimize Image: Normal, AutoWB, ISO100, 1/8, Nikkor 50mm@f9 Nikon D200: Jpeg Fine, Optimize Image: Normal, AutoWB, ISO100, 1/8, Nikkor 50mm@f9 Nikon D80 Nikon […]

Is Lightroom using new colors?

When the first version of Lightroom was finally released I was thrilled like everybody else. But I was also very interested to find out if adobe has done anything new with the default colors of the image. (There is a really good reason for me wondering that, which might be covered in a separate article) […]

Is our noise measurement affected by temperature?

I’ve read a lot of articles about image sensors over time. Many of them were talking about something called “dark current noise”. dark current is electrons that are captured by the sensor but not as a reaction to light. This is actually unwanted signal the sensor has picked up. This unwanted signal has a fluctuation, […]

Canon EOS 400D vs. Nikon D80 Studio Scene – High ISO

Although these two cameras are far a part one from another, both price wise and market share wise, it’s the first time in a long time that there is a possibility to compare between Nikon and Canon under the same resolution. Canon EOS 400D: Jpeg Fine, PS: Standard, AutoWB, ISO1600, 1/100, Canon 50mm@f9 Nikon D80: […]

Canon EOS 400D vs. Nikon D80 Studio Scene – Low ISO

Although these two cameras are far a part one from another, both price wise and market share wise, it’s the first time in a long time that there is a possibility to compare between Nikon and Canon under the same resolution. Canon EOS 400D: Jpeg Fine, PS: Standard, AutoWB, ISO100, 1/6, Canon 50mm@f9 Nikon D80: […]

Canon EOS 400D vs. Canon EOS 30D – Low ISO

The Canon EOS 30D and the Canon EOS 400D are both equipped with the DIGIC II image processing pipeline. However, the EOS 400D has a 10 MP CMOS sensor oppose to 8 MP CMOS sensor in the Canon EOS 30D. It will be interesting to see if the two more mega pixels of the Canon […]

Canon EOS 400D vs. Canon EOS 30D Studio Scene – High ISO

The pixel size of the Canon EOS 400D is 5.7µm, small as all other 10 MP DSLRs. The Canon EOS 30D has a 8MP sensor so its pixel size is bigger, 6.4µm. Keeping in mind those two cameras are using the same DIGIC II image pipeline, an high ISO scene should be really interesting. Can […]