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Camren Photographic Resources
February 2009

Used Film and Digital Products



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EQUIPMENT FOR  SALE  HIGHLIGHTS (Come in or call for more information)

Canon EOS 30D USED

8 Megapixel

30 Day Warranty


Nikon D2X

12 megapixel

30 Day Warranty

$1799.99 price reduced

Fuji S3 Pro

12.34 megapixel

30 Day Warranty


Nikon F2

35mm body in excellent shape

Perfect Introduction to Photography Camera



Nikkor AF 24-120 F/3.5-4.5 $199.99

Nikkor AF 24-85 F/3.5-4.5 $149.99

Nikkor AF 80-200 F/2.8 $649.99


Nikon SB 28 Speedlite $125.00

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Notes on Future Tech

Since the dawn of digital photography, photography methods and technologies have continued to evolve. This first section is about some of the future technologies that are surfacing or on their way to becoming the standard of tomorrow. The second section is a humorous article about the state of photography 33 years ago by PTN contributor Don Sutherland.

In November of 2008, Time magazine compiled the list of the 50 best inventions of the year. The retail DNA test, Tesla Roadster, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter topped the chart. However, making the tail end of the list was the amazing camera for the blind. Yes. An inventor by the name Chueh Lee created a camera that makes it possible for the visually impaired to take a photograph and hold the camera up to their forehead. A Braille-like screen on the back makes a raised image of the captured image. Fascinating. Happy piece of technology. For more information, click here.

Curiously, another company, Tessera Technologies, has a similar idea and has developed an inexpensive non-mechanical zoom lens that may find its way into camera phones. Picture Business magazine reported in January that this lens will provide higher image quality for small devices, such as camcorders, camera-phones, and toys. The lens is called the OptimL zoom. It also looks like the medical field is interested in using this technology for vision restoration or impaired vision assistance. Very interesting. To read the entire article, click here.

Other technologies are on the way as well. Windows has been working on a home based server for many moons that will tie together many, if not all, electronic devices in a home. One interesting and final piece of up and coming technology is called the Pico-projector. This in-prototype tech integrates a tiny, high resolution DLP, laser, or LED projector into a cell phone or camera. This way, images or movi8es can be instantly displayed in a vastly larger format than the on board LCD screen. For more on this technology, click here.

Why 1976?

[Excerpt from the August 2008 PTN magazine by Don Sutherland]

The counterparts to 1976's cameras exist today, though, like everything digital, they employ new means to reach traditional ends. Cameras used film in 1976, and the photo trade made big bucks in processing. Cameras used lenses and shutters much like today's, but they were governed by springs, not microchips. AE was just taking root, and AF was still a decade ahead. There were no digital cameras as such in 1976--the CCD itself developed just seven years previous--but there were scanners for digital reproduction of film images.

The producers of the movie Futureworld invited a young writer from Popular Photography magazine to Culver City to watch Peter Fonda's image get digitized, then manipulated by the computer. Turned inside-out, upside-down, animated, made to look like glass, like marble, like chrome. The astonished young writer published his predictions under the title "Electronic Clones are Coming" in the December '76 issue. The Digital Dude was born.
It took another 20 years for computer-based cameras to reach the mass market, and most of the early ones were overpriced junk. But their progress in the past dozen years exceeds everything that came before.

We recently found our December 1976 issue of Pop Photo, its reportage, its advice, and its ads. Canon's ad had the most abstract headline, over a two-page spread for its AE-1 (its first autoexposure SLR): "Electronic System Photography Catches Up With Technology." Precisely what that means is vague, but it included the buzzwords of the day: "Electronic...Technology."

Nikon's two-pager for the Nikkormat ELW and its autowinder announced "the sound of photography's future. Click! Whirrr!" Oddly, the framing rate isn't stated. Said Minolta of their XE-7, "You never have to take your eye from the viewfinder to make adjustments. So you can concentrate on creating the picture without losing sight of even the fastest-moving subjects."

To which Bob Schwalberg, Pop's respected Leica authority and resident curmudgeon, under the title "Will more electronics bring better cameras?" commented, "Being absolutely up to date is one of our American syndromes, one of the costliest. Should I plan to purchase a newfangled transistorized SLR in 1977? Should you? Maybe, maybe not." Bob died in 1996, at the dawn of the junk digicam. He never saw what a transistorized SLR, 2008-style, could really do. But we think he'd have liked the results.


Minolta's XE-7 with a 50mm Rokkor lens was advertised by Wall Street Camera for $308.50 in the December '76 Pop Photo. For about twice the dollars today, you can buy an Olympus Evolt E-510 with a 14-42mm lens, and the AE, AF, and "motordrive" that were so speculative 32 years ago. But as already noted, today's dollar buys less. The E-520 should cost more than $1,200 if camera prices inflated as much as postage stamps did since 1976, and more than $2,100 if they inflated as much as gasoline. Adjusted for inflation, you might say that today's SLR costs half or a quarter of what an equivalent SLR did when Ford was president.

Equivalent? Well, not really. For besides all the same features as its ancestors, the E-520 adds features nobody imagined in '76, all among the standards today: dust reduction, image stabilization, live-view video monitoring, and face detection. Face detection has made more inroads into the P&S market than the DSLR market. We expect more to follow, but the E-520 is only the second DSLR to include it (the first having been the Panasonic Lumix L10).

Face detection can be considered a dynamic spot-meter and/or rangefinder, depending on how it's hooked up, continuously finding faces and using them as the basis of exposure and/or focus. It's a seriously realistic approach to exposure and focus control, since peoples' faces are what most pictures are about. Panasonic included it in their Lumix FX37, a 10.1MP, 5x-zoom P&S due to ship around photokina. MSRP: $349.95. Nikon's S550 has a smile-shutter, too, and a provision to not take a picture if someone's eyes are closed (as in blinking).

Go ahead and multiply any of the 1976 prices by three or four times, and compare with today's Camera Price Index. If we were selling those same cameras today, they'd cost less than they did in '76, adjusted for the CPI. But we don't sell those cameras anymore. We sell vastly more advanced, capable, versatile, and accurate cameras at those lower adjusted prices. So in the bang-for-the-buck department, we've done our part. Imagine a world where the energy companies did as well. Full article here.


Video Transfer Services

Camren offers video transfer services. We can transform 8mm film into DVD or VHS formats. We can handle regular 8mm or super 8mm. Titles and/or chapters can be added to the DVD format for organization at an additional fee. We also will duplicate non-copywritten DVDs and VHS tapes. If you have home-movie film of any kind, give us a call or come by to discuss your options. This is a great way to share those movies with your family.

Video transfer prices start at $59.95 for us to transfer 200 feet of 8mm film onto a DVD. Any additional footage is $0.12 per foot. DVD duplicates of an original DVD run $19.99 and $9.99 for each additional copy. For large quantity orders we will supply a quote.

Photo In the News

Eastman Kodak & Wal-Mart recently announced the launch of a national program to recycle used materials from in-store picture kiosks. [The program] is expected to annually recycle 2 million pounds of thermal printer ribbon, spools and cartridges. That amount is equivalent to the weight of approximately six, 250-passenger commercial airliners. Click here for details.

Nikon has created a website for those in front of the camera. Carson Kressley will help you tackle common photo problems that occur and offer advice on how to embrace photogenic qualities of the everyday. Click here for to visit the site.

Kodak and Office Depot now have a photo kisok partnership in the Denver area. 16 photo kiosks are located at Office Depots across the metro area. Online services are available. Click here for more information.

DxO Labs unveils a raw-image based site at, which allows users to access the image quality of a camera before Raw conversions.

Tagcow offers a new online metadata as a service (MaaS) site that can be used to tag more than 1 million images per day. The site is useful for image organization and able to help manage large libraries of images. Visit the site for more information at

Parrot manufactured T-Mobile Cameo digital frame comes with its own phone number so users can send images via multi-media messaging. Phone number is $9.99 per month. Initial unit cost is $99.99. Click here for product info.

Equipment Showcase

Canon EOS 5D


12.8 Megapixel $1999.00

Includes BG-E4 Grip and 30 Day Parts and Labor Warranty

Nikon D2H


4.1 Megapixel $899.99

*Does not include lens

Nikon AF 24-120mm f/3.5-4.5




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