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Camren Photographic Resources
February 2008

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Camren offers Senor Cleaning for APS-C sized and full frame sensors of Digital SLR's. Click here for more data cleaning

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Now in for rental is the Nikon D3. The D3 features Nikon's first full frame sensor (FX), an ISO range of 200 to 6400 (and beyond) and 9 to 11 frames per second in the DX (APS cropped mode). We have this camera in rental now for $150.00 per day.


Sony Corporation has announced the development of a 35mm full size (diagonal:43.3mm/Type 2.7) 24.81 effective megapixel, ultra-high speed high image quality CMOS image sensor designed to meet the increasing requirement for rapid image capture and advanced picture quality within digital SLR cameras.

Sony 24 Megapixels sensor details

  • DeImage size Diagonal width: 43.3mm (Type 2.7)
  • Total number of pixels: 6236(H) x 4124(V) approx. 25.72M pixels
  • Number of effective pixels: 6104(H) x 4064(V) approx.24.81M pixels
  • Number of active pixels: 6096(H) x 4056(V) approx.24.73M pixels
  • 24MP Chip size: 41.0mm (H) x 31.9 mm (V)
  • Unit cell size: 5.94um (H) x 5.94um (V)
To read more on this sensor click here.

Sony announced the next day at PMA a camera with this sensor in it. No other details as to features or release date were available other than it will be bigger and better than either Canon or Nikon full frame DSLR's.

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Effective January 1, 2008, the following rules apply to the spare lithium batteries you carry with you in case the battery in a device runs low:

  • Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare batteries.
  • You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage
  • You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry-on baggage; see our spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!
  • Even though we recommend carrying your devices with you in carry-on baggage as well, if you must bring one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.

The following quantity limits apply to both your spare and installed batteries. The limits are expressed in grams of “equivalent lithium content.” 8 grams of equivalent lithium content is approximately 100 watt-hours. 25 grams is approximately 300 watt-hours:

* Under the new rules, you can bring batteries with up to 8-gram equivalent lithium content. All lithium ion batteries in cell phones are below 8 gram equivalent lithium content. Nearly all laptop computers also are below this quantity threshold.

* You can also bring up to two spare batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of up to 25 grams, in addition to any batteries that fall below the 8-gram threshold. Examples of two types of lithium ion batteries with equivalent lithium content over 8 grams but below 25 are shown below.

* For a lithium metal battery, whether installed in a device or carried as a spare, the limit on lithium content is 2 grams of lithium metal per battery.

* Almost all consumer-type lithium metal batteries are below 2 grams of lithium metal. But if you are unsure, contact the manufacturer!

united raising fees

United Airlines, with major hubs in Chicago and Denver, has announced a plan to begin charging customers $25 to check a second bag and $ 100 for every bag thereafter.

Customers who purchase nonrefundable domestic economy tickets on United and do not have status in the carrier's Mileage Plus or Star Alliance programs will be allowed to check just one bag for free.

This new checked-bag policy applies for travel beginning May 5, within the United States and to and from Canada, San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, and the service fee to check a second bag only applies to tickets purchased on or after Feb. 4.

In a release issued by United this week, the airline estimates this change will generate more than $ 100 million annually for the company in cost savings and new revenue.

To read more click here.

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Nikon and Canon share the spoils of Japanese camera market

Tokyo-based BCN , the leading Japanese market research firm, believes that Nikon will over take the DSLR market for Japan for 2007. Canon's share of the rest of the digital market still gives Canon the overall lead in the Japanese market.

BCN reports that Nikon share has risen to 43.3% of the sales of new DSLR with Canon with 39.9% and Pentax in 3rd at 6.3%. The compact market shows Canon leading for the fourth straight year at 21% with Panasonic jumping from 4th to second at 14%.

The Japanese market buys 14% of all DSLRs and 10.3% of all compacts made by Japanese manufacturers*.

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Lastest worldwide figures of all digital camera sales now show the list being Canon, Sony, Kodak and Nikon is that order. Samsug, GE and Panasonic are making in roads to this market and driving down cost, while increasing features.


Kodak Sees Revenue Grow From Digital

On January 30th, Eastman Kodak reported that its 2007 fourth-quarter saw a surge in profits. The company is attributing its newfound success to retail kiosks, patented technology, a new launch in the ink jet printer market and the sale of digital cameras. Kodak’s earnings reached $215 million (71 cents a share) during the fourth quarter of 2007. During the same period one year earlier, the company’s earnings had been $16 million (6 cents a share).

"The large, expensive and difficult corporate restructuring is over," Chief Executive Antonio Perez said in a conference call with analysts. "We have now established a sustainable business model for the decline in (our) traditional business and our digital businesses are growing profitably."

Digital sales rose $288 million, or 15 percent, to $2.26 billion in the quarter, while revenue from film, paper and other traditional, chemical-based products also fell by 15 percent to $951 million from $1.12 billion.

Digital profits edged up to $146 million from $141 million while earnings from film products slumped 52 percent to $40 million from $83 million.

After accumulating more than $2 billion in net losses over three years, Kodak posted net profits in four of the last five quarters. 2

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