Day: July 22, 2003

  • Dream Job

    Can anyone hook Russ up with his dream job?

  • Sony VAIO PCG-TR1A

    Design Technica takes a look at an amazing little VAIO laptop, the PCG-TR1A.  It has a 10.6 inch wide screen and features a 900MHz Centrino under the hood.

  • Nikon D2H, DX Lenses and SB-800 Flash

    It looks like the cat is out of the bag.  DPReview:

    Nikon has today made official the camera leaked all over the net in the last week. The D2H is a four megapixel digital SLR which can shoot continuously at eight frames per second. Its buffer is large enough for 40 JPEG or 25 NEF (RAW) frames shot at this rate. The sensor used in the D2H is Nikon’s first in-house designed sensor and based on a totally new ‘JFET LBCAST’ technology which appears to be similar to CMOS but capable of outputting data at a far higher speed. The D2H supports an optional accessory, the WT-1 which provides direct wireless transmission of images from the camera by WiFi (802.11b), images are sent using the FTP protocol. The D2H has numerous other new features and improvements such as; 11-area Multi-CAM 2000 AF module, 80 ms viewfinder blackout, ambient WB sensor, new Lithium-Ion battery, 2.5″ 211,000 pixel LCD monitor, orientation sensor, more viewfinder information and support for the advanced i-TTL flash lighting system.

    More information can be found at their 5 page review,, and Imaging-Resource.

    Other rumors were confirmed today including two lenses designed for the DX series of cameras:

    Along with the introduction of the new D2H Digital SLR Nikon is also introducing two ‘complementary’ DX format lenses. The Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm F2.8 G provides an equivalent field of view of 25.5 to 82.5 mm on a DX format digital SLR (D2H, D1 series, D100), having handled this lens I can say that it is slightly smaller and lighter than the Nikkor AF-S 28 – 70 mm F2.8 lens. The other amazing lens is the new AF DX 10.5 mm F2.8 G fisheye, on a DX format digital SLR this lens provides an equivalent field of view of 15.75 mm.

    A new flash for the D2H, the SB-800 was also announced:

    Nikon has today announced the new SB-800 Speedlight. This new flash unit is designed to complement the D2H digital SLR and incorporates many new features associated with Nikon’s i-TTL ‘Creative Lighting System’ including Flash Value Lock, Auto FP High-Speed Sync and Flash Colour Information Communication. The SB-800 also facilitates advanced wireless lighting, “Up to 3 SB-800 units can now communicate monitor pre-flash data with the Master unit for fully automatic multiple flash exposures, removing the need for flash meters or manual calculations. The D2H Digital SLR 1005-pixel Matrix metering sensor is utilized to calculate exposures, and transmit each Slave output changes back to each Slave unit.”

    It’s interesting to note that most of the rumors held up pretty well.  There is absolutely no mention of the D2H at Nikon USA’s website, and no mention of it at Nikon’s dealer website.  I’ll relay pricing information as soon as it becomes available to me.

  • Jabber/Mono Crossover

    This is a very cool little press release:

    Denver, CO – July 21, 2003 – The Jabber Software Foundation (JSF), the organization that manages open messaging powered by the IETF’s extensible messaging and presence protocol (XMPP), today announced continued vendor adoption of Mono to provide cross platform .NET collaboration.

    It looks like both Winfessor and Tipic are working on apps that use mono for cross-platformedness.  Jabber on!