Friday, 26 February 2010

Kodak's latest Nexpress video

Featuring X1's Nexpress, and starring a number of X1 personnel! Stardom, red carpets and hordes of paparazzi beckon.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Digital Photography Review have published an in-depth review of Canon's latest wallet-buster ($6199.99 body-only).

Their summary:

"Putting the EOS-1D Mk3's demons behind it Canon has produced an upgrade that's not just better, but delivers an incredibly versatile tool that blurs the 'sports camera/studio camera' line more than ever before. The Nikon D3S might beat it in very low light, but if you want speed and resolution the EOS-1D Mark IV delivers convincingly."

Monday, 22 February 2010

Nikon D3S

Digital Photography Review has published a comprehensive review of Nikon's latest high-end DSLR. If you want to see how far high-ISO digital photography has progressed, check out the samples gallery.

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Brett's 2p'orth: Even with its eye-watering £3,500 (body only) price tag, this is the camera that I would buy if I made a living out of recording still images. However, its bulk means that my Panasonic Lumix G1 will remain my primary camera for some time yet.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

iPad's potential impact on the print industry

The Apple Blog has published a thought-provoking article entitled iPad Transformation of Print Industry Continues.

Excerpts follow:

"While Apple has yet to sell a single iPad, the device has already challenged the domination of Amazon and the Kindle for e-books, and now periodical and newspapers are experiencing this 'iPad Effect' for their business models."

"Like the advent of the iTunes Store and negotiations with the music industry, the main point of contention between Apple and publishers appears to be that of control, specifically pricing and subscriber information. Publishers rely on subscriber information to not just to reach customers, but to plan the direction of publications. However, Apple’s policy of releasing little beyond sales data has, according to one executive of a major U.S. newspaper, the potential to be a 'dealbreaker'."

"Advocates for the print edition within the New York Times argue that unless the iPad edition is priced between $20 and $30, people will cancel the print edition. More sanely, those responsible for the digital edition of the paper are suggesting $10 per month is about right. The Kindle edition of the New York Times costs $13.99 per month, and that’s without colour, let alone interactive media.

The decline of print media is accelerating, and thus far magazines and newspapers have been unable to monetize web sites. The Kindle has failed to achieve the kind of success as a portable device that the iPhone and iPad touch have, leaving the iPad as the only current hope for a transition from a physical to digital world for print media. If not Apple and the iPad, then who?

The danger is that cold rationality might not prevail, even if it means the worst for print media. If that happens, Apple won’t suffer nearly as much as the New York Times.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Stunning Letterpress

Yee-haw Industries reports: [edited]

Yee-Haw Industries specializes in original art-like products - from letterpress posters promoting special events, music acts and theatre shows to handmade, woodcut, fine art prints. Our work is custom-to-order, designed, set, and pressed by hand. Visit our blog for current updates. Feel free to browse & buy through our Etsy store for a great gift.

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Brett's 2p'orth: The creativity and technical accomplishment of this company's work is astonishing. Visit their Flickr pages for even more examples, including the header picture for this blog article.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


Boing Boing recently published a Fun with punctuation article. The comments revealed a feast of punctuation-related trivia, my favourite being:

'A cat has claws at the end of its paws.
A comma is a pause at the end of a clause.'

For a larger version of the 'Commas' quote, click here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

iPad - best hands-on review so far...

Andy Ihnatko has published the best 'hands-on' review of the iPad so far.

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Brett's 2p'orth:
Summary: It is very, very fast... its display is excellent... it is smaller/less-heavy than it looks.

Monday, 1 February 2010