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February 27, 2006

PMA Report: Day 1

Here is our preliminary report from PMA on day one, Feb. 26, 2006.
We had a chance to hang out for a bit in the Nikon booth, and saw some new products from major manufacturers. We also (of course) had a smashing time at the Nikonians Booth.

We plan to do our podcast tomorrow-- we'll be "live" from Nikon's booth at PMA.
Until then, here are some tidbits from today...

We saw a brief demo of the new Capture NX and View Pro software. I think Nikonians are going to find that this software is worth the price of upgrading. One of the coolest things in Capture NX is the ability to apply selective image adjustments to the NEF without damaging the original image file in any way. For example, you could choose to do some Unsharp Masking to just a small part of the image, leaving the rest untouched. Or maybe adjust the hue and saturation of the background. All the while, the changes are saved as tags in your NEF file-- you can recover the original version at any time. This should vastly speed up workflow using Capture.

Rick and I had a chance to play with both the 18-200mm VR and the brand-new 105mm VR macro. All we can say is "wow". The 18-200 is very smooth, and the VR is as advertised. The new 105mm macro was INCREDIBLE. AF that was super-fast-- it was as close to instantaneous as it could be. Great build, and easy to hold. We hope to have more on this tomorrow. With a suggested price of $799 in the USA, this lens will be a must for serious macro shooters.

Of course, we also played around with the numerous "big guns" set up for people to play with on the booth, including the 400 f/2.8, 500 f/4 and 600 f/4. Sweet.

We saw some of the new Tamron lenses, but were unable to try them. We hope to do that later in the week. We can report that the Tamron 17-50mm Di II (designed for APS-C sensors only) should retail for under $500 USD.

At the Nikonians booth, we have two computers set up-- a 20" iMac and a PowerMac G5 with a 30" LCD Cinema display, courtesy of Apple Computer. They look GREAT! You should see it when we have three full-size windows open on the sections of Nikonians all on the same screen with no overlap!
Bo and JRP were both on hand to answer questions about the community.

We had the pleasure of meeting none other than Mr. Brad Berger, president of Berger Bros. Camera, who was in town for just two days. He is as nice in person as he is on the phone. Thanks, Brad, for stopping by!

Nikonians was proud to give away a Markins M-10 ballhead to a lucky winner today. We will do more raffles tomorrow.

Thanks to all our hard-working volunteers who came out to help us today. We hope to see more Nikonians during the next few days.

Tomorrow, we'll have reports on the new software from Bibble Labs, new products from Lowepro, and more! Also look for a short podcast live from the show.

Posted by drjay32 at February 27, 2006 3:37 AM