Blog #22

by Campus Camera on June 27, 2014

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#22

Been a while since I’ve had some time to get back to the Blog and drop some 411 on you guys.  Time to get this one in the books…

Facebook Likes

We’ve been on Facebook for a little while, maybe around 2 years.  In that time, we’ve amassed a following of 970 people who “LIKE” us.  We couldn’t be more happy with a number like that.  Facebook is a great way to get information out about our store, sales, deals and contests and doesn’t cost a dime!  Of course, we’ll always want more “LIKES” because the more people we can reach, the more people we can help and, hopefully, create more sales.  Obviously, if your friends or family do not “LIKE” our store on Facebook, give them a heads up to click that little button so that we can expand our name and services even more…

Sony Action Cam

You may or may not have heard of a company called GoPro.  They make a pretty decent video camera that can attach to helmets, bikes, skis, etc.  The GoPro name is basically the only name in extreme videography.  But, that doesn’t mean they are the best…

Sony makes a video camera that gives such a better picture.  It’s called the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V.  It comes with an underwater housing and mounts so that you can mount it to snowboards, jet skis, helmets and the like.  The main differences between the GoPro and the Action Cam is that the Sony has an excellent Image Stabilizer, much better than the GoPro.  On top of that, Sony puts a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens in their camera so the image is super sharp.  GoPro, well, their lens isn’t up to snuff.

If you are in the market for an action video camera, take a look at the Sony before going to the default GoPro…

Nikon D810

So, Nikon surprised everyone by announcing the Nikon D810 Full Frame dSLR.  Complete with 36.3 Megapixels, this camera should be a beauty as was the D800 & D800E.

That said, what the hell, Nikon?  1st off, the D810 was dropped in our laps the same time everyone else found out about it.  No advanced warning for your retailers, no big rebates on the now-defunct D800 for the customers.  Nothing.

2nd, they put a “new” sensor in the D810.  Guess what, it’s only “new” to Nikon because it is the Sony A7r sensor.  Yep, again, Nikon uses Sony’s sensor in their camera.  Not that it’s a bad thing because the Sony sensors are outstanding.  I would venture to guess that you’ll see very little resolution difference between the D810 and the D800/D800E.

3rd, because there are very few small improvements, I’m wondering who they think the customer is for this camera.  Most customers who would buy this already own the D800E.

But, hey, what do I know?  I just do this for 60 hours a week…

SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG

We’ve finally got some of the new SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG lenses in for Nikon mount.  This is the new ART lens that everyone is talking about.  It is absolutely tack sharp with really nice contrast and color and it should with a $950 price tag.  We haven’t received the Canon mounts in yet but I expect those in the next few weeks…

Song Recommendation

This blog’s Song Recommendation is “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.  That song has been done by a lot of artists but I’ve always been a fan of Darius Rucker dating back to the Hootie and the Blowfish days.  His voice just sounds like it was made to sing this song.  See what you think and give it a listen.

It’s been real,

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Dale Tyjeski June 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Having owned both, the Sony & the GoPro, I can say the SONY outperforms the GoPro
hands down! Much easier to navigate thru the settings, much easier to operate “on-the-fly”, and best of all,,, Video Stabilization! With hard mounting on the handlebars of a full size Harley, this is a very noticeable achievement in the SONY.
Dale Ty

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Hugh Wonderly August 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

The whole D800 series has been strange. After that initial thrill of 30+ megapixels reality crashes in and the thought of all of the storage space, files that will explode in size in Photoshop together with the likelihood that I will be shooting for Maybelline anytime soon being pretty slim, the camera starts to look like a liability. It could be great for the right circumstances but just the time it takes to dump all of that data to the memory card makes me wince. To make things worse, they still show the older D3x in their lineup but have dropped the D3s now that the D4′s have hit. What exactly does the 3x have that a D8XX(x) doesn’t have including the newer 4 series processor?

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