PhotoGeek week #21

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This episode of PhotoGeek’s weekly audio podcast was recorded once again in the offices of Big Trousers, with James and Michael in the shop. We talk about the merits of open source Firmware for Canon point and shoot cameras. (We had a slight ProTools error and we apologise for the odd “click”)
Hosts include Phil Greenwood, James Bellew, Cameron Tandy, and Michael Griffin.

RAW image capture on older Digic 11 equiped Canon cameras. CHDK, the Canon hackers development kit is available with instructions from CHDK. Andre Gratchev is the man responsible and a direct link to the latest builds can be found at Gratchev’s site. Items opened in the firmware include:

  • RAW shooting
  • Live histogram
  • Zebra mode (blinking highlights and shadows)
  • Depth of Field calculator
  • Battery indicator
  • Scripts execution (exposure/focus/… bracketing, intervalometer and more)
  • File browser
  • Text reader
  • Calendar
  • Games

HP release the pigment based wide format printer with 12 carts including gloss enhancer.

Epson’s Stylus Photo R380 released as an inexpensive A4 printer that prints CD’s and has an LCD screen and card reader.

Samsung Transforms the Printer into a Refined Work of Art. The world’s slimmest monochrome laser printer, ML-1630 looks like the sexiest piece of engineering we have seen and we hope they do a range of photo printers.

Samsung ML-1630

Katie asks about ADSL through FOXTEL cable as an option for internet only with no phone. The idea being to make use of Skype.

Google Earth update now has a flight simulator and we fly around in an F-16 over Footscray.
PhotoGeek T-Shirts available now.

Latest cameras and camera gear tests include:
The Jobo mobile storage.
Canon G9 road test.
Sony A700 12.2 MegaPixel.

We mention the alternative to Joost, TVO Networks.

Microsoft updates OS without auto update turned on.

Storm Worm grows to super computer size according to New Zealand research.
Storm Worm Botnet

Sony Vaio LT as an alternative to Apple iMac.

PhotoGeek of the Week:
Zaeem Burq from Melbourne Australia (just down the road) builds a medium format film camera from other camera components that can match the Hasselblad wide angle body. Here is a link to the Flickr photoset.
Zaphod Beeblebrox Camera

Griffins Geek Gadgets:

Microwulf, The $1,300 Personal Supercomputer.
BitMicro 416GB Solid State Drive.
Optimus Maximus keyboard.
Steelcase LEAP Chair.
$28k Fairlight LED Keyboard even more expensive.
Wristwatch camera concept.
The LEAP chair.
Dragon Lasers, pointer lasers.

James looks at some sample HV20 footage

UPDATE: Congratulations to Cameron and his wife Nikki on the birth of a baby daughter, Isobel Cate Tandy born 8:22am this morning at Frances Perry House Carlton. (that is why Cam was not on Skype…)
Isobel Cate Tandy

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