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Friday, January 13, 2006

Nikon Goes 100% Digital

Here's a telling portent for the future. Venerable camera manufacturer Nikon announced today that it will stop producing film cameras and focus solely on the digital market. That's a decision with some pretty profound implications.I don't use Nikon, but I have an ancient Canon FTb kicking around. Looks like these wonderful old cameras are rapidly becoming antiques! Soon, you'll have no place to take your film to be developed. Hell, soon you won't be able to buy film! Indeed, most professional photographers I know have long since made the switch to digital. I know only one person who is still using a film camera, and he happily admits to being a luddite.The new digital SLRs make it hard to refute the argument that the old mechanical cameras produced better images. Have a look at the output from the Canon EOS, which captures an astounding 12 megapixels of gorgeous image detail. I'm drooling over this camera, though I must confess I'd have a hard time parting with my FTb. That old friend captured many happy times, as my Canon G6 is doing today.

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