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Billingham 307 review part II

This is part II of the review of the Billingham 307. Part I can be found here.
Inside, not much has changed over my earlier 445. The layout is the same, as are the Velcro adjustable dividers, although the foam used feels denser and is closed cell now (so it doesn't behave like a sponge). I always liked the layout though the two lens dividers in the 307, each divided again with two lens compartments, are smaller than that of my earlier (and larger) 445.
This means there are really only two compartments capable of taking larger 35 mm DSLR lenses, with filter threads up to 72 mm. Larger pro AF lenses using 77 mm threads and larger, wont fit. The smaller compartments would be fine for some of the smaller Leica M lenses, or indeed the Micro FourThirds lenses. That said, they're still a tight fit for the Olympus Pen 14-42mm zoom. I found they fitted a Ricoh GRD III I was testing perfectly and there was room for the 21 mm conversion lens, stored separately above too.

Between the lens d…

DxO Labs publish IQ assessment for new Canon, Sony, Pentax and Nikon DSLRs

DxO Labs, the software company behind DxOMark, the free online resource providing IQ assessment of popular DSLRs and compacts, has today added data for the Canon G7 and S90 compacts as well as EOS 7D, Nikon D300s and D3000, Sony A500, A550 and Pentax K7.
Press release: DxO Labs also adds detailed RAW image quality measurements on for Canon PowerShot G11, S90 and EOS 7D; Sony A500 and A550; Pentax K7;
and Nikon D300s and D3000

December 11, 2009 – DxO Labs announces today the publication of detailed RAW-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular website for a range of Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony digital cameras, including some of the latest models in the advanced compact and DSLR categories.

“A new compact camera category, sometimes referred to as Advanced Compacts, has emerged, bringing to photographers many advanced features, in particular being able to shoot in RAW,” said Nicolas Touchard, Vice President of Mar…

Leaf adds Capture Remote App for iPhone

High-end camera back maker, Leaf, has added a free app for their users allowing Leaf RAW images to be viewed remotely on their Apple iPhone or iPod Touch in real time. For more information please see the press release below.

Leaf releases Leaf Capture Remote App

Workflow tool for previewing Leaf RAW images on iPhone/iPod Touch

TEL AVIV, December 8, 2009 – Leaf Imaging announced today the immediate availability of Leaf Capture Remote – an application that extends Leaf Capture 11 workflow software, enabling remote image viewing on an Apple iPhone(TM), or iPod(R) Touch. The Leaf Capture Remote application allows photographers and digital operators using Leaf digital backs and camera systems to view, zoom and pan high resolution Leaf RAW images on an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. It is the first application to permit real-time, on-set remote viewing of medium format images, enabling instant feedback on any shot.

Now, while a photographer is shooting tethered using Leaf Capture software, a clie…

DawnTech add new di-GPS Mini 3L

di-GPS Mini 3L
Dawn Technology has added a new GPS unit to the range, called the Mini 3L. Salient features include a built-in 8MB data logger for storing in excess of 260k data points, password protection, last fixed repeat and instant last fixed repeat modes. Compatibilty is restricted to Nikon (and Fuji) cameras at this time, indeed there are three varients to cover pro, semi pro and entry-level models:

Compatible Cameras:

di-GPS Mini 3L: D3, D3S, D3X, D700, D300, D300S, D2XS, D2X, D2HS, D200 and Fujifilm S5Pro

di-GPS Mini 3L-S90: D90

di-GPS Mini 3L-S5000: D5000

More information can be found here.

Billingham 307 Review - Part I

Billingham 307, in Khaki Chocolate
Billingham camera bags need little introduction, they've been the choice of professional photographers since the mid 70's. There have been one or two imitators, most notably the well-regarded Classic range from the sadly defunct CCS (Camera Care Systems) and the hand-made range of bags from FOGG, probably the closest in terms of quality and materials, if not in design (FOGG were always pretty radical). But few have stayed the course, the way Billingham have.

Most know Billingham for the huge pro 550, but the smaller bags, such as the 445 and 335 have been popular with professionals and keen amateurs alike. So, while keeping those in the line-up, it comes as something of a surprise to see a new, similar-looking, 07 range appear alongside. Constructed of Billingham's FibreNyte material, a fabric with an uncanny appearance, not to mention feel, of traditional cotton canvas, there are three models in total; the 107, 207, and a 307 (think S,M…