World's Biggest Digital Camera
Charles Simonyi, Bill Gates, and other "geeky philanthropic billionaires" are banding together to build the world's biggest digital camera in the heart of the Andes mountains. Read more about the $400 million Large Synoptic Survey Telescope at The Guardian. Unlike most telescopes, which look deeply into one tiny patch of sky, the LSST is essentially a 3,200-megapixel digital camera that will survey the entire heavens once every three days.
A brief visual tour of the history of the digital camera, 1975–2002. Text is in German. The caption of the picture at left reads "1975: the first digital camera. In the mid-seventies, Steve Sasson built the first functioning digital camera for Kodak. The unwieldy device weighed 4 kilograms and had a black & white sensor with a resolution of 0.1 megapixels. It took 23 seconds for one frame to be written to the tape drive."
Jim Crow Road?
Bjørn Rørslett Nikon D3 Review
Bjørn Rørslett has posted a very detailed and thoughtful review of the D3. It's not at all like dpreview's tests, more a very thorough set of field notes emphasizing the aspects that matter most for his uses. In addition to praising where praise is due, he's very candid about feature and user interface bugs that bother him.
To see it, go here, then click on the words "Nikon D3 review" immediately below the "Today's News" header.
36 Exposures Challenge
In a blast from the past, File magazine is sponsoring an unusual photo contest—you must submit a project idea and shoot it in 36 sequential exposures on a roll of film they send you. The pictures will be published as you shot them. (Please note that although T.O.P. only publicizes contests in which all rights are retained by the entrant photographers, we do not endorse photo contests or indemnify readers against potential difficulties. Proceed on your own.)
Tomorrow on T.O.P.: A brand new Sunday Sermon. Next Week: a new book review by Geoff Wittig, Ctein on a digital camera oddity, and more.
Mike (Thanks to Robert Phillips, Fred Wobus, Stan Banos, John Hogg, Matthew Hollingworth, Oren Grad, David Emerick, and Shahar Dumai)