Monday, July 11, 2011

FAB: TECH: Digital cameras for presidents and… fashion

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev with his Leica S2 camera
Do you want to know what cameras your presidents use in their spare times – to take family, on vacation and travel pictures? 

Aside from having personal presidential photographers present at all times during the official outings, the presidents – as the regular folks – do have personal cameras that they’d like to use, when no public is in presence.

According to the Russian press, for example, the Russian president own not one, but a few cameras, and these cameras are such that any professional photographer would be at envy for.

Dmitry Medvedev have Leica S2, Nikon D3x and Canon EOS 1Ds – which are rather expensive for a regular Russian citizen’s pocket.

The American president Barack Obama, however, has a rather modest camera - at least, his daughter does.

His oldest daughter Malia Obama’s camera of choice (on this day) appeared to be a grape-colored $150 Kodak EasyShare M893. She's been pictured quite a few times on official occasions using this adorable mini-camera.

Backstage testing the White House photographer's camera
Perhaps she does let her parents to borrow it once in a while. (You can buy it on Amazon.)

But what’s causing more stir in the Russian media is not the fact that Dmitry Medvedev has good, expensive cameras, but what the Russian media is raving about (including Forbes) is that his personal photographer is a rather very good looking woman. Her name is Katerina Shtukina, who became the first - EVER - official female photographer in Kremlin. But the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s personal photographer is even sexier. Her name is Yana Lapikova, and who was one of the contestants in “Miss Moscow” three years ago.

Left to right: Dmitry Medivedev, and below - his personal "White House" photographer Katerina Shtukina; Vladimir Putin, and below - Yana Lapikova

According to the CNET - the source of information that I trust a great deal (and the company where I almost got a job many years ago...), some of the Best 5 digital cameras on the market as of today are:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.
Price: $2,499.00 - $4,027.75

To see the video and read full review, click here.

Nikon D7000
An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts, including the company's best shooting design to date.
Price: $1,199.95 - $1,299.95

To see the video and read full review, click here.

Canon PowerShot S95
Though we'd like it to perform better, dSLR shooters looking for a sidekick camera will find the Canon PowerShot S95's top-flight photos and a full manual feature set worth the tradeoff of its compact size.
Price: $398.00 - $441.94

Read see the video and read full review, click here.

Olympus E-PL2 (Black, with 14-42mm lens)
A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.
Price: $539.00 - $599.99

Read see the video and read full review, click here.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V (Black)
Feature junkies in search of a compact megazoom should get the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V.
Price: $349.75 - $349.99

Read see the video and read full review, click here.

But as far as I am concerned. Being a huge fan of street photography, especially street fashion photography, I wanted to know what camera does my favorite street fashion blogger uses to shoot beautiful images on the streets of New York City, Milan, Moscow, Paris, London, Stockholm, Florence, etc…This video illustrates his camera work better than I do in text.

Blogger Scott Schumann, aka, The Sartorialist, shares photos from his Visual Life with 70,000 readers a day. In this film by Intel, get a sneak peek into the man behind the lens and how technology plays a pivotal role in bringing his passion to life.

What camera do you choose to use?

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