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  • 2007 SF International Auto Show

    Posted on December 3rd, 2007 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Last week, for the umpteenth time, my dad and I made our annual trek to Moscone Center for the big SF auto show. There wasn’t anything terribly exciting this year… well, except for a few Audis! Anyhow, hit the link for the highlights from the show (in my opinion).

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  • Artsy bridge shot

    Posted on November 30th, 2007 Jeff Keller No comments

    While taking some standard tourist photos of the Golden Gate Bridge the other day, I looked over the side and said, hey, that’s pretty neat, I think I’ll take a shot of that. And there you have it!

  • Cool “pic” of the day

    Posted on November 26th, 2007 Jeff Keller No comments

    This is actually a series of thirteen photos that I’ve strung together into an animated GIF. Modern digital SLRs are so fast that they can capture incredible action sequences. I used the very impressive Nikon D300 to capture this sequence.

  • Caught in the act

    Posted on November 25th, 2007 Jeff Keller No comments

    I was taking some test photos for a review, when I turned around and noticed that Flame was giving Zoe a bath. So, I grabbed the camera and took the photo you see above. I love the look on their faces… Zoe looks a little guilty, while Flame seems like he’s had a few too many drinks!

  • 10 Years Later

    Posted on November 23rd, 2007 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Thanksgiving marks the tenth year of the Digital Camera Resource Page, my “baby”. It all started back in 1997, when I was a student at UCSD. Since I worked at the UCSD Bookstore, I would tinker with the digital cameras that we sold whenever I had the chance. The first two cameras I was exposed to were the Apple QuickTake 150 (640 x 480, $700) and the Casio QV-10A (320 x 240, rotating lens).

    I believe it was on the show floor of the Seybold Seminar that year when I came up with the idea of the DCRP. As I walked around, I took note of all the digital cameras being shown. I had already been running a site for owners of PowerComputing Mac clones, and thought I could use the same model on a digital camera site. Thus, in November of 1997, the DCRP site was born. It was really the first website of its kind.

    Shortly after the site started, I bought my first camera: the Olympus D-300L, a sub-Megapixel camera which cost me around $1200 if I recall. Compared to today’s cameras, the D-300L is awful, but back then, it was THE camera to have. I soon upgraded to the D-600L, which was the first 1+ Megapixel camera I owned. After that, I think I had a Nikon Coolpix 950, then an Olympus E-10, followed by the Canon EOS-20D, which I recently traded in for an EOS-40D.

    When the DCRP site was about a year old, I started to think about shelving it. It was a lot of work, not many people were visiting, and it wasn’t making much in the line of money. I’m glad I didn’t give up, as soon, the digital camera market took off. The DCRP was soon eclipsed by more popular sites (DP Review and Steve’s Digicams) that had the resources to update their sites frequently. Since it was more a side project than a job, nights and weekends were the only time I could update the DCRP site — first in college, then when I had a “real” job. Thankfully, the site started making enough money to allow me to take over full-time, and in 2001 that’s exactly what I did.

    So here we are in 2007… in the past ten years, I’ve reviewed over 435 cameras (that’s one review every 8 or 9 days), put 1200+ cameras into the Reviews & Info database, and written over 3400 news items. I’ve taken tens of thousands of photos (mostly of the same things) and sifted through what seems like millions of “what camera should I buy” e-mails.

    omehow, through all this, my “famous” Mickey Mouse figurine has survived, though with Flame around, I’m thinking of buying a spare.

    It’s been a pretty good ten years. I’m very fortunate to have started the site when I did — I really got in at the right time. This year’s been a tough one, though I’m hoping that I can get things going in the right direction next year. I guess we’ll find out how I fared this time next year!

  • Job perk numero uno

    Posted on November 20th, 2007 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    I was reminded of the best part of my job today, when two boxes from Nikon arrived today. Being one of the first to get their mitts on the amazing D300 (not to mention that huge 70-300 VR lens) is pretty fun! Now I just need to make some time to go out and shoot!

  • Best Buy changing their ways?

    Posted on November 18th, 2007 Jeff Keller No comments

    I’ve written about Best Buy’s in-store pickup service (or lack thereof) three different times. My first experience even ended up as the centerpiece of a Wall Street Journal story.
    Now, they’ve thrown down the gauntlet — they now guarantee that your order will be in your hands 1 minute after you give the employee your confirmation e-mail. If it’s not, then you get a $10 credit on whatever you purchased. Since 2 of my 3 in-store pickup experiences have been a total disaster, I may have to take them up on this offer some time.

  • Star gazing

    Posted on November 18th, 2007 Jeff Keller No comments

    My folks came to visit last night, and after dinner I had an idea — why not go to the Chabot Space & Science Center and look at the stars? Every Friday and Saturday night the public is invited to look through at planets and stars through the observatory’s three telescopes. Despite a lot of fog in the area, the view from the Oakland Hills was clear. One telescope, which is 124 years old, had a view of the moon I won’t soon forget — you could practically count moon rocks! The second telescope (also very old) was looking at a collapsed star, which was more like a blurry blue ball. The third and newest telescope was out of service for the evening, unfortunately.
    We didn’t even check out the other offerings at the Science Center, including a planetarium, Omnimax theater, and various exhibits (those aren’t free). I’ll have to go back for those — and for more star gazing. It’s pretty neat to have this facility only a mile or two away from my house!