Let’s visit the photo archives again, shall we?
Years ago, I had the occasion to journey to a comic book store in the Bay Area - somewhere around one of the cities near San Francisco. I had been attending a convention near the San Francisco Airport. After the show was over, I had some time to kill and some friends drove me out to a comic book store where Jean Giraud (aka Moebius!) was putting in an appearance. How could I resist that?
I don’t remember why Moebius was in town. He wasn’t at the convention, which was a Star*Reach event for retailers and publishers only. I just know that he was there - the creator of Lt. Blueberry, The Airtight Garage and dozens of other great things. And, fortunately, I had my camera with me, my then-trusty 35mm decidedly non-digital Pentax. I stood in line, I shook his hand, and he signed a giant poster for me (as he did for everyone else in line.) Here are a couple of shots from that day. My memory is that this is Comics & Comix in Palo Alto, but if anyone can confirm or correct that, the world would be a better place for all of us.
And yes, I realize the photos are better than the story, but look over there: It’s Moebius!
[Artwork: Photo of Jean Giraud/Moebius. Photo © Tom K. Mason]
Pentax has just put out a set of point and shoots with the E85 and M85. They both have 12 Megapixel CCD sensors, and bodies that are nice and slim. The E85 has an 2.7 LCD and a VGA movie mode for about $186. The M85 (pictured above) can shoot 720p with a 3-inch touchscreen, and includes shake reduction and face detection for a price of $263.
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For most students, summer ends around the end of August or the beginning of September. Considering all the swimming that can be done before then, I am surprised that Pentax did not release the Optio WS80 a lot sooner. The WS80 is only waterproof for about 5 feet, but it has a 10 megapixel sensor with face detection. It also features a 2.7-inch LCD screen and high definition 720p video recording at 30 frames per second. It is available for purchase for a price of $250.
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Pentax has released a limited edition SLR K2000 in white. It has the same features as its black counterpart, a Shake Reduction system, Smart camera operation, auto-picture mode, and a 2.7-inch high-res LCD monitor with 170º viewing. The lightweight cam has an ISO for faster shutter speeds, a dedicated help button and is compatible with any Pentax lens. Look for an $800.00 price tag.
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Just reading about this Pentax digital camera makes us want to board the next
flight to Cancun. It’s the Optio W30, a 5.6 oz., 7MP waterproof (and virtually sand-proof) camera, capable of a depth of 10 feet for 2 hours. It has a 2.5-inch display, and a high-brightness setting perfect for shooting beach and ski shots; plus the ISO can be set up to 1600, for low-light underwater photos. And while the W30 has an internal memory, you can also rely on SD and new SDHC high-capacity cards, which hold up to 8GB. The zoom range is 38 to 114 millimeters, and for you Jacques Cousteau wanna-bes, there’s a video mode (with sound) shooting 30 frames/second. The Pentax Optio W30 will be available in March for $300.
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