Digital Camera News: Lens Rental by Mail, Casio Firmware update, Tabblo Photo Sharing, Memory Stick Survives Underwater

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Rent Lenses from

If you want to try a Nikon or Canon camera lens before you buy one, lets you rent one at very competitive prices for 1-3 weeks at a time.  Currently, only their Canon store is open, but the Nikon selection is supposed to open on July 20.

Once you place your order and your lens becomes available, ships it directly to you via USPS Priority or Express mail.  Your rental period doesn’t start until the lens is delivered.  Shipped with the lens is a prepaid label so you don’t have to worry about it on the way back.

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Firmware Update for Casio Exilim EX-Z600

Casio has released a firmware update (v1.02) for the Exilim EX-Z600 digital camera.  Version 1.02 adds SDHC memory media support.  If you still have version 1.00 of the firmware, this update also covers the 1.00-1.01 update of fixing the problem with the “Pattern 4” slideshow.

By updating to version 1.02, users will lose the ability for the camera to display messages in the Russian language and there are no plans to create firmware to restore the Russian messages.  You can still see messages in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

Casio Exilim EX-Z600 Firmware Update

More Photo Sharing: Tabblo

After seeing an article on the Digital Photograpy Weblog, profiling the service, I had a brief look at Tabblo, a photo-sharing service with some great features.

A “tabblo” is essentially an album that a user can create using Tabblo’s very powerful image editing tools and professionally designed templates.  You can make tabblos public, or restrict them to your circle of friends or family.

With some unique features, like an e-mail address that you can reserve for people to send pictures to be posted to a tabblo, the Tabblo service deserves a look around and a trial run to fully explore the service.


Sony MemoryStick Survives Months Underwater

Reported by the The News Examiner of Gallatin, TN (via Digital Camera Tracker), a man fishing in Old Hickory Lake snagged a 5 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot digital camera.  Being pretty inquisitve and handy with camera equipment, he extracted the Memory Stick and was pretty surprised to find that he could view images and a movie stored on the media.

He’d like to get it back to the rightful owners to confirm his hypothesis on how the camera ended up at the bottom of the lake.  A friend of his has offered to repair the camera if the owner claims the camera.

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