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Sigma SD-10 Digital SLR Camera With 18-50MM DC Kit

first_imgFoveon X3(R) direct image sensor in the Sigma SD10 digital SLR can capture all RGB colors at each and every pixel. The revolutionary design of Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor features three layers of pixel sensors Using three silicon-embedded layers of pixel sensors, stacked to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green, and blue light at different respective depths, the Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor can thereby directly capture full color and detail at each and every pixel location, without interpolation.With the RAW data recording system of the SIGMA SD10, it is possible to obtain high picture definition and compact file size. The lossless compression system of RAW data, eliminates image deterioration, provides superior pictures, without sacrificing original image quality and retains full image capture details.Depending on the intention of the photographer, the SIGMA SD10 allows photographers to select the resolution of RAW data images in one of three resolutions. HI mode (2268x1512x3 layers) delivers highest resolution image performance. MED mode (1512x1008x3 layers) has high definition and recording capacity. LOW mode (1134x756x3 layers) for capturing the most images per given memory capacity.The SD10 comes with SIGMA Photo Pro 2.0 software for modifying recorded RAW data image files. It is easy to make adjustments (white balance, exposure, color balance, and contrast for example) in three modes. The X3F mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. In the auto adjustment mode the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments of RAW data. The custom -mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments to exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, sharpness, and saturation. The latest addition to Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 software is X3 Fill Light. This easy to use facility corrects tones on images of high contrast exposure or backlit pictures.In Default or normal mode the ISO sensitivity of SD10 can be set to 100, 200, 400 and 800. If Extended Mode is selected, it is possible to use ISO 1600 sensitivity. In any ISO sensitivity setting, it is possible to select a high shutter speed from 1/6000 sec. to a slow shutter speed of 30secs.SIGMA SD10 is equipped with a “sport finder” which offers a view that extends outside of the frame. The area that is out of the image sensor coverage range is marked by transparent light gray, to distinguish it from the active picture taking area.The Sigma SD10 records on reliable, high capacity Type I and Type II CF (CompactFlash) cards or a Microdrive to hold larger volumes of data.The SIGMA SD10 is equipped with a large 1.8″ appr.130,000 dot low temperature polysilicon TFT-LCD mo nitor with white LED on the back panel, which displays images, menus and histogram. The coverage area of the LCD monitor is 100%, of that seen from the viewfinder .last_img read more

‘Brooklyn Castle’: Boy Fights Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) With Game of Chess

first_imgHealthLifestyle ‘Brooklyn Castle’: Boy Fights Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) With Game of Chess by: – November 26, 2012 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussionscenter_img Patrick Johnston, 11 when “Brooklyn Castle” was filmed, learned concentration and perseverance from the game of chess. (Courtesy Elizabeth Spiegel)Patrick Johnston is surrounded by a legion of champions at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the after-school chess club players have won 26 titles, more than any other junior high in the country.At 11, he struggles with attention deficit disorder and is the lowest-rated player on the team. But he has ambition. He practices his skills seven days a week, hoping to reach the modest goal of ranking at a middle level.“I just want to win,” the bespectacled kid with the intense eyebrows says. For Patrick and his teammates, it’s more than a game as their trophies and banners fill the hallways of I.S. 318 in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Chess requires patience, long-term planning and the knowledge that every move has a consequence.“Chess is fantastic for kids in a world where you can’t concentrate for more than 10 minutes,” fulltime chess teacher Elizabeth Spiegel, the “brains of the operation,” says. ” It makes it a valuable tool.”Spiegel’s team — a multiracial collection of kids for whom chess is both a passion and a way out of poverty — are the central characters in “Brooklyn Castle,” a documentary that is now showing in 14 cities and is a hopeful contender for the Oscar short-list this week.The film follows Patrick and four other players, starting three years ago, through their triumphs and losses against the backdrop of budget cuts at I.S. 318, a public school where more than 70 percent of the families live below the federal poverty level.Unlike many disadvantaged schools, where chess players would be a “pariah,” “the geeks are the athletes” at I.S. 318, principal Fred Rubino, who died in April and to whom the film is dedicated, said in the film.He and assistant principal John Galvin were the driving force at the school, fiercely protective of the after-school programs that pay for children to have opportunities their parents could never afford.Since 1997, the chess club has grown from 10 to 80 players in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. And until their travel funds took a hit, the team criss-crossed the country by plane and train, winning one competition after another.In her first solo film, director Katie Dellamaggiore said she didn’t set out to crusade for teachers and after-school programs.“I didn’t have an interest in chess at all, and I wasn’t looking for a story about public education,” she told ABCNews.com.Dellamaggiore, a 34-year-old Brooklyn native, had read about a talented chess player at a local high school, but was steered instead to I.S. 318, where younger players were aspiring winners.With young, exuberant players, “It was so much richer in material,” she said. She began interviewing in 2008, but the narrative took an unexpected turn when the economy tanked and, as a filmmaker’s side bonus, the school was required to make $1 million in budget cuts.Parents, teachers and students rallied to raise funds. “You have to put a human face on what might be seen as a line in a budget,” Dellamaggiore said.Justus Williams had a natural gift for chess and had already rated in the highest range at age 11. He was selected to join the U.S. Chess Federation’s All-American Team, but the pressure to live up to expectation nearly paralyzed him.Rochelle Ballantyne, 13, and the highest-ranked player on the middle-school team, wanted to prove she could be the first African-American female master in the history of chess. But the demands of high school were derailing her dreams.Pobo Efekoro, a physically towering 12-year-old whom the director calls “a charismatic force of nature,” becomes a mentor to other team members. And, as a bonus theme, he runs for class president as “Pobama,” on a campaign to restore funds for student programs.Alexis Paredes, 12, is the second-best player. He wants to parlay his success and get into one of New York City’s elite high schools so he can become a doctor or lawyer and support his immigrant parents. But the entrance test is daunting.Patrick is not one of the chess superstars, but his determination to win, in spite of his ADD, impressed Dellamaggiore.“It surprised me; he talked so candidly about it,” she said. “I really like how Patrick was so self-aware of what his setbacks were and he spoke openly with his mom about it at the kitchen table.“As filmmakers we realized that the conversation about ADD can get messy and judgmental,” said Dellamaggiore. “We wanted to be really honest about one kid’s experience and what we were observing. It’s not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.”By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES ABC News Share Sharelast_img read more