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Read reviews of the latest wildlife and nature photography equipment. Our camera equipment reviews cover lenses to accessories and everything in-between.




Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Best D-SLRs For B&W

There’s more to getting a good black-and-white image than just shooting in color and doing a conversion. In the field, take advantage of your camera’s settings and you can unleash its inner TRI-X!

There are two basic ways to produce black-and-white images digitally: Shoot them that way in-camera or shoot them in color and convert them to black-and-white using imaging software. Both offer advantages. Most of today’s D-SLRs provide a monochrome mode.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gadget Bag: Ultralight Carry Solutions

Keep things light without sacrificing protection for your cameras and lenses

We expect a lot from our gadget bags. They have to be comfortable, durable and fashionable, but still versatile enough to hold everything we want to carry.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The New Generation Of D-SLRs

Cameras keep getting better, and the latest models to come out this fall are among the very best yet for nature photographers

It’s fall, and besides the annual leaf change and wildlife migrations, this is a time of year when manufacturers unveil their new D-SLR lineups. Some of these cameras are ready and available right now, some are coming soon, and others are only concepts, but all of them represent new leaps forward in technology that will help you make better photographs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In Focus: December 2008

If you’re looking to boost the quality of your landscape and nature images by stepping up to an SLR, Pentax delivers a complete entry-level system with a camera body, lens, flash and an affordable price tag.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Holiday Book Guide

OP’s annual selection of books for outdoor photo enthusiasts

Lining the bookshelf with new large-format photography hardcovers this holiday season shouldn’t be too difficult.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

2008 Holiday Buyer’s Guide

Our annual roundup of gadgets and gear to help the outdoor photographer in your life get better pictures

With the holidays fast approaching, Outdoor Photographer offers our annual collection of photo gear to help you get better photographs. This year, we have everything from printers to software to photo backpacks. What you won’t find in this guide are cameras or lenses. Instead, we focus on the accessories that work with any camera or lens setup you have. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Canon EOS 50D

15.1 megapixels, 920,000-dot Live-View LCD monitor, 6.3 fps shooting and ISOs up to 12,800

Just a year after Canon debuted a major upgrade to its popular mid-level EOS 30D D-SLR via the EOS 40D, the company has introduced a major upgrade of the 40D. The new EOS 50D raises the resolution a whopping 50% while maintaining essentially the same shooting rate, introduces Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor to the D-SLR line, increases the LCD monitor’s resolution fourfold and more.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

2008 Editors' Picks

Our annual look at gear from the past year that the OP editors found particularly useful

Welcome to our annual Editors’ Picks for 2008—the year of the D-SLR. Suddenly, there are more cameras from more manufacturers at lower prices, and all with more and better features than ever.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wildlife D-SLRs

Choose your ideal camera for photographing birds and other wildlife

While you can photograph wildlife with any camera, some models are better suited for it than others.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Digiscoping

Try a spotting scope as an alternative to an extreme telephoto lens for birding and small wildlife shots

One of the biggest challenges photographing wildlife is having enough magnification. You want to fill the frame and utilize all of the resolution of your digital SLR, but for most of us that means having an extreme telephoto lens, which can be prohibitively expensive.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Gadget Bag: That’s A Wrap

When you want to shoot without the full bag on your back, you can keep a few lenses and accessories protected with a small pouch or wrap

There are times when no gadget bag will do. When you’re out shooting with one D-SLR and two zooms, a bag can just get in the way. Even so, it’s still important to protect the lens that’s not on your camera. That’s when you reach for a wrap or a floppy case.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

High-Tech B&W Printers

Today’s high-tech black-and-white printers can produce images that surpass anything that was possible in the film darkroom

Black-and-white printing has never been more popular than it is today. Programs like Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop make it easy to convert color images into compelling black-and-white shots that would have made Ansel Adams proud.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

In Focus: October 2008

Step up to shooting with a D-SLR using the EOS Rebel XS, the latest entry-level camera from Canon. Top-notch features include a DIGIC III image processor, 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.5-inch LCD with Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point wide-area autofocus (AF) sensor and 3 fps continuous JPEG burst rate.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Is Now The Time For Full-Frame D-SLRs?

With more options, state-of-the-art technology and lower prices, D-SLRs are worth a careful look for serious outdoor shooters

Nature photographers now can choose from among four “full-frame” D-SLRs, thanks to Nikon’s new D700 joining the D3 and Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Solutions: BushHawk Shoulder Mount

If tripods and monopods don’t work for you when photographing fast-flying wildlife, try a BushHawk

As an avid bird photographer, I’ve tried to photograph birds with big telephoto lenses. When I used film, I shot lots of pictures, but didn’t get many keepers. After I purchased my first digital SLR camera and had taken lots of travel pictures, I decided to try it out on the birds.

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