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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, July 1, 2008

Gear Up For Travel

Find your ultimate travel D-SLR

While photographers can (and do) travel with all sorts of cameras, it’s a welcome alternative to carry a lightweight model that incorporates features especially useful for travel photography. In compiling our list of travel D-SLRs, we used the following criteria:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Polarizers

If there ever has been a single piece of gear that all nature photographers agree is indispensable, it’s the polarizer

The label reads somewhat like a too-good-to-be-true advertisement for photography snake oil: “Removes glare, darkens blue skies, enhances colors and lets you see underwater.” But all of this—and more—can be truthfully said about polarizing filters.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In Focus: July 2008

Catch fast-moving wildlife on the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1. This hybrid camera can capture 6-megapixel stills at a whopping 60 fps or record 720p and 1080i resolution HD video at 1200 fps. Other top-notch features include a 12x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 36-432mm, a 2.8-inch screen, manual controls and a maximum shutter speed of 1⁄40,000 sec. The Best Shot function matches the type of image you want to record and the camera then sets it up automatically.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Samsung GX-20

This new D-SLR features 14.6 megapixels, a weatherproof body and a Live View LCD

The fourth D-SLR to result from the Samsung-Pentax partnership, the GX-20 shares much with the new Pentax K20D, including its new Samsung 14.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor and rugged dust- and water-resistant construction.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sony Alpha A300 & A350

New D-SLRs offer low prices and excellent image quality

Sony’s newest D-SLRs, the A350 and A300, offer simple operation, great value and amazing versatility. The A350 features a 14.2-megapixel image sensor and a price under $800; the otherwise identical A300 features a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor. Like all Sony D-SLRs, both can use a wide range of Sony, Zeiss and Minolta Maxxum lenses.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing A Lab

Discover The Benefits Of Using A Photo Lab For Printing Photographs

Today’s photo labs have kept up with the digital age and have made it easy for us to get 4x6, 8x10 or larger prints. Whether you walk in with your media card in hand or upload your images using the Internet, a good photo lab can make quite a difference when you need lots of prints, big enlargements and more.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing Inkjet Paper

The Right Inkjet Photo Paper Will Enhance The Look And Longevity Of Your Prints

The final look of your print has everything to do with the paper you place in your printer. Beyond size, the weight, whiteness and surface of a paper all make a dramatic difference in the appearance of color and tone, especially whites and blacks. By carefully selecting inkjet paper, you can move beyond merely copying an image and elevate printmaking to a more creative part of your photography.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Buying A Digital Photo Printer

Photo Inkjet Printers Deliver Prints With Better Color And Longer Life

While looking at a photograph on a camera’s LCD or a large computer monitor is exciting, neither replaces the satisfaction of holding a quality print. Improvements in the stability of inks have led to photo inkjet printers producing archival-quality prints that resist fading for a lifetime.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing Digital Photo Storage

Digital Picture Storage Solutions For Creating A Reliable Image Library

Space—the final frontier or a simple necessity? Because digital imaging has picked up speed in the past few years, the need for extensive amounts of digital storage space has intensified. Replacing the temperature-controlled closets that film shooters used to store processed film is now the hard drive library.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Finding The Right Digital Camera Accessories

Tips For Selecting Digital Camera Bags, Filters

Faster, convenient and more efficient—that’s what today’s digital camera accessories make possible. Accessories have become an integral part of photography, as they can make shooting easier and your pictures better. Outfitting your gear with the latest technology and design isn’t just form, it’s function.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing Digital Camera Lenses

Take The Guesswork Out of Choosing An Interchangeable Digital SLR Camera Lens

So you’ve made the leap from a point-and-shoot pocket camera to a digital SLR. Or perhaps you’ve upgraded an old manual film SLR for something a little higher-tech. Now you’ve got a problem: to get the most out of that new camera, you’ve got to choose the right interchangeable SLR lenses to go with it.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fast Lenses

In the digital age, the advantages of a big maximum aperture are greater than ever

When Kodachrome 64 and Fujichrome Velvia 50 were the mainstays of outdoor photographers, a fast lens was a critical advantage, especially when handholding in early-morning or late-afternoon light. Lenses like the 300mm ƒ/2.8, 70-200mm ƒ/2.8, 105mm ƒ/2 and 50mm ƒ/1.4 or ƒ/1.2 were the workhorse lenses that propped up shutter speeds as light deteriorated.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Traveling Into The Backcountry

Prepare for any expedition by equipping your vehicle with the photographic essentials

When planning an extended photo expedition, having the right camera, lens and laptop is really only the first step. A truly successful excursion comes down to the peripherals—the extras that help take your photography to the next level. There’s no better way to ensure that you have all of the equipment needed than by decking out your vehicle.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tripod Dexterity

Think creatively when deciding which tripod to buy and how to make the most use of its features in the field. OP goes into the wildflowers with a sampling of three tripods to prove the point.

Tripods are one of those basic parts of nature photography that we often take for granted, yet a quality tripod is a key part of any outdoor photographer’s toolkit. A good tripod will make even the most inexpensive lens outperform the most expensive handheld lens, and such a tripod will make every lens work at its best. Photographers have a lot of excellent tripod choices on the market today. I recently had the chance to take three very different tripods into the field and see what they meant to my workflow.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Photo Backpacks

Modern materials coupled with innovative designs provide more choices than ever

There was a time when choosing any camera bag meant making a compromise. Not so long ago, we were forced to decide between how well the bag protected our gear and how easily our equipment could be accessed. This was particularly true with photo backpacks. But today, the combination of durable, lightweight synthetic materials and innovative designs means we can choose a backpack that perfectly suits our needs.

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