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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.




Friday, June 1, 2007

How to Choose a Digital Camera Memory Card

Choosing Memory Cards For Digital Cameras Can Be Tough. Arm Yourself With Valuable Information.

In 1997, I demonstrated the Minolta DiMAGE V digital camera to Microsoft’s Bill Gates during a closed-door meeting at the Photo Marketing Association trade show. As I recall the event, Mr. Gates wasn’t overly impressed by the $649 VGA-class digital camera, despite its detachable zoom lens. He did hum in amazement, however, while examining the camera’s wafer-thin SSFDC memory card (better known as SmartMedia). “Two megabytes,” he said, and shook his head in a gesture that I took to indicate surprise.

Friday, June 1, 2007

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sekonic DigitalMaster L-758DR Light Meter

A new meter specifically designed for today's digital cameras

The DigitalMaster L-758DR offers four light meters in one. It measures flash, ambient, incident or reflected light, and will customize them to your camera or film type. Measured values can also be mixed and stored for interchangeable readings in reflected and incident modes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Photoshop CS3

Adobe's latest Photoshop sports a streamlined workspace and powerful new tools that solve old photographic challenges

With every new version of Photoshop, photographers always ask, "What’s new that will be useful to me? "With the release of CS3, the answer is lots! Brand-new features do things that were previously impossible in Photoshop, and refinements make existing features more flexible and powerful. Let’s look at the new features first.


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

In Focus: May 2007

Capture crisp, high-definition video with an affordable, palm-sized camera. The Canon HV20 camcorder features a 10x optical zoom lens, 2.96-megapixel CMOS image sensor and DIGIC DV II image processor for shooting full HD resolution (1920 x 1080i) video with true-to-life color. The 24p Cinema Mode helps your footage look more like a professional film. The HV20 also comes with a microphone and earphone jacks, plus you can opt to record in standard definition mode.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Toys of Summer

Now is the most popular time of year to take to the trails and campsites of America. Having the right gear will keep you outdoors in comfort and safety.

Serious outdoor photography tends to be a gear-intensive pursuit, not just with camera equipment, but also with the tools it takes to safely and comfortably scout the great outdoors. The shelter, footwear, clothing, gadgets and other outdoor accessories you choose can be just as important as your photo equipment in helping you get the right images—a fact to which anyone who has ever shivered themselves awake in a lousy sleeping bag or endured a leaky, drafty tent will attest. If you haven’t shopped for outdoor equipment lately, you’re in for a surprise.
It’s lighter and more functional than ever, even if there’s the occasional associated sticker shock. When it comes to chasing the best outdoor photo situations, you’ll be glad you’re properly outfitted with items like these.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Does Lens Speed Matter?

Pros love their fast glass. Maybe they're onto something.

When shopping for a new lens, you might encounter the desired focal length (or focal-length range, in a zoom lens) in more than one speed. For example, one camera manufacturer’s lineup includes 400mm ƒ/2.8, 400mm ƒ/4 and 400mm ƒ/5.6 supertelephotos. The ƒ/2.8 is 4.5 times larger in volume, 4.2 times heavier and costs $5,000 more than the ƒ/5.6. Is it worth it? Many wildlife and action photographers think it is.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Gadget Bag: The Long View

Compact super-zoom cameras offer tremendous telephotos in portable packages

Although photographers seem to always search for it, there’s no perfect camera. Some seek a compact size over all else, while others are willing to lug around larger camera kits to ensure they’re always ready with the right lenses. While there’s no one-size-fits-all camera, there is one camera category that does a remarkable job of pleasing a lot of people in a lot of ways.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Canon EOS-1D Mark III

The world's fastest D-SLR can shoot 10.1-megapixel images at 10 fps‚Äîand that‚’s just for starters

While Canon’s speed-king EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR offered effective improvements over its excellent predecessor, those improvements weren’t earthshaking. But the changes to the new EOS-1D Mark III are astounding, covering everything from resolution and image quality to shooting speed, dust elimination and live viewing. As you glance through them, keep in mind that these improvements all come at the same list price as the Mark II when it debuted: $4,499!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Gadget Bag: Multimedia Storage

Back up and review your images in the field with handheld media devices

Last summer at the Bronx Zoo, I overheard a seasoned professional photographer explaining his Epson multimedia storage viewer to a zoo employee. "I used to work with an assistant," he said. "Now I use this. Best part is, it never oversleeps."

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

9-megapixel RAW capture with an optical 10.7x zoom

It’s amazing just how much is expected of a basic camera today. Fujifilm’s loaded FinePix S9100, successor to the S9500, does its best to raise expectations even more with an array of impressive features.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Sigma Macro 70mm f/2.8 EX DG

A versatile lens with a fast aperture and popular focal length for D-SLRs

When we all shot film, one of the favorite focal lengths for a macro lens was 105mm. Sigma’s new 70mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens fits that tradition for digital cameras. All photographers using digital SLRs with small-format, APS-C-sized sensors will find that this lens acts like a 105mm lens with a 35mm camera because of the crop
or multiply factor.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Epson P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewer

A hard drive/viewer that lets you leave the laptop at home

Though my wife believes my laptop is permanently tethered to my body, there are times when I don’t want to tote around my computer. Such a time is when I’m out shooting in the field. But since I still want to back up my digital files before I get home, the Epson P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewer provides a good way to both secure and share my images.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Small-Format Wide-Angle Zooms

You don't need a "full-frame"-sensor D-SLR to do wide-angle photography

The widely used APS-C-sized image sensor has helped make excellent D-SLRs affordable, but long carried a drawback for wide-angle photographers: a narrowed angle of view. Fortunately, camera and independent lens manufacturers now offer very short focal-length zoom lenses for these cameras, designed to eliminate this problem.


Sunday, April 1, 2007

In Focus: April 2007

Quickly import, organize, manage and showcase large volumes of your digital photographs using Adobe Lightroom. With powerful workflow tools and a streamlined user interface, Lightroom processes your images nondestructively in RAW, JPEG and TIFF. All of the tasks you see in the main interface—Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web—are designed to act as independent modules so you have full, intuitive control. Tools include a precision white-balance selection option, tone curve adjustment for making midtone, shadow and highlight modifications, and search presets for quicker image retrieval. Lightroom is compatible with Photoshop CS2 and Elements, and works with Macintosh- and Windows-based systems.

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