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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pentax K20D

A new 14.6-megapixel APS-C sensor makes this new D-SLR ideal for landscapes and wildlife

Hot on the heels of the K200D, the new top-of-the-line K20D is Pentax’s 10th D-SLR, and it’s worthy of the honor. Featuring a new 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor and live viewing on its 2.7-inch LCD monitor, the K20D builds on the features that made the K10D an excellent choice for outdoor photography: rugged, dustproof and weather-resistant construction; a built-in sensor-shift Shake Reduction system that works with all lenses; an effective dust-control system; a high-performance Pentax PRIME imaging engine; 3 fps shooting and more.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

In Focus: June 2008

Weighing just 13.4 ounces, without battery or lens, the 10-megapixel Olympus E-420 is billed as the world’s smallest D-SLR. Top features include instant autofocusing of live images on the HyperCrystal II 2.7-inch LCD and Shadow Adjustment technology for capturing better detail in dark areas while keeping highlight detail.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

19th Century Mobile Photography

Check out this amazing time-lapse video that shows a photographer setting up a wet-plate collodian, large-format photo shoot. The wet-plate process was state of the art in the latter part of the 19th century. Today a select group of fine-art shooters like Jill Enfield still use and enjoy it. The process certainly is a far cry from the immediacy of digital cameras!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

In Focus: May 2008

The latest trio of Nikon lenses comes with unique and innovative features that expand the kinds of outdoor shots you’re able to capture. The wide-angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm ƒ/3.5D ED has a special tilt/shift mechanism offering up to ±11.5mm shift and ±8.5-degree tilt for manipulating perspective, distortion and focus. The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a compact wide-angle zoom suitable for a range of applications.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Gadget Bag: Memory Today

Shooting with a hi-res D-SLR can take up a lot of memory in a hurry. Manufacturers have responded with new ultra-high capacities that will provide safe storage for your precious images.

Some people believe that there are too many different types of memory cards. Why can’t all cameras use the same storage media? Uniformity is not likely to ever happen, but we may be moving a bit closer to a universal media system. Based on the number of new digital SLR and high-end compact digital cameras introduced so far this year that are compatible with Secure Digital, it’s becoming clear that CompactFlash is losing ground. The advent of high-capacity SDHC has opened the door to cross-platform compatibility.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New From PMA

High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you’re in the field

Among the latest cameras and lenses showcased at the big PMA trade show every winter, there’s also a slew of new gadgets, technological innovations and services that don’t drum up the kind of attention that a hot new D-SLR does. While we can’t cover everything we saw, what follows is a look at some of the offerings from those smaller, “back of the show” manufacturers that caught our attention.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Must-Have Wide-Angle Zoom

Perfect for grand landscapes and intimate nature portraits, see what the pros say about these indispensable lenses

The wide-angle zoom is an incredibly useful and multifaceted tool for a nature shooter. It’s as well-suited for sprawling landscapes as it is for close-ups, where you want to provide context for the subject by capturing more of the surrounding environment. And the added zoom capability is great compared to a fixed-focal-length lens, because you have more framing options without having to physically move to change a composition.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sigma DP1

A compact digital camera with the sensor—and sensibility—of a D-SLR

Sigma is best known for its wide line of lenses, but the company has also produced a series of film and digital SLRs. Now, it has taken the big sensor from its latest D-SLR and put it into a compact digital camera body with a lens designed specifically for the sensor. The compact size and D-SLR image quality make this a great camera when you want to travel very light.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Your Next Digital Darkroom

Between the large image files today's new D-SLRs generate and the demands of the latest software tools, your old computer is probably starting to show its age. We have some suggestions when it's time for an upgrade.

At the heart of most digital darkrooms is a desktop computer system, and compared to your camera and other related gear, it may be lagging behind. And it’s becoming all the more apparent every time you use your sluggish, half-asleep computer. Opening programs. Opening photos. Rendering changes. Saving them. Everything takes too long. It’s time to get a new computer, but what should it be?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gadget Bag: Multimedia Storage Viewers

High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you're in the field

Multimedia storage viewer (MSV) is a fancy name for a compact, handheld image viewer that has a built-in, high-capacity hard drive and certain audio and video functions. They have been around for a few years now, and the current crop is bigger and better than ever. Keen competition has encouraged rival manufacturers to refine existing features and add many new ones‚ and the prices have never been lower.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

In Focus: April 2008

Capture sunsets with smoother transitions from light to dark colors using the 12.2-megapixel Canon EOS Rebel XSi, which has an enhanced 14-bit A/D converter, along with many other features and technologies found in the company’s pro models. A fast autofocus system, three-inch Live View LCD with two types of AF and a 35-zone metering system round out some of the top-of-the-line features. The XSi also has the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced in the EOS-1D Mark III.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nikon D60

Nikon's new top entry-level D-SLR combines simple operation with creative capability

The Nikon D60 adds a number of great new features, including some borrowed from the high-end D3 and D300 to the popular entry-level D40X digital SLR. These include a two-pronged-sensor dust-control system, Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing concept, Active D-Lighting, in-camera NEF (RAW) processing, stop-motion movie mode, white-balance bracketing and an 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction) zoom as the kit lens. The result is a quick-responding camera that’s compact, easy to use and capable of creative photography.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Canon EOS Rebel XSi

The latest Rebel D-SLR adds megapixels, Live View and much more

Canon’s first entry-level digital SLR, the 6.3-megapixel EOS Digital Rebel, was also the first D-SLR to sell for under $1,000. It was followed by the 8-megapixel Digital Rebel XT and the 10.1-megapixel Digital Rebel XTi. Now, the new fourth-generation EOS Rebel XSi continues the Rebel tradition of great value at a low price.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Choosing Your Tele-Zoom

Some of the best nature photographers share thoughts and tips on their favorite medium telephoto zoom lenses

The versatility of medium tele-zooms is just incredible. With ranges that vary from around 50mm to between 200mm and 400mm at the high end, these lenses provide a tremendous variety of framing options for landscape, wildlife, sports action and macro work. Between one of these lenses and a good wide-angle, you can travel most anywhere and be confident that your bases will be covered for nearly any situation. And you can travel light—an absolute necessity if you fly anywhere these days, given the weight restrictions on baggage, not to mention how much easier it can be on your back.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Stability Tech: Tripods

A tripod is one of the most important tools for getting your best images, and there‚’s a lot more to them than just three sturdy legs

A good tripod is essential gear for the outdoor photographer. It will hold the camera rock-steady, so you can stop down for depth of field or use a high-magnification lens without suffering blur due to camera shake. Plus, it will lock in your composition so you can study it carefully and you won’t accidentally change it as you squeeze off the shot.


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