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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Pentax K100D

A low-priced D-SLR with very effective built-in Shake Reduction

As one who shoots handheld almost all the time, I appreciate image stabilization. With some digital SLR brands, stabilization is available only in special stabilized lenses. But it’s currently also built into some D-SLR bodies. The lowest-priced of these by far is the new Pentax K100D.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Nikon D80

The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features

It never ceases to amaze me how much camera manufacturers are able to fit into an SLR body these days. The Nikon D80 is a thoughtful combination of controls and features that makes creating pictures a pleasurable experience.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

This Digital Rebel has a high-res image sensor, anti-dust technology and a host of new features

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers more resolution, a larger LCD with a wider viewing angle and a built-in self-cleaning sensor, making it one of the most affordable and feature-loaded digital SLRs available.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Gadget Bag: Memory Cards

What you need to know about digital camera storage media

Today’s digital cameras store images on removable memory cards (a few cameras have small amounts of built-in memory, but even they accept memory cards). There are several types of memory cards on the market, and within each type are several varieties. Here’s how to make sense of it all.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Notebook Computers In The Wild

Bring your digital darkroom with you on your next photo adventure

Whether you call it a laptop or a notebook, having a computer that can travel along with you has changed the way digital photographers work. In the field, a laptop becomes a portable darkroom, a repository where images can be downloaded and stored and a place where the best shots can be soft-proofed long before returning to the studio. In other words, portable computers have become indispensable.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Nikon D80

Nikon provides high resolution and a host of new features in itslatest D-SLR

If you've been putting off making your transition from film to digital or you've been holding out for a suitable upgrade from your existing digital camera, the Nikon D80 is very likely the camera that you've been waiting for. At a price under $1,000, the camera offers a lot in a compact, lightweight package that’s sure to satisfy the serious and passionate photographer.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Gadget Bag: Digital Image Management

Take the work out of photo organization with these smart applications

Organizing digital photos isn’t why most of us enjoy photography. Managing images rates right up there with chores we’d rather put off, like taking out the trash. In spite of that, it’s something we all need to do as the number of images in our collection grows rapidly.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Sony DSLR-A100

How Sony changes the playing field for the D-SLR market

Outdoor photographers have had a strong interest in digital SLRs because of their versatility and access to varied focal lengths. Plus, high megapixels provide the digital data to make large prints with lots of detail, so when Sony announced a new 10.2-megapixel D-SLR, everyone in the industry paid attention. Whatever brand D-SLR you shoot, Sony’s new entry into the market affects you as it puts a very strong camera into the competitive fray.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Epson Stylus Pro 4800

Improved B&W printing is delivered with a new large-format printer

For me, the allure of the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 wasn’t only its ability to produce prints up to 17 inches wide. It wasn’t just that it could create dramatic, borderless panoramic prints on roll paper. And although the printer’s UltraChrome K3 pigment inks provide a lightfastness of more than 100 years, it wasn’t what was driving me to quickly set up this large-format printer and put it through its paces.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Gadget Bag: Have A Ballhead!

Prized for solid construction and ease of use, ballheads are the choice of professional landscape photographers the world over.

There are as many ways to shoot a landscape photograph as there are landscape photographers. The very best of these images all have one thing in common, however: when the exposure was made, the camera was on a tripod. We just can’t overemphasize the simple fact that using a tripod results in better images. Okay, so you get that. But between the tripod and the camera, there’s a critical component that’s every bit as important as the tripod: the tripod head.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Nikon D2xs

The new flagship D-SLR from Nikon adds a few twists to its professional workhorse

The 12.4-megapixel D-SLR features the High-Speed Crop Mode of its predecessor, which delivers a resolution of 6.8 pixels, but the new D2xs viewfinder is now automatically masked. This eliminates the need to replace the camera‚’s focusing screen and allows the photographer to switch between modes on the fly.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Telephoto Zooms

While fixed-focal-length supertelephoto lenses (400mm and up) are popular with wildlife pros and sports shooters, there’s something to be said for the more than 50 telephoto zoom lenses on the market. Tele-zooms provide long focal lengths and add framing flexibility—quite handy when you can’t easily move toward or away from a subject in the field. Zooms also mean fewer lenses to lug into the field and fewer lens changes (a plus for D-SLR users who want to keep their image sensors dust-free). And for those on tight budgets, zooms that go to 300mm can be had for far less than fixed-focal-length 300mm lenses.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Gadget Bag: Camera Gear Backpacks

Making your load lighter in the field

Photo backpacks are designed to help you comfortably carry heavy loads of camera gear over long distances. Offering numerous compartments for multiple cameras, lenses, a laptop and other accessories, this style of bag maximizes what you can take into the field while promising not to hinder your ability to travel and hike to a picturesque location.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Canon EOS 30D

Making a good thing better

I was rather late in going digital, as it wasn’t until 2003 that I found a D-SLR that met both my photo needs and my budget. That camera—a Canon EOS 10D—still serves me well as a hiking companion, or anytime I don’t want to risk my "good" camera, an EOS 20D. The 20D represented a quantum leap in performance and image quality over the 10D, so it was with great eagerness that I awaited arrival of the 20D’s successor, the EOS 30D.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Cisnet Extreme Multi-tasking PC A7098

A high-end system for high-demand photography

Now that my digital photography has changed to an almost exclusively RAW workflow, I’m frequently testing the limits of my computer. Though it’s maxed out with more than 1 GB of memory, the computer is having increasing difficulty with the multilayer Photoshop files I’m producing. It’s even more of a challenge when I have other applications open for browsing the Web, managing e-mail and cataloging thousands of images.

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