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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.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Image Stabilization

When you can't or won't use a tripod, these technologies steady your hand

There are two distinct image-stabilization technologies employed to prevent blurry photographs when shooting at slower shutter speeds. Lens-shift stabilization, as the name implies, is achieved through moving elements in the lens barrel itself. Canon’s IS and Nikon’s VR technologies are both of the lens-shift variety. Sensor-shift stabilization occurs within the camera body rather than the lens. The primary advantage to sensor-shift technology lies in the ability to use any lens and get a stabilized image. Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony all have sensor-stabilization camera models in their lineups.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Digital Projectors For Photographers

Show off your images using the latest in projection technology

We may still call our multimedia productions "slideshows," but there’s no way anyone will ever confuse one of today’s digital projectors with the slide projectors of yesteryear. Compared to their analog ancestors, they’re quieter, brighter and more versatile—they’re also more expensive, so here’s what you need to know to prepare for your foray into the world of digital projectors.


Thursday, March 1, 2007

Gadget Bag: Have Tripod, Will Travel

Take along a tripod when away from home to ensure sharp photographs

Many of us look forward to vacation travel for the photo opportunities such journeys provide.Away from our daily routines, visiting a new and visually rich destination makes it easier to come away with great photographs.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Lensbaby 3G

Change the qualities of focus for repeatable and dynamic results

The Lensbaby series of lenses has quickly grown in popularity, not only among fine-art and portrait photographers, but also with those of us interested in outdoor photography. Providing some of the creative flexibility of a view camera, these lenses offer the ability to control the quality of focus with a D-SLR.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

In Focus: March 2007

In Focus

Give your images some room to stretch on the Samsung SyncMaster XL20 monitor. Designed for users with lofty color demands, the 20-inch display uses a unique light-emitting diode backlight unit for an ultra-wide color gamut. The monitor is further enhanced by a color-management system that helps provide vivid and precise color. The system includes color calibration and Image Viewer, a tool that corrects color differences between monitors and printers. Other notable features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a high resolution of 1600 x 1200.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Nikon D40

The latest from Nikon is loaded with features at an eye-popping price

Ideal for photographers who want to travel light but don’t want to give up functionality, the D40 is also Nikon’s most compact and affordable D-SLR to date. A camera that will no doubt be promoted to those making a transition from a compact digital camera, the D40 offers a host of features that will appeal to many outdoor photographers, regardless of experience and skill level.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Canon imageProGraf iPF5000

A large-format printer for big color and B&W enlargements

The benefit of digital cameras with resolutions of 8 megapixels and higher is the ability to make larger and larger prints. It’s because of these increased resolutions that large-format inkjet printers have gained in popularity among professional labs and photographers producing their own enlargements. With its imageProGraf iPF5000 printer, Canon offers a printer capable of producing exceptional color and black-and-white prints.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Gadget Bag: Weather Tamers

Dramatic weather makes for dramatic photos, but you need to protect your camera for the conditions

Raindrops on roses—no problem. But rain, snow or condensation on camera equipment can mean disaster. Likewise, low temperatures can impede battery performance, and very low temperatures can impair human performance as well. High temps are hazardous, too—direct sunlight can make black lenses excessively warm and prevent proper operation. It’s safer to stay indoors when the climate becomes extreme.

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