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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Holiday Buyer's Guide


A look at some of the gear that’s available for the nature photographer on your gift list

This Article Features Photo Zoom


Tokina 16-15mm

Tamron 18-270mm
LENSES
There are many more excellent lens choices available than we can possibly cover here. There are new lenses for nature photographers from every manufacturer and in every class of lens. If you’re in the market for a new all-in-one, long-range zoom, check out the Tamron SP AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD. Made for cameras with an APS-C sensor, it has a huge 15x zoom range and it’s part of Tamron’s Di (Designed for Digital) line. In the wide-angle zoom area, the Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/3.5 EX DC HSM is designed for D-SLRs with APS-C sensors. It has an equivalent focal range of about 15mm to 30mm (it varies slightly depending on your D-SLR), making it a good choice for landscape shooters who want to get really wide.Tokina has the ATX 165 PRO DX 16-50mm zoom, which is also for cameras with APS-C sensors. Its 24-70mm equivalent range makes it a versatile standard zoom (slightly wide to slightly telephoto).


Nikon 70-200mm

Canon 15-85mm
The camera makers also put out some interesting lenses this year. Nikon introduced a wide-angle zoom, the AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 G ED, a broad-range zoom, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II, and a tele-zoom, the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 ED VR II. The DX lenses are designed for use on Nikon DX-format cameras (APS-C), and the 70-200mmcan be used on Nikon FX-format (full-frame) cameras as well as DX-format cameras. Among Canon’s new lenses in 2009 were a pair of standard zooms, the EF-S 15-85mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS USM and EF-S 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS, as well as a new macro lens, the EF 100mm ƒ/2.8L Macro IS USM.


Sigma 10-20mm
MEMORY CARDS
Cameras keep improving, and everything on the market has very high image resolution (some years ago we sat down with an industry executive who pointedly said no one needs more than 2 megapixels...things have turned out differently from that prediction). High resolution means a need for high-capacity memory cards, and if you’re shooting HD video, you need all that much more capacity—16 GB capacities and higher are the norm for HD video shooting.

For example, while cameras vary, for many HD video D-SLRs, the 16 GB card will hold around 45 minutes of motion. You’ll be amazed how the time flies when you’re shooting video, so have plenty of memory in your bag. Lexar, PNY, SanDisk, Hoodman, Kingston and others make high-quality memory cards in all different capacities and formats.


Lexar

PNY

SanDisk

Hoodman

Kingston

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