The great master of nature photography didn’t shoot with a digital camera, but if Ansel Adams was alive today, we’re pretty certain he would. Here, we look at some of the latest cameras and at the features in which Adams might have been most interested.
The legendary Ansel Adams was certainly one of our best-known landscape photographers. He made so many iconic images of the American landscape that he, himself, became an icon.
The D3S is Nikon’s latest FX-format (full-frame) D-SLR. It adds 720p HD video capability and an almost unbelievable maximum ISO of 102,400.
Nikon’s newest top-level professional camera, the D3S was launched on October 14. The camera features a newly designed, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that has a standard ISO range of 200 to 12,800, which allows you to capture low-light images that would have been all but impossible before.
Canon’s fastest D-SLR gets more megapixels, HD video, ISOs to 102,400 and more
It has been 2½ years since Canon introduced the EOS-1D Mark III, a 10.1-megapixel, 10 fps model that proved popular with bird photographers, in particular, and with wildlife and even general nature shooters for its excellent image quality and quick performance.
A capable and weather-resistant D-SLR has HD video and a low price
Pentax’s new top-of-the-line K-7 packs a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video capability, a 3.0-inch, high-res LCD, cold-weather capability, high-end performance and a host of pro features into a compact, rugged weather- and dust-resistant body—at a good price.
This compact, low-cost D-SLR lets you capture nature’s beauty and motion in high-res still and video
Light, compact and easy to carry in the field, Canon’s newest entry in the EOS Rebel line is the T1i. The camera continues the Rebel tradition, but adds amazing new features such as 15.1-megapixel resolution, ISOs to 12,800, a 3-inch, 920,000-dot Live View LCD monitor and HD video capability—all for a list price of only $799.
Nature photographers now have six models from which to choose at widely varying prices. These cameras are about more than just a larger image sensor.
When we last looked at full-frame D-SLRs, there were four models. In the ensuing months, one of those was replaced, and two new ones were added, giving us six of these high-tech super-cameras today. As long as there have been D-SLRs, OP readers have been keenly interested in full-frame models. The early models were priced out of reach for the vast majority of us, but as technology marches forward, the costs of that technology consistently come down. Instead of two models listing at more than $6,000, prices today begin comfortably at less than half that amount.
Two new cameras bring HD video capability to the D-SLR and create a new way for nature photographers to see and share the world through imagery
For all of the power of a single frozen moment in time that a photograph represents, sometimes it’s just not enough. We’ve all lamented the still frame’s inability to adequately capture the motion within a scene. Wildlife photographers, in particular, like to have a compact digital video camera handy to record dramatic action in the field. These compact video cameras can fall short on image quality, but they’ve been the best option for a nature photographer who wants to have the motion, but doesn’t want to invest the time and resources into a professional video setup—until now. Two new D-SLRs, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90, have changed the playing field, and a new era is dawning.
There’s more to getting a good black-and-white image than just shooting in color and doing a conversion. In the field, take advantage of your camera’s settings and you can unleash its inner TRI-X!
There are two basic ways to produce black-and-white images digitally: Shoot them that way in-camera or shoot them in color and convert them to black-and-white using imaging software. Both offer advantages. Most of today’s D-SLRs provide a monochrome mode.
Cameras keep getting better, and the latest models to come out this fall are among the very best yet for nature photographers
It’s fall, and besides the annual leaf change and wildlife migrations, this is a time of year when manufacturers unveil their new D-SLR lineups. Some of these cameras are ready and available right now, some are coming soon, and others are only concepts, but all of them represent new leaps forward in technology that will help you make better photographs.
Our annual roundup of gadgets and gear to help the outdoor photographer in your life get better pictures
With the holidays fast approaching, Outdoor Photographer offers our annual collection of photo gear to help you get better photographs. This year, we have everything from printers to software to photo backpacks. What you won’t find in this guide are cameras or lenses. Instead, we focus on the accessories that work with any camera or lens setup you have. Happy Holidays!
15.1 megapixels, 920,000-dot Live-View LCD monitor, 6.3 fps shooting and ISOs up to 12,800
Just a year after Canon debuted a major upgrade to its popular mid-level EOS 30D D-SLR via the EOS 40D, the company has introduced a major upgrade of the 40D. The new EOS 50D raises the resolution a whopping 50% while maintaining essentially the same shooting rate, introduces Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor to the D-SLR line, increases the LCD monitor’s resolution fourfold and more.