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Stay in focus with our digital photography equipment reviews. You'll discover a wide range of information on nature photography in these informative articles.

Monday, September 1, 2008

In Focus: September 2008

Go from wide-angle to telephoto range with a constant ƒ/4 maximum aperture using the smc Pentax DA 17-70mm ƒ/4 AL [IF] SDM. The 17.1-ounce lens covers a 4.1x focal range of 26-107mm (35mm equivalent) on Pentax D-SLRs. Some of the standout features include a 0.31x maximum magnification, an 11-inch close-focus distance and a QuickShift Focus System for instant switching from auto to manual focus.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Hold It Right There

It’s a matter of precision. If the ability to point your camera exactly where you want and securely hold it in the same position is important to you, you need a ballhead.

The ballhead is beloved by landscape photographers for its infinite adjustability and ease of use, combined with the ability to align the camera with precision. In its simplest incarnation, a ballhead is a housing with a sphere trapped inside. A connecting screw attaches a camera tangentially to the sphere, and both rotate together around a single point.

Friday, August 1, 2008

In Focus: August 2008

Take sharp handheld shots with the Tamron AF28-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens. The compact, high-power zoom gives you a four-stop shutter speed advantage by incorporating a highly accurate gyro sensor that detects hand shake.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Samsung GX-20

This new D-SLR features 14.6 megapixels, a weatherproof body and a Live View LCD

The fourth D-SLR to result from the Samsung-Pentax partnership, the GX-20 shares much with the new Pentax K20D, including its new Samsung 14.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor and rugged dust- and water-resistant construction.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sony Alpha A300 & A350

New D-SLRs offer low prices and excellent image quality

Sony’s newest D-SLRs, the A350 and A300, offer simple operation, great value and amazing versatility. The A350 features a 14.2-megapixel image sensor and a price under $800; the otherwise identical A300 features a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor. Like all Sony D-SLRs, both can use a wide range of Sony, Zeiss and Minolta Maxxum lenses.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Polarizers

If there ever has been a single piece of gear that all nature photographers agree is indispensable, it’s the polarizer

The label reads somewhat like a too-good-to-be-true advertisement for photography snake oil: “Removes glare, darkens blue skies, enhances colors and lets you see underwater.” But all of this—and more—can be truthfully said about polarizing filters.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In Focus: July 2008

Catch fast-moving wildlife on the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1. This hybrid camera can capture 6-megapixel stills at a whopping 60 fps or record 720p and 1080i resolution HD video at 1200 fps. Other top-notch features include a 12x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 36-432mm, a 2.8-inch screen, manual controls and a maximum shutter speed of 1⁄40,000 sec. The Best Shot function matches the type of image you want to record and the camera then sets it up automatically.

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

Gadget Bag: Photo Backpacks

Modern materials coupled with innovative designs provide more choices than ever

There was a time when choosing any camera bag meant making a compromise. Not so long ago, we were forced to decide between how well the bag protected our gear and how easily our equipment could be accessed. This was particularly true with photo backpacks. But today, the combination of durable, lightweight synthetic materials and innovative designs means we can choose a backpack that perfectly suits our needs.

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.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Traveling Into The Backcountry

Prepare for any expedition by equipping your vehicle with the photographic essentials

When planning an extended photo expedition, having the right camera, lens and laptop is really only the first step. A truly successful excursion comes down to the peripherals—the extras that help take your photography to the next level. There’s no better way to ensure that you have all of the equipment needed than by decking out your vehicle.

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 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 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, 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.

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