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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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Tokina 17mm Wide-Angle

A high-quality super-wide-angle at a moderate price

You can get the focal length of the Tokina AT-X 17 AF Pro lens in a zoom, and sometimes in a similar focal length, so why bother with a single focal length? The answer has two parts: size and quality for the price. The Tokina 17mm ƒ/3.5 lens lists for $810 and has a street price of approximately $400. Zoom lenses that get this wide and are close to this price usually aren’t as sharp as the Tokina in the wider ƒ-stops (stopped down, modern lenses of any major manufacturer at any price are quite remarkable), don’t control flare as well, and exhibit some barrel distortion (bending of straight lines, such as horizons, when near the edge of the frame). After shooting with the AT-X Pro for a while, I found it consistently sharp throughout the ƒ-stop range, with a high degree of flare control, and straight lines stayed straight.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Olympus C-8080

This solid field camera offers a lot for nature photographers

While the big buzz is on digital SLRs today, and for good reason, it’s possible to get a top-quality, full-featured, high-megapixel digital camera with truly professional capabilities for around $1,000 (including lenses that will match pro SLR lenses). A perfect example is the new 8-megapixel Olympus C-8080.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Summer Gear Guide

Discover products to help make the most of your photography this season

Summer is here, and with it come many opportunities to create wonderful photographs. Whether planning to visit your local mountains or travel abroad, you may need more than a camera and lens to make those outings a success.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Carbon-Fiber Tripods

Take to the trail with these ultralight supports

For photographers who carry their gear long distances, saving weight is a real issue. We economize every way we can, leaving spare camera bodies behind or bringing fewer rolls of film. We carry lighter tripods, too, but until recently, there was a limit to how much weight we could save in our camera support. Lightly constructed metal tripods just aren’t stiff enough to provide a sharp image.

Monday, March 1, 2004

Gadget Bag: Lightweight Contenders

Small, compact bags can be handy in many situations

With several camera bodies, numerous lenses and an endless array of accessories, it's no wonder most photographers love those cavernous camera bags. However, lugging around a heavy, bulky load is often inconvenient, if not impossible or even dangerous.

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Gadget Bag: Pocket Digital Cameras

These little marvels can help your outdoor work, and they're fun, too

The miniature digital camera is usually promoted as the camera of choice for the amateur point-and-shoot crowd, but it has much to offer the dedicated landscape photographer as well. A miniature digital makes a wonderful tool for scouting locations and for breaking the ice with strangers in travel photography. Unlike a 35mm or digital SLR, and the medium-and large-format film cameras often used in landscape work, a miniature digital camera slips as easily into your pocket as into your gadget bag.

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