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In Focus: July 2009


In Focus: July 2009

Take more dramatic landscape shots with Nikon’s compact AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED.

The Accessories That Matter


The Accessories That Matter

All you really need to take photos is a camera, a lens and some film or a memory card. But there are lots of extras that can help make your photography more efficient, fun and creative.

In Focus: June 2009


In Focus: June 2009

For nature photographers, there’s a lot to like about the Nikon D5000, including high-definition video capability and a 2.7-inch swing-out Live View LCD that can be tilted for framing low- and high-angle shots. The 12.3-megapixel camera uses the same...

The Poor Man’s Super-Telephoto


The Poor Man’s Super-Telephoto

The lens of choice among the serious pro wildlife photographers I know seems to be the 600mm ƒ/4 super-telephoto. It’s great for subjects that won’t let you get close, is incredibly sharp, and autofocuses quickly and accurately. However, it costs over...

Gadget Bag: Keeping Track


Gadget Bag: Keeping Track

For nature photographers, once we come back home with cards full of inspiring images, it can be quite a challenge to get all of those images sorted out and organized. Big memory cards have made it easy to shoot digital images by the hundreds, and...

In Focus: May 2009


In Focus: May 2009

Every year, the photo industry assembles for the annual PMA Trade Show. This past March, the Las Vegas Convention Center was buzzing with manufacturers, distributors and photographers, all assembled to see the latest innovations and equipment to help...

Gadget Bag: Publish or Perish


Gadget Bag: Publish or Perish

Few things in life are more gratifying than seeing a photo that you’ve taken published in a book. Books have a sense of permanency that suggests that your pictures will last forever. Thanks to today’s modern online picture-book publishers, you can beg...

In Focus: April 2009


In Focus: April 2009

Pentax is releasing its K2000 in a unique white version as a double-zoom kit. The entry-level model is aimed at those looking to move up from a compact camera to a D-SLR. The smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 AL and 50-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 AL lenses that c...

Gadget Bag: Plug-Ins For Nature Photographers


Gadget Bag: Plug-Ins For Nature Photographers

Ask any group of photographers to name the most important plug-in, and you’re sure to start an argument. That’s because plug-ins have become an essential element of nearly every photographer’s creative process. They’re so diverse in their applica...

In Focus: March 2009


In Focus: March 2009

If you like to get creative with your wildlife and nature photography, the Olympus E-30 is loaded with features for going beyond the straight shot. Six Art Effect Filters, including Soft Focus, Pop Art, Grainy Film, Pale & Light, Pin Hole and Light...

Nikon D90


Nikon D90

The first D-SLR to offer HD video capability, the Nikon D90 joins the D80, and in doing so, has elevated the performance potential of the “hard-core photo-enthusiast” model in Nikon’s D-SLR lineup.

Gadget Bag: Special-Effects Camera Filters


Gadget Bag: Special-Effects Camera Filters

Mention the word “filter” to a young shooter, and he or she probably will think you’re talking about a Photoshop plug-in. ...

Best D-SLRs For B&W


Best D-SLRs For B&W

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...

In Focus: January/February 2009


In Focus: January/February 2009

Named for Ono no Komachi, a famous Japanese poet, Olympus delivers the limited-edition E-420 Komachi Kit, which includes the compact D-SLR and the ED 25mm ƒ/2.8 Zuiko Digital lens in a vintage-looking, handmade brown leather case.

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The New Generation Of D-SLRs


The New Generation Of D-SLRs

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 c...

Also labeled: Buyer's Guide, Cameras, D-SLRs

Gadget Bag: Ultralight Carry Solutions


Gadget Bag: Ultralight Carry Solutions

We expect a lot from our gadget bags. They have to be comfortable, durable and fashionable, but still versatile enough to hold everything we want to carry.

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2008 Holiday Buyer’s Guide


2008 Holiday Buyer’s Guide

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 g...

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In Focus: December 2008


In Focus: December 2008

If you’re looking to boost the quality of your landscape and nature images by stepping up to an SLR, Pentax delivers a complete entry-level system with a camera body, lens, flash and an affordable price tag.

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High-Tech B&W Printers


High-Tech B&W Printers

Black-and-white printing has never been more popular than it is today. Programs like Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop make it easy to convert color images into compelling black-and-white shots that would have made Ansel Adams proud.

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Gadget Bag: That’s A Wrap


Gadget Bag: That’s A Wrap

There are times when no gadget bag will do. When you’re out shooting with one D-SLR and two zooms, a bag can just get in the way. Even so, it’s still important to protect the lens that’s not on your camera. That’s when you reach for a wrap or a floppy...

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2008 Editors' Picks


2008 Editors' Picks

Welcome to our annual Editors’ Picks for 2008—the year of the D-SLR. Suddenly, there are more cameras from more manufacturers at lower prices, and all with more and better features than ever.

Also labeled: More Gear, New Products, In Focus

Gadget Bag: Travel Zooms


Gadget Bag: Travel Zooms

Whether you call them “travel zooms,” “walkabout lenses” or simply your “go-to glass,” zoom lenses that cover the 18mm to 200mm range (or thereabouts) have a place in everyone’s gadget bag.

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In Focus: October 2008


In Focus: October 2008

Step up to shooting with a D-SLR using the EOS Rebel XS, the latest entry-level camera from Canon. Top-notch features include a DIGIC III image processor, 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.5-inch LCD with Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point...

Also labeled: Buyer's Guide, In Focus

In Focus: September 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...

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In Focus: August 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....

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In Focus: July 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...

Also labeled: Buyer's Guide, In Focus

In Focus: June 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 f...

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In Focus: May 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...

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In Focus: March 2008


In Focus: March 2008

Sony expands its α (Alpha) digital SLR system with the DSLR-A200. The 10.2-megapixel camera features continuous shooting of 3 fps, an integrated anti-dust cleaning system and an eye-level penta-mirror optical ...

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In Focus: March 2007


In Focus: March 2007

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...

Also labeled: Buyer's Guide, In Focus

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