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In Focus: December 2009


In Focus: December 2009

If you’re a fan of Lensbaby’s special-effects lenses, the Lensbaby Optic Kit gives you three more creative ways of expanding your photography. The kit consists of three optics: Plastic, Pinhole/Zone plate and Single Glass.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV


Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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...

In Focus: November 2009


In Focus: November 2009

Make sure the rich colors and sharp details you capture outside look as striking in the final print using the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. ...

In Focus: October 2009


In Focus: October 2009

Nikon has upgraded its popular AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR II lens with several features designed to boost image quality. ...

Accessories For Max Color


Accessories For Max Color

With the coming of autumn, nature photographers collectively turn their lenses to capturing the vivid hues of the season. ...

Going On A Photo Road Trip


Going On A Photo Road Trip

Getting off the beaten path can inspire your photography with new subjects, unexplored environments and pictorial challenges. ...

In Focus: September 2009


In Focus: September 2009

Get to your photo gear quickly using the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack, which features a convenient side-door entry for grabbing your camera when wearing the bag over your shoulder.

In Focus: August 2009


In Focus: August 2009

Head out on your next photo journey with one of Sony’s smaller and lighter Alpha D-SLRs. The A230, A330 and A380 are more compact versions of their respective A200, A300 and A350 predecessors.

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...

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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...

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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.

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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. ...

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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...

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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.

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.

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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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