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Jack Neubart Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Collapsible light tents of various sizes and configurations have been all the rage of late. The precursor to many of these designs is the sweep table. Now, JTL has brought back this stalwart still life/small product shooting table in high style, adding portability and fairly easy setup.

Conventional sweep tables are usually set up and left in a corner of your studio...

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C.A. Boylan Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

The Digital PRO-E Kit From Custom Brackets
The compact Digital PRO-E Kit was designed to accommodate today's popular digital cameras. It is crafted from durable, lightweight anodized aluminum and features a foam grip on the left side. The Digital PRO-E Kit is maintenance free and comes with a camera mounting plate. The retail price is $278. Contact:...

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Joe Farace Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

There are those situations when you can't (or don't want to) carry a tripod or there's just not enough space to set one up. That's when a monopod comes in handy. Monopods are the ideal camera support for nature photographers and backpackers, to who size and weight are important considerations. A monopod is especially useful when working with long lenses in...

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C.A. Boylan Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Delkin's FireWire 400/800 UDMA CompactFlash Reader
This Ultra Direct Memory Access reader is a one-slot external device that offers a data transfer speed of over 45MB/s, is PC and Mac compatible, and doesn't require a driver. It supports CompactFlash cards Types I and II, Microdrive, and UDMA-enabled cards. The reader comes with a FireWire 400 to...

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Jack Neubart Feb 01, 2008 7 comments

I've been a long-time proponent of Canon Speedlites, and also an avid follower of Metz flashes. I always liked the Metz for its sturdy quality and reliability--I'd owned a Metz potato masher (handlemount, in the old vernacular). But when I switched to the Canon EOS system, I became a devout Canon shoe-mount advocate, finding these flashes dependable and robust. I...

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C.A. Boylan Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Delkin's 305X UDMA CompactFlash PRO Cards
Delkin has released their 305X UDMA CompactFlash PRO cards and accessories. The cards feature high read/write speeds with a transfer capability of 45MB per second. The UDMA CompactFlash PRO cards are available in the following capacities: 1GB ($79.99), 2GB ($109.99), 4GB ($179.99), and 8GB ($299.99). Delkin also...

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Jason Schneider Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Ever since Foveon, Inc., based in Santa Clara, California, announced their unique new image sensor design back in 2001, it has been the subject of some controversy. Foveon's initial promotional campaign proclaimed the virtues of their invention in glowing terms while denigrating the competition, with the predictable result being a background level of skepticism that persists...

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George Schaub Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Two things have changed in determining the best bag for lugging around gear while traveling by plane--the type of gear a photographer travels with and the airline restrictions on carryon gear. These days there seems to be a need for more space for accessories required than actual camera and lens, what with more and more photographers traveling with laptops, card readers...

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Jack Neubart Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Granted, when hand holding my Canon EOS 5D D-SLR, I prefer to use the optical viewfinder for the utmost stability. But there are many times when I'd be just as happy to view the subject on the LCD--except, of course, that this camera, unlike newer models, lacks a live view display.

Well, I've found just the device that gives my 5D that capability...

Jack Neubart Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

How can you make the most use out of that limited quantity of memory cards when on the road, especially on a long trip? The answer: a portable drive. When connected to a host computer via USB 2.0, all these devices are recognized as an external drive--but not immediately in some cases: it may require activation of a USB function on the device. Adding to the utility of many of...

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C.A. Boylan Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

CineBags' CB-22 HD Backpack LT
HD Backpacks are designed to accommodate medium-sized digital video cameras or similar sized photographic equipment and a laptop computer. The bag features padded customizable interior compartments, a laptop compartment, a padded shoulder harness, organizer pockets, a tripod strap, and an exterior bottle holder. HD...

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George Schaub Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Billed as a "large wheeled camera/computer case," the Pelican 283 (for short) can carry all your gear, and more, in a clever design that holds more than you could imagine in a carryon, wheeled case. In truth, when the entire bag is "together," it can be difficult to stow into an above-seat bin, my main criteria for a bag these days, and in fact the case is...

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Jack Neubart Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Remember the old Kodak 18 percent Gray Card that we used as a neutral target to determine exposure, without undue influence from bright and dark tones? I still have a bunch of those lying around. There were several problems with the card; holding it the wrong way might cause a glaring hot spot. Second, it was cardboard, not built to last. Third, it didn't travel...

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C.A. Boylan Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Decorative Tuscan Columns
Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. has a new addition to their Tuscan Colonnade Arch System. Crafted from durable, weatherproof, and lightweight polyethylene, these architectural-style columns are ideal for photographers and wedding planners. The system includes two 6-foot and two 21/2-foot tall columns, available in white or a choice of...

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Steve Anchell Oct 01, 2007 1 comments

Recently, I had an assignment to photograph food for publication. It was to be photographed at the home of the writer. Not knowing what to expect I arrived with a carload of strobes, Photoflex light modifiers, Avenger light stands, and various sizes of white and black foamcore to reflect and block light. The food was laid out on a table under a large chandelier. I took one look...