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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2007 1 comments

It was a heady affair covering camera supports at photokina, with dozens of new tripod tops from a variety of manufacturers. The trend is toward greater precision and quality: increased control, with spring counterweights to balance heavy lenses, calibrated friction control as pioneered by Novoflex, panoramic calibrations, and quick-release plates. Some manufacturers...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2007 1 comments

Innovation is not the word which immediately springs to mind when you think about camera bags. And yet, innovation there was at this photokina.

Case in point: A properly loaded backpack with a two-strap harness, lumbar support, and sternum straps is the most comfortable and best balanced way for most people to carry heavy camera gear. But until now, you had to take...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

Paper Trimmer From Purple Cows, Inc.
Purple Cows, Inc., distributed by the Brandess-Kalt-Aetna Group, recently introduced the model 1040 paper trimmer. Designed with the digital photographer and scrapbook crafter in mind, this trimmer features a 12" rotary cutter, 12" guillotine blade, a metal cutting surface, ergonomic handles, and two special...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Customized US Postage Stamps From Zazzle.com
Zazzle.com is working in conjunction with the US Postal Service and Pitney Bowes to offer postage stamps that you can customize with your own images, company logo, website URL, address, or licensed images and text. Each sheet contains 20 1.5x2.5" stamps with current postal value. Contact:

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Jack Neubart Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

On a recent trip to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, I had a choice of several of Lowepro's photo backpacks. I would load one up, try it on, and do the same with each in turn. Even though I received the DryZone Rover for the express purpose of testing it, I wasn't about to sacrifice my trip and take a bag ill-suited to the task. Among the bags at my disposal were the...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

The Camerz USB Video Viewing System
Photo Control Corporation's Camerz division has released a new USB Video Viewing System. This device was designed for use with a digital SLR camera and is suitable for photographers who deal with a high volume of portraits. The USB Viewer adapts a high-resolution CCD camera to the digital SLR's viewfinder and...

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Tony Sweet Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Let's begin by saying that I'm primarily a nature photographer and have used flash very infrequently, that is, up to now. When I first received the unit it was in a black case and on first look I thought, "This is a lot of stuff. How am I going to use all of this, much less carry it in my camera bag?" Well, it isn't quite as much as it seems.

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Ron Eggers Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Photographers are going to like JTL's new multifunctional meter, the LM-8. It's a compact unit that can take ambient light measurements, flash light measurements, and cine measurements, for moviemakers. With its built-in memory, it's possible to take multiple and cumulative measurements. It's a little smaller than most multifunctional units, making it easy...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Replica Stone Pedestals
This new line of faux stone display pedestals is made from durable polyethylene plastic to make them strong enough for indoor and outdoor use. They mimic the look of real stone, measure almost 3 ft tall, and feature a flared bottom for added stability. They are weatherproof and lightweight yet strong enough to resist the cracks and...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Owners of high-resolution digital cameras can definitely benefit from high-speed memory cards, as discussed in our review of the latest products (April 2006 issue of Shutterbug). But in camera speed is only one of the important aspects for anyone who shoots numerous images. Data transfer to a computer is also a significant factor and the right accessory can provide lightning-fast...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

Adorama's Flashpoint Studio Case
The Flashpoint Studio Case is available in three different versions, each designed to meet the needs of professional or advanced amateur photographers on the move. These strong cases are lightweight and crafted from a core of Lexan plastic with a dense foam layer that provides extra protection against bumps and shocks.

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jul 01, 2006 1 comments

You might think that there is not much scope for innovation in camera tripods. You would be right. After all, the number of legs is fixed (though there are monopods, and there have even been a couple of bipods) and their sole function is to hold a camera on top (though again, some make provision for hanging it underneath). But the truth is that tripods are like James Bond movies.

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

No one doubts the need for backing up digital images. But with digital cameras commonly in the 10-megapixel range, the need for more and more memory is apparent. Many of us have ever-increasing stacks of CDs and DVDs gathering on shelves, some properly cataloged and others awaiting the necessary housekeeping. As the image files grow photographers are seeking larger back-up systems...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Smaller than a pack of Wrigley's gum--or a mini Bic lighter in some cases--a USB flash memory drive can be a useful device. Its primary purpose is for transferring data from one computer to another: from a laptop used when traveling to your home desktop, for example. A USB flash drive simply plugs into a Mac or Windows computer's USB port where it's...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Traveling today with a digital camera is certainly an enjoyable experience. If we are not careful in the field, however, at the end of the day we wind up with too many images and nowhere to place them. You can carry extra CompactFlash cards, but that can be expensive and you have to back them up anyway as you go. In addition, today's high-resolution digital SLRs, like my...

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