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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

I love getting intimately close to my subjects with my digital SLRs, especially nature, and to achieve this goal I’ll use the best tools at my disposal. Understanding that a macro zoom may not bring me as close as I’d like, I’ll turn to a macro lens. But even this lens may not be practical or readily available in all situations. Sometimes we’d simply like to extend the...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

Over the years, digiframes as a display medium have mushroomed, and in the process gained some very entertaining and useful capabilities. And prices have come down enough to ensure they will be around for a long time. They are no longer a fad, something indicated by the proliferation of products that came out this year.

The latest digiframes bring a host of novel features to the...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

There are many accessories that not only make life pleasurable in the field, but also add greatly to the picture-taking experience. Here are some of my favorites, most of which go with me depending on what my course of action might be:
First on my list is a good, heavy-duty, but light to carry tripod. My choice for comfort and support is a carbon-fiber model. Two actually, one of which...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

While we spend a good deal of time and energy in these pages reviewing cameras, there’s a good deal more to photography than light-tight boxes that capture images. Look into any photographer’s closet or kit bag and you’ll see a host of items that are sometimes essential, and sometimes impulse buys, that make photography more fun, and even expand the creative potential for any...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Tripods have been around for so many years that you can find some on sale for less than the cost of a medium pizza. All have three adjustable legs, a screw that attaches to the bottom of a camera, and some sort of mechanism that allows the user to point the lens steadily in the right direction without moving the whole contraption. That being said, is it smart to save a few bucks when shopping for...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Tamrac’s Ultra Pro 13 Shoulder Bag
Designed for the photographer on the move, the Ultra Pro 13 shoulder bag is large enough to safely accommodate a wide variety of photographic gearand a laptop computer. It features an EasyGrip handlewith a built-in Torsion Bar to distribute the weight, a Double Lens-Bridge Divider System, a padded BioCurve shoulder strap, a...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2009 16 comments

If there’s any secret about making great travel photographs it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive because when a photo opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot.

C.A. Boylan Posted: May 01, 2009 1 comments

Nikon’s COOLPIX Cameras
Nikon has introduced eight new models to their COOLPIX line of digital cameras. The S220 (10 megapixels) is a slim body camera with a 2.5” LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, Smart Portrait System, and four-way VR Image Stabilization. The S230 (10 megapixels) features a 3” high-resolution LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, and one-touch focus...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

If you buy a battery that has no brand name (or a name you’ve never encountered) from an online retailer you’ve never heard of, you’re taking a big chance.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Quik Bounce From LumiQuest
The LumiQuest Quik Bounce is designed for use with or without a ceiling and can be used to soften the light in both horizontal and vertical formats. It features doors that open to allow for 80 percent ceiling bounce with 20 percent reflector bounce; the doors can be closed completely to get 100 percent unit surface bounce when a ceiling is too...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

The CyberSync From Paul C. Buff
Paul C. Buff, Inc. has introduced the CyberSync 2.4GHz trigger transmitter and companion CyberSync trigger receiver. These devices are part of their new line-up of advanced remote control units manufactured in the US. They offer an extended operating range, 16 frequencies, battery drawer, as well as tripper-only and advanced remote control...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

The EZDigiMagic DM220-P08
The EZDigiMagic model DM220-P08 portable memory card back-up device allows you to burn files directly from a memory card to a CD or DVD. You may preview the images on the unit’s 2” color TFT screen and view multiple images or use the zoom in/out feature. The EZDigiMagic has a USB Host Function for downloading images and videos from...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

Charge!
You can now charge your electronic devices while you are on the move. The G24i solar panel was developed for MIA (Mascotte Industrial Associates) by Gcell and has so far been incorporated in a backpack, a laptop bag, a camouflage bag, and even a tennis bag. It is lightweight and flexible, not too sensitive to the angle of the light, has a high energy output, and...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

Digital photo frames at photokina were riding the tide of increasing popularity, with wireless technological support in the driver’s seat. Manufacturers are trying to make them more utilitarian, so these digital frames don’t just sit there when not in use. Whatever you say about them, they’re always fashionable, competing with traditional frames for attention, and they make a...

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

Every photokina, we are assigned a category that for want of a better term we call “weird and wonderful.” It’s stuff that doesn’t easily fit into any other category, or differs so much from the mass of its competitors that it deserves special mention.

Some products are just bizarre: we’ll come to what we thought was the most bizarre trend at the end...

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