Amateur Digital SLRs

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Edited by George Schaub Posted: Sep 18, 2012 Published: Aug 01, 2012 6 comments

Every year the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a worldwide association of photo and imaging magazine editors, meets to pick the Best of Class in a wide range of photo categories. As the sole US member of the association, Shutterbug joins editors from Europe, Asia, and Africa in the nominating, judging, and selection process. One of the most exciting aspects of photography today is the constant advancement of technology and design, and this year’s Top Products reflect that spirit and those accomplishments, including new categories of Video D-SLR and Mobile App. Editor George Schaub joins all fellow TIPA members in congratulating those selected to receive the prestigious TIPA award. (To learn more about TIPA, please visit the website at: www.tipa.com.)

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

One of the main benefits of SLR photography is that it allows you to make quick decisions and respond to what's happening in front of you with your heart, mind, and guts without fumbling around. It allows you to apply what you've learned about making pictures immediately, and is an instinctive response to...

George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2011 3 comments

In the report on the Canon PowerShot G11 (April, 2010, available at www.shutterbug.com) I concluded by saying that it was “an excellent traveling companion.” Ditto on the new G12 ($499, MSRP), the latest iteration of the Canon “G” line of integral lens cameras aimed at the photo enthusiast. In fact, you could ditto many of the form, function, and features of the G12 with the G11, so I will not...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2004 1 comments

As full featured 5+ megapixel cameras are becoming quite common, a digicam is no longer viewed as something that's intended only for snap shooting. In fact, a growing number of photo enthusiasts are considering one of these models for their "serious" image-making. While some...

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Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

Did you feel it? Late in the summer of 2003 the ground shook, the earth trembled, the clouds parted, and a new vision was revealed. Well, maybe that's a bit dramatic. What did happen is another new digital camera was introduced. Big deal right? Huge...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications
Image Sensor: 22.2x14.8mm CMOS sensor, 10.1 million recording pixels; 1.6x field of view crop
Recording Options: Various JPEG options, raw (CR2 format), and raw+(Large Only)JPEG format
Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100-400) and ISO 100-1600 selectable
Shutter...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

The compact digital SLR category has seen quite a few entrants of late, all vying for the hearts and minds, and dollars, of those moving up from point-and-shoot digicams or from their film SLR cousins. While those already in possession of compatible glass from their film SLR cameras are usually swayed one way or the other in their purchase, there are those who have no investment...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Since the original 6-megapixel Digital Rebel became available in September 2003, this EOS series has been the best selling D-SLR line in the world. The second model, the 8-megapixel Rebel XT, introduced in February 2005, benefited from major improvements in image quality, speed, versatility, and convenience of operation. While the XT is still a fine camera, it was due for an...

George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2009 1 comments

While the Rebel appellation hints at amateur status, the $799 price of the Canon T1i (body only; $899 with kit lens, suggested retail) seems to put it in a bit higher (price) class.

George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2010 1 comments

Note From The Editor
Our criteria for doing a test on an integral lens camera is whether or not we think it would be a camera that a seasoned photographer could appreciate and use as a second body to back up a D-SLR, or even as the sole camera on a trip where a D-SLR would be cumbersome or burdensome. The camera in question should have many of—but not all—the...

C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2008 1 comments

Tamrac's Expedition 6x Photo/Laptop Backpack
The newest addition to the popular Expedition Series, the 6x is a medium-size pack for a generous amount of photo equipment. It will hold two D-SLRs (both with lenses attached), 5-6 additional lenses, a flash, accessories, and up to a 14.1" screen laptop. Lightweight (at 5 lbs) yet rugged, the main...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

Cameras with a built-in lens are certainly convenient, but many photo enthusiasts prefer one of the digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR) models that accept interchangeable lenses. Quite expensive in the past, D-SLR cameras have become more affordable, and...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

It was a typical night at PMA. After a short ride in a stretch limo to an undisclosed location, I sat on the floor enjoying puffer fish sashimi and chilled sake with Nikon's Yoshida Shoichiro. That night, the geishas attending us watched nervously as the CEO handed me a prototype of Nikon's 24-megapixel full-frame digital SLR. "This," he told me...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

Said to be the smallest, lightest digital SLR body yet, the oddly named Pentax *ist D (pronounced ist-dee) is a 6-megapixel camera with an 11-point AF sensor, a 16-segment multi-pattern metering system, and what the company calls a "Hyper" operating system with 22 user-adjustable...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Peter K. Burian, All Rights Reserved

Although Konica Minolta was the last major manufacturer to enter the digital SLR market, the Maxxum 7D was well worth the wait. This is an incredibly versatile camera with advanced technology, including a significant bonus. The Maxxum 7D is the first SLR camera in the world to boast a built-in Anti-Shake mechanism to...

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