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Ron Eggers and Stan Sholik Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Newer digital cameras have become so good at taking light measurements that some photographers might question the need for handheld meters. It may seem that the sophisticated multi-segment metering systems, the advanced light measurement capabilities, and the ways these cameras are able to work with different light sources with different color temperatures are making handheld...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

There seems to be a proliferation of belt clip systems for carrying small film or digital cameras, camcorders, cell phones, and similar items that are needed nearby when you are busy doing something else. One of the latest to come to our...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Nov 01, 2001 0 comments

Gifts Under $100
One of the most useful and helpful gifts for any photographer--with any type of camera--who wants better flash pictures is a small slave flash that "reads" a camera's built-in flash and automatically synchronizes and fires to provide additional lighting. These...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2001 0 comments

If there's a photo enthusiast on your holiday gift list, there's a vast range of products that would make for highly suitable gifts. Whether your budget is tight or unlimited, the following accessories should bring a smile of appreciation and many years of productive use. With that...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jun 01, 1999 5 comments

Of all the articles that I have written for Shutterbug, there is one topic that continually generates mail from readers. Whenever I have mentioned my "homemade battery packs" for Vivitar 283 and 285 flash units, the mail pours in. Sick of poky...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

When I shot film, I carried a number of glass filters in my camera bag to every destination. And since I was shooting slide film, I needed the effect then and there—I didn’t depend on post-processing. Now that I’m shooting digital, one would think that I no longer needed glass filters. Well, that’s a misguided notion. There is always at least one filter in my camera bag: a...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 24, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments
“Can you use a tripod and IS at the same time?”

Almost 20 years after the dramatic success of the first autofocus 35mm SLR, the Minolta Maxxum 7000, Minolta introduced “body integral” Image Stabilization (IS) to the world in the DiMAGE A1, and the game changed. Advanced photographers recognized the value of stabilization. That was back in 2003, but it wasn’t the first attempt to quell camera jitters. Previously, IS had been performed optically. Minolta did it in the camera body by physically moving the sensor to counteract camera movement. We called it Anti-Shake, and I was a member of the team that brought it to market.

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

Imaged dirt is always with us. Most times you don't even notice it on a photograph because of the exposure or the subject matter, but when shooting at small apertures or up against smooth backgrounds such as seamless paper or the sky, it's right there in your face. If you've tried to scan film you already know that even the tiniest dust speck becomes a boulder...

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Staff Posted: May 08, 2012 Published: Apr 01, 2012 1 comments
Traveling by plane these days is certainly no joy, a bad situation made worse for photographers who never check their precious gear. Traveling on regional jets, and especially international flights, means not being able to lug large backpacks or roller cases filled with gear on board. And with flights so jammed airlines have gotten even stricter about carry-ons, despite the fact that their policies now make everyone want to carry on rather than shell out the extra bucks. It’s getting pretty nasty out there.
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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2010 1 comments

The question always becomes: how much gear can I get away with when I carry my camera and laptop on-board an aircraft? The answer depends upon the carryon rules, the size of the overhead compartment or under-seat space, and, I’m afraid, sometimes on the whims of the gate agent. The best way to make sure there are no hassles and no suspense on your part—flying is stressful...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2010 1 comments

While we don’t normally review camera phones and similar devices, when offered a test period with the Nokia N86 and its 8-megapixel capture we wanted to see just how far one could take the image. Because the device captures in JPEG only there is of course a good deal of compression on every file, but still, 8 megapixels in this device reaches into the realm of point-and-shoot digicams from...

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George Schaub Posted: 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...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Every avid outdoor photographer has discovered some key accessories which help to solve problems in the field. Whether through trial and error, from reading about photography, or with the guidance of a workshop instructor, these soon become an...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Aug 22, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 0 comments
As part of our coverage of a large trade show we send a reporter out to explore the aisles to discover what others might pass by. We look to reveal how clever minds come up with gadgets and gizmos that often have more utility than you might imagine. This year at CES our intrepid reporter Robert E. Mayer took on the task.—Editor

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

Now that megapixel counts in digicams and digital SLRs are growing monthly, the need for a solid back-up setup is obvious. Various portable devices, including laptops, have filled the gap, but how do you back up the original downloaded files? If your laptop has a CD or DVD burner you might think the battle is over, but anyone who has burned DVDs, or heaven help you CDs into the...

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