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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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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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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Oct 09, 2014 1 comments

K-Tek has introduced a unique, four-in-one rig designed to provide camera support and stability for reality, documentary, commercial and action sports photographers and videographers. The relatively inexpensive ProShot ($849) can be quickly configured into a Shoulder Rig, Monopod, Stabilizer or High-hat—tool free—without removing the camera from the system’s baseplate.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

The digital camera in your hands provides you with loads of technology. It allows you to bracket automatically in a series of three or even five exposures, depending on model and user settings. But given the limited space on a memory card (notably when shooting raw at high pixel counts), the time spent to shoot all those frames, the limited buffer memory that you might fill up in...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

You might think that the sophisticated metering system in your camera is the be all and end all when it comes to exposure. The truth is, it does deliver remarkable results, but it can only take you so far. Want to tackle high-contrast scenes or tricky lighting or tonal situations without wasting a lot of time bracketing? Then you'll need a handheld meter. Shooting studio...

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 28, 2014 0 comments

LEDGO has introduced a new line of professional LED light panels (models LG-600S, LG-600CS, LG-1200S and LG-1200CS) that feature a >95 CRI rating, an all metal housing and removable metal barn doors—in single and bi-color models—and Sony V-Lock battery adapter plates. Prices range from $439 to $799.

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

At PMA 2004 I handled a prototype of Leica's DIGITAL-MODUL-R and was immediately impressed by the concept of being able to convert a film camera into digital by merely switching backs. At PhotoPlus Expo later that year I had the chance to see a preproduction model and hoped that someday this wonderful product would see the light of day. Recently, I've been shooting...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 15, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 0 comments
There are three main elements in depth of field—focal length, aperture, and distance to subject—and depth of field is a very important part of a 2D photograph. It’s how we judge scale (or are fooled by it), how we note the importance of certain subjects within the frame, and how we define content and context in the scene. With these three controls, and using various points of view, it seems we have infinite variations to choose from, and that’s part of the creative play of photography. Now you can add a fourth element to the mix—tilts that range from mild to extreme and that create “slices” of sharpness within the frame. The tool that helps us create that effect is the latest optic from Lensbaby, which they dub the Edge 80.
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George Schaub Posted: Sep 15, 2011 Published: Aug 01, 2011 1 comments
Having shot with numerous Lensbaby products over the past years I’ve almost grown accustomed to their ingenious approach to image-making tools and the equally ingenious way in which they approach product design. I do have to admit that one area in which I took less advantage than I might have was in aperture control and how that affected depth of field in my Lensbaby shots, more from laziness or simply forgetting about changing the aperture inserts as I got involved in the shoot. (For those who have not shot with Lensbaby optics you lift in and drop out, via supplied magnetic wand, the various aperture rings corresponding to the diameter of the desired aperture for the optic in use.) Now, this impediment to getting the most from the optics (admittedly, again, my own) is removed with their latest product, the Sweet 35 Optic.
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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Nov 11, 2014 0 comments

The new BirdCage modular rig from LockCircle offers an innovative cage design and mounting system to stabilize the latest mirrorless Lumix GH4 and Sony A7 Series cameras for video shoots.

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