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Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 19, 2014 1 comments

Among our favorite portable hard drives for backing up photos on the road are the sleek and mobile My Passport line from WD. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of these little drives, WD just unveiled the My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and the My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition drives, which feature new designs in different colors.

Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Like many manufacturers, Pentax is constantly striving to upgrade their SLR cameras. At this year's PMA show, Pentax released the new ZX-L, called MZ-6 in other countries. This mid-range model benefits from some of the technology developed for the...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 20, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 11 comments
Camera bags and carriers come in every shape and style, from highly functional rollers to bags that make a fashion statement whenever you step out the door with your gear. Among the new products appearing this year are those that will fit every photographer for every photo excursion. There are backpacks for day hikers to trekkers, and rollers for making the transition from plane to city streets. Camera carrier makers are always improving product to keep up with the changing needs of photographers and their gear.
Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 18, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 1 comments
Every year manufacturers and distributors unveil new products at trade show events. They see these shows as the best venues to garner the attention of the gathered members of their industries and to show them their latest wares. In the photo industry this has traditionally been the annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show, which we have always covered. This year that event was subsumed into the larger Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 19, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 3 comments
The trend in tripods is toward more compact and lighter-weight tripods, with an increasing number of entries in carbon fiber. Is carbon fiber the ultimate lightweight tripod? The jury is still out, although everyone seems to want one. And along with tripods, various ball heads grabbed our attention. We even found a portable copy stand.
Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2001 0 comments

Still the only independent lens maker to design and produce 35mm SLR cameras, Sigma continues developing and upgrading their line. Replacing the previous SA-5, two new models were recently introduced. The SA-9 and the SA-7 are very similar in...

Jack Neubart Posted: May 03, 2013 Published: Apr 01, 2013 1 comments
There are several ways to trigger a camera wirelessly but up until recently none of them conveniently gave Nikon D600 shooters a large-screen remote live view. Enter the Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter that operates with “smart” devices—namely iOS and Android tablets and phones, in conjunction with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app. The device is a tiny Wi-Fi 11b/g/n dongle about the size of the tip of your thumb and connects to the camera’s USB port. It even comes with a short lanyard and protective case, so you can keep it attached to the camera strap. I tested it with a third-generation Apple iPad with Retina display. Read on, as you’ll find important tips here that are not found in the instructions. (Note: WU-1b also works with the Nikon 1 V2; model WU-1a is currently available for the Nikon D3200.)
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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Novoflex has long made a series of what they call panorama plates and what the rest of us call panorama heads, although they really are closer to being a plate than a head. At photokina 2006 the company added two new versions of these precision-machined products. Like all kinds of support-related products, the Novoflex Panorama=Q and Panorama=Q PRO are media-passive, not...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

I realized the importance of taking location notes years back when preparing a large selection of slides for a stock agency. I was going through my “Italy” file and began to segregate out images of church interiors. Spectacular and, at the time I shot them, unforgettable locales quickly turned into a confusion of altars, statues, and naves, most of which I couldn’t honestly...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: May 30, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 1 comments
The world of photography is a very wide one, and in this report Roger Hicks takes us to the fringes of photographic accessories. While you might well wonder how you might use some of these items, well, you never know!—Editor

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, um… it’s um… a camera-carrying helicopter drone. Honest! Though our other favorite in this meandering survey is probably a lot more use to a lot more people. It’s a changing room! It’s a hide for photographing wildlife! It’s a monopod! It’s a light modifier! It keeps the rain off! Or the sun! It’s… um, it’s an unusually versatile umbrella.

Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

When hiking or traveling with my SLR system, whether 35mm or digital, I prefer hand holding the camera to shoot nature and scenic views. Yet the value of a tripod is not lost on me, especially when confronted with the relatively long exposures required to capture a gracefully cascading waterfall or the warm glow of a sunset, or when employing a long lens with wildlife (especially...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Oct 01, 2007 1 comments

Recently, I had an assignment to photograph food for publication. It was to be photographed at the home of the writer. Not knowing what to expect I arrived with a carload of strobes, Photoflex light modifiers, Avenger light stands, and various sizes of white and black foamcore to reflect and block light. The food was laid out on a table under a large chandelier. I took one look...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

You have a bag full of lenses, but you need a pair of binoculars, too. Binoculars are a true "crossover" accessory that are useful when you're out taking pictures--but are equally useful when pursuing other pastimes, like watching your kids play soccer, or checking out the birds that frequent your back yard feeder.

Externally, binoculars look...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Manufacturers/Distributors
S. Bower, Inc.
(800) 446-7244
www.bowerusa.com

Bushnell Corporation
(800) 423-3537
www.bushnell.com

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
(800) 652-2666
http://www.usa.canon.com"...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Extremely simplified shadowless electronic flash lighting is often difficult to achieve. This type of soft, diffused light is most suitable for a wide variety of tiny subjects recorded close-up and other nearby conventional objects. Typical subjects ideal...

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