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Jack Neubart Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

I've had many opportunities to work with battery-operated studio strobe systems. My problem with them was that they were heavy and bulky, not powerful enough, or simply too costly. Then I came upon the Opus Pro OPL-L300 location kit. I immediately noted that the 300 ws monolights were compact. Then I hefted the battery pack. Hmm, not bad, I thought. I could actually carry...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2005 Published: Mar 22, 2005 0 comments

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The Original Lensbaby is a flexible camera lens that creates an image that has an area of sharp--or not--focus that's surrounded by a graduated blur. This mostly plastic lens is available in different camera mounts and brings the "Holga look" (see What's a Holga Anyway? sidebar) to single...

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Jay Abend Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

As a working pro I'm pretty familiar with all of the pro lighting companies. My studio looks like a well stocked camera store, with virtually every diffuser, umbrella, and softbox known to man. When something new comes out, I usually wind up with...

Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

When Quantum, the well-known innovators and manufacturers of workhorse Turbo battery packs and robust Quantum Qflash portable strobe equipment, announced that they were introducing a wireless...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

When the founders of Think Tank Photo decided to enter the already-crowded gadget bag marketplace they began by studying how photographers behave. They asked professionals to demonstrate how they access their equipment under actual working conditions, including those tougher circumstances like bad weather, pushy crowds, and other real-world situations. Among other things they...

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 18, 2014 0 comments

maging drones are getting smaller and smaller but you still need something to haul them around in. Think Tank Photo is gearing up to release a travel-friendly and comfortable backpack for users of DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision (and similar model) drones.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Feb 11, 2015 0 comments

Tiffen has announced the award-winning Steadicam SOLO camera stabilizer has officially gone on sale. Made for use with both DSLRs and camcorders, the SOLO can be used handheld, as a monopod, or with a Steadicam arm and vest.

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Christopher Dack Posted: Aug 28, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 1 comments
Recent years have seen staggering innovations in cameras, most notably involving ISO speed, sensor size in compacts, and video capabilities. Despite these advances, however, one thing has divided the industry for more than 10 years but has rarely been talked about—that is, until recently—optical low-pass filters. Many cameras include them, but some do not. There are believers in both camps but the only thing that’s clear is that the issue is far from decided.
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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2000 1 comments

Although most lens manufacturers offer fast (f/2.8) ultra-wide zoom lenses, these tend to be large, heavy, and quite expensive. Tokina's own AF 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO is a superb product but most photo enthusiasts do not require such a wide aperture...

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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.

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

Slingshots may seem like odd travel accessories, but these SlingShots are two dispatch rider-style backpacks--also known as bandoleer bags and, yes, sling bags--from Lowepro.

They are part of the "Designed for Digital" range, but don't let that worry you: they are at least as good for film cameras. Yes, they are designed especially for...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

There are those situations when you can't (or don't want to) carry a tripod or there's just not enough space to set one up. That's when a monopod comes in handy. Monopods are the ideal camera support for nature photographers and backpackers, to who size and weight are important considerations. A monopod is especially useful when working with long lenses in...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

We have covered a wide range of tripod offerings in the past so we thought that we’d look a bit deeper into this realm with some suggestions on accessories to make the most of your tripod when on the road.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Mar 02, 2012 Published: Jan 01, 2012 0 comments
Just as interchangeable lenses on an SLR each have a specific purpose or meet a certain need, the same applies to tripod heads. Even if a head comes as part of the tripod kit, you soon realize you may need to replace or supplement it. In this buyer’s guide to tripod heads we’ll look at some of the factors to consider, including budget, load considerations, applications, and matching heads to “sticks.” We’ll also look at the various types of heads available and how each can be used for very specific shooting needs.

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