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

Heavy and sturdy enough for practically any size camera including large format 4x5, the new JTL ET-4 No. 6014 tripod should satisfy the support needs of most any photographer today. Leg length can be quickly adjusted by first loosening then tightening a...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

Generally, the one major difference that makes any photo more interesting than a mere snapshot is paying careful attention to the surroundings and subsequently moving in for a closer, more detailed view of the subject. The latter improved camera technique...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Let me state right at the beginning of this piece that I am not an equipment freak. But like most photographers, I do get excited about gear that can help me do my job better or do something I couldn't do before. That excitement is usually reserved for lenses--long, wide, fast, zoom, soft...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

What's a Plamp you ask? That's a contraction for Plant Clamp from the folks who make the very specialized and useful gimbal mounted telephoto lens suspension systems. Since many people who use the long lens mounts are nature photographers, it was only...

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

Today's highly-electronic cameras and flash units all require good, reliable batteries to keep their components functioning properly. Most modern cameras have an LCD readout that performs a battery check when first switched on, then provides a...

Jack Neubart Posted: Dec 13, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 3 comments
The conventional camera strap does the job, but with some gear can put considerable strain on the neck, tempting you to hang your camera from the shoulder, where it may slip off or invite thieves. Like a good backpack, today’s ergonomically designed camera-carrying systems largely relieve that stress and throw in some extras in the bargain. New age straps feature a more comfortable neck/shoulder pad than found on conventional neck straps, so you’ll still be comfortable hours later, and often with a quick-release mechanism to rapidly detach the camera when the need arises. Many are of a sling design aimed at the “quick shooters” among you, and some are so innovative as to almost defy description. A few even let you comfortably and safely carry two cameras at the same time.
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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Rubber chickens . Chocolate visiting cards. A camera support that looks (and performs) like a big, sticky limpet. Every bit as much as cameras, films, and imaging software, this weird and wonderful stuff is what the Photo Marketing Association show is about.

We are talking, after all, about marketing. It is literally their middle name.

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

The latest manifestation of desktop back-up devices from Western Digital, the My Book Studio Edition II, makes what might have seemed to some as a difficult task—backing up and retrieving image and other files—quite easy.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

Whenever outdoor photographers discuss their favorite gear, one significant item is frequently overlooked--binoculars. Available in many different styles and powers, binoculars are invaluable for scanning or scouting an area and also for searching out potential subjects. Especially in...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Apr 01, 2006 1 comments

Have you ever wondered what top wedding photographers carry in their bag? We spoke with four seasoned wedding photographers and got them to open up their bag of tools for us. One thing you'll notice is that they don't all carry the same gear. Some use Canon, others Nikon, the two brands that seem ensconced at the top of the professional camera...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Wireless transfer of photographic image files is nothing new--at least not in Internet years. Canon and Nikon have their own versions of such devices and while they are not inexpensive (about $1000) they are not that expensive if you really need to transfer image files wirelessly. The downside to Canon's WFT-E1A and Nikon's WT-2 is that both are designed to work...

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

The large, fast telephoto lenses that are so popular these days for sports and action photography are long and heavy, making them unwieldy and impractical for handheld use, so they require steady tripod support to produce sharply-detailed pictures. While...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

Everybody knows the best way to light macro-sized subjects is with a ringlight, right? But el problemo is that ringlights produce flat-looking lighting.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Granted, when hand holding my Canon EOS 5D D-SLR, I prefer to use the optical viewfinder for the utmost stability. But there are many times when I'd be just as happy to view the subject on the LCD--except, of course, that this camera, unlike newer models, lacks a live view display.

Well, I've found just the device that gives my 5D that capability...

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