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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

As the manufacturer of numerous tripods, the Velbon name has been well known in the US for many years, particularly for very affordable and ultralight models. Recently however, some important changes have occurred. The Velbon Tripod Co. of Japan expanded...

George Schaub Posted: Jul 18, 2012 Published: Jun 01, 2012 12 comments
Wacom recently introduced their new line of Bamboo tablets, and we thought we’d revisit the use of stylus and tablet tools to give it a try. For our test we worked with the Bamboo Capture, described by the company as most apt for enthusiast digital photographers, although there are three intros in this new line.
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Jon Canfield Posted: Nov 20, 2012 Published: Oct 01, 2012 1 comments
I’ve been a long-time user of Wacom graphic tablets as part of my editing workflow. Making selections, painting a mask, and many other operations are not only more intuitive with a pen, but you have much finer control than you do with a mouse or trackpad. Until now, the Intuos4 Wireless tablet with Bluetooth has been what I considered to be as close to perfect as you could get. Used either left- or right-handed, I can have it plugged in via USB or use with Bluetooth when traveling or when I need to be a bit further from the computer, as when I’m teaching a workshop. When Wacom announced the Intuos5, I was curious as to what could possibly be improved upon from the current model, so I was anxious to take a look.
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Jon Canfield Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Wacom has long been a favorite among digital artists and photographers looking for more control than a mouse provides. The recently updated Graphire line of tablets has a number of enhancements that are sure to appeal to many, and all at prices that make them a great choice for the casual user (Wacom also offers a more advanced line of tablets, the Intuos3, intended for artists...

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

In the last several decades I have glanced at and often closely looked over literally hundreds of different equipment carrying bags at dozens of trade shows in this country and at the largest one of all, photokina in Germany. In addition, I have tested at...

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

Individuals who hike, climb, bike, or are involved in any similar type of outdoor activity often like to have a camera along to record the event. Carrying a camera on a conventional neck strap is not practical because the weight of the camera causes it to...

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

Lighting small reflective products, without the usual harsh shadows and distracting reflections produced by raw lights of any type, has always been a challenge even for experienced photographers. A new diffusion device makes it so simple and easy to light...

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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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