Amateur Digital SLRs

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

PROS
· Oversized LCD monitor, ease of basic use, and great versatility
· Anti-Shake system provides effective stabilization with most Maxxum lenses
· Quick response, fast 3 fps framing rate, and competitive burst depth
· Excellent image quality; digital noise and JPEG artifacts are very well controlled

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

The compact digital SLR category has seen quite a few entrants of late, all vying for the hearts and minds, and dollars, of those moving up from point-and-shoot digicams or from their film SLR cousins. While those already in possession of compatible glass from their film SLR cameras are usually swayed one way or the other in their purchase, there are those who have no investment...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

The smallest and lightest digital SLR on the market at the time of this writing, the *ist DL is also among the most affordable in the 6-megapixel category. As the entry-level model in the Pentax line, it was designed for simplicity of operation, yet it's surprisingly versatile, with a full slate of semiautomatic and manual features as well as overrides for full control.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2005 1 comments

The majority of digital cameras feature 3x optical zoom lenses, with a focal length range around 38-114mm (35mm equivalent). That's fine for portraits, group shots, nearby buildings or landscapes, and so on. But those lenses are not long enough for frame-filling shots of distant subjects: the goalie at a junior soccer game, an eagle on a high branch, or a tiger roaring at...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

The most affordable 6-megapixel digital SLR at the time of this writing, the Nikon D50 sells for about $250 less than the new/improved D70s. In spite of that substantial difference, the entry-level model incorporates much of the same technology and many of the same capabilities. And as a bonus, it's a bit smaller and lighter, more likely to appeal to those switching from a...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Sep 01, 2005 1 comments

The smallest digital SLR on the market when it was first released, the Pentax *ist D received accolades for its diminutive size. Surprisingly, the newer *ist Ds is even smaller and lighter yet it boasts a larger 2" (vs. 1.8") LCD monitor. It's also priced at $300 less but, as we'll see, it's not just a stripped-down version of the earlier model. In...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

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Shortly after the professional Olympus E-1 was introduced in 2003, the company made a commitment to design a more affordable model as well. And Olympus delivered with the E-300 EVOLT for photo enthusiasts who don't want to spend over $1000 on their digital SLR. This camera employs a similar "Four...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

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Although Konica Minolta was the last major manufacturer to enter the digital SLR market, the Maxxum 7D was well worth the wait. This is an incredibly versatile camera with advanced technology, including a significant bonus. The Maxxum 7D is the first SLR camera in the world to boast a built-in Anti-Shake mechanism to...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

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One of the main benefits of SLR photography is that it allows you to make quick decisions and respond to what's happening in front of you with your heart, mind, and guts without fumbling around. It allows you to apply what you've learned about making pictures immediately, and is an instinctive response to...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

During Olympus' sneak preview for their E-1 at photokina 2002 emphasis was placed on the digital SLR's Four Thirds imaging system. At the high-fashion product roll out in New York's Bryant Park, so much importance was made of the company's medical imaging accomplishments I expected the ghost of Albert Schweitzer to start playing the organ in the background.

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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After having spent a few weeks with the Nikon D70, and teaching at workshops where students arrived with the camera fresh out of the box, it's clear that Nikon has fashioned a camera that will appeal to both those new to digital SLR photography and those already converted eager to use their...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Nikon D70 Digital SLR Quick Look
· 6.1 megapixel
· $999
· USB 1.1 and 2 compatible
· Feels like a 35mm camera

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

Cameras with a built-in lens are certainly convenient, but many photo enthusiasts prefer one of the digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR) models that accept interchangeable lenses. Quite expensive in the past, D-SLR cameras have become more affordable, and...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2004 1 comments

As one of the last of the major manufacturers to release a digital SLR camera, Pentax entered the market late in the game. By October 2003 (when the Pentax *ist D began shipping) numerous other models were available, including some "new and improved" third generation cameras.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

A few years ago, when most of us were shooting with 35mm cameras, a 400mm lens was considered to be a super telephoto, intended primarily for professional sports photography or for wildlife work. Today, an increasing number of digital cameras incorporate...

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