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Tom Fuller Posted: Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

I've been thinking about this month's project for years, but its complexity kept me from presenting it until now. The features of current AF SLR cameras allow the design to be greatly simplified and made practical for the home workshop...

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Dave Howard Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

Most novices buying their first "serious" SLR tend to pay too much attention to the number of features, but too little to camera "ergonomics" (how a camera fits your hands and face while looking through the viewfinder).

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

The most popular type of camera bag among serious outdoor photographers, the photo backpack, has two major advantages. Models with a sophisticated harness system offer the most comfortable method for carrying a lot of weight. Because...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

Although we cover new equipment announced at trade shows, binoculars are often overlooked because they're not used for photography. Still, most outdoor shooters do carry binocs as they can be invaluable for scanning or scouting an area to...

Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 2001 0 comments

Over the years I've seen a lot of weird and bizarre photo products. While the photo market is a relatively modest niche all by itself, there are always those willing to cater to the sub-niches and micro-niches within. When a Flashkon 2000...

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Dave Howard Posted: Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

As there's no such thing as the one perfect camera for all photographic pursuits, there's also no one perfect tripod all camera support tasks, although I'll admit to having taken a rather inordinately long time early in my...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

This month's project is a variable-length extension tube for close-up photography. It provides several inches of magnification adjustment without the need of an expensive and cumbersome macro bellows unit, and allows virtually any lens to be...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

There seems to be a proliferation of belt clip systems for carrying small film or digital cameras, camcorders, cell phones, and similar items that are needed nearby when you are busy doing something else. One of the latest to come to our...

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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: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

Case Logic is a relatively new brand name you will often find on prominent display at many different photo and mass merchandise stores catering to photo and electronic enthusiasts. After looking over a sampling of eight of their many different products...

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Dave Howard Posted: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

PhotoPlus Expo West 2000, held this past June in Los Angeles, suffered, as it does every even-numbered year, from occurring not long after PMA in February, and not long before photokina in September. This means few new introductions, mostly just...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

Last month we covered the concept of this undertaking, building a pancake-like camera with considerable lateral movement for ultra-wide angle photography on 6x7cm, 6x9cm, 6x12cm, and 4x5" formats. This month we will go over the assembly and finishing...

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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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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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Tom Fuller Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

This month we have a Level 5 project (see the April 2000 issue for an explanation of the DIY complexity scale) that I've broken into two parts for convenience. This part describes the concept and the basic camera design, with next month's Part 2 covering...

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