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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Tamrac’s Ultra Pro 13 Shoulder Bag
Designed for the photographer on the move, the Ultra Pro 13 shoulder bag is large enough to safely accommodate a wide variety of photographic gearand a laptop computer. It features an EasyGrip handlewith a built-in Torsion Bar to distribute the weight, a Double Lens-Bridge Divider System, a padded BioCurve shoulder strap, a...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Tripods have been around for so many years that you can find some on sale for less than the cost of a medium pizza. All have three adjustable legs, a screw that attaches to the bottom of a camera, and some sort of mechanism that allows the user to point the lens steadily in the right direction without moving the whole contraption. That being said, is it smart to save a few bucks when shopping for...

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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.

C.A. Boylan Posted: May 01, 2009 1 comments

Nikon’s COOLPIX Cameras
Nikon has introduced eight new models to their COOLPIX line of digital cameras. The S220 (10 megapixels) is a slim body camera with a 2.5” LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, Smart Portrait System, and four-way VR Image Stabilization. The S230 (10 megapixels) features a 3” high-resolution LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, and one-touch focus...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

If you buy a battery that has no brand name (or a name you’ve never encountered) from an online retailer you’ve never heard of, you’re taking a big chance.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Quik Bounce From LumiQuest
The LumiQuest Quik Bounce is designed for use with or without a ceiling and can be used to soften the light in both horizontal and vertical formats. It features doors that open to allow for 80 percent ceiling bounce with 20 percent reflector bounce; the doors can be closed completely to get 100 percent unit surface bounce when a ceiling is too...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

The CyberSync From Paul C. Buff
Paul C. Buff, Inc. has introduced the CyberSync 2.4GHz trigger transmitter and companion CyberSync trigger receiver. These devices are part of their new line-up of advanced remote control units manufactured in the US. They offer an extended operating range, 16 frequencies, battery drawer, as well as tripper-only and advanced remote control...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

The EZDigiMagic DM220-P08
The EZDigiMagic model DM220-P08 portable memory card back-up device allows you to burn files directly from a memory card to a CD or DVD. You may preview the images on the unit’s 2” color TFT screen and view multiple images or use the zoom in/out feature. The EZDigiMagic has a USB Host Function for downloading images and videos from...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

Charge!
You can now charge your electronic devices while you are on the move. The G24i solar panel was developed for MIA (Mascotte Industrial Associates) by Gcell and has so far been incorporated in a backpack, a laptop bag, a camouflage bag, and even a tennis bag. It is lightweight and flexible, not too sensitive to the angle of the light, has a high energy output, and...

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

Every photokina, we are assigned a category that for want of a better term we call “weird and wonderful.” It’s stuff that doesn’t easily fit into any other category, or differs so much from the mass of its competitors that it deserves special mention.

Some products are just bizarre: we’ll come to what we thought was the most bizarre trend at the end...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

Whether you own a 35mm or digital SLR camera, a dedicated external flash unit can be a valuable accessory. Not many new models were unveiled at photokina, and three of the four were macro ringlights. These have been gaining in popularity for extra lighting in extreme close-up photography of products, nature subjects, and medical/dental applications, but they can also be useful for some...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

When I shot film, I carried a number of glass filters in my camera bag to every destination. And since I was shooting slide film, I needed the effect then and there—I didn’t depend on post-processing. Now that I’m shooting digital, one would think that I no longer needed glass filters. Well, that’s a misguided notion. There is always at least one filter in my camera bag: a...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

One of the great pleasures of photokina is finding really brilliant new accessories. Some are completely unexpected. Others, you’ve wanted for years but have never been able to find—often because until now, the technology needed to build them has not been available.

A shining example (literally) of the latter, and the accessory hit of the show as far as I am concerned...

George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

The photokina trade fair held in Cologne, Germany, every two years has a solid reputation for previews and announcements meant to shake up the practices and worldviews of photographers, be they amateur or pro. This can come in the form of products real and imagined, with some making it to shelves and others just a wistful dream of designers and engineers who hope what they propose will become the...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

Digital photo frames at photokina were riding the tide of increasing popularity, with wireless technological support in the driver’s seat. Manufacturers are trying to make them more utilitarian, so these digital frames don’t just sit there when not in use. Whatever you say about them, they’re always fashionable, competing with traditional frames for attention, and they make a...

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