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The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2009 10 comments

The best imaging products of 2009 were voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held from April 2-4, 2009 in Budapest.

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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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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

Accessories are intended to make taking pictures more exciting, make using the main equipment you already own simpler, or simply to whet your interest to try something new.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

I love getting intimately close to my subjects with my digital SLRs, especially nature, and to achieve this goal I’ll use the best tools at my disposal. Understanding that a macro zoom may not bring me as close as I’d like, I’ll turn to a macro lens. But even this lens may not be practical or readily available in all situations. Sometimes we’d simply like to extend the...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

While we spend a good deal of time and energy in these pages reviewing cameras, there’s a good deal more to photography than light-tight boxes that capture images. Look into any photographer’s closet or kit bag and you’ll see a host of items that are sometimes essential, and sometimes impulse buys, that make photography more fun, and even expand the creative potential for any...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

Perhaps the most exciting news in tripods is the first four-legged support. Yes, you read that correctly. In theory, it’s a more stable approach—just think of the pyramids. Aside from this innovation, there is a growing trend toward lighter-weight metals in tripods big and small—and that is certainly welcome. While carbon fiber, as a lightweight material, still has the advantage...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

There are many accessories that not only make life pleasurable in the field, but also add greatly to the picture-taking experience. Here are some of my favorites, most of which go with me depending on what my course of action might be:
First on my list is a good, heavy-duty, but light to carry tripod. My choice for comfort and support is a carbon-fiber model. Two actually, one of which...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

The new crop this year displays some innovatively sensible thinking, especially where backpacks are concerned.

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

In our photokina reports we usually have a section dubbed “Weird and Wonderful,” the unique and daring products that appeal to more photographers than any of us care to admit. Some meet real needs in unique ways, or anticipate unique needs among a small group of photographers, but all are certainly interesting. We present them as such for your consideration.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

Over the years, digiframes as a display medium have mushroomed, and in the process gained some very entertaining and useful capabilities. And prices have come down enough to ensure they will be around for a long time. They are no longer a fad, something indicated by the proliferation of products that came out this year.

The latest digiframes bring a host of novel features to the...

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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...

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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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.

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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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