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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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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“The night we met I knew I needed you so…”—Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes

If you like having fun with distortion and soft focus you already know about Lensbabies, but did you know that, like the three bears—Cornelius, Alice, and Muffy—there are now three Lensbaby lenses and they are called Composer, Muse, and Control Freak? (I’ll let you figure...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

The Nikon COOLPIX S560
The COOLPIX S560 is a lightweight, compact, and easy-to-use digital camera. It offers 10 megapixels, a 5x zoom Nikkor lens with Optical Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization technology, and a 2.7” LCD screen with anti-reflection coating. The COOLPIX S560 also features a number of new modes that include close-up, portrait, landscape, backlight...

Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“Something you threw together in crafts class, Princess?”—Buck Rogers in the 25th century

As a kid during the 1950s, I had one of the last Buck Rogers ray guns produced. These were actually flashlights made by Norton Honer but were designed to look like Buck’s ray gun. It’s only fitting that ExpoImaging’s Ray Flash ringlight converter projects light as...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

I’ve looked at and worked with many photo backpacks over the years. But when a new one comes along that looks more useful and comfy for short hops around town, traveling, or serious hiking, I have to try it out. Which brings me to the latest crop of camera backpacks from Adorama, Delsey, HPRC, Kata, Lowepro, Naneu Pro, Tamrac, and Tenba. These packs represent both incremental changes and...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

The man at the discount store carefully examined every item on the rack, pulling each forward while scrutinizing it with squinted eyes. “It’s harder than finding the right watch battery,” he said under his breath. “There are plenty to choose between, but which is the right one?”

I found out later he was looking for a high-capacity SDHC card for his...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

Convertible Photo Sling Bag From Tenba
Tenba announced a lightweight and versatile Photo Sling that can be easily converted from a quick-draw configuration to a long lens bag, making it highly useful for sports and wildlife photographers. The bag features a WeatherWrap rain cover, phone/audio pouch, auxiliary security strap, and a wide range of accessory pockets and...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

I've always been envious of those great looks that fashion photographers get with the use of expensive ringlights. Now along comes Bowens with the promise of a ringlight at a much lower price (approx. $450). Until now, you basically had two choices when it came to ringlights. You could buy tiny, low-powered units that sit around your lens, great for macro work such as...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

The ImageRouter From Delkin
Delkin's ImageRouter is a four-slot USB 2.0 CompactFlash card reader. It features a built-in powered hub and transfers data from four CompactFlash cards to your PC. You may use this device with your own file management software or purchase BackupandBurn software. The suggested retail price for the ImageRouter unit without...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

You might think that the sophisticated metering system in your camera is the be all and end all when it comes to exposure. The truth is, it does deliver remarkable results, but it can only take you so far. Want to tackle high-contrast scenes or tricky lighting or tonal situations without wasting a lot of time bracketing? Then you'll need a handheld meter. Shooting studio...

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Ron Eggers Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

There are various companies that offer studio kits in a box (or canvas bag). For the most part, such portable studio systems are primarily lighting setups. They might include the heads, self-contained power packs, stands, and some type of diffuser. That's enough to get started with studio work, especially for experienced shooters. But photographers just starting to work with...

Jack Neubart Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

I've had many opportunities to work with battery-operated studio strobe systems. My problem with them was that they were heavy and bulky, not powerful enough, or simply too costly. Then I came upon the Opus Pro OPL-L300 location kit. I immediately noted that the 300 ws monolights were compact. Then I hefted the battery pack. Hmm, not bad, I thought. I could actually carry...

C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2008 1 comments

Tamrac's Expedition 6x Photo/Laptop Backpack
The newest addition to the popular Expedition Series, the 6x is a medium-size pack for a generous amount of photo equipment. It will hold two D-SLRs (both with lenses attached), 5-6 additional lenses, a flash, accessories, and up to a 14.1" screen laptop. Lightweight (at 5 lbs) yet rugged, the main...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Combining backpack carrying qualities and roomy storage with sling-like bag accessibility to gear, the Lowepro Fastpack 250 ($119 MSRP) adds the modern necessity of a safe and padded laptop storage area as well. Lightweight yet sturdy, the bag has ample shoulder straps and side pockets, plus a back support belt and strap for added security and comfort. Divided into two...

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