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Unfettered shooting: The newest dimension in camera freedom
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Unfettered shooting: The newest dimension in camera freedom

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on February 6, 2014

Nikonians author Ján Štimel relates the story of his experiences while exploring what he calls a big innovation in our ever-expanding digital age. It's unfettered photography, a method to control the camera settings without touching the camera. Read more...

Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko
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Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on April 8, 2013

Camera bags and photographers. Sometimes I think we go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Other times, I think we go together like oil and water. Picking the right camera bag for every situation is pretty near impossible and that’s why I have an entire closet devoted to just camera bags. Small ones. Big ones. Medium ones. Waist bags. Shoulder bags. Backpacks. Black. Green. Yellow. Read more...

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review
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Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on February 4, 2013

Josh Larkin has a whimsical way of making his reviews on products and experiences as a whole. Read his review of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens (from herein referred to as Sigma 17-50mm) and you will find yourself able to relate, learn, and be inspired through his process. With detailed examples, and sample shots, you’ll have the picture painted – clearly. Read more...

Profoto RFi Review
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Profoto RFi Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on November 15, 2012

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Profoto has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers of lighting equipment. More than other manufacturers, they seem to fully understand that lighting gear needs to be functional and durable while also producing amazing light. Profoto is highly regarded in the photo industry because photographers know they can rely on Profoto gear to deliver the best equipment and the best quality of light day in and day out. Read more...

Ilford Printer Paper Testing
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Ilford Printer Paper Testing

Dennis Owens (DennisOwens) on April 13, 2012

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Thanks to Nikonians and Ilford for asking/allowing me to review/test some very nice photo paper.  I hope my review and data will be helpful to not only Ilford, but also potential customers looking for great printing paper for their photos, both pros and home printing photographers. I am an American living in Germany with an Event & Studio Photography business.  Primarily, I shoot Equestrian sports, but I do not limit my self to a single sport or subject. Read more...

What is the best memory card for you?
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What is the best memory card for you?

Hayo Baan (hrbaan) on April 4, 2012

While at first this may seem like a silly question (just get the cheapest and fastest card available), choosing the card that's best for you is in fact not a straightforward thing... First there's size to consider. Bigger is better, right? Well, not particularly. Read more...

ILFORD GALERIE PRESTIGE PROFESSIONAL INKJET PHOTO RANGE
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ILFORD GALERIE PRESTIGE PROFESSIONAL INKJET PHOTO RANGE

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on April 3, 2012

Since 1879 Switzerland based Ilford has been at the forefront of photographic media development. Unlike some other pioneering photographic companies who have struggled to maintain a solid foothold in an industry that has been transformed in the last twenty years, Ilford continues to steadfastly produce fine quality photographic film and print paper. Read more...

Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review
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Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on April 2, 2012

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For more than four decades, Profoto has been manufacturing some of the highest quality lighting equipment known to the professional photography market. I had always heard that their gear was top-notch but it wasn’t until I actually tested Profoto’s newest product, the Profoto D1 Studio 3 Head Kit, that I really came to appreciate what fine lighting equipment can do for a photographer. Read more...

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FAQs

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on April 1, 2012

What camera to buy? What film to use? What tripod or lens to choose? These questions haunt many photographers. Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramón Palacios, put together articles guiding you through the choice of equipment and listed them in this overview. Read more...

Markins Q20 ballhead review
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Markins Q20 ballhead review

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel) on January 16, 2012

A little bit of history: the M20 Seven years ago I wrote my first review on the Markins M10 ballhead. Shortly after that I upgraded to the M20, and I have been using it ever since. It is still in perfect working condition, and my guess is that it will easily outlive me. From the moment I turned pro a couple of years ago, the M20 has been used and abused almost daily in various ballheadhostile locations all over the planet. Read more...

EIZO ColorEdge CG245W Review
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EIZO ColorEdge CG245W Review

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel) on January 13, 2012

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My first serious computer monitor was a LaCie Electron Blue IV, an incredibly heavy, blue beast. It served me well for many years, until recently. It can no longer reach the desired brightness, so I had to start looking for an alternative. Read more...

FAQs - What tripod
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FAQs - What tripod

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on July 11, 2011

Do I Really Need A Tripod? For most situations, yes, one really needs a tripod; even accepting that at times it is simply not possible to deploy it or take it with us -like in crowded public places.  A tripod not only forces one to slow down and check composition, but also sharpness largely depends on rock steady camera support, so it makes no sense to invest in the best camera body and good glass -for the maximum resolution and contrast one can afford- and then not plant it firmly. Read more...

Think Tank Modulus Belt System and the Airport Addicted Bag
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Think Tank Modulus Belt System and the Airport Addicted Bag

Jason Odell (DrJay32) on July 11, 2011

Most of the Nikonians I have met have a “dirty little secret”. We are bag junkies. While we can go on ad nauseum as to why a certain lens or camera is superior for a given application, we become baffled when confronted with how to store and transport our gear. Let’s face it, if there were a “perfect” bag solution out there, we’d all own it by now. Read more...

Why Markins Ball Heads
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Why Markins Ball Heads

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on June 24, 2011

The absolute sharpness of the landscapes and architectural images we admire has a lot to do with the rock steadiness of the camera while shooting. To obtain it, a sturdy tripod and an unmovable tripod head are a must. Having a ball head therefore meant to be at least halfway towards the professionals level in terms of camera support, adding to vibration reduction, ease of use in the field and equipment safety. Read more...

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Guide
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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Guide

Thomas Berg (twberg) on June 20, 2011

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This will not be a laboratory-style review but a blend of subjective report and tutorial. I intend to provide information and reliable hints as to avoid frustration by duplicating my mistakes; tailored to those who newly own this printer or seriously consider buying one. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens
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Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher) on June 13, 2011

Since 1979, Tamron has produced 90mm macro lenses whose optical quality has rivaled the extraordinary Micro-Nikkors. Some photographers claim to have preferred the Tamron over the Nikkor because of its superior handling of out-of-focus areas ("Bokeh"). More recently, Tamron have introduced a range of “digitally integrated” Di lenses. Read more...

Lowepro Pro Roller X200 review by brian
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Lowepro Pro Roller X200 review by brian

Brian Tilley (briantilley) on May 4, 2011

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Lowepro’s Pro Roller x-Series was launched a year or so ago with a range of three differently-sized wheeled camera cases - the x100, x200 and x300 – to replace the earlier Pro Roller 1, 2 and 3 cases. This Nikonians review concentrates on the mid-sized x200 model, though many of the features described are common across the range. Read more...

Epson stylus pro 4900 review
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Epson stylus pro 4900 review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on May 4, 2011

In the fall of 2010 Epson introduced the highly anticipated replacement of their very successful 17-inch model Stylus Pro printers. Going back to 2003 Epson began offering a 17-inch companion to their wide format 24 and 44 inch professional inkjet photo printers. Their first model in the 17-inch size was the 4000. Read more...

Lowepro Pro Roller X200 review
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Lowepro Pro Roller X200 review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on April 27, 2011

How many camera bags do you own? One, two, three, even? Although you may have your eyes firmly fixed on more bodies, lenses and gizmos, another bag may actually be just what you're looking for. The secret to photography is preparedness. Read more...

Markins M10 Whitepaper
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Markins M10 Whitepaper

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel) on April 23, 2011

An extensive user report of the Markins M10 ballhead. In pdf file format, 17 pages, 1.5 MB. A wealth of information right in front of you. Read more...

Lowepro podcast review - Street&Field modular system
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Lowepro podcast review - Street&Field modular system

Rick Walker (walkerr) on April 8, 2011

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In episode #138 of the Image Doctors podcast, Rick and Jason review the revised Lowepro Street and Field (S&F) modular system, a major update to a system that's been around since 1998. The S&F system is based on interchangeable components that enable a photographer to create a method for carrying their equipment in the field. It includes the option of a vest, harness, multiple types of belts, and a large number of cases. The cases available will hold lenses, grad filters, speedlights, camera bodies, and other miscellaneous components. Read more...

Tokina AT-X M100AF Macro lens review
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Tokina AT-X M100AF Macro lens review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on April 4, 2011

I had long yearned for a true micro lens. The great pictures of bees, butterflies and detailed exotic flora had me wanting. Because of an accidental misfortune I could not buy the 105mm f/2.8D Micro Nikkor when I was out there looking for it several years ago. So, no Nikon that time around. I had admired the Tokina lenses for quite some time, so an alternative was there. Allow me to explain why. Read more...

Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW review
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Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW review

James Pisarz (James23p) on March 30, 2011

I had the opportunity to use this do-all bag for the last four weeks. I used it at one wedding, a birthday party and a personal trip to Dallas TX so, how did this hybrid bag do? Let’s find out. Read more...

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"L" Brackets for Ballheads

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on March 28, 2011

I'm not a fan of big, bulky cameras and the last thing I thought I'd want to do is add a bulky aluminum Arca-type L-bracket to one of my cameras. But then we saw the light. During the 2nd Nikonians Photo Adventure at Moab Utah, Nikonian Photo_phil showed us an L-bracket that he had crafted for his F100. After fighting clearance problems with my F100 and its single plate with the wide platform on my Gitzo G1348 tripod, I saw the L-bracket as a real convenience. Read more...

Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW review
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Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on March 15, 2011

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Lowepro has had a lot of success with their line of Sling and SlingShot photo gear bags. The SlingShot models are built around the teardrop silhouette of traditional outdoor wilderness photo backpacks. The Sling models however have a sleek rectangular shape and come in two sizes. The larger Classified Sling 220 AW is the subject of this review. Read more...

Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF)
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Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF)

Hendric Schneider (Hendric) on February 22, 2011

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For those who expect extraordinary photographic performance look for the Tamron SP lens. The SP designates it was delivered by engineers who are free to innovate in an uncommon atmosphere where optical performance comes before price. Read more...

Review Epson Stylus Pro 3880
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Review Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on February 10, 2011

When I first heard that Epson was about to introduce a desktop printer in the 17 inch-wide category and after reviewing the specifications I was a little puzzled. At the time I owned Epson’s other 17 inch printer, the 4000 Stylus Pro. What made me skeptical was that the 4000 was the first and only (at the time) pro-line printer in the Epson line that allowed for both matte black and photo black inks to be installed simultaneously. Read more...

Review EPSON Stylus Photo R3000
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Review EPSON Stylus Photo R3000

Thomas Berg (twberg) on January 12, 2011

Sometimes, being a fellow Nikonian has sparkling advantages. I had the pleasure of attending an official hands-on presentation of the brand new Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer and it is a pleasure to share my impressions with you. "Ah, yet another printer, move on, move on," you might think. Read more...

Epson Discproducer Disc Publisher (PP-100)
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Epson Discproducer Disc Publisher (PP-100)

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on December 29, 2010

The Epson Discproducer is a commercial strength CD-R and DVD-R Robot, which fully automates the task of copying CDs and DVDs from a master file held on computer and producing a set of copies, printed on the surface with whatever artwork you designed to suit. As such, this is a boon to anyone who relies on CD or DVD distribution for their business. Read more...

Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Review
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Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Review

Armando Heredia (Covey22) on October 25, 2010

For most photographers, a telephoto lens is like a specialized tool; you don’t often have need for it, but when you do, you want it to work right the first time. Tamron’s latest telephoto zoom, the SP 70-300 f4-5.6 Di VC USD, is exactly that – a very useful lens that gets you the shot you want when you need it. Read more...

Think Tank Hydrophobia 70-200 Review
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Think Tank Hydrophobia 70-200 Review

Victor Newman (vfnewman) on August 5, 2010

Nikonians Moderators Victor Newman and Martin Turner recently teamed up to share their thoughts on the new Hydrophobia70-200 rain cover from Think Tank Photo. Read more...

Tamron SP AF60mm F2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro
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Tamron SP AF60mm F2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro

Thomas Berg (twberg) on August 4, 2010

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This review of the Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro/Portrait lens for Nikon DX cameras is completely subjective and concentrates on practical aspects such as usability,  bokeh and field‐of‐view characteristics. It concentrates on the "hands‐on" aspect instead of the intricate performance data used by authors who emphasize resolution figures and lab‐style technical aspects determined through the use of equipment designed to gauge, measure and analyze lens performance. Read more...

Markins M10/M20 Ball Heads
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Markins M10/M20 Ball Heads

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on July 3, 2010

A ball head is a ball head -- right? I used to think so! I've always had the attitude that it really doesn't matter what ball head you use, since all it does is clamp the camera in the position you want. I figured any ball head that was big enough to handle the weight was good, and all that really matters is the price. Read more...

Arca Swiss B1 Monoball Head
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Arca Swiss B1 Monoball Head

Ed Alexander (edwinalexander) on June 28, 2010

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I first read about Arca-Swiss B1 in an early-1989 Modern Photography issue. That was when the Monoball B1 had just come out replacing the previous model, simply called Mono Ball. Why was the replacement called B1? There were two replacements to the popular Monoball, the B1 and the larger B2, which was actually roughly the same size as the original Monoball. Read more...

Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical
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Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical

Jason Odell (DrJay32) on June 24, 2010

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"Image Doctors" Jason Odell and RIck Walker, got their hands on a new super wide-angle lens from Tamron. Jason and Rick put the new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II to the test on their D300 bodies and compared it against some other super-wide lenses. Read more...

Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner review
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Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on June 11, 2010

At less than the price of a Nikon 35mm transparency scanner, the Epson 750 offers almost equally good scans from negatives or slides up to large format, as well as excellent A4+ scans from prints or graphic originals. This is a scanner which fits very well into a graphic design studio, with smooth, even and (relatively) rapid performance. Read more...

Lensbaby 2.0
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Lensbaby 2.0

Jason Odell (DrJay32) on May 30, 2010

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I first heard about the Lensbaby about a year ago. I was casually surfing photo-related sites on the Internet. Strange, I thought — an accessory that deliberately causes images to be out of focus! With all talk these days about high-speed autofocus lenses with the most refined optics and technology, the Lensbaby represents a technological leap—backwards! And that, my friends, was refreshing. Read more...

Storm Cases
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Storm Cases

Mark Wagner (mwagner1) on May 27, 2010

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A while back in an issue of the American Outdoor Photographer magazine, I saw a notice for a new brand of hard case for photo gear. The product, called Storm Case, is what appeared to be a possible rival to the well-established Pelican brand. After going to the Storm Case site, I was fairly impressed by their cases and what the said that they offered. Read more...

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM Review
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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM Review

Jason Odell (DrJay32) on May 20, 2010

I'll admit, spending twice as much as my F5 for a lens was an intimidating feeling. Talk about credit card anxiety! But “big glass” doesn’t come cheaply, and I really wanted to get closer to wildlife, especially small birds. I carefully did my homework to decide on a lens that would get the job done, would be of professional caliber, and wouldn’t completely bankrupt me. When the dust settled, I got the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM. Read more...

Color Management and the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 Printer
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Color Management and the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 Printer

Hal Becker (HBB) on May 7, 2010

Over the last several years, I have progressed through a number of Epson large format printers. I have included the following brief overview of color management because I believe that anyone getting into large format printing needs to commit the time necessary to develop a personal color management philosophy, work flow, and operational procedures if they are to produce optimum results. Read more...

FAQs - What Bag?
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FAQs - What Bag?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on May 3, 2010

The quest for the perfect bag is much more complicated than it may seem at first, simply because there is no perfect bag for all occasions. Nikonian ladies will understand this very well, as they need to carry all sort of necessities every day, but for different occasions. Read more...

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF)
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Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF)

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on April 27, 2010

Do you entertain yourself by reading lens reviews and spend hours on eBay looking for the ultimate lens? Do you have the desire to own every lens ever made? Does your camera bag weigh more than you do? Then you may be a good candidate to read this article. Tamron® SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Lens on a Nikon D300s Collecting lenses can be like collecting used Boeing 747 airplanes. Read more...

Plaber review HPRC 2550W durable photographer's hard case
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Plaber review HPRC 2550W durable photographer's hard case

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on April 26, 2010

I recently got the HPRC 2550W and it is a really sweet, professional hard case. There is a whole lot to like about this Italian beauty, so let's get going. Read more...

EPSON Stylus Photo R2880 Review
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EPSON Stylus Photo R2880 Review

Thomas Berg (twberg) on November 25, 2009

If you like photographs on paper and you like to hold newspaper-sized prints of your images, the EPSON R2880 photo printer could be right for you. Read this extensive article and find out all there is to know about this printer. Read more...

Lensbaby 2.0
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Lensbaby 2.0

Hendric Schneider (Hendric) on November 19, 2009

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I first heard about the Lensbaby about a year ago. I was casually surfing photo-related sites on the Internet. Strange, I thought—an accessory that deliberately causes images to be out of focus! With all talk these days about high-speed autofocus lenses with the most refined optics and technology, the Lensbaby represents a technological leap—backwards! And that, my friends, was refreshing. Lens Baby 2.0 I recently got a Lensbaby 2.0 in the Nikon mount and I decided to see for myself what it was, how it worked, and what it could do. Read more...

Epson P-7000 Multimedia Photo Viewer
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Epson P-7000 Multimedia Photo Viewer

Holger Wahl (Holger) on November 12, 2009

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Many things in the life of photographers have become easier with many problems of the analog world solved through digital photography. This includes the 36 frames limit and the time we could evaluate results on the light table, slide projector or on paper, as well as operating costs. On the other hand, digital photography has produced new problems we never even thought existed or that had been of minor importance in the analog times. Read more...

Think Tank Photo Airport Acceleration V2.0 Backpack
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Think Tank Photo Airport Acceleration V2.0 Backpack

Thomas Berg (twberg) on November 5, 2009

About a year ago I decided to join a group of photo enthusiasts for a photographic safari in Namibia (which was performed just recently). I had all the photographic equipment available but no suitable bag compatible with modern air traffic regulations. My bag choices were either too small or way too bulky and I did not want to compromise my equipment selection. So I started to look around to see what was on the market. Read more...

The Walking Stick Monopod - AKA
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The Walking Stick Monopod - AKA "The Merlin Stick"

Mike Graham (Merlin) on January 21, 2009

You say your biggest problem is going to be keeping your camera steady, at long shutter speeds, in places that are so dark you need radar to get from one end of the room to the other. Flash is forbidden and tripods get confiscated on sight? Ok, I got the idea after wasting money on the most useless gadget I've ever bought -a shoulder stock. Then I started wondering about other ways to fix a camera firmly, and one thing kind of led to another... Read more...

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer Review
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HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer Review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on April 7, 2008

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HP's first pigment based inkjet printer gets high marks for ease of use and impressive results. No other technology has helped digital photography and imaging achieve its meteoric rise in popularity more than the ability of hobbyists, serious amateurs, and professionals to take printing into their own hands. Read more...

Gepe Card Safe – Extreme
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Gepe Card Safe – Extreme

Chris Gray (wpgf100) on May 20, 2006

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I had the opportunity to use a Gepe Card Safe "Extreme" model for a few months. I am still using it after accidentally putting it through a torture test. During my initial test period I found that the unit lived up to the manufacturer's claims about being shock resistant, crushproof, dustproof and watertight. One of the things I really liked about it was how secure it held my four CF cards totaling enough GB of memory. Read more...

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