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There are many variables that go into selecting the best lens for your needs. A good starting point is to establish what your current lens does not do. In other words, is my lens not wide enough, long enough or perhaps  fast enough?

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In the days of film the value of placing a UV filter in front of your lens was never questioned. In addition to dampening the image-robbing effects of atmospheric ultraviolet radiation, UV filters also served to protect the front element of your lens from dust and moisture.

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Fifty dollars can be stretched in a lot of different ways these days. If you want to give an affordable and useful gift for the holidays, then take a look at this list. For even more deals, take a look at items you can get for under $20. Also, don't miss our 2010 holiday offers.

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There are times when you want to carry your camera and a lens or two, but you don’t want to carry a bag that screams “Within me is a camera!” Satchel bags, which are generally styled to look like they’re not holding valuable electronics, are a great choice for those times. These compact bags feature shoulder straps that allow them to rest at your side or behind your back and also have a carrying handle if you’d like to carry them briefcase style.

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By Jim Fisher |
2 years ago
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The word "downsizing" has good and bad connotations nowadays, depending on the context in which it's used. When used to describe camera gear, it's a good term, especially with the advent of  mirrorless camera systems.

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Zoom lenses have become increasingly popular over the years for a number of reasons, including convenience (less lost time swapping lenses and in turn less chance of getting dust on the camera sensor and/or missing the shot altogether), weight (one slightlier heavier zoom can replace two or three slightly lighter but collectively heavier lenses) and slimmer camera bags (have you flown with carry-on baggage lately?). 

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“Can I take pictures without the flash?”

That’s a question that a camera salesperson hears quite a bit. While virtually all compacts have built-in flashes, when used in automatic mode they can often produce images that appear to be washed out and lack any sort of ambience. Getting a good image with flash often requires the use of diffusers, wireless gadgets and techniques that are more than a little too intense for the average non-professional.

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By Jim Fisher |
2 years ago
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Everyone likes to get gifts, but some gifts are better than others. Sure, you pretend to like the malodorous cologne or the ugly sweater, but then they get tucked away somewhere until they eventually get thrown away. But binoculars make great gifts because everyone can use them and they can last a lifetime. Depending on one’s needs, decent binoculars can be had for less than $50 or they can cost several thousand dollars. There’s something for everyone.

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In the right hands, almost any lens—including a fisheye lens—can be used for portraiture. Wide angle, normal, even super-telephoto lenses can be used successfully for portrait work. But if you had to narrow them down to select an optimal focal length for shooting portraits, it would have to be a lens in the range of 85 to 105mm.

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At BetterPhoto.com, I've seen many photographers improve the overall quality of their work, thanks to the regular use of this valuable accessory: the tripod.

When I started using a tripod consistently for stationary subjects, two awesome things happened: 1)  using a tripod regularly soon became a habit; and better still, 2) my photography improved immediately.

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By Jim Miotke |
2 years ago
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The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a Digital Elph camera with big camera features. The 3.8x optical zoom lens has a blazingly fast f-stop of 2.0. You can shoot in low light as well as capture out-of-focus backgrounds behind razor-sharp subjects.

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Seamless backdrop paper has long been a staple of studio photography. So have muslin backdrops, painted backdrops and other materials that can be rolled up or rolled out as needed. But they also take up room, ultimately need to be replaced, and if you're limited to a few choices, can get old and boring rather quickly. So if you're getting tired of the same old look, or if your client wants something different, you might be interested in Savage Digital Backgrounds

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The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is the flagship model of the company’s all-new mirrorless camera system. The smallest and lightest offering in its class, the NEX-5 boasts a 14.2-megapixel APS-C sensor coupled with finely tuned interchangeable lens options. Excellent low-light performance, HD video recording and a unique Sweep Panorama mode make the NEX-5 an excellent choice for photo enthusiasts and demanding shutterbugs alike.

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In a world of photo gear that's becoming increasingly smaller, smarter, quicker, sleeker and oh-so-techier, it's kind of refreshing to review a line of cameras that are mechanical, don't require calculators to figure "effective focal lengths," are made out of plastic (and wouldn't be authentic if made of anything other than plastic), have lenses that contain nary a single aspheric surface and are guaranteed to break through the veneer of your grumpiest, stiff-necked relatives. They go under a class of photographica called Lomography cameras, and we've got them in all shapes, colors and sizes. 

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The Olympus E-PL1 offers many of the exciting features of the PEN line at an incredibly affordable price. Great fun to use, this camera offers DSLR-quality photos and video in a package that’s lightweight and easy to carry with you all day. Intelligent Auto mode, HD video recording and other features make this a great choice for both beginners and imaging enthusiasts.
 

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