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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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The Olympus EP2 is the next chapter in exciting PEN line up: Solid controls, all-metal construction, creative Art Filters and HD video recording will appeal to photo enthusiasts and advanced shooters alike. Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, the EP2 is great alternative to a full-size DSLR.

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Whether you’re a budding a photographer or filmmaker, the Rebel's got something great for you. Compact and capable, this incredible camera gives you pro-grade photos and video without unwanted bulk and weight. With an 18.0-megapixel APS-C sensor and RAW and JPEG capture, the T2i will win raves from enthusiasts and pros alike.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is the latest addition to the Micro Four Thirds line. The camera employs a unique touch display that makes shooting high-quality photos and video fun and easy. Intelligent Auto Mode simplifies the shooting experience while a set of well-considered manual controls allows users to explore their creativity.

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There are few things that elicit a bigger ‘wow’ than a strong close-up of something – it can be anything - especially when the image is viewed larger-than-life on a large screen or in print-form.  This holds true for many of the ‘mundane’ things we see on a daily basis from afar, and only in passing. And that’s one of the reasons close-up photography is so visually seductive. In a world of non-stop hustle and bustle, close-ups make us pause and observe.

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High Definition Video recording has redefined the digital SLR and opened the door to an exciting new world of imaging possibilities. Journalists, wedding photographers, and other professionals have embraced this technology-expanding services and enjoying higher profit returns. Television shows such as Saturday Night Live and Dollhouse have employed video-enabled DSLRs for their unobtrusive form factor and unique imaging qualities. In the coming months, commercial spots, independent productions, and even feature films will showcase the amazing video of these powerful new cameras.

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The industry's tallest, strongest tripods are usually made of carbon fiber, assembled in Europe, and cost tons of money. Buyers are typically well-funded professionals or hobbyists with a lot of disposable income. While a pro set of $900+ sticks might not be in the cards for everyone, serious photographers and video makers would do well to consider the budget-friendly Slik Pro 700DX.

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Every photographer, both amateur and professional, has at one time or another rested their camera on a rock, a crumpled coat, or some other handy object when they didn’t have access to a more traditional camera support. You might need to do this when you want to get into a photo yourself or when you can’t hold a camera steady in low light. Many tripods are too big and heavy to carry with you at all times. But here we have a collection of tabletop and miniature tripods that are so small and compact you can keep one with you every day. They also make great gifts for photographers who seem to have everything else.

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A professional photographer is someone who can take a photograph that's technically and aesthetically right on the money with even the most basic of imaging tools, though few, if any, would bet their reputations on entry-level cameras on a regular basis. That's because as feature-packed as under-$500 cameras are, they're simply not up to taking the pounding pro-quality DSLRs are subjected to on a daily basis. But ruggedness is only part of the equation when it comes to the top guns of DSLR cameras.

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For many first-time DSLR buyers, a tripod can be an afterthought of an accessory. I’ve seen many friends spend close to a thousand dollars on the latest DSLR with all of the bells and whistles—HD video recording, an image stabilized lens, multiple focusing points and what have you—only to mate it with the shoddiest tripod you can imagine. 

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Lensbaby makes a number of different lenses for digital SLR cameras, most of them built around the concept of creative use of tilt-shift photography. While traditional tilt-shift lenses are designed for precise control and perspective correction for architectural photography, Lensbaby takes the exact opposite approach for their lenses.

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Sooner or later the kids fly the coop, you find yourself an "empty-nester" and there you are with an attic filled with tchotchkes you know you'll never use again. Even if you haven't reached that stage in your life, there's another school of thought that says if you own more than 100 things, you've got too much. Ring any bells? If so, it's time to set up a  tchotchke-shooting table, photograph the stuff and sell it online because you know somebody out there is desperately looking for all those gewgaws you've been tripping over.

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Winter is filled with contradictions. The air is cold, yet despite the bite in the air, visually, everything always has a warm tinge to it. Even at high noon—assuming you can call it "high" noon, when the sun is barely above the treetops, the air has an egg-shell quality to it. It's called... winter light.

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The interesting thing about entry level point-and-shoot digicams is that the simplest, least expensive of the lot is capable of taking wonderfully sharp, angst-free photographs. The costlier, more "'complicated" digicams can perform more "tricks" or have wider or longer lenses  than entry-level digicams, but at the end of the day, each of these econo-cams capture surprisingly fine stills and video.

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