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Panasonic's Lumix-series digicams have evolved over the years into one of the more popular choices among shoppers seeking well-designed point-and-shoot cameras that deliver robust image files. One of the newest models to join Panasonic's digicam line-up is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3.

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I've long been a big fan of wide-angle lenses, so I was really pleased when David Edelstein (our intrepid Nikon sales muckety-muck) dropped off one of the 1st production samples of Nikon's latest ultra-wide zoom lens, the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm/4G ED VR.

The first thing you notice about Nikon's new AF-S 16-35/4G ED VR is its size. Though in no way heavy, and if anything, quite well balanced, the lens looks more like a moderate zoom lens, say a 28-105, as compared to the shorter physical sizes of 'typical' wide zooms. Looks aside, Nikon's latest ultra-wide addition to its growing optical line-up is a true wide-zoom workhorse.

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It defies logic how a mouth-less white cat known as Hello Kitty could become a marketing phenomenon for 36 years. Introduced as a vinyl coin purse in 1974 in Japan, Hello Kitty may have reached the height of global popularity in 2007 when she debuted as a balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her likeness now adorns a dwindling range of products from lunch boxes to cameras.

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"The human desire to see clearly beyond the limits of the naked eye and to be able to see into the distance is as old as humanity itself". So goes the opening line on the 'History' page of Swarovski Optik's website, an Austrian optics manufacturer dating back to1895. And if you were to ask any long-term birder or hunter their advice on buying a scope system, the name Swarovski will invariably find it's way into the conversation.

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When Cliff Hausner of MACGroupUSA greets me in the hallowed halls of B&H Photo with his familiar "Al-you-gotta-see-this..." it's usually for good cause. This time it was to show me the new gimballed tripod heads from Induro, which are designed to make working with longer focal-length optics smoother and easier.

Unlike traditional pan and ballhead designs, Induro's gimbal heads cradle your lens in a way that greatly reduces the balancing act that's part & parcel of shooting with longer, heavier telephoto lenses.

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One of my earliest memories was arranging clothespins on a windowsill by a clothesline overlooking a courtyard in Boro Park, Brooklyn. It gave a 3-year-old a sense of productivity and a lesson in hand-eye coordination. It also gave me a lifelong love of spring-loaded wood, those uniform legions of easy-on, easy-off fasteners that are as all-purpose as Duct Tape but without the sticky residue. And they're reusable.

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When trying out a new camera – especially a new system camera such as Sony’s latest NEX-series cameras, it’s important to maintain an objective perspective by consciously filtering our thoughts through the objectively-oriented right side of our brains. This is especially true when toying with a system that has been declared by some as being a game-changer weeks before it even hits the streets.

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 “The great thing about this camera is you don’t need permits because nobody knows you’re shooting” – Monte Hellman, the 77 year old director of ‘Road to Nowhere’ commenting in a New York Times interview on how he shot the entire film using a Canon 5D Mark II.

 

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If there’s anything tougher than defining the ‘perfect’ camera it would have to be defining the word ‘perfect’. For some folks the perfect camera is small. For others the perfect camera has ‘’lots of pixels’.  And for some it simply boils down to ‘Can I stick it in my pocket, sit on it, and then go diving in sub-freezing water with it… and oh… is it available in red?’

 

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The world may be getting increasingly smaller, but coming home isn't always easy, especially if you're traveling with pricey photo, audio, and/or video gear. And like many things in life the problem boils down to money, specifically taxes and tariffs.

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For travel, landscape, architectural, and other outdoor photographic applications, your most valuable imaging tool (after your camera and lens) is a Polarizing filter. But the benefits of Polarizing filters come at a cost, specifically, light loss. To soften the blow (and in many cases make the difference between a ‘keeper’ and an ‘almost-but-not-quite-a-keeper’ photo) we now stock Hoya HRT-series Circular Polarizing filters. These filters transmit about 25% more light compared to conventional Polarizing filters, which when shooting works out to about 1/3-stop more light.

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Taking the design concept of an ultra-compact mirror-less/finder-less digicam advanced by the many Four Thirds (4/3)-format cameras currently on the market, Sony has taken the concept a step further by incorporating a Sony 14.2MP APS-C HD Exmor CMOS sensor (1.5x), which features 58% more surface area than a 4/3-format imaging sensor, and about 13 times the surface area of most point-and-shoot imaging sensors. And since sensor size is a major factor when it comes to resolving power, Sony’s NEX-series cameras should prove to be a significant upgrade in terms of sharpness and dynamic range compared to comparable sub-compact offerings.

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Looking for a ready-to-roll, picture-snapping gift for Mother’s Day? Sony has a neat solution to your dilemma in the form of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 Mother’s Day Bundle, which includes a Red Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 (you expected a Bell & Howell camera?), a 2-gig Memory  Stick Duo, and a carrying case that matches the camera (red with black trim).

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Question of the day - What do you buy a DSLR-toting mom for Mother's Day?

If mom shoots with an APS-C format DSLR from Nikon or Canon you might want to consider Tamron's AF 18-270/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph Macro, a 15x zoom with an 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-405mm on Nikon compact DSLRs and 28.8-432mm on Canon DSLRs.

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Nikon will be shipping an updated version of its popular 200-400mm f/4 telephoto lens in late May. Headline features include VR II (with up to 4-stops of shake savings) and Nano Crystal Coatings to keep colors consistent while reducing ghosting and lens flare. The optical formula and lens design are basically the same as the previous version -- no major changes in speed, size, weight, etc. Price? Under $7000.

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