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CES 2014: The Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S DSLR

Nikon has announced the impending arrival of their next flagship DSLR: the D4S. Succeeding the current D4, this new FX-format professional-grade camera will feature "enhanced image quality with the adoption of a new image-processing engine" as well as "more advanced autofocusing performance."

Editor's Note: this post was written by Bjorn Petersen

CES 2014: Two New “Art and Contemporary” Lenses from Sigma

Coming off the heels of an exciting year of lens announcements from Sigma, they have started 2014 with two more notable lens announcements as part of the Art and Contemporary lines of their Global Vision structure: the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM and the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM.

Editor's Note: this post was written by Bjorn Petersen

Field of View: How Your Lens and Sensor Collaborate

"Get a 50mm lens." That is a statement that many photographers will tell you. But do they mean a 50mm lens or the equivalent of a 50mm lens on your camera? Make no mistake, a 50mm lens is a 50mm lens, but sensors have magnification and crop factors depending on your camera model.

Looking to Upgrade? Should you go Full Frame for your next D-SLR?

With the advent of full frame D-SLRs a few years ago many pros and amateurs alike were excited to be able to go back to the familiar "35mm" perspective and focal lengths on their lenses. Long limited by technology to APS-C size (about 2/3 the size of 35mm) sensors digital was finally able to go toe to toe with film. But the initial cameras cost nearly $8,000, putting them out of the range of most photographers. But the newest crop of full frame models have brought the costs down to a fraction of that. So should you go back to full frame with your next camera purchase? We'll take a look at some of the models and pros and cons...

'New' From Leica (No Joking!)

For the longest time, the words 'new from Leica' sounded like an oxymoron, but on 9/9/09, Leica's Chief Executive Officer Rudi Spiller, along with Director of Product Management Stefan Daniel and the musician/photographer Seal, announced the introduction of 2 new Leica rangefinder cameras – the Leica M9 and Leica X1 - along with the official debut of the medium-format Leica S2. And they were able to make these announcements with straight faces and without chuckles from the audience. Sarcasm aside, these are truly heady days for Leica and long-time Leica aficionados around the world.

Angles-of-View: A Cure for Chronic Millimeter Malaise

In an earlier chapter of my life I taught photography part-time at a local community college. One of my co-workers, a fellow named Pietr, whose last name I could never pronounce let alone spell, had a novel way of introducing his Photo 101 students to their cameras. He would start off by having them wander about, focus on things that catch their eye, and before pressing the shutter button, peer over the viewfinder and try to visualize where the borders of the image were based on what they saw in the viewfinder.

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