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When you get down to the nitty-gritty, you have to remember that a camera is a tool. It is designed to capture images, whether it be via light-sensitive film or a digital sensor. That’s what it needs to do. Camera designers have to approach design with extreme precision.

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When categorizing the many DSLRs we carry at B&H into three groups—entry level, midrange and professional— there are some models that, depending on their attributes, price points or your point of view, fall into more than one camp. Our selection of mid-range DSLRs is no exception. You can call them "Mid-Range" cameras, but a few of them are well up to the challenge of full-time pro shooting.

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Have you ever wondered why so many manufacturers make cameras in loud colors like hot pink? It's more than just a fashion statement. Some people feel a strong connection to their personal electronics, which become vehicles of self expression, and an extension of their personalities. Many people feel the same bond with their headphones, and just like a hat or a pair of glasses, they don't have to be dark and dreary.

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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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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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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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eyechart with jblDo you have 20/20 vision? If you do, consider yourself lucky. Nothing is stranger than sitting with an optometrist and seeing things more clearly when you thought your vision was fine before you walked in. Your ears are similar. You never know what you’re missing until they have been introduced to a brand new sound perspective.

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Did you get an iPad for the holidays this year? This is being put to paper in advance of the actual festivities, so I’m hoping for one too, although there’s always the chance that I’ll only walk away with a few lumps of Pennsylvania anthracite. Here are a few products that will help you to get more out of your iPad.

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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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Before analog TV broadcasting bit the dust, portable TVs were often seen at a tailgate party or picnic, on a beach blanket or in the backyard. With the switch to digital broadcasting, set owners may as well use them as doorstops. Now, outdoor viewing is back with portable DTVs. With a digital tuner, antenna and rechargeable battery, a portable LCD TV takes advantage of free DTV channels in the air.

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