Optics

What to Look for When Buying Binoculars

A thoughtful and useful gift for the nature enthusiast or season-ticket holder on your holiday shopping list is a set of binoculars. As opposed to certain tech gadgets, binoculars can provide the recipient with years of service and are likely to reveal undiscovered details just beyond the view of unaided eyes.

Seeing Through Darkness with Armasight Night Vision Devices

Night Vision is not just for military and law enforcement personnel. A wide range of commercially available night vision devices (NVDs) means that nature enthusiasts, homeowners, and tech heads won’t be left in the dark when they need to see through the night.

 

Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular

Sony has recently announced the DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular, a binocular-camera hybrid capable of recording 3D video in Full HD, capturing 20.4MP stills and outputting native-resolution images via its micro-HDMI port.

Compact Binoculars

Woe to those who haven’t been awed by the impact of peering through a good binocular. And double-woe to those who aren’t aware of the fact a good—make that a terrific binocular—need not set you back a king’s ransom.

Binoculars Buying Guide

Binoculars are two identical telescopes ganged together so that a person can look through them with both eyes simultaneously, providing a three-dimensional image similar to what would be seen without the use of binoculars. 

Fast Glass

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?). 

Binoculars

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.

What Is Sharpness?

Here’s a diptych of  two faces. It's called “Angry Man/Neutral Woman,” and was created and copyrighted by Aude Oliva of M.I.T and Philippe G. Schyns of the University of Glasgow, in 1997. It is used here with permission.

The Latest & Greatest at B&H

Maybe you’ve seen these words floating around the B&H website recently: “The latest & greatest at B&H” . When it comes to camcorders this tab with the word “NEW!” highlighted by an eye-catching red circle lives on the right hand side of the page. Perhaps already set on drooling over the pro cams or perusing the consumer camcorders you passed it by. Whatever the case may be I thought I’d highlight this NEW! addition to our website.

The DSLR Filmmaker's Guide to Zeiss Optics

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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