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For over a decade, Epson has been producing an ever-improving family of Photo Stylus desktop printers designed to deliver faithfully-rendered, archival-quality digital inkjet prints at remarkably affordable prices.

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4 years ago
Hands on Review

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 two new Leica rangefinder cameras—the Leica M9 and Leica X1—as well as the official debut of the medium-format Leica S2.

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4 years ago
Hands on Review

Few dimensions of retail-audio have, over the past few years, exploded like (affordable) portable field recording. As prices in memory fell, so did prices in recorders. As a result, consumers routinely began recording everything from interviews to band practice to line-level concert signals. Simultaneously, the recent significance of "multimedia" has also given rise to multitudes of new audio practitioners.

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4 years ago
Hands on Review

If you shoot stills or video with optics 500mm and longer you already know the pluses and minuses of taking pictures with narrow angle-of-view (AOV) optics. They range from the 'wow' factor to the 'this thing is far too heavy to schlep around all day' factor.

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4 years ago
Hands on Review

A few years back, Nikon introduced the D40—its first compact DSLR. And it was received with critical acclaim as an excellent entry-level camera for consumers seeking a trauma-free transition from the limitations of point-and-shoot digital cameras. Over time, the D40 was supplanted by the D40x, which was followed by the D60.

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5 years ago
Hands on Review

Easy to operate ultra-compact camcorders are really stealing the show these days, and Sony's new higher end HDR-TG5V high definition Handycam is an impressive little performer for those interested in the concentrated form factor but wanting a little more oomph. Marketed for the chic traveler, its lightweight design and clean look combined with enhanced features such as Geotagging and 16GB embedded flash memory make it a great option. 

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5 years ago
Hands on Review

But let's review the similarities. In our hands-on look at the HDR-FX1000, we noted all the great new features and improvements Sony brought to its replacement of the prosumer HDR-FX1. Those same upgrades apply to the HVR-Z5U, which we were also lucky enough to spend some face-time with prior to its official December release.

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5 years ago
Hands on Review

Road-testing a new DSLR is always a blast, especially when the improvements go beyond a new paint job and racing stripes. Canon's new EOS 5D Mark II, a 2nd generation 5D-series digital camera, delivers a host of improvements along with the ability to shoot Hi-Def video with sound, which made the road-test experience a total blast-and-a-half.

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5 years ago
Hands on Review

Reaffirming its commitment to the HDV format, Sony has announced its newest top-of-the-line prosumer camcorder, the HDR-FX1000. This model replaces the HDR-FX1 and adds a substantial number of improvements, including three Exmor-enhanced 1/3" CMOS sensors, a wide-angle 20x G-Series lens, and—in a welcome first from Sony's consumer division—24p/30p progressive scan recording.

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5 years ago
Hands on Review

Sony has further enhanced its already impressive lineup of Alpha a-Mount series optics with the addition of three new fixed focal length prime lenses—a Zeiss Distagon T*  24mm f/2 ZA SSM, DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM and a Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM.

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5 years ago
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It's truly a beautiful thing when all the hype and hoopla pumped out by camera manufacturers actually proves true when you finally get your hands on the camera being hyped and hoopla-ed. In the case of Nikon's FX-format D700, all the hype and hoopla have proved to be true.

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6 years ago
Hands on Review

Back in April at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, Matrox announced the new MXO2, a complete Mac-based I/O device designed to expand Final Cut Studio and Adobe Production Premium CS3.

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6 years ago
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Photographing buildings or interiors in tight quarters can be unnerving, as any architectural photographer can tell you. In urban surroundings, there's usually a limit to how far you can back up before you bump into a wall or step dangerously into oncoming traffic.

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7 years ago
Hands on Review

Peripheral to the art of video capture is a wealth of accessories, available to assist us as we shape and craft our visions into story form. Your main tool is a "proper" video camcorder. Each camcorder manufacturer implements manual controls in various configurations and for various functions to allow the filmmaker options to fine-tune image tonal qualities.

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7 years ago
Hands on Review

One of the most daunting technical challenges facing small businesses as they start up is choosing a data-storage system. The concepts underlying storage arrays go over most people's heads. Even when understood, the rigid structure demanded by RAID arrays means figuring out exactly how much storage you'll need for the foreseeable future.

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7 years ago

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