Still photography just got a major upgrade. By downloading a free firmware upgrade from Sony, Nex-3 and Nex-5 owners who have been confined to capturing pictures in two dimensions (width and height) can add depth. Viewed on a big-screen 3D TV from Sony, Panasonic or Samsung, among other manufacturers, the third dimension can elicit jaw-dropping reactions from viewers. I should know. I just witnessed my first 3D slide show.
Things have changed since the earliest IBM MicroDrives made their debut back in the late '90s. Essentially 1" hard drives, MicroDrives owned the market for quite some time. Originally available in two smallish capacities— 170MB and 340MB—they were soon available in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes to satisfy the growing needs of the rapidly expanding digital camera market. And they weren't cheap, with larger-capacity cards running upwards of a thousand-plus dollars. Unlike the solid-state cards sold nowadays, dropping a MicroDrive was tantamount to dropping a laptop.
Not all dives are created equal. Many divers just want to dive a shallow reef while others would rather strap on double tanks and explore a shipwreck in 300 feet of water. Other divers want to discover what is inside an underwater cave. The kind of diving you do will determine the camera and housing system you should use. The other question is: what are you using the photos for?
The other day, while I was out riding my old Schwinn, I had a work-related "Ah-hah!" moment despite the fact that the B&H Employee Handbook explicitly prohibits doing company business on personal time. But when one enjoys what one does for a living, it invariably spills into one's personal life, even when riding an old bike along a tree-lined canal trail.
If you're shopping for a lens hood for that snazzy new lens you just bought, or perhaps you've lost the one that came with your lens and had a near heart attack when you found out how much it would cost to replace it, Pearstone has introduced a line of snap-on, tulip-style lens shades, and they're all priced under $20.
For some photographers, any tripod head will do. And while this may hold true for many shooters, others eventually get to a point at which the subject matter they're pursuing—and sometimes where they're pursuing their subjects—starts revealing the limitations of the pan or ball head they've been using until that time. If this rings familiar, you might want to look into Induro's PHQ-series 5-Way Panheads.
There isn't much you cannot do with the simplest of cameras nowadays, but even the best of the lot have their limitations when it comes to tricky exposure scenarios. The Promote Control, from Promote Systems, is a remote-control device that enables you to push the so-called limitations of your camera's standard operating parameters, making it possible to capture images that may not have been feasible using your camera's standard exposure capabilities before.
The name GigaPan first came to national attention at President Obama's inauguration, when it was used to capture "the largest picture in the world." To the delight of all of the photo and techno geeks tuning in to the day's festivities, Wolf Blitzer and other on-air commentators kept returning to the real-time photo collage like kids in a candy store. They couldn't get enough of it and apparently, neither could viewers. And now, the hardware used to produce these awesome images is available at B&H Photo and in a choice of three flavors, no less.
We're big fans of pocket cameras simply because, unlike bulkier DSLRs, they're more likely to be handy when you need them. With the exception of newer point-and-shoot digicams and bridge cameras with10x-, 15x-, and 20x-plus zoom lenses, most pocket cams come up short when it comes to satisfying wider angle and/or longer telephoto needs. If your digicam features a threaded lens mount or accessory ring, Zeikos offers a selection of optical extenders that enables you to capture wider fields of view—including fisheye—as well as longer telephoto shots.
In a relatively short time, Hasselblad H-series cameras have garnered the respect of a growing stable of pro shooters, discriminating photo buffs, well-heeled attorneys and orthodontists alike. Along with the latest in imaging technologies and some of the sharpest, smoothest-operating lenses on the market, the Hasselblad H4D-40 delivers the goods in a package that's relatively light (5.04 lb / 2290 g including lens, prism finder, and battery) feels well balanced in the hand, and is as fluid to use as any 35mm-based DSLR, professional or otherwise.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau would have been 100 years old today. He was born on June 11, 1910, in southern France, and died on June 25, 1997, at age 87. He was a pioneer of underwater diving and filming. If he were still around today, I’m sure he would love to have a look around B&H’s SuperStore, which carries a full line of underwater photographic and video gear.
My recent post about the Mamiya RZ33 - Mamiya’s latest take on medium-format DSLRs - was followed by an unusually high volume of comments that can be boiled down to several key categories and a sidebar conversation with "euroblade," a reader who’s tearing his or her kishkas out trying to choose between the RZ33 and a BMW R100RT motorcycle, which cost about the same but satisfy opposing needs. (Feel free to cast your vote folks: the RZ33 or the motorcycle? And we expect spirited, lively debate on this one!)
After a months-long public beta, which featured two releases, Adobe has released the final version of their Lightroom 3 software application. Thanks to the long beta, developers were able to make refinements to the application based on user feedback, resulting in an extremely functional, polished, and stable software application. Lightroom 3 boasts numerous compelling reasons for users to upgrade; here are three.
When Steve Jobs introduced the new iPhone 4 at the recent WWDC10 Conference, he described the latest iPhone incarnation as being "… the most precise thing we've ever made. There is glass on front and the backside and it has stainless steel around it. Its closest kin is a beautiful old Leica camera." That’s a pretty heady statement from an equally heady mover and shaker. But iconic referencing aside, how true is this statement?
When it comes to offering advice about photo gear, camera bags are perhaps the toughest to qualify due to the numerous variables that go into the process of choosing the best bag for one's needs and tastes.
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