When it comes to wide-angle zooms, you have wide zooms, ultra-wide zooms and then you have Sigma's 8-16mm/f4.5-5.6 DC HSM, which with an angle-of-view range of 75.5° to 114.5° is the flat-out champ in its class. It's also quite responsive, feels really nice in your hand, is pleasingly sharp. Even at 8mm, it remains respectfully rectilinear when squared off to your subject.
For the past few weeks I have been shooting with the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras with both of the available lenses for the system, the 16mm f/2.8 and the 18-55 kit zoom. I have to say that the first week with the cameras were a bit hit and miss.
The Nikon Coolpix S8000, at 14.2MP, is a thin camera (1.1 inch thick) with an optically stabilized, 30mm to 300mm 10X zoom Nikkor ED lens. This camera can also capture HD 720p video clips with stereo sound at 30 frames per second. The bright, super high-resolution, 921,000-dot LCD screen measures a full three inches.
More than 84% of people between the ages of 18 to 24 listen to music on their computers, even though the sound quality they produce is hideous. An entire generation is missing the real impact of their tunes! To counter this disturbing trend, HP teamed up with Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine to design its Beats Sound System for Notebook computers, and audio quality was a top priority.
As drivers increasingly use their car stereos to play their iPods rather than radio stations or CDs, enabling accessories are becoming ever more sophisticated. The Griffin Technology iTrip AutoPilot FM Transmitter is as sophisticated an enabler as they come.
GigaPan technology first made a big splash during President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where it was used to capture a rather phenomenal photograph of the crowds that gathered in the Washington Mall. Wolf Blitzer was like a kid in a candy store, and kept looking in on the progress of the picture as it evolved. Since then, amazing GigaPan images have been used to capture Major League Baseball games, the 2012 London Olympics, the Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Convention, the Discovery Space Shuttle and the Mars Rover Curiosity.
Editor’s Note: This article has been revised and updated as of October 2012.
When I first laid eyes on the large black ballistic sling case containing the new Nikkor AF-S 200-400/4G ED IF VR II, that little voice in the back of my head started jabbing at me: "You really gonna lug that thing around all day… in this heat… are you nuts?"
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