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4 months ago
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In the wake of the great paradigm shift from analog to digital imaging, most experts proclaimed that film was doomed, that it would decline steadily to the point that silver-halide film would no longer be commercially viable. Countless film shooters switched to digital, often selling their high-end film cameras for pennies on the dollar, and by 2007 you could pick up a Hasselblad 500C/M complete...
10 months ago
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You know that cellphone cameras are seen as serious imaging devices when Zeiss, the venerable German optical master, is rolling out a whole line of high-performance lenses for them. Zeiss, in partnership with ExoLens, had already released its first one, the Zeiss Mutar 0.6 Asph T* wide angle (equivalent to an 18mm on full frame) for the iPhone, in June. Now the manufacturer has added a 56mm...
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Photokina, the giant photo exposition held in Cologne, Germany, every two years, is widely regarded as the top international venue for showcasing imaging in all its forms. This is a stunning achievement when you consider that Germany was the leading player in the worldwide photo industry when the show debuted in 1950, and much of the equipment on display is now made in Japan, China, and other...
1 year ago
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Panasonic has partnered with Leica to produce the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH POWER O.I.S. for Micro Four Thirds-format mirrorless cameras, perhaps the most audacious example of their collaborations to date. It offers an amazing 200-800mm-equivalent focal-length...
1 year ago
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Wedding photography has become an extremely popular and lucrative specialty. First and foremost, a wedding is a grand, unrepeatable, emotionally charged event at which expectations run high, and second best won’t do. Being a wedding photographer requires dedication and talent, but having the right equipment is crucial if you expect to achieve sharp, well-composed, well-lit images that depict...
1 year ago
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By the middle of the first decade of this century the digital revolution had transformed photography so completely that that the ranks of film cameras in production were decimated. While digital is destined to remain the primary capture medium, shooting film is enjoying a renaissance, especially among artists and traditionalists, and film in the popular 35mm, 120, and sheet film sizes is still...
1 year ago
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The acclaimed Canon PowerShot G-series of compact point-and-shoot cameras is based on a simple, brilliant concept: to provide serious enthusiasts and demanding pros with an attractive, robust, walk-around camera that delivers performance they can be proud of. The original G1, announced in 2000, set the stage with such class-leading features as a fast zoom lens, RAW capture capability, a zoom...
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Today, Lowepro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of photo equipment and carry gear, but it all started with Greg Lowe, in his small garage, in a Colorado town near the Rockies. A mountaineer, photographer, and filmmaker, Lowe developed the internal-frame backpack in 1967, and in 1972 introduced the first lightweight, foam-padded nylon cases to protect camera and cinematography gear from...
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How does a rangefinder camera work? What were the landmarks in rangefinder camera design?  How have they influenced photography over the years? What are their pluses and minuses compared to SLRs? What do they do best, and why? In the late 19th Century, there were two dominant camera types: 1. View cameras that required you to compose the shot upside-down and in reverse on a ground glass, and...
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If there’s one word you can use to describe photographers who mastered their craft before there were such things as auto-exposure, autofocus, auto-flash, or digital imaging, it’s resourceful. These guys and gals had tricks up their sleeves that would let them meet practically any challenge, and a host of ingenious ways to take their creativity to new dimensions. Here are eight of their timeless...
2 years ago
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When it comes to choosing a main go-to camera, most pros and serious enthusiasts still gravitate to full-frame, pro-caliber DSLRs. But when you’re traveling, hiking, or simply enjoying your vacation, the prospect of toting a top-tier DSLR outfit can be daunting. Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue and there is now a wide variety of more compact, lightweight, travel-friendly cameras...
Photo-Editing Software: Get to Know the Other Options
by Josh Taylor
2 years ago
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Adobe Photoshop has long been the industry standard in post-processing software, but it’s certainly not the only game in town. Widely regarded as the most comprehensive and all-inclusive image-editing software system on the planet, its complex, multifaceted interface can be daunting for many users due to the sheer number of tools and options. Perhaps the biggest downside to the latest version,...
2 years ago
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The original Olympus Stylus was a wildly popular broad-spectrum point-and-shoot film camera that became a cult classic among enthusiasts who wanted a high-performance 35mm compact that would fit in their pockets. Now that we’re deep into the digital era, Olympus has brought forth the ...
2 years ago
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Manfrotto, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tripods, tripod heads, monopods, lighting equipment, and camera bags, has partnered with Fizan, a prominent Italian company that’s been making ski, trekking, and outdoor gear since 1947, to create the Manfrotto Off road line. It’s a new collection of lightweight products aimed at hikers, wildlife observers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who...
2 years ago
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An impressive transformation has been taking place on the optical front over the past few years, and that trend is accelerating, going into 2015, with scores of new interchangeable lenses being introduced by major camera makers and lens companies alike. These innovative lenses run the gamut, from those designed for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras to APS-C and full-frame DSLRs, and this...

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