Give your camera the support it needs for the sharpest shots possible
Many photographers think a tripod is a tripod, a necessary evil if you want to get sharp pictures when using long lenses or long exposure times. But a tripod is more than a camera-steadier, and tripods vary greatly in design, features and versatility. In addition to preventing camera movement from blurring your photos, a tripod locks in your composition so you can study it, and so you won't accidentally change it as you squeeze off the shot. Here's a look at some of the top models on the market today.
Geared For Travel
Trip essentials for the photographer on the go
Whether you're jetting off on a family vacation, backpacking solo in the wild or going away on business, mobility is key when traveling with your photo gear. It's true that today's D-SLR bodies and lenses continue to set new standards for what's considered lightweight (the new Olympus E-420 weighs just 13.4 ounces). But throw in more extras than needed, and you'll be too exhausted from lugging your equipment around to take good shots. Consider these essentials to stay light on your feet.
Canon Celebrates Production Of 40 Million EF Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 29, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., Inc. is proud to announce that Canon Inc. has achieved a new lens-manufacturing milestone as production of the Company's EF lenses passed the 40-million mark.
Toolbox: It's In The Bag
Safe, stylish transport for a variety of gear and situations
Whether you're setting out for a big trip or just a day hike, you need a camera bag to protect, organize and keep all of your gear together in one place. The right bag for the job will balance convenience with necessity, and since necessity depends on circumstance, you'll probably want a couple of bags at your disposal: one for daily use and one that can fit most or all of your camera system when you need everything with you.
Hot New Tech
A look at some of the cool new products and technologies introduced at this year’s CES and Macworld Expo
Just in case you didn't receive your perfect holiday gift, tech and electronic companies kick off the new year with two festivals full of stuff you didn't even know you couldn't live without: CES and Macworld. CES is one of those mega-trade shows that's legend, where all manner of must-have tech toys are debuted. And in recent years, thanks to the juggernaut that is the iPod and the growing demand for all things Apple, Macworld has been increasingly interesting to us, too.
Lenses: Designed For Digital
What exactly are “designed for digital” lenses, and what makes them ideally suited for D-SLRs?
Far from simple marketing hype, the term "designed for digital" encompasses the entirety of lens technologies unique to the demands of image sensors and their various sizes. Unlike film, image sensors have a shiny, flat surface. That surface is prone to causing internal reflections of light that bounce back and forth between the image sensor and the elements within the lens, otherwise known as ghosting and flare.
Nikon Introduces AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens
MELVILLE, N.Y. (JAN. 28, 2008) - Nikon, Inc., today introduced the new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens engineered specifically for extreme close-up photography, and perfectly suited for general imaging as well. The new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens can focus at a distance of approximately 0.185m (.6 ft.) at its closest, and allows photographers to capture breathtaking close-up photography with reproduction ratios up to 1:1 (life-size).