Toolbox: Photo Filters
They may seem like old tech for the digital photographer, but traditional photo filters are still important photography tools
One of the fastest, easiest ways to improve your digital photography is to understand and use traditional filters. Yes, imaging software can simulate the effects of some traditional photo filters, but this isn't ideal. Applying digital filters means spending a lot more time in front of a computer and less time behind the lens. As a general rule, there's no good digital substitute for capturing the image as you envision it right from the start. That's why filters are so important for all photographers. They help us to capture better digital files, making our editing work faster and more successful.
Cool Gear: Mitsubishi PK20 Pocket Projector
Getting a big, bright image has never been so small
What fits in the palm of your hand, fills a 60-inch diagonal screen with a digital image at SVGA resolution and weighs in at just about one pound? The very cool Mitsubishi PK20 Pocket Projector. It's a DLP projector that uses eight LEDs to work its magic. The LEDs have a rated life of 10,000 hours (that's just about forever in dog years) and fully utilize Texas Instrument's Digital Light Processing technology to make the most of your digital images. DLP projectors, if you don't know, use an array of DMD (Digital Micro-Mirrors), each of which represents a single pixel. At the present time, it's the best image-display technology available.
Nikon Introduces Affordable 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
MELVILLE, NY, MARCH 5, 2007 - Nikon Inc. (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the new 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens - a new compact telephoto zoom Nikkor lens that offers Nikon's exclusive Vibration Reduction technology in a high-powered 3.6x zoom lens. Engineered exclusively for use with Nikon's DX format digital SLR cameras, including the D80, D40 and recently announced D40x, this new lens approximates the picture angle characteristics of an 82.5-300mm lens on a 35mm film SLR camera.
Three New Canon LCD Projectors Feature 1.6X Zoom Lens
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 21, 2007 - In an age when vivid, big-screen image display has become so essential to business, education, and many other fields, Canon has once again increased the price-performance impact of its affordable LV Series of LCD-based Multimedia Projectors. Three new compact, feature-packed models- the LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors- all deliver bright, high-quality XGA images, and provide users with a stellar blend of an extremely short throw distance, and a powerful yet versatile 1.6x Canon wide-angle zoom lens.
Cool Gear: Novoflex Photo Survival Kit
This modular tripod kit is versatile and compact and will make an immediate improvement in your photography
No one, and I mean no one, likes to carry a tripod, but at the same time, there's no single tool that can improve your images as much as using a tripod regularly. No matter how fast a shutter speed you use, your pictures will be sharper, crisper and clearer if you put the camera on a tripod. Period.
Toolbox: D-SLR Camera Bags
Travel light with one of these distinctive bags designed for mobility
We're always searching for the perfect camera bag, but much like the Holy Grail, this can prove to be an elusive, if not impossible quest. The result is often multiple bags in a storage closet. Owning several bags can be a very good thing, however—unless you're asking an annoyed spouse.
Equipment TestDrive: Tamron SP AF28-75mm ƒ/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Zoom
A new family of lenses that will help you make the leap from film SLRs to digital SLRs
The new Di series of lenses are Tamron's Digitally Integrated optics. They're designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras and image sensors. Like the other lenses in the Di line, the new SP AF28-75mm ƒ/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Zoom is optimized for a digital camera, but it will function fine on a film-based SLR body.
Trade Tricks: Underwater Digital For Travelers
Create amazing images beneath the water’s surface with your digital camera
If you've snorkeled or scuba dived on vacation, you already know about the amazing world that lies beneath the water's surface. The remarkable creatures and seascapes are so stunning that they beg to be captured in photographs. Thankfully, you don't have to be a professional photographer with expensive gear to take dramatic underwater images.
Buyer's Guide 2005: At The Camera Counter
A digital camera buyer's checklist
After nearly seven years as an editor here at PCPhoto, I recently purchased my first digital camera. I've been shooting with digital cameras all along, but since there's a constant flow of the latest and greatest equipment through our offices, I never felt compelled to commit myself to a purchase. Content with just borrowing a camera for a time, I was reluctant to buy because I assumed that something better would always be on the horizon.