Short Report: Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM
The new L-Series zoom delivers under demanding lighting conditions
The appeal of the Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM is two-fold for me. The lens offers the zoom range that I frequently use for most of my photography. The equivalent of a 38-168mm lens on my Canon EOS 20D, it provides me with the flexibility to shoot virtually any subject, from portraits to street scenes. Additionally, its Image Stabilizer feature helps ensure that I get sharp results despite hands that aren't as steady as they used to be.
Short Report: Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II
Get true wide-to-tele performance with this extreme-range zoom designed for digital
Users of 35mm SLRs have long enjoyed extreme-range zoom lenses of 28-200mm and, more recently, 28-300mm. These lenses can be used on digital SLRs, too, but since most D-SLRs have image sensors that are considerably smaller than a full 35mm film frame, these zooms provide a much narrower field of view when used on D-SLRs—equivalent to 42-300mm and 42-450mm on a 35mm SLR.
What to know about camera batteries for maximum performance
During the first few generations of digital cameras, you couldn't help but pay a lot of attention to batteries. Early-model cameras were notoriously power-hungry, burning through a full charge in minutes, not hours. It was left to the battery manufacturers to develop longer-lasting, faster-charging power sources that could keep shooting for a reasonable period of time.
Wide-Angle Lenses For Digital
Yes, you can do wide-angle photography with a D-SLR!
Wide-angle photography opens up vast new vistas to the photographer, but "going wide" presents a special challenge to the digital-SLR user. That's because the image sensors used in most D-SLRs are considerably smaller than a 35mm film frame and thus "see" a smaller portion of the image produced by any lens than that seen by a 35mm SLR. As a result, a given focal length produces a narrower angle of view when used on a D-SLR than when used on a 35mm camera.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Lighting For Digital Photography And Video
Improve the quality of your still and moving images with auxiliary light sources Photography is about painting with light. While available light is often the palette from which most of our photographs are created, there are times when we want much greater control than we can ever have over the sun. Electronic flashes and continuous light sources provide just that.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Camera Accessories Matter!
The right selection of gear will make shooting easier and more successful
Many accessories can help make your shooting life easier and your photos better. From camera bags, photo backpacks and cases to tripods, batteries and more, here are a few important ones.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Lens Strategy
How to select the right mix of lenses for your photography
To get the most out of your D-SLR system, you'll want to choose a variety of lenses that offer the focal lengths, speed and features that match well with your favorite subjects. The key to selecting the right lenses is in understanding their capabilities and limitations and the types of photography and situations to which each is best suited.jjj
Cool Gear: LightScribe
Throw away the magic markers and sticky paper—LightScribe technology labels CDs and DVDs in a way you've never imagined
LightScribe is an exciting new technology that employs the combination of a specially modified CD or DVD writer, dedicated media and specialized label-authoring software to burn graphics or text labels directly onto the surface of a disk. The results look great and, most importantly, are absolutely permanent. The label is laser-etched into the media, so there's no ink or smear. Finally, freedom from cryptic, handwritten paper labels that can peel off or become gummy after a few spins. Look for the LightScribe logo the next time you buy a PC or CD/DVD writer.
2007 Editors' Choice Awards
Our editors pick three dozen of their favorite products and technologies (just in time for last-minute holiday shopping)
If you've grown weary of faking excitement over the new robe and slippers you usually get for the holidays, we're here to help. Our editors have chosen more than 30 new products that are sure to beat the perennial one-size-fits-all gifts. No need to be subtle-grab a pen and circle the good stuff really big, then leave the magazine, opened to this page, in a "casually" conspicuous place. Better yet, download the PDF of this article online at www.pcphotomag.com and print copies for everyone on your list. All you'll have left to do is practice faking surprise: "Oh, wow! How did you know?"