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July-August 2005

July-August 2005


  • Short Report: Nikon D2x

    The top-of-the-line D-SLR from Nikon features 12 megapixels, blistering speed and a bigger, brighter LCD

    For discriminating photographers, the Holy Grail in digital cameras in recent years has been the so-called full-frame image sensor. Such a sensor is the same physical size as a frame of 35mm film, and as a result, has no lens magnification factor. Nikon's newest high-end digital SLR, the D2x, isn't full frame, but with an extremely high-res sensor and professional-caliber features, it calls into question whether there's a real need for a full-frame sensor, especially in light of new wide-angle lenses designed just for digital.


  • Extras! Extras! Read All About 'Em!

    Gear up with the latest and greatest in accessories for digital photography

    So you've created more space in your pack by replacing the dozens of film canisters for a few memory cards. What to do with that extra space? You can't just leave it empty, awaiting deposits of dust and used gum wrappers. No! Use that space wisely. Attach it, clamp it, screw it on. Accessorize! You don't have to spend a ton of cash for something extremely useful. Here are some handy tools that will help boost your creativity and add a little technical ease to your digital shooting.

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  • Short Report: Sigma APO Macro 150mm ƒ/2.8

    This fast, telephoto macro lens offers a great deal of versatility for field shooting

    I love being surprised by the world, and a macro lens is a great way to discover those surprises. A macro lens lets you isolate and focus in on the often amazing and unexpected details around us. I had the chance to work with Sigma's new 150mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens (officially, APO Macro 150mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG HSM), and this combination of focal length and wide aperture offered a wonderful experience in exploring the realm of the close-up.

  • Short Report: Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX

    A wide-angle zoom with a fixed aperture delivers quality

    Tokina's first lens produced exclusively for digital SLRs, the AT-X 124 AF Pro DX is a 12-24mm lens that combines rugged construction, internal focusing and a constant fixed aperture for terrific performance. Designed for Nikon and Canon digital SLRs that are built around an APS-sized sensor, the lens features a focal length equivalent of 18-36mm (1.6x lens magnification). In addition to wide-angle coverage, the AT-X 124 AF Pro DX also features a constant ƒ/4 aperture throughout the zoom range.


  • Printing Pleasures

    Experience the joy of photography with the latest in inkjet printers and papers

    I was 12 years old when I created my first print. The small darkroom was filled with the red glow of the safelight and the strong chemical scent of fixer. I looked down at the developing tray, the liquid sloshing back and forth over the submersed white paper. Slowly, I saw it, the first hints of an emerging image. As I agitated the plastic tray, the moment I had captured with my camera came to life in front of my eyes.

  • Short Report: Epson Stylus Photo RX620

    This all-in-one printer and scanner offers great quality and convenience

    Not too many years ago, the all-in-one printer and scanner was handy, but not particularly useful for the photo enthusiast. How that has changed! The Epson Stylus Photo RX620 is designed for some serious photo usage. Right from the start, the specs are impressive: 2,400 dpi scanning with 48-bit color, four memory card slots, a 2.5-inch color LCD for previews, 35mm slide and negative scanning, and six-color inkjet printing.


  • July/August 2005 HelpLine

    JPEG Reloaded

        * Saved By JPEG
        * Timing Of File Saving
        * It's All In The Name

  • Trade Tricks: Family Snapshot

    Create a custom book to capture a slice of your child's early years

    Unpacking some old boxes in storage, I stumbled on a relic from my childhood: a book by Dr. Seuss entitled My Book About Me. It's intended for young children and attempts to capture all of the little details of the child's daily life. The book lets the child be coauthor, filling in details from his or her height and weight to the number of steps to the nearest mailbox and all kinds of other facts and trivia. I was happy that my parents had helped me make this record, and it was a blast learning that when I was five, I wanted to grow up to be either a fireman or a magician. I guess editor falls somewhere in between.


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