Vincent M. Pastore

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Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (Day 4)

The other day I had mentioned that I tried out the Olympus PEN VF-2 electronic viewfinder which you can buy to be used with the Olympus E-P2 and EPL-1 but not a camera like the Panasonic GF-1. So how does it perform?...
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Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (Day 3)

For those who do a lot of night shooting, ISO control is important. The reason being is that the higher the ISO the more light is taken into the camera—however the trade off is you sometimes get a lot of noise, or what I like to call “snow”. I just ran a simple exercise of...
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Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (Day 1)

Though the Olympus PEN E-P2has been available for quite some time now, we’ve finally got our hands on it for review. As an Olympus user, the purpose of this field review will be to provide readers with a different perspective on the camera based upon being an Olympus shooter, as I have an E-510. So,...
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The Sigma DP2s vs. The Olympus E-510

With the review of the Sigma DP2s complete it can go head on with another camera. The camera I chose to pit it against was my own Olympus E-510. While the E-510 is considered an entry level DSLR and the Sigma DP2s is considered a high end point and shoot what will even the playing field for these two cameras is the lenses on both. The lens on the Sigma DP2s is a 24.2mm f2.8 fixed lens, while my Olympus has a Zuiko 25mm f2.8 lens so the playing field here is evened out....
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Pentax announces the W90 and X90

Pentax has announced the release of two new cameras to their line. One of them being the W90 which is perfect for the adventure type person as it is essentially life proof includes the ability to withstand below freezing temperatures for winter photography. The other is theX90, their superzoom camera in a DSLR-esque body. More details after the jump....
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Samsung Announces TL500 with f1.8 Lens and More

Samsung has announced that it will be releasing several cameras including the TL500 which is to feature a 24mm ultra-wide f/1.8 lens which they say is specifically designed for today’s enthusiast photographers....
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Tablets For Photographers: The Round Up

Throughout all of last week I have discussed The HP Slate, The JooJoo, The Dell Mini 5, Archos 9, and The Apple iPad as to find out which tablet would serve a photographer best. Now all these tablets have a usefulness to them, none of them is without any worth, however from a photographer’s point of view some of them do not stand up to what we need from a Tablet PC. Here are my final thoughts....
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Tablets for Photographers: The Apple iPad

Finally we have come to the last tablet, and possibly the be all end all to this tablet war, The Apple iPad. The Apple iPad was deemed the savior to many media industries and was looked forward to by photographers as a way to edit, and view your photos on the go. So is it really just a better way of presenting your portfolio?...
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Tablets for Photographers: The Archos 9

The Archos 9 PC Tablet is Archos’ latest touch screen tablet. Its being advertised as the thinnest tablet on the market, while still being able to boast the high performance of a high end netbook without risk of over heating. This will be the second tablet we’ll be taking a peak at that uses some form of Windows 7. Lets see if the Archos can hold a candle to everything else we have looked at this week....
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Tablets for Photographers: The Dell Mini 5

The next tablet I’m going to take a look at is The Dell Mini 5. Not much is known about the Dell Mini 5 yet aside from that is has a 5 inch multi touch screen, runs a customized version of the Android OS, and uses a 1 GHZ Snap Dragon Processor. The Dell Mini 5 also doubles as a phone and supports wifi and bluetooth. The plus side of this is that the Android OS supports alot of apps that can only be rivaled with the iPhone/Pad/Touch OS. But does that do anything for us photographers?...
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Tablets for Photographers: The JooJoo

The next tablet on our list is the JooJoo. The JooJoo is made by Fusion Garage, a Singapore based company. The JooJoo’s original name was CrunchPad and was designed to be a complete web browsing tablet. Does this mean that the JooJoo has no use at all for photographers?...
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Tablets For Photographers: The HP Slate

The Tablet PC Market has seen quite a lot of news as of late, the release of the iPad getting the most of it. With five more tablets on the verge of launching, photographers who may want to invest in one may be wondering which tablet is the right tablet for them. Over the next 5 days I’m going to take a look at these tablets and try my hand at deciphering which tablet would be a good tablet for photographers. The first being the HP Slate....
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Fuji Releases New HS10 and Loads More Cameras

Fuji has announced new additions to their series of cameras such as the XP10 which Fuji is saying is essentially “LifeProof”, and the Z70 which allows you to tag images for upload to Facebook and videos to be uploaded to Youtube which just simply tagging the photo in the camera’s menu. More advanced photographers will appreciate cameras like the new HS10....
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The Beginner’s Guide to Free Lensing

Free Lensing is a technique used by photographers to achieve certain effects such as extra bokeh in the photo or if the lens is tilted in a certain direction it shall create a light leaking effect on the photo as well. You can see the difference below in the 2 photos. They aren’t the best examples, as the technique takes some practice....
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The Apple iPad & The Blind Photographer

Tim O’Brien of Blind Photographers weighed in on the Apple iPad the other day and made a good argument for it being of great use to the visually impaired photographer. What he essentially says in the posting is how he finds it difficult to use a camera’s LCD screen sometimes to preview his photos. He says the Apple iPad would be a great solution to this as one would be able to get immediate feedback from his/her photography and be able to share it with others. He mentions an obstacle though, and this is an obstacle that a lot of photographers saw with the release of the iPad and that is that there are no ports on the side of the device. However as Tim points out though according to the Apple iPad Spec Page there is a USB kit for camera connection solving this issue....
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The Noob's Guide to Long Exposure Photography

There are plenty of ways to achieve a Long Exposure effect using light and it can also help you capture motion such as the motion of waves in the photo above. You just have to be creative and inventive. In the picture at the beginning of this article I was actually using my blackberry since it emits enough light to be seen. I have also seen people use lighters which creates a very interesting effect so long the user doesn’t burn themselves in the process....
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