Will Greenwald

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Field Review: Canon PowerShot S95 (Day 5)

The Canon S95review continues by analyzing the results of medium to high ISO images. The results will perhaps surprise you. If you remember correctly, images were a bit problematic at low ISO settings....
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Field Review: Canon PowerShot S95 (Day 3)

An overcast day in midtown let me put the S95’s mid-level sensitivity and high-speed shooting through its paces. The camera performs much better under clouds than under the sun. The less intense and more neutral lighting lets the S95 metering more accurately and produce a better exposure produce a more accurate exposure....
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Field Review: Canon PowerShot S95 (Day 2)

After an afternoon of shooting the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, Times Square, and Bryant Park, I discovered some of the most notable issues with the S95’s picture quality: extensive halos and noise. If you do any shooting outside or near fluorescent light sources, you’ll see purple and green fringes along contrasting lines between light and dark objects. If you shoot above ISO 100, you’ll notice significant grain, especially in darker, gray objects....
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Gary Fong Announces Lens Lock Accessories

Gary Fong Inc. has announced the Lens Lock, an accessory for preventing lens theft....
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Sigma's 85mm F/1.4 Lens Gets $899 Street Price

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its 85mm F/1.4 EX DG HSM lens. The bright portrait lens will be available with a suggested retail price of $1,400 and an approximate street price of $899. On an APS-C camera, the lens has the equivalent focal length of 127.5mm, making its F/1.4 aperture quite an impressive feat. For APS-C cameras, the lens comes with a hood extension to reduce outside light....
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Nifty At 50: How A 50mm F1.8 Prime Lens Changed My Shooting

Moving to a 50mm F1.8 prime lens has completely changed how I take photos....
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The Complete Panasonic G2 Review

The Panasonic G2 was my first experience with the Micro Four Thirds camera format, and it gave me a good sense of what the system is capable of. While I would be remiss to offer a final opinion on the entire format based on one camera, I can say with some confidence that despite its potential, Micro Four Thirds isn’t going to unseat conventional SLRs as the amateur photography stepping-stone any time soon....
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Field Review: Panasonic G2 (Day 4)

On my fourth day with the G2, I took the camera on a walk through the tourist center of New York, the midtown swath from Times Square to Rockefeller Center. Using both the 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens and the 45mm f/2.8 macro lens I toured Toys R Us Times Square and meandered through the plaza at Rockefeller Center. While I captured some remarkably sharp photos at both close and far distances, I also uncovered some troubling noise issues with the camera....
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Hands-On: Pentax K-r

The very first thing I noticed about Pentax’s new entry-level DSLR was its color schemes. I’ve seen hundreds of black SLRs and a handful of silver ones, but white or red SLRs? Madness. It’s just part of the K-r’s entry-level appeal, to make the camera seem as fashionable as a high-end compact while offering all the benefits of a real SLR....
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Lensbaby Announces Nikon Lens Tilt-Shift Adapters For Micro Four Thirds And Sony Alpha NEX Cameras

Lensbaby just announced its Composer lens and Tilt Transformer adapter for Micro Four Thirds and Sony Alpha NEX digital cameras....
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Field Review: Panasonic G2 (Day 3)

To test the G2’s close-up abilities, I screwed on Leica’s 40mm f/2.0 macro lens and went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There I found that the camera can be coaxed into taking some remarkably sharp shots, but getting good color out of it requires a bit of post-shooting raw file manipulation....
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Field Review: Panasonic G2 (Day 2)

To give the G2 a first go-around, I took it to my usual stomping grounds of Union Square and the East Village. I loaded the camera with the 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens, giving it a bright, fairly wide-angled view, perfect for crowded street-level photography and large area shots....
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Field Review: Panasonic G2 (Day 1)

I haven’t worked with the Micro Four Thirds system much. It’s still a pretty new tech, and between its price, complexity, and smaller-than-SLR sensor size, I wasn’t entirely sold on the concept. Then I got my hands on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2Micro Four Thirds camera, and while I’m still not certain of the future of M4/3rds, it’s definitely growing on me....
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CanonEXPO Hands-On: Canon 70-300mm F4-5.6 L IS and 8-15mm F4 L Fisheye Zoom Lenses

Canon showed off at its expo two new zoom lenses that are as different as night and day. On one side, the 70-300mm F4-5.6 L IS zoom lens offers a range of high-powered telephoto reach with a seemingly excellent image stabilization system. On the other side, the 8-15mm F4 L fisheye zoom lens offers a wide to really-super-ultra-wide angle, accomplishing some impressive optical gymnastics in the process. I spent some time with both lenses, and I was impressed (and at one point, amazed) by what I saw....
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Samsung Unveils HMX-T10 HD Camcorder

Samsung just announced the HMX-T10, a new HD-capable camcorder. It’s small, smooth, stylish, and sports a slightly slanted lens that Samsung claims lets users “enjoy their recording experience without any discomfort to their arm or wrist.” It can record 1920 x 1080 video at 60 interpolated frames per second and features a 10X optical zoom lens, an SD/SDHC card slot, and a 2.7-inch touchscreen. It will retail for $299 when it ships late this month. Read the full press release after the jump....
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Reader Letter: Choosing The Right HD Mini-Camcorder

The reader letter today comes from Matt Mocceri, a reader that is confused about which Mini HD camcorder to buy....
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Why Your Lenses are More Important Than Your Camera

For professionals reading this blog, the importance of lenses is old hat. However, for casual users who are considering getting their first DSLR, they might not understand just how vital having the right lenses is for shooting. A good lens means everything in getting the right shot. It’s not just the amount of zoom you have or how wide it can get, but the quality of the glass, the maximum size of the aperture, and other characteristics....
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Samsung Announces PL90 With a Flip-like Pop-out USB Connector

Samsung has just announced a new budget compact camera that could indicate the company’s desire to carve out an entirely new niche in the market. A few years ago, the Flip Video camcorder made waves by offering users a cheap, convenient way to take videos. Its low price, simple controls, and convenient pop-out USB connector appealed to casual users and it’s since become one of the most popular consumer camcorders on the market. Today, the Flip camcorder is emulated by several companies, including Samsung. However, the HMX-E10 is last week’s news. This pseudo-Flip-like camera is all-new....
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Samsung announces ST80 Wi-Fi still camera and HMX-E10 pocket camcorder

Samsung just announced two new pocket recording devices: offering a pair of portable, pocketable packages for popping photos or videos. The ST80 is a smooth, curvy compact digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi, while the E10 is a smooth, curvy compact camcorder modeled after the current generation of Flip Mino....
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Samsung Introduces Two New DualView Compact Cameras

Samsung is really taking its two-LCD camera concept and running with it. The company has just announced two new members of its DualView line of compact digital cameras, the ST100 and ST600. These two new models are follow-ups to the TL220 and TL225 DualView cameras, improving on several technical aspects....
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