Field Review: Sony a580 (Day 2)

Mara Levi of The Pushovers

On December 21st of last year, I had the good fortune of being invited to a coworker’s concert at Union Hall in Brooklyn. I work with Chris Takita at Starbucks, and he plays lead guitar in the four-piece Melissa Li & the Barely Theirs. I offered to shoot the concert as both a favor to him and more practice on the a580. All shots shown were taken with Minolta glass. Continue reading…

Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 1)


I’ve enjoyed spending time with our new Nikon D7000. It’s a great camera with a thoughtful and innovative feature set. It is thoroughly capable and easy to operate. Nikon has used the camera to start a new naming convention and also to introduce a couple control layout changes that show this is a carefully designed offering from the company. Continue reading…

The Phoblographer’s Guide to The Histogram (Part 1)

In these days of the digital SLR, we’ve all seen these weird graphs, jagged and erratic like the output from some radioactive geological experiment. Most modern cameras allow quick access to these cryptic readouts. They come in a range of sizes and colors, instant review, live feedback, even histograms for every color channel. So are they useful? Can they help us to take better photos? In this quick 3-part series, we’ll dive into the power of the histogram and, hopefully, share a few handy tips.  Continue reading…

10 Winter Photography Tips That Everyone Should Know

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 30 Aperture f/29.0 Focal Length 34 mm ISO Speed 800 Lens 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

It is time to say hello to winter, hello to layers of clothes, snow, challenging light and earlier nights. You have to go outdoors to keep your sanity. Too much time indoors will drive you nuts. Winter is a fascinating time for photography. There are physical and mental challenges that can make things remarkable. It is a time to produce some great images. When camera settings, care, lighting, and white balance are in the snow, you have to think a little more about all of it. Continue reading…

Why the Pentax K-x Makes A Stellar Holiday Gift

The K-x in Red

Sure, the Pentax K-x isn’t new and the K-5 and K-r seem very promising. But for the price point, this little camera is quite the bang-for-your-buck DSLR. Recently, I’ve been on the lookout for another camera system as a compliment to my Canon cameras. I almost pulled the trigger on a Nikon D3000 only to realize that it doesn’t have a lot of the features I really want. Then I remembered the Pentax K-x; and the reasons why it is the best entry level DSLR you can get this holiday season is below the jump.

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Review: The Apple Magic Trackpad For Photographers

With the Apple Magic Trackpad, finger painting comes to Adobe Photoshop. The Apple Magic Trackpad is an interesting new Apple product that arrived recently with relatively little fanfare. Compared to more press grabbing new toys like the snazzy new iPod Nano or the fascinating iPad, the trackpad flew in under the radar, and it’s too bad, because it’s an innovative and interesting tool for digital photographers, and an affordable one at that. I’ve had one on my desk for a couple weeks and have grown to love it. Continue reading…

Long Term Test: Canon 7D Vs Nikon D300s

Both the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D have been reviewed in different situations and at different times. However, when a review is complete, there are still issues that arise with the cameras way afterward. After using both for a prolonged period of time, this is the posting that will weigh the pros and cons of each camera against one another after they have been used in conditions and situations that most users of these cameras will find themselves in. Further, problems that did not arise before will now be noted.

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The Complete Canon 7D Review

The Field Review of the Canon 7D is now over, and the camera has my personal recommendation for best APS-C sensor camera. As a compliment to the 5D Mk II, it works well due to the cropped sensor, faster frame rates, video options, wireless flash controls, etc. More on all this as well as the compilation and thoughts after the jump.

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Recommended Step Up Cameras For Summer Travel

The Purple Sunset

It’s getting much warmer here in NYC and summer is approaching. You’ll probably be taking a vacation or go site seeing. That said, it may possibly be time to upgrade your camera or get something new. If you or someone you love is looking and they’re in the entry-level crowd, check out this list of cameras to go for.

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RAW Photo Capabilities Come to Cellphones Via OmniVision

Just when cameras like the S90 and others were making a strive forward, OmniVision has announced today at Mobile World Congress the introduction of a 1/4 inch 5MP sensor that will shoot RAW photos and will be available for cell phones. The sensor is also complete with backside illumination. If that wasn’t enough, it can also shoot 1080p HD video at 30p and 720p at 60p. Let’s also keep in mind that this is a much smaller sensor.

Showing ultimate megapixel restraint, it will allow photographers and users that always have a phone in their pocket to take better pictures and have more flexibility in the editing process. Next to the new sensor in the photo above is a Micro Four Thirds sensor.

While technology like this is great news, let’s keep in mind that most of America also doesn’t know that much about photography so something like this may hopefully encourage them to do more with their photos. It will also boost citizen journalism. Hopefully photo editing apps will be able to keep up, like those on Android. Let’s also keep in mind that processors need to keep up as well. More is available on the press release and technical specs are after the jump.

Via Wired

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Panasonic Announces New Full HD 3MOS Camcorders

Panasonic announced their two new flagship model camcorders: the HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700. Each one has sensors capable of delivering Full HD video using their 3MOS sensors. Clearly aimed at enthusiasts, outstanding features include the new Power O.I.S. system that I talked about in the ZS-7 posting (but using gyrosensors now), 18x Intelligent zoom, 5.1 Channel surround sound zoom microphone, and an Auto Power LCD. Pricing isn’t available yet and the main difference between the camcorders seems to be the available Hard Disk space. Press release after the jump.

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Olympus E-PL1 is Apparently Official

The camera in the teaser campaign picture that I said looked very familiar to the original prototype I photographed is apparently all official and such according to Gizmodo. The camera is aimed more at beginners and enthusiasts as this can be told by the price point of $599.99 with the M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens. The camera, in terms of specs, sounds almost identical to the EP-2.

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