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Tips on photographing the upcoming Orionid meteor shower

Some of you may have already heard about, or be tracking the ongoing Orionid meteor shower, especially those of you in the Bay Area where quite a large one caused a stir earlier this week. If you're up for photographing it, I've packed a bunch of advice on gear and techniques into an article for Extremetech.com. Do remember that even in clear-sky areas like the SF Bay, fog can be a problem, so count on more than one night of attempts if you want to have a good chance of getting some images. Have fun, and if you have results or tips to share, please let us in on them, either here or on the ET site. Read more »

How big is the Nikon D600, anyway? Compared to the Nikon D700 / D800 & Nikon D7000

img_0003The Nikon D600 has, in just a few days, become the new darling of camera reviewers (including me) and photographers who’ve gotten their hands on one. One of its appeals is that it packs an amazing quality full-frame image sensor into a pretty small package. Specs put it between the D700 / D800 (which are essential identical in size and weight) and the Nikon D7000, which is smaller and lighter. Since I have all three, I’ve been hefting them in turns to get an idea. It’s hard to pass along subjective impressions, but I tend to agree with other reviewers who say that while the Nikon D600 is not small enough that anyone should rush out and purchase it for that reason, it is noticeably lighter and smaller than a Nikon D800 with similar lens. Read more »

Nikon cuts off mom & pop repair shops–fair or foul?

Nikon USA has decided to stop supplying camera parts to any repair shops which are not Nikon Authorized Repair Stations (NARS). As explained by customer service Director David Dentry on dpreview, this move is designed to improve service quality and timeliness for Nikon-toting photographers. Predictably this has caused a bit of a dust-up, but it is hard to say whether detractors are making a mountain out of a molehill. In my case, I wouldn’t normally have thought much about it – NPS is an overnight package away – but since Nikon will not repair Infrared-converted or otherwise modified cameras, I did have to find an alternative…. Read more »

Digital Light Shed: A photo accessory that will pay for itself

Impact Digital Light Shed - XLNearly everyone has at least a box of used electronics and camera gear sitting someplace in their house hoping for a better home. With cellphones, computers, and cameras being upgraded more frequently than ever, they can pile up faster than we can find friends or family members who might want them. In many cases, those electronics are still worth real money, so sending them off to one of the new “e-Cycling” ventures seems like a waste. eBay seems like the obvious answer, but taking good product pictures is such a hassle that many of us don’t take the time to do it – even if we take pictures for a living. That’s where the Digital Light Shed comes in… Read more »

Canon’s New S100: A shirt-pocket camera to drool over!

Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera (Black) If you want the ultimate shirt pocket camera, and can stand one in a little bit larger form factor than the ultra-tiny Elph series, Canon has kicked its “S” family up another notch by replacing the excellent S95 with the brand new S100. Available from B&H as of this morning for $429, it is almost impossible to believe the combination of quality and features in a camera this easy to have with you all the time… Read more »