Review

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Nikon 5300: Bringing pro-quality images to the consumer DSLR

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera (Black)Nikon has continued to push the envelope of what’s possible with DSLRs, by relentlessly taking technologies – especially sensors – from its more expensive models and using them in less expensive versions. The Nikon D5300 is a perfect example. Using the excellent, very sharp, 24MP sensor from the Nikon D7100 and an updated EXPEED 4 processing chip, the Nikon D5300 is likely to make those looking for amazing images in a small package very happy. Read more »

Concerned about the “rent-only” future of Photoshop: Consider Elements instead

Photoshop Elements 12 - ET Editors' Choice featured imageFor some of us Photoshop is practically ingrained in our blood at this point, and we use its esoteric features enough that biting the bullet and signing up for a Cloud subscription to get continued access isn’t that hard a decision. But for many (perhaps most) Photoshop users, the program has more features than they need, and is much harder to use than it needs to be to do what they want. For them, Adobe’s own Photoshop Elements is a great alternative. I’ve just completed a hands-on review of Elements for Extremetech, where it received one of the site’s first Editor’s Choice awards. If you’re curious about what you’re missing, read the review, and then remember you can buy Elements for under $90 from Amazon or from B&H – not much more than a the price of a filter for your lens. Read more »

Nikon updates the D600 to the Nikon D610, but should you care?

It is unusual for a camera vendor to release an update to a flagship model after a year that only includes very minor changes, but that is exactly what Nikon has done with its new Nikon D610 DSLR. A year after the release of the amazing Nikon D600 Nikon has updated it with an almost identical model. The Nikon D610 has a few, tiny changes, but it is the same price as the Nikon D600 a year later…  Read more »

Want to cram more gear into your carry-on? Jaktogo pushes beyond the photo vest

Jaktogo foto 1Without question, traveling with photo gear only gets harder. Airlines continue to winnow down the amount of carry-on they allow, and checked bags are subject to loss and breakage. As many of my readers (and safari participants) know, I’m a big fan of my Scottevest, that allows me to stash a tablet, phone, headphones, hat, glasses, lunch, and maybe a rainshell conveniently. But it doesn’t really help with the bulk storage of laptop, camera, lenses, flashes, and chargers. Photo vests are an alternative used by many of us, but now a new set of products pushes the limit even further… Read more »

Acratech Long Lens Tripod Head: The lightest way to use a long lens in the field

There is no substitute for the image quality from a pro-quality long lens when shooting wildlife or sports. Their high-quality images and fast focus speed come at a high cost in both dollars and weight, unfortunately. Adding to the weight is the need for specialized tripod heads. Conventional ballheads are seriously painful to use with long lenses, falling off to one side or the other just at the wrong time. Until now, replacement solutions have been both expensive and heavy. Whether you like the traditional Wimberley, the newer Mongoose, the nerdy Really Right Stuff offering, or even the cut down Wimberley Sidekick, you’re looking at a minimum of 2 pounds and several hundred dollars (the Sidekick is the cheapest and lightest, but requires that you also bring and use a sturdy ballhead). Enter the new Acratech Long Lens Head.