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Canon Announces Ground-Breaking “Video” Flash along with new Rebel D-SLRs

For anyone shooting video with a D-SLR you’ve already figured out that your flash is useless. Instead you need to invest in a separate video light if you want to do any shooting that requires more than ambient light. Until now with Canon’s new Speedlite 320EX II which it announced today along with the Rebel T3i and T3. Read on to learn which it’s such an exciting innovation…

YOUBIQ adds all in one Mini-Pod, Grip, and Cloud Based Organizer to the iPhone 4

The YOUBIQ won't turn your iPhone into a pro camera, but for those looking to upgrade their camera phone photography experience the YOUBIQ Gymbl, App & Cloud solution is an interesting set of products and services which aim to make everything from image capture to upload and organization simpler. For, say, real estate agents or others who rely on their phones for quick images for work this could be great. And for families and vacationers who are almost happy with the iPhone as a camera but want to take it one notch further this will be an interesting alternative to getting a point and shoot with an Eye-Fi card. Read on for more details...

Nikon’s New 24-120mm f/4 AF-S VR Lens: The Perfect Compromise?

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom LensMid-range zooms have become the bread and butter lens for almost all photographers, pro and amateur. So each new announcement in that space is greeted with tremendous energy and excitement. Nikon’s overhaul of the venerable 28-70mm f/2.8 into the digital full frame friendly 24-70mm f/2.8 was big news for Nikon shooters. But the 24-70 is large, heavy, expensive and doesn’t have VR (Vibration Reduction). Sigma’s 24-70 helps with the first three but it also doesn’t have VR. And neither offers the kind of large range photographers have come to want from their zooms. So enter the new Nikon 24-120mm f/4 AF-S VR Lens—Nikon’s third offering in that zoom range. Read on to find out if it finally the perfect fit for your needs…


ProShow 4.5: Even Better Slideshows for Windows & New Slideshow Book

It's no secret that we're big fans and big users of ProShow Gold and the higher end ProShow Producer for creating excellent slideshows and DVDs on Windows. That's why we added them as a site sponsor and are always excited when they come up with a new release. This week Photodex announced and shipped ProShow 4.5 a solid upgrade to both its flagship products. Read on to learn about our first experiences with it...

iGot-U Handy Trip Logger GPS from MobileAction

[amazon B001IMJV0E thumbnail]  There are plenty of photography and camera specific GPS devices, and of course lots of hand held and car units, but the iGot-U family of GPS dataloggers from MobileAction Technology are unique as a truly "pocket friendly" gizmo that do one simple thing very well--track and share where you've been...

Nikon brings VR to its Wide-Angle Zooms with a new 16-35mm f/4 AF-S VR, also new ultra-fast 24mm f/1.4

One missing link in Nikon's Pro lens line has been the lack of VR on the mid-range and wide-angle zoom lenses. Certainly VR is not as important on these lenses as on longer focal lengths, but there are many conditions where hand-holding is the only option and a low shutter speed is the best option. Now with the new 16-35mm f/4 AF-S VR Nikon has addressed the shortcoming...The lens features include:

Sigma 24-70, Another "Pro Value" Champ from Sigma

Sigma continues to impress me with their updated versions of pro and semi-pro lense for D-SLRs. They provide excellent value with pricing below the Nikon and Canon versions while not sacrificing image quality. Their new (same as USM or AF-S) is no exception...

GearGuide: Camera Lenses for Bird Photography

Even more important to excellent bird photography than having the right camera is having the right lens. There is no point in purchasing that dream camera body and crippling yourself with a cheap lens. In the 8 years I've been leading digital photo safaris I've had the chance to use or at least see used just about every likely lens made for Nikon and Canon camera bodies and have plenty of hopefully useful thoughts to share with you:

Nikon Updates Excellent 300mm f/2.8 lens and TC-20E

Nikon has updated the already excellent 300mm f/2.8 AF-S lens with VR II (enhanced VR) and a Nano Crystal coat for reduced glare, and the least favored sibling of the Nikon TC family the TC-20E III...

The Ultimate Raw File Tweaker: Colorchecker Passport

As raw files become the common currency of high-end photographry a widening array of tools is arriving to help photographers get the most from them. I've been using SpyderCube from Datacolor/Colorvision for awhile to help set white and black points along with white balance for color critical situations.

Improving your Printing Workflow: ImagePrint 8 & Qimage 2009 Reviewed

Last week I wrote about a great way to improve the quality of your prints by creating customer printer profiles with Spyder3Print SR. But as anyone who prints a lot knows, that is only half the story. Between layout, spooling, swapping paper and ink, and reprinting on demand the actual production workflow is as big a challenge as print quality for anyone serious about printing.

Fortunately there are two excellent software packages that can help. Today we'll look at Imageprint 8 and Qimage 2009 Studio Edition. By reading the review hopefully you can learn whether one or the other of these applications should be part of your photography toolset...

Lowepro Pro Roller X200: The Most Versatile Camera Bag Ever?

As a travel and wildlife photographer I find myself on all different sizes of planes with a wide variety of gear. I’ve always enjoyed working with Lowepro rollers for trips where I needed the convenience of a wheeled bag, but have been blown away by the versatility of the new .

Nikon D300s Updates D300 with HD Video --Article Updated

The  delivers a feature packed update to the venerable Nikon D300. It features HD Video and dual slots. Highlights include:

DPS 7-04: Hot Deal on Nikon D700, Sigma 120-400mm Lens Field Test, Camera Straps, SpyderCube, Lensbaby Composer and more...

Welcome to DPS 7-04--the nikondigital.org newsletter.We've got some great new product announcements and updates as well as the results of our Sigma Lens field test for you in this issue, plus an upgrade to our November Botswana Safari and an announcement of our Texas Bird Photo Safari for next April. Mixed in you'll find some useful photo tips we picked up in Texas this April.

Showing your Images in Style

One of the most powerful features in Proshow is Slide Styles. With a single click they let you add some snap to your images with unique treatments ranging from professional scrolling captions to photo album like layouts and other professional effects. Not content to rest on their initial set of styles, . I didn't understand the value of styles until Amanda from Photodex demoed them to me at PMA. Now I'm a big fan. I used a couple on my first Death Valley slideshow, but to demonstrate a little more of their power I've uploaded a new (it's in HD, so definitely try it out with YouTube's new HD option!).

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