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Buying Guide
Hope you don't have a fixed income

Prime Time: 5 Best Fixed-Lens Cameras

There was a time when photographers didn’t carry nine different lenses with their camera, a time when one wide-angle lens was enough to get an adroit photographer through the day because he realized that sometimes the best way to zoom in was to damn well walk closer to his subject. While most of us like having a versatile zoom lens, there’s something to be said for having only one focal length: when you shoot with a fixed focal length camera, you don’t take pictures, you take photographs. We’ve rounded up the top six “fixies” to get you started on your path towards being an artisan.

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WHAT'S NEW, NOW

This Week in Gear: July 5, 2014

This Week in Gear: the 2015 Ford Focus ST, GE Link connected LEDs, Ginger infused bourbon, Trek's Edmonda SLR 10, Patagonia's Nano-Air jacket.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: June 30, 2014

Today in Gear: Ford's hot hatchback gets a facelift, Apple's iPod Touch gets better and cheaper, Nikon's new full-frame DSLR and more.

The Belize Issue
Five Oceans, Five Cameras

Buying Guide: Underwater Imaging

Nowadays, there are many options for underwater photography and videography available to the avid diver and occasional vacation snorkeler alike. These five underwater imaging options -- everything from custom-machined metal housings to cameras that don’t need a housing at all -- will serve you well on your next dive trip. What you shoot is up to you.

The Sochi Issue
To Russia We Fly

Kit: Capturing the Olympics

Packing for a trip to Russia for the Sochi Olympics is no small feat. There's weather, international travel, technology and a desire to stay light on our feet to consider. Gear needs to be tough, functional, lightweight and understated. Here's a sampling of what we're packing to use on a normal day in Sochi.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE

Today in Gear: 2013 Tech Rewind

Grumble away, gramps: sending a third of our wages to Uncle Sam and marching slowly toward death notwithstanding, the constant exponential expansion and discovery of technology is neither slowing nor ever going to end. So instead of griping about not knowing how the cloud works, try embracing tech. It can

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Look Ma, No Mirrors!

Nikon AW1

The underwater digital camera is certainly not a new concept; you probably picked one up before your honeymoon to take pictures while scuba diving. How’d that work out for you? Not too great, we bet, because while the underwater digital camera is clever in theory, there aren’t many companies who have made it worth our time and money. The lenses are cheap, the images are underwhelming, and face it: the cameras are homely as hell. Luckily, Nikon has decided to get serious about underwater photography -- and photography in all sorts of rough conditions -- with the new AW1 ($800), the first mirrorless digital camera that's completely waterproof and has interchangeable, waterproof lenses.

Don't take my Kodachrome away

Want This, Get This: Nikon Df or Olympus OMD E-M1

If you’re like us, you have a long list of cameras you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series "Want This, Get This" presents a lust-worthy shooter along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we’re celebrating two DSLRs that recall the golden age of film while also delivering next-gen features.

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Today in Gear: November 7, 2013

SPY-Lock-Steady-Doom-Ski-Goggles-Gear-Patrol Spy Optic Doom Ski Goggles
Doom doesn't necessarily portend gloom. In this case, Doom means a quick-release interchangeable lens system: press the button, pop off one lens, click the other in place and hit the slopes. Fingerprint-resistant, anti-scratch lenses

Buying Guide
Hope you don't have a fixed income

Prime Time: 5 Best Fixed-Lens Cameras

There was a time when photographers didn’t carry nine different lenses with their camera, a time when one wide-angle lens was enough to get an adroit photographer through the day because he realized that sometimes the best way to zoom in was to damn well walk closer to his subject. While most of us like having a versatile zoom lens, there’s something to be said for having only one focal length: when you shoot with a fixed focal length camera, you don’t take pictures, you take photographs. We’ve rounded up the top six “fixies” to get you started on your path towards being an artisan.

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Today in Gear: September 24, 3013

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Some people pay a pretty penny for the privilege of not sitting while they work. You don't have to be one of them -- instead pay only a reasonable amount to stand and slave away. This electrically

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Today in Gear: August 12, 2013

adidas-Originals-My-adidas-Superstars-Gear-Patrol Adidas Originals Run DMC Series
This collaboration is so perfectly awsome that there's nearly no need to make a "walk this way" joke (though we'd never purport to usurp the original). Adidas' classic Superstar 80s have gotten

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Scrappy Shooters

Adventure Proof: 5 Best Rugged Compact Cameras

Smartphones have made typical point-and-shoots about as useful as Ryan Lochte in a public speaking class. But until our favorite thigh weights gain a thicker skin, there will always be space for tougher rigs designed to take a licking and keep on clicking. Toss one of these rugged cameras into your bag before your next big adventure, and maybe you'll finally capture some evidence to go along with that hell of a yarn.

Top Marks for the A

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon may not do things first, but they sure make great decisions. Need proof? The Coolpix A, Nikon's new flagship Coolpix, which comes loaded with a DSLR-sized sensor and a 28mm f/2.8 prime.

Original Series
Heart of glass

The Birth of a NIKKOR Lens

A good lens will burn your bank account faster than a real housewife after a bottle of chardonnay -- but there's a reason this precious glass costs so much. Dust-free production is an exacting process that requires plenty of human interaction to do right. But don't just take our word for it. Watch this brief Nikon film created in celebration of the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses that highlights how their tubular bundles of photographic joy are brought into this world, and you'll see what we mean. And while you're at it -- have the missus watch too before showing her your latest receipts.

Semi-pro

Nikon D600

The much-anticipated Nikon D600 ($2100) is a new prosumer DSLR that provides a similar, albeit slightly watered-down set of specs compared to the lauded D800 for roughly a grand less, while also undercutting the competition from Canon and

You if can't beat 'em, join 'em

Nikon Coolpix S800c

We've grown a bit weary of the quest for instant gratification ("can I get a retweet, bro?" comes to mind). But Nikon's COOLPIX S800c ($350) moves in a positive direction by blending point-and-shoot photography with smartphone connectivity. The included

Shooting for the masses

Nikon D3200

Nikon's D3200 ($700) is the newest member of the company's entry-level DSLR lineup. Following in the footsteps of the popular D3100, the shooter boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (a 33% step up from its predecessor), an ISO range

The birth of sensorship

Breakthroughs: DSLR Sensors

The birth of the DSLR can be traced back to a little camera company called Nikkor, which eventually became Nikon, and its relationship with a small government agency known as NASA. One of Nikon's first major successes, the 35mm Nikon F,

Joy Ride

Now that today's latest DSLRs are waging a war on two fronts for both still photography and video domination, having a test film made using your gear is a must for any camera company conducting a high profile launch. Earlier we showed you Canon's Mobius film for the introduction

800 Club

Nikon D800

Guess what? Your memory card just got a whole lot smaller thanks to the new Nikon D800 ($2,999). There's no hiding the fact that the long awaited full-frame FX-format shooter is a direct assault on the Canon 5D Mk

First but not most

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

With smooth bokeh and a versatile zooming range, both Nikon and Canon full-frame shooters (e.g. Nikon D700 and Canon 5D Mk II) have continually relied on their respective 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. The only problem? Canon's option lands in around $1,300, while

On holiday, off grid

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there's one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure -- the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we've compiled this list of 10 critical items that

Second Movement

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens

When it comes to great lenses it seems like innovation still happens at a glacial pace. Of course, one could just blame it on an age where new mobile phones are announced every 29 hours, but we digress. Good things come

Essential Gear: 20 Best Travel Gadgets

When it comes to traveling you may still rely on tried and true packing lists, but it goes without saying that gadgets and tech, have become both welcome and obnoxious additions -- so much for packing light. In this Essential

No middle child complexes here

Nikon D5100

Situated right between the entry-level D3100 and the fantastic D7000, the new Nikon D5100 ($899) packs features from both its brothers making it a worthy alternative to the aging D5000 and still-popular yet dog old D90. At the camera's core

Optical Hat Trick

Nikon Limited Edition f/1.4 Lens Set

File this one under "Unobtainable, Yet Awesome". Nikon is offering a trio of their incredible f/1.4 (super fast) Nikkor AF-S prime lenses (24mm, 35mm, 85mm) in one limited edition set. Unlike most "special editions" though, Nikon isn't charging a premium. In

Entry Level? Think Again.

Nikon D3100

Nikon has taken the wraps off the Nikon D3100 ($699), introducing a substantial upgrade to the popular entry-level Nikon D3000 DSLR. With category-leading features like a 14.2 CMOS sensor,

If You're Gonna Buy A Lens...

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

It’s no secret we love photography. Drooling over the latest and greatest DSLR, like the Nikon D3S, can be a lot of fun, but all those megapixels won’t do much without a great lens. Sure, zoom lenses are incredibly versatile and

Nikon's Ultimate Wide-Angle Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED

Prime lenses are a dangeorusly expensive addiction. From the moment you snap one onto your SLR/DSLR, fire off a shot, and revel in the Barry White smooth BOKEH, you're hooked. As a matter of fact, just leave the ultra-wide zooms at

Entry Level, Minus The "Entry Level"

Nikon D3000

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If you haven't noticed, the crew here at Gear Patrol loves to take photos. Not too long ago, this GP contributor was the last member of the crew still trying to take photos of the latest gear with his trusty

It Might As Well Have Night Vision

Nikon D3s

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Camera buffs can finally lay to rest all the speculation behind one of Nikon's new flagship DSLRs, the new Nikon D3s. Tonight (Tuesday, Oct 14), Nikon introduced the first DSLR with the ability to capture high definition video (720p) using a

Buttery Smooth. Fantastically Light.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

nikon-af-s-dx-nikkor-35mm-f18gLately, a lot of our readers have been interested in the gear we use to make Gear Patrol happen. So, we're making an effort to go anti-Steve Jobs and peel back the curtains back to show you what we use to