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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.

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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.

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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.

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What happens in Vegas goes on the internet

Today in Gear, CES 2014 Edition: January 7, 2014

Have you (geeks) heard? CES is on, and we’ve got two men on the floor, app-ing and connectivity-ing and syncing with a vengeance. We’ll be updating you all week with the coolest thing’s we’ve found so far. Here’s the first batch. LET’S GET TECHNICAL Best of Gear Patrol 2013: Tech | Tested: Xbox One |…

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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 get overwhelming, sure, but there…

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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.

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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 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 switch out with the included mirror lens so wearers can adapt to the ever-changing elements. $185…

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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

UpDesk UpWrite 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 adjustable standing desk features a whiteboard surface for your doodling pleasure, and it’s shaped so treadmills…

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Today in Gear: August 12, 2013

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 a moderate makeover for this run, with a special sockliner, logo on the tongue and an elasticized tongue…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Sony. Despite the price differences, the new rig maintains a similar feature set to its bigger brother,…

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Snap back

Nikon Coolpix P7700

Make no mistake — the Nikon Coolpix P7700 is a direct shot across the bow of Canon’s Powershot G1 X, packing a similar level of pro features in a compact form. Specifically, the P7700 boasts a large backside-illuminated 1/1.7-inch 12.2MP CMOS sensor capable of shooting up to 8fps, as well as a 7.1x Nikkor glass…

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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 Android 2.3 OS and Wi-Fi allow users to instantly upload shot to social media, use various…

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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 maximum of 6400 (with the ability to extend to 12800 in boost mode), as well as…

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Widespread Optic

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm F2.8 Super Wide Angle Lens

If red, gold and green rings around your lenses don’t get your blood stirring enough, maybe Carl Zeiss will. Officially the widest-angle lens in the much revered, and lusted after, Distagon lens lineup, the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm F2.8 Super Wide Angle Lens ($2,948) shoots wide enough to capture practically all of Berlin in…

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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, gained popularity in the U.S. with photographers covering the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Soon,…

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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 of their new EOS C300 video…

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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 II, which has captured the attention (and dollars) of HD-SLR shooters. Built around a Super Bowl…

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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 Nikon’s is nearly 2-grand, making the glass alone cost nearly as much as a…

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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 belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may…

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Up Close and Personal

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Nikon has brought the macro lens goodness (btw: Nikon calls macro, Micro) for DX-format shooters with the new, portable Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G ($279). For less than $300, this lens is a steal and a must-have for anyone within the Nikon D40 to D7000 range. Delivering high-resolution, contrast-filled photos with gobs of background…

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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 to those who wait and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S ($220) is certainly just…

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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 Gear feature we bring you our list of travel-tech endorsements, field tested by the GP…

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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 is a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor from the D7000 capable of 4fps, ISO100-6400 and 1080p…

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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 fact, the set, a whopping $7,000, is still $1,250 less than purchasing all three…