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Kit: European Vacation Photography Essentials

We don't need to tell you that Europe is home to much of the world’s history, art and various cultures. But getting bogged down at tourist traps is not our idea of a getaway. Our advice? Consider the path less

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

Stopping time

Timekeeping: How to Take Better Watch Photos

A man dressed in an all brown uniform just dropped off the “grail” watch on your "work" from home day. You feverishly tear the packaging open and hold up the culmination of your hope and dreams as if it were

Gold Jerry, Gold!

In-Depth: Sony RX100

With the advent of smartphones the compact camera has become about as contemporary as a Walkman. The next step? Being relegated to Urban Outfitters as a hipster's novelty purchase. Major brands are abandoning the segment faster than dubstep and everyone

Through a mirrorless, darkly

Canon EOS-M

Finally -- after a slew of leaks and rumors -- Canon's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has arrived with the Canon EOS-M. It's hard to believe 4 years have already passed since the introduction of the first mirrorless cameras,

Rapid fire shooter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

The pocket-sized compact camera market, a crowded field where convenience and the almighty megapixel have long come at the sacrifice of photographer-driven adjustability, just added something for the budding enthusiast. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 replaces the LX5 and adds a

Small super shooter

Point Grey Flea3 Video Camera

Video cameras have only gotten smaller and smaller, such that most people think nothing of having a low-res shooter in their phone or laptop. The Point Grey Flea3 is an ultracompact, 4k video camera with high frame rates, but that’s

Land Lover

Patina: Polaroid Land Camera 210

Looking at old Polaroids evokes a certain feeling. Childhood galavanting and family road trips come to mind. In the modern era of megapixels and digital cameras though, Polaroids still take awe-inspiring photos (look what's inspired Instagram filters). Browse through Craigslist,

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: How to Shoot the Night

For our third installment, we step into the dark to shoot a starscape and nature in it’s most dramatic setting. The night: it’s the time when some of us come alive and the world surrounds us in beautiful neon colors perfectly

Rebel Gets Refined

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon has sent its DSLR rabble-raising Rebel to finishing school and today it has introduced -- with degree in hand -- the Canon Rebel T4i ($949, kit). Packed with prosumer grade technology from the 7D and 60D models, the T4i

A DSLR sensor in compact clothing

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 ($650) is your new Facebook adversary. Sporting a compact design, this little-camera-that-can packs a huge punch with a 1” 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor -— literally twice the size of sensors in other comparable prosumer point-and-shoots. In

City, Slicker

Sharp Shooter: How to Capture Your City


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In this second installation of Gear Patrol’s tips for more effectively utilizing your Canon DSLR, we're turning our lenses onto the city. When it comes to urban photography, sometimes the best

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: Get a Grip on Your DSLR


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It's really no secret that DSLR cameras are not only incredibly popular but increasingly easier to use. When the Canon AE-1 arrived on the scene many years ago during the

Snapping pics while snapping bones

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS

For the extreme adventurer, the risk of snapping a few limbs is all part of the fun. Breaking a bone is one thing, but breaking your camera? Now that’s just downright scary. Capturing your stunts in all their insane glory requires

Rose gold cinematography

REDucation X

Apply for a coveted spot at REDucation-X, and you might as well begin working on your Oscar speech now. Shooting on the RED EPIC or SCARLET have quickly become the gold standard in the world of independent film,

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

Heaven sent

Canon EOS 60Da

Even the most seasoned photographer knows the frustrations of delving into the world of astrophotography. Ultra long exposures, hyper-subtle colorations and bringing out the detail of such distant objects usually results in blurry, indistinguishable images that are more akin to a

Be Billy the Kid with your DSLR

Capture Camera Clip

We all know photography gear can quickly become overwhelming. Lenses, bags, cameras, straps, cords, –- it eventually gets out of hand. Thankfully, Camera Clip by Peak Design ($80), is a cool and easy alternative to the traditional neck strap. Simply

Shoot to thrill

Kit | Summer Concert Photography Essentials

Editor's Note: We all want to take better pictures. Whether it's with the iPhone or our third DSLR, everyone loves a great photograph to upload to Facebook, frame or just gawk at on our phones. But throwing gobs of money

There's extravagant, and then there's this

Fuji X-Pro1 Globe-Trotter Case

Nothing quite says “You’ve made it” like buying ~$9,000 worth of cutting edge camera equipment, encapsulated in the finest luggage around. Fujifilm’s new partnership with opulent British luggage maker Globe-Trotter has yielded a handmade case assembled on period Victorian machinery, constructed

Shoot in style

A7 Original Camera Strap II

Dress up your favorite shooter with the A7 Original Camera Strap II. Each strap is made in the U.S.A. by a family-owned NYC based leather manufacturer. Color options include black, brown, or a slightly pricier but reversible olive and gray

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,

Three's a Company

Canon 5D Mark III

More powerful, more capable and more versatile, the long-awaited Canon 5D Mark III ($3,499) is finally here. Less revolution, and more evolution, the Mark III brings with it a host of much-needed improvements and new features including several from

Your personal eye in the sky

Lehmann Aviation LFPV UAV

Lehmann Aviation's latest LFPV (~$2,352) is one of the more affordable ways to get movie-grade aerial videos and photos without renting a chopper. While it's certainly no predator drone, the small UAV does come equipped with a camera capable of

The poor man's rangefinder

Patina: Yashica Electro 35 GSN

While the Yashica name is rarely whispered outside die-hard enthusiast groups, the name (and brand) holds an important part of photo history. Take for example the Yashica Electro 35 GSN fixed lens rangefinder camera. If you're lusting after a Leica

Dull edge of progress

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

Paving the path for a technique known as "selective focus", Lensbaby has been cranking out optic after optic focused -- defocused might be a better way to describe it -- on offering photographers a lens-based solution for creating dramatic photos.

Oh emm dee

Olympus OM-D E-M5

With an honest, throwback design the Olympus OM-D E-M5 ($999, body) builds off of the 40 year-long lineage of OM SLR film cameras. Modernized in Micro Four Thirds format, the 16.1 megapixel shooter comes paired with a built-in electric viewfinder

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

Special K

Pentax K-01

Don't let the bright colors -- a signature Pentax touch -- fool you. Behind the bold design by Marc Newson, the Pentax K-01 ($749+), pronounced "kay-zero-one", has the intentions of a serious enthusiast's camera. Within the machined aluminum

Poof Positive

Smoke Drops

Got a Michael Bay-like appetite for capturing destruction, without the matching slush fund to pay for it? Well, $50 can land you a neat bit of photographic trickery, known as Smoke Drops. Imported from Italy by the fine folks at

Officially drool worthy

Fujifilm X-Pro 1

Fujifilm's X-Pro 1 may be the worst kept secret we've ever come across in the photography world -- with a veritable Wikileaks worth of details flooding the web long before today's official announcement. We're still pleased as punch, however, to

The new fixed lens king?

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon's PowerShot G-series has always strived to meld the smaller form factor of a point and shoot with the photo quality of a larger-sensor DSLR, and with the new Canon G1 X ($799), Canon continues to aim to do just