Posts Tagged ‘Camera Reviews’

Lens Baby 3G

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It Stays Bent!

by Jeff Dorgay

If you’ve ever seen one of those really cool selective focus shots that wasn’t done in Photoshop and wondered how to pull it off, chances are really good it was shot with a Lensbaby. I can’t think of another photo accessory that’s taken the market so by storm in the last 10 years! No matter what you like to shoot, the Lensbaby will add another dimension to your photography. Much like the front element of a large format camera, the Lensbaby 3G is a multicoated two-element lens that can bend around on a small bellows. This allows you to vary the area of selective focus at will.

The Lensbaby 3G is available in all popular SLR and DSLR mounts and costs $270. They even offer a larger version for Pentax and Mamiya 645 users for $390, so if you are a medium format shooter, you can also take advantage of the 3G. It is a fully manual lens and has no electronic connections at all.

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EPSON PictureMate Zoom

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The Prints Just Keep Popping Out!

by Tony Gomez

Printing snapshot images has just gotten a whole lot easier with the release of Epson’s newest printing wonder— the PictureMate Zoom. It’s a snapshot printer that prints high-quality images directly from your digicam’s memory card, and it takes literally no time at all to do so.

The Epson PictureMate Zoom ($199.99 MSRP) is actually the flagship model of two PictureMate series printers. The Zoom model has all the features of the less expensive Dash model ($99.99 MSRP), plus it adds a CD-ROM burner (more on that later).

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PENTAX DA* Digital Lenses

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Pro-Quality Lenses For Pentax Digital K-Mount

by Joe Farace

The Zeiss T* (pronounced “Tee-Star”) lenses are legendary for their quality, sharpness and clarity. The new series of DA* digital only lenses from Pentax hope to offer the same kind of optical excellence to users of Pentax and Samsung digital SLRs.

To maximize optical performance, the image circle formed by DA-series lenses is designed to match the 23.5×15.7mm CCD imager used in Pentax digital SLRs. Although neither of the two high-end DA* lenses that I tested could truly be considered “small,” this design approach does produce a reduction in size, weight and cost when compared to 35mm format lenses with similar focal length ranges and maximum apertures. DA* series of lenses use Pentax’s SDM (Supersonic Drive Motor) system that’s quiet and focuses fast because of the higher torque gearless motor used.

 

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