The top names in tripods has been Gitzo on the upper end and Manfrotto on the more reasonably priced end of consumer tripods.  Really Right Stuff is a company who spares no expense when it comes to their products and I own many of them myself, from L-brackets for your DSLRs, lens feet, ball heads, and now they claim to have made the ultimate tripod legs.  They're carbon fiber and on examination do seem to be top flight.  If you're in the market for a hefty set of legs that may be the best there are.. then give these a try.  Rumor has it that several different size versions will be announced soon.

 

 Really Right Stuff is a company who spares no expense when it comes to their products and I own many of them myself, from L-brackets for your DSLRs, lens feet, ball heads, and now they claim to have made the ultimate tripod legs.

 

No matter how many expensive DSLRs with the latest bells and whistles are announced, the market cries out for a simple well executed and inexpensive compact zoom we can carry on vacation or during travels for snapshop quality images. Digital Photography review has done just that with its review of "travel zooms", small compacts with a 35mm equivalent focal length ranging from 24mm to 392mm.  That's a heck of a lot of lens!  DPR tests 13 of the most popular in this category in one test report.  Lots of comparisons.

 

Digital Photography review has done just that with its review of "travel zooms", small compacts with a 35mm equivalent focal length ranging from 24mm to 392mm.  That's a heck of a lot of lens!  DPR tests 13 of the most popular in this category in one test report.  Lots of comparisons.

 

For some this may seem obscene. $5500,00 USD's on a camera?  Yes.  Those professionals working in studios and professional landscape photographers desiring the very best image quality often spend much more than this.  Many professions on a job are carrying 3-4 digital MF cameras, more digital backs, and scores of lenses necessary to take the very highest quality image of a certain scene.  Who do you think is taking Nikon and Canon's wonderful pictures of their latest DSLRs?

 

Those professionals working in studios and professional landscape photographers desiring the very best image quality often spend much more than this.  Many professions on a job are carrying 3-4 digital MF cameras, more digital backs, and scores of lenses necessary to take the very highest quality image of a certain scene.  Who do you think is taking Nikon and Canon's wonderful pictures of their latest DSLRs?

 

If your Japanese is okay you can read this article and learn Olympus earned a Japanese invention award for the technology behind their dust removal systems.  Much of this type of technology we now take for granted, but many of us can remember fighting with dust on our sensors every time we went out to shoot.  Now these types of systems make dust issues rare.

 

If your Japanese is okay you can read this article and learn Olympus earned a Japanese invention award for the technology behind their dust removal systems.

 

Death of a Canon DSLR.  A food blogger had his shutter seize right in the middle of photographing sticky buns.  I liked this article for its background and candid look at why he chooses and justifies the cost of his gear.  Very practical.

 

A food blogger had his shutter seize right in the middle of photographing sticky buns.

 

To sell a luxury apartment. Real estate photography is big business and creates the 'first impression' of a property for potential buyers.  Getting it right the first time is essential.  Real estate photographers often 'build' their images after the fact adding light and adding/subtracting items in the room. Read this article to learn more about this profession. David Paler is one such professional.

 

Read this article to learn more about this profession. David Paler is one such professional

 

The Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS II is the most recently 70-200mm lens on the market and so far all reports and reviews have been very favorable.  SLRgear.com has just posted this review .  If you're interested in such a lens you'll want to read this review.

 

 SLRgear.com has just posted this review .  If you're interested in such a lens you'll want to read this review.