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Lowepro has provided details on the latest SLR bags to join its lineup - the new Inverse AW beltpack, as well as a redesign of the company's long-running Nova shoulder bag.
The folks at Olympus pioneered the long-zoom point-and-shoot digicam with the introduction of the 10x-zoom C2100 in 2000, and they obviously believe that size really does matter. The new Olympus SP-570 UZ features the longest zoom lens currently available on a point-and-shoot camera: a whopping 20x optic that goes from the 35mm-equivalent of 26mm to 520mm. With a 10 megapixel sensor, a hot shoe, and manual exposure control, the latest ultrazoom from Olympus promises a viable replacement to a DSLR and a bagful of lenses for casual shooters.
When I received a few Golla "Music" pouches for review, I quickly figured out that they're versatile little bags with lots of possible uses beyond their stated purpose as MP3 player or cell-phone holders: among other things, they're the perfect size to hold an ultracompact digital camera. The question is whether these stylish, affordable bags from this up and coming accessory maker are a practical alternative for casual photographers looking for a fun way to tote a tiny camera.
The Passport has been Western Digital's most successful line of portable external hard drives for several years. The sleek casing, solid build quality, reasonable speed, and tons of storage space continue to keep these USB-powered 2.5-inch, 5400RPM portable hard drives popular. The all new Passport Elite series offers even greater capacities, improved indicator lights, simple port protection, and some nice software to keep your portable storage organized. With the ability to store nearly 100,000 high resolution JPEGs, is this drive the next must-have accessory for digital photographers on the move?
Few bag manufacturers do a better job at creating innovative bags (and bag names) than Crumpler. The same company that brought you the popular "Brazillion Dollar Home" camera bag and "The Bucket for Soupansalad" is no stranger to exceptional camera bags with outrageous names. Crumpler's latest camera and notebook bag is called the "The Whickey and Cox" (no joke!), and despite the strange name it's one amazing bag.
I was pretty excited when I found out I would be reviewing the Casio Exilim S10, "the world's smallest and thinnest 10.1 megapixel camera." Encased in stainless steel and decked out in four color choices, it looks and feels like a great accessory. Of course, it's not all about looks, as any fool knows, and with tiny cameras, compromises often have to be made somewhere. Want to know if this book lived up to its cover? Read on...
It seems that the bags we've been getting in for review around here lately have been getting bigger and bigger. With the recent arrival of Mountainsmith's Capture AT, we're wondering if we've reached the practical limit. A considerable bag in every sense, the highly functional, well-speced Capture takes a slightly different approach to configuration and design than many of the pro bags on the market. While it's certainly not right for every shooter, or even every shooter with a large lens collection, the Mountainsmith's ability to handle larger lenses, especially, potentially makes this gear hauler an excellent choice for a certain group of photographers.
With the CompuDaypack line of SLR and laptop bags from a few years back, Lowepro pioneered the first designs for a backpack that can transport both camera equipment and a notebook computer. While the CompuDaypack was original, it was heavily criticized for its lower camera compartment that wasn't easy to access. Photographers require quick retrieval of their equipment whenever a photo opportunity arrives. Learning from this first attempt, Lowepro's newest offerings - the Fastpack series - moves the access point to the side of the bag alloying you to quickly grab your gear and go.
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