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  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Memory Card

    Posted on June 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Along with the camera, lens, battery and other essential equipment, your memory card for your digital camera is just as important.  As a photographer it is your responsibility to give proper care to your memory card so that there is no malfunction during your sessions.  There are a few tips that are suggested to help with this process.

    1. Try not to delete your work directly from the memory card.  Instead it is best to delete the photographs from your computer rather than your camera.  The reasoning for this is when images are deleted from your computer, it is allowing for one erase cycle.  This process can actually prolong the use of your memory card.
    2. Periodically format your memory cards.  This process will help get unwanted files and material of your memory card and all for a better storage and use of your images.  It is best to do this after uploading all images safely to your computer.
    3. When removing your memory card from your camera, it is recommended to turn your camera off before removing the card.  Although manufactures have guaranteed that this process isn’t exactly necessary, it is wise to avoid any damage to your card.
    4. Always have a backup of the same caliber.  It is never wrong to be over prepared with equipment.  If possible carry one or two extra memory cards in your case just in case something should go wrong.  Other than to help if something does go wrong, it is also best to have extras if you fill up one card with images.  Make sure you store the extra memory cards in a safe environment with adequate temperature.

    Just like the rest of your equipment, the memory card is essential and requires routine care for roper usage.  When researching memory card types, don’t just review their storage capacity but as well as previous users reviews.

  • Is the Most Expensive Camera Equipment the Best Choice?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2012 Staff Writer

    When purchasing your photography equipment, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  The equipment that a photographer selects is their life line and source of photography.  It is essential that your purchase the best but not necessarily the most expensive.  You want to have dependable equipment but not break the bank in the process.  Here are a few helpful tips for when it is time to purchase your equipment.

    First, like previously stated, it is not necessarily the best option to purchase the most expensive equipment.  When you find equipment you are interested in also view other equipment with the same specifications but perhaps a cheaper price tag.  Do not focus mainly on the name brand of the equipment but rather on integrity as well as dependability.  Always check to make sure that the equipment comes with a warranty that meets your needs.

    Second, research all possible options very thoroughly.  Once you have selected the desirable equipment, research consumer reviews, warranties, manufactures’ notes, as well as view photographs done by the equipment.  Also, check with various retail stores to compare prices.  There is no harm in being overly prepared with your equipment.

    Third, some retail department will allow consumers to return items they do not need or are not satisfied with.  Before purchasing, ask the salesperson if indeed they honor this program.  Once you have your new equipment, take advantage of the time frame and capture various photographs with different settings and elements.  If you are satisfied with your photographs, then you have found the equipment you need.  If not, then return the equipment to your retail store.

    Fourth, if you like to experiment with unique ways of capturing a photograph as well as unique equipment, try learning the fundamentals of a camera from the 40’s or 50’s.  Some antique stores or flea markets have this particular equipment for a reasonable price.  Before using such equipment, it is best to research the process and development requirements.

    Your equipment is your life line and must satisfactory to you, but you do not need to go broke just to purchase the equipment.  Some of the best photographs were taken with the simplest equipment.

  • Leatherman Wave is a Great Buy

    Posted on August 6th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The Leatherman Wave is one of the most popular tools on the market. The Leatherman Wave comes with over a dozen tools. The Wave also comes in stainless steel or black oxide. The Wave was redesigned in 2004 and was given larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters and all-locking blades. This tool is perfect for any job large or small as well as regular day tasks. The reviews on the Wave have been better than outstanding. Leatherman builds great products right here in the United States since 1983.

    Tools Included:

    •  420HC Clip Point Knife
    • 420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
    • Needlenose Pliers
    • Regular Pliers
    • Wire Cutters
    • Hard-wire Cutters
    • Wire Stripper
    • Large Screwdriver
    • Large Bit Driver
    • Small Bit Driver
    • Scissors
    • Wood/Metal File
    • Diamond-coated File
    • Saw
    • Bottle Opener
    • Can Opener
    • 8 in | 19 cm Ruler
    • INCLUDED BITS: Phillips and Flat Tip Eyeglasses Screwdriver Bit, Phillips #1-2 and 3/16″ Bit

    Be sure and try out the Leatherman Wave today if you are looking for a long lasting and reliable tool.

  • 42nd Street Photo Tips – Choosing The Best Memory Card For Your Camera

    Posted on January 15th, 2011 Staff Writer

    We have covered a lot of ground as far as photography tips and camera reviews. Today we are going to talk memory cards for your camera and how to choose the right one. Most digital cameras seem to have one thing in common and that is small internal memory capacity. On the bright side all digital cameras have a card slot that can accept different camera memory cards depending on the manufacturer and model. Purchasing the right video card will allow you to get the most out of your camera. Here are a few tips to help in choosing the best memory card for your camera.

    Know Your Memory Card Type For Your Camera

    Understand your camera and memory card that is compatiable with it. Look to your camera’s manual to find out what memory cards your camera supports so that you know what to get when you purchase online or at your local store.

    Don’t Buy Cheap Memory Cards

    Have you heard the phrase ‘You get what you’ pay for?’ This is true with memory cards as well. Cheap or less known memory cards tend to have lower quality and not so great performance. Name brands like Ridata, Sandisk, Kingston, and Transcend are your best bets. Last, be sure and buy from a reputable seller, preferably a camera store. Fake copies of memory cards can be made so be safe when purchasing memory cards.

    Purchase Fast Memory Cards

    Data transfer speeds of memory cards are important when it comes to performance, you want the highest data transfer speeds you can get. The faster the transfer, the faster you write and read data. This is important when you usually do continuous shots or shoot video. Faster cards are usually more expensive, but if you are shooting action or sports and use a rapid frame rate frequently, then you want the fastest card, and camera, that you can afford. If you take your time to compose each shot then speed may not be as important.

    What’s The Best Size For Your Memory Card?

    Camera memory cards come in several different sizes ranging to the small 512 MB sizes to 8 GB and beyond. The higher the storage capacity, the more photographs you can shoot and keep on the memory card. Camera memory cards are becoming more affordable as the maximum capacity goes up so don’t go cheap as I mentioned earlier. Be sure to consider your camera’s maximum megapixel count and then take a good estimate on how many shots you wish to take per session. If you own a 5.3 megapixel camera, each JPEG shot will be around 1.5 MB each on the highest quality or 8 MB using the RAW format. That means around 680 shots can fit in a 1 GB card or 126 RAW shots. Also keep in mind though that larger capacity is not always good. If the card becomes corrupted you can lose a large amount of data, Be sure to weigh all your options.

    There are many thing to consider when purchasing a memory card but the above tips is a good start.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Leatherman Knifeless Fuse

    Posted on September 7th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Knifeless FuseThe Leatherman Knifeless Fuse is as the name suggests based on the classic Fuse but with the knife blade replaced with a file. Sometimes having a knife as part of your multi-tool set-up isn’t necessary. For these knife-prohibitive situations Leatherman has created the knifeless Fuse.This makes the Leatherman Knifeless fuse ideal for younger users and situations when knife blades are not permitted. With a slim chassis and an assortment of the most-needed tools, the Leatherman Knifeless Fuse also puts portability at the forefront. The Fuse is the cheapest of the classic range tools to feature locking blades.

    Features

    • Needlenose Pliers
    • Regular Pliers
    • Scissors
    • Phillips Screwdriver
    • Ruler (8 inch/19cm)
    • Bottle/Can Opener
    • Wire Cutters
    • Hard-Wire Cutters
    • File
    • Large Screwdriver
    • Small Screwdriver
    • Wire Stripper
    • Lanyard Attachment
    • Leather Sheath Included

    Specifications

    • Materials: 100% stainless steel (Optimum grade hardness for each tool/blade)
    • Length: 4 in. / 10 cm closed – 6.3 in / 16 cm open
    • Weight: 6.0 ounces / 187 grams
    • Made in USA

    If you are looking for a gift for the younger crowd this would be perfect. Check out the Leatherman Knifeless Fuse.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire A2L-HA-WH Aviator LED Flashlight

    Posted on August 5th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire A2L-HA-WH Aviator LED FlashlightIf you are in need of a great compact flashlight then I want to tell you about the Surefire A2L-HA-WH Aviator LED. This a great little flashlight for even the biggest jobs. The A2 LED Aviator is a compact dual-output flashlight that provides two distinct beam types and optional output colors.It uses virtually indestructible power-regulated LED emitters and a precision micro-textured reflector to produce both spot and flood beams in your choice of white, red, green, or blue.The Aviator’s tactically-correct two-stage push–button tailcap switch lets you instantly select an output level: press for a momentary-on long-run-time flood beam for general night use, close work, or where you need to preserve your night vision; press further for a momentary-on white spot beam—nearly six times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight; twist for constant-on low, twist further for constant-on high.

    Other Features

    Features

    * Primary LED generates brilliant white spot beam, secondary LEDs produce optional white or color flood beam
    * Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
    * Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
    * High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
    * Two-stage tactical tailcap switch—press for momentary-on low, press further for high, twist for constant-on at either level
    * Steel clip provides multiple carry options
    * Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
    * Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Leatherman Super Tool 300

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Super Tool 300

    The original super-duty Leatherman Super Tool 300 multi-tool is back! The award-winning, Leatherman Super Tool 300 is the multi-tool for the working man. The build is all-stainless and measures 4 ½ x ¾ x 1 ½”, with metric and imperial ruler markings, so it’s a decent handful. The pliers are of good size and offer the following features; needle nose and regular, replaceable hard and braided wire cutters, crimper and wire stripper. With their fine and course gripping surfaces there’s not a lot you can’t get hold of. When you’re working with gloves on, the large side cutouts make it easy to still grab components and rolled handles make for a comfortable grip. Stranded, hard and regular wire cutters all come standard on Super Tool 300, and because they’re removable you can repair or re-sharpen on the spot.

    Tools Included:

    * 420HC Clip Point Knife with Straight Edge
    * 420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
    * Needlenose Pliers
    * Regular Pliers
    * 154CM Removable Wire Cutters
    * 154CM Removable Hard-wire Cutters
    * Stranded-wire Cutters
    * Wire Stripper
    * Electrical Crimper
    * 5/16″ Screwdriver
    * 7/32″ Screwdriver
    * 1/8″ Screwdriver
    * Phillips Screwdriver
    * Wood/Metal File
    * Saw
    * Bottle Opener
    * Can Opener
    * 9 in | 22 cm Ruler
    * Awl with Thread Loop

    Features:

    * Stainless Steel Handles
    * Stainless Steel Body
    * Black Oxide Version Available
    * All Locking Blades and Tools
    * Comfort-sculpted Handles w/ Cutouts for Access with Gloves On
    * Leather or Nylon Sheath
    * 25-year Warranty

    This probably one of the best Leatherman tools around and at a pretty decent price.

  • Check Out the Surefire Z2L-BK LED Combat Light

    Posted on July 13th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire Z2L-BK LED Combat Light

    The Z2 LED is a compact high-output flashlight featuring a CombatGrip body.It uses a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED and a precision micro-textured reflector to produce a smooth 120-lumen beam—six times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, and more than enough to temporarily blind and disorient an aggressor by impairing his night-adapted vision. Compact (pocket sized), high-intensity LED flashlight with an ergonomic CombatGrip™ that provides a secure grip in any weather and makes pairing the light with a handgun easier. The Z2 LED’s patented CombatGrip body improves performance with various flashlight/handgun techniques, such as the Rogers/SureFire technique, and provides a secure hold in wet or cold conditions or while wearing gloves.  Its high-output LED features a long runtime as well as being shock proof with no filament to burn out or break.

    *  Virtually indestructible, electronically regulated light emitting diode has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours
    * Precision reflector creates a smooth beam without dark spots or rings
    * Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Type II anodized in glossy black
    * O-ring sealed; weatherproof
    * Coated Pyrex window protects LED and reflector while maximizing light transmission
    * Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
    * Patented lockout tailcap prevents accidental activation
    * Lanyard included
    * Batteries included

    This the perfect sized Surefire light for all uses.

  • Check out the Leatherman Tools Juice XE6 (78105001K) Thunder (purple)

    Posted on June 29th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Tools Juice XE6 (78105001K)

    The Leatherman Tools Multi Tool Juice Xe6, with a slightly thicker chassis than the CS4 and KF4, and protected by purple anodized aluminum handles, the Leatherman Juice XE6 Multi-Tool has it all. Along with pliers, wire cutters and four screwdrivers, the XE6 contains a saw, awl and diamond-coated file. It provides a choice of straight or serrated knife blades. It also houses easily accessible serrated scissors, plus a corkscrew, can and bottle opener, as well as a lanyard attachment. Powerful but still compact, this multi-tool will conquer most any task in a flash. It is covered by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.

    FEATURES:

    * Needlenose Pliers
    * Straight Knife
    * Wire Cutters
    * Hard-Wire Cutters
    * Extra-Small Screwdriver
    * Small Screwdriver
    * Med/Lrg Screwdriver
    * Phillips Screwdriver
    * Lanyard Attachment
    * Can/Bottle Opener
    * Corkscrew with Assist
    * Scissors
    * Saw
    * Awl
    * Serrated Knife
    * Diamond File
    * Stainless Steel with Hard-anodized Aluminum Handle Scales
    * Stainless Steel Body
    * Outside-accessible Tools and Knives
    * Fixed Lanyard Ring
    * Polycarbonate or Leather Case Sold Separately
    * Manufacturer 25-year Warranty

    This Leatherman has everything and we are sure it would be the right tool for you.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire G2L-BK LED Flashlight

    Posted on March 23rd, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire G2L-BK LED Flashlight

    Do you need a pocket sized flashlight? Do you need a flashlight that can light up the whole room? I have the right flashlight for you. That flashlight is the SureFire G2L-BK LED Flashlight. SureFire flashlights are known around the world as the lighting system for any and every tactical scenario. The G2 LED Flashlight improves upon the performance of their best-selling G2 Nitrolon flashlight with a significantly extended run time, and increased light output. The G2 LED delivers a brilliant, smooth, and focused 80 lumen beam. This beam is more than four times brighter than many larger two D-cell flashlights. The LED is protected by an impact resistant Lexan window, and the housing is o-ring sealed against moisture and dust. The G2 LED’s smooth, user-friendly beam is also perfect for hikers, campers, hunter, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

    Other Features:

    • 1.25″ Bezel accepts SureFire’s accessory filters

    • Nitrolon housing is lightweight, corrosion proof, & O-ring sealed

    • Precision reflector provides smooth beam without hot-spots or rings

    • LED Illumination
    Virtually indestructible light emitting diode has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours

    • Prefocused Beam
    No need to twist the bezel to adjust the beam, it’s already perfectly prefocused. Lamps and reflectors are individually mated and hand-adjusted to within .005″ for optimum beam quality at all distances.

    • Tactical Tailcap Switch
    Press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
    Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage

    • The SureFire Difference
    SureFire strives to design and manufacture lights of ever-increasing brightness and quality while setting new standards for maximum power with minimal size. Three things characterize every product: compact size, extreme ruggedness, and a flawless high-output beam. Every SureFire illumination tool is guaranteed to produce a perfect center spot of intense light surrounded by a smooth corona of softer light.

    • No Hassle Lifetime Warranty
    Lamps will burn out, batteries will be used up, and switches for WeaponLights™ will eventually need to be replaced. Everything else is covered by their lifetime no-hassle guarantee; if it breaks, SureFire will fix it!

    This is the perfect light for all jobs starting at only $69.00

  • 42nd Street Photo Recommends the Leatherman Charge AL

    Posted on March 16th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Charge AL

    This is probably one of the best little tools you can carry. The Leatherman Charge AL includes scissors that slice through just about anything with beveled edges that allow them to get close to whatever your cutting, for a clean trim every time. Bit drivers for versatility, diamond-coated files for fine-point work and a 154CM clip-point knife are all housed in 6061-T6, hard-anodized aluminum alloy handles. Rounded edges for grip comfort and a stainless steel badge make this a Leatherman that’s really earned its name. The Charge AL takes the idea of a multi-tool up a notch. No more searching through piles of tools or wishing you had a tool when you’re far from home and need a quick fix.

    - Phillips and flat tip eyeglasses screwdriver
    - Phillips #1-2 and screwdriver 3/16 in.
    - Hex 5/32 in. and 9/64 in.
    - Hex 1/16 in. and .050
    - Hex 1/8 in. and 7/64 in.
    - Robertson #2 and #3
    - Hex 3/32 in. and 5/64 in.
    - Screwdriver 1/8 in. and Torx #15
    - Removable Pocket Clip
    - Quick-release Lanyard Ring

    Specifications:
    Blade Steel: 154CM Stainless Steel
    Carry System: Leather Sheath
    Handle Material: Hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum handles
    Length Closed: 4 in.
    Weight: 8.4 oz.

    For versatility, durability, quality, and style, the Leatherman Charge AL Multi-Tool has positioned itself to offer its user almost any type of tool needed in most any type of situation.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire E1E Executive Elite Flashlight

    Posted on March 8th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire FlashlightAre you are looking for great flashlight that’s compact but yet bright enough to get the job done? Then the Surefire E1E Executive Elite Flashlight is what you need. The SureFire E1E Executive Flashlight is a high powered flashlight that fits easily in the palm of your hand. It provides 15 lumens for 1.5 hours according to the specs but our testing has proven to exceed that runtime.The glass at the business end is Tempered Pyrex.

    Here is a more technical description

    * Max Output: 15 lumens
    * Runtime: 1.5 hours
    * Length: 3.40 inches
    * Weight: 2.20 ounces
    * Battery: One 123A lithium

    Here are some other features about this light.

    * Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in olive drab
    * O-ring sealed, weatherproof
    * Tempered Pyrex® window
    * Pocket clip
    * Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, press further to click constant-on
    * Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage
    * Batteries included

    This light is especially bright so please do not make the mistake and look directly into it. The clip on the side makes it easy to attach to a hat brim or belt. This light is tough, compact, reliable, bright and recommended by 42nd Street Photo as one of the best inexpensive lights around. This light sells for $79 for at 42nd Street Photo.

  • Put More Memories On Display With A Digital Photo Frame From 42nd Street Photo

    Posted on April 29th, 2009 Staff Writer

    Chances are, if you like to take pictures, you also like to show them off. It’s certainly not uncommon to have photos framed and on display around the house, and many familys preserve memories in this fashion. Consider how many framed photographs one might have around the house.  It’s a good bet that there are old and new pictures in these frames, but one thing that these frames can’t do is change out the picture without your help – or display a picture that you captured just moments ago.

    It might be that time of the millenium to look into a digital photo frame or two. If you’re a minimalist who isn’t very fond of cluttered tables and shelves, all you need is one digital frame, which can display numerous images you’ve captured with your digital camera. If you like the clutter, perhaps you can hang on to all those traditional framed photographs from when your children were young, but have a few digital frames that cycle through more recent image captures.

    Another feature some of the Internet savvy folks might be interested in is the ability to email pictures straight to the digital frame, which many do offer. Even without direct email-to-frame functions, it’s easy to plug the frame into your home computer and transfer the images. Many digital photo frames have a myriad of effects that can be applied to transitions, including the amount of time each image stays on the screen, the order in which to show them, what time of day the frame will be on (in the interest of saving energy), and more!

    Check out 42nd Street Photo to see what we have in the way of digital photoframes.

  • Welcome to the 42 Photo Blog!

    Posted on July 7th, 2008 Sales

    Thanks for stopping by the new 42nd Street Photo blog. We hope to keep you informed of the latest products and special offers from 42nd Street Photo here, as well as post relevant information on digital cameras and accessories.

    If you haven’t been to our online store yet, visit www.42photo.com today to enjoy our large selection of digital audio and video products. We have been in business for over 40 years, and we’re one of New York’s finest camera stores.