Posted on November 3rd, 2010
The Leica V-Lux 20’s simple yet attractive metal body screams ‘serious photographer’. At approximately 103 x 62 x 33mm you could say it’s on the bulky side, but when you take it’s 12x zoom lens and built-in GPS into consideration, it certainly isn’t. The camera feels built to be used, the design and layout of the buttons and controls is exceptionally well thought out – everything is exactly where you’d want it. The menu system is straightforward and easy to use.
The high-performance Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3 – 4.9 ASPH lens. This is a high-performance super-zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm. This 12x zoom allows you to go from wide-angle to super telephoto without adding an accessory lens.
The camera has many automatic settings, and scene modes for the beginning photographer, but it also has manual settings for the image maker who wants total control. All of your composing and playback takes place on the bright 3″ LCD display, and images can be stored on SD, SDHC or SXCD memory cards.
When shooting HD video, you can use the 12x zoom lens and all the other camera features, including the GPS feature. This innovative feature records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time of every picture shot and stores the information in the EXIF data of the image files. The GPS also provides a variety of fascinating options and benefits. When traveling, the camera displays all the sights in the immediate neighborhood.
Other Items Included
* BP-DC7E Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
* Battery Charger
* Battery Case
* USB Cable
* A/V Cable
* Wrist Strap
* Software-DVD, CD including Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
* User Manual
The V-LUX 20 will only be produced in small quantities, so will retain their value for much longer than most other brand‘s cameras and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 or Mac or PC comes free. Lets not forget – you are getting a Leica, a brand many photographers aspire too.
Posted on August 25th, 2010
The Samsung TL220 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera opens a whole new dimension in camera design with its DualView technology. While a 3.0″ rear LCD offers touchscreen operation and a wide platform for composing shots, a second 1.5″ LCD located on the camera’s front lets you compose perfect self-portraits and group shots.The Smart Auto Technology optimizes every shot automatically, the Perfect Portrait system ensures great shots of friends and family. With traditional digital cameras, you’re stuck behind the lens, snapping shots of what everyone else is doing, but leaving yourself out of the excitement. And then, we all know what happens when one tries to take a self portrait — you end up with poorly composed shots that are out of focus and crooked, but no with this camera.
The Samsung TL220 features a 12.2 megapixel 1/2.33″ CCD image sensor behind a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan-branded 4.6x optical zoom lens. The TL220’s lens has actual focal lengths of 4.9 – 22.5mm, and 35mm-equivalent focal lengths of 27mm – 124mm – a generous wide angle through to a moderate telephoto lens. Maximum aperture varies from F3.5 to F5.9 across the zoom range. The TL220’s lens includes optical image stabilization, which should help reduce the likelihood of blur caused by camera shake, as part of what Samsung terms “Dual Image Stabilization”. The other part of the function is Digital Image Stabilization, which combats blur using the camera’s firmware, which makes this camera must have.
Other Listed Features Include:
Front and Back LCD Screens
Rear LCD Touch Screen
12.2 Megapixel Resolution
27mm WIDE Angle lens
Perfect Portrait System
This little camera is great and at a reasonable price, check out soon and we are sure you will be impressed.
Posted on January 9th, 2010
Today we are going to talk about sports photography and offer a few tips that may help you out. Sports photography can be challenging if you do not have the right equipment. This is also probably one of the purest forums of photography. Most sports are very quick paced events and usually there are quite a few players and plays happening at once. These few tips ensure great action shots on the field, court or wherever play is taking place.
Snapshot digital cameras are difficult to use for sports photography due to the time lag while the camera focuses and the shutter opens. These cameras are not very good under low light conditions due to the very small pixels. They also have built in zoom lenses which may be good to shoot a sport like basketball, but not good enough for sports like baseball and football.
DSLR cameras like the Canon 40D and Nikon D300 are more suitable for sports photography. These cameras usually include a decent kit lens like an 18mm to 50mm zoom. The one issue with these lenses is that ther are usually slow in terms of focal ratio. For a sport like football you will need a lense that is at least 200mm to 300mm.
Get in the Game
Timing is of the essence for a sports photographer. Make sure you are paying attention to whats happening on the field/court as well as whats happening on the sidelines or dugout. Record the reactions of teammates and coaches to great plays and disastrous errors by their team or the opposing team. They just as effective in capturing the memory of a great play as the play itself. Be sure and also take photos as fast as possible. The action can move pretty fast in a game like football. Try to get as close to your subject as possible for the best resolution.
Understand the game you are shooting. If you understand that game and teams playing it will make it easier to capture those great moments.
Pay attention and expect the unexpected. In all sports anything can and will happen. The one time you put your camera down could be the one time a great play happens. You need to have the camera focused a second ahead or you’ll miss your shot.
Sport photography takes practice, so take as many photos as possible. You will get better as time goes with each shot. Good luck.
Posted on May 28th, 2009
When it comes to competing in the world of digital photography, Nikon has always held it’s own, but with the D5000 Nikon is surpassing expectations. The D5000 has been referred to as “the poor man’s D90 (made by Canon)”, but such a brief description, while accurate, doesn’t do much justice to the value of this diamond in the rough.
Unorthodox is the keyword here, from the model number to the appearance of the D5000, but this is likely what amateur and financially sound professionals alike are looking for in a digital SLR camera.
While it lacks the heft and solidity of many of it’s competitors’ digital cameras, the folks here and 42nd Street Photo have enjoyed the more compact size, lighter weight and ease of use. It doesn’t feel expensive, because it’s not (compared to the Canon D90), but this doesn’t mean the D5000 doesn’t take great pictures.
First off, the display is as unorthodox as the rest of the camera – but this just places the D5000 in a class all it’s own. This camera is one of the few which boasts a fully articulate preview display screen, which means the user doesn’t have to take pictures only from behind the lens, but from the top, bottom, and sides as well. This could prove very handy for those tough “over-the-crowd” shots, or for getting low-to-the-ground image captures. As if the sharp display, vivid colors and unmatched brightness weren’t enough, Nikon has added it’s GUI to the 2.7″, multi-angle display. This makes the extra 0.3″ of the Canon D90 seem almost pointless, at the sacrifice of these other features.
Compared to the Canon D90 (as it seems appropriate since these two models share so much in common), the Nikon D5000 takes strikingly similar pictures. The main difference we’ve noticed between the two is the saturation. While the D90 takes more vivid image captures, the D5000 captures the same amount of detail and clarity, which is most important. Since most photographers perform some manner of post-capture editing, a quick color correction is all it takes to bring the captures from the D5000 to perfection.
All in all, the D5000 isn’t the best of the best, but at it’s low price tag, it’s the best money can buy. Generally speaking, what you pay for is what you get with a digital camera, but the D5000 throws in just a little extra where it really counts.
Posted on May 21st, 2009
While 42nd Street Photo is not biased towards one brand of digital camera or the other, we do realize that all cameras are not created equal. Having said that, might we suggest the Canon EOS Rebel T1i with 18-55mm Lens for the consideration of your digital camera needs? The Rebel is perhaps the best all around camera on the market today, with the quality you would expect from Canon, and a price that is unmatched for all that is packed into this Canon model.
Not only does the Canon EOS Rebel T1i offer a myriad of fun, as well as essential, features – it also is compatible with a wealth of accessories, from lenses to add-ons, to just about anything you would want to use with a digital camera in your image-capturing endeavors. So go on, grab yourself a Rebel from 42nd Street Photo and start snapping masterpieces!
- This compact DSLR is managable, light weight and very portable
- 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor for quality, high-resolution image captures
- Full HD 1080p video recording
- 3″ Clear View LCD screen for vivid preview
- Distinctive EOS quality
- Great Price!
For more information about the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, please check out 42nd Street Photo on the web at 42photo.com.
Posted on May 5th, 2009
For photographers of all shapes, sizes, styles and experience, Canon knows how to cover their bases. With quality digital cameras in the DSLR and POS arenas, Canon has something for everyone. But they also have one camera that may suit anyone just right, the Canon Powershot G10.
With it’s first glance wide range of features, generous display, and 14.7 megapixels, it’s hard not to take a closer look. Once you do, you’ll probably find what many other photographers, from the amateur to the professional, have found. The Canon G10 is the kind of digital device that gladly meets, and proudly surpasses expectations, especially for the price.
While not the cheapest digital camera on the market, the G-10’s modest price tag is the clincher for many. Still, for others, it’s the 28mm wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, or perhaps it’s compatibility with a wealth of accessories that can spark that creative edge. Whatever your bread and butter, the Canon G10 has something, if not everything, you would want in a compact point-and-shoot digital camera.
42nd Street Photo offers plenty of other POS digital cameras, so if the G10, though unlikely, doesn’t fit your needs, come on in and we’ll help you find one that will, at a price that’s right for you!
Posted on April 29th, 2009
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.
Posted on April 20th, 2009
When it comes to putting together a portfolio of your work, the photography of your body of work can be as important as the work itself. 42nd Street Photo knows what it takes to capture clean, well-lit images, and assuming that not everyone can afford a top of the line camera, here are four basic tips to photographing your artwork with a point-and-shoot digital camera.
- Composition – How your art fits into the frame can make a big difference. For sculpture and other three-dimensional works of art, centering the piece in the frame with about 20%-30% empty space around it will usually look right. It may also be preferable to set up a scene around it. If your art is something that one would display on a dining room table, feel free to set the table around the piece. If it’s something that would be displayed on a bookshelf, then set it up on location. As long as your piece is irrefutably the focus of the image, and the center of attention, it will look right.
- Lighting – Most point and shoot cameras have a built-in flash, and the default setting for the flash is usually auto. 99% of the time, you will want to turn the flash off and get as much indirect lighting as you can. Be mindful of the types of light you use, as well. Natural sunlight will always be the best source, since it is powerful and contains all colors of the specturm. With artificial lights, bulbs, spots, etc., certain colors will be more dominant. Whatever your situation, the key is to get as much indirect lighting as you can, since there is a greater dispursion from reflected light than direct light. If you absolutely must use your flash (and we mean if it’s night time, only one light in your house works, and you need these pictures now!), then it’s a good idea to use the highest resolution setting on your digital camera, step further away from your subject, and capture it closer to the corner of the frame, so the flash does not wash out the piece. Later, you can crop the photo the way you want, but for the initial capture, you want indirect flash, which if yours is attached to your POS camera, you need to aim it to one side or the other.
- Stability – If you’ve taken a lot of pictures before, you may have noticed that darker pictures (aside from just being hard to see because they’re darker) tend to be more blurry than a well lit photograph. So, when photographing artwork with no flash (so as not to wash it out), having the camera still is a must. If you have a tripod, then your set, but if you don’t have one, you may have to get creative. We’ve found that a tall stool, or a pile of sturdy books atop a table can do the trick. Just be sure to place the camera closer to the edge, so you don’t get a blur of the edge of a book or stood in the bottom of your frame. Also, if your camera has a self-timer feature, use it. This will give you plenty of time to snap the picture and step away from the location.
- Post-Capture – It is very rare that you will take a digital photograph that can’t be improved upon in some way. Take advantage of the fact that you’re using digital technology instead of film, and don’t be afraid to do some post-capture editing to your image. A lot of times, simple brightness/contrast adjustments can make a world of difference. Also, a lot of photo-editing programs have auto-fix features, that work the best on a well captured image. Feel free to use these first, and try various combinations of these filters in different orders. WHen all is said and done, you want to have a picture that is sharp, balanced and accurately dipicts your art.
Posted on February 19th, 2009
For a lot of people, photography isn’t so much a hobby as it is a daily part of their lifestyle. Everyone knows someone that carries their camera with them everywhere they go, whether to work, a family outing, or a night on the town with their friends. If you don’t know someone like this, chances are you’re that person, and this is the perfect camera for you!
The Nikon Coolpix S60 is considered an ultra-compact digital camera, as it fits nicely into a pocket, or can act as a fancy, image-capturing bracelet around one’s wrist. It’s sleek and simple design may confuse users as to where all the settings are, since the only buttons on it’s body are the on/off button and the shutter to snap pictures. The 3.5 inch touch screen handles the rest.
While the response on the S60 touch screen has been known to lag a little, this will probably go unnoticed by the casual photographer, for whom this Coolpix model was designed. However, even though it is a casual user’s digital camera, this does not mean that it is not packed with the features that larger compacts come with, like 5x zoom, 10 megapixel image-capture, optical image stabilization and a mini HDMI port for directly connecting the unit to an HDTV.
The Nikon Coolpix S60 comes in six fashionable colors, so you’re bound to find one that fits your style.
For more information on the complete line of Coolpix digital cameras, please visit 42photo.com.
Posted on January 28th, 2009
If you’re a big fan of the iPhone, you’re going to like this. In the vain of touch screen technology, Sony has released the Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Touch Screen Digital Camera. It’s quite the mouthful, so let’s agree that it will suffice to say that this is the second generation of ultra slim touch screen digital camera from Sony…come to think of it, is there a concise name for the DSC-T300 that reveals all its splendor? It is near impossible to sum up the features of this Cyber-shot in a simple title, so a review of considerable length seems necessary.
For starters, take a look at it: It is slender, sleek, sexy, and sophisticated – and that’s just the front. Behold the back of the camera, which doesn’t look like the back of a digital camera so much as it resembles a compact, high-quality, mini-television. It kind of makes you wonder why there are lots of buttons on most portable electronics. Say goodbye to the four-way controller that has plagues humanity since the beginning of the digital age! Alright, that’s a bit dramatic, but you have to admit that a touch screen is way more convenient than a bunch of buttons with different features on each menu, since most four-way controllers work in such a manner.
Concerning the touch screen, you will also notice the 16:9 aspect ratio, which, as impressive as the size and quality of this screen can be, cannot begin to comprehend the 3648 x 2736 high-resolution images this device can capture. Of course, without a good sensor, all the resolution in the world means nothing more than more pixels of a poorly captured image – which is why this Cyber-shot is packed with a 1/2.3″ Type CCD sensor chip. And if you’re worried about taking a good picture with the T300, don’t fret – image stabilization comes standard on the camera.
Along with a plethora of options, the Sony DSC-T300 has a max ISO of 3200, Shutter speed of 1/1,000 of a second, 5x optical zoom, 2x digital zoom, and a 3.5″ Touch-sensitive Hybrid TFT LCD screen.
If you’re not one for technical specs, all you need to know is that this camera takes fantastic digital photographs, is compact, and is as easy to use as it is to reach out and touch it. For more information on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Digital Camera, please visit 42nd Street Photo on the web.
Posted on October 3rd, 2008
It may come as a surprise to some of you that knowing how to use a digital camera is just the beginning. Still, to some, it may be common sense – don’t feel bad if you are of the former, as there is enough technology to force even the most savvy consumer to turn their head 360 degrees. Sure, the digital age is moving faster than ever, but that doesn’t mean that the staff at 42nd Street Photo need a crash course – they know digital like you know your own children.
So, what about this whole HDTV thing? Obviously, many of us are taking the neccessary steps to ensure we don’t get stuck without our digital converter box for broadcast television, come February 17, 2009. But how many of us know about other areas of compatibility? This one area of which we speak, is of course, the compatibility between your digital photos and your HDTV.
Wait, you don’t have an HDTV, you say? Well, then you may want to consider it.
While the purchase of a high definition, flat screen television is not neccessarily a must, there are many advantages to owning one, including a great way to view your digital photos. Many models are now built with SD card slots, and if you’re one of those “always prepared” digital photographers, you more than likely use SD cards as your preferred storage device for images captured with your digital camera of choice. This is good.
As of now, the highest resolution available for an HDTV is 1920×1080 pixels, and most DSLR cameras can capture better resolution images than that. Furthermore, if you decide to purchase one of the more modestly sized HDTV’s, you will get around a 1280×720 pixel resolution. Either way, there is little to no concern for the images not displaying well on an HDTV.
Before you begin wondering why the best resoultion HDTV’s have a lower pixel count than many digital cameras, consider the fact that larger images require more memory, so all your images can be taken at (or resized down to) your televisions resolution for the best compatibility. Unless you’re shooting photos for a magazine, newspaper, or other print media, there is no need to capture your images at the highest resolution your camera offers, nor is there a need at present for an HDTV to display as many pixels, since pixels displayed on a screen are displayed differently from pixels printed on paper. SO, what does this mean? It means your images will look better at the same resolution as your HDTV than they will at a larger resolution, and it also means you have a lot more room to store images.
But, in case you are still hung up the HDTV peak at 1920×1080 resolution, let us educated you as to why. While some would debate this fact (probably those with eagle eyes), that particular resolution is best viewed at a distance from the television equal to, or greater than, twice the height of the screen. If they were to squeeze any more pixels into the screen, there would be no significant difference in the quality you view at that distance. So why pay more for resolution you’re not going to be able to appreciate?
A lot of times, we need to sit back and enjoy the digital age, instead of pushing for more memory, better resolution, faster processors. Digital is moving fast enough as it is – we don’t need to speed it up, we need to enjoy it, and with an HDTV, you’ll have a whole new way to enjoy your digital photos.
Posted on September 15th, 2008
The short answer? Yes, Absolutely. Here’s why.
- Point-and-shoot cameras offer very limited capture options. While sufficient for family photos in which one can stand still, smile, and say cheese, DSLR cameras offer far more in the way of quality, stability, and capture options. In addition to greater optical zoom and a higher quality sensor chip, there is no delay with a DSLR camera. What you see when you snap is what you get.
- DSLR cameras are made of higher quality parts. Period. Digital photography, no matter what the brand or model, is image capture technology at its best. However, the DSLR camera is digital image capture technology at its very best. Since point-and-shoot digital cameras are made for casual use, the megapixels only go so high, which means sensor chips need not be of superior quality, nor does the point-and-shoot lense need to reach a high level of optical zoom.
- Interchangable lenses. DSLR cameras have them, point-and-shoot cameras do not. While many might view the option to buy extra lenses as an unnecessary expense, anyone from the ambitious amateur photographer to the professional can appreciate the value of a telephoto-lense or a micro-lense. The likelihood of snapping the exact image you want is only as high as your options are many. With more lense choices, manual settings options, and a better sensor and resolution, investing in a DSLR is the best way to give you the advantage over the elements.
There are many more reasons to invest in a digital single lense reflex camera, but we thought these were the most important to most photographers. For more information on digital single lense reflex cameras, please visit the 42nd Street Photo website at 42photo.com or visit our store, located at 378 5th Avenue (between 35th and 36th St.) New York, NY 10018.
Posted on July 22nd, 2008
Canon digital cameras have always been a benchmark for excellent design, user friendly menu, and high-end technologies. For critical photographers who tend to scrutinize each camera for good functionalities, the EOS-40D from Canon is the answer. Once I acquainted myself with the technologically innovative Canon EOS-40D Digital SLR Camera, I was impressed with its upgraded, creative features, and performance. It delivers exceptional image quality with brilliant colors through the 10.1-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and the newly developed DIGIC III image processor.
You will love the dedicated AF Start (AF-ON) button, which lets you execute autofocus option with your thumb. The rugged and versatile camera helps during low-light conditions by preserving even the subtle photographic details.
This camera can shoot up to 6.5 frames per second, and it is the perfect device to capture any fast action. A durable magnesium alloy body with weatherproof design makes the EOS-40D ideal for outdoor photography.
The EOS-40D has an edge over its predecessor, Canon EOS 30D due to its higher speed. The Canon EOS-40D gives you the same 10-megapixel resolution as the Rebel XTi but if you are into sports and wildlife photography the former would be a better choice in terms of its durability, faster user interface, better viewfinder, and so on. Find out more about the camera from 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on July 22nd, 2008
I tried out the third-generation product of Nikon’s successful semi-pro series – The Nikon D300 12.3 Megapixel Digital Camera. When I saw the images on the generous 3-inch LCD screen, the clarity was such that I had never seen anything like it before in a digital capture. Totally flexible and responsive, the Nikon D300 shoots any subject with great precision and unmatched quality.
Equipped with intelligent Scene Recognition System that offers a faster and more accurate autofocus, it brings subjects into sharp focus and captures them flawlessly. No matter what the lighting condition is, the D300 controls the light intensity and exposure compensation to give you sharper images. You can adjust and customize individual parameters to click like a pro.
Consumers can rely on the integrated dust reduction system to remove the dust settling on the 12.3-megapixel DX- format CMOS image sensor. Comprehensive and sturdy design allows you to explore limitless creative possibilities even in rough weather conditions. The Nikon 300 was awarded the “Camera of the Year 2007” by the Editors of Popular Photography & Imaging. The Nikon D300 also received the prestigious TIPA Award in Best DSLR Expert category in 2008. I recommend this camera to digital photographers, who expect fine and detailed images. The Nikon D300 is in stock at 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on July 16th, 2008
Most will agree that it is a good idea to read up on reviews of a camera before shelling out the cash for it, but it may be wise to look into who is actually writing the review. While consumer reviews can be a great source of information about a product, since generally speaking, the purchasee has first hand experience using that particular model, often times, lack of information leads to a less-than-satisfactory opinion.
Let’s look at a good example of this, the Nikon D300. Here is a digital camera from a well known and established company, with an impressive range of shutter speeds, high-resolution screen, a myriad of options for shooting conditions, built in flash, long-lasting battery and continuous shooting at 6/second. Now, suppose this is all our reviewer knows about the camera. Suppose they used it for a few days on a family vacation, encountered a number of features they didn’t necessarily understand, and therefore decided they did not get their money’s worth. They might jump on Amazon.com, or wherever is was that they happened to pick up the digital camera, write a poor review and return the camera, never knowing about its 12.3-megapixel self-cleaning DX-format CMOS sensor, HDMI port for outputting images to a high-definition screen or that it was “2007 Camera of the Year” on PopPhoto.com.
Purchasing a digital camera may seem like a simple task, however there are many things to consider beforehand. Perhaps there will be things that were not so obvious before, like what options there are for the flash, what ratio the screen is, how much it weighs, etc. These are the types of details that 42nd Street Photo would love to help you figure out. We don’t just want to sell you a digital camera, we want you to purchase the right digital camera for you. Trust us, we like satisfied customers.
Posted on July 9th, 2008
When looking for a new digital camera, you can never spend too much time finding the right one for you. While the folks here at 42nd Street Photo can help you find the perfect camera, it is ultimately up to you which camera will work best to suite your needs. Today, we’ll look at the perfect fusion of quality and class at a very affordable price, the Canon SD870 IS 8.0 Megapixel Digital Camera.
When it comes to family gatherings, special events and everyday photography, the Powershot series is perfect. Most cameras in this Canon design use SD memory cards which can hold thousands of high -resolution images. The Digital SD870 takes the Powershot to the next level of quality and clarity for amazingly crisp picture plus video and sound.
For years, Canon has been a trusted name in photography and the perfect time to buy a digital camera is now. On 42Photo.com you can find more information on the Canon SD870.