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Velbon Sherpa 450R

Let’s imagine you don’t want to wrestle with the wacky multi-directional legs on the Benbo or Uni-Loc. You don’t want the fuss of the Giotto’s multi-axis adjustments or the Manfrotto’s mind-taxing three-way head, clever though it might be. You just want something with legs you can put your camera on to take shake-free shots. That’s  Full Article…

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Nikon D3000

The Nikon D3000 represents Nikon’s attempt to put a DLSR into the hands of people who would normally feel out of their depth with that kind of high-end camera. While there are lots of great digital SLRs out there, nobody has quite worked out how to make them really easy for novices. Even confident and  Full Article…

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Sony 50mm f/1.4

The Sony 50mm f/1.4 is the smallest and lightest of the 50mm lenses on test, and it has a very neat, uncluttered design. It’s also got the best set of depth of field markers, covering f/4, f/8, f/16 and f/22. It’s much less sophisticated to use, though. The autofocus is pretty fast, but there’s a  Full Article…

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Sony NEX-5

The 14.2-megapixel Sony NEX-5 is cut from a different cloth to most Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) cameras. That much is true as soon as you pull it out of the box – impressive-looking beasts such as the Nikon D3S aside, there may not be a better-looking camera available today. The NEX-5 essentially looks like  Full Article…

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Manfrotto Table Tripod 709B

On the one hand, £25 looks pretty expensive for a very simple table top tripod, but on the other it’s quite something to be able to say you’ve got a Manfrotto, one of the most highly respected tripod brands. The mechanism is very straightforward. The rigid metal legs fold out individually, and they’re fixed to  Full Article…

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Pentax K-x

Pentax has been a strong name in the burgeoning budget DSLR market for a long time. The Pentax K-m, for instance, is a surprisingly good 10.2MP camera that can be had for as little as £330. The £599 Pentax K-x continues in a similar vein. Indeed, hold both cameras at the same time and it’s  Full Article…

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 is a pretty unassuming-looking lens. It’s not big, it’s not flashy and it’s not particularly expensive for a fast prime lens. Indeed, the light weight and the plastic finish do give it a faintly cheap feel. And while this lens does have a proper distance scale (it’s only cheap zooms  Full Article…

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Nikon Coolpix S3000

It’s easy to dismiss the Nikon Coolpix S3000 as just another point and clicker when, in many ways, it’s quite a sophisticated little camera. It’s an upgrade of the Nikon Coolpix S220, a deservedly popular compact offering a 10-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom. The new Nikon Coolpix S3000 features a 12-megapixel sensor a  Full Article…

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Giottos 9351B/MH7001 ball head

The 9351B here is a prototype model from Giottos’ new range. We tested it with Giottos MH7001 ball head. It’s quite compact when folded, but opens out to a good height. The centre column is released via a locking knob, and the vertical movement is nice and smooth. Flexible tripod If you pull it all  Full Article…

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Canon EOS 7D

The Canon EOS 7D is Canon’s top of the range APS-C camera. Below it sit the compact forms of the 1000D, 450D and 500D, and above it the full-frame glory of the £200 more expensive EOS 5D MKII. The big difference between the 5D MKII and the 7D is inside. The 5D MKII is the  Full Article…

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