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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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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

The first thing to note is that the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G must not be confused with the older 50mm f/1.4 ‘D’ lens. The ‘D’ lens dates back to the days of Nikon film cameras and includes an aperture ring on the lens barrel. The brand new ‘G’ series lens tested here is designed for  Full Article…

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Sigma DP1s

Sigma has a solid reputation for making quality lenses for all popular camera makes, but it’s less well known as a camera maker per se. In fact, Sigma has been producing D-SLRs and compacts for quite a few years now, using Foveon sensors rather than the more conventional CCD/CMOS-type devices. The Sigma DP1s is an  Full Article…

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Gitzo GT2330/G2272M 3-way head

Gitzos are the Rolls-Royce of tripods, and the GT2330 is expensive for an aluminium one, but surprisingly light. Gitzo claims to use standard-thickness aluminium to maintain strength, but to have saved weight elsewhere in the castings and by using a basalt centre column. The legs are fixed using twist locks, which are a bit quicker  Full Article…

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Nikon D3s

When the D3s was announced a few months ago, it was difficult to see what the fuss was about. It looked exactly the same as the 24.5 megapixel D3x and the original 12.1MP D3. That wasn’t where the similarities ended, either – Nikon has resisted the urge to follow Canon and make its ‘prosumer’ and  Full Article…

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

What a whopper! Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 is twice the size and weight of other similar lenses and has a colossal front element promising superior peripheral brightness (reduced corner shading) and improved contrast at wider lens apertures. The finish and the controls are rock-solid. This is one area where the independent lens makers like Sigma are  Full Article…

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