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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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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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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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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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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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Canon EOS 550D

The Canon EOS 550D is not quite Canon’s highest-spec’d consumer digital SLR, but it still packs a mighty punch. The EOS 550D sits just below the EOS 50D and the more professionally orientated EOS 7D in Canon’s rather cluttered product line-up, but in some ways it trumps these higher-spec’d cameras. For example, the EOS 550D  Full Article…

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Manfrotto 190XPROB with 804 head

The 190XPROB is a straightforward mid-range tripod from Manfrotto, but with a neat twist. It has a unique column clamp design which means that if you release the column and pull it up to its full height, then press in a sprung catch in the base, you can rotate it through 90 degrees and use  Full Article…

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Panasonic Lumix FZ45

Panasonic’s been on something of a roll this year, bringing out a roster of well-received cameras such as the TZ10, and of course, the excellent Lumix G2 hybrid. Now we’ve got the 14.1 Megapixel Lumix FZ45, an upgrade of the Lumix FZ38. The big selling point of the new camera is a fixed 24x optical  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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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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