Archive for October, 2009

Sharper Photos Using a Table Top Tripod As a "Chest Pod"

Most photographers today, both amateur and professional, have a Table Top Tripod in their gadget bag for use when photographing small objects on a “table top,” or for bracing on top of a car, wall, or fence when a full size tripod isn’t available or practical.

There are times, however, when you want the support and vibration stopping of a tripod, but the subject is moving around way too quickly – you just can’t get reoriented fast enough to get the shot: just think about shooting photos of an active child on a playground. But you really do want the steadiness that a tripod affords for sharper photos that can be blown up big and still be eye-catchingly sharp.

Enter the classic table top tripod.

By twisting it around into a novel configuration with the tripod against your chest and the camera to your eye, you can brace the camera to get much of the stabilizing power of a tripod on the floor – but the flexibility to move around quickly with fast moving subjects.  It also can be braced on a wall, fence, the side of a house – anything that gives you the stability you need for the sharpest photos.

I have two. First, a classic Leitz Table Top Tripod with Large Ball and Socket Head. I think this is no longer made (mine is over 40 years old – Leica makes good stuff!). It has one disadvantage.  You cannot set the ball head for limited or smooth drag. It is either loose or locked. And though it folds flat, it doesn’t fold compact (unless you separate the two parts – which makes it more difficult to set up quickly).

I used this setup several times photographing Indy Type race cars going by at over 200 miles per hour! I was standing about 50 – 60 feet from the track and just panned my whole body, with the chest pod supporting the camera, and released the shutter while I was moving through the pan. Great action shots – and sharp! (Bonus tip – with this technique, you can slow the shutter speed down to 1/60 or 1/125 or so, and when you pan with the car going by, releasing the shutter during the pan, you get a picture that just SHOUTS SPEED!)

And, of course, slowing down a bit, you can use it on hikes to increase the stability and sharpness of your photos while lightening the load you carry. And it sets up more quickly than a full size tripod.

My other, newer model is the Slik Mini-Pro. These folks make many, many tripods in all sizes, weights, materials – you can select just the right one for your needs. The tripod folds up very small, and comes with a typical (though small) pan head. The small pan head is great for basic table tops, but it is somewhat awkward for chest pod use.

Far easier and more effective, I recommend a Kaiser Lightweight Ball & Socket Head to replace the pan head that comes with the tripod (don’t throw the pan head away, you will always find times when you still want to use it). When you are actually using the ball & socket head, you may not want to totally lock up the ball head, just use a slight drag. This gives you much more flexibility to move with the subject, while giving you the extra support for extra sharp photos.

Since the Leitz model is no longer available (unless you find one used), the Slik/Kaiser combination will make a valuable addition to your gadget bag, giving you freedom for photographing fast moving subjects while keeping the camera stable enough to encourage large prints you’ll be proud to display. This is especially true if your camera has image stabilization.

By all means try this valuable technique. It will really help you get more great photos to make really big prints.

How to Buy a Digital Camera

Are you buying your first digital camera? Well, you must be confused by the bewildering range of models out there. How do you know which model will suit your needs? To make things worse, digital cameras do not come cheap. Choosing a bad camera will easily cost you a few hundred dollars.

In fact, buying a digital camera need not be a difficult task. I’ll highlight the key considerations you need to think through before making that purchase decision. Always, always remember to consider these factors when buying a digital camera:

  • Battery Life

  • Number of Megapixels

  • Zoom Lens

  • Exposure Control

  • User Controls

Battery Life

This has got to be one of the most overlooked features in digital cameras. I know many people who go for the latest and greatest digital cameras which are short in the battery life department. If you want to take good photos, your camera needs to powered for extended periods of time. I’ve found that cost and battery life don’t go together – many cheap cameras have good battery life, while some high-end models drain your battery really fast. Make sure you choose a camera that has good battery life.

Number of Megapixels

The megapixel rating of a digital camera determines how much fine detail you can capture in your shots. Typically, the number of megapixels can range around from 2 megapixels to 8 megapixels. How do you decide how many megapixels you need? As a rule of thumb, if you’re only interested in taking small snapshots to send via email or for posting on the Web, you won’t need more than 2-megapixels. If you want large print outs of your gorgeous photographs, then you’ll probably want to get 5-megapixel cameras and above. You may want to refer to this guide for more information.

Zoom Lens

You’ll definitely want a camera with decent optical zoom. Now the keyword here is optical zoom (as opposed to digital zoom). Optical zoom physically moves the camera lenses to zoom in on a subject. Digital zoom, however, digitally averages and magnifies the image within the camera’s microchip – resulting in poor picture quality. Many manufacturers’ advertisements talk about digital zoom instead of optical zoom – so do be careful when choosing. I’d recommend getting at least 3x optical zoom in any camera you buy.

Exposure Control

The ability to control exposure settings such as shutter speed and lens opening is critical to professional photographers. Cheaper digital cameras only allow you to shoot photos in automatic mode – just press the shutter release and voila, your picture is taken. More advanced users prefer to tweak the shutter speed and aperture to capture fast moving objects or blur the image background. Choose a camera with good exposure control if you foresee yourself taking on photography as a serious hobby.

User Controls

If you are getting a point-and-shoot camera, make sure you find one that’s easy to use. User controls to set resolution, macro mode, flash and exposure should be within easy reach. Of course, if you’re a serious photography buff who wants to take the time to tweak all sorts of manual settings, then this many not be so critical. I prefer to try out the camera first in the store – play with the controls and get comfortable with them. Only then will you know whether it’s comfortable enough for you.


Well, I do hope this article has helped you understand what factors to consider when buying a digital camera. A general piece of advice I can give is – if you’re a total newbie, don’t go for the latest digital SLR. It may be tempting to get that Nikon D70 right from the start, but I’d reckon its much better to start off with a cheaper camera first. Learn, experiment and build up your digital photography skills. Once you’re more skilled, then proceed to upgrade to a better camera. Good luck and happy shopping!

Ideas On What You Might Get For Your Camera

The rampaging popularity of digital has gutted the secondary market for used 35mm cameras, and something like the Canon 7 once had value as a usable as well as collectible item. It seems the market is still holding steady for these, however, so you have a surprisingly valuable piece. The Canon 7 is a classic 35mm coupled rangefinder camera, basically a competitive “clone” of the Leica cameras from Germany ,they both use lenses with the exact same form of screw mount, made by Canon of Japan from 1961 to 1964.

The Canon 50mm f.95 lens was a monster, a pat-on-the-back accomplishment for the Canon engineers because of its extraordinary maximum aperture yet a truly awful optic in practice, that has far more collectible than usable appeal. A truly excellent Canon 7 with that huge lens should sell in the $500-$600 range these days. Oh, and to be complete, there’s an accessory viewfinder that goes with the lens…the lens was so darn big that the normal viewfinder in the camera couldn’t quite see around it! Anyway, this can be a bugger of a camera to sell because the market is rather small. If you’d like some recommendations on how best to sell it.

You have a Leica IIIa, a typical 35mm coupled ramgefinder camera, made by Leitz of Germany in 1936. It was the first 35mm camera to offer a super fast 1/1000 second shutter speed. This is a very common model, and Leitz sold over 90,000 of them from 1935 to 1939. A truly excellent example today, complete with an appropriate 5cm lens. In truly excellent condition, you would expect to get around $250 today.

The Super Baldina is a compact folding bellows camera for 35mm film, with coupled rangefinder, made by Balda of Germany from 1937 to 1940. Not a lot of collectible interest. A really fine one might get $75.

The Nikon FE, introduced by Nikon of Japan in 1978, is one of those 35mm single-lens-reflex cameras ,really one of thousands and thousands, whose current value has been gutted by the rampaging popularity of digital. Just a couple years ago, this used to have good resale value, in the $250 range, but today is a hard sell at $75.

The original Nikon F is a classic 35mm single-lens-reflex camera that maintains some value despite the rise of digital. Yours dates from about 1965. With the meter viewfinder in place, this is a Photomic prism, so you can actually call the camera a Nikon F Photomic, if everything is in excellent condition, you can probably still get about $150. That simple viewfinder, sell it seperately because they’re much harder to find and the collectors want them. In excellent shape, you’ll get $75 for that alone.

It’s a Ernst Leitz Wetzlar 9 cm, 1:4 lens, No. 455160. With protective caps. This is a pretty common lens. Over 120,000 were made from 1933 to 1963, and yours dates to 1938. The Elmar 9cm f4 was the least expensive telephoto lens Leitz offered. A truly excellent example today only sells for about $75.

A Leica IIIf, a classic coupled rangefinder 35mm camera, made by Leitz of Germany in 1953. The Leica IIIf was important as the first completely new camera introduced by Leitz after recovering from the carnage of World War II. This is a fairly common model, with over 180,000 sold from 1950 to 1956, but it still retains some value in the collectible camera market. An excellent examples, with appropriate Elmar or Summitar 5cm lens, can sell for $300-$350.

If you would like you can always go on the internet and look up some of the auction houses, ask them questions on what ever camera you would like to try and sell and they should be able to come up with a price for you. Or you can always do the reasearch yourself and learn about cameras.

5 Good Digital Cameras

You can find very few people who are not into taking photos. Everyone would probably take snaps even for the occasions. With the advent of digital cameras, the entire process has been made easier. There are some top rated cameras one could depend upon.

Fujifilm FinePix F100 fd is the first in the list and it has image quality of 12 mega pixel with a 28-140mm zoom lens along with other specified options. It also owns the pride of having the best ever Face Detection Features ever seen in any other models. It has the ability to detect faces from any angles possible.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 stands the next having a 3-inch LCD screen which can be tilted along with 15x zoom function. The night shot mode is simply competitive along with slideshow mode. Long zooms are possible with steady shot image stabilization. It also has the advanced sports mode to make things pretty easier.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 is simply another option to depend upon. It is a compact and handsome digital camera having a lot of in-built intelligence. Wide angle is made possible with the 4x,25-100mm Leica zoom.

Nikon D60 is the best one for the beginners as well as the professionals having digital SLRs along with a compact option. It has special features of dust reduction to stabilize the quality of the image taken. For all those who are looking out for sharing the photos with your friends and family and looking out for a solid second body, you will be simply glad to choose the

Nikon D60.

The Olympus E-420 has the special function of digital SLR with daylight viewable LCD, contrast detection along with increased frame rate. It has a compact zoom lens measuring 14-42 mm making very easy to be used.

Keyword Lists – Their Proper Care and Feeding

One of your most important marketing assets is your Keyword List. But are you giving your Keyword List the attention it deserves? Is your Keyword List getting a little shaggy around the edges? Are your keywords becoming old and out of date? Is your Keyword List not behaving at its best, possibly due to neglect?

To properly care for your Keyword List you need to understand its different needs and functions. We can divide the list into several broad categories.

1. Master Keyword List – this list has all the keywords that you can come up with for your particular need. All other lists are taken from this Master List.

2. Pay-Per-Click List – this is a subset of the Master List and will vary depending on how you are using PPC and which search engines you are buying positions in.

3. Tag List – this subset of the Master List helps you fill in those Meta Tag fields. Although many search engines are not currently paying much attention to Meta Tags, that could change at any time and the search engines will not let us know if or when they begin watching Meta Tags again. So the safe bet is to still keep these tags properly populated.

4. Web Site List – this is another subset of the Master List and is more targeted than the PPC list. This list also helps you write powerful content on your site. And don’t forget to refer to this list when setting up the Alt tags for your images (you are using Alt tags aren’t you?).

5. Email List – Are you using keywords in your email? You should be. Keywords are not only used to help people find your site in search engines, but they are words people are actively searching for. Your marketing should be addressing their needs, and your keyword list shows you what they are looking for. Just like creating copy on a web page, use the keyword list to target your email campaigns as well.

So how do you go about creating the Master Keyword list? You first have to decide what you need from your keywords. Most likely you will have a product or service that will dictate the broad category for the list. As an example I will use Nikon Camera as my starting point. Maybe I have a site that specializes in information about Nikons, or I have a store that sells Nikon Cameras, or maybe I sell software that would complement a Nikon Camera. These questions and more will begin to focus your keyword search.

Start by building a basic list using this approach, you don’t need to capitalize, leave everything lowercase.

nikon, nikon camera, nikon information, nikon sales, nikon software

Put down the basic keywords that spring into your head when thinking about your subject. This does not need to be an exhaustive list, just a starting point.

We now need to expand on this list by using tools freely available on the internet. My personal favorite is on in their Resource Center. They have a valuable little tool called the Keyword Selector Tool. This tool will give you a list of keyword searches on Overture over a one month period. Simply type in your keyword and hit the button. You will get a list of keywords including the keyword you typed in and the number of searches performed on the keyword.

A search for “Nikon” came back with 100 keyword possibilities. Depending on your original keyword search you may have to clean this list up a bit before using it. For instance one of the keywords was “Nikon rifle scopes”, not what I need so I will delete that one. I usually copy the information from this web page and paste it into an Excel spreadsheet where I can manipulate it as I like. Each month you may get a different set of keywords on Overture, so don’t just do this one time and forget it. Keep on checking back to add more keywords to your list.

Another valuable tool is over on Google. (

You can also find this tool in the Tools section of Google Adwords. This is used like the Overture tool, simply type in your keyword and click on Get More Keywords. This search gave me 225 possible keywords, many of which I will clean out. A nice feature of the Adwords tool is that it allows you to download the list as a CSV file for use in Excel or another program.

There are many other sources for keyword lists. A good place to start is on Search Engine Watch at

Don’t forget specialized sites like eBay. They have a banner ad program named eBay Keywords where you can find suggestions for keywords to use with banner ads on eBay.

And finally pay attention to the log files for your web site. You will have a list of searches people used to find your site. This is a very targeted list of keywords that were actually successful in driving traffic to your site.

Now that you have a huge list of keywords you are ready to create your Master Keyword List. Place all these keywords into a spreadsheet and clean out the inappropriate keywords (like “Nikon Binoculars”). Then arrange in order from most relevant to least relevant.

You need to weed this Master List down for your PPC campaign. You may find that the keywords near the top of your list are the most expensive and that the ones in the middle may have a better cost to sales ratio. But the more keywords you can use on PPC, the broader your exposure.

The top 25 should work well for your Meta Tag list. Depending on your needs you may need to remove duplicate words. Try to limit any individual word to 5 uses or less (example: don’t use “nikon” more than 5 times).

The top 10 keywords are your sales words for your web site and email campaigns since these are the most tightly focused keywords in the list.

Don’t forget that the needs of your list will be changing as the market place shifts. Every month or so do a new search for keywords to keep your keyword list up to date. Trim out the words that are either no longer appropriate or effective. Be sure to keep an eye on your log files. Keep your sub-lists current. And give your Keyword List the care and attention it needs to live a long and active life.

And finally, if only 4 people purchase some training off of my site due to the keywords in this article I can finally get that Nikon Camera that I have been wanting.

Nikon Digital Camera D70’s – Does The Grade Up Justify The Upgrade?

After Canon released its first Digital Rebel – an SLR designed to make it possible for novices to take excellent pictures, while at the same time offering lots of scope for advanced enthusiasts – Nikon soon answered with its D70, which has more recently been upgraded with the release of the Nikon D70s.

Reviewers have found it difficult to find this camera a real improvement on its predecessor, the D70 – which only attests to the quality and specifications of the older camera. This is truly a case of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” – and Nikon dodn’t fall into that trap.

The new D70s has a 2-inch LCD which is slightly larger than the D70’s 1.8-inch screen, but this is not very noticeable.

It also uses a higher-capacity battery than its predecessor, and a slightly improved, more readable menu structure. In fact, in this area the D70 probably beats the more difficult-to-read menu system of the popular Canon Rebel cameras.

It retains the same useful manual focus facility where you just grip the focus ring and adjust the focus – even while autofocus is engaged.

As far as image quality is concerned, nothing changes about the excellent quality already achieved by the D70, as the imaging system remains the same. The new camera also retains the 6.1 megapixel resolution of the D70.

One area of improvement is the built-in Speedlight flash, which now gives improved exposure with flash shots, and more even lighting with wider zoom settings.

Probably the most impressive improvement lies in the speed of the new D70s. Start-up is almost instantaneous, and there is hardly any shutter lag to speak of. It is also able to shoot a rapid 3 frames a second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures!

The main question to ask regarding the Nikon D70s Digital Camera is not about its own capabilities, but whether or not it is worth the cost of upgrading from the D70!

More features of the Nikon D70s digital camera:

  • The viewfinder of the Nikon D70s has a diopter adjustment for individual differences in vision. To adjust viewfinder focus the diopter control is adjusted up and down until the viewfinder display and focus brackets are in focus.
  • The Nikon D70s offers a choice of seven Digital Vari-Program (pre-set) modes. When you select a program the camera’s settings are automatically optimized to suit the selected scene.
  • The camera supports JPEG and RAW file formats, and the ISO range is 200-1600.
  • Lenses: It accepts interchangeable Nikkor lenses.

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The Nikon D80 – A Superb and Reliable DSLR Camera

The Nikon D80 was one of the most hyped and eagerly anticipated 10 megapixel DSLRs which has been rated as a superb camera to own. At the time it was being favourably compared to its only other competitor, the Sony A100, but a lot has happened in recent months. The Nikon D80 has proved to be an overwhelming success. It is a 10 megapixel digital SLR that is designed to be affordable but an upgrade from some of the budget model digital SLRs on the market. The extra money you spend on the Nikon D80 will give you a more solid and sturdy feel as well as an 18-70mm lens as opposed to an 18-55mm lens found on less expensive models. The Nikon D80 offers a number of features not found in any of its competitors in this price range, many from the fantastic D200. One of the most interesting and misunderstood features is weather sealing, giving good all weather performance.

The Nikon D80 has some extra buttons but apart from that, the casing is practically identical to earlier Nikon ‘D’ series. The similarity, however, is purely cosmetic and does not mean that the Nikon D80 is in the same league as the entry-level D50. The Nikon D80 offers two control dials, enabling one to be used for aperture and one for shutter speed when shooting in full Manual mode, a very handy feature.

The Nikon D80 offers the serious underwater photographer many of the attractions of the professionally aimed (and priced) D200. With much of the technology packed into the smaller and less expensive D80 originating with the Nikon D200, it’s no surprise to find demand for the Subal ND80 housing so strong. The Nikon D80 is a powerful digital SLR camera that has a lot of features for you to leverage. If you’re not already familiar with how you can use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and metering to improve your digital photos, I encourage you to learn. The Nikon D80 shows very little noise but has significant softness at ISO 800 and above. These results are not surprising considering the same sensor design is used for all top Nikon DSLRs cameras.

The Nikon D80 is obviously not aimed to Nikon fans with huge collections of vintage MF lenses. But if so, they can be used. The Nikon D80 digital camera is one of our favorite cameras to have been released. Not only does it set a value point for digital SLR’s, but the D80 is feature-rich, lightweight, and takes incredible photos. We have yet to read a poor report on this super model. The Nikon D80 supports i-TTL, TTL and non TTL flashes and offers a maximum flash synchronisation to 1/200 seconds. The Nikon D80 is a dream come true for the enthusiast: excellent image quality with low noise at high ISOs, instant response, and excellent handling — at an affordable price.”. The Nikon D80 offers 95% scene coverage and 0.94x magnification. The viewfinder has built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1).

The Nikon D80 is a fairly inexpensive digital SLR that packs spectacular performance and excellent (though somewhat soft) image quality into a well-built, solid camera. For under $1000 you get quite a lot of camera, and it will certainly make people think twice about spending hundreds more on a D200. The Nikon D80 Digitutor site – view the photo gallery where they show samples of images taken with various pro-level lenses such as the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro VR, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 DX, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 DX. Left and top menus also allow you access to operational notes and tutorial videos.

The Nikon D80 inherits technological advantages developed exclusively for Nikon’s latest professional digital SLR cameras, combining color independent analog pre-conditioning with improved 12-bit digital image processing algorithms. The result is natural looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction.

Nikon CoolPix Reviews – A Full & Detailed Nikon CoolPix Review to Read Before You Buy

If you are looking for in-depth Nikon Coolpix reviews, then you have come to the right place!

Too many reviews that I have seen on the internet just give a brief overview of the Nikon Coolpix camera and don’t go into enough detail about it to really give you a good idea about it in order for you to make your mind up as to whether it is for you or not.

Well, it’s time to forget all of those feeble Nikon Coolpix reviews and prepare to learn everything you need to know about these Nikon cameras, including my own personal opinion of them, right here, right now.

Out of all the Nikon CoolPix reviews that I read about, most of them do mention that these cameras come with an impressive 12 megapixel capability. But what most of those reviews don’t give you is a real feel for what the quality is really like before you buy it.

Sure, 12 megapixel is great, but just how good do the pictures actually come out? Well, the Nikon CoolPix is a great camera and in my personal opinion the colour saturation, hue levels etc are all perfect and you will really notice the quality when you donwload them to your computer and view them on a proper screen.

So as I already said, most Nikon Coolpix reviews do refer to the 12 megapixel capability of these cameras, but I really want you to take away from this review that the overall quality of the images far surpass most other similar cameras on the market today.

When it comes to creating a worthwhile review, none would be complete without mentioning the great zoom functionality of the Nikon Coolpix cameras.

Equipped with an impressive 3.5x zoom capability, this camera really does pack a lot of zoom ‘punch’ for a camera of it’s size. Don’t forget, most other cameras can have massive lenses stuck on the front of them to achieve similar zoom and the Nikon Coolpix will easily fit into your pocket.

I have also noticed that most other Nikon Coolpix reviews also don’t mention the quality of the zoom itself – the Nikon Coolpix zoom not only allows you to zoom in to 3.5x, but the quality of images that it takes when fully zoomed in are of very high quality indeed and the pixelation is kept to a minimum.

This is what makes the Nikon Coolpix cameras a cut above the rest as the images produced when zoomed in are of a much better quality than a lot of other cameras that I have tested.

To be honest, I have read many reviews that state that overall, the Nikon Coolpix cameras are great value for the quality you get, and I have to say that I tend to agree with that.

No other camera that I have tested has given such good quality photographs in terms of colours, sharpness and saturation.

My advice, would be to forget the other Nikon Coolpix reviews and take advice from this one – that the Nikon Coolpix is unbeatable for it’s price and you won’t be disappointed!

Fall in Love With Pentax Binoculars 8×43 DCF SP

The DCF SP 8×43 Pentax binoculars are smooth, well balanced, ergonomically designed and beautiful to handle, an excellent match for far more expensive top quality binoculars. If you don’t have £1,000+ to spend and you want high performance superior optics encased in a beautiful lightweight but rugged body then take a serious look at the Pentax DCF SP 8×43’s.

The image quality is amazing, I picked up the DCF SP 8×43 Pentax binoculars expecting a good quality viewing but was pleasantly surprised with the brightness and clarity of the image. The roof prisms are top quality high-refraction Bak-4 and phase coated and like all top quality binoculars the Pentax DCF SP’s come with fully multi coated lenses. Pentax use their own specially formulated lens coating which has been proven to deliver exceptionally bright, high contrast images (according to the brochure) and, in my opinion these binoculars stood up to the hype. I was particularly impressed at how well they performed against my all time favourites, the Swarovski 8.5×42 EL’s which are considerably more expensive.

I was impressed with the speed of focus which for me is an important feature that always influences my buying decision and being able to focus as close as 2mtrs was an added bonus. The eye relief is exceptionally good at 22mm (for the DCF SP 8×43 Pentax binoculars), the ‘twist up’ eye cups are comfortable and easy to use and the exit pupil is 5.4mm, all features that make these Pentax binoculars ideal for spectacle wearers. I did think the attached objective lens covers would prove to be irritating but I was wrong, they hang discretely below the binoculars and don’t get in the way.

The body of the DCF SP Pentax binoculars is fairly compact and exceptionally lightweight (695g) for full size binoculars due to its magnesium-alloy body. They are covered in dark green rubber armouring, which not only makes them exceptionally robust but also comfortable to hold.

As you would expect of a top quality binocular the Pentax DCF SP’s are waterproof (JIS class 6), nitrogen filled and sealed ensuring that they can be used in all weather conditions, and are fully protected against fogging and potentially damaging dust particles.

All in all the 8×43 DCF SP Pentax binoculars get my seal of approval, they are exceptional value for money with many features that make their performance comparable to that of far more expensive binoculars. The high performance optics, lens coatings and prisms are of exceptional quality and the sophisticated inner-focus optical design has helped ensure that the Pentax DCF SP’s are lightweight and compact for 8×43 binoculars. I haven’t tried them for astronomy but they stand up well in a marine environment and they are quite impressive when used for bird watching.

As birding binoculars I still prefer the Swarovski 8.5×43 EL’s but I would still be happy with the Pentax DCF SP’s and given the cost differential I couldn’t say the differences between the two warrant the much higher price tag.

Leica Digital Camera Reviews, New & Tattoos

The Leica digital camera reviews will include the C-LUX 2, which runs about $450. This camera has 7.2 megapixels with three times optical zoom. This camera is very similar to Panasonics DMC- FX30. It is a very easy-to-use camera is lightweight, compact and has image stabilization. The only downfall to this camera is it uses a custom Liton battery, which could cost you some money if you need to replace it. This camera does not need a viewfinder because it offers a two and a half inch viewing screen so you can see exactly what you are shooting.

Other Leica digital camera reviews include the D-LUX 3, Digilux 3, M8 and the V-LUX1. The Digilux 3 and the M8 have very high price tags. The Digilux 3 is SLR digital camera with 7.5 megapixels and a two and a half inch viewing screen. The nice thing about this camera is it can hold a memory card larger than two gigabytes. This camera has the ability to shoot three frames per second.

The M8 camera is a 10.3 megapixels camera that has a price of fifty-four hundred dollars. This camera is not for the beginning photographer. The performance of this camera is outstanding. This camera does not have autofocus, so the user will need to know the fundamentals of photography and camera use.

Leica digital camera reviews help you find a camera that has very little to no problems. It also tells you about the features, function and any accessories that come with the camera. The reviews can help you find the perfect camera. If you read the reviews, you will be able to compare other cameras and decide which one would be best suited for your needs. You can determine what are the best cameras by reading what other users have to say about the cameras.