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Ask Engadget: Best sub-$100 camera/laptop bag?

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Joseph (he’s from Atlanta) who needs a camera bag for his semi-professional photography enterprise. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I’ve recently gotten into semi-pro photography and I’ve come to the problem of how to transport all my gear. I’m looking for a camera / laptop bag that has enough space for a DSLR body (Nikon D90), a 15-inch laptop, 3 or 4 lenses and a speedlight or two. My budget can’t stretch beyond $100 and I need it to be durable and weather-proof. I don’t have any preferences with style (backpack, messenger bag etc), I just need a large, affordable bag to carry all of my gear. Thanks for the help and keep the gadget passion guys!”

We don’t think you should scrimp too much on a bag, given it’ll be carrying $3,000 worth of kit. Your host uses a Lowepro Fastpack 250, costing $99.95, its only drawback that it has no space for a tripod or cables, so you have to sacrifice a couple of lens slots just to tote your power lead. Other staffers suggested using a standard bag with individual Crumpler pouches (a suitable Crumpler like the “7 Million Dollar Home” is $150) or the KataKTD, which sadly doesn’t pack a laptop sleeve. How about you, commenters? What’s the budget bag you wouldn’t let your DSLR venture away from? Together, we can work it out.

Ask Engadget: Best sub-$100 camera/laptop bag? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Is this Nikon’s D800 DSLR?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Grab the salt shaker folks — if Nikon Rumors is to be believed, what you’re gazing at is Nikon’s hotly rumored D800 DSLR. The camera is reportedly packing goodies like a massive 36 megapixel sensor capable of 7360 × 4912 resolution, and an ISO range of 100 to 6,400 that’s pushable to 25,600. Furthermore, you can expect to find the same 51-point AF system found in the D3s, slots for SD and CF cards, USB 3.0 connectivity and over three-inches of display on back — all while being “smaller and lighter” than the current D700. Notably, Nikon is apparently stepping up its DLSR video chops with this cam as well, as it’s said to be capable of filming 1080p HD video at 30 fps, while 720p grants you up to 60 fps. Of course, this type of primo kit won’t come cheap — if it all proves true you can expect to slap down roughly $3,900 (¥300,000) to make one yours, although, a release date is still anyone’s guess. You’ll find another shot of this purported beauty after the break and the full rumor rundown at the source link below.

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Is this Nikon’s D800 DSLR? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nikon J1 and V1 compacts now available for mirror haters everywhere

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

You heard that Nikon is releasing a couple of mirrorless compacts, right? Well, the ten megapixel J1 and V1 models are both on sale from today, sticking to their schedule despite the terrible flooding in Thailand that has already delayed a separate Nikon announcement scheduled for Tuesday as well as impacting heavily on Sony’s camera production. The metal V1 is priced at $900 including a 10-30mm, f/3.5 max aperture kit lens. Meanwhile, the plastic J1 is going for $650 with the same glass and we’ve already subjected it to some full review scrutiny.

Nikon J1 and V1 compacts now available for mirror haters everywhere originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 07:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 4 SLR Mount lets you shoot 5-megapixel photos with your $3,000 lens

Thursday, July 7th, 2011


So you flew around the world for a photo assignment, camera bag packed full of high-end lenses, but forgot the DSLR on the kitchen counter. Not to worry! You never leave home without your iPhone 4 and its new must-have accessory: the iPhone SLR Mount. $190 scores you one of these aluminum bad boys, eager to pair with your multi-thousand dollar Canon or Nikon optic, bringing “powerful depth of field” and manual focus to your smartphone’s itsy bitsy image sensor. You can reportedly use the new pricey mobile rig to capture photos with shallow depth of field, without the need to add one of those “unethical” $5 digital filter apps. The accessory is ready to ship, so you’re just 24 hours (and a couple hundred dollars) away from having this life-changing masterpiece sent straight to your door. As for us? We’re holding out a bit longer for the iPad version.

iPhone 4 SLR Mount lets you shoot 5-megapixel photos with your $3,000 lens originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yet More Camera Lens Mugs and Thermoses To Choose From [Photography]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Sony indicates all future Alpha models will include translucent mirrors

Friday, February 25th, 2011
Sony indicates all future Sony Alpha models will include translucenct mirrors

That satisfying clunk of the mirror swinging up and away, the rapid-fire clatter of DSLRs going into burst mode, could be on its last legs. Well, for Sony Alphas at least. The company has confirmed that its translucent mirror tech, most recently confirmed to be coming to the A77 and earlier shown on the A55 and A33, will be coming to the entire Alpha line. The sensor actually captures light through the mirror itself, which is just reflective enough to allow for real-time focusing even while capturing video. It’s something of a bold move in the generally stoic DSLR market, and only time will tell whether it helps to boost Sony’s street cred up to Canon and Nikon levels.

Sony indicates all future Alpha models will include translucent mirrors originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Now You Can Control Your DSLR From Your iPad [Apps]

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Pentax’s K-r entry-level DSLR reviewed: the sweet spot has been hit

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

It may look like a toy, but as ma always said, it’s what’s underneath that counts. It’s not often that those old adages prove true in consumer electronics, but such is the case with Pentax’s newest entry-level DSLR. The K-r ($800 in kit form) is positioned between the K-x and K-7, and according to PhotographyBLOG, it fits perfectly there. They felt that the compact design was a boon for newcomers to the field who wouldn’t be keen on lugging around anything of size, and most importantly, the image quality was said to be “excellent.” Of course, low light performance began to suffer at ISO levels north of 800, so those interested in ditching the grain and blur after dark will still need to spend a bit more on a prosumer model like the Nikon D7000. The wide range of manual controls were also a hit, but considering that the HD video mode is identical to that on the lower-end K-x, you’ll be forced to deal with a less-than-stellar UI. We’d suggest hitting the source link for the full skinny, but we’ll go ahead and spoil the ending: it managed a Highly Recommended badge.

Pentax’s K-r entry-level DSLR reviewed: the sweet spot has been hit originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 03 Nov 2010 06:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Canon’s 60D impresses reviewers, but a challenger approaches (video)

Friday, October 15th, 2010
Canon's 60D impresses reviewers, but a challenger approaches

Canon’s prosumer line just got a little better, with the 18 megapixel, 1080p recording 60D hitting stores and, now, getting recommended reviews. Photo Blog and Camera Labs have weighed in so far, and both have positive conclusions, most notably regarding that movie mode. The camera will kindly record in 1080p24 in addition to 1080p30, but the autofocus while filming is panned, called “fairly useless” thanks to only happening when you half-press the shutter button, and then taking a few seconds to figure things out — but that’s just like the EOS 7D and T2i. Overall the 60D scores highly and easily bests the 50D it replaces, but the real competition is Nikon’s D7000, which interestingly is busting out at retail already, offering a similar price point, similar capabilities, and a magnesium alloy chassis, versus the plastic one on the Canon. How will they compare? We’ll just have to wait for the next round of reviews to find out.

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Canon’s 60D impresses reviewers, but a challenger approaches (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nikon D7000 brings 39-point AF, 1080p video, and magnesium alloy construction to $1,200 price point

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

If you don’t want to hate your current camera, look away now. Nikon’s 16 megapixel D7000 has landed into the world of officialdom with a bang, bringing with it an almighty 39-point autofocus system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage, 1080/24p and 720/30p video options, dual SD card slots, 6fps burst mode for up to 100 shots, and magnesium alloy top and back covers for that extra bit of metalized durability. The continuous video autofocus that debuted in the D3100 is here too, though bear in mind there’s a 20 minute cap on uninterrupted recordings. Video nuts might not like that, but at least there’s a stereo mic input and an added control dial for adjusting shooting modes. It’s looking like a thorough upgrade from the D90, but keep in mind that Canon’s direct competitor — the 60D — costs a Benjamin less than the D7000′s $1,200 body-only asking price (or $1,500 with an 18-105 kit lens) , so take the time until this becomes available in mid-October to weigh up your options well. Oh, and the outfit’s also throwing out two new pieces of high-end glass alongside a new flash: an AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II for $5,999.95, an AF-S 35mm f/1.4G for $1,799.95 and an SB-700 Speedlight for $329.95.

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Nikon D7000 brings 39-point AF, 1080p video, and magnesium alloy construction to $1,200 price point originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nikon D3100 DSLR hands-on

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

In addition to the S1100pj and S5100, we also had a chance to play with Nikon’s 14.2 megapixel D3100 earlier today. Sadly, due to the non-final firmware, we weren’t allowed to obtain live sample stills and 1080p H.264 clips from the prototype DSLR, so we can’t comment too much on the new CMOS sensor’s picture quality. Still, there were some interesting features to take home with. Most notably, the seemingly solid D3100 has an improved grip compared to its predecessor and our own D5000 — it certainly felt nice and secure in our hands despite the small (and slightly lighter) body. We also dig the new quick switch (resting by the now-larger dial) for picking various continuous shooting modes, along with the new spring-loaded live-view trigger and video recording button (both at the top-right corner of the 3-inch 460k-dot screen).

Of course, we couldn’t have gone home without having tested the video mode’s headlining continuous autofocus feature — we weren’t able to tell how much motor noise might have gone into the clips, but the bundled 18-55mm lens was able to autofocus or track subjects at reasonable speeds, provided that we weren’t zooming or moving about too rapidly. The only real bug we noticed was that sometimes the tracking may get overridden by large nearby objects with similar colors, so hopefully the final firmware will reduce this error. Another concern is with the new 1,030mAh battery — no word on how many shots or video hours it can provide, but we shall find out when this $699 DSLR comes out next month.

Nikon D3100 DSLR hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change Nikon’s D3S?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

It’s still not as widely available as we would like, but Nikon’s D3S has finally moved from “this thing simply has to be vaporware” to “I may catch one in stock if I stay up all night clicking around.” Without a doubt, it’s one of the most impressive leaps in digital imaging at the $5k DSLR level that we’ve ever seen, and it has become next to essential when dealing with tragic lighting conditions on trade show floors. But as with every gem, there’s a flaw or two be found somewhere. For those who plunked down thousands to bring home Nikon’s low light monster, how would you change things if given the opportunity? Would you have bumped the movie mode to 1080p? Put a few more buttons on the rear? Lightened the load a bit? Go on and spill your guts below — you’ve earned the chance, chief.

How would you change Nikon’s D3S? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Aug 2010 22:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nikon D3100 shooting around Page, Arizona in run-up to August 19th press events?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Nikon Rumors does its best to keep an ear to the ground on DSLR whispers of a certain company. This time, however, the whispers might resonate a bit louder as they bounce off the rocky walls of Page, Arizona-based Canyons. It’s here that the site claims commercial shots are or have been taken related to the Nikon D3100, an oft-rumored memory-capturing device (at one time apparently was called the D4000) for the company that might include 1080p video with a continuous autofocus mode. NR seems pretty certain this camera will rear its interchangeable head for at least one of the multiple press events across Europe that Nikon has scheduled for August 19th. Then again, if it’s not the D3100, we wonder what the camera maker does have in store for then.

Nikon D3100 shooting around Page, Arizona in run-up to August 19th press events? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Aug 2010 19:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nikon Thermos Is Go, I Repeat, Nikon Thermos IS GO [Nikon]

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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