Speedliter’s Handbook  –  Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites
By Syl Arena
Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71105-2
391 pages
US $49.99, CAN $59.99
GUEST REVIEWED BY: José Merino

 

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GUEST REVIEW by José Merino

 

Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D — From Snapshots to Great Shots
By Jeff Revell
Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77664-8
278 pages
US $24.99, CAN $25.99

Finding a well-written book about photography is not difficult, but it’s rare to find one like this Canon guide that also comes with an attractive and accessible layout.

A great deal of the content in Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D — From Snapshots to Great Shots is standard photography advice that can be found in the front sections of almost any similar how-to photography book. The main difference here is the focus on a specific camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D. The camera-specific text is far more technical than what you’ll find in general guidebooks.

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The Flip Alternative – The Battle for Value

On December 17, 2008, in Opinion, by Mark Rudd

ALL THE RAGE
The Pure Digital Flip Mino is an affordable, highly portable, easy to use, and no frills video camera for the masses. Indeed, The Flip is not without its limitations or detractors. Are their some alternatives for the lateral thinkers who want and or need a smart solution for their budget portable video needs? The answer may surprise you.

PROS AND CONS OF THE FLIP
The specs for the Mino are what one would expect in order to produce acceptable video. Some of the highlights include: a small and light weight design, VGA (640 x 480) quality video at 30 frames per second, four hours of use per charge, touch sensitive controls that are easy to use, and a simple USB connection system. At an Amazon price of $159.00, the Mino has taken the YouTube video generation by storm. Take a look at some sample video.

There are, however, a few specs that can impact the usability of the Mino in a negative way. The 1.5″ screen will make the framing of a scene more difficult. The lack of an optical viewfinder will make scenes shot in direct sunlight very view within the LCS screen. The fixed focus optics of the Mino will limit the clarity of the image in certain conditions. As a video camera, the lack of an image stabilization system is unfortunate. The Mino will not take digital stills. Finally, the non-removable memory and battery will limit the amount of time between syncing and charging.

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PhotoPlus Expo Report

On October 29, 2008, in Features, by Frank Limbacher

We talked to some nearby exhibitors. They confirm the preliminary estimates made by the organizers of PhotoPlus Expo that there could be as nearly as much visitors on the show as last year (27,000). Nevertheless they also reported that sales were noticeable lower. Some blamed the slowing economy, some supposed the absence of Apple (that had a booth last year) had its impact.

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FS100 Digital Video Camera
Review

On July 24, 2008, in Camcorder, Review, by Guy Serle


FS100 Digital Video Camera
Company: Canon

Price: $323.23 (Amazon.com)
http://www.usa.canon.com

I’ve been avoiding buying a new camcorder to replace the 8 year old DVC tape unit for awhile now. There were plenty of tempting offerings, but none matched the feature set and price point that I was looking for until I happened upon Canon’s FS100 model at an Apple Store. While giving it a once over there, I liked the light weight, the responsive and variable zoom, the microphone input, and that at $399, it was still very much reasonable in price. I almost bought it right there at the Apple Store, but resolved to sleep on it first and check out what other people were saying about it. I’m glad I did, and afterwards I almost gave it a miss but decided that no other camcorder available currently in the this price range would meet my needs.

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Canon Pixma iP4500 – Printer Review

On February 13, 2008, in Macintosh, printer, Review, by Claus Wolf

Canon Pixma iP4500

Company: Canon
Price: € 77,75 (at amazon.de)

http://www.canon.de

Canon labels the Pixma iP4500 as a premium photo and document printer, and when I bought it in early January my main purchasing criteria was high quality photo prints and the ability to print on DVDs and CDs.

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Where Have All the Epsons Gone?

On August 29, 2005, in Features, by John Nemerovski

Apple retail stores no longer sell or promote Epson printers, from my personal observation. Instead, HP and Canon are stocked. This change took place in May, I think, and was a wise, quiet decision by Apple.

Epsons print beautifully most of the time, but their print heads clog more swiftly and frequently than do HPs or Canons. I have a LOT of experience in this area, both personal and professional. I used to recommend Epson to my tutorial clients and Tucson MUG members, but I now also urge people to buy HP or Canon.

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Card Photo Printer CP-200
Review

On December 17, 2003, in printer, Review, by Jeffrey McPheeters

Card Photo Printer CP-200
Company: Canon, Inc.
Cost: $160 – $190, street
http://www.powershot.com/powershot2/cp300-200/index.html

My “dream photo printer” turned out to be one that was not even on my mental radar screen.

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Low cost Ink-jet printers suck

On February 20, 2000, in Opinion, by Guy Serle

(This post can also be enjoyed…if that’s the right word, at my new site that I love until I get bored with it, the Whirling Vortex of Suck)

Color printing. It may seem odd to many people today, but we weren’t always able to print in color from our computers. My history dealing with computers and getting some kind of printed output goes back to the mid-eighties and therefore my viewpoint is somewhat skewed by my experiences. My first computer was a Mac Plus and the printer I used was a Seikosha SP 1000. This was (and still is I suppose) an eight-pin dot-matrix printer that while in operation sounded remarkably like running a wood chisel on concrete at 8000 RPM and was about as painful to listen to. There were Laser Printers available but they were god-awful expensive and about the size of a small car.

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