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Timeless Lessons Street Photographers Can Learn from Robert Frank’s “The Americans”

[Frank didn't pledge] allegiance to such “pure” photography, in which a single, great exposure was the ultimate achievement “. Therefore by working on this project, Frank was less interested about creating single powerful images (as many... It challenged the rules of photography, and emphasized feeling Not only did Frank challenge how he approached documentary photography and the aesthetic in which he employed– he also created images with an emphasis on feeling above all else. Steichen also gave Frank some practical advice with his photography (that carries lots of practical value today as well) on not doing photography full-time. It challenged the aesthetic of photography During the 1950′s, the tradition and aesthetic of photography championed clean, well-exposed, and sharp photographs. ” To better understand where Frank got his gritty aesthetic from, let us explore a bit of his background: When Frank started photography in his early twenties, he studied with Alexey Brodovitch , a Russian-born innovator for Harper’s Bazaar. Although many of us dream of making our photography a living, Steichen’s advice of keeping your photography and work separate carries strong weight. Steichen stressed the importance of getting an income elsewhere to keep photography separate from the need to earn a living – to truly focus on the photography without any constraints. It challenged the documentary tradition During the era that Frank published “The Americans”, documentary photography was seen to be as something transparent and not to be influenced by the thoughts, emotions, or viewpoint of the photographer. Takeaway point : Although Frank didn’t entirely listen to Steichen (for the rest of his career he pursued video-making and his photography) I think it carries great value for photographers today. “In the late 1950s and early 1960s neither The Americans nor Frank’s work made on his Guggenheim fellowship were well received, especially by the photography press. Introduction “The Americans” is a photography book by Swiss-born Robert Frank, published first in France (1958) and then in the US (1959). Don’t think that your day job prevents you from creating strong photographic work – rather see it as something that will help support you and in your photography. You can see that Frank took up Brodovitch’s advice by leaving his comfortable home of Switzerland to pursue photography in NYC. Edgy, critical, and often opaque at a time when photography was generally understood to be wholesome, simplistic, and patently transparent, the photographs disconcerted editors even before the book was published. Lessons from Edward Steichen (on getting closer to your subjects / keeping your photography and income separate) “I sometimes feel that I would like to see you more in closer to people. “Rebelling against the popular 1950s notion championed by Edward Steichen and others that photography was a universal language, easily understood by all, he wanted a form that was open-ended, even deliberately ambiguous - one that engaged his... This would be great early training in the early tradition of documentary photography to help him immerse himself into his “Americans” project. A Linchpin of “modern” photography, in the United States at least, this approach emphasized relatively un-manipulated prints made form a single negative, with glory given to the work that summarized an instant into a supreme moment of beauty of... “‘Straight’ photography was a favored term when both men began to photograph. Many of us don’t have the luxury or the chance to pursue our photography full-time. If we are much more sporadic and vigorous when shooting street photography, we should slow down and try to be more contemplative. That is, to practice photography on the side while getting a source of income elsewhere. I believe you made a fine decision in taking yourself and family away from the tenseness of the business of photography there. Frank worked in a very sociological, methodological manner – often utilizing a large-format camera and wanted to create transparent and “objective” photographs. How Frank Prepared his Trip to Photograph “The Americans” For those of you who are curious how Frank prepared his trip to photograph “The Americans” below is a rough itinerary of what he prepared:. Lessons from Brodovitch (on equipment and taking risks) When Frank was a young photographer, he shot mostly with a medium-format square-format Rolleiflex camera. Lessons from Walker Evans (on working in a methodological manner) Walker Evans, the already famous photographer for taking his “ American Photographs ” book was one of Frank’s early mentors. Gathered maps and itineraries from the American Automobile Association Collected letters of reference from the Guggenheim Foundation and friends in the press (in-case people questioned his photographing intentions) Introductions to representatives... Brodovitch was experimental, and “encouraged students to use blur, imprecise focus, large foreground forms, bleach negatives, radically crop and distort print, or print two photographs on top of each other, put gauze over lens of enlargers – to... On one account, when Frank went out to shoot with Evans, Frank noted how it was important to be more reflective (rather than spontaneous) when photographing. Responding to the country, as he later said, not by “looking at it but by feeling something from it. ”. Frank acted very much like the detached observer when photographing, and didn’t strive to make a sociological or analytical view like Evans did. Therefore Frank learned that in order to create emotional photographs, he needed to experiment with different techniques in photographing, printing, and presenting his work. Frank’s Early Inspirations Before Frank went on to shoot “The Americans” he learned many lessons from his mentors. Not only did Evans champion Frank’s work, but Frank learned many lessons from him (although their styles were quite different). If you look closely at his contact sheets, many of his photographs were either too bright, too dark, so off-balance, and out-of-focus that “Frank seems at times not even to have looked through the viewfinder or bothered to check the controls on... Frank was impressed with Evan’s careful observation of his subjects and his patience in waiting until the light revealed the scene exactly as he wanted to picture it. Although patience was never an attribute Frank valued or cultivated, keen... Subject matter that Frank Ended up Photographing Below are some re-occurring subjects that he ended up photographing in his trips around the U. S. 1. Therefore in today’s terms, I would advise against using a bulky DSLR and perhaps using a more nimble camera like a Micro 4/3rds, compact camera, or even an iPhone. […] Frank photographed his subjects with their backs to the camera, their faces partially obscured, or looming ominously in the foreground, as if they were about to turn and confront him (photos 29, 32). Frank was clear in saying that his work was a personal account of America, as he mentioned in U. S. Camera Annual 1958. Why Frank Decided To Shoot “The Americans” Therefore he embarked on a journey to America, and spent a considerable amount of time in NYC, where he met some of the most influential photographers and curators at the time including Andre Kertesz,... Brodovitch was well known for turning the magazine from having drab and boring photographs and adding dynamic montages of photos and text. It consisted of 83 photographs, with only one photograph per page. For example, if we tend to photograph slowly, we can gain skill by trying to photograph quicker. Public parks “When Frank helped Evans photograph tools for Fortune, he “learned what it is to be simple” and “to look at one thing and look at it very clearly and in a final way”. Oh yeah, and having certain cameras or lenses will do little in creating unique work (they knew that even half a century ago). Not only that, but Frank experimented printing his photographs with extreme contrast (disregarding the need to create an image with good tonal range), printing in extreme shapes (trapezoids), and would crop radically. For example, he would often be rejected by LIFE magazine to publish his work. However at the time, the Leica was the smallest, most maneuverable, and quickest camera to use. Steichen only thought it would be possible for Frank to do this by spending more time getting in-depth with the subjects that he captured, to get to know the small nuances and what made his subjects unique. However Alexey Brodovitch, a Russian-born photographer, designer and instructor (who Frank looked up to) suggested him to ditch the Rolleiflex for a 35mm Leica. What Frank learned from Brodovitch was “to respond to situations not analytically or intellectually but emotionally and to create highly original works of art that reflected their personal respond to their environment. Frank made no similar effort and rarely conversed with the people he photographed , for despite what was written in his Guggenheim application, his intention was not sociological, analytical, or documentary. Takeaway point : Therefore to sum up, Frank believed the importance of having role models and other photographers to draw inspiration from. When Frank embarked to photograph “The Americans”, he traveled over 10,000 miles across 30 states in 9 months. However in Frank’s “The Americans”, he was first harshly criticized by critics saying things like the prints were “Flawed by meaningless blur grain, muddy exposure, drunken horizons, and general sloppiness”. Rather to Frank, the feeling that the viewer got from the photograph was the most important. Rather, he was more interested in creating a strong body of work in which his interpretation of America wouldn’t be summed up in a single image- but rather through all of his images as a collective. After hearing this advice, Frank was inspired to go to Caerau, Wales in 1953, where he photographed a miner named Ben James for several days. Lessons from Henri Cartier-Bresson (on inspiration, influences, and originality) “Frank quickly learned from and assimilated new influences, often only to turn against them after extracting that all he found useful, a pattern that repeated itself... Frank was deeply impressed, it challenged him to become more than a fashion photographer. Frank lived with him in his home and photographed his entire day. “In the coming months, as he gained more confidence in his new approach and worked himself into what he later referred to as a “State of grace”, Frank’s style became looser, more casual, even gestural, and all about movement. “Evans had also photographed people in the south, but he had often gotten to know them first, as in his work with James Agee for their celebrated book ‘Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’ (1941). When Robert Frank worked on the Americans, consider it from his viewpoint. Steichen saw Frank’s strength at capturing the environment and mood of his subjects, but stressed the importance of getting to know “the soul of man”....

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Sep 26, 2012 by Keith | Posted in Photography

What are the controls and features of a Large Format Camera?


A large format camera is deceptively simple looking. A field camera, which uses large format film, may or may not have all of the movements described below (this is what the first answerer is describing) but was made for simplicity - usually used for journalism, the field camera usually does not have a back standard that can be released, but the lens standard can rise, shift, tilt and swing to a small degree. Large format cameras use a bellows between the lens standard (the thing that holds the lens in the front) and the back standard, which holds the ground glass and the film magazine or digital sensor. The standards are mounted on a rail or in brackets, which can be moved closer together or further apart to change the apparent size of the object. In between the standards you have an accordion or bag bellows. Because the bellows is soft and the standards are either on posts or mounted in a bracket you can raise, shift, lower, tilt and swing the individual standards, which will change the perspective of the shot by changing the relation of the light waves to each other as they enter the aperture as well as where and how the image circle strikes the ground glass (and film/sensor). You can also change what is in focus by the relation of the front standard to the back standard. In architectural photography for example, you often have to point the camera up to capture all of the building. The front standard is usually raised and set perpendicular to the camera's rail, but tilted up. You release the back standard and tilt it forward so it is parallel to the subject plane, and viola! the entire building comes into focus and is square - i.e the lines are straight without keyholing - the top of the building appears the same size and dimensions as the bottom. In product photography, the front standard is often tilted forward and the back standard tilted backwards (scheinflug) to control focus within the entire visual field, and the front standard is often raised

jeannie | Sep 26, 2012
Milo | Sep 26, 2012
Large format cameras are some of the most simplistic cameras, in that they consist of a lens, bellows and a back.(film holder) Most large format cameras have glass backs that reflect the image you are going to take. (reversed)You focus first, put the film holder over the glass, then set your shutter speed and aperture. many will have range finder views to help you guesstimate where your subject is in the image if you accidental moved the camera since you inserted the film holder.
Cisco | Sep 26, 2012
Controls? where they are the same as any other SLR or DSLR. The main difference between a crop sensor and a full frame sensor is that the Full frame basically doesnt crop the lens. Basically, on a 5D(full frame sensor) for example, 50mm is seen as 50mm on the other hand that same lens but on a canon 7D (1.6x crop sensor) even though the lens is a 50mm it is actually seen as a 80mm. so the only advantage over a large sensor is wide angle lenses well, they are wider and on the crop sensor telephoto lenses have more range. more example: 11-16mm lens: -full sensor : 11-16mm -crop sensor: 17.6-25.6mm 28-300mm lens: -full sensor: 28-300mm -crop sensor: 44.8-480mm
jeannie | Sep 26, 2012
A large format camera is deceptively simple looking. A field camera, which uses large format film, may or may not have all of the movements described below (this is what the first answerer is describing) but was made for simplicity - usually used for journalism, the field camera usually does not have a back standard that can be released, but the lens standard can rise, shift, tilt and swing to a small degree. Large format cameras use a bellows between the lens standard (the thing that holds the lens in the front) and the back standard, which holds the ground glass and the film magazine or digital sensor. The standards are mounted on a rail or in brackets, which can be moved closer together or further apart to change the apparent size of the object. In between the standards you have an accordion or bag bellows. Because the bellows is soft and the standards are either on posts or mounted in a bracket you can raise, shift, lower, tilt and swing the individual standards, which will change the perspective of the shot by changing the relation of the light waves to each other as they enter the aperture as well as where and how the image circle strikes the ground glass (and film/sensor). You can also change what is in focus by the relation of the front standard to the back standard. In architectural photography for example, you often have to point the camera up to capture all of the building. The front standard is usually raised and set perpendicular to the camera's rail, but tilted up. You release the back standard and tilt it forward so it is parallel to the subject plane, and viola! the entire building comes into focus and is square - i.e the lines are straight without keyholing - the top of the building appears the same size and dimensions as the bottom. In product photography, the front standard is often tilted forward and the back standard tilted backwards (scheinflug) to control focus within the entire visual field, and the front standard is often raised
CiaoChao | Sep 26, 2012
Depends on the large format camera in question. Some primitive large format cameras (such as press cameras) may not have anything more than rudimentary exposure and focus controls. Field cameras (e.g. Linhof Technika), will have tilt and swing and limited rise/fall/shift at the front standard. This is simlar to some medium format SLR cameras, such as the Rollei SL66, and Fuji GX680. Monorail cameras (e.g. Linhof Kardan, Sinar P, etc) give you the full range of control, with tilt, swing, shift, rise and fall at both ends of the camera. You also have exceptionally large cameras (ultra large format), which may be self built, or simply too cumbersome to make convenient perspective control.
Apr 20, 2011 by carrie30 | Posted in Photography

Photography assignment help?

Could you please help me, I am about to submit my first assignment for lenses in photogrpahy, Could you please tell me if there is anything wrong with the lenses i have chosen for the 10 different scenarios.. This is my assignment For each of the following hypothetical photographic assignments you have the following equipment at your disposal (note that you do not have any zoom lenses): Two small format DSLR cameras with full sized 35mm sensors 20mm lens 24mm tilt-shift lens 35mm lens 50mm lens 90mm tilt-shift lens 100mm macro lens 135mm lens 300mm lens Neutral Density Filter Polarising Filter Two quick cycle portable flash units made specifically for your cameras Transportable studio flash gear Tripod Monopod Nominate which of the above mentioned equipment you would use for each of the following 10 scenarios and give a brief explanation of why you made those choices: Scenario 1 A large art gallery has hired you to photograph every individual framed painting in the gallery for an upcoming exhibition. They require colour accurate copies of the artwork for use in a catalogue. A - 90mm tilit shift lens - You can be at floor level and shoot large paintings and correct for perspective because you'll be looking upwards. Polorizer to eliminate reflections, Tripod to eliminate camera shake Scenario 2 An advertising agency has hired you to photograph individual “pack shots” of a range of packet soups. The soups come in small rectangular boxes, which have a glossy finish. They want the pack to look heroic and important. A - 24mm tilt shift lens to make the soup look herioc and important, Polarising filter to minimise reflections on packaging, Tripod to eliminate camera shake Scenario 3 A men’s magazine has hired you to shoot an action outdoor fashion feature of a male model in the centre of a large city wearing various business suits. They want lots of movement in the images and are happy with some motion blur. A - 300mm Telephoto lens because this would give you great still shots with motion blur background. Tripod to eliminate camera shake Scenario 4 A sports magazine wants you to photograph an afternoon football game and they get you a press pass, which allows you access to the playing field. They want high contact physical shots with frozen action. A - 300mm telephoto lens this will give you high contact physical shots while being a safe distance away. Tripod to minimise camera shake Scenario 5 A lifestyle magazine wants you to shoot a cover shot of a woman in a large, bright, modern city apartment. The woman is to be the main focus, but they would also like some of the atmosphere of the apartment to be evident. A - 135mm wide angle lens would give a great focus on the model while having the apartment be in the shot too. Tripod to eliminate camera shake Scenario 6 You have been hired to photograph a wedding in a church. The light is bright enough to avoid having to use a flash and the minister has allowed you access to all areas A - 50mm ens great for up close and personal shots on there big day Scenario 7 You have been hired by a gossip magazine to shoot “social” shots at a gala movie premier one evening. The location is inside a dark Rococo (ornate) cinema and you have a press pass and are free to mingle with the “stars”. The editor requires a collection of posed and candid shots as the crowd parties through the night. A - 135mm lens because this will deliver high quality images in low light conditions Scenario 8 A book publisher has hired you to photograph Italian food in their studio for a new cookbook. The studio has large windows along one wall and lots of working space. They want the entire book shot from above, looking down on the food with an “aerial” perspective. A - 100mm macro lens for high quality close up images Scenario 9 A book publisher wants you to travel through France to photograph a book on wine. They want farm and regional images, as well as shots inside the cellars and manufacturing areas. They are on a tight schedule and have a limited budget, so you will be travelling alone in a small rented car without an assistant. You have only three weeks to cover all viticulture areas before the autumn harvest. A - 135mm lens for cellar and regional images, 300mm lens for farm animals this lens would be greatbecausee you can get a great shot from a good distance away and not disturb any animals and 2 cameras 1 for backup Scenario 10 A fashion magazine wants you to photograph the latest trends in makeup. You will be shooting female models in a studio and they may be accessorised with the latest earrings and other jewellery, but the makeup is the star. They are looking for striking, close-up images with vivid colour and texture A - 300mm lens would deliver high quality portrait pictures of the models, Tripod to eliminate camera shake and studio flash light gear. Thankyou xxx any helpwouldd be greatly appreciated


What are you doing, writing a book? Knowing what cameras, lenses and other equipment to take to a shoot is the direct result of attending professional level photo school and spending a few years working with a pro, learning from them, not only which equipment to take on specific assignments, but also how to run a business. Just the list of lenses you have available shows you are approaching this from an academic perspective, not a practical one and that you camera system of choice is Canon. I know a whole lot of photographers and ONLY one owns a perspective control lens (Nikon's version of a "tilt-shift" lens) I did note that no zoom lenses were included. The cost of operating a photo business is high enough since the advent of digital SLR's, using zooms is an important cost saving purchase I do shoot for magazines and here is what I would take on assignment. 1 - D3 (full frame dSLR) 1- D300 (APS-C sensored dSLR) 14-24mm f/2.8 24-70 mm f/2.8 70-200 mm f/2.8 200-400 mm f/4 28-300 mm and 18-200 mm "walk around lens" for the two bodies 300 mm f/2.8 50 mm f/1.4 (D300) and 105 mm f/2.8 macro (D3) - portrait lenses. 60 mm f.2.8 macro Xrite Colorchecker Passport (very important when establishing custom white balance when shooting pigments - fabric or art) I always have a good sturdy tripod and monopod with me I have one Nikon SB600 and one SB700 for flash I carry two Lowel, Tota-light lamps with umbrellas and stands I carry a Savage background stand and at least three backgrounds plus a chroma key green background. Where I would have to take special equipment would be for shooting the "art". I would use a 4x5 view camera and enough lighting to produce even lighting across the expanse of each painting as well as frames to hold polarizing gels for each. I would

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fhotoace | Apr 20, 2011
What are you doing, writing a book? Knowing what cameras, lenses and other equipment to take to a shoot is the direct result of attending professional level photo school and spending a few years working with a pro, learning from them, not only which equipment to take on specific assignments, but also how to run a business. Just the list of lenses you have available shows you are approaching this from an academic perspective, not a practical one and that you camera system of choice is Canon. I know a whole lot of photographers and ONLY one owns a perspective control lens (Nikon's version of a "tilt-shift" lens) I did note that no zoom lenses were included. The cost of operating a photo business is high enough since the advent of digital SLR's, using zooms is an important cost saving purchase I do shoot for magazines and here is what I would take on assignment. 1 - D3 (full frame dSLR) 1- D300 (APS-C sensored dSLR) 14-24mm f/2.8 24-70 mm f/2.8 70-200 mm f/2.8 200-400 mm f/4 28-300 mm and 18-200 mm "walk around lens" for the two bodies 300 mm f/2.8 50 mm f/1.4 (D300) and 105 mm f/2.8 macro (D3) - portrait lenses. 60 mm f.2.8 macro Xrite Colorchecker Passport (very important when establishing custom white balance when shooting pigments - fabric or art) I always have a good sturdy tripod and monopod with me I have one Nikon SB600 and one SB700 for flash I carry two Lowel, Tota-light lamps with umbrellas and stands I carry a Savage background stand and at least three backgrounds plus a chroma key green background. Where I would have to take special equipment would be for shooting the "art". I would use a 4x5 view camera and enough lighting to produce even lighting across the expanse of each painting as well as frames to hold polarizing gels for each. I would
Jeroen Wijnands | Apr 20, 2011
Ace has a point, some of these photography course assignments are weird. Since you are suppose to learn I'm just going to provide some hints. 24mm tilt shift lens to make the soup look herioc and important Controversial. Many companies are NOT looking for this in pack shots. Scenario 3 The working distance alone would create problems here with people walking trough your shot. Think the other way. Scenario 5. 135mm wide angle lens One of these is a typo I hope. Scenario 7: Working distance again. Take a look at these kinda shots, a lot are at least upper body and many are head to toe even. Scenario 9: You have obviously never been in a cellar. They are cramped! Might I suggest you play with the focal length tool on the tamron website. http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/learnin g_center/tools/focal-length-comparison.p hp

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    Notice: The following review is based on using a 2009 white Macbook. The issues that I note with various touch input methods all worked fine with a friend's Macbook Air- except "natural" scrolling, which is still messed up as explained lower in the review. I assume then that if you have a Mac that natively accepts four-finger input via its trackpad that the touch input gestures of the Wacom Bamboo will work fine for you as well. (My computer natively only supports two-finger gestures, though the tablet augments that significantly to three and most of the four-fingered gestures.)Review:The hardware looks nicer than it does on the box (the box is darker and more muted than the product), but not quite the same coloration as is on Amazon's site or Wacom's site. In the online pictures it looks as if the buttons on the tablet are light grey/silverish, but they're definitively black in real life. The tablet's color online appears quite white, especially on the drawing... 4/5 neoREgen (Austin, TX) - See all my reviews This review is from: Wacom Bamboo Capture Pen and Touch Tablet (CTH470) (Personal Computers) Notice: The following review is based on using a 2009 white Macbook. The issues that I note with various touch input methods all worked fine with a friend's Macbook Air- except "natural" scrolling, which is still messed up as explained lower in the review. I assume then that if you have a Mac that natively accepts four-finger input via its trackpad that the touch input gestures of the Wacom Bamboo will work fine for you as well. (My computer natively only supports two-finger gestures, though the tablet augments that significantly to three and most of the four-fingered gestures.)Review:The hardware looks nicer than it does on the box (the box is darker and more muted than the product), but not quite the same coloration as is on Amazon's site or Wacom's site. In the online pictures it looks as if the buttons on the tablet are light grey/silverish, but they're definitively black in real life. The tablet's color online appears quite white, especially on the drawing... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 12, 2011

    Having the right tools makes the job easier

    I need to say up front that this is my first tablet, so I have can not do a comparison between various tablets. I am not in the graphic design business although I dabble a little bit in graphic design and photo editing. It wasn't until I got this tablet that I realized how much easier certain editing tasks can be with the right tools.First impressions:The Bamboo Create is sleek and light-weight. It has a flat metallic finish with sleek, smooth black buttons on the side. The pen is a comfortable size for most size hands (large or small). The attached loop holder for the pen is a nice feature which reduces the chance of the pen being misplaced.Features and Set-up:It comes packaged with Corel Painter Essentials, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3, as well as some special offer freebies such as a free Shutterfly photo book. It features training videos for Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter... 5/5 Marine Corps Nomad - See all my reviews, September 20, 2011
    List Price: $239.99
    Free downloadable creative software included: Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Essentials, AutoDesk Sketchbook Express and Nik Color Filters and free offers from Shutter fly, Café Press and Digitalscrapbookplace.com. To obtain the software, register the item with the included installation CD, which will take you to download.wacom.com.
    Work with more than twice the active area, 4 ExpressKeys for shortcuts and a pressure sensitive pen with an eraser
    Bring your full creativity to life with the natural feel of a pen on paper. Edit digital photos, paint, draw and sketch
    Tablet Resolution: 2540
    Active Area: 8.5 x 5.4-Inches / 21.6 x 13.7cm


  • Sony

    Sony A3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital 20.1MP Camera with 18-55mm Lens

    Photography (Sony)

    Rating (62 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Sony

    The Good and the Bad

    I won't go into all the features because you can find that information elsewhere.Upon picking up the camera, the first thing I liked was the feel. It's the perfect sized travel camera for someone used to a bigger DSLR while having a comfortable, deep recessed, rubberized grip. The included 18-55 zoom feels mechanically solid for a kit lens, and it's also fairly sharp corner to corner. There's very little geometric distortion or chromatic aberration.Shooting stills in low light, the shots are amazingly clear with very little noise. In decent light or with flash, the photo quality is amazing for a 400 dollar camera. Pretty much in the top ten list in this price range. It's also quick to turn on and shoot the first shots. If you're buying this to shoot primarily stills, you'll be very happy. It's good enough and fast enough for anyone but a hard core pro. You'll have the usual gamut of full auto, full manual and many combinations in between.The first... 3/5 Rick Bennette "Rick Bennette" (South Florida, USA) - See all my reviews, September 15, 2013

    Excellent Product from SONY at an unbelievable Price.

    I'm not going to bore you with repeating statistics and features many contributors do. I needed this camera for my trip to Germany in the fall, I have two other SONY Cameras the A77 and the A99 which are the full size DSLR's with two pieces of Carl Zeiss glass and lots of toys. Since we will be in Europe for 21 days, weight became an issue.My full frame and full size SONY's with additional battery holders, and glass were just too big. Great cameras for what I do here in the states. 21 Days, one suitcase, I go light. Besides I have an adapter that allows alpha lenses on the NEX size bodies.Trudging through castles and churches, Photokina and Octoberfest, I wanted small with interchangeable lenses, the whole kit with the 12mm, 16mm, 18-55, 55-200 weighs less than one unit of the larger size. This type of trip is wide angle country.I have owned a camera store, a full house lab, and still the CEO of the "Black Box Company". I was and still... 5/5 aljacobs - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Sony A3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital 20.1MP Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Electronics) I'm not going to bore you with repeating statistics and features many contributors do. I needed this camera for my trip to Germany in the fall, I have two other SONY Cameras the A77 and the A99 which are the full size DSLR's with two pieces of Carl Zeiss glass and lots of toys. Since we will be in Europe for 21 days, weight became an issue.My full frame and full size SONY's with additional battery holders, and glass were just too big. Great cameras for what I do here in the states. 21 Days, one suitcase, I go light. Besides I have an adapter that allows alpha lenses on the NEX size bodies.Trudging through castles and churches, Photokina and Octoberfest, I wanted small with interchangeable lenses, the whole kit with the 12mm, 16mm, 18-55, 55-200 weighs less than one unit of the larger size. This type of trip is wide angle country.I have owned a camera store, a full house lab, and still the CEO of the "Black Box Company". I was and still... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 11, 2013

    Sony A3000 compared to Canon T3i, Nikon D3100, and Olympus E-PL1

    I have come to the conclusion that most of the reviewers of this camera do not own any other cameras with which to make a competent and accurate comparison! Unless you are looking at a review from a professional site that does nothing but camera reviews, most consumer reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt! You have to keep in mind that for a review to have meaning, you must know what camera(s) the consumer is comparing the A3000 to and if the photos are being taken under similar conditions. Comparing the A3000 to a 6MP Canon is useless and so is comparing photos that are shot under different lighting conditions or using different ISO settings or different lenses (zoom versus wide angle).I am not going to go into all of the details as to which camera has what features since my primary concern is picture quality followed by video quality. Features are great but would rather have fewer features but better photos and videos!I took all four cameras, put them... 5/5 Richard Goulmassian - See all my reviews, February 27, 2014
    List Price: $399.99
    20.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
    Full HD video recording for capturing life's moments
    Model: ILCE3000K/B
    Light body and dependable grip for worry-free shooting


  • ViewSonic

    ViewSonic VP2770-LED 27-Inch SuperClear IPS LED-Lit Professional Monitor, WQHD 2560x1440, Pre-Calibrated, 1.07b Colors

    Personal Computer (ViewSonic)

    Rating (59 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    ViewSonic

    Wow what an awesome yet underrated display!! MUCH better than Dell U2713HM or cheap Korean imports.

    I know all the rage is about the Dell U2713HM or those cheap Korean S-IPS imports (Achieva, Catleap, Overlord etc) and even I fell for the hype and ordered a Korean Achieva Shimian 1440P S-IPS panel. While it had a very nice picture, the quality of the panel itself was pure garbage. Meaning about 50% of the display had light leakage, terrible viewing angles (IPS glow galore) and the colors were not accurate (though I'm sure calibration would have fixed that). The housing of the Korean monitor looked like it was put together by a couple kids in a garage using standard screws you find at Lowes--basically you get what you pay for.I've also had the opportunity to use a Dell U2713HM and it also suffered from ugly crosshatching due to its AG coating and massive backlight bleed, again, not worth the premium Dell charges given the shoddy quality. I've also read about image burn in with the Dell U2713HM so that was enough to make me steer clear of Dell.Now on to the... 5/5 B. Khan (Scottsdale, AZ) - See all my reviews, March 15, 2013

    Viewsonic VP2770 vs Asus PB278Q

    Comming from HP IPS Z24w 1920x1200, I was impressed with Asus PB278Q. its contrast is much better, white is white. color is rich. For second 27", I want to try out the more expensive Viewsonic VP2770. I was even more impressed with VP2770. Both Asus and Viewsonic use the same Samsung PLS panel. I did not expect them to be very different. I first thought that Asus is my favorite and would be my main monitor. after using Viewsonic for a day, I made it my main monitor. Here is why:Viewsonic vs Asus:1) VP2770 Color is excellent and well balanced out of the box. This is due to Professional factory calibrated colours. Asus does not have factory calibrated colours. Color is over saturated, especially blue. No matter how I manually adjusted Asus, Viewsonic looks better in general.2) Asus displayport has an issue with monitor sleep where it won't wake up from monitor sleep(see update below). PC S4 sleep state works fine but not monitor sleep. I tried so many... 5/5 Norman "norman" (Charlotte, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: ViewSonic VP2770-LED 27-Inch SuperClear IPS LED-Lit Professional Monitor, WQHD 2560x1440, Pre-Calibrated, 1.07b Colors (Personal Computers) Comming from HP IPS Z24w 1920x1200, I was impressed with Asus PB278Q. its contrast is much better, white is white. color is rich. For second 27", I want to try out the more expensive Viewsonic VP2770. I was even more impressed with VP2770. Both Asus and Viewsonic use the same Samsung PLS panel. I did not expect them to be very different. I first thought that Asus is my favorite and would be my main monitor. after using Viewsonic for a day, I made it my main monitor. Here is why:Viewsonic vs Asus:1) VP2770 Color is excellent and well balanced out of the box. This is due to Professional factory calibrated colours. Asus does not have factory calibrated colours. Color is over saturated, especially blue. No matter how I manually adjusted Asus, Viewsonic looks better in general.2) Asus displayport has an issue with monitor sleep where it won't wake up from monitor sleep(see update below). PC S4 sleep state works fine but not monitor sleep. I tried so many... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 24, 2013

    Excellent monitor after making one single adjustment

    When I first received this monitor, I was extremely pleased with every aspect of it. Brilliant colors, and no dead or odd pixels at all. It appeared perfect, until I viewed an all-black screen to test the backlight bleedthrough. There, I noticed that both right-hand corners had some noticeable bleedthrough, which was pretty upsetting considering what I paid to have a brand-name display. Also, after about a half-hour of trying out a few games, I noticed that my eyes were starting to hurt, and my girlfriend walked by and remarked, "How can you stand it? It's so bright, I can only look at it for two seconds before I have to look away!"I then went to TFT Central, where I read a very thorough review of this monitor. They mentioned that the monitor comes factory pre-set at 100% brightness, with a luminance of 300 cd/m2, which they said was far too bright. They recommended setting the brightness down to 18%, which would bring the luminance to 121 cd/m2, which they consider... 5/5 Mark Lahren (Bismarck, North Dakota USA) - See all my reviews, May 23, 2013
    List Price: $1,229.00
    27-Inch Wide Super IPS LED monitor
    Slim Bezel for multi-monitor applications
    Full ergonomics (pivot, height, tilt, swivel)
    178 / 178 super wide viewing angles
    2560x1440 High Resolution Display


  • ViewSonic

    Viewsonic VP2365-LED 23-Inch Wide e-IPS LED Monitor (Black)

    Personal Computer (ViewSonic)

    Rating (112 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    ViewSonic

    Perfect and a bargain

    I'm a Prime customer, and needed a replacement right away, so I got the monitor overnight for just 3.99 extra. The monitor arrived in perfect shape, and upon turning it on, there were no dead pixels at all -- First A+. The unit was very easy to calibrate using Spyder 3 Express, although the colors were pretty close right out of the box -- Second A+. IPS panels are wonderful, and I could never go back to the cheap panels where you have to be within 3 or 4 inches of a certain seating position to see a full screen image without dimming or color change. Now I can slump back in my chair and relax, and the screen image doesn't change -- Third A+. I use the monitor for Photoshop CS5 work, along with Qimage Ultimate, the great printing software that becomes indispensable along with a fine monitor such as this. I can get an image just right, then print with Qimage Ultimate managing the colors, and I already know exactly how the print will look. A calibrated monitor like this one is... 5/5 Robert - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Viewsonic VP2365-LED 23-Inch Wide e-IPS LED Monitor (Black) (Personal Computers) I'm a Prime customer, and needed a replacement right away, so I got the monitor overnight for just 3.99 extra. The monitor arrived in perfect shape, and upon turning it on, there were no dead pixels at all -- First A+. The unit was very easy to calibrate using Spyder 3 Express, although the colors were pretty close right out of the box -- Second A+. IPS panels are wonderful, and I could never go back to the cheap panels where you have to be within 3 or 4 inches of a certain seating position to see a full screen image without dimming or color change. Now I can slump back in my chair and relax, and the screen image doesn't change -- Third A+. I use the monitor for Photoshop CS5 work, along with Qimage Ultimate, the great printing software that becomes indispensable along with a fine monitor such as this. I can get an image just right, then print with Qimage Ultimate managing the colors, and I already know exactly how the print will look. A calibrated monitor like this one is... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 16, 2011

    IPS monitor for a reasonable price

    0 5/5 James P. Garin - See all my reviews, March 13, 2012

    First LED Monitor, Never Going Back

    While this is not my first IPS monitor, this is my first monitor with LED back lighting. This monitor is replacing a, now fairly ancient, NEC Mitsubishi IPS monitor that I had been holding onto due to its excellent picture. All good things must come to an end however, and I decided I wanted the real estate that widescreen offered. Yes, it was that old. Six and a half years if you must know. Don't mess with tried and true.I was originally looking at this monitor's predecessor, when Amazon notified me there was a newer model available. While I usually disregard this notice, having already ended up on the product I wanted due to looking for particular specifications, I threw my normal caution to the wind and looked at this model. The only glaring difference? LED back lighting. I had heard mixed reviews about the performance and was a bit wary. The predecessor also had reviews mentioning instability in the stand unless you removed the rotating base.Once again, I... 5/5 Paul Tilly "d52" (Waipahu, Hawaii) - See all my reviews, March 4, 2012
    List Price: $460.00
    Full ergonomics with pivot, height, tilt, swivel
    1920x1080 (1080p) Full HD Resolution
    23" (23.0" Vis.) Widescreen IPS LED monitor
    Slim Bezel for multi-monitor applications, 4-port USB hub
    178/178 degree super wide viewing angles


  • ViewSonic

    Viewsonic VP2765-LED 27-Inch Wide AMVA LED Monitor

    Personal Computer (ViewSonic)

    Rating (112 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    ViewSonic

    Perfect and a bargain

    I'm a Prime customer, and needed a replacement right away, so I got the monitor overnight for just 3.99 extra. The monitor arrived in perfect shape, and upon turning it on, there were no dead pixels at all -- First A+. The unit was very easy to calibrate using Spyder 3 Express, although the colors were pretty close right out of the box -- Second A+. IPS panels are wonderful, and I could never go back to the cheap panels where you have to be within 3 or 4 inches of a certain seating position to see a full screen image without dimming or color change. Now I can slump back in my chair and relax, and the screen image doesn't change -- Third A+. I use the monitor for Photoshop CS5 work, along with Qimage Ultimate, the great printing software that becomes indispensable along with a fine monitor such as this. I can get an image just right, then print with Qimage Ultimate managing the colors, and I already know exactly how the print will look. A calibrated monitor like this one is... 5/5 Robert - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Viewsonic VP2365-LED 23-Inch Wide e-IPS LED Monitor (Black) (Personal Computers) I'm a Prime customer, and needed a replacement right away, so I got the monitor overnight for just 3.99 extra. The monitor arrived in perfect shape, and upon turning it on, there were no dead pixels at all -- First A+. The unit was very easy to calibrate using Spyder 3 Express, although the colors were pretty close right out of the box -- Second A+. IPS panels are wonderful, and I could never go back to the cheap panels where you have to be within 3 or 4 inches of a certain seating position to see a full screen image without dimming or color change. Now I can slump back in my chair and relax, and the screen image doesn't change -- Third A+. I use the monitor for Photoshop CS5 work, along with Qimage Ultimate, the great printing software that becomes indispensable along with a fine monitor such as this. I can get an image just right, then print with Qimage Ultimate managing the colors, and I already know exactly how the print will look. A calibrated monitor like this one is... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 16, 2011

    IPS monitor for a reasonable price

    0 5/5 James P. Garin - See all my reviews, March 13, 2012

    First LED Monitor, Never Going Back

    While this is not my first IPS monitor, this is my first monitor with LED back lighting. This monitor is replacing a, now fairly ancient, NEC Mitsubishi IPS monitor that I had been holding onto due to its excellent picture. All good things must come to an end however, and I decided I wanted the real estate that widescreen offered. Yes, it was that old. Six and a half years if you must know. Don't mess with tried and true.I was originally looking at this monitor's predecessor, when Amazon notified me there was a newer model available. While I usually disregard this notice, having already ended up on the product I wanted due to looking for particular specifications, I threw my normal caution to the wind and looked at this model. The only glaring difference? LED back lighting. I had heard mixed reviews about the performance and was a bit wary. The predecessor also had reviews mentioning instability in the stand unless you removed the rotating base.Once again, I... 5/5 Paul Tilly "d52" (Waipahu, Hawaii) - See all my reviews, March 4, 2012
    List Price: $768.00
    1920x1080 (1080p) Full HD Resolution
    178/178 degree super wide viewing angles
    27" (27" Vis.) Wide AMVA LED monitor
    Slim Bezel for multi-monitor applications, 4-port USB hub
    Full ergonomics with pivot, height, tilt, swivel


  • Olympus

    Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Black)

    Photography (Olympus)

    Rating (254 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Olympus

    Be honest about your priorities before you buy a camera

    I've had the camera for a few days now, have been going out each afternoon experimenting with it, and so far I'm very happy with the purchase. But I think there's a lot of personal taste involved in buying any expensive camera, and you should try out several cameras "live" before buying this or any other one. I'm not going to repeat the pros and cons listed in other reviews - by and large I think others have done a good job pointing those out. I'm probably the target market - I was looking seriously at a Canon G11 or a Lumix LX3 before deciding to plonk down a bit more cash for this. I am happy with this camera because my priorities are:- small size: I hike a lot, and want a light camera that will happily go in my backpack with lunch. DSLR's were just a little too too bulky for my taste. I really like the size of the camera, was willing to pay a bit extra for it. At some point I will probably spring for the 17mm "pancake" lens to trim it down even more. But when I have... 4/5 Paul Bianchi - See all my reviews, March 17, 2010

    Alot of camera in a small package and smaller price tag

    0 5/5 Mario Antoine (Kansas City Missouri) - See all my reviews, March 24, 2010

    A Nice Camera But A Bit of A Mixed Bag

    What do you get when you take Olympus PEN and mix it with a stripper (Of course I mean someone who strips features from a camera). You get the E-PL1 camera which is a little bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand you have one of the best versions of the m4/3 sensor to date. From what I have read it is better than both the E-P1 and E-P2 sensors. It is hard to tell the difference at normal screen and printing resolutions and I take a picture at its whole and don't pixel peep so I cannot verify that. What I can say is this camera is capable of producing world class images. Additionally, this camera has the Olympus JPEG engine which is regarded in the business as one of the best. This camera is also relatively small and light and includes a fill flash. Additionally, it has image stabilization (IS) built into the camera. It is not pocketable and the size of this camera has more to do with the lens that it is wearing then the actual camera itself.On the other hand, you... 4/5 shuTTL3bus "shuTTL3bus @gmail .com" (United States) - See all my reviews, March 9, 2010
    List Price: $499.00
    Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens; features built-in flash
    2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
    Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens; features built-in flash
    12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format
    Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new "Direct Button" for easy recording
    Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new "Direct Button" for easy recording
    2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
    12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format
    New Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)
    New Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)


  • Olympus

    Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Slate Blue)

    Photography (Olympus)

    Rating (254 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Olympus

    Be honest about your priorities before you buy a camera

    I've had the camera for a few days now, have been going out each afternoon experimenting with it, and so far I'm very happy with the purchase. But I think there's a lot of personal taste involved in buying any expensive camera, and you should try out several cameras "live" before buying this or any other one. I'm not going to repeat the pros and cons listed in other reviews - by and large I think others have done a good job pointing those out. I'm probably the target market - I was looking seriously at a Canon G11 or a Lumix LX3 before deciding to plonk down a bit more cash for this. I am happy with this camera because my priorities are:- small size: I hike a lot, and want a light camera that will happily go in my backpack with lunch. DSLR's were just a little too too bulky for my taste. I really like the size of the camera, was willing to pay a bit extra for it. At some point I will probably spring for the 17mm "pancake" lens to trim it down even more. But when I have... 4/5 Paul Bianchi - See all my reviews, March 17, 2010

    Alot of camera in a small package and smaller price tag

    0 5/5 Mario Antoine (Kansas City Missouri) - See all my reviews, March 24, 2010

    A Nice Camera But A Bit of A Mixed Bag

    What do you get when you take Olympus PEN and mix it with a stripper (Of course I mean someone who strips features from a camera). You get the E-PL1 camera which is a little bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand you have one of the best versions of the m4/3 sensor to date. From what I have read it is better than both the E-P1 and E-P2 sensors. It is hard to tell the difference at normal screen and printing resolutions and I take a picture at its whole and don't pixel peep so I cannot verify that. What I can say is this camera is capable of producing world class images. Additionally, this camera has the Olympus JPEG engine which is regarded in the business as one of the best. This camera is also relatively small and light and includes a fill flash. Additionally, it has image stabilization (IS) built into the camera. It is not pocketable and the size of this camera has more to do with the lens that it is wearing then the actual camera itself.On the other hand, you... 4/5 shuTTL3bus "shuTTL3bus @gmail .com" (United States) - See all my reviews, March 9, 2010
    List Price: $499.00
    New Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)
    Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new "Direct Button" for easy recording
    2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
    Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens; features built-in flash
    12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format


  • Olympus

    OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera (Black camera body)

    Photography (Olympus)

    Rating (47 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Olympus

    Resurrect your manual focus lenses

    If you have manual focus lenses from your SLR days, this is currently the best deal on a camera body to bring those lenses back to life. There are inexpensive adapters for using lots of SLR lens types, and some old rangefinder lens types, with Micro Four Thirds cameras such as this one. With your old lens mounted, just set the camera mode to A for aperture priority, set the aperture on the lens to your desired f-stop, and the camera will automatically adjust the shutter and ISO for a good exposure. Manually focusing your lens is made easier because the viewfinder can magnify the subject you're focusing on.Moreover, the camera has in-body image stabilization, so the sensor compensates for camera shake. You just choose your lens's focal length from a menu, and the camera will permit slower shutter speeds without blur. Other camera lines put their image stabilization in their lenses, but the Olympus PENs have it in the body, so it can be used with any lens you mount on the... 5/5 Rico (College Park, Maryland) - See all my reviews This review is from: OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera (Black camera body) (Electronics) If you have manual focus lenses from your SLR days, this is currently the best deal on a camera body to bring those lenses back to life. There are inexpensive adapters for using lots of SLR lens types, and some old rangefinder lens types, with Micro Four Thirds cameras such as this one. With your old lens mounted, just set the camera mode to A for aperture priority, set the aperture on the lens to your desired f-stop, and the camera will automatically adjust the shutter and ISO for a good exposure. Manually focusing your lens is made easier because the viewfinder can magnify the subject you're focusing on.Moreover, the camera has in-body image stabilization, so the sensor compensates for camera shake. You just choose your lens's focal length from a menu, and the camera will permit slower shutter speeds without blur. Other camera lines put their image stabilization in their lenses, but the Olympus PENs have it in the body, so it can be used with any lens you mount on the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 16, 2012

    Deal of the century

    -This is the steal of the century. Don't pass up the little camera.I was originally looking to spend about $1500 for a DSLR. I've had film SLR's and a nice DSLR before. But they were always to bulky and heavy. That always bothered me. So I rarely lugged them around as much as I would have liked. A lot of missed opportunities. Kind of pointless if the camera is not there for the shot. I ended up getting some of my best shots with my little point and shoot. Because it was always there. But the quality of the shot took a hit. And I didn't have the control over the shot I really desired. I sold my last DSLR a long time ago because of the size and weight. And did without. But I always had a longing for better quality photos.I narrowed it down to what I wanted. But I just couldn't pull the trigger. It was a lot of money for that DSLR. Although a little smaller now and lighter I just knew it wasn't going to be enough. I worried it would end up sitting at... 5/5 Todd CK - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera (Black camera body) (Electronics) -This is the steal of the century. Don't pass up the little camera.I was originally looking to spend about $1500 for a DSLR. I've had film SLR's and a nice DSLR before. But they were always to bulky and heavy. That always bothered me. So I rarely lugged them around as much as I would have liked. A lot of missed opportunities. Kind of pointless if the camera is not there for the shot. I ended up getting some of my best shots with my little point and shoot. Because it was always there. But the quality of the shot took a hit. And I didn't have the control over the shot I really desired. I sold my last DSLR a long time ago because of the size and weight. And did without. But I always had a longing for better quality photos.I narrowed it down to what I wanted. But I just couldn't pull the trigger. It was a lot of money for that DSLR. Although a little smaller now and lighter I just knew it wasn't going to be enough. I worried it would end up sitting at... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 21, 2012

    Cool little camera

    0 4/5 James Bond "jamesbond1999" - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera (Black camera body) (Electronics) Recently purchased this at $149.95 from Cameta Camera via Amazon.Since a lens is not included at this price, I've only used it so far with an old canon lens and adapter. Eventually I will get a couple of micro 4/3 lenses, but for now it works like a charm. The pictures turn out nice and manual focusing is not a problem (even without a viewfinder). I personally found it simple to use and intuitive (buttons, menu).It does not come in a retail box, but in a white box. Everything is included (battery, charger, instruction booklets in english, french, and spanish, software CD, strap, and USB cable). I did not have to install the software in order to download picturs via the USB cable (I use windows XP). The camera is made in China. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 14, 2012
    List Price: $649.99
    2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
    Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new "Direct Button" for easy recording
    Body only; lenses sold separately
    12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format
    New Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)


  • Olympus

    Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Champagne Silver)

    Photography (Olympus)

    Rating (254 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Olympus

    Be honest about your priorities before you buy a camera

    I've had the camera for a few days now, have been going out each afternoon experimenting with it, and so far I'm very happy with the purchase. But I think there's a lot of personal taste involved in buying any expensive camera, and you should try out several cameras "live" before buying this or any other one. I'm not going to repeat the pros and cons listed in other reviews - by and large I think others have done a good job pointing those out. I'm probably the target market - I was looking seriously at a Canon G11 or a Lumix LX3 before deciding to plonk down a bit more cash for this. I am happy with this camera because my priorities are:- small size: I hike a lot, and want a light camera that will happily go in my backpack with lunch. DSLR's were just a little too too bulky for my taste. I really like the size of the camera, was willing to pay a bit extra for it. At some point I will probably spring for the 17mm "pancake" lens to trim it down even more. But when I have... 4/5 Paul Bianchi - See all my reviews, March 17, 2010

    Alot of camera in a small package and smaller price tag

    0 5/5 Mario Antoine (Kansas City Missouri) - See all my reviews, March 24, 2010

    A Nice Camera But A Bit of A Mixed Bag

    What do you get when you take Olympus PEN and mix it with a stripper (Of course I mean someone who strips features from a camera). You get the E-PL1 camera which is a little bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand you have one of the best versions of the m4/3 sensor to date. From what I have read it is better than both the E-P1 and E-P2 sensors. It is hard to tell the difference at normal screen and printing resolutions and I take a picture at its whole and don't pixel peep so I cannot verify that. What I can say is this camera is capable of producing world class images. Additionally, this camera has the Olympus JPEG engine which is regarded in the business as one of the best. This camera is also relatively small and light and includes a fill flash. Additionally, it has image stabilization (IS) built into the camera. It is not pocketable and the size of this camera has more to do with the lens that it is wearing then the actual camera itself.On the other hand, you... 4/5 shuTTL3bus "shuTTL3bus @gmail .com" (United States) - See all my reviews, March 9, 2010
    List Price: $499.00
    2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with Live View function; Continuous Autofocus (C-AF) tracking system
    12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera; Micro Four Thirds format
    Live Guide interface simplifies great photography; capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)
    Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens; features built-in flash
    Capture HD video with high-quality audio; new "Direct Button" for easy recording


  • Sony

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Brown)

    Photography (Sony)

    Rating (147 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Sony

    Sony Cyber-Shot T90 vs Canon Power Shot SD780IS

    Before I conducted this side by side comparison, I purchased and returned the Olympus Tough 6000, Casio EX FC-100 and Casio Exilim EX-S10. The Olympus took awful pictures. The S10 was just blah - no real feature improvements of the Exilim 5MP I have now. The FC-100 was just too big.So yes, I am picky! I wanted a small, sexy, functioning, easy to use, superior camera. I was torn between the Canon Powershot 780IS and Sony Cyber-Shot T90. I visited with both at a retail store and was still undecided - besides Amazon prices were much cheaper. I ordered both and did a side by side comparison in my home. The Canon went back - sorry Powershot.Here's the scoop. Just for base leveling - I just like to take good pictures of my dogs and garden and husband and just life. I'm not a professional. I mostly post my pictures facebook or email - very rarely do I print.Both cameras were sexy and small. Both were hefty and felt solid. Both require you remove the... 5/5 Kimmy (Bainbridge Island, WA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Silver) (Electronics) Before I conducted this side by side comparison, I purchased and returned the Olympus Tough 6000, Casio EX FC-100 and Casio Exilim EX-S10. The Olympus took awful pictures. The S10 was just blah - no real feature improvements of the Exilim 5MP I have now. The FC-100 was just too big.So yes, I am picky! I wanted a small, sexy, functioning, easy to use, superior camera. I was torn between the Canon Powershot 780IS and Sony Cyber-Shot T90. I visited with both at a retail store and was still undecided - besides Amazon prices were much cheaper. I ordered both and did a side by side comparison in my home. The Canon went back - sorry Powershot.Here's the scoop. Just for base leveling - I just like to take good pictures of my dogs and garden and husband and just life. I'm not a professional. I mostly post my pictures facebook or email - very rarely do I print.Both cameras were sexy and small. Both were hefty and felt solid. Both require you remove the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 2, 2009

    Let me take a moment to gush over my T90

    I've had this camera since Tuesday and it's Friday and I'm still amazed. I've spent hours trying to learn my way around the menu, taking pictures, recording videos. I previously owned the Sony W150, but I upgraded for something much smaller. I've used the Panasonic Lumix and I've tried different Canon cameras, but the T90 takes the cake. This camera is sleek! The black casing is sexy :). I've tried all the Rec modes, except landscape. I still need to try the 6 scene selection modes. Overall, The photos are beautiful. The intelligent scene recognition mode is truly amazing. I tried to simulate several scenes in my living room/ kitchen with the windows open or closed, lights on or off. The camera was able to clearly identify the scene, backlight, or even when I simply desired to take a macro shot of my fingers to see all the wrinkles(unbelievable what scene recognition does)! As of now, I am happy and I have no regrets with my purchase. The battery does not last as long as my Sony W150,... 5/5 D. Campbell (Florida) - See all my reviews, May 1, 2009

    I have big cameras for great shots, but I needed a small camera that could still get great shots.

    In short, I love travel. I always have at least two cameras with me. But I needed a camera for those times that I didn't want to look like a tourist, but I still wanted great photos. You know, those dress-up events and such. Or even those wonderful photo oportunities that you may stumble upon. This camera covered the need precisely. It has some features that even my larger cameras don't have like Face Detection. My only real advice to anyone who buys the camera is that you ALWAYS use the hand strap. This is a tiny camera that has a touch sensive screen with many buttons on the camera's edges. So you have to gingerly hold it and it may slip from such a grip. Otherwise, this is a GREAT camera that can fit into a pocket. But do get the Sony brand carry case. You can use it or leave it behind. But always store the camera in this case to protect the viewscreen. And be very aware to keep the lens over the flash clean. Any "gunk" over this screen can be heated up by the flash... 5/5 Tony Ramos "NewLondon" (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews, November 1, 2009
    720p high-definition movie capture; HDMI compatible
    3.0-inch LCD (230k) touch-screen display
    4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
    12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
    11MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)



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