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Here are some new products I’ll be field-testing while in Costa Rica:

Promaster T525P 4-section Carbon Fiber tripod
LowePro Flipside 400 Backpack
Hoya HD Circular Polarizing Filter
UV/IR Cut Filter
RPS Studio Mini Softbox Diffuser

Look for these reviews and of course photos from the trip in the coming weeks here at Lighting the Way.

When we return, we will also be catching up on many loose ends that have been left here on the forum:

Completing multi-part articles, finally posting our film vs. digital test from last year and really shifting our online store into full gear.

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In short – yes.  But, there are of course details to follow…

The Panasonic G1 in Bold Red

The Panasonic G1 in Bold Red

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The Nikon Coolpix P6000

The Nikon Coolpix P6000

Perhaps…it is another Nikon Coolpix underachiever, in certain respects.  But I can leave you rest assured it is not a total loss. (more…)

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This morning Panasonic released firmware v1.2 for the LX-3.
Issues addressed are:

1. Improved white balance flash mode setting when DMW-FL220 is connected.
2. Proper setting of shutter speed on iA mode and Scene mode when OIS is turned ON.
3. Proper Exif information in the JPEG picture file.

You can download the firmware directly from Panasonic here.

You can also read my hands-on review of the LX-3 here.

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Panasonic LX-3 (aka Leica D-Lux 4)

Panasonic LX-3 (aka Leica D-Lux 4)

Over New Year’s Eve I had the opportunity to take a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 out and about with us for a night on the town. The particular details of the evening would be a bit verbose for our purposes here, so we’ll just cut to the chase and start talking about my experience with this camera. There were a couple of features that attracted me to the Panasonic LX-3. First, it has a an extrermely wide angle lens for a camera of its class. Most point and shoot digitals have a 38mm wide lens, some have a 28mm, but very, very few have anything wider than that. The LX-3 has a 24mm wide angle lens, with a 2.5x zoom which brings it focal length out to roughly 60mm. Second, the f/stop on the lens is quite remarkable for a camera of its type, opening up to a maximum of f/2.0 when at its widest angle. Third, the LX-3 offers a pop-up flash which is far more effective for red-eye reduction than any flash built directly into the body. I also fashioned a custom diffusion dome for this flash which can be seen further below in this review. Last, and certainly not least, the LX-3 offers the RAW file format as one of the options for image recording format. This provides distinct advantages to point & shoots that do not offer this, as white balancing, noise reduction, and sharpening can become very problematic if left to the automated image processing systems within the cameras. Read the full story below. (more…)

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For those of you who are wondering if I magically obtained a test unit of the Canon 5D replacement model the answer is, sadly – no.  My hands-on field report for the original Canon 5D does admittedly come three years too late, but we can use this as an opportunity to review and reflect upon the ‘old 5D’ and look forward to hopefully all of the wonderful things the new camera model will be loaded with.  Please consider any faults outlined below about the 5D a guide for hopes of what they will fix in the new model.  My sample images scattered throughout this article have only gone through basic RAW processing.  None have been manipulated in Photoshop. (more…)

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