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Filter Buying Guide – Manufacturers – The Different Systems

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Manufacturers… What kind of systems are there? There are many different manufacturers that design different systems for their drop in filter lines. Different mounts allow you to use multiple filters in conjunction with each other and many other features makes your lens more adaptable to their system. Although some features may be unique to each manufacturer, the generic size of filter systems are 4”x4” (100mmx100mm) and 4”x6” (100mmx150mm).  The 4”x6” are designed for graduated filters so you have more control of where the gradation falls in your image.  Other sizes are available for smaller lenses like 75mmx75mm. The design of…

Filter Buying Guide – Filter Types – What You Need to Know

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Filter Types… What can filters do to enhance your image? Clear Technically this is not a filter since it doesn’t do anything to change the light or colour but it does provide some essential benefits. Using a clear filter on your lens will help protect it from scratches, fingerprints, and dust. If by chance you happen to drop the lens, the filter should offer the camera lens some measure of protection. For an inexpensive piece of glass, you could be saving a lot of repair costs. Clear Filters » UV or Ultra-Violet One step up from the clear filter is…

Filter Buying Guide – What They Are & Why You Should Use Them

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Introduction… What are filters? You own the perfect lens and create stunning images, is it possible to make those pictures even more wonderful?  You might find the answer to this by using a filter.  Filters are accessories that are added to the front of your lens that emphasize, eliminate, or change the colour density of the image.  Typically made out of glass, resin, or polyester, the transparency of the material allows for correction of light or colour balance.  Want a special effect?  Many filters are designed to add bursts of colour, soften edges and make light sources sparkle. Attaching these…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Glossary of Additional Features

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Glossary of Additional Features Many camcorders come with a number of additional features designed to provide a smooth and effortless shooting process. Chances are, no one camcorder includes all the features listed in our glossary below. The key is finding a model with the features you’ll use for your own type of videography. Auto Slow Shutter Function – Ensures perfect exposure in low light by lowering your shutter speed. This will cause some interesting motion effects as well. AVCHD – A new format for hard disk recording which makes use of a special compression formula that retains excellent colour, detail and crisp…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Key Features

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Key Features It stands to reason that every quality improvement involved in the construction of a camcorder will impact on its price. Listed below are some of the main features that factor into both price and quality. Resolution A higher resolution means there are more pixels capturing information, which means higher quality images. The CCD or CMOS image processor or chip (see below) converts a visual image into an electric signal which the processor converts to digital information. Generally, the larger the CCD or CMOS, the greater the price and resolution of the image – although the power of the…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Recording Media

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Recording Media One significant way to categorize camcorders is by the way they capture images. Not long ago, video was available in “analogue” or “linear” format only. You captured images on tape, and then in the process of editing, copied selected scenes on to more tape. Image resolution went down with each generation – one reason why many old home videos seem to suffer in quality when viewed today. Digital has changed it all. Today almost all formats are digital, meaning even the most basic camcorder delivers good quality. From MiniDV tape to DVD to tapeless Hard Disk Drive, the…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Introduction to Video Cameras

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Introduction The Home video camcorder has come a long way in a short time. From the large and often unwieldy VHS camcorders that were popular into the 1990’s, video has experienced a revolution. Digitization and miniaturization are just two of radical changes that have made video cameras more affordable, easier to use – and much higher in quality. No matter what level of videographer you are, or plan to become, this is an excellent time to step into the medium – or step up to a higher level. From lens to battery pack, CCD to LCD, and MiniDV to 24p,…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Photography Style

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Your Photography Style… What kind of subjects do you shoot most often? Now that you understand the main components that make up a great digital camera, determining your photographic style will also help you narrow down which features you need. Sports Fan Whether you follow the Maple Leafs or your child’s baseball team, shooting fast moving players can cause a lot of blur if you don’t have the right camera. To capture the play in just the right moment, consider the camera’s shutter speed, zoom capabilities, continuous drive, and sports mode. The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Extra Features

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Extra Features… More things to consider Movie Mode Most digital cameras have a movie function built into the camera. A common video size is 640×480 at 30 frames per second, lower resolution than DVD quality. However, this handy feature allows you to take impromptu video of family and friends and distribute them on a website or through email. Many of these cameras have a microphone that allows you to record sound as well. Continuous Drive With fast moving objects, it is sometimes ideal to take multiple frames in rapid succession to capture the exact moment desired.  The continuous drive of…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Features – What to Look for

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Features… What should you look for? Every few months or so, a new camera is introduced to the market that makes your buying decision even harder!  With so many models to choose from, it’s hard to know the essential features to look for. So be prepared to experience camera envy after you’ve purchased your camera. Hopefully with smart buying choices, you will buy a camera for its true features instead of the bells and whistles that you will have no use for in the future. What you actually need versus what you think you need Let’s take a moment to…

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