Why telephotos rule for portraits

If you’re keen on shooting portraits, then for the very best results you need to invest in lenses with pulling power.

WHILE THERE ARE countless focal lengths on offer to digital SLR photographers, ask any specialising in portraiture the type of lens they prefer and the answer is almost always, without exception, either a prime like a 50mm or 85mm, or a telezoom like the 70-200mm f/2.8. The reason for this is simple — these types of lenses have characteristics that are perfect for shooting stunning portraits.

One of the main reasons for using lenses with a telephoto coverage is

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The Walther PPQM2

If gun manufacturers produced commercials to appear on any of the major networks, Walther’s ad for their PPQ M2 would look like a Lexus commercial. A trusting, deep baritone voice would speak of classic lines, ergonomics, performance, form, function, beauty and even art. Indeed this gun to a true firearm enthusiast is a piece of modern engineering art, for how it balances in the hand and shoots as much as for its appearance.

I wish this gun had been around a few years ago when I was busy filming segments for a gun retailer’s website during the SHOT Show, the

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Want to try 5×4 but put off by the high cost of film? Tim Daly shows you how to use home-made paper negatives in a hybrid analogue/digital workflow.

Forget lens de focusing gadgets and software blurring trickery, the only way to really mess about with planes of sharpness is to use a 5×4 camera.

The field camera is the simplest kind of 5×4, designed for use on location rather than the more delicate studio monorail type, and can be frequently found on internet auctions sites for less than you’d pay for a Lensbaby.

Folding out of a clever box housing,


Rebecca Wood

Outdoor Women Unlimited

In the eight years since she founded Outdoor Women Unlimited (OWU), Rebecca Wood has watched her organization grow from a single outdoor skills class, held in central Alabama in 2005, to a group 5,000 women strong and stretching over 38 states. OWU teaches women many outdoors skills— archery, camp cooking and kayaking to name but a few—but the shooting sports have become, in many ways, the center of the group’s activities. Wood, 58, is a mother of two adult children, a high school biology teacher and an avid shooter and hunter herself. Last season, she took her

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6. Fused Connections.

The Panasonic GF6 may be entry-level, but it has the latest in terms of connectivity and features.

Just a year after the introduction of the GF5, Panasonic has announced the LUMIX DMC-GF6. With the introduction of this camera one can see a clear-cut effort from Panasonic to make a very strong base in the entry-level mirrorless segment. The 16.05MP GF6 has a lot of interesting technology that it borrows from the G6, including WiFi connectivity and NFC.


Product Categorisation

We first segregate products into categories for the purpose of equitability in testing. The DSLR is divided into

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P for Peerless

A new chapter for the Olympus pen.

Before Olympus introduced the OM-D line of interchangeable- lens compacts, its Pen series cameras were the flagship Micro Four Thirds bodies. Now, the new 16.1MP Pen E-P5—with its metal chassis, 1/8000-second top shutter speed, tilting LCD, five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, and built-in Wi-Fi — presents a compelling fingerless alternative to the highly acclaimed (and a bit long in the tooth) OM-D E-M5.

While the Pen E-P5 lacks the OM-D’s extensive weather-sealing and lovely electronic viewfinder, we appreciated the small size, especially when using it with its petite 17mm f/1.8 kit lens (the camera

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Announced at the same time as the PEN E-P5, the VF-4 is the latest in a line of attachable electronic view-finders (EVF) for the Olympus PEN range and XZ-2 (while it’ll also attach to some Leicas).

While some photographers will be quite happy with the rear screen for composition, the shooting style of a camera with a viewfinder is much more pleasurable, and using the VF-4 with the E-P5, it really enhanced our shooting experience.

The specification even eclipses the EVF on the OM-D, with an impressive resolution of 2.36m dots and a tilting mechanism of up to 90° for

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Nikon 1 S1

The new CSC on the block promises to be a winner with beginners and advanced users alike

The most striking thing about this interchangeable lens camera is how much it resembles a compact point-and-shoot. Its small, lightweight body and lack of fiddly controls mean that it’s not at all intimidating, and yet there are plenty of advanced controls hiding on board.

However, rather than having a dedicated dial for these, you have to press Menu and select Shooting Mode, and then choose between P/A/S/M, Advanced Movie, Best Moment Capture and Motion Snapshot. Other options such as White Balance and ISO

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More talk about ways of protection and maintenance of herd of wild reindeer in our country took place in Dudinka on the first interdepartmental scientific-production meeting. On it, in particular, presentations were made on the first production experience shooting deer in the wild water crossings in the Yakut ASSR and the Taimyr Autonomous District. In autumn 1970 the experiment was repeated on the Taimyr Peninsula. These works have been caused by the following circumstances.

As you know, Taimyr population of wild reindeer — the largest in our country. The number of its growing every year. Based on data from the

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Revolvers for shooting grenade

Fighting in Chechnya in 1994-1996 revealed a clear lack of density of the fire relatively small assault teams at short distances. Niche between hand grenades, methane maximum of 30-40 meters, and automatic heavy grenade launchers AGS-17 "Flame", Sending the charges at a distance of 500 to 1700 meters, it turned out to be empty. It required a new weapon to assault actions undertaken without first fire support against small groups of the enemy who had no serious or entrenched defensive positions in urban areas.

By the way, these weapons have had in South Africa. The long-term fight against the rebels

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