Essential Items for Travelling Photographers

These days more and more people are leaving their film cameras behind when they travel and taking a digital camera. However, just as in the old days, the type of camera and the peripherals you carry can make a big difference to the types of pictures you take, how easy it is to take them, and the resulting images. It may also influence certain other aspects of your trip. In this feature we will consider some of the photographic choices travellers must make and provide some pointers on the benefits and liabilities of different types of equipment.

Digital Camera Battery Performance

After studying a range of specifications for digital cameras currently on the market, it would seem that the majority specify 4xAA cells (i.e., 6 volts) as the power source. Some cameras suggest the optional use of rechargeable cells such as four Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) cells, or four Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) cells. Each of these cells has a nominal voltage of 1.2 volts, so a pack of four would supply 4.8 volts. Rechargeable cells would certainly be more economic in the long term, and more convenient.

Canon EOS 550D versus 60D

Letter to ed: I read both your reviews on the Canon EOS 550D and the Canon EOS 60D. At the moment I’m in doubt between these two bodies. My lens of choice will be the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.

Choosing an A3 Printer

This article looks at the criteria digital photographers should use when selecting a printer for pictures they wish to display. Some criteria apply to both colour and monochrome prints, while others are specific to colour or B&W. Which criteria are the most important will depend to some extent on the photographer’s personal taste. Some photographers judge print quality by looking at the tonal range in the image, while others look for bright, vibrant colours and deep, rich blacks. Many photographers suffer from budget restrictions and, although they might like the top-of-the-range model, have to ‘make do’ with a lower-featured unit that may not be so well built. To help you decide which printer to buy, we have outlined a set of criteria that you should examine. It’s up to you to prioritise those criteria in their order of importance.

Camera Bags and Cases

A good camera bag is one of the best forms of insurance you can buy for your camera equipment. Whether you need a compact camera pouch for your slimline digicam or a professional bag to hold DSLR bodies and lenses plus accessories, choosing the ideal bag can be a daunting exercise. In this feature we look at the issues you should take into account when selecting a camera bag.

Buying Guide: Memory Cards

This articles gives tips and advice on choosing and using flash memory cards. The internal memories in digicams can only store a few high-resolution image files, so a separate memory card is always required. New camera buyers should purchase at least a 1GB memory card with their camera. It’s a small investment; at the time of writing you could buy a 1GB CF or SD card for less than $30.