Cameras are tools – nothing more, nothing less. They enable us to capture the images of Nature that so motivated Thoreau and his writing. Like all tools, the results are dependent upon the competency of the user. The "eye" of the photographer is an essential element in the production of a great photograph: there are many wondrous photos that have been taken with Box Brownies; equally there are literally thousands of lousy photographs taken with a Nikon D3 (you only have to search the web to confirm the veracity of that). The tools do not maketh the photographer.

However, it would be wrong to extrapolate from that and infer that good tools do not help good photographers. Of course they do. They can make the capture of the image the photographer has in mind easier, or – in some cases – simply possible. Just as Nigel Kennedy sounds better with a Stradivarius, when used as a means to an end, good photographic tools can help us too.

Hence, the concern and interest expressed on this site about the attributes of various cameras and how they may help us "enhance the beauty of the landscape" as Thoreau urged us to do.

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Canon 5D Mark II: I haven’t been without a Canon SLR camera for well over 30 years. Sure, there were times when I wondered whether I’d backed the right horse. And, in the days before digital, it had essentially become a two-horse race: Pentax had lost their way; Yashica/Contax were simply lost; and Minolta were going their own way, which proved to be up a dead end. Read more...
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Leica D-Lux 3 vs Canon G9: When´┐╝ it comes to point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras offering manual control and able to provide access to the RAW files, the field is a rather limited one. Two of the most promising are the Leica D-Lux 3 (essentially the same as the Panasonic LX2 with the addition of a red dot and some pretty trivial software tweaks) and the Canon G9. Read more...
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Four-thirds Sensors and the Problem of Exposure: Digital photography has brought with it many advantages, but in general there are two related areas from the film days that have been compromised in the move to a world of ones and zeros: dynamic range and exposure latitude. Read more...
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Olympus E-3: Initial Impressions: Step up to the plate: an Olympus E-3. Sporting a sensor only half the size of the 5D Mark II and a relatively paltry 10 megapixels, it has something that other four-thirds cameras do not: probably the best weather sealing on the market (of any camera), a brilliantly fast autofocus system, and a decidedly large viewfinder. Read more...
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Point and Shoot Cameras (P&S) versus DSLRs: Like many, I have been patiently searching – oftentimes, impatiently waiting – for a small, carry everywhere camera that can deliver great image quality. I’ve looked at most of the likely contenders, principally those from Canon, Panasonic and Leica. Read more...
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The Sigma DP1: Back to the Future: Let’s get this established from the start: this set of first impressions is NOT about image quality (IQ). The jury is no longer out when it comes to the quality of images produced by the DP1 Read more...