If you just bought your first dSLR, you likely need several other things: a new lens (most likely), a large external flash, and a tripod. The Bogen 3169D Tripod System ($200) pairs the absolutely wonderful 3130 micro fluid video head with quick release with a solid 3001D Tripod to create a stable base for your video and photo shooting. The quick release system allows for quick changing of cameras when needed so you can turn that photo shoot into a video.
Sony has finally crashed the D-SLR (digital single lens reflex) party with the new Alpha DSLR-A100. The 10.2-megapixel camera packs in the features — it offers a new Dynamic Range Optimizer for great picture quality, high-speed Bionz image processing, and high light sensitivity (up to ISO 1600) and Super SteadyShot image stabilization to stop those blurry photo blues. The DSLR-A100 has also got anti-dust features to keep the camera's CCD image sensor
clean, eye-start auto focus, a 2.5-inch LCD,
and JPEG and RAW file format support.
The DSLR-A100 camera body ($900) and
the DSLR-A100K kit ($1,000), which
includes the camera body along with an
18-70mm lens, will be available next month.
Taking kick-ass pictures isn't just about having the most mega-pixels — there is a oft-forgotten component that can really make a difference in your nighttime pics: the flash. We've been using the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight Flash ($330) for a few weeks now and it really makes a difference. Not only does its range whomp on most anemic built-in flashes, but the ability to bounce the flash, use color filters, and wirelessly trigger the unit for fill flash has opened up a whole new realm of photography for us. Try out the repeated flash (in one exposure) feature — the strobe-like effects are really amazing.