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Like many people, my everyday carry items revolve largely around work: the things I need for my daily commute or the items that help me perform my job more effectively. I spend a lot of time writing and researching, so I need items that facilitate both. Plus, my time on the subway isn’t inconsequential or without challenges, so I need gear to help me along the way. To get me through it all, here...
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When you think of cameras with a cult following, the Ricoh GR series instantly comes to mind. And with the newest generation—the Ricoh GR III—this advanced point-and-shoot is ready to take on a mainstream audience. While the camera has the name “III,” it is, in fact, the 14th GR-series camera,...
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A quality smartwatch is a great addition to anyone’s everyday carry (EDC) inventory. It helps you thrive, stay connected, and stay on track. Whether you need a personal assistant, personal trainer, or both, a good smartwatch will help. Here are five of our current favorites. Apple Watch Series 4 The original Apple Watch was a true revelation, inviting us to reimagine what was possible from a...
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Do you need a computer anymore? Many people today can take care of 99% of their computing tasks on a phone or tablet while getting a serious bonus in terms of size and usability. It’s easy to see why tablets are now being...
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If you’re in the New York City area (and maybe even if you’re not), you’ve heard about the, let’s say, “issues” commuters have had with the busiest commuter rail system in North America: The Long Island Railroad (LIRR). There’s a reason Twitter accounts have handles like “heLLIRR_Rider” and such. Well, guess what? I’m one of those commuters. Faced with the prospect of daily delays, cancellations...
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In this video, Doug Guerra lugs the new LG UltraWide 5K 49" Monitor back to his apartment for an in-depth, hands-on review. Join Guerra on his quest to discover whether this one ultra-wide monitor can replace his own traditional two-monitor setup. Spoiler Alert: It can. To see how and get...
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Out to capture on-the-go video and want to shoot smooth footage without toting a tripod? Take a look at the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam, Sony’s top-of-the-line 4K consumer camcorder. Here are a few thoughts after taking the AX53 out for a quick spin recently, with an emphasis on the handheld...
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Early in my career I took a job as a one-man studio photographer for a Swedish toy company called Creative Playthings. There were two camera systems I was required to know–a 35mm Nikon F system and a medium-format Hasselblad system. I knew the Nikon system inside out. I lied about the Hasselblads—I had never touched one, and I spent my first day figuring out how to use it. The job lasted two...
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Being a writer/photographer around here means that on any given day I could be attending meetings and writing, heading out to take photos of, or with, the latest gear, or even shoot an editing video for social media or the Web. This means being prepared for anything. Unfortunately, since I live in Connecticut, I do not want to drag along anything that I don’t need or that will weigh me down. I...
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Overall, the Microsoft Surface Headphones are a great pair of everyday-carry headphones that rival the most popular cans on the market—with a price point to match. The design is sleek, the control functions kind of brilliant, and, as far as sound performance goes,...
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Whether you do it for a living or just for fun, podcasting shouldn’t require a truckload of gear. If producing podcasts is something you do regularly, whenever you darn well please, or only in dreams, you should be able to achieve great results with a short list of wisely chosen essentials. So, let’s talk essentials, those things that qualify for a podcaster’s everyday carry kit. The Microphone...
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Fluidity is the key to my everyday carry (EDC). Besides my day job as a writer and photographer here at B&H Photo Video, I also teach sailing on the Hudson River, do freelance commercial architectural photography, teach college photography, commute to Manhattan from Brooklyn by bicycle, and ride commuter trains to Rhode Island on weekends. While my bicycle pannier has its own EDC items (...
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In 1989, Motorola released what is considered by many to be the world’s first commercial flip phone, the MicroTAC 9800x. Featuring the now iconic “flip” design—i.e., a foldable, clamshell body—the MicroTAC 9800x challenged conventional standards of mobile phone design and helped pave the way for decades of innovative engineering. Now, thirty years later, a new wave of foldable phones has arrived...
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Upon first glance, the Profoto Connect Wireless Transmitter seems deceptively simple. When I was given a unit to test, it melded into the hot shoe of my Sony a7RII almost too seamlessly—a far cry from the unwanted bulk added by...
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One thing I've learned over the years is that when it comes to Voigtländer lenses, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Voigtländer's new 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspheric lens, which I had the pleasure of road testing, is no exception....
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