Zooming In On The Latest Crop Of Cameras

With its picture-postcard splendor, the Grand Canyon has been the subject of

many spectacular photographs. Yet the canyon's panoramic scope often yields images that are ho-hum, if not downright wretched, when taken by unschooled shutterbugs using mediocre equipment. So it was that a pair of colleagues and I--not an Ansel Adams among us--set out to do photographic justice to the South Rim. Our mission: to test informally some of the camera gear that may be on shopping lists this season.

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