Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens The 70-200mm focal length has been the standard tele-zoom choice for many years, offering near normal to a good tele range that suits many practical purposes. Yet, quite a few stock-in-trade 70-200mm lenses had been slow or lost significant aperture as soon as you left the shortest zoom setting, making them a real challenge for handheld, low-light, or even max focal length shooting.
Wear Your D-SLR Stress-Free The conventional camera strap does the job, but with some gear can put considerable strain on the neck, tempting you to hang your camera from the shoulder, where it may slip off or invite thieves. Like a good backpack, today’s ergonomically designed camera-carrying systems largely relieve that stress and throw in some extras in the bargain. New age straps feature a more comfortable neck/shoulder pad than found on conventional neck straps, so you’ll still be comfortable hours later, and often with a quick-release mechanism to rapidly detach the camera when the need arises.
Roundup Rokinon recently introduced their 16mm T2.2 Cine lens, a wide-angle lens for D-SLR and mirrorless cameras in both APS-C and Micro Four Thirds formats. With its fast maximum aperture, the lens allows for an impressive range of depth of field and with its smooth operating manual focus, it offers high sharpness and clarity. It features de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility that is ideal for video. It uses 13 optical elements in 11 groups with two aspherical lenses.
Digital Innovations Shortly after I moved into my former home, there was a knock at the door. Standing in front of me was an 8-year-old girl who lived down the street. “I’m selling note cards,” she told me, “I made the pictures.” A second look showed subjects a kid might shoot but others demonstrated that she was thinking about the photographs before making them. I bought several note cards and asked about her camera, which turned out to be borrowed. With her grandmother’s permission I gave her an old, unused digital point-and-shoot.
Talking Pictures Rick Sammon’s first comment when I asked about this picture was, “The best time to take a night picture is not at night.”
Book Excerpt The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes is from world-renowned photographer Art Wolfe and writer and photo editor Martha Hill, with Tim Grey.
Cold Comfort Chances are you won’t be photographing in the negative numbers of extreme cold that Layne Kennedy often encounters—we’re talking -15 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Personal Project A few years ago I was reorganizing a closet and discovered cardboard boxes tucked into a dark corner. Much to my surprise, I found dress boxes and shoeboxes filled with photographs from the 1940s and early ’50s.
FUJIFILM X-E2 FUJIFILM announced the new X-E2, a premium interchangeable lens camera featuring the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor.
Fotodiox Fotodiox has announced the availability of its next generation LED light panels; the Fotodiox LED-312D, LED-312DS, and LED-1024AL.
Collectible Auction The Revival Auction Company will offer 66 lots of Leica, Nikon, and other collectibles on December 28, 2013. The Urban Spirograph will be the featured item.
NOTICE! The subscription department of the company that owns Shutterbug has alerted me that an unauthorized telemarketer has illegally obtained a small portion of our subscriber file and has been attempting to contact some subscribers for unsolicited renewals and payment of invoices.
Some weddings take place in obviously gorgeous surroundings. But it's not always obvious how to take advantage of the settings. Also, it's not easy to get to those backgrounds at the time of day when the light is just right. You simply have to...
Once upon a time, photographers
stored their work in "shoebox" museums, tucked away under
a bed or wedged into the corner of a closet where they lay out of sight
and unrecognized. Then came the Internet andp...
How would you like to get a really good image manipulation program for free? I'm not talking about the ubiquitous Mac OS freeware program, NIH Image 1.61, that can be downloaded from www.shareware.com...
In our travels through the
land of photography we spend a fair amount of our time talking with
folks who spend a fair amount of their time in darkrooms. And each one
has a list of darkroom essentials--no, not enlargers...
Ah, the Omega D2. Every time I walk into my darkroom and see my own well-worn enlarger my mind flashes back to my college days, where the university had about 30 D2s working hard every day. Many long hours spent putting together my first black and white...
They recognize him, the eagles.
Not all of them, of course, but enough of them so that he can get close...and
closer still. "I learned that eagles can recognize a face for
over 20 years," John Pezzenti,J...
"I used to consider myself a surgeon, a medical inventor, and a photographer, in that order," Dr. Elliot Kornberg says. "Now I consider myself an inventor, a photographer, and a surgeon. Ultimately I want to be a photographer-inventor-surgeon."...
Here I go again dating myself, but I remember going through packs of Kodak Athena, a double-weight contact paper with a lovely brown-black image. Actually, the tone varied daily from warm to neutral depending upon the condition of my fledgling technique...
How do we get ideas? This is a question man has asked since the time of the great Greek philosophers, Aristotle and Plato. The answer differs from person to person, from culture to culture, and from idea to idea. I don't claim to know the answer, but as a digital...