Stan Trzoniec

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jun 06, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 2 comments
Out of all the telephoto focal lengths, the 400mm is my favorite, so I looked forward to Canon’s updated 400mm f/2.8L. At about $11,499 list price (slightly less on searched street prices) it’s for those who absolutely need a fast, fixed focal length lens in their still and/or video work, and that’s work that pays well.
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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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According to a recent survey, there are still over 140 million film cameras in use within the boundaries of the US. No doubt that digital has taken the world by storm, but is there still a sizable market out there for the dedicated film shooter? Looking at the recent introduction of an improved version of the...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

Ever since I started in photography I was enthralled with the virtues of good, clean available light photographs. After high school my graduation present was a Heiland Pentax complete with an f/2 lens. Combining that with Tri-X film--then rated...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: May 01, 2009 1 comments

The arrival of the new Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens was a case of perfect timing as within a few days I’d be on the road for a couple of weeks photographing the abundance of wildlife at the Blackwater Refuge.

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Traveling today with a digital camera is certainly an enjoyable experience. If we are not careful in the field, however, at the end of the day we wind up with too many images and nowhere to place them. You can carry extra CompactFlash cards, but that can be expensive and you have to back them up anyway as you go. In addition, today's high-resolution digital SLRs, like my...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Sep 09, 2011 Published: Aug 01, 2011 2 comments
With the availability of sky-high ISOs on digital cameras and VR on slower lenses, some have argued that it’s not practical or economical to work with fast, prime lenses anymore. On the other hand, lenses like the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED (list: $2200) and 50mm f/1.4G (list: $485) serve a distinct purpose for not only the obvious low-light advantages but also for the very, very shallow depth of field they can deliver.
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Stan Trzoniec Posted: May 16, 2012 Published: Apr 01, 2012 2 comments
There are two general classifications of lenses that define how you use them in the field—zooms and single focal length, the former being a variable focal length lens that has many convenient advantages, and the latter being a single focal length that, in the group we’re covering here, is what’s known as a “fast” lens. Fast doesn’t mean that it focuses quicker than its zoom cousins, though it might—it usually means that it offers a wide maximum aperture, anywhere from f/1.2 to f/2.8, and that aperture stays put, unlike some zooms where the aperture varies by going narrower as you zoom into longer focal lengths. And to help refine the group we’re covering here we’re also topping out the focal length at 50mm, which makes these lenses prime for street and low-light photography, candid and photojournalism work.
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Stan Trzoniec Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Being a gear head at heart, I'm not really happy unless my backpack is overflowing with neat photo equipment. However, while most of the photo gear used in the field is apparent and readily available, there are some lesser-known products that seem to earn their keep fast. Some are for very specific shooting situations or environments while others never seem to be used until...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

There are many accessories that not only make life pleasurable in the field, but also add greatly to the picture-taking experience. Here are some of my favorites, most of which go with me depending on what my course of action might be:
First on my list is a good, heavy-duty, but light to carry tripod. My choice for comfort and support is a carbon-fiber model. Two actually, one of which...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

When it comes to long lenses and related gear, a new age has dawned. Wildlife, sports, and even landscape photographers can now enjoy the convenience of stabilized lenses to shoot handheld with longer lenses at slower shutter speeds. The result is sharper images overall, especially in low-light situations. Another advantage is that you can easily add extension tubes...

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