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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 24, 2020  |  0 comments

Photo gear doorbusters, deep discounts on cameras, lens sales, special pricing on photo accessories and camera bag deals, big savings on zooms, markdowns on tripods, photo price reductions, lens instant rebates – no matter what they’re called, they’re the sirens’ songs that catch your ear and direct your hand toward your wallet. And why not? In November and December 2020 around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, photographers can save some serious coin on cameras, lenses, tripods, flash and memory cards – not to mention photo bags and backpacks, filters, books, microphones, monitors and computers.

We’ve sorted out the lists of holiday specials and sales we’ve received this fall and highlighted the very best from each manufacturer. Want to save some big dough on a camera or lens? Read on…

Ron Leach  |  Nov 10, 2020  |  0 comments

Most photographers are familiar with the popular narrative that shooting in Manual Mode delivers better, or at least more predictable, results. Unfortunately, many folks hesitate to turn their camera’s mode dial to “M” because they think Manual Mode is too complicated.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 05, 2020  |  0 comments

Few things are as exciting as using a brand new lens for the first time. To photographers, a new lens is like an empty canvas to an artist, or a fresh storyline to a novelist. Fortunately, despite the unsettled tenor of the world situation, 2020 has witnessed an outstanding and diverse collection of exceptional lenses.

Shutterbug once again worked with EISA, the world’s largest independent collection of magazines and websites focusing on consumer electronics, to select the ten best lenses of 2020. Here are our choices. As a voting member of EISA, Shutterbug helped choose these outstanding lenses, which we feel are the best you can buy right now.

Our choices for the ten best lenses you can buy in 2020 run the gamut from super wideangle to super telephoto, and one thing is certain: not one of them will disappoint you. So, take a look at our choices for the ten best lenses of 2020 below (with links to where you can purchase them) and find something amazing to start shooting with today.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 19, 2020  |  0 comments

Ready to up your game with a premium DSLR but don't want to pay a premium price for a new camera? Here’s a look at 5 of our favorite used DSLRs offered by MPB, the global giant that deals exclusively in used camera gear. Why buy used? Better value, better gear, better photos.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 25, 2020  |  0 comments

2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. The one thing that has stayed steady in an unsteady world though has been the variety of quality cameras that have come out in the past 12 months. This year Shutterbug once again worked with EISA, the world's largest independent collection of magazines and websites focusing on consumer electronics, to select the ten best cameras of 2020.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 04, 2020  |  0 comments

You don’t have to be planning a trip to Mount Fuji or a hike through the Adirondacks during the Geminids Meteor Shower to have genuine need for a travel tripod. Their defining characteristics—small size, light weight, easy to deploy—make travel tripods perhaps the most versatile tools in your kit.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 28, 2020  |  0 comments

Selfie Sticks predate the smartphone by several years. But it wasn’t until all mobile telephones adopted the (more or less) same thin, flat, rectangular shape that universal selfie holders could flourish. Here we look at five great ways to hold your phone in the best position for self-portraits, steady video clips, vlogging or Zoom.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 14, 2020  |  0 comments

Relax; no one is trying to convince you to switch your photo software. We found five fun and powerful digital image editors that range in price from FREE to $99. One of them might help you produce something entirely new. So even if you already have a favorite, you’ll be glad you took a look at these creative options.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 07, 2020  |  0 comments

We love lenses, especially lenses we can buy at a loveable price. Here are five lenses that are high quality and inexpensive.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 20, 2020  |  0 comments

People everywhere are discovering they have a talent for photography. Cellphone snaps can take them only so far, though. So they ask us to recommend a good beginner camera. Although the question is more complex than it seems, the good news is there are tons of outstanding cameras available at a wide range of prices and features from starter to stellar. Here are five first-class choices.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 03, 2020  |  0 comments

We are amazed by the wide variety and overall affordability of the camera cases and bags that have earned their place among the Best Sellers on the Amazon website. All have been rated at 5 (or 4.5) stars by purchasers, and they cover a broad array of purposes—from Drone to DSLR. So we’ve selected a cross-section—all priced under $30—to represent the collection.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 13, 2020  |  0 comments

Yes, there’s still time. Celebrate Father’s Day with a fun photography gift for less than $20. If Social Distancing keeps you from visiting Dad, have the gift shipped directly to his house for a special, cheerful surprise.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 08, 2020  |  0 comments

Mother’s Day is just hours away. If you haven’t come up with a gift idea by now, we may very well be your last hope. Here’s a potpourri of products and services that covers a wide range of mommy-types and is respectful of Social Distancing. And don’t forget that all of these suggestions apply equally to Father’s Day, Graduation celebrations, birthdays and self-indulgence.

Jason Schneider  |  Mar 30, 2020  |  0 comments

We pick a selection of class glass for photographers focused on capturing fabulous faces.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments

When it’s cold outside, our bodies know it. If you’re like me, the agony travels from your fingers to your toes and from your ears to your nose. In that order. Warm boots, hats and earmuffs are not obstacles to creativity, but how can you use a camera with gloves on? To find out, read on…

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