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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 05, 2022  |  0 comments

Is it an all-new category of camera conveyance products? More chubby than a sling and less bulky than most photo backpacks, the HEX Ranger DSLR Sling XL offers 15L of storage and an intriguing design.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 29, 2022  |  0 comments

Today I received a Happy Anniversary wish from Peak Design. No, this has nothing to do with wedding bells—apparently it’s the anniversary of one of my purchases of meticulously engineered Peak Design photo products. Naturally, they expressed their hope that I’m “…still loving it…” Then they boldly stated, “But if that's not the case, let's do something about it.” Now, THAT got my attention!

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 22, 2022  |  1 comments

Sigma offers a series of seven compact prime lenses in their Contemporary lineup ranging from 20mm f2 to 90mm f2.8 that they designate as the I Series. Compatible with Sony E and Leica L mount systems, the lenses feature predominately metal construction, superb build quality and a high class look of a higher priced optic. They feel good in the hand and deliver outstanding results.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 15, 2022  |  0 comments

You will never be sorry that you took your monopod along on your photo trek. There aren’t many photo accessories that can make that claim. If you don’t own a monopod, you should know that prices begin at less than $25 but many pros consider them priceless.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 08, 2022  |  0 comments

Whether your kiddos are heading off to college, high school or doggedly pursuing their doctoral thesis, help them document each semester as they develop into fine young men and women and define their lives. Here are three cameras that will serve them well, are quite affordable, and have enough features that they can continue using them for many years to come.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 01, 2022  |  0 comments

Sony offers a wide assortment of excellent optics for their popular mirrorless full-frame and APS-C cameras, but so do other high quality lens manufacturers, including the three we identify here. Sometimes adding the “just right” glass to your lens arsenal gives you a whole new way to look at things.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 24, 2022  |  0 comments

Making an avoidable mistake can cost you a great shot, your precious inner tranquility, and sometimes cold cash. Everyone blunders now and again; missteps are an integral part of the trial-and-error method of learning (which I have always maintained is the best way to learn photography at the deepest level). But there are a few goofs that I hope I’ve learned to steer clear of.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 15, 2022  |  0 comments

The Nik Collection of eight uber-creative plugins has been updated to version 5 with significant enhancements to Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex, plus the addition of DxO ClearView, in a sweeping upgrade that now includes DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL Edition and is available from DxO Labs starting today for the inflation-fighting price of $149.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 14, 2022  |  0 comments

 

Today, Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom Classic gained video editing tools, significant improvements to the Preset functions, AI-driven red-eye correction capability and other enhancements. Similarly, the Discover sharing feature was bolstered with new remix options.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 10, 2022  |  0 comments

Just in time for Father’s Day, a trio of tees that are certain to please.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 03, 2022  |  2 comments

If you are using the shoulder strap that came with your mirrorless or DSLR camera, you’re wearing a billboard for the manufacturer. At best it attracts unneeded attention. At worst it alerts snatch artists and other miscreants. Time to switch!

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 31, 2022  |  0 comments

The long awaited and fiercely rumored replacement for the Fujifilm X-H1 has been announced, along with two new Fujinon zoom lenses. The Fujifilm X-H2S is an APS-C format mirrorless camera that features Fujifilm’s all-new 26.16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HS stacked BSI imaging sensor. The also-new X-Processor 5 empowers enhanced autofocus, 7-stop image stabilization, high-speed burst photography and significantly improved video performance.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 27, 2022  |  0 comments

If you never use a tripod, there are a few photographic techniques you’re not using. Why miss big chunks of the fun?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Modern cameras have excellent AE (Automatic Exposure) features, so users can get great shots without thinking much about what’s happening under the hood. The light meter, of course, is built-in and somewhat autocratic—and therein lies the rub.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 17, 2022  |  0 comments

Vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, strawberry—how does one decide? Some people prefer one over another; that’s what makes this world go round. Taking a scoop of this analogy into the world of camera bags, the Niko 3.0 Camera Sling Bag from Chrome is pistachio ripple. In other words, some people are going to love it, and others will like it but not name it their favorite. Dig in and decide for yourself.

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