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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 28, 2022  |  0 comments

Nikon introduced a compact mirrorless camera styled after the legendary Nikon FM2 film camera of yore. It packs a DX (APS-C size) sensor and comes bundled with a compact 16-50mm zoom at a very agreeable price. After several extended weeks of shooting, we offer this review.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Creative photographers use special effects camera filters to produce unique images and videos that make us wonder, “How did they do that?” The Black Pro-Mist filter from Tiffen is a screw-in filter that delivers results that cannot be created consistently using any other method. The Tiffen Black Pro-Mist filter…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 13, 2022  |  0 comments

Leica just introduced the Leica M11, a 60-megapixel digital rangefinder camera that leads the coveted M-Series Leica cameras into all-new technological territory. Shutterbug had the opportunity to use a preproduction model for a couple weeks before the wraps came off. This review includes some example photos of a $2 million McLaren Senna LM.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 07, 2022  |  0 comments

Want to kick the New Year off right? Do the five things on this list and vanquish some nasty surprises that may be lurking in the calendar ahead.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 31, 2021  |  0 comments

Lucky Camera Straps are handmade in Australia to fit you and the individual way you carry your camera. The new Quick Release System is the fastest we’ve seen yet, and is reinforced with cut and abrasion-resistant Dyneema webbing.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 24, 2021  |  0 comments

Got a new camera? Great feeling, no? Here are 10 camera accessories to enhance your photography pleasure. A few of them are downright necessities.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 17, 2021  |  0 comments

Need a portable drive for those massive files you’re making as a content creator? Or perhaps a reliable backup drive to sidestep disaster when your computer melts like a Marshmallow Peep in a 1500W microwave? Two or three big names dominate the external hard drive offerings at online retailers, and it’s tempting to just pick one with the size and price that appeals the most. Here’s a better plan: the Mercury Elite Pro Mini Portable Drive from OWC, a company that’s been providing computer gear for professionals for 33 years.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 10, 2021  |  0 comments

Remarkable new design makes the PGYTECH OneMo Camera Bag extremely useful for all occasions. Compact, splashproof (IPX4) and drone-friendly, it also has a very friendly price.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments

Like many obsessive hobbies, photography has its share of widely-believed falsehoods. We’ve all been guilty of repeating some fiction, partly because many of the fables are so damn believable. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these myths from a new angle.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 26, 2021  |  0 comments

Time to hit the Reset Button and put your notions of Image Quality on Pause. In our everyday lives as photographers we prize sharpness, saturation, acutance and absence of aberration when we idealize the images we want to capture. Now it’s time to recognize that images that are blurred, smeared, warped and otherwise traumatized can be beautiful.

Lensbaby lenses produce images that are intentionally unsharp, because optical aberrations can be beautiful. In a word, a Lensbaby turns blur into bliss.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom for Sony E (Model A036) won the prestigious EISA Award for 2018-19 and is highly regarded as a fast, sharp option for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. Three years on, Tamron announces the G2 (second generation) Model A063 with the same zoom range and aperture.

What’s been improved? We look at the two zooms side-by-side with a critical eye.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 12, 2021  |  0 comments

When does a camera bag become a burden? The instant you find yourself thinking, “I don’t think I’ll drag this big thing along next time.” The bags in this trio can be worn from a belt, slung over the shoulder or stuffed into a larger pack to organize the cargo. And despite their petite size they hold a lot. In today’s world of smaller cameras and lenses, a snug bag may be just what you’re looking for.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 05, 2021  |  0 comments

Vanguard is an international company that sells camera bags and photo backpacks, high quality tripods, binoculars/sporting optics and an assortment of camera accessories. The Vanguard VEO Range 36M Messenger Photo Bag is just one of the many camera carrying solutions they offer. 

How does the VEO Range 36M compare with other products in its price range? And how have they managed to differentiate themselves in this congested and aggressive product category?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 31, 2021  |  0 comments

DxO just announced PhotoLab5 and FilmPack 6, and we had the chance to explore the software for a few weeks before the release. PhotoLab5 is more than just an incremental upgrade over the previous version. For the first time ever, DxO PhotoLab supports Fujifilm X-Trans sensors (but requires purchase of FilmPack 6 to apply Fujifilm Film Simulations).

FilmPack 6 is hugely exciting – it’s the first upgrade to the DxO FilmPack series since 2015. In FilmPack 6, DxO introduces an intriguing new feature they call “Time Machine.” Here’s a careful look at this new approach to creative image editing.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 29, 2021  |  0 comments

Tamron just announced the 18-300mm (27-450mm equivalent) zoom for Sony and Fujifilm cameras. It’s Tamron’s first lens in Fujifilm X-mount and their 15th for Sony mirrorless (counting both full-frame and APS-C camera models). Measuring less than 5 inches long, focusing closer than 6 inches and selling for $699, there’s a lot to like. Here’s our hands-on review of the 18-300mm in Sony mount complete with several sample images.

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