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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Admit it. You’ve always wanted a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens. For many professional and enthusiastic amateur photographers, it’s the backbone of their lens arsenal. Here’s a great candidate if you’re ready to take the plunge.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments

By definition, backpacks are worn—on the back usually—although sometimes they’re just slung over one shoulder or carried by the haul handle. Right? Well, forget that thinking for a moment and let’s explore the Viato photo backpack from Belgian sport optics brand Kite Optics. You wear it, yes, but so does your tripod. Let me explain.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 31, 2019  |  0 comments

Warm things to think about while the tip of your nose freezes and falls off.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  0 comments

What I don’t know would fill a 300TB hard drive, that’s for sure. But I thought I had a pretty good handle on Exposure X4 from Alien Skin. I’ve been using Exposure in its progressive incarnations for a long time, so I was really surprised to learn that it has powers I never knew.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 17, 2019  |  0 comments

These days anyone can shoot videos with their smartphone. But can anyone stand to watch them? Too many spontaneously spawned vids shake like a belly dancer on uppers. Here are three surefire ways to hit the brakes on the shakes and improve the quality of your personal small-format movies.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  1 comments

Photojournalist as conquering hero and Hollywood glamour photographer as sleazebag, TV and radio shows from the recent past portray cameramen as predictable-but-likable stereotypes. Thanks to YouTube and SiriusXM we can still enjoy the exploits of these 1950s photogs.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 03, 2019  |  0 comments

If you do any photo editing, you’ve probably heard about the collection of plugin filters called Nik. The package has been around for close to 15 years, and now it’s in the DxO barn so we can be confident that it will remain compatible and relevant for years to come.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  0 comments

All are limited time offers, so buy now or cry later. We found savings on Lensbaby, Sigma, Tamron, Fujifilm X-A3 and a few more.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Sigma’s new 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports zoom lens delivers in a big way. Among all lenses that reach 600mm it has the greatest zoom range at 10X. This potent professional tool has a few surprise features, too.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Never heard of Edelkrone, right? Well, write this name down because you’ll really like the camera support accessories they manufacture.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 06, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s the sad story of the photographer whose talent outmatched his equipment, set to music and sung to the tune of Jingle Bells.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 29, 2018  |  0 comments

The year-end holidays mark a joyous time for picture taking, photo sharing and gift giving. Here’s a list of photo gift ideas that range from $10 to $49.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Looking for great holiday photo gifts that are affordable and sure to be appreciated? Here’s our lineup of sub-$50 swag.  From prints to printers, from pillows to penholders, we’ve prepared a panoply of photo presents you’ll be positively proud to proffer—or possess.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Well, the birds are queuing up in the backyard and you know what that means. Three calling birds, four French hens and two turtle doves—or is it four calling birds? They won’t stand still so it’s hard to count. And no one knows where in hell the partridge went. She was last seen talking to a couple turkeys who were all paranoid about some big feast that’s supposed to be happening soon. Anyway, you do know what this means, right? Time for our intrepid list of holiday photo gifts that cost less than $100.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 08, 2018  |  0 comments

Recently Cecilia, manufacturer of luxurious leather neck straps, wrist straps and other leather accessories, launched an impressive lineup of leather and leather-trimmed canvas camera backpacks and messenger bags. Available in chestnut or black leather, and water resistant charcoal cotton canvas with chestnut leather details, these are beautiful, durable and practical, and would be a very memorable holiday gift for someone you love or yourself.

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