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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.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 13, 2022  |  0 comments

The 27-ounce 90mm f/1.5 manual focus lens from Mitakon Zhongyi Optics is a handful of glass, that’s for sure. We reviewed the Speedmaster on a full-frame Sony mirrorless body and formed some strong opinions. Read on…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 06, 2022  |  0 comments

If you grew up in America, your idea of an electrical wall outlet is a flat rectangle with two receptacles where one can plug in the cord from a lamp, toaster or other 110-volt gizmo. Here are five products that may change that mental image forever.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 29, 2022  |  1 comments

Freezing rain is falling, your tomcat is suing you for royalties from the YouTube videos he starred in, and every bird in the city boycotts your feeder because of your snoopy telephoto lens. Cheer up! We all have those days when we feel like f/16 in an f/1.4 world. But there’s always something to take pictures of—and it often can be found as close as our own kitchen.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 22, 2022  |  0 comments

When we reviewed the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Ultra-Zoom Lens in Sony APS-C mirrorless mount, we were truly impressed that a long-reach zoom that small (< 5 inches) had such outstanding IQ, focused to 5.9 inches and cost less than $700. But I must confess that all the while, I was eagerly awaiting the Fujifilm X version of this beauty. I finally landed a sample, and here’s what happened.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 15, 2022  |  0 comments

WotanCraft has established themselves as a top-tier brand that offers unique and desirable camera bags, photo backpacks, bicycle bags, business/everyday carry bags and premium watch straps. The WotanCraft Trooper combines outstanding styling with useful features and highly durable build quality.

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