Photo Accessory Reviews

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Ron Leach  |  Jul 10, 2024  |  0 comments

Most experienced photographers rarely shoot without a lens hood for several important reasons, whether they're photographing indoors or out. These affordable accessories not only protect the front element of a lens from damage, but they also improve image quality in a number of ways.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 28, 2024  |  0 comments

Featuring thick, vegetable-tanned leather and the amazing tensile strength of seven-strand nylon parachute rope, WotanCraft Paracord X leather neck straps and wrist straps are available with traditional split ring or Peak Design Anchor Lock fasteners and are as attractive as they are practical. With a style that harkens back to their military inspiration, they add another dimension to WotanCraft's already extensive line of beautifully designed photo accessories.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 14, 2024  |  0 comments

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra is exceptionally compact and offered in five capacities up to 6TB. Prices start at $69 and performance is superb. Everyone needs more hard drive space; here's yours.

Our new Choosing Wisely series aims to deliver concise, summarized information about products we think you'll like. You can read what Choosing Wisely wrote about this extraordinarily compact WD external hard drive here.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 07, 2024  |  0 comments

If you're searching for an affordable short telephoto prime with impressive autofocus performance, excellent image quality, a fast maximum aperture, and other key attributes, this quick video review is for you. In fact, respected photographer Mark Weimels insists that "the Yongnuo 85mm f/1.8 is the sharpest budget lens ever made."

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 17, 2024  |  0 comments

A 100mm f/2.8 full-frame lens that produces bokeh that looks like soap bubbles? Sign us up! But does the bokeh really look like suds?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 10, 2024  |  0 comments

Cameras come and go, but Lensbaby lenses are timeless. They add dynamic energy to ordinary photos and empower creatives to express unique visualizations. I can think of more than 101 reasons to use a Lensbaby, but I'll share just five big ones.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 03, 2024  |  0 comments

The Domke PhoTOGS Vest is incredibly functional and versatile. It has room for just about anything you could possibly need on a photo trek (except a large tripod, of course). I'm talking lenses, backup compact camera, light meter, H2O, lunch, bear spray, pens, business cards—more room than I have stuff.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 05, 2024  |  0 comments

There's nothing more aggravating than capturing what you thought was a great shot, only to discover upon close evaluation that the image isn't critically sharp. There are a variety of reasons that this may occur, and we've discussed many of these in the past, but the video below explores a couple other causes worthy of consideration.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 29, 2024  |  0 comments

Who can resist the sumptuous appeal of a finely-crafted, genuine leather bag? Combined with elegant styling and superb workmanship, the common camera sling can be elevated to an explicit work of art, an everlasting leather heirloom, even. GRAMS(28), a Hong Kong-based leather goods brand, offers the 172 Camera Sling, a gorgeous and roomy camera shoulder bag that delivers on these potentials. That said, some questionable construction decisions may mar its appeal to ardent photographers. Hear me out…

Ron Leach  |  Dec 20, 2023  |  0 comments

It's not often that you can learn five powerful pro tips for two genres of photography in barely four minutes, but that's exactly what you'll find in this tutorial from our friends at the B&H Photo Video instructional YouTube channel.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 24, 2023  |  0 comments

Experience the thrill of precisely and accurately editing photos and other graphic creations directly on the actual image as it's displayed on the new Wacom One 13 Touch 13.3-inch screen using a battery-free, pressure sensitive Wacom digital pen. The Wacom One 13 Touch is easy to use, affordable and enormous fun—here is our hands-on REVIEW.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 17, 2023  |  0 comments

So, your camera is weather-resistant, great! Is your lens? And just exactly how weatherproof is it? Don't risk triggering an expensive repair—or turning your camera into a brick. The affordable RucPac Camera Rain Cover protects cameras and most lenses from rain, snow and dust, and it can save your bacon. This is a great (and thoughtful) holiday gift for the photographer in your life.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 11, 2023  |  0 comments

If you're a landscape photographer who strives to capture great images in the camera, rather than resorting to post-processing, the quick tutorial below is just what you need. In barely 10 minutes you'll learn what an accomplished pro says are the three lens filters you need, and how to use them.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 03, 2023  |  0 comments

3 Legged Thing just introduced their 2023 lineup of monopods, and Shutterbug had a chance to evaluate the model of our choice several weeks in advance. Here's why the 3 Legged Thing "Taylor 2.0" works for us.