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May 23, 2016 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm Image Gallery

Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm Image Gallery It’s always a pleasure to begin a new Zeiss review.  Zeiss lenses have that intangible “it factor” for me, from the beautiful construction with its vintage manual focus sensibilities to the always unique and beautiful image quality.  I enjoy reviewing them, and the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm […]

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May 19, 2016 Canon EOS 80D Review

No Paper Tiger Canon is what you might call a “conservative innovator”. I read a lot of virtual ink spilled over a lack of innovation on Canon’s part with people lamenting all the ways where Canon is falling behind. And truth be told, whenever Canon and one of its competitors releases a camera body at […]

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May 12, 2016 Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART Review

Utterly Unique Sigma has become the company that pushes the envelope of what is viable in maximum aperture lenses. They have put larger maximum apertures than what was historically possible (or at least feasible) in a number of lenses, from zoom lenses (18-35mm f/1.8, 24-35mm f/2 for full frame) to focal lengths (20mm f/1.4).  I’ve […]

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May 9, 2016 Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Review

The One We’ve Been Waiting For? Tamron made a splash last year when they announced and then released the 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 VC lenses in their new line of SP (Super Performance) primes.  The photography community is programmed to think of prime lenses with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 as budget lenses, but the […]

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May 4, 2016 Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Review

Batman’s Lens of Choice? As soon as I took this lens out of the box I knew that it represented a departure for Canon in more than just its internal focus system. The lens explores a whole new look for Canon’s budget glass, with a black on black finish without the adornment of any contrasting […]

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May 4, 2016 Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Image Gallery

Multi-Purpose and High Speed Canon has released a new lens to be sold in kit with the brand new Canon 80D that is packing a number of new tricks up its nearly matte black sleeves.  The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM features a new Nano USM focus system that blows away anything we’ve seen […]

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April 29, 2016 Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Image Gallery

A Virtuoso? There was definitely some excitement when Tamron released first the 35mm f/1.8 VC and 45mm f/1.8 VC prime lenses, which they then followed with the 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC lens.  But probably the biggest stir of anticipation has been in advance of the new Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens.  […]

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April 28, 2016 Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Review

Check me out on:  Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : More Like This, Please! I’ve lamented Canon’s lack of support for their mirrorless EF-M mount, but the truth of the matter is their crop sensor EF-S mount has received an equal amount of disdain. Until […]

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April 26, 2016 Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Image Gallery

Small but Deadly Canon’s little EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is an incredible little weapon for your APS-C (crop sensor) arsenal.  It is less than inch long but is one of Canon’s sharpest EF-S lenses (second only to the excellent EF-S 60mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens).  Highly portable, fast and accurately focusing, and with a reasonable […]

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April 25, 2016 Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART Image Gallery

Check me out on:  Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : Sigma’s New Heavy Hitter Sigma has made a reputation for itself by pushing the envelope in large aperture lens design.  I reviewed the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 ART a little over a year ago, and, while […]

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April 23, 2016 Night Pro Vision 120F + 120R Rechargeable Cycle Lights

Night Pro Vision Line 120F and 120R Rechargeable LED Headlights/Taillights This is the time of year when I pull out my bike and start getting out on the road.  While I don’t know if I could be labelled an “avid cyclist”, it is certainly a sport that I enjoy and do fairly frequently.  Much like […]

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April 13, 2016 August EP636 Bluetooth NFC Headphones Review

Check me out on:  Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : Style and Sound on a Budget Design: The moment I pulled the EP636s out my whole family (from age 8 to 42) instantly wanted a pair. My nearly-teenage daughter announced that she was going to […]

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April 11, 2016 Voigtländer Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II Review

Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : The Famous Unknown This is the first Voigtländer review I’ve ever done (but hopefully not the last). For many photographers Voigtländer is an unknown entity, but it is actually the oldest name in cameras, dating […]

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April 7, 2016 Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens Review

Pushing the Boundaries Yet Again Sigma has emerged from the third party lens manufacturer abyss with a new identity – the company that pushes the boundaries of what can be done with wide apertures. They have pioneered innovative zoom lenses with wider apertures than what has been done (18-35mm f/1.8 ART and 50-100mm f/1.8 for […]

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April 4, 2016 Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM Review

Check me out on:  Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: Reviewing a Legend Whenever the Canon EF 50mm f/L is mentioned photographer’s eyes light up. This lens was only made for about ten years, and only made in any kind of quantity for a few years, but has quickly attained legendary status […]

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March 26, 2016 Voigtländer Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II Image Gallery

Tiny but Wide The Voigtländer Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II is a unique lens.  It is a “pancake” (very compact) lens, yet has a very wide focal length of 20mm.  I’ve really enjoyed having such a wide focal length in such a compact package.  It doesn’t set any resolution records, but it is capable […]

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March 24, 2016 Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Image Gallery

New Horizons for the ART Series Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: Sigma’s most recent entry in their stellar ART series of lenses is the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens.  This is a wider focal length than they have ever done in this series, and it […]

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March 19, 2016 Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Review (F017)

The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC:  Finally There? Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: |  Twitter:  |  Flickr: |  500px: It was only 28 months ago that I was reviewing the predecessor to this lens, and my final verdict was that it was generally excellent and a strong competitor to lenses like the Canon 100mm […]

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