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August 18, 2016 Tamron Tap In Console Review and How To

Why the Tap In console? When rival third party lens maker Sigma introduced their USB dock in 2013 it was heralded as a great move. The Sigma Optimization Pro software allowed users to customize certain aspects of lens behavior (like autofocus and optical stabilization) as well as allowing Sigma to distribute firmware updates for lenses […]

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August 9, 2016 Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Review

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Review Intro:  A 28mm Macro? Wow! It feels like a very long time since I’ve held a new Canon EF-M lens. Canon’s release schedule of lenses for its mirrorless system has been, ahem, rather sparse. The system launched with two lenses (Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and 18-55mm […]

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August 7, 2016 FocusShifter Follow Focus System Review

FocusShifter Follow Focus System Review A lot of the gear that I review is pretty expensive, but it’s good to know that there are some relatively inexpensive gear accessories that can make a big difference in your life.  If you like to shoot DSLR video you probably know that in many situations manual focus works […]

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August 1, 2016 Photography Destination: Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : There are a number of “in vogue” photography destinations at the moment:  Iceland and the Patagonia region in Chile immediately spring to mind.  But not every photographer can afford the expense of such a trip.  […]

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July 24, 2016 Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Image Gallery

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Image Gallery Canon has finally released a macro lens for it’s mirrorless system (the EOS M).  The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM  is a very interesting lens for unexpected reasons.  Few people were thrilled by its focal length (28mm, or 44.8mm full frame equivalent) or maximum […]

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July 20, 2016 Canon EOS 5DsR Review

Canon EOS 5DsR review The Megapixel Wars Ahh, the bloody days of the MegaPixel Wars. In the previous generation of cameras Canon had boasted the highest MP counts in most of its bodies, but when the Canon 5D MKIII and the Nikon D800 were released the roles were reversed. While the Canon had a modest […]

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July 2, 2016 My New Ride – A Story About Blessings

My New Ride:  a Story about Blessings Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : In 2013 I was sitting at a stoplight when, without warning, I was struck from behind at a high rate of speed.  I had just finished paying off […]

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June 22, 2016 Canon EOS 5Ds R Image Gallery

Canon EOS 5Ds R Image Gallery Canon’s current top dog in terms of overall resolution and megapixel count is the EOS 5Ds R and it’s stunning 50.2MP sensor.  With the release of the Canon EOS 5D MK4 coming at the end of this year, I wanted to familiarize myself with the current king of the […]

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June 17, 2016 Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T3.2) Review

Who is Venus Optics? This is the first lens from Venus Optics that I’ve reviewed (or used for that matter), and there is probably a good chance that many of you are not familiar with the brand, either. Venus Optics is a new lens manufacturer from China that was founded by a group of macro […]

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June 8, 2016 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm Review

“Dressed to Impress” Let me be candid: doing Zeiss reviews are always a treat for me. I’m happy to review consumer grade lenses and budget options because I know that these are the lenses that more photographers can afford, but I’m rarely personally excited by such lenses. But one of perks of doing what I […]

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June 4, 2016 Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T3.2) Image Gallery

Laowa STF (Smooth Trans Focus) 105mm f/2 (T3.2) Image Gallery I’ve just received a very unique lens, the Laowa STF (Smooth Trans Focus) 105mm f/2 (T3.2) from Venus Optics, a new lens company from China.  This lens is manual focus only, but actually has two aperture rings – one with traditional f/stops and the other […]

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As I come towards the end of my Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 -  You can see more images from the Milvus here (http://bit.ly/1YTkOpL) and watch for my review next week - I have my next review lens in hand...from a company that I've only recently heard of and never reviewed from - Laowa from Venus Optics.  This is another manual focus only lens, but is unique in having two aperture rings - one specifically for controlling bokeh.  As you can see, the Laowa STF (Smooth Trans Focus) 105mm f/2 (T3.2) is certainly capable of producing some very nice bokeh...and it had a lovely subject to work with.  It's a different kind of lens (only a couple of others like it in existence), so I'm working at learning how to best use it.  

Technical Information:  Canon EOS 6D + Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T3.2),  Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, and Alien Skin Exposure X  (use code "dustinabbott" to get 10% off) 

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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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