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July 28, 2015 Vintage Glass, Vintage Looks

We live in a somewhat ironic day. Many of the optical defects of past years have been resolved, and lenses are no longer prone to flare or odd optical quirks like bokeh that “swirls” around the periphery of the image. Most modern lenses have rich contrast and are sharp wide open. Modern DSLR sensors have […]

© 2015 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

As a professional lens reviewer I always evaluate a lens' optical performance, including its resistance to flare, ghosting, and veiling when pointed into the sun.  Ironic, then, isn't it, that I have some vintage lenses that do all of those things but I love the effect.  The prismatic flaw in this image is one that I purposefully shot for, and while I have added a bit of contrast to the image and boosted the saturation somewhat, the flare pattern is all natural here.  A delightful defect...

Technical Information: Canon EOS 6D, Zeiss Planar T* 1.7/50mm, Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC,  Alien Skin Exposure 7  (use code "dustinabbott" to get a 10% discount)

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July 25, 2015 Lite Genius Lite-Scoop II Review

Sometimes the Simple Things are Best You’ve probably figured out that you can spend a lot of money on photography.  There is a seemingly endless supply of gadgets, lenses, and improvements…most of which is pretty expensive.  Most photography related gear is pretty inaccessible to “newbies”.  It tends to be complicated.  As a result, I am […]

June 29, 2015 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS Review

Several years ago I did a light review of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM.  Since that point it has become a staple in my own kit, so I thought I would publish a new review of this lens with the benefit of several years of experience with the lens on multiple continents and […]

June 23, 2015 Capital Connections – (Ottawa, Canada)

Canada’s capital city of Ottawa is relatively unknown around the world when compared to more prominent Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Its relatively modest infrastructure makes it unlikely to be a destination for the Olympics or any such major international event in the near future, but a number of compelling reasons make it […]

June 12, 2015 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Review

Canon has made a habit in recent of years of not building the lenses that we all guess they are going to build while often announcing and then swiftly releasing lenses that few people expected.  After Canon refreshed a number of its smaller, non-L series primes (24mm, 28mm, and 35mm) with critically acclaimed (and image […]

June 4, 2015 Zeiss Otus 1.4/55mm Image Gallery

The Otus line from Zeiss represents the [bar none] finest optical performance of any lens commercially available in the world.  This is the second lens from the line that I have reviewed, and what a joy it is to use!  I am sharing first a gallery of images of the lens itself, followed by galleries […]

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June 3, 2015 Zeiss Otus 1.4/55mm APO Distagon T* Review

People have long chosen large aperture primes for the unique look and (surprisingly) versatility that they offer. Versatility, you might ask? Wide aperture primes will often offer two full stops of extra aperture choices over the widest available aperture on a zoom. This gives you potentially six different choices of aperture value unavailable to you […]

May 29, 2015 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Image Gallery

If you are looking for a gateway prime to try out what a large aperture fixed lens can do on your camera or are just looking for an inexpensive yet competent 50mm price, then you need to take a long look at the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.  It is an improvement in every […]

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May 25, 2015 Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM SPORT Review

Confession time: I had pretty much written off the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM SPORT lens before I reviewed it. I saw the specs (including the heavy weight and increased size over the Tamron 150-600 VC), and the MTF charts and early shots didn’t seem to be a lot better than the Tamron. […]

May 13, 2015 Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Review

Canon’s top 50mm lens is a surprisingly controversial one. One would think that a well-built, weathersealed 50mm lens with autofocus and a massive, bright f/1.2 aperture would be a home run pick, but there are certain traits of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM that have proven extremely divisive. My time spent with the Canon […]

May 13, 2015 Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Image Gallery

Here are a series of galleries of images taken during my review period of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens.  This “Cadillac” of Canon’s 50mm lens has an amazingly bright f/1.2 aperture and is a beautiful portrait/fine art lens.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it.  There is a gallery of images of the lens, a […]

May 11, 2015 Thoughts on Canon’s New Nifty-Fifty

Update:  I just found out that a review copy is headed my way today (May 12, 2015), so I should be able to start sharing my review thoughts next week. Canon has just officially announced a replacement for the old EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens that most everyone seems to have owned at one point […]

May 9, 2015 Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sport Build Quality

I’ve been spending some quality time with Sigma’s new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens and comparing it to the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens that I’m so familiar with.  While the two lenses share a lot of similarities, they are surprisingly different when it comes to the overall build quality […]

May 7, 2015 Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Gallery

Here is a series of images from the newest addition to Sigma’s SPORT line:  the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM.  The Sigma 150-600mm Sport is a beautifully built lens, but is also very large and very heavy.  Image quality is excellent and focus is quick and accurate.  I will be adding to this gallery during […]

April 27, 2015 Three Way Shootout Part 4: Flare, Astro, and Conclusions

We are now approaching the finish line!  I have taken nearly 800 photos as a part of this review process in a variety of settings (this on top of the hundreds previously I had taken during my review period of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM  and  Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens  […]