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March 1, 2015 Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC Image Gallery

Here is a collection of images from the new Samyang/Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens.  This recently released prime has great image quality with some vintage character and beautiful drawing.  It does have some chromatic aberrations, but few other optical shortcomings.  My full review of the lens will be coming soon, but in the […]

February 22, 2015 Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Image Gallery

The new Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/2 ED UMC lens has pretty incredible optics at a relatively inexpensive price.  It is a beautiful portrait lens – provided you get things in focus.  I will be sharing images here throughout my review process, so check back often to see new shares.  Here is a video preview of the […]

It Takes More than an Umbrella
February 18, 2015 Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC USD Image Gallery

I have just completed my full review of the new Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD ultrawide zoom lens.  You can read the review here or watch it here.  This is a stunningly good lens, and is the second lens that I have been blown away by this year (Canon’s 100-400L MK II lens […]

As the Sun Rises - Tamron 15-30 VC
February 18, 2015 Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Review

Every year there are a select number of lens announcements that I find personally exciting. I reviewed no less than 15 lenses last year, and this is the fifth already this year, so a lot of gear passes through my hands. Not every lens has the same capacity to excite the inner gear geek within […]

February 15, 2015 Horse Portrait Workflow Tutorial

One of the key challenges for the modern photographer is finding a way to distinguish their work from the homogeny of a million and one other photographers around them that are doing pretty much the same thing. I do believe that ultimately the old fashioned ingredients of talent and an eye for seeing the world […]

Horse Comparo
February 12, 2015 Breaking Down the Image: Tamron 15-30 VC

“Pristine” This is the word that comes to mind when I consider both the condition of the snow (just know that I had to trudge through some DEEP stuff to get this image…my ankles are still cold as I type!) but also the image quality that I am seeing after my first 24 hours with […]

February 10, 2015 Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones Review

Headphones just never go away. It seems like the craze in our house right now is all about headphones. “So and so just got Beats…” There is just something about the immersive experience of a great pair of headphones that makes music shine like nothing else. Viewed even on that basic level, the Senal SMH-1000 […]

February 8, 2015 RØDE SmartLav+ Review

The Challenge of Sound Anyone who has done video on a DSLR is familiar with the challenge of getting good audio. The Canon 5DMKII started a DSLR video resolution, and people were floored by the quality of the video footage out of what everyone viewed as only being a stills camera. The quality and quantity […]

February 4, 2015 Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II Gallery

Here is an image gallery to accompany the review of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II.   There are a number of sample galleries here, including photos of the lens, general shots taken with the lens, and even a few shots of other lenses that I took with it.  A very impressive telephoto that […]

February 4, 2015 Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II Review

Great First Impressions Confession: this was one of my most anticipated lens reviews of the year (Tamron’s upcoming 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is another). This lens has been referred to as “the unicorn” in various internet forums because it has been long rumored but never seen “in the wild”. But it has finally arrived, and my […]

January 24, 2015 Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm Image Gallery

I’ve just completed my full text and video review of the Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm wide angle prime lens.  This expensive optic is at the top of the heap in terms of image quality in an ultra wide angle lens, and hopefully the galleries below will tell the story of why.  Enjoy shots of the […]

January 24, 2015 Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm Review

High Challenge, High Reward In the fall of 2013 I reviewed a manual focus only ultra wide angle lens. I noted in that review that an ultra-wide lens is a challenging tool to use for many photographers because the extreme focal length requires a completely different mentality in composition. Distortion is always part of the […]

January 16, 2015 Metz 64 AF-1 Flash Review

Quality “speedlites” or compact flash units are amongst the most indispensible tools in any photographer’s arsenal. Photography is about light, and good photographers not only use light but through tools shape it to their purpose. I love using natural light, but there are moments when I recognize that the available light in a certain setting […]

January 15, 2015 Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 Review

One More 50mm The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50mm is both the fourth 50mm lens I have reviewed in a year as well as the fourth lens from Zeiss that I have reviewed this year. So, from both perspectives I have a fairly good frame of reference. The 50mm focal range is often called a “normal” […]

January 15, 2015 Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 Gallery

I’ve just completed the review of the excellent multipurpose lens from Carl Zeiss, the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2.  You can read the review here:  Here are a series of galleries that show off the huge variety of purposes this lens can be used for as well as a gallery of photos of the Zeiss […]