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August 27, 2015 Canon 35L II + EOS M3 Coming Soon

Good morning, everyone.  There are a few new Canon announcements that I’m excited about today. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM The long awaited update to Canon’s awesome EF 35mm f/1.4L USM (new lens is II) is soon to hit the market.  Canon has made a number of ground breaking innovations in this lens, including […]

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August 26, 2015 Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Review

Tamron makes a number of professional grade zoom lenses (some of which I personally use in my own kit), but their bread and butter has been in producing consumer grade zoom lenses that often provide a broader zoom range than competitors at highly competitive prices. I was recently in New York City for a week […]

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August 17, 2015 Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART Review

Sigma has definitely been on a roll. A few years ago they awoke from their third party slumber and realized that they were capable of making better products than what they were currently building. Clearly a decision was made to target a more premium place in the market, and so they scrapped their existing design […]

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August 5, 2015 Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 C Review

Sigma has definitely been on a roll. A few years ago they awoke from their third party slumber and realized that they were capable of making better products than what they were currently building. Clearly a decision was made to target a more premium place in the market, and so they scrapped their existing design […]

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August 1, 2015 Gear for Senior Session Portraits

You’ve probably already figured out that there is a growing market for Senior Sessions. Gone are the days when it was sufficient for the crew to pull up at the school, unload some backdrops, and take cookie cutter photos of all the seniors. Today’s young people want custom photography that immortalizes their youth and is […]

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July 30, 2015 Nostalgia Processing

Nostalgia. It’s an odd word when you stop and look at it, but also a word that impacts us all. It might be a smell that takes you back to Grandma’s kitchen, an old movie poster that evokes some warm and fuzzy memories, or a song that transports you to a special moment crystalized in […]

© 2015 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

This unposed shot was a carefully chosen moment (and framing) to tell an ageless story - one of wonder over little things in life.  A frog caught out of a pond.  The boy's face, expression, and cap all evoked the feeling of yesteryear, so I've tried to process accordingly.  I hope this image tells a story to you...just as it did to me.

Technical Information: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC,  Alien Skin Exposure 7  (use code "dustinabbott" to get a 10% discount)

Want to know more about me or make contact?  Take a look at my website and find a lot of ways to connect and view my work.
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 […]

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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)

Want to know more about me or make contact?  Take a look at my website and find a lot of ways to connect and view my work.
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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