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November 24, 2015 Killer Apps: JPEGmini Pro Review

We live in a digital age. An age where not only is the photography digital, but the most common way that photography is shared and viewed is through digital means. Many of my wedding or portrait sessions are transacted without my producing one print of any kind; the whole session begins and ends digitally. It […]

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November 20, 2015 Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review

Canon has been renovating its entire catalog of consumer grade zoom lenses over the past several years to great effect. I’ve used a number of Canon’s previous generation consumer grade zooms, including the 18-55mm kit lens, the 18-135mm and 18-200mm superzooms, and the 55-250mm (IS II) telephoto lens. When I began getting into photography those […]

November 17, 2015 Killer Apps – Cascable Wi-Fi Camera Remote

I’m launching a new column here called “Killer Apps”.  These days photography is about more than just gear; competitive photographers also need to know their way around computers, software, and apps.  In this column I will be sharing pieces of software that have made life easier for me as a photographer. Several years ago I […]

November 12, 2015 Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review

In photography there are moments when we have “fortunate accidents”; can we also have those with gear purchases? I didn’t originally set out to purchase the Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM telephoto lens. It wasn’t readily available in the North American market and I initially decided that I would purchase the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 […]

November 7, 2015 DJI Phantom 2 +GoPro Hero 4 Review

You’ve probably all been walking through a mall and seen someone demonstrating a little remote control helicopter from a kiosk in the middle of the hallway. Oohs and ahhs are heard as the little copter swoops around and soars like a bird high above the second or third floors. Maybe you’ve even bought one, and […]

October 29, 2015 Canon EOS M3 Review

The EOS M has long been the “red-headed stepchild” of Canon’s camera lineup. Canon wanted a piece of the growing mirrorless system market with their DSLR-like sensors and miniature bodies, but when the EOS M came to the market in June of 2012 it felt a step behind the competition in many ways. It was […]

October 23, 2015 Fotodiox WonderPana Filter System Review

Early this year I reviewed the new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens. I was very impressed by it and gave it an extremely favorable review. I had many requests to do a direct comparison of it with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS that I had reviewed last year upon its release, and so I […]

October 20, 2015 Langille Family Portraits

Autumn in Canada is a beautiful, beautiful season, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is a popular time to have outdoor portraits done.  Some people are thinking about their Christmas cards or just reminded that it is high time for some new family photos. The Langille family are long-time members of […]

October 13, 2015 FASTFIRE Camera Strap Giveaway!

Everyone Likes Free Stuff! If you want a serious upgrade on your neck strap for your camera, I’ve got good news for you.  I’m in the process of reviewing a great new camera strap – the FASTFIRE – from an independent family company from Texas.  It’s a great product that I’m personally getting a lot […]

October 4, 2015 Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Review

It’s been a long time since we have seen a prime lens from Tamron outside of some very good macro lenses.  While Sigma has been making a name for itself with its ART series primes (along with a few innovative zooms), third-party rival Tamron was accomplishing something similar with its pro quality stabilized zooms like […]

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October 2, 2015 Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC USD Review

A few years ago Sigma began to carve out a very nice niche for itself with the introduction of its ART series primes. These quickly became legitimate alternatives to some of the top first party primes and it was no longer “second rate” to have one in your lens kit. Meanwhile third party rival Tamron […]

September 26, 2015 Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 VC Image Gallery

The second of Tamron’s stunning new prime lenses is the SP (Super Performance) 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD.  I’ve been reminded of how much I enjoy shooting with the 35mm focal length during this review, and the combination of great resolution, amazingly close focus, and great focus makes this lens a real treat to use.  […]

September 24, 2015 Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC Image Gallery

Tamron pleasantly surprised many of us by their swift announcement and soon release of a new line of SP (Super Performance) Prime lenses.  The “opening salvo” includes a 35mm f/1.8 VC (Vibration Compensation/Image Stabilizer) along with a somewhat curious 45mm f/1.8 VC.  This gallery is dedicated to the latter – the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 […]

September 22, 2015 Canon EOS M3 Image Gallery

I am putting together the finishing touches on my review of the Canon EOS M3 mirrorless body.  Canon’s third “kick at the can” in the mirrorless segment has both incredible strengths and puzzling weaknesses, but the images it can produces are exceptional.  This gallery has a mix of images that have received processing and those […]

September 9, 2015 Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX HSM Review

85mm is a focal length that I really enjoy. It is long enough that creating shallow depth of field at wide apertures is very easy. It is a beautiful portrait length that avoids distortion of the features but is still short enough that shooting full body portraits is easily within reason. There are a few […]