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April 13, 2015 Three Way Shootout Part 2: Resolution

This article will seek to examine what is probably the single biggest burning question for us all:  can the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD live up to the superlative standard for sharpness (particularly in the corners) set by the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS?  I first want to give a shout-out to Tamron of […]

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April 9, 2015 Three Way Shootout Part 1: the Lenses

When I did my review of the Tamron 15-30mm VC last month, I did it without the benefit of having its direct competition (at least in a Canon mount) on hand. The review period was quick because of the demand for review pre-release copies and so I didn’t have a chance to get the competitors […]

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April 4, 2015 How to Eliminate Mirror Hang with a SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4

Several years ago I (like many other photographers) discovered the joys of shooting vintage glass on my modern DSLRs.  I’ve tried out a number of old lenses in various mounts, including M42, Contax C/Y, Pentax K, Tamron Adaptall, Konica, and at least one other that I cannot remember.  My favorite of these is M42, as […]

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April 1, 2015 Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21mm Image Gallery

I’ve just concluded my review period with another special lens from the Carl Zeiss company, the Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21mm.  I’ve added a number of images to my portfolio during the review period that I am quite proud of.  In this gallery you will find images of the lens, images from the lens, and a […]

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April 1, 2015 Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21mm Review

I spent about six weeks with the big brother of the Distagon T* 2.8/21mm a few months ago (the Distagon T* 2.8/15mm – click for the review) and thoroughly enjoyed using it. I produced a number of images with it that have been very well received both critically and commercially. I have to confess to […]

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March 27, 2015 Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Review

Samyang/Rokinon has entered uncharted waters with the release of the new 50mm and 135mm lenses (read my review of the 50mm f/1.4 here). Previously they have primarily offered budget alternatives to a variety of large aperture primes that typically cost a lot of money. Samyang has carved itself out a niche by offering lenses with no […]

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March 25, 2015 Moody Day – Quick Processing Tutorial

Every photographer loves shooting when the conditions are easy and the light is great.  Traditional portraiture has taken place in studios where the lighting and conditions are easily controlled, consistent, and repeatable.  Once the initial investment of effort has been made, it is relatively easy to go from shoot to shoot and make minor adjustments.  […]

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March 24, 2015 Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R Preorder Thoughts

Canon was leapfrogged by Nikon in a huge way in the megapixel wars when Nikon introduced its D800 body several years ago.  The debate about the necessity of all of those MPs will continue to rage for the foreseeable future, but there was a consensus that Canon needed to produce a high megapixel body to […]

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March 11, 2015 Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC Review

Samyang/Rokinon has entered unchartered waters with the release of the new 50mm and 135mm lenses (both of which I am currently reviewing). Previously they have primarily offered budget alternatives to a variety of large aperture primes that typically cost a lot of money. Samyang has carved itself out a niche by offering lenses with no […]

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March 10, 2015 50mm Shootout

Which Fifty is the Most Nifty? People have been using 50mm “normal” lenses for most of the past century, and no focal length has been more popular. 50mm lenses are called “normal” because they roughly approximate the typical human field of view. That makes the focal length very popular because people find it very easy […]

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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 Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC can be […]

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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 my video review of the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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