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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  […]

April 27, 2015 Three Way Shootout Image Favorites

This is simply a gallery of images taken during the month of April 2015 when I compared three wide angle zooms head to head in a three way shootout.  These three lenses are the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II , Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS , and the  Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD.  I […]

April 20, 2015 How to Shoot and Process a Nightscape

There are few people that don’t enjoy the mesmerizing images of the night sky filled with stars over a beautiful foreground scene.  It was a friend of mine, Royce Bair, who popularized the term “nightscape” for these type of images.  Some of my own nightscape images have numbered amongst my most popular images that I’ve […]

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April 20, 2015 Three Way Shootout Part 3: Angle of View, Distortion, and Bokeh

Our time with these three lenses has certainly demonstrated how far development has come in the past few years in the wide angle zoom department.  Our comparison of these three lenses has certainly favored the newer Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS along with the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, but this week’s comparison series […]

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April 19, 2015 How (and Why) I Took the Shot #4: Mystery

Unlock the Mystery As many of you know, I dearly love to get out in the woods and wander.  I do this in most of the places that I travel to, although you might substitute “desert” or “city” or “beach” for “woods” where appropriate.  Great photography subjects can be found in unexpected places, and this […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]