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January 29, 2016 Zeiss Milvus Planar T* 1.4/85mm Image Gallery

Zeiss Milvus Planar T* 1.4/85mm Image Gallery I’m always excited to spend time with a Zeiss lens.  I love the beautiful build, the great optics, and the more deliberate process of manually focusing the lenses.  Not every enjoys the manual focus process, but I like the analog, organic process when I have time to be […]

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January 27, 2016 Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Image Gallery

Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Image Gallery I was excited about these little mirrorless lenses from the moment that they were announced.  They are available in Canon M, Fuxi X, Sony E, and Micro 4/3rds mounts.  I own the Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS lens from this series already, and it has delighted me both […]

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January 25, 2016 Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC Lens Image Gallery

Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC Lens Image Gallery I’m delighted to have the pair of Rokinon’s new fast aperture prime lenses in hand for review.  I own the Rokinon 12mm f/2 prime and have been delighted with it, and am happy to see that the Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4 lenses are both equally […]

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January 20, 2016 Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L Image Gallery

The 50mm king!  I want to give a big shout out to Craig (owner) over at Canon Rumors for loaning me his rare and expensive copy of the legendary Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L lens.  This massive 50mm lenses is a study in extremes, and that massive aperture results in some very unique images.  I look […]

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January 13, 2016 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Review

I recognize that I’m a little late to the party in reviewing the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens.   It has been on the market for more than three years, and has gotten both writer’s ink and photographer’s dollars like no Sigma lens before it.  I had never reviewed the lens previously, but when […]

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January 12, 2016 35mm Shootout!

20Over the past month I’ve been taking advantage of having a number of 35mm alternatives on hand at the same time.  I’ve owned Canon’s underrated EF 35mm f/2 IS USM for several years, and recently acquired Tamron’s new SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (standing in for the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC).  I’ve also been […]

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December 30, 2015 Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Review

Replacements to Canon’s key lenses are always major events, and for many photographers Canon’s EF 35mm f/1.4L has been one the top go-to lenses for some time. It was beloved for its beautiful “drawing” (look of the images) and accurate autofocus. It did have some drawbacks, however, most noticeably in fairly pronounced chromatic aberrations along […]

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December 18, 2015 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG ART Image Gallery

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG ART Image Gallery Sigma released this lens in 2013 to a lot of fanfare because of its outstanding optical performance and beautiful new design.  I have used a number of Sigma ART lenses in the past, but never the original that opened up a whole new market for Sigma.  I brought […]

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December 17, 2015 Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Image Gallery

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Gallery The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is a masterful tool.  It is built like the proverbial tank with advanced weather sealing, it handles beautifully (though a bit large), and the image quality is superb.  Its price tag is equally staggering, but using it feels a lot […]

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December 8, 2015 Portrait Sessions: Pynn-Lively Family

Portrait Sessions:  Pynn-Lively Family Once again we are going to step behind the scenes and look at the process of shooting portraits.  I will cover location, the experience, and the gear used for the session. I met Gary and Josie when they visited our church on a few occasions and struck up a friendship with […]

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December 2, 2015 Portrait Sessions – Jess and Airell

Portrait Sessions – Jess and Airell Today’s share is from a recent engagement session I did for Jessica and Airell.  They recently got engaged, and so they made the trip up to my community for me to do their engagement photos.  We got a mixed bag with the weather, and the biggest challenge was gusts […]

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November 30, 2015 Velcani Family Portraits

Portrait Sessions – the Velcani Family I did a family portrait session with the Velcani’s from Ottawa last month.  The weather was, well, very Canadian, with grey skies, cold temperatures, and occasionally spats of very cold rain.  They had driven a couple of hours each way for the session, though, so we were determined to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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