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February 3, 2017 Vanguard Heralder 51T Rolling Backpack Review

Vanguard Heralder 51T Review A few months ago I flew to a different country to shoot a wedding. I needed to pack wedding related gear, which for me meant two DSLRs with 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lenses along with a few primes (macro and portrait primes). I also carried a collapsible reflector, two […]

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 […]

February 10, 2015 Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones Review

Headphones just never go away. It seems like the craze in our house right now is all about headphones. “So and so just got Beats…” There is just something about the immersive experience of a great pair of headphones that makes music shine like nothing else. Viewed even on that basic level, the Senal SMH-1000 […]

February 8, 2015 RØDE SmartLav+ Review

The Challenge of Sound Anyone who has done video on a DSLR is familiar with the challenge of getting good audio. The Canon 5DMKII started a DSLR video resolution, and people were floored by the quality of the video footage out of what everyone viewed as only being a stills camera. The quality and quantity […]

January 16, 2015 Metz 64 AF-1 Flash Review

Quality “speedlites” or compact flash units are amongst the most indispensible tools in any photographer’s arsenal. Photography is about light, and good photographers not only use light but through tools shape it to their purpose. I love using natural light, but there are moments when I recognize that the available light in a certain setting […]

December 16, 2014 EasyCover Camera and Lens Protectors Review

  Introduction to EasyCover People buy cell phones by the millions every year, and one of the first thing that most everyone does when they buy that new cell phone is to find a case or sleeve to protect it with. Perhaps it will be a statement of their own personal style, or perhaps it […]

August 4, 2014 Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Filter System Review

I love using my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Aspherical lens, but the single biggest shortcoming has been the inability to use filters with it. Samyang released a new filter system for the lens this year, although distribution in North America has been very limited (Ebay is your friend!). In this video tutorial I both review the […]

October 25, 2013 First PhotoNews Flash Article

Hello all, First, I want to say “Thank you” for frequenting this space and for the nearly 85,000 visits in the first year or so of this new site being live.  I’m very grateful!  Secondly, I wanted to share a link to my first article that I have written for a new enterprise of PhotoNews […]