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August 14, 2018 Voigtländer Macro Apo-Lanthar 65mm f/2 Review

For many photographers Voigtländer is an unknown entity, but it is actually the oldest name in cameras, dating back to 1756 when it was founded by Johan Christoph Voigtländer in Vienna, Austria. This is a storied optical company despite its relative obscurity today; a famous unknown. If there is any more familiar comparison fo [Read more...]

August 7, 2018 Irix Blackstone 15mm f/2.4 Image Gallery

The new lensmaker Irix came onto the scene a couple of years ago with the announcement of a beautifully designed 15mm prime lens.  I was intrigued, but was involved in other projects at the time and so the lens went in and out of my radar.  I’ve gotten periodic requests from my audience to review […] [Read more...]

August 6, 2018 The Dog Days of Summer

“The Dog Days of Summer”   © 2018 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott August is an interesting month. For some it is already “back to school”, but for others (like our kids), it represents the waning of summer and the impending “sentence” of school. It’s a time to fiercely seize [Read more...]

August 6, 2018 Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Review

The rumors began swirling that Canon was soon going to release a new version of one of its “bread-and-butter” focal lengths. The rumors said the f/2.8 version, or was it the f/4 version? It turns out that it was both, with Canon announcing both a Mark III version of its venerable EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS […] [Read more...]

August 2, 2018 Sigma 105mm f1/.4 DG ART Image Gallery

Sigma’s announcement of the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART was intriguing to a lot of photographers because of the extreme nature of the focal length and aperture.  Sigma has carved out a niche for itself by offering with a certain “extreme” quality; they often push the limit of what can be done with a [&hel [Read more...]

July 26, 2018 Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro ART Image Gallery

Sigma’s first macro lens in the ART series has flown somewhat under the radar, overshadowed by the more flamboyant lens announcements (Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 ART, 105mm f/1.4) along with the announcement of the Sony FE retrofit of the ART series.  Sigma’s approach is a little different from the established conventi [Read more...]

July 24, 2018 Companionship

“Companionship” © 2018 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott One of the standout parts of summer is sitting on the dock, feet dangling in the water, watching the sun set in a beautiful blaze of color. Life is pretty sweet in those moments. It’s even better if you have your best friend along with you. [… [Read more...]

July 14, 2018 Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Image Gallery

Canon is in the process of releasing new versions of both the f/2.8 and f/4 versions of their extremely popular 70-200mm zooms.  Both of these lenses are extremely useful, and for those that don’t need the greater light gathering potential of the f/2.8 lens, the new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II lens will [… [Read more...]