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July 11, 2017 Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Image Gallery

Canon has just released a brand new lens for it’s EF-S (APS-C crop sensor) cameras – the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS.  This lens offers a different approach to macro than the existing EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM lens.  It has a wider focal length, Image Stabilization, an STM focus motor, and a unique […]

June 30, 2017 Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Review

First impressions matter. My first two impressions when opening the box and pulling out Sigma’s newest lens – the 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – were 1) the lens was smaller than I anticipated (not a lot bigger than a lens like Canon’s new 70-300 IS II and similar in profile) and 2) the […]

June 29, 2017 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 Image Gallery

The Carl Zeiss company recently announced another high end prime lens in the Milvus series – the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4.  The Milvus 35mm f/1.4 is a completely new optical formula and covers one of the the most important focal lengths in any photographer’s bag.  The Milvus 35 is big, heavy, expensive…and beautiful inside […]

June 29, 2017 Newly Announced: Canon 6D Mark II and SL2 DSLRs

It is a big day for Canon shooters!  The EOS 6D Mark II has been announced along with the tiny APS-C DSLR – the EOS SL2.  We’ll start with the EOS 6D Mark II.  The original 6D was a major success for Canon despite its underwhelming specs for the simple reason that it was a […]

June 23, 2017 Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD Announcement

It’s a little ironic.  Information about Tamron’s newest lens, the ground-breaking, more than 22x zoom range 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD, leaked to the Internet the day BEFORE I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement to get all the info about it.  Such is the photography world in 2017!  That bit of irony aside, however, there’s […]

June 8, 2017 Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 C Image Gallery

Lost in the midst of the higher profile ART series announcements was the announcement of a lens that makes a whole lot more sense for many photographers.  The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 OS Contemporary helps to fill an important gap – a more affordable, compact way to get a significant amount of reach.  The Canon 100-400L […]

June 3, 2017 In Praise of Excellence

In Praise of Excellence Don’t get me wrong; I do love to post-process images.  It is that second dimension of modern photography where you can take a good photo and make it great.  About four years ago I wrote a series of articles for Alien Skin Exposure’s blog on how to take an image from […]

May 29, 2017 August EP750 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones Review

  Putting on a good pair of headphones is a revelation for a music lover. The degree of sonic immersion possible allows music to come alive in a way like nothing short of a very high end audiophile system. The EP750 are the third set of headphones that I’ve reviewed from the audio company August, […]