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September 24, 2016 Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 Review

A Little Bit of Perfect…For Some When the Milvus line launched in 2015 there were six concurrent lens releases. Of those six, two were brand new lenses replacing very different lenses in the “Classic” lineup (1.4/50mm and 1.4/85mm). Four others were “reskinned” lenses built around existing optical formulas but with a new look and build. […]

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September 16, 2016 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (5D4) Image Gallery

This week I began my review of a camera that I’m really excited – the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (5D4).  The 5D4 merges a lot of what I’ve liked about the 6D (low light performance, High ISO performance, GPS + WiFi), 80D (DPAF, touchscreen, improved dynamic range, enhanced f/8 focus), and 5DsR (resolution and […]

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September 12, 2016 Zeiss Milvus 2/100mm Review

Don’t Call Me Makro Until this point my coverage of the Milvus line from Zeiss has focused on the the lenses with new optical formulas, namely the 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses. Over this past year, however, I’ve gotten a lot of requests to review the Milvus 2/100mm (100mm f/2), a rebuild of the […]

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September 8, 2016 Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Image Gallery

I’ve had a great opportunity to get an early look at the just announced today Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 18mm f/2.8 (2.8/18mm).  I love the look of this lens, love the focal length, and now I get to find out if I love the image quality.  It stands as a more compact option (with an […]

© 2016 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

I saw a really imposing storm cloud system heading over the road near my home and debated how to capture it in a visually interesting way.  I finally settled on using a tripod and shooting a long exposure.  The approaching cars provided both illumination for the road surface along with a vsitually arresting foreground element to compliment the brooding sky.  I really liked the end result I got here - and this shot is my first share from the just announced Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 18mm f/2.8 lens.  I've previewed it here:  http://bit.ly/2cofpZh and have an image gallery from it going here:  http://bit.ly/2csoGhc  My final review will come in a couple of weeks.

Technical Information:  Canon EOS 6D + Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 18mm f/2.8, Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, and Alien Skin Exposure X  (use code "dustinabbott" to get 10% off) 

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September 8, 2016 Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 2/135mm Image Gallery

I’m delighted that Zeiss has released a new Milvus version of one of my favorite Zeiss lenses – the Milvus APO Sonnar T* 2/135mm.  This lens is pretty much optical perfection, though now in an improved build that includes weather sealing (one more way to set it apart from the Canon EF 135mm f/2L).  Also […]

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August 29, 2016 Zeiss Milvus 2/100mm Image Gallery

I’ve got the opportunity to review another lens from the exceptional Zeiss Milvus line.  I never had a chance to review the original Makro-Planar 2/100mm, so getting a chance to review it in the new and improved Milvus build is a real treat.  In this space I will be sharing a number of images taken […]

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August 29, 2016 Buds on a Budget | Sports Bluetooth Earbud Showdown

Is the age of wired earbuds and headphones coming to an end? Many of the current rumors say that Apple is considering removing the traditional headphone jack from future itinerations of its iPhone, meaning that the world of Bluetooth headphones and buds is about to become a big deal. The concept of Bluetooth earbuds has […]

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August 18, 2016 Tamron Tap In Console Review and How To

Why the Tap In console? When rival third party lens maker Sigma introduced their USB dock in 2013 it was heralded as a great move. The Sigma Optimization Pro software allowed users to customize certain aspects of lens behavior (like autofocus and optical stabilization) as well as allowing Sigma to distribute firmware updates for lenses […]

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August 9, 2016 Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Review

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Review Intro:  A 28mm Macro? Wow! It feels like a very long time since I’ve held a new Canon EF-M lens. Canon’s release schedule of lenses for its mirrorless system has been, ahem, rather sparse. The system launched with two lenses (Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and 18-55mm […]

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August 7, 2016 FocusShifter Follow Focus System Review

FocusShifter Follow Focus System Review A lot of the gear that I review is pretty expensive, but it’s good to know that there are some relatively inexpensive gear accessories that can make a big difference in your life.  If you like to shoot DSLR video you probably know that in many situations manual focus works […]

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August 1, 2016 Photography Destination: Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : There are a number of “in vogue” photography destinations at the moment:  Iceland and the Patagonia region in Chile immediately spring to mind.  But not every photographer can afford the expense of such a trip.  […]

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July 24, 2016 Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Image Gallery

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Image Gallery Canon has finally released a macro lens for it’s mirrorless system (the EOS M).  The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM  is a very interesting lens for unexpected reasons.  Few people were thrilled by its focal length (28mm, or 44.8mm full frame equivalent) or maximum […]

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July 20, 2016 Canon EOS 5DsR Review

Canon EOS 5DsR review The Megapixel Wars Ahh, the bloody days of the MegaPixel Wars. In the previous generation of cameras Canon had boasted the highest MP counts in most of its bodies, but when the Canon 5D MKIII and the Nikon D800 were released the roles were reversed. While the Canon had a modest […]

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July 2, 2016 My New Ride – A Story About Blessings

My New Ride:  a Story about Blessings Check me out on: Google+: | Facebook: | Twitter: | Flickr: | 500px: | Sign Up for My Newsletter : In 2013 I was sitting at a stoplight when, without warning, I was struck from behind at a high rate of speed.  I had just finished paying off […]

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June 22, 2016 Canon EOS 5Ds R Image Gallery

Canon EOS 5Ds R Image Gallery Canon’s current top dog in terms of overall resolution and megapixel count is the EOS 5Ds R and it’s stunning 50.2MP sensor.  With the release of the Canon EOS 5D MK4 coming at the end of this year, I wanted to familiarize myself with the current king of the […]

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June 17, 2016 Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T3.2) Review

Who is Venus Optics? This is the first lens from Venus Optics that I’ve reviewed (or used for that matter), and there is probably a good chance that many of you are not familiar with the brand, either. Venus Optics is a new lens manufacturer from China that was founded by a group of macro […]

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June 8, 2016 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm Review

“Dressed to Impress” Let me be candid: doing Zeiss reviews are always a treat for me. I’m happy to review consumer grade lenses and budget options because I know that these are the lenses that more photographers can afford, but I’m rarely personally excited by such lenses. But one of perks of doing what I […]

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