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Apple Mac Pro Review for Photography Needs

I never thought that I would be reviewing an Apple Mac Pro, since I have never owned a Mac and was always a PC user. In fact, the last time I really … [Continue Reading]

Apple Mac Pro

How to Photograph Cathedrals

I have been fortunate enough to see some truly spectacular cathedrals in my time, particularly in Europe, and even here in the United Kingdom we are … [Continue Reading]

St Alban's Cathedral

Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Review

This is a detailed review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, an ultra-telephoto zoom lens that was announced in November of 2013 for … [Continue Reading]

Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

How to Photograph Clouds

Nature often rewards us with incredible opportunities for photographing sunrises, sunsets and sun rays piercing through the clouds, creating stunning … [Continue Reading]

Mt Rainier Sunset

Fuji X-T1 Review

This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-T1, a weather-proof mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from Fuji that was announced on January 28, … [Continue Reading]

Fuji X-T1

Wildlife Photography Tips Part Two

It has taken a little longer than I wanted, but I finally got around to writing this second article on photographing wildlife. The writer in me is … [Continue Reading]

600lb Wet Black Bear

Fuji X-T1 Review

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This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-T1, a weather-proof mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from Fuji that was announced on January 28, 2014. Previously known for its popular X-Pro, X-E and X-M lines, the new “T” line is specifically made to be “tough”. With its all magnesium-alloy body, sealed buttons and compartments, the X-T1 is Fuji’s first attempt at a fully weather-sealed mirrorless camera. Although Fuji’s recent cameras have been quite popular, it had nothing to offer against the OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras from Olympus. With the latter two offering weather sealing, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a whole slew of lenses to choose from, Fuji wanted the X-T1 to offer similar features at a competitive price. With a larger APS-C sensor and a huge, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), the X-T1 was also meant to appeal a bigger audience from professionals and enthusiasts that want a lighter and more compact setup than their DSLRs.

Fuji X-T1

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Up Close and Personal at the Zoo with the Nikon 1 V2

Recently a Photography Life contributor, Alpha Whiskey, posted a great article here on some techniques that we can use to challenge ourselves as photographers. Finding ways to grow and stimulate our individual creativity is one of the most important things we can do to advance our skill level. I gave myself one such challenge this week and I thought I would share the results of it with you with images taken at the Metro Toronto Zoo.

Zoo Sample Images (1)

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Sensor Gel Stick Back in Stock!

It has been tough to keep continuous stock for the Sensor Gel Stick, but from now on, the manufacturer promised to deliver within 2 weeks, so we are hoping to be able to have continuous supply of the the product for our readers and customers. We have fulfilled all the pre-orders and if you still have not received any information from us on completing your order, it probably means that your mail server is blocking our emails or perhaps putting them into the spam folder. Since we have plenty of stock now (around 430 units), it might be easier to set up a new order instead. The Sticky Paper is also in stock and we have plenty of it (over 1000 units). The Sony version might have to be pushed back a few weeks per manufacturer, but we will keep our readers posted when we know for sure.

Sensor Gel Stick

The current version of the stick that we are selling now has gone through several revisions and we are happy to say that it should work with all cameras except for the new Sony mirrorless cameras (which have a different type of coating on their anti-aliasing filters). We have tested it with a number of Nikon, Canon and Fuji cameras (including the Fuji X-T1) and found no issues. Although the Sensor Gel Stick might appear less sticky than before due to the above-mentioned change, it is still very effective to clean all that dust and debris that ends up on your camera sensor!

To order the Sensor Gel Stick and / or the Sticky Paper, please see our Photography Life Shop. All orders are shipping within 24 hours!

Bolt VX-710N TTL Flash for Nikon Review

Let’s face it. Flashes are expensive. Wouldn’t it be great if you could purchase a new flash and only spend half of what a new flash typically costs? I’m a Nikon shooter and already have two SB-800s, but another flash can sure come in handy when shooting with off-camera flash at a wedding reception. When I got the Bolt VX-710N, that’s exactly what I had in mind for it, but I decided to go ahead and try it as an on-camera flash as well.

Bolt VX-710 Flash-7

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Photographing Cormorants with the Tamron 150-600mm VC

Over the past week or so I’ve been out taking a lot of images to prepare for my upcoming review of the Tamron 150-600mm VC lens. At this point it looks like my review will be completed and up for Photography Life readers to see at the end of June.

In advance of the full review I thought another very short article with a few more sample images may be of interest. This article has some photos of cormorants taken at a large nesting colony that is located just off Eastport Drive adjacent to the Hamilton harbor in Ontario. This is a favorite photo site of many area bird photographers. In this area you can also find black-crowned night herons, a wide variety of gulls, the occasional swan, and if you scan for small, fast moving birds…you can also spot the odd kingfisher.

The following images were all taken this morning with the Tamron 160-600 VC with my Nikon D800. If you’re like me when I first started out trying to photograph birds it was a major accomplishment just to get a large bird like a cormorant centered in the frame with a decent exposure…as in the following image:

Cormorant (1)

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Impact Crushed Muslin Background (Grey Mist) Review

About a year ago, I reviewed an Impact background (Impact reversible muslin background). Out of curiosity, I decided to grab another one. This time instead of one that was reversible, I chose the Impact Crushed Muslin Background in Grey Mist. What’s the difference you might ask? Let’s just see…

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

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Reflections On Wildlife Photography

Despite all the recent photowalks shooting urban ephemera, my primary interest in photography was always wildlife and animal photography.

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Forests of trees have been sacrificed to literature on this subject, and I accept with all humility that I may not have any earth-shattering technical insights to offer here. There have been plenty of excellent articles on this site alone about wildlife photography and the equipment one can use in its pursuit.

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Ruggard Navigator 65 DSLR Shoulder Bag Review

Sometimes when I travel or just have a portrait session in town, I don’t want to bring all of my camera gear with me. At times like this, I’ve always thought it would be really nice to have a smaller bag I could bring along and leave my big bag at home. Enter this shoulder bag from Ruggard… big enough to hold a body and a few lenses but not so big that it becomes just as heavy as my normal camera bag.

Ruggard Navigtor DSLR Shoulder Bag

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Vello Auto Extension Tube Set for Nikon Review

Many years ago I bought a Nikon 55mm macro lens. This was an older, manual focus lens. It came with an older extension tube that did not communicate with the camera, meaning that any lens that was attached to it lost all communication with the camera, meaning it also became a manual focus lens. Worse yet, newer Nikon AF-S lenses that do not have an aperture ring weren’t usable at any aperture besides completely stopped down.

I really liked the idea of having an extension tube for more regular use, so I was always interested in trying extension tubes that would communicate with my camera and that I could use with all of my lenses. When I came across this set, they seemed like exactly what I was looking for. Will they find a permanent home in my camera bag or will they have a place in storage gathering dust next to my old extension tube?

Vello Auto Extension Tube for Nikon

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Professional IPS Monitor from HP

If you are looking for a professional-grade IPS monitor (if you have no idea what IPS means, see “this article“) for your photography needs, then check out this HP DreamColor LP2480zx that is currently on sale at B&H for $799. Yes, that’s a hefty price for a monitor, but keep in mind that this is a professional monitor specifically designed to accurately reproduce over 1 billion colors (12-bit look up table with 100% Adobe RGB and sRGB Color Coverage). With a 6 ms response time, this is one amazing monitor that can be used for pretty much anything you throw at it, including gaming. And the $799 price is a heavy discount, because the retail price of this monitor is a whopping $2,299! I looked at a number of websites and could not find this monitor cheaper than $1500, so this is a very good deal.

HP DreamColor LP2480zx

Personally, I use a set of Dell U2413 24″ IPS monitors for my needs now. Although the U2413 is a more recent monitor with better specifications (including DP 1.2 support), the monitor is clearly a grade lower in quality in comparison to the above-mentioned DreamColor LP2480zx. Dell makes nice UltraSharp series monitors, but I found them to fade and change colors quicker than HP monitors overtime. So if you are looking for a long term investment, the HP is a better buy in my opinion.

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