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EFCS and Your Camera: What photographers should know

EFCS in cameras stands for “Electronic First Curtain Shutter.”  It means that instead of using both curtains in the shutter, the sensor itself scans the sensor to begin the exposure, and the second curtain is an actual, physical shutter curtain moving over the sensor.  The benefit of EFCS is that it reduces vibration in the camera body which can lead to …

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Tamron 150-600mm Review: The ultimate hobbyist wildlife lens?

The Tamron 150-600mm lens in Nikon mount has been incredibly popular since its announcement.  For months it couldn’t be kept in stock. The reason that the lens is so popular is because it’s the first high quality supertelephoto lens that has been offered at a good price. Other lenses, like the Bigma (Sigma 150-500), have always been far more of a …

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How to Pack Your Camera for an Afternoon Hike

So you’re going out into nature to do some photography. Maybe you’re heading out to a scenic location to capture the sunset, or you’re in search of wildlife. How do you bring your camera along and protect it, while still having it accessible? In this article we will talk about ways to carry your camera and have it ready for those surprise …

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8 Things the Camera Manufacturers Won’t Tell You

1. “Weather sealed” often means “Chucked in a few two-cent rubber gaskets” Nature photographers often pay a lot more for a camera with weather sealing in order to keep dust and water out of the camera when shooting in harsh outdoor environments.  Unfortunately, I think most photographers don’t realize how little protection is in most cameras. I’ve drowned enough cameras to know …

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Please Don’t Pay Full Price for these 11 Photography Items

Photography is not a cheap hobby, but it doesn’t have to be nearly as expensive as most think it is.  Over the last 5 years that I’ve been running Improve Photography, I’ve been hunting down the very best cheap and inexpensive alternatives to photography, which I share in the recommended gear section of the site.  Here are some of my …