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Wide Angle Macro Fun With The Laowa 15mm Lens

The Laowa 15mm macro lens is exactly what it sounds like – an extremely wide angle lens that focuses as close as 1:1 macro. What that means is that you can (theoretically) photograph tiny things so close up that they take up the same amount of space on your sensor as they occupy in real life. That means filling the frame …

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Vanguard VEO AM-264TR Monopod Review

I recently contacted Vanguard US about testing some of the monopods they manufacture.  My plan was simple.  One high end monopod and one low end monopod. INTRODUCTION I would imagine that a lot of photographers do not think about monopods. Fact is there are a lot of us that probably never, ever need a monopod. If we do, then most …

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Reviewing Luzid: A New Player in the Filter Game

  Luzid is a new player in the filter game.  They started in 2015 as a joint venture between four companies: CameraGearUK from the United Kingdom; Desmond Photographic from the U.S.; Bravo Distsribution in Canado; and Photo Ideas from Greece.  Their goal is to produce top-of-the-line filters with Brass frames and Schott Superwhite Glass for half (or less) the price.  They …

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ND Filters – 30 Filters Reviewed and Compared

I am going to jump right in to the nuts & bolts of this review, without a lot of explanation about what a Neutral Density filter actually is.  If you aren’t familiar with ND filters, my ND 101 article would be a great place to start.  The main goal for this article is to provide unbiased, real-world examples of each filter, …

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Fuji XT2: The complete review with everything we know so far

  The Fuji XT2 was just announced, and I’ve gotta say that this is going to be the camera to have.  It’s faster, full of pixels, and promises to autofocus like lightning. This post will be updated on an hourly/daily basis over the next few months as details are revealed about this camera. I haven’t had my hands on a …