The Photography Gear Episode [IP65]

Photography is really about lighting, composition, and subject, but in this episode we throw the creative stuff to the wind and spend some time nerding out on photo gear.

What's in this episode

  • Recommendations for low cost wide angle lenses for Canon
  • What are the REAL differences between Canon and Nikon cameras?
  • If Canon photographers should use the Magic Lantern firmware
  • Information about choosing a tripod collar for your lens
  • Suggestions on whether it's better to upgrade a camera or buy a new lens
  • and more!

Resources mentioned in this episode

  • Jim's doodad of the week: The Light Blaster (You'll be entered to win a Light Blaster just by leaving any comment below!)
  • The new Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS USM lens which was announced this week (inexpensive wide angle lens for Canon full frame cameras)
  • The new Canon 10-18mm lens which was announced this week (landscape lens for crop sensor cameras) at only $300!
  • The Tokina 16-28mm lens is a great option for extremely sharp results for a wide angle lens.  See the Canon version here and the Nikon version here.
  • Join the Improve Photography Travel Group specific to the Oregon trip here, or join the group for the Iceland trip here.  Photography workshops are really expensive, so I'm going on these trips with readers of Improve Photography all around the world to give you a workshop-like experience for free!  It doesn't cost anything to go on a trip with the travel group–just pay for your own travel expenses and come join us.
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182 thoughts on “The Photography Gear Episode [IP65]”

  1. Thanks for the podcast Jim! Always love the gear reviews even though it inevitably leads to more G.A.S. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  2. Scott Jeffcote

    Thanks for another great podcast, and for helping us with our photography knowledge.

  3. Hey Jim.
    Good podcast this week, thanks. I was particularly interested in your Canon v Nikon comments.
    Two weeks ago I sold most of my Nikon gear and bought a bunch of Canon gear. So far, I’m regretting it. Maybe I will get used to the interface, but I am very disappointed in the sharpness and the image noise at relatively low ISOs. I’m not talking Rebel stuff; I bought a 5D3 and holy trinity of 2.8 glass plus some other lenses. Granted, the AF is sophisticated, but I don’t care if I can’t get good results. I think you were spot on with your comment about Nikon winning in the low light arena.
    I’ve listened to every episode of your podcast and I appreciate what you are doing for the photo community. Keep up the good work.

  4. Alistair McNicol

    My Life needs a blast, and what better from the light blaster it self.
    Thanks from a newbie

  5. Thanks Jim for all the hard work you do. I know that it’s not easy to do a quality podcast, but you always seem to get it done and the are phenomenal! So thanks for another great podcast and thanks for the info on the two new canon lenses. Take care

  6. An affordable wide angle lens! Nice!

    Thanks for the podcast! The light blaster looks awesome!

  7. Thanks for the podcast and resources Jim. I bought a yn-560 based on your recommended gear section and can’t be happier. I have since added another 560 and a yn-568.

  8. Thanks for all your hard work in producing these very informative podcasts, Jim. Have you ever used one of the “mega-pixel” bridge cameras like the Canon X50? I find it very useful in reaching those distant subjects like birds that the 70-200mm just can’t do.

  9. Thanks Jim for the awesome podcast! I have listened and re-listened to all of them. Since taking your Portrait class, I’ve been experimenting with flash and this Light Blaster is definitely going on my wish list.

  10. FINALLY I have found time to listen to a podcast!! I recently took one of your online classes & have learned so much.
    Your podcast today gave me some great insight as welll.
    Thanks Jim!

  11. Thanks for the podcast – I look forward to it each week and I missed it during your move.

  12. Paul S. Jenkins

    Hi Jim, I think Tyrell from Baltimore (at 28:41) may have been asking about the three braces that connect the legs to the center column, rather than the different methods of locking the leg extensions. The Sunpak tripod he mentioned has these braces, as do many very cheap tripods. My take is that the cheap tripods are really flimsy, so they require these braces to give a bit extra stability, whereas the more substantial tripods are stable enough without them.

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