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

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182 thoughts on “The Photography Gear Episode [IP65]”

  1. hello Jim
    thanks for the podcast I always look forward to the next episode I started listening around January and recently went back to listen to all the episodes I missed.

  2. 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.

  3. Hey Jim love the podcast been listening to it for forever and checking all the time for new ones. Count me in for the light blaster drawing! You can find me on Google plus +Daniel Bradley

  4. The Light Blaster looks pretty interesting… I may have to try it out and see how I could use it in a real world scenario.

  5. Love the podcast, listen every week! I learned a great deal and look forward to the next episode every week.

  6. I’ve been listening to your podcast for a little over a year now.
    I’m loving the Lightroom presets. Thanks! (*^_^*) /

  7. Your advice on a wide angle lens could not have come at a better time. My dad has just gotten into landscape photography and was looking for lens suggestions. Thank you for the wonderful podcast.

  8. I hate to say but some of the most useful info in this latest podcast was how to keep our spouses happy. lol
    It is amazing how little things seem to work like filling or emptying the dishwasher.

    P.S. I do love the photography tips too. 🙂

  9. Hey Jim, when Dustin left the show you had mentioned that you would try to have him as a guest some time in the future. Is that still a possibility?

  10. Bryan Michalski

    Great podcast as usual. Tell Dusty-O to stop by as a guest on the show to let us know how everything is going with him.

    #Light Blaster

  11. Thanks Jim for the pod-cast every time I go out shooting I think of whether there is something you have said that I can apply to it.


  12. Appreciate your responses to listeners’ questions. Always learn something from those.

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