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Is The New Lensbaby Velvet 85 The Lens Of Your Dreams?

In Gear by Tracy Munson0 Comments

Introducing the brand new Lensbaby Velvet 85. Is it the lens of your dreams? It is certainly the stuff dreams are made of. The 85 mm focal length puts it squarely in the portrait lens range, making it a welcome addition to the Lensbaby family of velvety, soft focusing lenses. Preceded by the Velvet 56, these lenses are something very …

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Haida Filter System: In-Depth Review

In Gear by Frank Gallagher5 Comments

The Haida filter system gives photographers one more choice in the competitive photography filter market.  The company makes the standard screw-on filters as well as square and rectangular drop in filters.  However, Haida is one of the few that make the large 150mm square and rectangular filters and a filter holder that will work with bulbous lenses like the Tamron …

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A Guide to the Cheapest Full-Frame Cameras Available

In Gear by Brent Huntley16 Comments

The first thing to get out of the way is this article is not intended in any way to advise any reader on whether they need a full frame camera or whether they need a Nikon, Canon, Sony or any other brand.  I am a firm believer that a decent photographer can make great images with any modern camera body.  …

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How Long Does a DSLR Last?

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst8 Comments

  At some point in the process of purchasing a camera, you may have wondered “how long does a DSLR last”.  It’s a logical question.  Even if you’re purchasing an entry level camera, it is still a fairly expensive item and you want to be sure it’s a good investment.  Although it could be argued (and probably rightly so) that …

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11 Best Ball-Heads under $500

In Gear by Mark Morris0 Comments

This is a continuation of my article from a few days back, featuring the best tripods under $500.  This time I will take a look at eleven of the greatest ball heads available on the market right now.  I have tested each of these extensively, and will share my impressions of each one’s strengths and weaknesses, and at the end …