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Why I Didn’t Switch to Mirrorless

In Gear by Kevin D. Jordan38 Comments

A little over a year ago I decided it would be beneficial for me to switch camera systems.  At the time, I was shooting with a Canon 6D and focusing primarily on night sky photography.  The 6D was not a bad camera for night sky photography by any stretch of the imagination.  However, since I …

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How To Buy Used Camera Gear with Confidence

In Gear by Grant Whitty0 Comments

Welcome to Improve Photography’s guide to buying used camera gear! Through this article I will cover some of the best places to purchase used gear, and share some tips to help you find good high-quality used equipment. Not every photographer likes to buy used, but I think it is a great way to save money. …

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Battle of the Bokeh: Lensbaby Twist 60 vs Helios 44-2

In Gear by Tracy Munson2 Comments

Bokeh refers to the way a lens handles points of light that are not in focus. From well-defined starbursts at f16 or higher, down to big, soft, blurry balls at f2.8 or lower, a lens is judged on how well these effects please the eye.  Most of the big players in the lens manufacturing world are …

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AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR Preview

In Gear, News by GregNoel1 Comment

  This week Nikon announced a new lens, the AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR.    My initial thought when I saw this announcement was “Doesn’t Nikon already have a 70-300mm VR lens?”  And based on the comments and questions in the online forums and communities I am a member of, many people had the …

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The Student Photographer’s Discount Directory

In Gear by Grant Whitty1 Comment

College, the best time of your life as they say. Notorious for an insane amount of debt, little sleep and a few regrets. Aside from all of the craziness of college, there are quite a few perks of being a student. As a current student I have found quite a few ways to save a buck …

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Drobo DAS vs. Synology NAS

In Gear by Brent Huntley6 Comments

Storage has to be the most annoying part of photography to nearly all photographers.  There is nothing fun about it, it takes no creativity, is tedious and expensive.  Notwithstanding, having a good storage system is absolutely essential.  In the days before digital, people did not store prints or negatives in a box outside, hoping it …

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Sony Full Frame vs Canon Full Frame: Pros and Cons

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst13 Comments

  Few things spark a debate faster among photographers than the topic of which camera brand is best.  The debate rages on and on as manufacturers continue to develop and release new camera bodies with more features and better performance.  Canon and Sony are two of the major players in this game.  Although Canon has …

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

In Gear by Tracy Munson4 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, …

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Haida Filter System: In-Depth Review

In Gear by Frank Gallagher6 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 …