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Review of the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

In Gear by Brent Huntley6 Comments

Lensbaby is a lens company most photographers have heard of, but a lot have never tried.  They aren’t like Tamron or Sigma or the other companies that are trying to compete with your camera manufacturers.  Lensbaby throws a whole different dynamic into the lens game by offering lenses that are all about creativity and fun.  Indeed, if you have never …

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Fuji XF 27mm f/2.8 R Lens Review: Convenience over Quality

In Gear by Brent Huntley3 Comments

I’ve been testing out the Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 lens for the last little while and wanted to share my thoughts and a PRACTICAL review. Background: I switched to Fujifilm last October after much debate (I love it and am so happy Jim Harmer’s endorsement finally pushed me over the edge).   I had a certain amount budgeted that I …

Yongnuo 50mm prime reviewed better than Canon?

In Gear by Jeff Harmon0 Comments

As a follow up post to this one a few days ago, a more in-depth review (although still more subjective than scientific), has come from Jay Levitt over at Petapixel.  Jay “tested” sharpness, flare, bokeh, and chromatic aberration and offers some sample images from both the Yongnuo and the Canon version of the lens. In the end his assessment surprised me, …

A Simple Guide to the Numbers and Acronyms on Your Lenses

In Gear by Jim Harmer10 Comments

Photography lens manufacturers use all sorts of abbreviations and acronyms to explain the features of their lenses.  In an effort to educate use, the photography lens manufacturers really just confuse us.  Hopefully you’ll understand a bit about the different lens feature abbreviations by reading this post. I can’t even tell you how many of my photography students have purchased the …

Teleconverters and autofocus: What every wildlife photographer should know

In Gear by Jim Harmer25 Comments

I received the following question via email and thought I should write a post here on to answer the question for the world.  Here’s the question: “I’m looking at buying a teleconverter for my Canon 100-400mm L f/4-5.6 IS lens but I am having difficulty determining if the1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter will still allow for autofocus with this lens. …