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News of FujiFilm’s excellent mirror-less camera, the X-T1, made it down the vine and really peaked my interest in researching the X-series cameras that they’ve released. I’ve had other photographer friends that have picked up the very popular X100s and the X-Pro1 and loved it. I’m thinking of buying one from the X-Series and of course, […]

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Did you know that Zeiss is in the business of selling magic? I’m not talking about prestidigitation, here–I mean real wizardry packaged in metal and glass. I recently rented a package of Zeiss primes from LensRentals.com (they should rename this the Magus Package) and it’s really amazing that a tool could actually affect my pictures […]

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What do you think would make the best street photography bag? Something that blends in, is compact, durable and accessible? Well, that’s it for me and this Think Tank’s sleek and stylish shoulder-bag was more than what I could ask for! I have to say that besides a little ID holder, I’ve never really dealt […]

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Not long ago, Adobe released an app for the iPad. But with their most recent update to the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile just got a whole lot better. Since the update, I have been playing with the apps on my iPad and iPhone, and wanted to share some of my findings. I downloaded Lightroom to my […]

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First things first; this is not a technical user review. Anyone can look up facts about the nuts and bolts of this (or any) camera, therefore I’m not going to waste time with that. I’m concerned with the user experience, which happens to be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve wanted to review the Leica […]

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In a recent conversation with Chase Reynolds over at LensRentals, we couldn’t wait to talk about all the new “hot gear”. As you now know, the LensRentals.com team sees quite a bit of inventory come and go from their warehouse so it’s always interesting to hear about the different products that are being moved on […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. Get […]

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As a long-time Canon shooter I can admit, it’s hard to entertain the notion of changing gear. Not so much because of the tools themselves, but because of the investment and overall familiarity. Yet in the search to locate the ideal full-frame upgrade that best suits my interests, I wanted to try something a little […]

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Lumix GH4, Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, f1.8, 1/5000s, ISO 200, JPG straight from camera. I’m working on a post that will explain why I’m in the market to replace my D800. In the meantime, I’ve been utilizing LensRental.com’s excellent service to try out some of the hot cameras on the market right now. This week […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Roger Cicala of LensRentals.com I suspect I’ll never be on any manufacturer’s “early review copy” list for new lenses. There are already plenty of good early lab reviews on the eagerly awaited Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens our there. So when we received our first Sigma 50 f/1.4 […]

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I typically feel pretty set in my ways once I find my groove, but every now and then, a I get the urge to branch out and try something different. Those urges are highly motivated by the really nice word, “FREE.” Right now, the onOne Software Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition is a free download. […]

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Portraits with a tilt-shift lens? YEAH. I’ve never done it and I wanted to, so I rented the lens! If you aren’t familiar with a Tilt-Shift lens, then you’re probably got a somewhat confused face going on as you read this. It is a special lens, mainly used for architectural photography, due to its ability to […]

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Pentax 645D, 55mm f/2.8 lens, f/2.8, five frame HDR, ISO 200. I recently bought a Pentax 67, which is a medium format camera that shoots film. This was my first real taste of shooting this way. Why’s it called medium format? Let’s explore the origins of the formats. Large Format. Well, large format refers to film that is […]

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Over the years, I’ve found myself purchasing, trading, selling, tactfully acquiring, or otherwise receiving and getting rid of lenses. I’ve journeyed through pages and pages of reviews and online forums, spoke to many wonderful skilled photographers and dissected people’s images to find out what I wanted and what I needed in terms of glass. My […]

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As the demand for video increases in a photographer’s workflow, so does the need for additional continuous lighting.  The advent of LED lighting has seen the arrival of many lightweight and versatile products, such as the Yongnuo YN-160S Pro LED Video Light.  The YN-160S features 160 LED lamps with 16 levels of adjustment, 5500K color […]

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In a recent podcast conversation, I was able to talk to the fellas over at LensRentals.com.  With their warehouse being full of every type of photography and videography gear, I was curious to know what camera is flying off the shelves in their warehouse.  And their answer might or might not be shocking to some.  Not […]

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I’m a big fan of the CamRanger system… particularly when it comes to shooting unique and challenging camera angles.  By being able to remotely monitor and adjust my camera, I can put it in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot while still getting the best angle.  I can then use the CamRanger app and hardware to control the […]

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I’ve been working with a great athlete lately Zach DiPaolo.  He flies through the air on motorbikes (a skill I can’t possibly fathom to develop). To do this I needed some specialty gear. This week, Director of Photography Jim Ball and I set out to really capture Zach in as many ways as possible. I […]

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I just got a great camera strap…and I hate camera straps. Let me tell why I don’t use camera straps, and why I’ll be using this one from Joby everyday. I don’t use a camera strap around my neck for three reasons. Firstly, it gives a me crick in the neck that won’t go away […]

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As photographers, we are always scoping out good camera straps and when you are around other photographers. It’s a topic that usually comes up especially if someone has a decent strap they are sporting. A good camera strap can make having your camera on your body a much more comfortable experience. Camera straps have come […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Eduardo Angel, filmmaker and educator. The friendly waiter at the Turkish restaurant in Sohar, Oman, saw the camera on the table and asked “Nikon? Canon? Which one is better?” To which I replied, “actually, this is a Panasonic GH3.” He stared at me, and his expression turned from excited […]

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