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2015 marks the 20th anniversary of photographic IS (Image Stabilization). SLR camera shake correction began with Canon. The world’s first optical image stabilizer for 35mm SLR cameras was introduced in the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens in 1995. Since then, Canon and other manufactures have made continual advancements in stabilization systems to enhance panning […]

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    Focal length has a lot to do with modern photography. It’s always been important, and now, even more so. Changing the focal length makes a photograph of the same scene into its own unique vision.  Above, the first photo is a normal, 47º angle of view. The middle one was made with an […]

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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 I build out my camera kit, I find myself wanting to expand my options. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using used lenses. With a few caveats… Buy them from a reputable vendor or someone you know. Inspect the lens for wear and mold. Make sure the lens is compatible with your camera. I […]

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UPDATED November 2012 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I’ve also added a section briefly […]

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UPDATED July 2012 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I’ve also added a section briefly […]

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by Joe Farace There’s an old photographer’s saying—I think I made it up—that if you take care of your equipment it will take care of you. Last year I attended a hot rod show at a local racetrack planning to make some photographs. Big surprise there some of you might say but the big surprise […]

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