Review: Sigma 70mm f2.8 DG Macro Art (Canon EF)

The 70mm focal length has always weirded me out, so when theSigma 70mm f2. 8 DG Macro Art came in I was a scratching my head for sure. Macro work is fun, but it gets monotonous after some time. The 70mm focal length is odd for portraiture, but the right photographer can make it work.

The Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD Lets You Shoot in the Rain with a $599 Price Tag

Tamron continues to make lenses that promise to be really nice and give them a super affordable price point; and the newTamron 17-35mm F2. 8-4 Di OSD seems to be adhering to that philosophy. With their token silver ring around the mounting, this lens will go for $599 and will feature moisture resistance--which means that you'll be able to shoot with it in the rain when the opportunity comes around.

Review: Blackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition (A Proper Man-Purse of a Camera Bag)

When theBlackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition came in for review, the first thing I thought about is just how much it looks like a man purse. I've reviewed tons of stylish camera bags before, but more than anything else that I've used, theBlackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition seems best meant to accompany your super high end camera--yet theBlackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition isn't available at a super high end price.

Review: Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-4 Power OIS (Micro Four Thirds)

When thePanasonic 12-60mm f2. 8-4 Power OIS was announced with a number of other variable aperture lenses out there, I was very confused. Why would Panasonic make a lineup of lenses with a variable aperture and target them at professional photographers? Many want constant aperture lenses.

Review: Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4 Power OIS (Micro Four Thirds)

When thePanasonic 12-60mm f2. 8-4 Power OIS was announced with a number of other variable aperture lenses out there, I was very confused. Why would Panasonic make a lineup of lenses with a variable aperture and target them at professional photographers? Many want constant aperture lenses.

Review: Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

When testing theTamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD, I had a whole lot of hope. The company's lenses have been stellar and they've been winning many awards. But when it came to working with this lens, things were just off.

Review: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD (Sony FE)

Generally speaking, I'm not one that likes zoom lenses; but when I considered what theTamron 28-75mm f2. 8 Di III RXD is then I didn't mind it all that much. The talks about autofocus issues are in my opinion highly over exaggerated as I personally didn't see them with my unit.

Review: HEX Raven DSLR Sling Camera Bag

There are so many things about theHEX Raven DSLR Sling Camera Bag that could have made it the absolute perfect bag for the commuter in a city that isn't as densely populated as NYC. But at the same time, theHEX Raven DSLR Sling Camera Bag can be easily converted to be a sling bag for everyday use--and that's where I feel it excels the most.

Review: Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

When I started using theRokinon 50mm f1. 4 AF FE, I didn't think that I and readers who I share images with on Instagram would adore the image quality this much; don't get me wrong, I knew that Rokinon lenses are great but this one seemed to create absolute magic.

Review: Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 Art DG (Canon EF, Tested on Sony FE)

When theSigma 14-24mm f2. 8 Art DG came in for review, I saw the review going something like this "It's great. Get it. " Now that's not me being biased, but Sigma's Art lineup of lenses have consistently been stellar and there isn't a whole lot of argument about that.

Extended First Impressions: Sony a7 III in Las Vegas

"Oh dear. " is what I literally said to myself while sick in bed at the W Hotel when Sony announced the Sony a7 III. My expression came from watching Sally Watson's Live Stream was more of a commentary on the fact that Sony is calling theSony a7 III the "Basic" camera.

Behind the Scenes: How TAP and DYE Make Their Camera Straps

When you visit the workspace ofTAP and DYE, you see a well manicured, clean, and well organized workspace that outputs any number of camera straps a day. In many ways, it looks like those picturesque photos of random things presented neatly.

Lens Review: Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR (Fujifilm GF Format)

Despite the fact that I have an eternal hatred of zoom lenses, I couldn't stop reaching for theFujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens during my review period with it. It's versatile for sure, and despite its slow aperture it allows a photographer to have a whole lot of focal lengths with a constant aperture without needing to go back and forth to change lenses.

Lens Review: Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 R WR (Fujifilm GF)

There's something about theFujifilm GF 23mm F4 R WR that can only be described as majestic; it delivers a big, grand, wide view of the world but it also has a very classic documentary look and feel to it that I think is going to be valued by adventure and documentary photographers who choose the Fujifilm GF system.

Review: Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack (the Essential Adventure Camera Bag)

I known about the Shimoda backpacks well before they were even announced, and for a period of a few months I've been reviewing and testing the Shimoda Explore 40 backpack. For the first time ever, I'm shocked to say that this bag is overkill for most photographers in almost every single way.

Review: Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack (The Essential Adventure Camera Bag)

I known about the Shimoda backpacks well before they were even announced, and for a period of a few months I've been reviewing and testing the Shimoda Explore 40 backpack. For the first time ever, I'm shocked to say that this bag is overkill for most photographers in almost every single way.

Review: Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E Mount)

When testing theSigma 16mm f1. 4 DC DN Contemporary lens, I realized that in many ways it has to be a perfect lens for photographers who use Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. It's around a 24mm f1. 8 field of view when shooting wide open, and can suit the needs of so many photographers due to its versatility.

Review: IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone (Canon EF Mount)

When the IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone came in for review, I tried to figure out what I'd exactly do with a lens like this. It's super wide and has full frame coverage. It's too slow to really work effectively for astrophotography, but it is surely good enough to use for a day of fun walking about in Brooklyn.

The Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF has Autofocus and Weather Sealing

Rokinon has been systematically working on updates for a number of their lenses; and the latest is theRokinon 14mm f2. 8 AF. This is an autofocus lens designed for DSLRs--not Sony full frame mirrorless cameras the way that some of the previous versions have been.

Review: Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon EF)

What pretty much every photographer seems to aim for is a 24-70mm lens of some sort, and theTamron 24-70mm f2. 8 Di VC USD G2 may be just the thing that many photographers really need. There are professional features to a lens like this such as a metal exterior, weather sealing, and solid image quality that embraces a more saturated look.

Review: Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO (Micro Four Thirds)

In absolutely so many ways, the Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO lens is the only lens that you'll probably ever need if you're combining it with the company's fantastic higher end cameras. Micro Four Thirds camera owners who use this lens may never take it off unless they want something with a faster aperture.

Review: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens (Canon EF Mount)

One of the best pieces of news that professional working photographers have heard in the lens world could be about theSigma 24-70mm f2. 8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. Unlike many first party options out there, it has optical stabilization built in which helps a whole lot at weddings, events, for portraits, etc.

Review: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (Canon EF Mount)

The Sigma 14mm f1. 8 DG HSM Art lens is the fastest aperture wide angle lens that you can currently find on the market, and it's perfect in so many ways for the photographers that do astrophotography as well as those who photograph interiors in low lighting.

The Olympus 17mm f1.2 and 45mm f1.2 PRO Finally Go Official

It's about time--Olympus is today announcing their brand new 17mm f1. 2 PRO and Olympus 45mm f1. 2 PRO lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. These lenses join the 25mm f1. 2 PRO lens as the fastest aperture Olympus lenses on the market.

Review: Nikon D850 (A Fantastic DSLR, But Im Over DSLRs)

If you look around at various reviews of the Nikon D850 on the web, they'll most likely rate it as one of the best cameras ever made thus far. In truth, it really does perform very admirably and it absolutely does have a great sensor at the heart.

Review: Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II (Canon EF Mount)

Canon has always been a company that is a bit slower to change things, and so when the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II was announced, I was pleased to see that they did a number to fix many issues with the previous lens.

Everything You Need to Know About the Nikon D850

Tonight, Nikon is announcing their brand new D850 DSLR camera. You should check out our first impressions coverage of this camera. But if you're interested, here's the full press release.

First Impressions: Nikon D850 (The 45.7MP Full Frame Beast)

In what is perhaps one of the worst kept secrets of the year in the photo industry, the Nikon D850 is finally making its debut today. The Nikon D850 is the company's latest update to the Nikon D810 and brings with it a number of other pretty awesome features that are probably bound to keep Nikon users from going to something like a Sony a9 instead.

How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens For You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and is often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to making appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look that you are attempting to produce.

Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon EF)

The Tamron SP 70-200mm F2. 8 Di VC USD G2 is an entry point into one of the most popular telephoto zoom lens options out there--and it's actually a damned fantastic one. Tamron has always created lenses that are high quality, affordable, and built pretty well.

Review: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Canon EF-S)

The Tamron 10-24mm F3. 5-4. 5 Di II VC HLD is a lens that has been sorely needed for a while: it delivers a wide angle zoom option to APS-C DSLRs while putting in weather sealing, good autofocus performance, light weight, and overall great image quality.

Review: Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Shoulder Bag Changer 20

The Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Shoulder Bag Changer 20 is a bag that I was wary and had predispositions about, but in the end I was honestly pleasantly surprised and rather infatuated with just how good of a camera bag Manfrotto managed to create.

Which One?: Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art vs Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art Comparison

If you're a portrait photographer, the question of Sigma 85mm f1. 4 Art vs Sigma 135mm f1. 8 Art has most likely come up. The two lenses are portrait photography powerhouses designed to be some of the best lenses in the world and have attractive characters to portrait photographers of all types.

Review: Sony 35mm f1.4 (Sony Alpha)

If you were to look back at some of the quintessential lens options for the Sony Alpha lineup of lenses, then you're sure to figure that the company would have updated their 35mm f1. 4 by now; but they haven't.

How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens for You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and is often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to making appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look that you are attempting to produce.