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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 07, 2024  |  0 comments

Gear wraps, those flexible, soft squares of protection we use to cushion our cameras and lenses, are pretty much all the same, right? Wrong. Although they're all used for the same purpose (more or less), each brand has its own unique characteristics. Today we look at four wraps, each of which can be crowned king of its category.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 02, 2024  |  0 comments

The 50mm f/1.2 all-manual APS-C lens from TTArtisan costs around a hundred bucks and is built like an Acme anvil. It offers outstanding value for the dollar and is fun to use. But it's not perfect. Read on to review the Pros and Cons as we see them.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 19, 2024  |  0 comments

There's a lot of noise about AI right now, and most of it AIn't good. That's understandable. Even so, don't let the naysayers detour you from experiencing the most powerful photo editing tools in the universe.

If you want to discover what you've been missing, or if you're just AI-curious, here's enough to get started enjoying Adobe Firefly, the future of graphics, in its various guises.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 22, 2023  |  0 comments

You don't have to be a prepper to take precautions against foul weather. Photographers have special needs when Nature is on the warpath. Here's a 10-point equipment checklist that may save your bacon when the forecast calls for imminent disaster.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 06, 2023  |  0 comments

This season presents a perfect chance to upgrade your photography equipment, and Tamron is offering enticing promotions on their high-quality lenses.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 19, 2023  |  0 comments

Gifts for photographers? We have some suggestions—20 of them. And don't forget to treat yourself—you deserve it. You what?! Oh well, treat yourself anyway.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 10, 2023  |  0 comments

If you geek out (like we do) over the technology tools that power our digital photography habit, you will fanatically Jones over OWC. In the sleepy little town of Woodstock, IL a wide awake company called Other World Computing offers just about everything a photographer, computer maven, Apple fan or Mac freak could ever want.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 13, 2023  |  0 comments

Can you buy a camera at a better price in Japan? Many factors suggest that this could seem like a logical conclusion. The Japanese yen has fallen in value against the US dollar over the past several months and now hovers near the psychological barrier of ¥150 to one US dollar. Skyrocketing inflation, stagnant export sales and a weak yen are exacerbating the struggles of the Japanese economy. Has this cocktail of financial havoc generated bargains for photographers?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 28, 2023  |  0 comments

Whether your strategy to beat this summer's heat involves the beach, the municipal pool or the backyard sprinkler, you can capture the fun with a waterproof, all-weather camera. Bonus— they're not just for summer. They also stand up to spring showers, wintry blizzards and the grubby hands of children.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 21, 2023  |  0 comments

Many photographers routinely create images that are good technically and in every other way, but are still about average. In many instances, you can transform your photography skills from typical to exceptional with the right accessory. Besides that, here at Shutterbug we really love photo accessories. Who doesn't? Here are a half-dozen that we especially like.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 12, 2023  |  0 comments

Beware of knockoff and counterfeit Peak Design Anchor Links. Knockoffs look remarkably similar but lack the PD brand name. Counterfeits are manufactured to look just like the genuine article and are presented by unscrupulous retailers as authentic—even though they’re fakes. In either case, when you try to save a couple bucks and end up with an imitation, you’re risking the safety of your camera.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 09, 2023  |  0 comments

Now that winter has melted away and the sun is shining, it's time to capture the beauty of the outdoors. You can't go wrong with the vibrant colors and stunning natural landscapes of spring and summer. From vivid sunsets to fields of blooming wildflowers, the possibilities are endless.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 14, 2023  |  0 comments

You’re hiking in the forest and stumble upon a friendly grizzly bear who’s seated comfortably on a fallen log. You left your big camera at home to lighten your load, and the anemic lens on your smartphone just won’t do the situation justice. Without having a real camera with you to document the scene, how can you answer, once and for all, that age-old question, “Do bears sit in the woods?”

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 17, 2023  |  0 comments

If you recently purchased a Mac of any flavor, you no doubt discovered that your new computer has a ton a great features but darn few I/O ports. No USB-A, for instance. Yeah, it has a couple USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, but where do you plug in your USB-A memory card reader? Or maybe an HDMI display?

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