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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 12, 2024  |  0 comments

High-quality 10mm ultra-wideangle f/2.0 lens for way less than 200 bucks? Are you serious? We took a hard look at TTArtisan's $159 all-metal 10mm f/2 ASPH manual-manual lens for APS-C format cameras. Here's what we think.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 05, 2024  |  0 comments

In addition to the usual suspects, we've rounded up a couple lesser-known options. It's time to get those images off your phone and out into the world for others to enjoy.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2024  |  0 comments

Less than one month after announcing their plans to acquire US cinema camera manufacturer RED.com, LLC, Nikon stunned the photographic industry by declaring that they've consummated the acquisition of Konica-Minolta, a leading manufacturer of business technology and office products.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 29, 2024  |  0 comments

Who can resist the sumptuous appeal of a finely-crafted, genuine leather bag? Combined with elegant styling and superb workmanship, the common camera sling can be elevated to an explicit work of art, an everlasting leather heirloom, even. GRAMS(28), a Hong Kong-based leather goods brand, offers the 172 Camera Sling, a gorgeous and roomy camera shoulder bag that delivers on these potentials. That said, some questionable construction decisions may mar its appeal to ardent photographers. Hear me out…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 25, 2024  |  0 comments

Emerging directly from the "Why didn't I think of that?" category, legendary filter manufacturer and distributor of popular photo accessories Tiffen just announced an inexpensive adapter that allows users to mount 58mm filters on Apple 14- and 15-series iPhones. Leveraging Apple's MagSafe Technology, the new adapter expands creative opportunities for high-end smartphone users.

Shutterbug's new Choosing Wisely series aims to deliver concise, summarized information about products we think you'll like. Here's how Choosing Wisely evaluates the Tiffen Smartphone 58mm Filter Mount. (Spoiler alert: it's brilliant.)

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 22, 2024  |  0 comments

Photo Walks are in. As we welcome spring to our part of the world, photo walks should be on your radar. But he who hesitates is lost wandering the streets alone. For example, Ricoh Imaging recently announced a photo walk in Las Vegas via an email blast. Slated for April 6, the event sold out with lightning speed. Thankfully, Ricoh has more walks at other locations in the works. Similarly, Fujifilm and Luminar Neo recently shared plans for 50 photo walks throughout the US. If you hope to participate in a photo walk, you must monitor the schedules and act FAST. Let's unpack this.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 21, 2024  |  0 comments

A tripod is the only accessory that makes every image sharper. Premium British tripod manufacturer 3 Legged Thing just introduced accessories that greatly expand tripod applications for all content creators: the 3 Legged Thing Ultra Plates. There's also an accessory for these new accessories: The Thingy.

3 Legged Thing Ultra Plates (and the chance to score a Thingy) are being offered on Kickstarter NOW. Backers who pledge within the first 48 hours receive bonus discounts.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 15, 2024  |  0 comments

Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and other top-tier camera and lens makers offer refurbished products directly to end users via special pages on their website. You can save some dough, but do you want to own a renewed product? Let's unpack this…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 08, 2024  |  0 comments

Maniacal about making backup copies of photos and video footage like I am? Then this baby is for you. When set to RAID 1, the SanDisk Professional G-RAID MIRROR drive automatically duplicates data onto a second built-in drive as it's stored to provide worry-free data redundancy.

Our new Choosing Wisely series aims to deliver concise, summarized information about products we think you'll like. You can read what Choosing Wisely wrote about the SanDisk Professional G-RAID MIRROR external hard drive here.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 07, 2024  |  0 comments

Leica just announced the Leica SL3, the third model in their storied SL series of mirrorless cameras. Shutterbug was given access to a not-quite-final sample for several days. Here's our report and a small gallery of images we captured.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 01, 2024  |  0 comments

How often is lens cleaning necessary? What's the safest and most effective way to do it? What materials are best?

 

What you don't know can hurt you. What you read here can also be successfully applied to your eyeglasses, smartphone, Apple Watch and more.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 22, 2024  |  0 comments

OWC has expanded their end-to-end ecosystem of professional storage solutions by adding three new items of vital interest to content creators, moviemakers and photographers in general. Their latest innovation is their Atlas USB4 CFexpress Type B 4.0 Memory Card Reader. Here's the total rundown. If you want to speed up your workflow and improve data safekeeping, you need to read this.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 19, 2024  |  First Published: Feb 20, 2024  |  0 comments

Featuring body-integrated image stabilization, a 40.2-megapixel back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor, and enhanced video capabilities, the new Fujifilm X100VI will be available in March 2024 at the MSRP of $1599 in black or silver colorways. "X100VI" is pronounced "X100 Six" as it's the sixth model in Fujifilm's popular X100 series which debuted at Photokina in 2010.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 18, 2024  |  0 comments

Photo/drone accessory powerhouse PGYTECH has updated their popular OneGo Solo shoulder bag. Three sizes accommodate a wide assortment of cameras, lenses and other gear. Priced from $79.95, the PGYTECH OneGo Solo V2 series offers high quality, attractive styling and an innovative approach to carrying your stuff. But they're not perfect. Read on to view the Pros and Cons as we see them.

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