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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 29, 2021  |  0 comments

Three big reasons to buy a Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. First, it’s an ultra-wideangle capable of sweeping wide shots that are sharp edge-to-edge and span 94°. Second, it’s a 1:2 Macro lens (one-half life-size) that focuses as close as 4.3 inches. Third, this 2.5-inch lens costs just $249.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Anthropologists recently revealed that the DNA of modern man differs from Neanderthals, Denisovans and other early human prototypes by a mere 1.5 to 7%. Witnessing lack of driver courtesy on the NY State Thruway, I could have told you that without ever even looking at a genome. But these new facts beg the question: “Why do so few photographs remain?”

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 15, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s easy to make a pinhole camera. Making a good pinhole camera, on the other hand, is damn hard. And it’s even harder to make a pinhole lens for a digital camera. But wouldn’t it be fun to create the intriguing effects only a pinhole aperture can produce?

Lensbaby, legendary manufacturer of creative effects lenses, has invented the Lensbaby Obscura, a digital camera lens that accurately and precisely produces the same amazing results of not one but three different pinhole mechanisms.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 08, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s Friday and I just ordered a set of 9 color graduated filters from Amazon for $26.59 in 67mm. Cheap, no? Amazingly, the 52mm set is $4 cheaper. Part of me says, “What can you expect from a $3 filter?” But the optimistic little devil sitting on my other shoulder whispers, “How bad can they be?”

Read on to learn whether this buy turned out to be a bargain or a bagel.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 01, 2021  |  0 comments

Tamron just released their new 150-500mm f/5-6.7 zoom and we received one of the first samples for review. Where would you take such a lens? We went to the NJ Audubon Center, a Somerset Patriots baseball game (they’re the NY Yankees’ Double-A minor league farm team), a nearby nature preserve and the patch of bee-attractant flowers in my back yard. Here’s our review and lots of pictures from these four venues.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments

There’s something about denim that says comfort with style. And the Domke F-5XB and original F-2 shoulder bags have been favorites of photographers since their introduction. Put this all together and you have a combination of Denim Domke that is bound to make you smile. Available now—and of course made in the US of A.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 18, 2021  |  0 comments

Gura Gear is back in the photo shoulder bag game in a big way with 13- and 16-inch Chobe 2.0 Everyday Carry bags. Roomy, functional and extremely durable, these handsome bags appeal to travelers, photographers, businessmen and students, and everyone else who appreciates absolute top-shelf quality

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 11, 2021  |  0 comments

Topaz Studio 2 provides the most creative fun you can have editing digital images for under $100, hands down. Experiment, build, adjust, edit and create your own personalized “Looks” for your photos, and save them for future use. Each Look functions as a customized filter for Photoshop within the Studio 2 plug-in. Topaz Studio 2 offers so many possibilities, you’ll never run out of creative options. And it’s soooo EASY. Here are the step-by-step instructions.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 09, 2021  |  5 comments

Your mirrorless or DSLR camera probably offers four Exposure Modes: Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual. Program Mode is easy, Manual Mode is slow, and Aperture Priority Mode is the best in most situations. Here’s why.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 04, 2021  |  0 comments

Here are three very good and very different photo backpacks, each unique in its own ways. With summer coming and travel restrictions loosening, it’s time to pack a new bag and head out to make up for lost time exposures.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 02, 2021  |  0 comments

The insanely popular Nik Collection of Photoshop plug-ins has been upgraded to Version 4.0. The good news: DxO has made many useful improvements and added some new presets. The bad news: no new filters.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 28, 2021  |  0 comments

Whether you call Flying Saucers by their traditional name or use the Pentagon’s new nomenclature (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena), capturing a UFO/UAP video or digital image is easier than it sounds. So grab your camera and tinfoil hat and join the fun.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 21, 2021  |  2 comments

Ranging in price from $5 to $75, these unique and special photo-related products make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for a graduating senior who digs photography. Holiday Alert: Father’s Day is June 20.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 14, 2021  |  0 comments

Topaz Labs claims that Sharpen AI is the first sharpening tool that can tell the difference between real detail and noise. Breakthrough or BS? And why is this important to you?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 07, 2021  |  0 comments

This is the best new bag I’ve seen in 2021, hands down. Innovative and functional design, great cosmetics and durable but light-weight material—and it offers practical modular expansion. Yep, this bag is definitely a keeper.

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