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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 21, 2019  |  0 comments

Here’s a close look at an innovative camera bag design that provides the capacity and comfort of a backpack and simultaneously allows you to access your gear from a padded shelf-like pod that can be swung in front of your abdomen almost instantly. If you like the idea of rotating the bottom of a backpack to your front while keeping the top part of the bag on your back, the 30-liter Twin Lakes photo backpack from Paxis ($325) does it quickly and securely.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Photo bag and camera backpack designs are compromises. Like making a bed with a sheet that’s too small, if one side is tucked in, a different side is uncovered. With that in mind, here are 10 things to look for when you're shopping for a new camera bag.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  0 comments

Leica just launched the Leica Q2, a 47.3MP compact camera that's the successor to the popular full-frame Leica Q. The Leica Q2, which has an attached (i.e. non-interchangeable) prime lens, features splash/dustproof construction, 4K video, an all-new OLED viewfinder and an improved Maestro image signal processor that has a base of ISO 50.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 28, 2019  |  0 comments

Back in the day, Kodak offered Aerochrome color infrared film which produced false colors that were at once creative, exciting and borderline psychedelic. You can recapture the fun of this classic Kodak color IR slide film with the Kolari Vision IR Chrome filter ($79 in 49mm screw-in size) if you have a digital camera that has been converted to full-spectrum photography.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 21, 2019  |  0 comments

It takes a brilliant mind to invent something, but creating a product that alleviates life’s small-but-nagging annoyances takes true genius. Here are five clever products no photographer should be without.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Admit it. You’ve always wanted a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens. For many professional and enthusiastic amateur photographers, it’s the backbone of their lens arsenal. Here’s a great candidate if you’re ready to take the plunge.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments

By definition, backpacks are worn—on the back usually—although sometimes they’re just slung over one shoulder or carried by the haul handle. Right? Well, forget that thinking for a moment and let’s explore the Viato photo backpack from Belgian sport optics brand Kite Optics. You wear it, yes, but so does your tripod. Let me explain.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 31, 2019  |  0 comments

Warm things to think about while the tip of your nose freezes and falls off.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  0 comments

What I don’t know would fill a 300TB hard drive, that’s for sure. But I thought I had a pretty good handle on Exposure X4 from Alien Skin. I’ve been using Exposure in its progressive incarnations for a long time, so I was really surprised to learn that it has powers I never knew.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 17, 2019  |  0 comments

These days anyone can shoot videos with their smartphone. But can anyone stand to watch them? Too many spontaneously spawned vids shake like a belly dancer on uppers. Here are three surefire ways to hit the brakes on the shakes and improve the quality of your personal small-format movies.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  1 comments

Photojournalist as conquering hero and Hollywood glamour photographer as sleazebag, TV and radio shows from the recent past portray cameramen as predictable-but-likable stereotypes. Thanks to YouTube and SiriusXM we can still enjoy the exploits of these 1950s photogs.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 03, 2019  |  0 comments

If you do any photo editing, you’ve probably heard about the collection of plugin filters called Nik. The package has been around for close to 15 years, and now it’s in the DxO barn so we can be confident that it will remain compatible and relevant for years to come.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  0 comments

All are limited time offers, so buy now or cry later. We found savings on Lensbaby, Sigma, Tamron, Fujifilm X-A3 and a few more.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Sigma’s new 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports zoom lens delivers in a big way. Among all lenses that reach 600mm it has the greatest zoom range at 10X. This potent professional tool has a few surprise features, too.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Never heard of Edelkrone, right? Well, write this name down because you’ll really like the camera support accessories they manufacture.

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