Ah… tis the season of giving! Last week we introduced you to some great gift ideas under $100. We are continuing our Gear Guide this week with ideas that cost just a bit more. For those of you who have a little bit of a budget and you want to make sure you’re spending it wisely, we wholeheartedly support that endeavor with these fantastic gift ideas that will keep you under $200 but still put a big grin on your favorite photographer’s face. [more]
Canon UK has published five images taken with the two new lenses announced earlier this month. Three images were posted for the 24-70mm f/4 and two for the 35mm f/2. A couple I recognize from the low resolution samples available on the day of announcement, but it’s nice that now high resolution samples are available for inspection. [more]
Right now, the Canon 5D Mark III is on sale on Ebay for $2,886, which is $400 less than other retailers even after the current $200 instant rebate. If you missed your chance to buy Canon before they cracked down on MAP pricing and are kicking yourself, it looks like you just got another chance. If you’re shopping for the perfect gift, this is a great chance to grab it while it’s discounted. [more]
With a simple change in focal length, we know that we can drastically change and control the depth of field. In this lesson from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan shoots a fashion portrait at the Vasquez Rocks in California. Not only does he cover how to control the depth of field, but you’ll also learn how he uses this tip to enhance his work. [more]
If you’re a fan of setting up bird feeders and watching the adorable little animals swoop into your back yard, you might want to look into this new piece of equipment designed by Bryson Lovett. Instead of hunting down your favorite avian wildlife at 200 mm, this little contraption allows you to view and photograph the birds up close and personal without invading their space.
Every photograph that is taken with a traditional camera is more than likely going to require you to depress it’s shutter button. If you’re an action or wildlife shooter, you may have one of those super-fast trigger fingers where you lie in wait for the moment of the perfect shot. This little Kickstarter item might just give your fingers that extra edge for a faster push and better grip on it. Video inside! [more]
Well that was a longer wait that we originally anticipated, but the Canon EOS M mirrorless camera and all the accessories are finally in stock coast to coast. BorrowLenses.com got them in house on November 10 and B&H just confirmed stock of the camera today. [more]
If you’ve been paying attention to Sigma over the past five months, you know that they have been producing better and higher quality lenses than ever before. I personally have been extremely impressed with the pro-level glass that Sigma is producing, with few complaints during testing. Recently, their new lens lineup has piqued a significant amount of interest from you readers, so we took a few minutes to sit down with Sigma and pose some of your burning questions regarding their new lenses, the business, and what we can expect in the future. [more]
Many of you were clamoring for some samples taken with the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4, and we got them for you. These six images, all taken with the new lens, show a lot of promise. I’m not going to say much more of my opinion here. I want to hear from you guys. Do you like what you see? [more]
Weapons of Mass Production’s Kevin Good walks us through the in’s and out’s of four of the most popular lens brands on the market, in one of the most popular focal ranges… the 24-70mm. Brace yourself as only one of these lenses will be spared John Pellett’s bat. [more]
It’s becoming that time of year again, and we photographers are difficult to buy for. There is just so much in the market, it’s hard to know what we will love. Not to worry, Fstoppers is here to help. Not only are we compiling a list of the best stuff for photographers, we break it down by price so you don’t break the bank. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing updates to our Holiday Gear Guide, first starting with the lower-cost items and working our way up to the premium stuff. This week, let’s look at the best ideas under $100. [more]
If you’ve ever dropped your camera, and I have, you’ll know that sickening sound of plastic and metal hitting concrete and the immediate surge of fear that follows when you realize that many thousands of dollars of delicate equipment could now be mangled beyond repair. In my case it was a Nikon D3 with a Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 attached falling from about 3 feet on to concrete. Ouch. But what if there was a camera that was DESIGNED to be dropped and even thrown?
Today ONA released two new bags that, as far as I am concerned, just look freaking sexy: the Brixton and the Palma. Both bags are over-the-shoulder design and seem to be trying to appeal to our desire to not only shoot, but shoot in style. I can’t speak to the comfort, usability or lifespan of the product (as I haven’t gotten my hands on one of the bags yet), but I can say that they certainly are pleasant to look at. Did I mention they’re pretty? [more]
A little earlier this year, Fotodiox released a new series of filter systems for use specifically for wide angle lenses, lenses that traditionally are unable to accept filters due to a protruding front element. Though somewhat pricey, the WonderPana line addresses a need that I’m certain some of you have been looking for. [more]
Anyone getting started out in DSLR video production can tell you that one of the biggest frustrations for them is changing focus during a shot. This is where FocusMaker comes in. It attaches to any lens and in just a few minutes you can have focus points marked on the big ruler, and easily jump back and forth from focus point to focus point.