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LensRental’s First Impressions of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4: “New World Order”

Roger Cicala of LensRentals (who really likes to be the first person to get something up whenever new tech hits his store) has published his initial feelings on the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4. The good news for me is that all of you who have called me a “Sigma fanboy” have one more person to lump into that group. To quote, it’s the beginning of a “new world order,” and “This lens kicks butt, takes names, and basically posterizes the manufacturers who make the cameras this lens will fit on.” [more]

Time-Lapse of Dust Accumulating on Nikon D600 Sensor

We stumbled onto this video that points out the biggest issue with the Nikon D600 right now: the dust accumulation. Bloggers and reviewers across the internet are crying foul at the issue, and in case you are unfamiliar (unlikely) or just curious (most probable) about the issue, this simple video does a really good job of showing what a brand new D600 suffers from. Biggest deal to me? He never changed lenses. All the dust is internal. [more]

Holiday Gear Guide: Gift Ideas Under $200

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 Posts Test Images Taken With New 24-70mm F/4 and 35mm f/2

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]

DEAL: $400 Off Brand New Canon 5D Mark III

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]

Depth of Field as a Creative Tool

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]

For Bird Watchers-The Newest Accessory for the Iphone and GoPro

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.

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Enjoy A No-Slip Finger Grip With Shutter Button Sticker Called “ProDot”

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]

Canon EOS M Finally Makes Its Appearance

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]

Sigma Answers Your Questions About the New Lenses & Business

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]

Check Out These Hi-Res Samples Taken With Sigma’s New 35mm f/1.4

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]

Picking the Best 24-70mm Lens by WOMP

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]

The Fstoppers Holiday Gear Guide: Time to Get Ideas!

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]

Ever Want To Throw Your Camera? Here’s Your Chance

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?

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ONA Releases New Bags That Have Serious Visual Appeal

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]

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