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Review: Gura Gear Uinta Adventure Pack

The Uinta is the latest adventure pack from Gura Gear and it is designed to be lightweight and very nimble for all day-hikes or outdoor shoots. We had a chance to review this bag over the last month and are here to share our impressions of how it held up.


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Review: Lowepro Urban Reporter 250

Lowepro’s latest line of shoulder bags are geared towards street photography but that doesn’t mean it’s only made for that purpose.


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Review: Imagenomic’s Real Grain 2

In continuation of my theme of reviewing film-inspired plugins, we have one more to share with you all, Imagenomic’s Realgrain 2. Realgrain has been updated to be faster performing with improved code to allow faster operation and even more accurate reproduction of the emulated film stocks. So how is it in actual operation?


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Review: Replichrome Plugin for Adobe Lightroom

It would seem that our undying fascination, no, obsession with all things analog has led multiple software developers to set out and replicate the looks of favored film stocks from decades past. Totally Rad! (yes that is their name) has put a lot of effort into their plugin for Lightroom (and Adobe Camera Raw) and what they’ve created is something rather like VSCO Film. So is it worth your time to consider a plugin like this? Read on for our review of Replichrome by Totally Rad!


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Review: Sigma 8mm f3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye

In our continuation of reviewing Sigma’s currently available prime lenses, we’re sharing our thoughts on the 8mm f3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye which has been in Sigma’s lineup for quite a few years. Can it hold up to today’s high-powered digital sensors? Read on to find out what we thought about it.


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Review: Think Tank Turnstyle 20 Sling Bag

The Turnstyle series from Think Tank Photo is a new nimble and low-profile set of bags which you wear diagonally across your bag, or around your waist by attaching the strap to the included waist-pad tucked inside the back panel. Available in three distinct sizes (5/10/20) depending on the amount of gear you want to carry, there are plenty of choices with this new line. We had a chance to review the Turnstyle 20, so head on past the break for our full review.


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Liquids in Motion: The High Speed Work of Jim Kramer

Jim Kramer specializes in high-speed liquid photography and has been honing his skills in this arena since 2011. He took some time to share some of his recent images with us and a little bit about his process. Check out his work past the break.


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What’s in The Bag of Adventure Photographer Corey Rich?

Corey Rich is one of the most prominent outdoors / adventure photographers out there, and he’s taken a moment to share the contents of his gear bag with us all. Check out the video below the break.


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Review: VSCO Film Pack 04 for Lightroom

The latest release from Visual Supply Co. is here in the form of Film Pack 04. I had a chance to spend some time with the latest presets and share my thoughts on them.


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Creating the Photograph: Benjamin Von Wong’s “Redemption”

In this week’s “Creating the Photograph”, we feature Benjamin Von Wong’s photograph “Redemption”.


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RED’s Dragon is Breathing Fire With These Samples From Tom Lowe

Tom Lowe has been testing the Red Dragon for the past week in Sri Lanka and has shared some still frames from his work over there so far. Needless to say, it’s pretty exciting to see what this new system is capable of.


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Peering Into The Past of NYC Compared to Today

Paul Sahner’s blog “NYC-Grid” features a “Before & After” series of historical photos of NYC matched up almost perfectly to the same places today.


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Review: Cokin Pure-Harmonie ND-X Filter

The build of the Cokin ND-X feels really nice in the hand, and the filter elements themselves gave me clean and clear light reduction without nasty color-casts (typically magenta).


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Long Term Review: Fujifilm XF 18mm f2 R

With all of the recent updates to the Fujifilm X-System cameras and lenses via firmware, we thought it made sense to revisit the XF 18mm f2 lens which launched with the X-Pro 1. Has it been improved via firmware? Read on to find out.


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Life in Focus: Jeff Curtes on Traversing The Globe With Action Sports

We had a chance to chat with Jeff Curtes recently, who is the subject of F-Stop Gear’s latest episode in their “Life in Focus” video series. You can read our interview with Jeff and catch the video while you’re at it!


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Review: Gura Gear Bataflae 18L Backpack

We had a chance to spend some time with the Bataflae 18L backpack from Gura Gear. It’s designed with outdoor & safari photographers in mind, but is it for you? Check out our full review for our thoughts on this backpack.


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Going Wide in Sports Photography

Ryu Voelkel breaks down the barriers of restricting sports photography to long lenses. He explains the virtues of utilizing wide and ultra-wide lenses to animate the scene and produce unique images from a different point of view.


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So What Exactly is a Petzval Lens?

Ever seen portraits that had a fascinating swirl-like bokeh and field curvature, but never knew how it was done? Well it all lies in the Petzval lens design, and we’re sharing some of its storied past.


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The Basics of Photography: E for Exposure

Confused by the concept of controlling exposure on your camera? Come check out this week’s guide in our series “The Basics of Photography” for a primer on understanding exposure.


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Review: Ricoh GR

The Ricoh GR is an exciting new compact APS-C camera that lends itself to be the perfect camera for travel and street photography, but does it deliver? Read our full review to get our thoughts on this discreet street ninja.


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Essentials: The Outdoor Photographer

Continuing our Essentials series, we take a look at outdoor photography and what we use for our adventures.


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Review: Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f3.5 ED AS UMC

We reviewed the Rokinon 24mm Tilt-Shift lens, a first of its kind for third party manufacturers. Is it worth looking into? Check out our review to find out.


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Review: Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW Backpack

We do a full review of the new Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW Backpack and see what it has to offer outdoors photographers.


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Review: Sigma 20mm f1.8 EX DG RF Aspherical

We review the Sigma 20mm f1.8 for Canon and see what it’s capable of as one of the fastest ultra wide lenses available.


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Review: Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon hasn’t been as active in the large sensor compact camera arena (much like Canon) as other brands, but they recently launched a camera that was rather a-typical for them. The Coolpix A has a 16MP APS-C sized sensor with a fixed 18.5mm f2.8 (28mm equivalent) lens which makes it a compact street-shooter’s dream (on


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Life in Focus: Scott Serfas on Capturing The Essence of Snowboarding

We share the latest episode of F-Stop Gear’s Life in Focus video series as well as our interview with Scott Serfas.


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100 Year Old Photos Discovered in Verascope Camera

We share a great historical camera find from Chris Hughes at A Nerd’s World, as well as some of the glass plates that were inside.


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The Basics of Photography: C for Composition

Continuing our Basics of Photography series, we touch on the all-too-important topic of composition, and how it will improve your images.


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First Impressions: Nikon Coolpix A

The Nikon Coolpix A is actually a pocketable camera with a big sensor.


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Life in Focus: Brian Matiash on Urban Exploring & HDR

Brian Matiash is one of F-Stop Gear’s Pro Team members and the focus of the latest “Life in Focus” episode. We had a chance to chat with Brian about his work.


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Five Low Profile Camera Bags Worth Carrying

Photographers have often been plagued with being forced to carry bulky, cumbersome bags that are a nightmare to deal with. Thankfully there are better options.


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Five Lenses for The Discerning Landscape Photographer

Looking for a new landscape focal length? Here are some of our favorites.


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Review: Pentax K-5 II & K-5 IIs

The Pentax K-5 was a big hit when it was released back in 2010, as it was a follow-up to the popular K-7 with many improvements in overall image quality and hi-ISO as well. Pentax saw fit to improve upon the K-5 and have brought about the new K-5 II; however they didn’t just stop there, they have also delivered the K-5 IIs (S for Sharpness?) which lacks an Optical Low Pass Filter (aka: Anti-Aliasing Filter) for preserving critical sharpness and overall image detail right in the camera. I have spent time with both cameras simultaneously and have prepared my thoughts and findings for you all. Head on past the break for the full review.


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Review: Camranger Wireless Tether

The CamRanger is a new device on the market for creating a wireless network to connect your Canon or Nikon* DSLR to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for live-view tethering capabilities. A device such as this can be potentially indispensable to landscape, architecture and studio product photographers. Additionally, the CamRanger supports Live View video recording so you can use your iPhone or iPad as an external monitor. I’ve spent some time now with the CamRanger and the following is my thoughts and review.


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Review: Incase Ari Marcopoulos Camera Bag

Incase – a brand well-known for their cases & bags made for iPhones, iPods and all the other Apple devices in your life – has started to produce camera bags within the last few years and recently teamed up with Dutch-born photographer Ari Marcopoulos to create a stylish and functional new sling bag with mobile-photographers (meaning on-the-go, not iPhoneographers) specifically in mind. I’ve had the last month or so to spend with the bag and see how well it works in everyday life. Head on past the break for the full review of the Incase Ari Marcopoulos Camera Bag.


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Review: Pentax MX-1

The Pentax MX-1 is a new retro-styled compact camera on the market (a new trend that I am an enormous fan of personally). They (Pentax) have been so gracious as to loan me one for a while to share my thoughts and experiences with it. I have had a chance to spend some time with the camera, and the following is my thoughts about it.


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How I Caught The Photo Bug: Features Editor Abram Goglanian

It was this instructor that inspired me to pursue photography in college and build a career out of it. The first camera that became truly my own was a Canon EOS Elan 7, which set the stage for me to build upon the Canon ecosystem over the next 10+ years.


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Review: Sony RX1

Sony’s RX1 is the first of a new breed of compact camera; the very first compact digital camera with a full-frame 24×36 sensor. I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with this digital pioneer and the following consists of my thoughts and experiences.


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Shameless Plug: Give This Canon 5D Mk II a Good Home

Interested in buying a 5D Mark II body? Well I just happen to have an extra one. I have been using this camera for the past few years, but I have typically been a two camera body shooter for most of that time so it wasn’t always seeing use 100% of the time. Cosmetically speaking it is in excellent condition overall, with some minor wear on the strap lugs and tiny knicks here and there but no significant damage in any way. The shutter has had a little over 45k actuations and has plenty of life left in it.


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Review: Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

Timbuk2 is a brand better known for making messenger bags, particularly ones that are tailored around cyclists, however in recent years they have begun to apply their bag-making-knowledge into new designs and starting to explore options for carrying camera equipment. One of their newest options is the Espionage Backpack, and they have been so kind as to supply me with one to check out and share my thoughts with you all. The following is my review of the Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack.


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The Girl & The Dog & The Dead Photographer

Have you seen this image? Much of the internet would like you to believe that it was taken by the legendary Henri Cartier-Bresson, as he has been the one credited for capturing it. However it has been recently discovered that this is not actually the case. Head on past the break to find out the truth.


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100 Year Old Photos Found in an Antique French Camera

How often can you say that have you come across an actual historical discovery? Anton Orlov (of San Diego, CA) made just such a lucky find inside of an ca. 1901 Bellini Jumelle stereo camera (similar to the one pictured above) he purchased at a shop for about $100. Head on past the break to hear about what he found inside.


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Review: Induro 75mm Hi-Hat & Kupo Vision Arm

The Induro Hi-Hat is a new tripod for photographers and videographers alike, capable of supporting a great weight and getting real low to the ground. I have been looking for a tripod such as this that would enable me to get extremely low angle shots without always having to lay on the ground to get them. Induro offered to send me the new LFB75 Hi-Hat and Kupo Vision Arm to see what I thought about it. Continue on past the break for my review.


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Review: Think Tank Sub Urban Disguise 10

Think Tank just recently launched a new line of bags called the Sub Urban Disguise which is designed to be a very small option for carrying either mirrorless / compact systems or a regular sized DSLR with 1-2 lenses. I’ve had the bag for a few weeks now, and I feel that I understand it well enough to share my thoughts, head on past the break for my review of the Think Tank Sub Urban Disguise 10.


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Dale Rothenberg’s Custom-Built 4×5 Rangefinder

Today we’ve got a pretty neat interview to share with you all, it’s one I’m pretty excited about personally. Dale Rothenberg is a young photographer based out of Connecticut that took it upon himself to build a 4×5 rangefinder camera out of an old Polaroid folder. Head on past the break to check out his creation.


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Review: Sekonic L-478DR Light Meter

Sekonic released the L-478DR (and L-478D) touch-screen light meters not all that long ago, and they have had a pretty warm reception with studio photographers thus far. Sekonic is now taking things a step further with a new enhancement to the meter’s user-upgradable firmware that will tie in with X-Rite’s Colorchecker Passport. Head on past the break for my review of this meter and thoughts on what it can offer photographers demanding the most from their cameras.


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Review: Canon 6D

Canon’s latest full-frame offering comes in below the 5D MKIII in the lineup, but offers an easier entry point for those looking to upgrade to a full-frame camera. With the exception of the now discontinued 5D MKII body (which one can still buy), the 6D presents itself as the least expensive Full-Frame body available brand new from Canon. Adorama was kind enough to supply us with a unit for review, and the following is a summary of my experience with Canon’s EOS 6D Full-Frame Body.


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Review: Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS

Canon’s new EF 24-70mm f4L IS, where does it fit? What’s the point? Given that they already have the 24-70mm f2.8L II and even the 24-105mm f4L IS, I didn’t understand why they chose to make this lens. My initial reaction was the same as many when I first heard of it, but I wanted to give it a chance anyways to see if it was a worthwhile lens. Adorama Camera was kind enough to loan one to me, and the following is a summary of my experience with Canon’s 24-70mm f4L IS.


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BorrowLenses Is Giving Away a Camera

Ok guys, our friends over at borrowlenses.com are having two awesome giveaways to celebrate their new East Coast headquarters; one on Facebook and the other on Twitter. They have tons of great prizes that they are going to be giving away including a brand new 5D MKIII or D800 (Facebook) and a Cinevate Axis Jib (Twitter).


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Cheap Photo: Pentax Weather Resistant Bodies, Just In Time For Spring

Amazon has some great deals today on Pentax Weather Resistant camera bodies, notably with the K30 and the K5. If you’ve been looking at either of these, now is a great time to buy!


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