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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 extra review photos finals (5 of 5)ISO 64001-30 sec at f - 2.0

When it comes to wide angle zoom lenses, some stand out much more than the others. These lenses are sharp, contrasty, have excellent colors, and can be the effective workhorses of photographers who demand the ability to shoot wide. Love landscapes? What about architecture? We’ve scoured our reviews index for some of the best wide angle DSLR lenses that we’ve tested. Here are our favorites.

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Figosa has been manufacturing camera straps for a couple of years now, and they’ve been well known for using quality Italian leather and making straps for an affordable price. Today, the company is introducing their new HEavy Duty strap. Their new Heavy Duty strap is being billed as being designed for more comfort with heavier cameras. Indeed, their classic straps can already hold a DSLR with a heavy lens as can their mirrorless camera straps–and so what’s making the new Heavy Duty strap even better is the addition of a soft shoulder pad with the back being covered in microfiber.

It’s going to be interesting to see how it works with the NYC summer heat and whether it will leave a terrible sweat stain across the shirt. As it is, many manufacturers that create these fine straps have been doing a great job of late. But Figosa’s prices are often amongst the best bargain.

You can get the Figosa Heavy Duty Strap in black or cognac for around $52. We’ve got one on the way to us right now for review.


Canon Watch found a reference to new patent from Canon where the company has put an EVF and a translucent mirror into a DSLR very much in the same way that Sony does with their cameras–except that Sony called them a DSLT. What you should know though is that Canon originally had this technology years ago way back in the film days. It was based on what’s called the Pellicle mirror system and allowed the photographer to take a photo with a DSLR without the mirror moving. The problem was that there was light loss that one needed to compensate for–it’s a problem that Sony even has today with the translucent mirror system in their camera but have managed to work with.

If Canon is indeed working on a camera like this, then it’s going to mean a big advancement in their DSLRs is on the way and it’s time to get excited all over again. What’s even better is that if the camera is a higher end one, then we can know that it’s truly weather resistant and when using the company’s weather sealed L lenses you’ll be able to get much better performance in inclement weather.

So what does this mean for the industry? An EVF in the DSLR will also make filmmaking much easier for documentary and news crews since they won’t need to use some sort of external EVF. Ergonomically, this means a lot more stability. We’ve done the same thing with Sony’s Alpha DSLRs–and it works splendidly.

We’re just going to have to see what’s in store for us from Canon.


You don’t need to spend over $1,000 to get a great lens for your Canon DSLR. Heck, you don’t even need to spend over $400. Canon and third party manufacturers have great lenses available for your DSLR at fairly affordable prices. Some are surprisingly good, and some will possibly stay glued to your camera.

Over our years of reviewing lenses and cameras, we’ve rounded up our top five choices for the best Cheap Lenses for Canon DSLRs.

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Do you suffer from DSL-Arm? We’re positive that photojournalists and wedding photographers surely do. To parody how heavy DSLR cameras are, Olympus has created a whole series of new videos mockumenting a syndrome known as DSL-arm: the sad lengthening of one arm over the other as a result of holding a DSLR for too long.

Olympus’s solution is the new OMD EM5 Mk II: which offers the same image quality and power of a DSLR in a smaller form factor. While in terms of features, it can easily outdo a DSLR, the image quality we’re not 100% sure about since APS-C and full frame sensors can outdo a Four Thirds sensor but not by leaps and bounds.

If you’re looking for a laugh this morning, then hit the jump.

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Lots of sites and folks have talked about the death of DSLRs, and to be honest it probably isn’t too far away until we as photographers experience a whole new revolution. First there was the advent of 35mm film, then color, then digital, and now it’s been proven that mirrorless cameras are quite capable of doing pretty much the same things that DSLRs can.

Tracking focus for sports? Check out the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II. Film-like look? Go to Fujifilm. All the connectivity you could want? Check out Samsung. Full frame? Sony has got it made here. Something more consumer oriented? Nikon’s 1 series pretty much has the market cornered.

Yes, folks like the “pro look” of a DSLR. But the initial complaints about mirrorless cameras are mostly gone. Shutter lag in the viewfinder? Not anymore. Lens selection that’s lacking? Nope. Systems have caught up, and what you can’t get first party, you can get from a third party.

We’d love to read your comments below and we’d also love it if you voted in the poll below.

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