Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

The MIcro Four Thirds system has the biggest choice of lenses of all mirrorless systems so far.

The Micro Four Thirds system has the biggest choice of lenses of all mirrorless systems so far.

The holiday season is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about the right gear for your holiday pictures. If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, you’re in a lucky position, as we have seen a whole slew of new lenses for the system in this year — in addition to the great lenses we already had. So no matter whether you’re on the search for a lens to use yourself, or for one to give away to someone for Christmas — this guide will help you pick one (or two, or more) from the vastness of glass that is available for the system by now.

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Holiday 2012: Canon Lenses For Every Shooting Situation And Style


Are you looking to buy a new Canon lens for the holidays? There are some great deals out there but I won’t be touching on those in this post. Instead I want to lay out some options depending on which type of camera you already have and what you want to shoot.

This post will first highlight great lenses for cropped sensor cameras, like the T4i, 60D and 7D. Then we’ll step up to some lens options for the full frame shooters out there; 5D and 1D series cameras. I will also make a note for lenses I have personally tested, which will be the majority of my recommendations. Also, the images you see on the right side were all taken with the lens mentioned in the caption.

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Holiday 2012: Recommended Messenger Bags for The Sophisticated Urban Dweller


Camera bags carry the cameras we love to use, the items that help us accomplish those images we are after, and they make us look devilishly good while doing it. Nothing does this better than a well made messenger bag. Whether you really are an urban dweller, a suburbanite, or just someone looking for a new way to cart around your favorite kit, these excellent messenger bags were made to help you do it well. Find out which one might fit you perfectly after the jump.
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Holiday 2012: Recommended Items for the Discerning Film Photographer


I have been a dedicated film shooter for the last year after selling off all my digital equipment in a frenzy and learning to develop my own B&W at home. I have had some tough and frustrating times with film, but there is really nothing quite like watching the image come to life after waiting a spell since you actually took the image to see it. The payoff when I see client’s faces light up after seeing the images for the first time since the shoot is just too big to put a price tag on.

However, all this glory only comes from some serious learning and some special equipment. If you have been shooting a toy camera for any period of time you know how drop dead simple exposure science can be, but as you progress there are things you desire to do with you images that take more than just a chance exposure and leaving it up to Walgreens’ abysmal lab. To take your film photography to the next level with just a few wishlist items, take a short perusal of this suggested equipment list and prepare for even more film photography fun!

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Holiday 2012: A Photography Backpack Gift Guide


Backpacks are something that every photographer is going to need or want at some point. Backpacks allow you to carry your gear comfortably, on your back, spreading out the weight evenly on your body. Backpacks also allow for extra security when you have to carry other things and you need both your arms free.

Here a list of back packs that can be used to suite a variety of condition.

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Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 product images (1 of 3)
There are a lot of lens choices out there and I hope to make it a bit easier for the generous gift giver to choose the right lens.  First of all you have to find out what kind of photography your special person is into. Is he/she into landscapes, portraiture, lowlight or maybe all the above?
You can probably find this out by what your photographer typically shoots, if all you see are nasty close up photos of spiders then we can assume a macro lens would be the best bet. Know your photographer by knowing his subject or passion.
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