The Basics: Choosing Your First Good Zoom Lens for Your Camera

In the past couple of years, photographers have finally been able to pick up their first good zoom lens. By that we mean lower end zoom lenses have become much better at delivering high quality photos. For years, photographers turned to higher end zooms and prime lenses for good quality optics. When you combine these new zoom lenses with high quality sensors though, you’re able to create photos that really stand out to you and others around you.

So we’re going to take a closer look at how you determine what your first zoom lens should be.

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Tenba Updates Travel Focused Roadie Bags with Industry First Features

If you are a photographer who often has to travel with your gear, be it a small kit or a large one, then you know the struggles and stress related to this. Finding a quality bag to protect your gear while en route to your destination can go a long way towards alleviating some of the struggle and Tenba’s Roadie line of bags are designed exactly for this purpose.

The Roadie line itself has been around for some time now, but it was recently updated with a new look and several features that Tenba claims are industry firsts. One of the highlight features in the updated Roadie line is the new patented layered wall in the Roadie 21, which allows the bag to provide hard-case level protection at a fraction of the weight/bulk. This is great both for the protection of your gear, but also for those who have to worry about weight/ limitations on their bag(s).  Continue reading…

The Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Is a Pretty Extreme Superzoom Lens

In theory, the Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD could be pretty difficult to wrap your head around, but rest assured–it exists. Tamron just announced the new lens and it is quite the option for APS-C sensor DSLR owners. Even crazier: it’s pretty small and lightweight. It comes in at 4.8 in. and 24.9oz. Now even crazier, it’s only going to cost $649 when it hits the streets next month.

Besides the 22.2 zoom ratio, the Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD has 16 elements in 11 groups. All of that glass is protected by the moisture resistant construction Tamron is saying the lens has. To keep it as compact as possible, it has a zoom lock to ensure it doesn’t accidentally extend out.

The press release is after the jump.

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The Best Cameras for Vacation and Travel Photography: Mirrorless (2017 Edition)

What’s the best camera for vacation and travel photography in a mirrorless form factor? Similar to the other form factors we have discussed, no one makes a bad camera these days, and it’s really more of a spectrum in regards to what camera(s) best fit your personal needs. That said, in general, some cameras are clearly better at some tasks than others.

In this list, we round up some of our favorites and provide image samples. Let’s get started! Also be sure to check out our point and shoot and DSLR editions.

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The Best Cameras for Vacation and Travel Photography: DSLRs (2017 Edition)

What’s the best camera for vacation and travel photography in a DSLR form factor? To be honest, no one is making a bad camera these days. There are a number of you out there that simply want an interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR for the professional look and feel. And to be honest, there are a lot of great DSLRs out there. Though if you’re traveling, some are better than others.

In this list, we round up some of our favorites and provide lots of image samples.

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The Best Cameras for Vacations and Travel: Point and Shoots (2017 Edition)

The best camera for a vacation: what could it be? Some folks will tell you the best camera is the one that you’ve got on you; but sometimes you may not want to risk bringing your phone with you even if your connection won’t work and your battery life will therefore work even better. Now, the best cameras can arguably be point and shoots. But we’re not talking about some regular, ordinary point and shoots. We’re talking about the really fantastic and top notch ones. Heck, call them a fixed lens camera more than anything else.

Here are a bunch of our favorites along with sample images.

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The VENQUE Transformer A-Modular Appeals to the Traveling Photographer

The VENQUE Transformer A-Modular isn’t totally a camera bag, but it surely has some ways of appealing to photographers. The bag, which is currently being funded via Kickstarter, has a number of fantastic features for both backpack lovers and messenger bag users. For example, one of the nicest features is the built in USB charging port that lets you charge your phone while you’re on the go. Another one is protection against card skimmers in one of the pockets.

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You Can Now Get Paid to Follow Rich People Around on Vacation And Create Better Instagram Photos For Them

You guys: people are starting to finally realize that they suck at Instagram enough to warrant needing to bring a photographer with them and ALSO HIRE THOSE PHOTOGRAPHERS!!! This is one of the latest new trends in photography that’s come after birthing photography, family documentary, etc. So if you feel you’ve got the chops and the documentary experience, then you’re probably talented enough to rub shoulders with some talentless rich kids–at least when it comes to Instagram.

Warning: a fair amount of good natured snark is ahead.

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