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Review: Sigma 19mm and 30mm f2.8 DN Lenses (Micro Four Thirds, Version 2)

After only a year, Sigma has updated their DA lenses for Micro Four Thirds. Can Sigma’s updated DA lenses lenses keep up with Panasonic’s and Olympus’ offerings? Read more to find out....
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Quick Comparison: Olympus 17mm f1.8 vs. Panasonic 20mm f1.7

Can Olympus’ 17mm f1.8 dethrone Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 as the must have compact prime for Micro Four Thirds? ...
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Review: Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO (Micro Four Thirds)

Olympus’ 17mm f1.8 lens has been receiving lots of praise. But is it for you?...
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Review: Domke F-803 CAMERA SATCHEL – RUGGEDWEAR

More and more photographers are picking up mirrorles systems as either their main system or as backups to their main gear. Either way, if you pick up a mirrorless camera, you are going to need a bag to carry your new gear. Yes, you could utilze the same big and bulkly bags that you use to lug around your big DSLR but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a small mirrorless kit. Not surprisingly, the bag manufacturers have been more than happy to expand their offerings by making smaller bags to accommodate the new onslaught of mirrorless camera systems. One not so new bag that looks like it could be a winner in the mirrorless market is the Domke F-803 Ruggedwear bag. Is this the holy grail of bags for mirrorless shooters? Let’s find out....
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Review: Jackar Snapshooter 34mm F1.8 (Micro Four Thirds)

The Micro Four Thirds (MFT) format has grown quite a bit over the recent years. There are many factors that can be attributed to this growth but one of the most important factors has to be the selection of native lenses. Panasonic and Olympus lead the charge when it comes to supporting the format but many other lens manufactures have joined the party. One of the newer lens makers to dip their toe in the MFT market is Jackar Optical. Jackar, a Chinese lens maker, recently released a 34mm F1.8 prime lens for MFT and Sony’s NEX series of cameras. Will this lens get lost in the sea of MFT lenses, or will this low cost lens prove to be a hidden gem?...
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CONTINUALLY UPDATED Cheap Photo: Amazon’s Latest Camera Deals & Steals

Amazon is out to make you and your wallet happy with the following deals: Canon PowerShot S110 for $379 Canon PowerShot S100 for $249 – Check out our review. Canon PowerShot G15 for $449 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 for $348...
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Sigma Embraces Black and White Images with Photo Pro 5.5’s Monochrome Interface

Today, Sigma released the latest version of their Photo Pro software, Photo Pro 5.5. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Sigma had mentioned that this update was coming (slated for Feb. ’13 release) back at CES 2012. Those familiar with Sigma’s cameras will be no stranger to the Photo Pro software as it is, and has been, the best software to get the most out of the Foveon sensor. Hit the jump for more information....
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Review: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens

A few weeks back I posted my initial impressions of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens. When I wrote this post, I had only had the lens for a few days but I was already impressed by Olympus’ first attempt at a macro Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens. Now that I’ve had several weeks to get to know this lens, let’s see if my initial impressions were correct....
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First Impressions: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens

Olympus has been on a roll with their latest batch of Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses. They kicked off this run with the 12mm F2 and followed it up with the 45mm F1.8 and the 75mm F1.8. Their newest offering is something different, their first MFT macro lens. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is Olympus’ newest offering and we’ve got our hands on it. Here’s our initial thoughts…...
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Review: Olympus Stylus XZ-2

Advanced compact cameras have really become one of the “key products” for camera manufactures over the past few years. With today’s tech, manufactures can cram quite a bit of functionality into a relatively compact package. Olympus had an instant hit when they released the XZ-1 as it was a small camera with lots of features and fast/bright zoom lens. The XZ-1 is the perfect travel companion for anyone that wanted to leave their interchangeable lens kit at home. Olympus recently released the successor to the XZ-1, the XZ-2 (I’m starting to see a pattern here) but the competition has grown since the release of the XZ-1. So, can the XZ-2 stave off the competition and remain a solid option for advanced compact users? Continue reading to find out....
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Review: J.B. Camera Designs Grip for Olympus OM-D EM-5

The first accessory that many current, or soon-to-be, OM-D owners take a look is the official OM-D grip put out by Olympus, the HLD-6. This is a pretty impressive grip but it priced at just under $300 which is rather steep for a grip. I understand there is a lot of technology/functionality built into the grip and it has two separate pieces (the grip and the battery), but some photographers (like me) only want the grip. Apparently I wasn’t alone because J.B. Camera Designs produced a grip that was exactly what I was looking for....
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Review: Lance Camera Straps

Like camera bags, photographers have a million choices when it comes to camera straps. There are wrist straps, slings, holsters, traditional neck straps, harnesses, belt systems and probably a few more that I haven’t seen yet. Once you have identified the style you want, it can be tough to find “the one” as most strap makes take a “one size fits all” approach. But Lance, over at Lance Camera Straps, has taken a slightly different approach....
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Review: ReadyCap Lens Cap Holder

Lens caps; not the most exciting topic to discuss in photography but they do play a vital role in protecting your lenses. What do you do with your lens cap when it is not on your lens? Many photographers have their own system for storing their lens caps when not in use. For those that do not, than ReadyCap may be the product for you....
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Review: Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic 10

In this blog post, we review the Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic 10 camera bag. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Video Review: Lowepro Urban Sling 150

In this post, we take a look at the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Video Review: Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW

This this post, we review Lowepro’s DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW backpack. Read more at the Phoblographer....
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What’s in My Bag: The Mike Pouliot Edition

In this post, we take a look at what Mike Pouliot (our Reviews Editor) has in his bag. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Review: Oben AC-1310+BA-0 Tripod

In this post, we take a look at the Oben AC-1310+BA-0. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Datacolor Spyder4Pro

In this post, we take a look at the Datacolor Spyder4Pro. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Kickstarter: Cam Crate

If you’re like most photographers (amateur, enthusiast or pro), protecting your gear is probably a major concern for you. There are thousands of different bags and cases on the market but very few of them will protect your gear from the harshest of elements. I often leave my gear behind when I know that I’ll be in less than...
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Review: Canon S100

In this post, we take a look at the Canon S100. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Olympus PEN E-PL3

In this post, we take a look at the Olympus E-PL3. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Review: Think Thank Photo Retrospective 10

In this post, we review Think Tank Photo’s Retrospective 10 camera bag. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE

In this post, we review the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Lead Reviewer Mike Pouliot’s Personal Favorite Items from 2011

In this post, I pick my the products that I enjoyed reviewing the most from 2011. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Quick Comparison: Canon 50mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

In this post, we take a look at the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and the Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE to see if they are a significant upgrade from the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. ...
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Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison: Olympus 12mm f2 vs. Panasonic 14mm f2.5

In this post, we compare Panasonic’s 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens and Olympus’ new 12mm f/2 wide angle lens. Read more at The Phoblographer.com....
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Should You Upgrade?: Canon 50mm f/1.8 II to Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

In this post, we take a look at the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM to see if it is a worthy upgrade from the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. Read more at the Phoblographer....
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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon

In this post, we review the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DH HSM. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Review: X-Rite ColorMunki Photo

In this post, we review the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo color calibration tool for computer monitors. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Lightroom 3 Tips and Tricks: A few More of My Favorites

In this post, we take a look at more of our favorite Lightroom tips and tricks. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Lightroom 3 Tips and Tricks: A Few of My Favorites

In this post, we take a look a some of my favorite Lightroom tips and tricks. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Sigma DP2x

In the post, we provide our thoughts on the Sigma DP2x. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Review: Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter Backpack

In this post, we take a look at the Think Tank Shape Shifter Backpack. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff Roller Bag

In this post, we take a look at the Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff roller bag. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Spider Black Widow Holster

In the post, we take a look at the Spider Black Widow Holster for DSLR cameras. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Complete Review of the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE

In this post, we look wrap up our review of the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Field Review: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE (Day 4 – At a Birthday Party)

In this post we take the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE to a birthday part. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Field Review: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE (Day 3 – Around Town)

This this post, we take the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE to the streets. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Field Review: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE (Day 2 – Getting to Know the Lens)

In this post, I share my thoughts after using the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE for a few days. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Field Review: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE (Day 1 – Initial Thoughts)

In this post, we take our first look at the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE lens. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review of the Lowepro CompuDay 150 (with video)

In this post, we review Lowepro’s CompuDay 150 messenger bag. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Is the “L” worth it: Comparison of Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macros (Full Review)

In this post we wrap up our comparison of Canon’s 100mm Macro lenses. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Which Photo Was Shot With a Canon L Lens?

In this blog post, we show how image quality is very close with Canon’s 100mm macro lenses. Read more at The Phoblographer...
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Is the “L” worth it: Comparison of Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macros (Day 4)

In this post we take a look at how Canon’s 100mm Macro lenses perform as portrait and everyday lenses. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Is the “L” worth it: Comparison of Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macros (Day 3)

In this post we take a look at how Canon’s 100mm macro lenses compare when the tripod is taken out of the equation. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Is the “L” worth it: Comparison of Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macros (Day 2)

In this post, we take a closer look at Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macro lenses. Each lens will be tested on a tripod using a Canon 5D. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Is the “L” worth it: Comparison of Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macros (Day 1)

In this post, we take our initial look at Canon’s 100mm F/2.8 Macro lenses. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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The Complete Leica X1 Review

In this post we conclude out review of the Leica X1. Read more at The Phoblographer. ...
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Field Review: Leica X1 (Day 5)

In this post, we take a look at how the Leica X1 compares to one of it’s more affordable competitors, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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