REVIEW : Sigma ART 20mm f/1.4 - Scoping the Landscape

Readers know that I am a fan of fast glass.  I love the flexibility it gives me and I tend to shoot fast lenses wide open because of that flexibility.  I have no fear of flash, I just like the ability to make an image wherever I might want to.  My latest opportunity is the review of Sigma's ART series 20mm f/1.4

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QUICK REVIEW : Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10

QUICK REVIEW : Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10

I was heading to a motorcycle show and wanted a small high quality camera to use, that would not involve me taking anything that would not fit in a pocket.  I expected to be on and off bikes all day and wanted nothing swinging on a strap or requiring a bag.  Bryan Weiss of Daytripper Photo, knows the high end point and shoot space better than I so I asked his advice.   His first reaction matched mine, which was to reach for Sony RX-100 Mark IV.  Then he asked if I was willing to try something new and thus began my working day with the Lumix LX10.

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REVIEW : Nikon KeyMission 170 and Keymission 360

REVIEW : Nikon KeyMission 170 and Keymission 360

The folks at Nikon Canada have sent me a pair of KeyMission products to have a look at.  I was initially curious as to why a solid camera company like Nikon would get into action and 360 cameras.  To me this seemed a strange decision but I thought it would be worthwhile to have a look.

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REVIEW : Palette - Customizable Controls for Software

REVIEW : Palette - Customizable Controls for Software

The idea behind Palette is to allow the user of a number of photo and video applications to build a custom control surface for each application.  I contacted the manufacturer when the device was first announced, but they were not ready for media review at the time and I forgot about the device for about a year.  I recently obtained a Professional version for evaluation.  Let's see what we see.

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25 New Year's Resolutions for Creatives - Have a More Powerful 2017

25 New Year's Resolutions for Creatives - Have a More Powerful 2017

Every New Year, folks make resolutions.  A lot of them never get started, some get accomplished, and by the 3rd of January, life has often gotten in the way.  To save you time, gentle reader, I have provided a lengthy list of resolutions for creatives to make your list building quicker.  Heck, you might even do some of them!

 

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Shooting in Manual Does Not Make You a Better Photographer

Shooting in Manual Does Not Make You a Better Photographer

Fair warning.  This is a rant.  A rant against stupidity being perpetrated against photographers everywhere.  Sadly, because so many creatives actually believe this load of fertilizer to be true, they become frustrated, discouraged and otherwise disconnected because of the volume of images that get made that aren't any good.

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REVIEW : Nikon's D500 - My New Favourite Crop Sensor DSLR

REVIEW : Nikon's D500 - My New Favourite Crop Sensor DSLR

The good people at Nikon have sent me a D500 to review.  While it has been in market since the spring, they are very popular and demo units have been scarce.  I received it in a kit form that included the 16-80/2.8-4 zoom lens.  I also received an SB-5000 speedlight and wireless radio kit as I think that the interaction with a speedlight will be important to serious amateurs and pros.

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A Useful Tool You May Not Think Of

A Useful Tool You May Not Think Of

There are times when I wistfully think about the long past days where the only thing I thought about when I was going out to shoot was what I might discover.  I wish I were more inspired to go out and shoot more regularly so when I get a day where I am, I typically blow through the studio with some level of gusto, jump in the truck and start driving in the hope of discover.

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