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Cameras, lenses & whatnot

I’ve had my Shootsac for over a year now. I like to use things for a while before I give my opinion so this review has been a long time coming. The Shootsac is a lens carrying/wearing solution for photographers who use multiple lenses. It’s not a camera bag. It’s not for storage of gear…

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Here are some quick pull back shots from this recent session. The pullbacks were taken by me because I was shooting without an assistant and they were really just taken for my own record but I thought I’d share them with you fine people! Edited with Florabella Colorplay actions for Photoshop Pin It

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I posted on my Facebook page about 6 weeks ago that I couldn’t wait to get releases back from the parents at a recent preschool gig because I was dying to show you the results of my first foray into clamshell lighting for little’uns. Well they’ve come back and so now I have something to…

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Oh my I really wish some of my most commonly asked questions were the easiest ones to answer. Alas, some questions just aren’t that easy. But before I try to answer this one, these are my top three unanswerable questions: What camera should I buy? What lens should I buy? What’s better: Canon or Nikon?…

Sharpness has got to be one of the most talked about, fretted over, debated, questioned topics surrounding digital photography. It seems illusive to the beginners and downright obsessive for the more seasoned photographers among us. Me? I’m obsessed with sharpness in all the right places. And I can’t believe what darkness I lived in before…

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I’ve talked about lenses so much but -can you believe it- I’ve never actually done a post about focal length. Focal length is those main numbers you see on your lens. Like: 50mm or 24-105mm or (in my current dreams lens) 70-200mm. You may already know the basics of these numbers and that 50mm is…

Yesterday, my Canon G1 X came in the mail. It was difficult to make the choice to buy such a pricey compact camera when there weren’t any reviews about it yet, but I put my faith in Canon and bought it anyway. You see, I’m always late at making commitments on technology. I bought my…

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This is a question I get often: “should I invest the money I’ve saved into a camera or a lens?” I think the answer is simple. Most dSLRS operate with (nearly) the same sensor, unless we’re talking the jump from crop frame to full frame sensor. Camera upgrades are merely bells & whistles. The lens…

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One of the most baffling features of choosing a new camera (or understanding your existing one) is sensor size and type. Are you baffled by the terms CMOS or APS-C? I was! And as usual, there’s a plain English explanation for this in the world of techie-jargon. First, let’s clear up some of the jargon….

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This post was originally written in 2011. It’s now 2013 and this post has been updated to reflect more (and more and more) glass purchases. Hi, I’m Elizabeth and I’m addicted to glass. In the past 5 years, I’ve owned 14 lenses to the tune of $10,250. 80% of the questions I get in my…

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As a photographer, I am constantly fielding questions about ‘good’ cameras, which camera to buy, how to find a camera that ‘takes better pictures’. And don’t get me wrong, this is great. People should ask for advice before deciding on such purchases. But being the public photographer I am, I also get emails from my…

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Can the Canon 7D possibly be better than the 5DmkII? Well in terms of image quality, nothing holds a candle to full frame. But just the fact that people are even asking that of the 7D is pretty far out, dude! I mean…has there ever been a camera that photographers would consider comparing to the…

So finally we have it…the much requested shots comparing the ISO capabilities of the 5DmkII and the 7D. As you can see, the difference is subtle. My conclusion is that the 5D does handle higher ISOs better (surprise surprise) but the 7D also handles surprisingly well. The area to be looking at for the most…