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The Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Makes A Splash: Water Portraits by Robin Macmillan
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The Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Makes A Splash: Water Portraits by Robin Macmillan

As a photographer who primarily uses a 50mm lens for my portraits I have always been curious about the 85mm. A Canon user from the start, I didn’t want to make the huge dollar commitment to its 85mm f/1.2 so I happily continued on with the 50mm. I was then […]

Kenko REALPRO C-PL and ND500 Filters
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Kenko REALPRO C-PL and ND500 Filters

Kenko provided me with two of their new RealPRO filters – an upgrade in quality and materials from the PRO-1 series. I tested both filters on the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC on my Nikon D810 and came away very surprised with how well these Kenko filters perform. […]

Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Review
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Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Review

An 85mm lens is an indispensable tool for any photographer, particularly for portrait photographers. It is a very flattering focal length and provides a beautiful perspective and the potential of excellent separation of the subject from the background. Canon and Nikon shooters have typically had two choices. One is the […]

Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH Power OIS
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Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH Power OIS

During a product launch for the media in Southern Ontario, the PHOTONews team had and opportunity to check out this new Leica lens, marketed by Panasonic for the Lumix Micro Four Thirds system. The event took place at a falconry training centre occupied by numerous raptors: hawks, eagles, falcons and […]

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro Di VC USD R2
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Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro Di VC USD R2

One of my favourite lenses from Tamron has recently been updated – the Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro Di VC USD R2. Known as one of the best Macro lenses at any focal length, the R2 version adds a few updates while appearing to be sharper and more refined. […]

Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS Full-Frame Lens
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Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS Full-Frame Lens

Announced on March 29, 2016 in San Francisco, this lens was designed for the mirrorless Alpha series cameras and is currently the longest full-frame E-mount zoom. It’s definitely a high-grade product as the G designation suggests. The designers specified a full four aspherical glass elements, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass […]

Supreme 40F Case goes on Safari
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Supreme 40F Case goes on Safari

Being a photographer and professional guide I had a long debate as to which protective camera case I would like to join my kit.  I had to be completely happy that all my kit would safe on my safari to Gods Window and Kruger National Park in South Africa In […]

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Review
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Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Review

It was only 28 months ago that I was reviewing the predecessor to this lens, and my final verdict was that it was generally excellent and a strong competitor to lenses like the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS while undercutting it significantly in price. So why, you might ask, is Tamron […]

Vanguard VEO 204AB Tripod Review
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Vanguard VEO 204AB Tripod Review

I couldn’t be happier with the size, quality, durability and especially the lightness of weight of the Vanguard VEO 204AB tripod. As soon as it arrived in my hands I knew it would be a game changer. As a photographer who blends the genres of landscapes with whimsical portraiture (usually […]

Shooting with the new Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 VC
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Shooting with the new Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 VC

Recently, I had the opportunity to test the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens, which would be considered a standard wide angle lens on a full-frame sensor camera like my Nikon D750. In preparation, I scrolled through my library of pictures and noticed that I rarely shoot at […]