Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Nikon 1 V3 Initial Impressions and Sample Images

This short article has a selection of sample images taken hand-held with the Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 CX 70-300 lens at Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls Canada. While I was intending on doing a full review of the Nikon 1 V3 a number of time sensitive client video projects have recently emerged. Unfortunately that means I will not be able to proceed with my planned full review any time soon. Instead I’ll provide a few initial impressions of this camera along with some sample images. Continue reading Nikon 1 V3 Initial Impressions and Sample Images

Shooting Hand-Held with the Sigma 150-600 Sport

The super zoom market has really heated up over the past year or so with the launch of the Tamron 150-600 VC, the Nikon 1 CX 70-300, a new 100-400 from Canon, and two new lenses from Sigma, including the Sigma 150-600 Sport. I thought readers may like to see a few sample images along with some initial thoughts about shooting with this lens hand-held. Continue reading Shooting Hand-Held with the Sigma 150-600 Sport

Hands-on Review of Tamron 150-600 VC f/5-6.3

For many people when the Tamron SP 150-600mm VC lens was announced it was considered a ‘game changer’. After all, in the fall of 2013 how many other zoom lenses were available on the market that gave a photographer 600mm reach on a full frame camera for less than $1,100 US? The answer was…none. Continue reading Hands-on Review of Tamron 150-600 VC f/5-6.3

Bird Images with Sigma 150-500 OS

After my review of the Tamron 150-600mm VC telephoto zoom lens appeared on the Photography Life web site, a number of readers had questions on how that lens compared to the long telephoto zooms from Sigma. As luck would have it, I was able to borrow a recently purchased Sigma 150-500mm OS from a friend and this article captures some initial thoughts about photographing birds, including those in flight, with this lens. Continue reading Bird Images with Sigma 150-500 OS

Dahle 554 Rotary Cutter Review

In the past we have been using a self-sealing cutting mat, Olfa knife, and a steel edge safety ruler to do all of our custom trimming of posters and prints. Fortunately the vast majority of our work has not required any custom trimming since we design all of our standard posters around 17” (43.18 cm) roll paper, and posters come off our printer trimmed to size and ready to ship. Continue reading Dahle 554 Rotary Cutter Review

Genaray Spectroled 1000 Daylight LED Three Light Kit Review

The majority of my videography and photography work is with industrial clients, and I almost always find myself shooting onsite in warehouses, factories, and other indoor venues. In many of the buildings in which I shoot, lighting can consist of a mix of technologies such as high intensity discharge (metal halide, high pressure sodium, mercury vapour, low pressure sodium), fluorescent, and LED. Continue reading Genaray Spectroled 1000 Daylight LED Three Light Kit Review

Genaray LED-7100T On-Camera Light Review

Like many photographers and videographers, I’ve found that there have been times when I really could have used a small, highly portable, adjustable light source. This most often occurred when I shooting close-up still images or video clips of industrial machinery where I couldn’t get my regular studio lighting to fit into cramped quarters. I began looking for a solution and came upon the Genaray LED-7100T On-Camera Light. Continue reading Genaray LED-7100T On-Camera Light Review

Oben TT-300 Table Top Tripod Review

There are times when virtually every photographer or videographer could make use of a small, lightweight, easy-to-use table top tripod. Like that time you were on holidays and missed that spectacular sunset in fading light. Or, that unique angle shot that would have added a lot of production value to a client video, but your regular gear was too big and bulky to get into the tight spot needed to capture it.
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