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Gear – Nikon D500 (full review)

Gear review by Jason DiMichele The photographic industry is progressing rapidly, with plenty of new camera equipment released frequently. With such stiff competition amongst the manufacturers, it’s tough to design a product that stands out from the crowd. Let’s see if the Nikon D500 has what it takes! The D500 ($2,699.95) is Nikon’s newest flagship […]

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Gear – FujiFilm’s Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R L OIS WR (full review)

Gear review by Jason DiMichele In the past few years, many manufacturers have introduced super telephoto zoom lenses that provide great options for sports and wildlife photographers. Fujifilm’s offering is their recently released Fujinon XF 100-400mm and compatible XF 1.4X and XF 2X teleconverters. I frequently shoot with long lenses and looked forward to the […]

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Gear – PlanIt! For Photographers Pro (full review)

Gear review by Jason DiMichele Smartphones and tablets have made their mark in the photographic industry in many ways in recent years. Between having good quality built-in cameras and very useful software applications, a lot of photographers can benefit from mobile technology. One photography application that harnesses the power of mobile technology is PlanIt! For […]

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Gear – Nodal Ninja (full review)

Reviewed by Jason DiMichele Camera resolution has been a key marketing effort and photographer desire since the first digital camera was introduced. There are many situations where more resolution is required. Some 35mm/mirrorless cameras have up to 50 megapixels but in reality, especially when printing, a difference of 10-20 megapixels isn’t actually that much, considering […]

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Gear – Olympus Dot Sight (full review)

Reviewed by Jason DiMichele Many sports and nature photographers use super telephoto lenses (300mm and longer) to capture the action. Recently there have been some super telephoto lenses, mostly zooms, introduced by various manufacturers providing very high quality with more affordable price tags. This has allowed more photographers the opportunity of acquiring one. A lot […]

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Gear – Lumix GX85 (full review)

Reviewed by Jason DiMichele Panasonic’s newest camera, the Lumix GX85, has some very interesting features and improvements over previous Lumix models. Since all specs are listed on the Panasonic website, I’ll briefly outline some of the key features and will go into more detail on the camera’s usability, performance and wonderful new bag of tricks. […]

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Gear – VueScan Scanner Software (full story)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner If you’re like us and have been photographing for a long time, way back to the film days, you probably have acquired a flatbed or film scanner to scan your slides, negatives and prints. The problem with those older scanners is that you often can’t get updates for the […]

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Gear- Olympus PEN-F Micro Four-Thirds Camera (full story)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner The new Olympus PEN-F looks like a throwback to an earlier time as it’s a classically-styled rangefinder Micro Four-Thirds (m4/3), interchangeable lens system camera. Not only does it have a retro styling, it also pays homage to Olympus’ long photographic history by bearing the same name as an earlier […]

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Gear- Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS Pro Lens (full story)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner Imagine a 600mm f/4, professional quality, super telephoto lens that’s weather sealed, small and light enough to be handheld, and costs less than $3,300. Well it’s true, the new Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS Pro lens has all of these great features, plus many more. Its 300mm focal […]

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Gear — Review Update – Progrey Filters (full review)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner In Issue #35 (Fall 2015) we reviewed the Progrey G-100X Filter System and a number of their filters. Since our review was published the folks at Progrey (www.progreyusa.com) have been busy. In our review we noted that the Progrey 10-stop (ND1000X) Genesis Truecolor square glass solid neutral density (ND) […]

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Gear — MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Photo Daypack (full review)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner MindShift Gear recently released a new photo daypack, the BackLight 26L. We would consider it to be a small to mid-sized photo backpack or a daypack (29 cm W x 51 cm H x 20 cm D) since it’s a bit smaller than many photo backpacks, but it still […]

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Gear — Review Update – ClearWhite White Balance System (full review)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner Way back in Issue #7 (Fall/Winter 2008), OPC contributing editor Darwin Wiggett did a review on the ClearWhite white balance system (www.DigitalPhotographyKits.com). Fast-forward to the end of 2015 and we received a sample of an improved version of the ClearWhite white balance system to try out. Since Darwin’s review […]

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Gear — Macphun Aurora HDR Pro Software (full review)

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner In late 2015 Macphun Software, working with well-known photographer Trey Ratcliff (www.stuckincustoms.com), released their newest application, Aurora HDR (aurorahdr.com). As you can probably tell from its name, Aurora HDR is a software program that allows photographers to produce High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. Although Macphun software programs, including Aurora […]

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Gear — Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (full review )

Review by Mark and Leslie Degner We were quite surprised, for a couple of reasons, when Nikon announced its new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR back in late summer of 2015. The first reason was because Nikon already produces two well-respected super telephoto zoom lenses that have somewhat similar focal lengths: the AF-S NIKKOR […]

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Gear – KITE Optics Lynx HD 8×30 Binoculars (full review)

By Mark and Leslie Degner It might seem strange to some readers that we’re reviewing binoculars in an outdoor photography magazine, but for many wildlife and outdoor photographers, including ourselves, binoculars are an essential piece of gear. Whenever we head into the field our binoculars are always close at hand. They are indispensible in finding […]

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Gear – Ultra-Light Bino Harness (full review)

By Mark and Leslie Degner Just like with cameras, we don’t particularly like using a traditional neck strap with our binoculars. Instead, we have replaced our binoculars’ neck straps with chest harnesses, which we greatly prefer. With a chest harness the binoculars don’t dig into your neck, nor do they bounce around when you move. […]

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Gear – Flashpoint Auto Stand (full review)

By Mark and Leslie Degner We often use reflectors, diffusers and/or flashes when working in the field and our basement studio and have a number of accessories that we use to hold these items. A light stand is one of the more versatile accessories that we use and have several in our basement studio and […]

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Gear – Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW (full review)

By Mark and Leslie Degner According to Lowepro their new Whistler series of photographic backpacks are the most rugged and durable that they’ve produced to date, and are designed for outdoor adventure photographers. The Whistler series was designed and tested in the coastal mountains around Whistler, BC. There are two models in the Whistler series: […]

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