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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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Gear – Nikon COOLPIX P900 (full review)

Reviewed by Mark and Leslie Degner A camera with a 24 to 2000mm superzoom lens (equivalent 35mm focal length) is sure to catch the attention of most photographers, but then most will quickly dismiss it as more of a gimmick that really can’t possibly be that good optically. That was our first thought, but the […]

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Gear – Progrey Filter System (full review)

Reviewed by Mark and Leslie Degner Progrey (www.progreyusa.com) is the new kid on the block when it comes to photographic filters and filter holders. Progrey currently produces four different sized slide-in filter systems and a couple of different neutral density circular screw-in filters. Their smallest system, the G-85X, uses 85mm wide filters, the same size […]

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Gear – MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L (full review)

Reviewed by Mark and Leslie Degner MindShift Gear recently released a new line of photo backpacks, the FirstLight series. There are three different sized models available: the FirstLight 20L ($229.99 US), FirstLight 30L ($279.99 US) and the FirstLight 40L ($329.99 US). We received the largest model, the FirstLight 40L, to try out and it’s the […]

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Gear – Benro Mach3 TMA38C Tripod and V1E Ballhead (full review)

Reviewed by Mark and Leslie Degner Recently we received the new Benro Mach3 TMA38C tripod and Benro V1E ballhead from Vistek (www.vistek.ca) to try out. The tripod and ballhead are both sold individually so that photographers can mix and match different tripods with different sized ballheads (or other styles of heads) from the new Benro […]

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Gear — Tenba Shootout Backpack 24L (full review)

Review and photography by Mark and Leslie Degner We recently received the new Tenba Shootout Backpack 24L to try out and were really interested in seeing what it’s like, since we’ve never used or tested a Tenba photo backpack before even though the company has been making camera bags for many years. The new Tenba […]

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Gear — Joby Suction Cup and GorillaPod Arm (full review)

Review and photography by Mark and Leslie Degner Although primarily designed for use with a GoPro or other similar types of action cameras, the Joby Suction Cup and GorillaPod Arm caught our attention as another way that we can attach lighter-weight mirrorless cameras, not just GoPro types, and flashes to a variety of smooth surfaces […]

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