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Gear — Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (full review)

Review and photography by Mark and Leslie Degner Given the fact that digital camera sensors have been increasing in size at a fairly rapid pace, with 20 to 24 MP becoming the norm, the first thing that photographers might say about the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 compact camera is why does it only have a […]

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Gear — Epson SureColor P600 Printer (full review)

Review and photography by Mark and Leslie Degner We were recently printing some of our images and I commented to Leslie that there really haven’t been any new, professional quality desktop ink jet printers released over the past while. Well, that situation was quickly remedied when Epson announced their new SureColor P600 late this past […]

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Gear — Spring/Summer 2015 (full review)

Triggertrap Mobile Triggertrap Mobile (TTM) is a remote camera release that uses an app on a smart phone or tablet to trigger an attached camera. At the heart of the system is the TTM app and there are both iOS and Android versions available as free downloads. In addition to the Triggertrap Mobile app, you […]

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Gear — Spring/Summer 2015 (full review)

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 ED PRO Lens The new Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens is the second in Olympus’ PRO line of Micro Four Thirds (m4/3) camera lenses, which is a great thing since it means that m4/3 systems are becoming a viable option for both serious amateur and professional photographers. Its 40-150mm focal […]

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Gear — Spring/Summer 2015 (full review)

B+W XS-Pro ND-Vario MRC Nano Filter Neutral density filters are some of the most useful filters that outdoor photographers can have with them in the field. They permit photographers to technically and creatively control their exposure, which allows them to get the result they desire. For example, when needing to use a shallow depth-of-field aperture […]

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Gear — Spring/Summer 2015 (full review)

My calendar says that it’s the end of January, but when I peer out my window it looks more like an April spring day in Alberta than the middle of winter. Most of the snow has melted and there are puddles all over the place. I know there’s still more winter to come, but spring […]

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Heat 3 Smart Glove — Reader’s Review

Editor’s Note Before winter began, the Heat Company reached out to us to see if some of our readers would like to use and review their Heat 3 Smart Gloves in our harshest Canadian winter conditions. Five lucky readers who won the opportunity, through our Facebook page, rose to the challenge and provided some great […]

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Gear — PrinTao 8 from LaserSoft Imaging (full review)

Proper colour management is critical to getting consistently great prints when printing digital images. However, it can be a complicated and confusing process. Many photographers struggle with colour management issues and get very frustrated when printing, resulting in lots of wasted paper and time. Using the appropriate print driver settings and selecting the proper ICC […]

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Gear — Domke Next Generation Camera Bags — the Ledger and the Image Maker (full review)

Traditional shoulder camera bags have been around almost as long as cameras have been, and despite all of the new designs in camera bags they are still very popular with both amateur and professional photographers alike. Recently Domke, a long-time manufacturer of high quality camera bags, sent me two of their new Next Generation line […]

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Gear: Joby Flash Clamp and Locking Arm (full review)

  One of the keys to great flash photography is getting the flash off the camera so that you have creative control over your lighting. In the studio getting your flash off the camera is really easy — just put it on a light stand. However, it’s not as easy when you are in the […]

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Gear: TriggerSmart Motion Capture System (full review)

  I’m sure that most OPC readers have at one time or another seen an amazing photograph of a hummingbird hovering over a flower, a water drop splashing or a light bulb bursting as a bullet goes through it and wondered how did the photographers capture those images? The world of high-speed, motion-stopping photography has […]

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Gear: Cotton Carrier StrapShot (full review)

The StrapShot is a new product from Cotton Carrier, a Canadian company that makes the Cotton Carrier Camera Vest and Cotton Carry-Lite; two products that I reviewed in past issues (#12 and #16, respectively) and quite liked. The StrapShot is somewhat similar to the side holster of the Cotton Carry-Lite, but is designed to attach […]

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Gear: Nikon 1 AW1 Digital Camera (full review)

  Back in the film days the Nikonos, Nikon’s interchangeable lens camera system, was synonymous with underwater photography and was used extensively by both amateurs and professionals. Unfortunately the Nikonos system stopped being produced around 2001 and since then photographers had to either buy housings for their digital cameras or use compact point-and-shoot cameras if […]

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MindShift Gear’s Filter Hive Case (full review)

MindShift Gear’s Filter Hive Case My goal when photographing is to always get the best possible photo in camera so that I have to spend as little time as possible processing them afterward on the computer. With outdoor landscapes and nature photography that means that I usually use a variety of filters, such as a […]

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Joby Convertible Neck Strap (full review)

Joby Convertible Neck Strap I have a love-hate relationship with camera neck straps; something I’m sure that many other photographers feel the same way about. I have one attached to each of my DSLR cameras, but I rarely use it around my neck to carry my camera. There are a couple of reasons for this, […]

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Lowepro Pro Roller x200 AW (full review)

Lowepro Pro Roller x200 AW I must be getting older, because a few years ago I wouldn’t have consider that a rolling camera bag might potentially be part of my camera gear collection, especially since I do most of my photography in the field. In my younger days I would just grab my large photo […]

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GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition (full review)

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition GoPro Hero cameras are among the hottest selling products in most camera and electronics stores. With the image quality reportedly improving significantly with the new generation models, I thought it’s time to try one and see whether it’s capable of capturing serious photos or if it’s just a fun toy. GoPro […]

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Gear — Sennheiser MKE 400 Microphone (full review)

Review by Mark Degner The video quality of digital cameras is getting better and better every year. However, I’ve been disappointed in the audio quality that accompanies these videos; the built-in microphones on digital cameras leave a lot to be desired. These microphones are highly susceptible to picking up camera noise (i.e., touching the camera […]

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