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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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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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