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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 – 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 – 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 — 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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Mirrorless Camera Comparison (preview)

    Story and Photography by Paul Burwell You can’t go too far in today’s world of photography without hearing something about new “mirrorless” cameras. With all the hoopla, you’d think this was a recent ground-breaking invention finally released to the masses. The truth is a bit different, but there’s a lot to like about […]

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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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