cheap extension tubes

Are Cheap Extension Tubes Any Good?

If you want to shoot macro photography without the cost and bulk associated with a dedicated macro lens, a set of extension tubes is just the ticket. There are many options on the market, ranging from pricey OEM tubes down…

samyang 14mm autofocus lens

Samyang Announces First AF Lens for Canon EF

Budget lens maker Samyang announced that in February it will start selling a new 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens to fit Canon EF mount cameras. This is the first AF lens from Samyang, a brand well known for it’s manual focus…

The FlatLED 8X Smartphone Telephoto Lens

FlatLED 8X Smartphone Telephoto Lens

There are many wide angle add-on lenses for smartphones, but not many in the telephoto department. The FlatLED 8X Smartphone Telephoto Lens is one such option…but is it worth a damn? Yes…and no. Well, maybe. 

Oshiro 35mm f/2 Review and Sample Photos

Available in native mounts for both Nikon and Canon bodies, the Oshiro 35mm f/2 is a relatively cheap lens and has a very robust build quality. This lens is entirely metal on the outside, and while it has a decent…

reikan focal software review

Reikan FoCal Software Review – Automated MicroAdjustment

If you find that the process of manually testing and adjusting your camera body for autofocus microadjustment on all your lenses is tedious and time-killing, definitely consider spending a few dollars on Reikan’s very awesome FoCal 2.6 software and let…

drones must register with faa

Small Drones Must Register with FAA Once Again

In a surprise reversal, the FAA has once again decided to require any drone weight 0.55 pounds or more to register with the federal agency. Earlier this year, the agency dropped the requirement that small hobby drones must register with…

canon lens date codes

How to Read Canon Lens Date Codes

Every Canon lens has a “date code” imprinted somewhere on the lens mount. This tells you where and when the lens was manufactured so that you can judge the age of a lens you might want to buy on the…

Opteka 500mm

Opteka 500mm / 1000mm Lens Review

A sub-$125 lens than claims 500mm and 1000mm reach seems far-fetched, and yet Opteka offers just that in a lens with a fixed f/6.3 aperture. It’s cheap, sure, but can the Opteka 500mm deliver image quality beyond it’s price point?