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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?

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Movo NS-2 Camera Wrist Strap Review

If you’re not a fan of traditional camera straps, consider giving the Movo NS-2 camera wrist strap a try. It’s light, strong, and helps prevent drops of your cameras and lenses. Best of all, it’s cheap (under $15 USD). Movo…

Canon 18-55mm

Canon 18-55mm EF-M – Review and Sample Pics

The Canon 18-55mm EF-M IS is the main “kit lens” of Canon’s mirrorless camera family. It’s small and light, but does it deliver the goods on image quality? (scroll to the bottom for sample pics)

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Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera – Review

Introduced in 2012, the EOS M was Canon’s first foray into the world of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. It’s almost 6 years old now, but the technology holds up well and used prices are very low, making it a great…

Travel Photography Camera Bag

Travel Photography Camera Bag – Review

There are many, many camera bags to choose from, but if you need one that is optimized for travel photography (especially airline travel and its often ludicrous requirements), read on for a very inexpensive option.