Viltrox M42 > Nikon F Adapter Review

There are a ton of old M42 screw-mount lenses out there for cheap. The catch is that you need an adapter to mount them on modern cameras. One option for Nikon shooters is the Viltrox adapter for Nikon F mount. 

Canon 6D Mark II

Canon 6D Mark II – Is it Worth Upgrading?

Five years after the debut of the landmark 6D full-frame dSLR, (my review is here) Canon recently announced the release of the 6D Mark II. Canon has a full page now on the 6D Mark II showing the new features,…

Depth of Field - f/1.8

Quick Study on Depth of Field

Articles and videos throw around the term “depth of field” quite casually, as if everyone already knows what it means. Depth of Field (DOF from here on out) could actually also be called “depth of focus” or maybe even “focus…

Nikon D3300 SLR Review

I was a Nikon shooter back in the days of film, but went with Canon when dSRLs started to get affordable. I’ve been wanting to check out Nikon’s newer bodies, and I found a great deal on a used Nikon…

range extender

Range Extender for Phantom 3 Standard

If you’re phrugal like me and snagged a DJI Phantom 3 Standard at an amazing blowout price, you’ve probably noticed that in populated areas there is a lot of wireless interference that stymies the performance of the drone > controller…

Phantom 3 Backpack / Case Review

So you’ve got your crazy-cheap and excellent Phantom 3 Standard (my review is here) on a blowout deal, but now you need some kind of case to carry it and all the related accessories around. There are a ton of…

Available Light

Some Thoughts On Available Light Photography

I’m a huge fan of available light photography. That’s probably because when I got started, I was a college student. I had no extra money for studio lights, softboxes, backdrops, flash triggers, and all the gear that goes with even…

Helios 44 Lens Review: Good Russian Glass

  A lot has been written about the many versions of the Helios 44 lens. It’s beloved by phrugal photographers the world over for its dreamy / swirly bokeh, high availability on the used market, and of course the low…

mini tripod

Altura Tabletop Mini Tripod Review

It’s tiny. It folds. It can hold a prosumer dSLR and nice lens without falling over or wobbling. Behold, the Altura Tabletop Mini ¬†Tripod. Weighing in at about $15, this little tripod is a great grab-n-go option that won’t take…