Lens Distortion - Barrel

Lens Distortion: Pincushion vs Barrel

There are a handful of lens distortion types cited in lens reviews, but the two most common are pincushion distortion and barrel distortion. Both types are classified as optical aberrations that make straight lines deform and  appear to be curved….

Opteka 85mm f/1.8

Opteka 85mm f/1.8 – Review

Now is the golden age of cheap dSLR lenses, and a popular option lately (for many lens mounts) is the Opteka 85mm f/1.8 manual focus lens. Read on for a review and sample images (dat bokeh!).

focus breathing

What is Focus Breathing?

This is a term that gets thrown around a lot in lens reviews, but what does it actually mean? Focus breathing is the minuscule change in focal length of a lens that occurs as the focus of the lens is…

nikkor af-s 35mm f/1.8 G

AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G – Review

Designed for crop-body Nikon dSLRs, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G is one of the cheapest new prime lenses available for DX Nikon systems (along with the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G), and it is a nice lower-mid-level alternative to the kit…

Mavic Pro Platinum

DJI Releases New Mavic Pro Platinum Drone

A few days ago, DJI announced the release to the Mavic Pro Platinum drone, an upgrade to 2016’s Mavic Pro. According to DJI, the Mavic Pro Platinum takes all of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro and builds on…

Canon RC-701

15 Photography Facts / Historical Notes

All the photography facts that are fit to post online. Okay, not ALL the photography facts. But here are 15 interesting (to me) photography facts: In the mid-19th century, it took as long as several hours to properly expose the…

Rikenon 135mm

Rikenon 135mm f/2.8 M42 Mount for DSLR

In the quest for all-things-cheap in photo gear, a great area of exploration is older M42 screw-mount lenses, such as the Rikenon 135mm f/2.8. With a cheap adapter, you can mount these old gems to your sparkling new dSLR or…

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,…