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 Thursday, April 24, 2014
Memory Card Cases
That became a pertinent question for me lately as the SDHC/SDXC memory cards I've most recently purchased came without the little plastic case included. While I think the manufacturers should include the inexpensive cases by default, none have yet asked me for my opinion. The other problem is that I've started to accumulate a variety of memory card case sizes that have become at least slightly annoying to deal with.
 
I was looking for something very compact but wanted at least a little protection for the cards. My memory cards are usually kept in other cases or my pocket where they have an additional layer of protection afforded them.
 
For me, the right solution was found on eBay. For $6.95 with free standard shipping, you get 10 small plastic cases just large enough to comfortably hold SDHC cards. I purchased two lots and now have all of my cards neatly stored in much less space than the pre-latest-purchased cards consumed.
 
If you prefer the more protective, larger case size or if you need to store CompactFlash/CF cards, this eBay auction may have the cases you are looking for. Same seller and same price.
 
For more rugged and larger capacity memory card cases, check out B&H's memory card case category. Notable entries include those from Ruggard, Pelican and Think Tank Photo.
Post Date: 4/24/2014 1:09:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
 
With excellent image quality and great design, this lens becomes the easy 50mm AF lens choice. AF consistency remains this lens' biggest weakness.
 
With the demand this lens is seeing right now, I suspect that the 50 Art is going to be hard to get for some time. Preorder the Sigma 50 Art Lens now at B&H for earliest access.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:51:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
Here are some direct comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens (at f/1.8)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens (not the "Art" version)
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon Lens
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* Lens
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens
 
The Nikon 50mm lens results are also available, but they are captured using a Nikon DX3 vs. the Canon EOS 1Ds III. Use your discernment in making these comparisons.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 7:54:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 14, 2014
10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
Just posted: 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter Review
 
Learn what I consider to be the ultimate 10 stop neutral density filter and why.
 
I have a drop-everything review to work on right now, but with a lot of work done on the black filter review, I'm going to turn it loose. These filters are very useful and can easily turn mundane images into impressive ones. I intend to revisit this review with samples pictures and more suggestions.
Post Date: 4/14/2014 9:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Just Posted: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review
 
With excellent image quality and a moderate price, the Sigma 150 OS is a great option for a long focal length macro lens.
Post Date: 4/8/2014 7:59:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 31, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D DSLR Camera
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D DSLR Camera Review
 
While experienced DSLR photographers are not going to find this new camera too drool-worthy, the T5 is a very nice upgrade from the Rebel T3 / 1100D. Highlights include a higher resolution imaging sensor, a larger/higher resolution LCD, significantly improved video capabilities and a rubberized grip surface.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 9:36:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 28, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison
I posted a Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison to the site.
 
Use this page to compare the high ISO noise of the Rebel T5 / 1200D to eight different Canon DSLR cameras. Decide with your own eyes if Canon has pushed the APS-C image quality boundary with this brand new camera model.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 9:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Polyphemus Moth
In the latest tips article to be added to the site, I explain How to Calculate Lens Working Distance.
 
While this distance is easy to calculate with a tape measure or other distance measurement tool, you can also use the site's Lens Specifications and Measurements tool to obtain this information without leaving your seat.
 
Those having read the yesterday-posted Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review will recognize the discussed formula.
Post Date: 3/25/2014 9:49:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 24, 2014
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Sample Picture
Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review
 
This is a nice lens with great image quality. And it has a huge $300.00 instant rebate available right now, making it a bargain.
 
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/24/2014 8:11:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 21, 2014
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Standard product images for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens have been added to the comparison tool.
 
The link will show the big Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens beside the medium-sized Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens and the smaller Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens.
 
The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens review page has addition on-camera product images.
Post Date: 3/21/2014 11:36:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 20, 2014
 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens review.
 
I regard the Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS is one of Sigma's best-ever lenses. This lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:48:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens review.
 
This lens continues to see demand exceeding supply. Preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:10:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 17, 2014
Zeiss Otus 55mm Lens Sample Pictures
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens review. Some sample pictures include small tips to incorporate into your own photography.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 14, 2014
Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head
Just Posted: Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head Review
 
This Arca-Swiss quick release plate-compatible ball head has great looks coupled with great functionality including a very smooth and strong ball and locking mechanism. It is one of the best heads I've used and is another contender for your kit.
Post Date: 3/14/2014 9:55:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 13, 2014
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod
Amazing is how strong and rigid such a small tripod can be: Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
B&H recently lowered the price on the GT1542T by about $100.00.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 10:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod
There are two significant reasons why you want use a carbon fiber tripod – and one significant reason why you might not want to buy a carbon fiber model.
 
The Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review provides the reasons to answer the big "Is carbon fiber worth the extra cost?" question.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod
Have you seen Manfrotto's latest 190 Series tripods? The new MT190 tripods sport a sharp, innovative design while retaining the great functionality and value they have long had.
 
Just Posted: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/11/2014 8:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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