Month: August 2017

Canon Launches New 85mm f/1.4 L IS at Surprising Price!

Canon added a new lens to the lineup today in the form of an 85mm f/1.4 L IS. The lens doesn’t replace the 85mm f/1.2 L, but merely offers another option that’s even more capable in low light conditions. It might be a stop slower than the f/1.2 version, but it has a four stop image stabilization system in it! Naturally the f/1.2 lens will still be a better option if you need a fast shutter speed in low light because IS can’t help to freeze motion, but it can help you shoot at decreased shutter speeds. This will...

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How to Speed Up Your Drobo

The vast majority of my data lives on a variety of Drobos. I currently have a Thunderbolt 3 enabled Drobo 5D3 as my primary storage device, stacked with 32TB of drives, and I also have the same set of data mirrored onto a Drobo 5N2 which I can access remotely from anywhere in the world. A further Drobo 5D is held offsite too.  In chatting with one of Drobo’s technical gurus recently I learnt something that I didn’t know. Whilst a Drobo can protect your data as long as it has at least two drives in it, the data read...

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Gear Check: Pelican 1120 Review – The $25 Pelican Case

I needed to find a small waterproof container to mount on the roof of my photography adventure trailer so that I can seal up some cables and controls for my solar power system. I own several Pelican IM2050 cases which are the smallest proper cases in the Pelican Storm lineup, but I also discovered a real gem in the Pelican 1120. This little case is just $25 on Amazon, and it’s built just as solidly as all its bigger brothers. Click to view larger images. As you can see, it comes with the pick ‘n pluck foam if you...

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Thank You! Top 100 Photography Blogs!

I’m pleased to say that once again, my little blog has been listed in the top 100 photography blog list over at Feedspot. It humbles me to see it listed there amongst so many people who I respect so much, and draw so much inspiration from. Thanks to everyone that continues to read my ramblings, and make sure you also check out my other website, Shutter Muse, for long-form reviews and photo...

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NEW: Affordable Think Tank Spectral Shoulder Bags!

Think Tank Photo will always be one of my got-brands for top quality camera bags, along with their sister company MindShift Gear for the more outdoorsy ones. This week Think Tank have launched a new line of shoulder bags called the Spectral Series, and this aims to bring Think Tank bags into the hands of more people by offering them at a slightly lower price-point. The Spectral 8 is under $100! Despite coming in a bit cheaper than some of their other shoulder bags, like my personal favourite Retrospective bags, these Spectral bags still bring a ton of cool...

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