As you can tell from the video I received a huge shipment of gear from a company called Westcott. Westcott specializes in professional lighting for photography and video.
I decided to pick up a lot of this equipment to help dive back into studio lighting and pick up gear to help me with off camera speedlights. What is great about this Westcott gear is they have everything for professionals and a whole lineup called “Photo Basics” which is designed to get you into the game at affordable prices.
Over the next few months I will take each piece of gear that you see here and give it its on review and demonstration video. This way we all can see exactly what each accessorie does and if it is for you.Read More »
Today we are looking at a product called a LensCoat. A lens coat protects your lens from the elements or in many cases helps you blend into your environment. Before I get into what they are used for I want to talk about the company itself.
Lens coat is a mom and pop business, it started with an idea and now its gone global with the help of being in some of the largest camera stores. There are even companies out there who make knock offs and are trying to piggyback off of lens coats success. I love stories like this, where the little guy is able to turn something small into something very successful while still being a mom and pop business.Read More »
Many of you guys have been asking me about affordable off-camera speedlights. At the recent PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, I met Moishe from Midwest Photo Exchange, www.mpex.com, who sent me a couple of their flagship speedlights, the Lumopro 160.
The Lumopro 160 has the same power output as a Canon 580 EXII or Nikon SB900! It’s about the same size as those flashes as well and beside being compatible with your Nikon or Canon DSLR, you can use this with an incredible range of cameras depending on how you sync.
At Photo Plus in NYC a few weeks back I made it a point to seek out Datacolor the makers of the SPYDER monitor calibrator to get as much information as possible and a test unit.
There have been hundreds of questions that have come in asking if I calibrate my monitor and if I do how important is it. Well the honest answer is I have never calibrated my monitor and I do have a few reasons for that. One I have never purchased any device to do so. Two I do not do a ton of printing where I would need to match my screen to my printers color profile (more on this lower). Three I felt that if I calibrate my monitor and place my images online 99% of the world who does not calibrate their monitors still wont see so called “proper color”.Read More »
Last week the Nikon J1 and 3 lenses landed on my doorstep.
I have been walking around with the camera and lenses for the past week or so testing it out and trying to see if it is something I would use or suggest for others to use.
So far after shooting with the longer “slow” lens at an event yesterday I see that it is very hard to shoot with the longer lenses. One issue I had was my arms get tired holding the camera out infront of me. Sure there is a zoom but indoors it was very hard to try and shoot with the 30-110 3.5-5.6 lens.
I will keep playing with the camera and give the images a look online.
Today I got my hands on this $3,199 lens at Allen’s Camera 215.547.2841. This is a mega zoom that is a fixed 2.8 lens. What that means is if you are at 120mm it is a 2.8 and at 300mm it still is a 2.8.
This is a very unique lens that no one other than Sigma make. This is the first version to have OS built in and from my sample images it really does a great job stabilizing you images.
Take a look at the video below to see my hands on unboxing, sniff test and sample photos.
Below you will find the full res sample images exported form the Nikon D7000 for you to compare. You will see in the file name which lens is the OS and which is not.
This lens is for someone who is looking for a versatile zoom range in a fixed 2.8 aperture and is not looking to spend $6k for the Canon or Nikon 300 2.8. There are always trade offs between going with the Sigma but for every day shooters shooting amateur sports, dance recitals or pretty much anything else this is another option for you to look into. I was very pleased with how well the OS worked when hand holding at 1/100th of a second.
If you are interested in this lens please call Allen’s Camera at 215.547.2841 and ask for the FRO Price. You can also find it HERE for Canon on AMAZON.
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This is a video of me unboxing a rare Nikon F5 50th anniversary edition camera. From my research I have found that there were only 3000 of these ever made with around 300 ever coming to the united states.
If you are interested in picking up this rare camera please call Allen at 215.547.2841
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I will be heading out of town for a weekend shoot in Park City Utah and wanted to pick up a few new toys for the trip.
I have been looking for a pair of in ear headphones and came across the Ultimate Ears 700 which run roughly $149. These in ears meaning they literally sit inside your ears are small yet built extremely well. I wanted to go with something small and easy to pack as my old over the ear headphones which are great when I am home are just to big to take on the road anymore. So far these little in ears are pretty amazing. Even though I am used to ear plugs I have to get used to wearing these for an extended period of time.
These will be great for using on an airplane for my ipod and Ipad as well as blocking out background noise. I will bring you a full report on my findings from my trip to UTAH with these in ears.
Secondly I was looking for a better way to carry my 13 inch Macbook Pro, Ipad and some camera gear. I ran into a kid in Nashville on the way to SXSW who had a ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise 35 v2 that looked amazing. I decided to order one in and it came in yesterday. This bag is just amazing, it fits my Ipad, laptop, a ton of other stuff and honestly it fits the hebrew trinity and D3s (not with a lens on). Thats right it will fit that whole set up so if I needed to do shooting in one location and didnt need a shoulder bag, I would have all my computers and my fav lenses. I consider this bag to be a mobile office as it has everything you need to run any business from anywhere.
I will have a full review of this bag soon after I get home from UTAH. So far so good.Read More »