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Examples with CPL RX100 Filter
July 23, 2012


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Here’s another video showing you how those new ND or CPL filters will work when in use with point and shoot cameras. Keep in mind that i’m still working with prototype versions, so end quality in design and glass will be much better. The ring i’ve attached to the Sony RX100 was originally designed for [...]

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Rokinon 8mm Wide Lens Deals Sony E-Mount
July 20, 2012


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Amazon Lightning Deals throws a sale on three different Rokinon 8mm Wide Lenses for Sony E-Mount. (Sony NEX cameras). To see what else is currently on Amazon Lightning Deals (Click Here)
For these 8mm Rokinon Lenses, check out the discounts following the links below.

Rokinon 8mm F2.8 Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens for Sony E-mount and Sony NEX [...]

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Canon EOS 7D Body Bundle and Savings
July 5, 2012


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The Canon 7D seems to have received it’s second wind with the new Firmware announcement that will give it full manual audio and a slew of other features. You’ve probably seen other blogs talking about the Canon 7D Deal that ends today. If not, take a peek at what B&H has to offer. About $200 [...]

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Fotga Slim Variable ND Fader Filter
July 3, 2012


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What happened to cheap Variable ND filters? So I recently picked up the Sigma 30mm lens for the Sony NEX-7 camera and it’s been the only lens on the camera since. Today I decided I needed a Variable ND filter and did some online shopping. For cheap, normally the Nature ND filter (seen here on [...]

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Novelty Nikon Replica Lens Mug Thermos 70-200mm F/2.8G
June 11, 2012


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Geek Post. If you follow this blog, you’ll find that I collect lots of random Canon and Nikon Replica Lens Mugs. Some for myself and some I keep around for last minute gift ideas to other geek friends. I mainly use it as Pen Holders on my desk. Some of these Replica lens Mugs / [...]

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Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 Lightning Deal Discount
June 1, 2012


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The Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 is surely a nice lens to have in your kit – especially nice when there’s a discount available. Normally about $500 dollars, today it’s part of Amazon’s Lightning Deals which is usually the best price you’ll find anywhere. The deal was so good last time (just $350), I ended up buying [...]

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Super Takumar 50mm F/1.4 Lens Review
May 30, 2012


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There’s practically an adapter to mount any lens to any camera these days, and here YouTube member videotestground talks about the Pentax M42 Super Takumar 50mm F/1.4 [Thanks Vedran]. These M42 lenses are older manual lenses for Pentax film cameras that can be mounted to your Canon DSLR through a cheap adapter. A Canon 50mm [...]

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Sigma 30mm E-Mount on Sony NEX-7
May 2, 2012


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Just got this in today so we’ll see how it performs. Seems to be a fairly popular lens due to it’s backorder status on most websites. Part of the appeal when shooting with the Sony NEX-7 is it’s compact size. I wanted an autofocus prime lens and decided to go with the Sigma 30mm F/2.8. [...]

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Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD
April 30, 2012


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If you’re looking for more range in your lenses, there’s a minor instant rebate discount available for Sigma’s 70-200mm F/2.8 lens with OS (optical stabilization). I’m not going to dive into hyperfocal distance lingo, but there’s a certain look that you get when zoomed out to 200mm and opened up to F/2.8, over a 24mm [...]

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VizTools HandiZoom ENG Style for DSLR
April 11, 2012


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Thanks to LJ for pointing this interesting little product that brings ENG style zooming to standard DSLR lenses. Most people might be familiar with these controls from consumer camcorders, but for some high end ENG video cameras, you can purchase various focal length lenses that come with built in zoom controls (as seen here).

Looks [...]

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Nikon Lens Guide – DSLRVIDEOSHOOTER
March 12, 2012


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I just had a back and forth comment conversation about adapting Nikon Manual lenses, and here’s a video from Caleb Pike of DSLRVIDEOSHOOTER.com that might help break down some of those questions. As far as adapting random lenses to smaller sensor cameras, Nikon’s manual aperture ring makes them one of the favorites. The fact that [...]

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Panasonic 14mm Lens Deals?
March 12, 2012


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Ray writes in and shares an interesting link to some very cheap Panasonic 14mm Lenses. [Thanks Ray] These lenses are found for over $300 dollars on Amazon (seen here) and B&H (seen here), but at the listing it sells for just $164. Seller has excellent ratings and checking the feedback shows the seller has sold [...]

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Jieying Modified Lenses Micro Four Thirds Sony NEX Leica
March 6, 2012


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Constantly poking around for a good set of lenses for the Sony NEX-7, this eBay seller takes old vintage lenses and modifies them to fit (without adapter) to most Micro Four Thirds, Sony NEX (e-mount), and Leica cameras. That’s right, no adapters needed. He seems to always have some interesting modifications for these small sensor [...]

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Canon Cameras, Lenses, Flashes Rebates
February 13, 2012


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Do you think with all the new gear Canon is announcing, they might be trying to offload some of their existing models that have been around for some time? Who knows, but the Canon Rebates are back, and they double if you bundle them with a select camera body. More information on the dedicated Rebates [...]

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Nikon 50mm F/1.8 E Series Pancake Lens
February 10, 2012


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I originally picked up this Nikon 50mm F/1.8 E Series Pancake lens for use with the new Sony NEX-7, but I thought I would remind others that are just starting out in DSLR video, that these very inexpensive lenses can be used with your Canon DSLR cameras as well.

One of the first lenses most [...]

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New Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
February 7, 2012


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Hmm..So Canon has announced a new 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM lens like all the rumors were speculating for months now, but where’s the ‘IS’ stamp? No Image Stabilization on this new lens, i’m sort of let down. For folks who are shooting with cropped sensors, they at least have the nice option of the 17-55mm [...]

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