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Review – Lensbaby Composer

I’ve been interested in the Lensbaby line of products for quite some time. I think the concept is quite neat – they are a collection of lenses that posses very specific “sweet spot” focus points surrounded by graduated blurring, that can be manipulated in fascinating ways to provide very interesting perspectives. Lensbaby provides three lens […]

Review – First Gen Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS

Back in July I rented the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L II IS telephoto lens, for our Maine vacation. Then, a couple of weeks ago I rented the first generation of this lens, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, to use when we attended the MotoGP race in Indianapolis. I wanted to see if the performance differences […]

Review – Mpix Photographic Products

I recently purchased a framed print from Mpix. I’ve heard Scott Kelby go on and on about them, and have seen their full page advertisements multiple times in every issue of Popular Photography that I own. So I signed up for a free account, created a personal album, and uploaded several shots from our recent […]

Upcoming and Elsewhere

My next project in the process of self-education is the use of off-camera flash. With that in mind I began my perusal of the internet for good sources of information, and discovered Strobist. The site contains a wealth of information and takes a complete newbie to flash-photography through the entire learning curve; beginner education leads […]

Lens Review: Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II

The second lens that I rented for our Maine vacation was the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens (the first was the telephoto I wrote about in this article). I have nothing but positive things to say about this lens – probably because it felt and acted very similarly to […]

Lens Review: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS

I rented a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for my trip to Maine. Let me tell you, WHAT a beast this lens is! Attached to my Canon Digital Rebel XTi, with the lens hood, AND my battery grip, the whole setup certainly looked impressive. The lens by itself is 52.6 […]

Review – Manfrotto Monopod and Ball Head

This is my newly-purchased Manfrotto 680B Monopod and Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release. I bought both for use at the MotoGP race this August in Indianapolis. The Motor Speedway doesn’t allow for tripods in the stands, and I’ll be renting a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens from Pro Photo […]

Review – Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

PaintShop Photo Pro X3, by the good folks at Corel, offers a photo management and photo editing tool all in one. Geared toward the hobbyist photographer and novice photo editor, the program combines powerful organizational and editing tools within a user-friendly and affordable package. Upon first launching the program, the very first functionality the user […]

Review – Lowepro Fastpack 350

I have been doing a LOT of research on the right camera/laptop gear bag or backpack, suitable for my personal application and amount of gear. I spent, no joke, at least three weeks perusing different options and product websites. I finally decided upon the Lowepro Fastpack 350. This backpack-style camera and laptop case has all […]

Upcoming and Elsewhere

Upcoming: Look for the following article topics soon to be published here on Beyond Megapixels: – What to look for in a new laptop, geared toward digital photography and photo editing. – Software Review: Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 (and future tutorials featuring Paintshop Pro Photo!) – Software Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 (and future […]