Browsing all posts in "Review".

Product Review — Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens

By Steve Russell Before I begin this article, I would like to ask each of you to remember the people of Japan. The challenges and hardships they are enduring go far beyond the events of the earthquake and tsunami. I once lived in Japan for two and a half years and learned first hand that […]

Review: Kelby Training

A couple of weeks ago, I finally subscribed to Kelby Training. I say “finally” because I have been mulling over the purchase of this subscription, and an accompanying subscription to NAPP, for quite some time. Everyone I consulted with about these memberships responded with the same advice: “Do it. You won’t regret it.” So, since […]

Review – The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers is one of the latest in Scott Kelby’s long, long list of photography-oriented publications. I also own this book’s predecessor for Photoshop CS3, also by Kelby. I purchased the CS5 book because of the significant enhancements that were made to the program, but many (if not all) […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

Product Review – Photo Gifts by Bagettes

You may have noticed some contests going on here at Beyond Megapixels, sponsored by the good folks at Bagettes. Bagettes has been in business since 2003, and has been featured on “Good Morning America,” as well as in Life & Style magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Bagettes provides personalized and customized bags, totes, and […]

Review – Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

(Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30), Aperture: f/2.8, Focal Length: 100 mm, ISO Speed: 200) The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens is a good starter lens for folks new to macro photography. While macro lenses get quite a bit more extreme with respect to focal length and magnification, not to mention size and weight (and […]