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  • Induro Carbon CT Series 8X CT314 Review

    Last summer I was looking for a heavy duty tripod, somthing carbon fiber and with a weight capacity around 40 pounds.  I started looking at some tripods from Really Right Stuff and Gitzo.  Then I gave the guys at Allen’s Camera a call to talk about what I was in the market for.  (A little aside - I have been shopping with Allen’s for man...

  • Kickstarter Alert: Adaptalux Lighting System

    For a few years now I have dreamed about building a system like this for myself.  The crew at Adaptalux has developed this incredible lighting system, adaptalux.com.  So why will it be helpful to all of us macro shooters out there?

  • Canon MR-14EX II Initial Review

    A few months ago when I saw Canon was releasing a new version of their ring flash I called the guys at Allen’s Camera and asked them to get me the first one that came through the door.  I have been eagerly waiting for them to become available.  Last week they called to say the first few had come in and I ran over to pick mine up.

  • Weekly Round-Up 2 - Nikon D4S

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  • Confession Of A Motor Drive Love

    This is for all of you out there, you know who you are, lovers of the motor drive and occasional abusers of it.  This is for you especially and all others in general.  The motor drive has its place, and provides some great advantages.  It can also lead to laziness and poor shooting technique.

  • Dot-Line 60 LED Ring Light Review

    Last fall I was at my local camera store when I saw the Dot-Line LED ring light.  I was not sure how I felt about the idea of an LED light.  I had heard mixed reviews about LED lights in general.  Specifically a friend who is a DP (Director Of Photography) for video work told me he did not like using LEDs as a key light (main light).  But at the same time the curiosity about what you could d...

  • Impressions on the New Flickr

    Yahoo! recently unveiled a huge upgrade to the well-known photography site: Flickr.  As I'm sure most of you know, Flickr was one of the web's original, and best, photo sharing sites.  Over the years, however, it has fallen far behind in terms of features when ...

  • Micro 4/3 Lensbaby

    While both Olympus and Panasonic offer several interesting macro options, they aren’t the only tools available to Micro Four Thirds shooters who want to be creative with their close up photography.

  • ThinkTank Shape Shifter Review

    The search for the perfect camera bag is a quest that all photographers share. I can’t count how many bags I have tried over the years. What I have discovered is there is no perfect bag, no jack-of-all-trades. You will end up with an assortment of different bags in your stable for different purposes. That being said the ThinkTank Shape Shifter does a lot of things well and is one of the bags...

  • Macro Focusing Rails

    Focusing rails are by far one of the most useful tools available to the macro photographer.  They allow you to make several different changes to your focusing point and image composition without having to move the tripod or camera stand.  You can tweak little aspects of your images without having to start from scratch because you moved the tripod head or legs.  These tools will save you much...

  • Micro 4/3 60mm 2.8 macro

    When it comes to getting started in macro photography figuring out what kind of gear to buy is usually limited by the photographer’s gear budget. Finances permitting, buying a high quality camera maker’s dedicated macro lens is usually the ideal choice. For those on a tighter budget, there are other viable options. While these tools aren’t as fancy as a macro lens, they can provide entry int...

  • Shooting Macro with Micro Four-Thirds

    Micro Four-Thirds system cameras are capable of excellent macro photography images. While the smaller format does have some disadvantages when compared to dSLRs, they also make life easier for the macro photographer too, particularly when it comes to portability. After years of carrying heavy camera bags, my back, shoulder, and hips protest a bit too much when I try to carry a full camera ba...

  • The 100 mm Macro Lens

    Of all of the macro lenses I have the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM is the lens I pull out of the bag more often than any other. There are many focal lengths on the market today and they each have their purpose. You can get anywhere from a 40mm to 200mm lens capable of producing a 1:1 macro images. A 100mm lens can be used for many different subjects from plants to insects to tabletop photograp...