Big Ticket Lenses: Try Before You Buy

This post is by Andrea Thomas of Speechless Photography. Over the years, I’ve picked up a handful of lenses. I have the Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens that came bundled with my camera and I’ve also purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses. For the most part, these lenses cover me pretty well for […]

Saving for Things You Want

Four years ago I was at the point where I wanted to move past the kit lenses I owned and start investing in “fast” prime lenses that would allow me to shoot at wider apertures to get the beautiful bokeh we all love. My first investment was the “nifty fifty,” the Nikon 50mm f1.8D ($100). […]

Gear Review | Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

Written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com (After the Lensbaby Composer review I posted a few weeks ago, I was contacted by Lensbaby’s Public Relations department. They loved my review and sent me one of their newest products so I could play around with it, and blog about it!) So, here it goes… (I used an aperture […]

Gear Review | Nikon Nikkor 60mm f2.8 D micro

Written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com. Today I’m reviewing Nikon’s 60mm f/2.8 D micro. (Nikon refers to their macro lenses as micro, though I am not entirely sure why) If you own a “Nifty Fifty” you might wonder why you would need this lens. I can’t really tell you why other than by telling you my […]

Gear Review | Nikon 35mm f/2 D

Today I am going to be giving you my two-cents on a sweet little lens: the Nikon Wide Angle Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D.¬† This little lens is a gem! It’s a small, fast, sharp lens, at a very reasonable price (average price is about $364). It has a metal mount, so it’s nice and […]

Last Minutes Gifts for Photographers

This post is LATE in coming, I know, but everything I am sharing here is available at Amazon.com or BH Photo and will likely get to you in time if ordered today (depending on where you are located). There are many other¬† items that I use and enjoy, but they would not make it to […]

Focal Length Comparisons

New photography enthusiasts who are looking to invest in additional lenses often ask me about the differences in focal lengths, so I thought I would do a quick comparison for you, using the prime lenses in my own camera bag. These pictures are a) not great b) done at the spur of the moment c) […]

DSLR Lens Care {and a giveaway}

I have written many a photography and editing tutorial, but never one regarding the very equipment that helps us get those beloved pictures. So, I thought I would dedicate a couple of posts to some hardware basics. (I am tackling lenses first because I have goodies that I’ve been dying to give away and cannot […]