Strobist Lighting Gear

Speedlite / Flash

The Canon Speedlite 580EX Older but still a crowd favorite. Some of it’s notable features includes, E-TTL (and E-TTL II), has a guide number of 58/191 (meters/feet) at ISO 100 and 105mm focal length. This speedlite works flawlessly and is reliable in any situation.

 

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Sports Photography Gear

Camera Bodies:

Canon EOS 7D and Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L USM

Canon EOS 7D. This is my primary body for sports and event photography. I choosed the 7d because of it’s high frame rate, quick autofocus, great image quality and best of all it’s durability, it is weather sealed and I don’t have to worry about shooting in harsh weather condition. The Canon EOS 7D is still Canon’s King of the Crop (APS-C). With the release of the current firmware update Version 2.0.X it keeps the EOS 7D on the cutting edge of technological innovation by adding user-requested innovations developed for Canon’s high-end EOS cameras: A higher maximum burst rate for continuous shooting, definable maximum limit for ISO Auto, compatibility with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, and manual audio level adjustment. Additional enhanced features include faster scrolling of magnified images, quick control during playback, in-camera RAW image processing, JPEG image resizing and ratings, plus customization of file names and time zone settings.

Amazon | Adorama | B & H | Rent

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Micro Four Thirds System Gear

My Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless System Cameras

MFT Camera Bodies:

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Review Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 SC Manual Focus with Chrome Tip

Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 Chrome Tip with Original Metal lens hood BT-55

Last time, I reviewed the  Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro Manual Focus Lens. Just in case you missed it, you can find it here.

This review is about the Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 SC Manual Focus Lens with Chrome Tip.

This is the third Canon FD Lens that I bought from ebay. I was curios to try the 135mm Focal length from the FD line of lenses, and this 135mm F/3.5 SC fits the bill nicely. At $45 I got a complete set with 2x teleconverter, macro / closeup filter adapters, original metal lens hood BT-55 and the FD 135mm F/3.5 lens with Chrome Tip in excellent condition.

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Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Manual Focus Macro Lens

I bought my Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro lens from eBay after reading good reviews about it. Based on the test shots I did, the lens is an excellent performer, it is sharp at f/3.5 and improves a lot when you stop down. Like my Canon FD 50mm F/1.8, this lens is in great condition for a lens this old. It is heavier compare to my native M43 lenses, but feels well balance on my OMD EM5 and Pen EPL-3. Continue Reading

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Daily Photo – Black Grasshopper

Shot this the other day during my daily walk to the bushes. This is a Lubber Grasshopper, these grasshoppers are eye catching because of their large size and dark colors.  They are unable to fly and as I have notice,sluggish and doesn’t jump away unless they are threaten. Continue Reading

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Daily Photo – Bee On The Job for Bee Thursday

I shot this in one of my daily hikes. Spring is just an exciting time for me, this is when our buggy friends come out to enjoy the weather and feast on different kinds of flowers and plants. Like this Bee who was really working on that flower. Continue Reading

Wildlife Alligator

Daily Photo – Alligator for Wildlife Wednesday

This one is from my archives. I shot this at the National Zoo with my old Canon Rebel XS and a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6. I shot this behind a glass cage, there was a little bit of glare and the image appear soft.

When Lightroom 5 came out, I revisited my 2009 Catalog and reprocess some of the photos. This is what I came up with. See the before and after below. Continue Reading

Kalamansi Lemon Close-up

Calamansi shot with the Pen-PL1

I shot this one with my very first pen camera, the OLYMPUS 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera  and with the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz LabsTopaz Detail. I use Topaz Detail to extract the details from the photo. Continue Reading

Praying Mantis Close-up

Praying Mantis for Buggy Friday

Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .

Since I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube, help me get close to my subject  by cutting the minimum focus distance of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM   .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz LabsTopaz Detail.

I wrote a review of the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension tube that you can read here. Continue Reading

Crocodile

Crocodile for Wildlife Wednesday

This one is from my Archives. This was shot from the National Zoo back in 2010 using a Canon EOS Rebel XS and the beautiful Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

Added the moderate diffusion using the photoshop plugin Topaz Lens Effect. Continue Reading

Daisies Close-up

Daisies for Macro Monday

I shot this one with my little Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Black) and with the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 (Black) Lens .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz Labs, Topaz Detail. I use Topaz Detail to extract the details from the photo. Continue Reading

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White Pollen

Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .

Since I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube, help me get close to my subject  by cutting the minimum focus distance of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM   . Continue Reading

Bees

A Really Busy Bee for Bee Thursday

This one was shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .
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Insects / Bugs

Fly and Stink Bug Dynamic Dou

This one was shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .
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Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 by J.B. Camera Designs

Today’s feature gear in What’s in My Bag, the Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 – Made in USA by J.B. Camera Designs. This is an add on grip and based for your OM-D EM-5.

Some em-5 owners like me wanted a larger grip for their em-5, and this is the answer. This is a cheaper alternative to the more expensive HLD-6 Battery Holder/grip made by Olympus. If you are not concern about the vertical grip button and the additional battery this Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 by J.B. Camera Designs is the perfect choice.

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Flower and the Fly

Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 AF and Raynox DCR 250

 

Shot with my Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 and the macro Lens adapter Raynox DCR 250. Shot at  75mm F/9, 1/400. I wrote a review on the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 and the Raynox DCR-250. You can read the Tamron review here and the Raynox here.

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Lady Bug this Thursday

Canon EOS 60D. Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 and Raynox DCR 250

 

Shot with my Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 and the macro Lens adapter Raynox DCR 250. Shot at  75mm F/9, 1/400. I wrote a review on the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 and the Raynox DCR-250. You can read the Tamron review here and the Raynox here.

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Flamingos for Wildlife Wednesday

Canon EOS Rebel XS with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM

This one is from my Archives. This was shot from the National Zoo back in 2010 using a Canon EOS Rebel XS and the beautiful Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

Added the moderate diffusion using the photoshop plugin Topaz Lens Effect. Continue Reading

Roses for Macro Monday

Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 Pancake Lens.

 

Shot with the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 Pancake Lens. Shot at 125, F/2.2, iso 800.

The moderate Diffuse effect on the image was added using my favorite photoshop plugin Topaz Lens Effect. Continue Reading