Articles Written by Colin Peddle

Coming Soon: We Review the Ultra Light f-stop Loka UL for Adventure Photographers

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Launching soon, the photo above shows the f-stop Loka UL: an ultra lightweight backpack aimed at adventure photographers with an appetite to explore every corner of the map. Word is that f-stop Gear are planning a release for mid to late spring with a price point hovering around $225.

When released, there will no doubt be many current Loka owners tempted into an upgrade to the more compact and featherlight Loka UL. We’re in the process of a lengthier review at this moment and with the winter we’ve had up here in the Great White North, it may even be deemed a torture test.

First impressions are great. It’s very well constructed and f-stop have done wonderful work shaving over a 1.25lbs from the original Loka. That might not sound like much but it adds up quickly when setting out for a longer hike. Check back soon for the full review… but I have a feeling you should begin saving now.

Review: Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus, Beauty and a Beast

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The Zeiss Otus is easily the biggest DSLR 55mm currently available. I say currently, because I’m sure in some lab in the depths of upper Siberia a technician made a 50mm the size of a small child, just because. But the Otus shouldn’t surprise us, Zeiss will never shy away from the pursuit of image quality at the expensive of “convenience.” Read more…

Hands-Off First Impressions of the Fuji X-T1

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Well, well. Fuji’s done it again. They’ve simultaneously wowed fans and foes with the newly announced X-T1. There’s a lot to learn here and a lot to discuss. Let’s take a look at some of the details and perhaps more subtle or overlooked points. Read more…

Review: Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 is Vintage Inspiration for Modern Times

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 might just be that unusually sexy gem that will intrigue the masses and add a dash or two of fun into your photography. A camera that is going to have clients talking and friends gawking. Read more…

Review: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 is One Sexy Beast

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When Sigma announced a new version of the much loved 120-300 f/2.8 I immediately kicked myself for buying a much pricier 300mm Nikon about 6 months earlier. The reasons why may not be readily apparent, but we’ll get to that. First let’s discuss the aesthetics and specs.
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Review: Olympus E-P5 Can Do Tons But Weighs Just Ounces

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It’s the newly released Olympus E-P5 PEN. A 16.1MP Micro Four Thirds retro-styled pocket shooter capable of 9FPS. But will it raise your heartbeat to 100BPM? Let’s find out.
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Review: Alien Skin Software’s Exposure 5 is a Solid Film Emulation Program

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Alien Skin Software’s Exposure 5 is a starting point for building stylish and creative photos that will impress even the harshest of critics. With hundreds of ideas to pick, layer and build upon there’s really no limit to what you can make. Opening an image for the first time in Exposure 5 may prove a little overwhelming with the vast array of filters there are to tinker with. Everything from a subtle film look still available at your local shop to the original daguerreotype feel. It is impressive to say the least.
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Review: Nero Trigger Replaces Your Slow Shutter Finger for Creative Photography

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Bang. Pop. Zip. Zop. Welcome to the review of the Nero Trigger, a lightning, laser and sound sensor that will crank that shutter faster than you can. It also includes a timelapse, HDR and a DIY mode allowing utilization of external sources to trigger the Nero. As their ad copy claims, “Nero Trigger is built to help you shoot high speed photos for the occasions that your shutter finger would not be sufficient.”
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Review: The Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Feels Un-Zeiss-Like. Don’t Touit

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If you’re here to read about the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 for the Fujifilm X-mount, you’ve probably heard words like “great”, “amazing”, “superb”, “lovely” and “well damped” used to describe this lens. It’s wider then the Fuji 14mm and maybe, just maybe, as sharp as the Fuji 35mm. These too are all things others will say about this lens. The jury, however, is still out for this guy.
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Review: The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM is Solid, But Hope For a Purebred

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When I first began looking at the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4, I made judgements about its quality. “It’s plastic, yuck.” “I bet that focus control feels like a rusty zipper.” “The AF selector switch will tick me off.” “It won’t match the speed of my Nikon’s and my focusing tendencies.” My preconceived notions were that I was set for a so-so experience.
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