Tokina SZX 400mm F8 Reflex MF – First impressions review

First impressions Very well made and designed. Catadioptric lenses are an acquired taste and dropped out of popularity once the novelty of the doughnut-shaped out of focus highlights became boring. They were pre-Bokeh obsessed photography, and there are a lot of people taking photographs out there who...

Into the Garden with the X-T4

The X-T4 is a new flagship from Fuji, a fantastic hybrid-stills camera with upgrades that seem built for a video shooter in mind. However, I’d say that there are a few improvements to this camera that stand out to me, a primarily stills shooter. I’ve...

Topaz Sharpen AI Update

Review of Topaz Sharpen AI Update (v2.1)   Wow! Sharpen AI has been amazing to me from the beginning but it sure has changed a lot, and for the better, since I first covered it in a webinar a little over a year ago. And...

Review: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD

Tamron has been in the lens business for a long time, having established itself as a major third-party player for SLR systems going back decades. Despite that pedigree, Tamron had barely dipped its toes in the waters of mirrorless for many years before finally...

Review: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Sigma has slowly morphed over the past several decades from a budget lens maker into one of the premier lens makers in the industry. Their Art series lenses have continually raised the bar for high quality, yet reasonably priced lenses, and their first few mirrorless-specific...

Review: Sony A7R IV

Sixty-One Megapixels.  That’s the headline that accompanies almost every mention of Sony’s newest full-frame mirrorless camera, the A7R IV.  The A7R series has always been Sony’s flagship body for landscape and high image quality work, and the fourth generation bumps the resolution of the...

Skylum Luminar 4 – Sky Replacement Examples

Skylum Software recently released version 4 of their Luminar Software. AI Sky ReplacementThe Headline feature is what Skylum call AI Sky Replacement and in use, it actually works pretty well. There will be 100’s of images cropping up across the internet with some strangely familiar...

Interview with photographer Helene Cook

Hello again and welcome to a new interview with another photographer. This time I had the chance to talk to Hélène Cook, a Brussels-based hobby photographer. She started photography a few years ago and she is a member of the Viewfinders’ Photography Club since 2017....

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