Last week I took a look at the Sony Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and found it to be a lens of exceptional quality. This week I’ve been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to test another lens from the Sony ZA line-up; the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA. This is another high-end lens manufactured to the exacting standards of German optics company Carl Zeiss, designed for use with Sony’s full-frame A7 range of cameras.
The Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA is a high-end lens designed for Sony’s E-mount compatible cameras like the A7 II, the A5000 and the A6000. It’s a lens which aims to satisfy the needs of professional photographers and serious enthusiasts. But for many readers of the Plug-in blog the question is: "Is it worth upgrading the kit lens that comes with my camera?" Today I’m going to attempt to answer that question in a totally unbiased manner.
on 07-26-201501:30 PM - last edited on 07-27-201508:46 AM by BBYMartin
If you have a 4K TV you have a few options out there for getting the most out of your display … but if you’re like me there’s nothing more satisfying than creating your own content. Whether you’re shooting beautiful nature vistas, capturing exciting downtown life, or creating memories with friends and family at events that you won’t forget, shooting your own video in 4k is pretty awesome—and it’s more accessible than ever. Coming in at a reasonable price and packing a powerful 4k punch, the Sony FDR-AX33 Handycam is the portable video camera that’s makes it possible.I had a chance to take it out for a spin: here’s how that turned out.
on 07-06-201511:22 AM - last edited on 07-10-201510:55 AM by BBYMartin
There’s a new member of the GoPro family that’s mixing it up. It’s lighter, smaller, and more colourful than its companions, while maintaining the level of quality and compatibility that GoPro is famous for. Want to learn more? Meet the GoPro HERO4 Session and read on!
Right now, the “selfie” trend is all over news sites, social media, blogs, and forums -- but did you know that selfies (and internationally-renowned “selfie artists”) have been around for hundreds of years?
Summer is upon us, and that means lots of long, fun-filled, worry-free days ahead. If you’re anything like me, most of your favourite memories of youth revolve around the summertime. Today I’m going to give you some advice on choosing the best lens to help you get more from your photography this summer.
GoPro has stayed at the top of the game in the action camera market by constantly delivering better cameras with more features. And today we can announce the GoPro+ LCD which is no exception, with it's touchscreen and wireless capabilities. It looks like GoPro has another winner on their hands!
on 05-05-201509:02 PM - last edited on 05-06-201509:13 AM by BBYMartin
You’ve probably snapped a picture in the last few days, right? With cameras in our phones, in our tablets, on the front of our computers and … well, in actual dedicated cameras, we’ve taken more pictures in the last ten years than in the previous hundred years put together. You might be curious as to when we started taking pictures. Read on to find out.
Remember when you were growing up and people used to hang family photos all over the house? Well I think it's time to revisit that tradition and start framing some photos for our walls. Today I'm going to give you some ideas to help you get started.
on 04-30-201503:24 PM - last edited on 04-30-201503:28 PM by BBYMartin
Portrait photography is a remarkable way to connect personally with your subject. As such, portraits can be some of the most wonderful gifts you can give. If you’re interested in learning how to create better portraits that you can use as gifts, read on.
on 04-27-201510:14 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:08 PM by BBYMartin
I’ve done a fair bit of traveling already this year, and couldn’t help but notice Best Buy Kiosks in quite a few airports that I ended up in. I never imagined buying electronics out of a vending machine, but actually it is a brilliant idea. Having done hundreds of business trips over the years, I inevitably had occasions where I forgot my headphones or an important cable. I hate arriving at the airport too early so I usually don’t have much time to spare. A kiosk is a perfect solution because it is a quick and secure way to quickly pick up important necessities.
There’s nothing a photographer enjoys more than a compliment on their work. It’s no wonder photographers spend so much time on Instagram—they just love those likes! So how does one rack up the most possible likes? Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you maximise yours.
At Sony Canada’s recent VIP product preview event, which included showcasing the new stunning Sony BRAVIA 4K TV lineup displayed, the Japanese electronics manufacturer also showed the a popular selling category this time of year: cameras. One model I took great interest in is Sony’s super portable, mountable and wearable Action Cam.
I’ve often mentioned the so-called "Golden Hour" in previous articles: that hour around dusk and dawn that photographers love, where the light is amazing—provided it’s a cloudless day. Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you make the most of this window of unique light to create some beautiful images you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.
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Not sure what to give that special graduate in your life? Whether your young adult is heading off to college, travelling the world, leaving the nest, or starting their first career, here are 10 great gift ideas that will help your loved one transition to adulthood.
As a photographer, I’m a big believer in the power of the still image. But even I have to admit that videos can be at least as powerful as photographs, if not even more so. Video captures mannerisms, for example, in a way that photography cannot. Today I’m going to give you my top tips for capturing the best videos.
Depending on where you live in Canada, you had shocking / average / incredibly mild winter (from east to west, respectively). But no matter where you are, summer is just around the corner, as are water fights, short nights and lots of good times. Without doubt some of the best memories we make in life happen in summer and if you want to capture those memories and treasure them for years to come, you better have a camera handy. Today I’m going to take give you my Top 3 DSLRs For Summer!
So we’ve all heard the old Hollywood cliche: ‘Never work with children or animals’. But for those us who love to make portraits, sometimes kids and pets are the only models available to us! So today I’m going to give you some tips and techniques for photographing these adorable, frustrating subjects.
Spring is already well and truly upon us, and before you know it we’ll be packing the beach towels and SPF 50 for those summer trips to the beach (or lake). And if you want to capture of all the fun of those magical days by the water, you might want to invest in a waterproof camera. There’s actually quite a selection to choose from, so today I thought I’d give you my Top 3 Waterproof Cameras!
Today we're looking at the unsung hero of the digital camera setup: the humble memory card. Although we often focus on the capacity of memory cards, it is also worth paying attention to the speed of the card in order to get the most from your camera
DSLRs are great, but they're big and heavy and awkward to carry. A lot of people prefer to use smartphones, but they have their limitations too. Today I’m going to look at three alternatives to the smartphone and the DSLR, cameras that are truly pocketable and capable of producing wonderful images.
The way I see it, there are two solid reasons why someone would pick up a point of view camera like the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1VR. One, you’re doing something that involves speed or intense action like heading down a ski hill, mountain bike trail, or even doing something like jumping out of a plane. Or two, if you’re like me, you want to use it for both reason #1 and for following your kids onto the ski hill. For those reasons and more, the Sony Action Cam HDR-AZ1VR, the smallest, splash-proof action cam available, fits the bill and more.
There is no better time of year than Spring to grab your camera and get out into the open air and hone those photography skills. Today I’m going to give you some inspiration to help on your way; some suggestions about subjects you may wish to pursue, techniques you may wish to employ, plus a few words about choosing your equipment.
Nikon and Canon have both announced new additions to their entry-level DSLR offerings in recent weeks. And at first glance, the Nikon D5500 and the Canon Rebel T6i look like pretty similar cameras in terms of the specifications. But are there any real and discernable differences between these two very capable units? Today I’m going to sift through the available data and see what I can decipher.
Flash can be a pretty unflattering style of lighting, and yet there are pros who use it successfully all the time. Today we're going to look at some of the different ways you can use flash to make amazing photographs.
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