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.

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Review: Should you upgrade to the high quality Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA camera lens

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 11:35 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 12:39 PM by Editor in Chief

Tcarl-Zeiss.jpghe 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.

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Review: Sony FDR-AX33 4K HandyCam Camcorder

by Blogger on ‎07-26-2015 01:30 PM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 08:46 AM by Editor in Chief

bestbuy-sony-fdr-ax33-camcorder.jpgIf 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.

 

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Announcing the new GoPro HERO4 Session action camera

by Blogger on ‎07-06-2015 11:22 AM - last edited on ‎07-10-2015 10:55 AM by Editor in Chief

Hero4Session_0_PIU.jpg_10667127_master.jpgThere’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!

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A brief history of the selfie

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2015 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-08-2015 03:42 PM by Editor in Chief

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?

 

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Essential camera lenses To capture summer fun

by Blogger ‎06-18-2015 01:03 PM - edited ‎06-18-2015 01:44 PM

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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.

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GoPro cameras are perfect for outdoor adventures

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2015 10:30 AM - last edited on ‎06-17-2015 10:45 AM by Editor in Chief

gopro.jpgToday I’m going to look at some of the features that have kept GoPro at the top, and a few tips on how to capture some awesome photos and videos this summer.

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GoPro releases a new camera with LCD screen

by Blogger on ‎06-01-2015 06:00 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:01 PM by Editor in Chief

gopro_LCD.JPGGoPro 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!

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A Beginner's Guide to Dashcams

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2015 01:03 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:02 PM by Editor in Chief

Dashcam.jpgHave you been curious about dashcams and wondered what all the fuss was about? Let's take a look at them and why you might want one. 

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A brief history of cameras

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2015 09:02 PM - last edited on ‎05-06-2015 09:13 AM by Editor in Chief

camera-history.jpgYou’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.

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How to create amazing portraits for every room in your home

by Blogger on ‎05-04-2015 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2015 02:07 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_05082015_DI.jpgRemember 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.

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How to create a great portrait gift

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2015 03:24 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2015 03:28 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_DI.jpgPortrait 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.

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Best Buy Kiosks - Electronic Vending Machines Surprisingly Effective!

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 10:14 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:08 PM by Editor in Chief

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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.

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Insta-wow! How To Get More Likes On Instagram

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 09:53 AM - last edited on ‎04-27-2015 10:07 AM by Editor in Chief

bike-photo.jpgThere’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.

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Spring into the action with Sony's new Action Cam lineup

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 09:09 AM - last edited on ‎07-08-2015 11:22 AM by Editor in Chief

action-cam.jpgAt 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.

 

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Dusk and Dawn; Tips To Get The Best Pictures During The 'Golden Hour'

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

dusk.jpgI’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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The 10 best gifts to give your graduate

by Best Buy ‎04-20-2015 08:47 AM - edited ‎04-20-2015 08:51 AM

images.jpgNot 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.

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The Top 3 Camera Systems

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 12:02 PM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:30 PM by Editor in Chief

cameras.jpgToday I'm going to choose my top 3 camera systems from the vast range of cameras and lenses available here at BestBuy.ca. Forget boring things like budgets, today I'm letting my imagination run wild!

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Tips For Capturing The Best Video

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2015 07:24 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2015 02:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.29.58 PM.pngAs 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.

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Top 3 DSLRs For Summer

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2015 11:21 AM - last edited on ‎04-08-2015 11:33 AM by Editor in Chief

summer-photo.jpgDepending 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!

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How To Take The Best Photos Of Your Kids And Pets

by Blogger ‎04-03-2015 09:12 AM - edited ‎04-03-2015 09:19 AM

Juna-Photography-1-4.JPGSo 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.

 

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The Top 3 Waterproof Cameras

by Blogger ‎03-30-2015 09:29 AM - edited ‎03-30-2015 04:10 PM

Nikon-AW1.jpgSpring 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!

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The Canon 7D MkII Review - Welcome To #Burstmode!

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 03:44 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 05:01 PM by Editor in Chief

10365730.jpgThe Canon 7D MkII is a tough, weather-resistant unit packed with a ton of features. And it can shoot frames at a rate that will surprise even the most seasoned of photographers.

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Why Photographers Need Fast Memory Cards

by Blogger on ‎03-22-2015 02:38 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 12:18 PM by Editor in Chief

cards.jpgToday 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

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The Top Three Super Slim Cameras

by Blogger on ‎03-16-2015 09:25 AM - last edited on ‎03-16-2015 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

samsung-camera.jpgDSLRs 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.

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You'll get an all new view of the great outdoors with the Sony Action Cam Mini

by Blogger on ‎03-10-2015 10:17 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

sony-action-cam-mini.jpgThe 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.

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Spring is the perfect season to explore and experiment with photography

by Blogger on ‎03-09-2015 05:21 PM - last edited on ‎03-10-2015 11:29 AM by Editor in Chief

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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.

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A comparison of two new DSLRs: Canon T6i and Nikon D5500

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2015 12:13 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2015 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

BBY_02272015_DI.jpgNikon 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.

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Canon Announces Two New Rebel DSLRs: T6s and T6i

by Blogger ‎02-12-2015 02:50 PM - edited ‎02-12-2015 02:55 PM

T6.jpgCanon has just announced the release of two new models in it’s EOS Rebel DSLR line: the T6s and the T6i.

 

Today we take a look at the new technologies and cool new features incorporated in both cameras, as well as the differences between them.

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How To Use Flash Like A Pro

by Blogger ‎01-26-2015 04:14 PM - edited ‎01-26-2015 04:22 PM

Untitled.jpgFlash 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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