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LensBaby SOL 45

Hands On with the LensBaby SOL 45

LensBaby have released a new model in their range of special effects lenses. This one, the SOL 45, has a focal length of 45mm and combines selective focus and tilting. Here’s my review and some photos taken with it.

Sony DSC-RX0 Miniature Camera Battery Compartment

Which Battery to Get for the Sony RX0

Battery life isn’t one of the Sony RX0’s strengths. Whether you’re looking for a spare battery or to replace a battery that isn’t holding a charge as well as it should, here’s a rundown of the options.

And what Sony doesn’t tell you is that there’s a good alternative that might be easier to find and potentially cheaper.

Sony DSC-RX0 Miniature Camera

Sony RX0 Sample Images

The Sony RX0 is tiny and looks like an action camera that’s built for shooting video. But it’s also a surprisingly capable stills camera as well.

Here are some example photos I’ve taken with it to give a sense of its real-world performance in various shooting conditions.

Sony DSC-RX0 Miniature Camera

Sony RX0 Camera Hands-on Test & Review

The Sony RX0 is tiny, rugged, and waterproof. But while it might look like Sony’s answer to GoPro, it packs a surprising amount of high-end features and power.

Sony RX0 High ISO Shooting

Sony RX0 Low Light Performance at High ISOs

The Sony RX0 is a tiny but surprisingly powerful camera. It’s an unconventional choice as a travel camera, and it’s not without its issues.

But it also has a lot going for it, including decent low-light performance. Here’s what I’ve found when shooting photos with it in the ISO 3200 to ISO 12800 range.

Sony a7III Sample Images

Here are some high-resolution sample photos I’ve taken with the Sony a7III mirrorless camera to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Sony a7III High ISO Sample Images

Explore how the latest model, Sony a7III, performs in real-world low-light shooting conditions at high ISOs. View the results and high-resolution sample examples here.

Sony Alpha a7iii. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Silent Shooting with the Sony a7III

Some cameras say they have a silent shutter, but when you go to use it they turn out to just have a very quiet shutter. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the one on the Sony a7III really is silent. Here’s how to set it up.

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Prime Lens Sample Images

The Sony 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA lens is one of Sony’s high-end lenses. On full-frame sensors it offers a normal perspective and is especially good for low-light and selective focus shooting. Here are some sample photos I’ve taken with it.

Sony a7r iii mirrorless camera

Sony a7R III Sample Images: ISO Range

The Sony a7r iii has a well-earned reputation for boasting an extraordinarily good sensor, and it has an ISO range from 50 up through 102400. I shot some real-world examples through the ISO range to see how the ISO settings compare side by side.

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm X-T2 ISO Range Sample Images

The Fujifilm X-T2 has an ISO range from 100 to 51200. Here’s a selection of sample images shot across the full ISO range to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 front view

Hands On with the Fujifilm X-Pro2

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 might not have all the bells and whistles of some other mirrorless cameras out there, but it excels at refined shooting pleasure.

Sony Alpha a6000 memory cards

Sony a6000 Memory Card Recommendations

Here are some recommendations for which memory cards work best in the a6000. In some shooting modes, the Sony a6000 can be picky about what memory card you put into it.

WD My Passport Wireless Pro

WD My Passport Wireless Pro Hands-on Review

The WD MyPassport Wireless Pro combines an SD memory card reader, an internal hard drive, and a rechargeable battery into a pack-friendly device for backing up photos from a memory card while traveling.

Nikon D3400 High ISO Tests with Sample Images

I’ve been out shooting with the Nikon D3400. Here’s a collection of images taken across the D3400’s ISO range (ISO 100 through ISO 25600) to give a sense of how it performs under low light conditions at high ISOs.

Nikon D7500 SD Card Slot

Nikon D7200 Memory Card Recommendations

Here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that work well in the Nikon D7200, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

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Nikon D7500 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with the D7500 to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

Bolt VM-210 Macro Lights

Review of the Bolt VM-210 Flexible Macro Flash

The Bolt VM-210 is a macro light with two light sources on flexible arms. It might look like some kind of bug with two antennas hanging out over the lens, but it’s a very versatile approach to macro lighting.

How to Use the Nikon D7500’s Virtual Horizon Tools

The Nikon D7500 has built-in virtual horizon tools that provide a more precise alternative to the old-fashioned bubble level method of making sure you’re shooting level. Here’s how to use the three different versions of it.

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Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Sample Photos

Here are some samples of photos I’ve taken with Nikon’s AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Zoom Lens

Discover Tamron’s 28-300mm lens, a versatile all-in-one zoom designed for full-frame sensor cameras. This lens is ideal for travel photography and can be a go-to option for everyday use. This is my hands-on review.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Olympus TG-5

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample photos I’ve taken with the new Olympus TG-5 camera to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions with a range of settings and subjects.

Nikon D3400

Nikon 18-55mm Lens Zoom Range

Here are some practical examples that show the zoom range of the Nikon 18-55mm lens in case you’re trying to decide which lens bundle to go with.

Leica X-U Waterproof Camera

Leica X-U Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with a Leica X-U under different conditions and at different settings to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Nikon D5500 Sample Images

Nikon D5500 Sample Images

A collection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D5500 to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Nikon 50mm ƒ/1.4G Sample Images

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G Sample Images

This is a selection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting. It’s an extremely versatile lens and one of my favorites.

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Nikon AF Fisheye 16mm f/2.8D Lens Sample Images

The Nikon NIKKOR-Fisheye 16mm f/2.8D lens is designed for Nikon’s F-mount full-frame FX DSLRs. It provides a dramatic wide-angle fisheye look that can be very effective. Here’s a selection of photos I’ve used it on to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

Joby Ballhhead X

Joby Ballhead X Review

While it’s designed to be paired with the Joby GorillaPod Focus flexible tripod, the Joby Ballhead X is very good on its own terms as a small, strong, and affordable ballhead for a travel tripod.

Nikon 105mm ƒ/1.4 Sample Images

Nikon 105mm 1.4 Sample Images

This is a selection of photos I’ve taken using the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 lens. My emphasis with these shots is leaning more toward travel and everyday photography rather than the more common target for this lens of portrait photography.

Sigma USB Dock UD-01

Using Sigma’s USB Dock for Lens Updates and Tweaking

Sigma has a USB dock for its newer lenses that allows you to update the lens’s firmware and customize some of the lens’s core functions like autofocus and optical stabilization. Here’s how the USB dock works and what you can do with it.

PaltyPod Ultra. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Platypod Ultra Review

The latest Platypod, the Ultra, is another ultra-mobile and super-flexible mount that can be used as a tiny travel tripod or as a secure mounting point in all sorts of ways.

Nikon D3400 Batteries and Chargers

Nikon D3400 Battery & Charger Options

A rundown of some of the good options for batteries and chargers that are compatible with the Nikon D3400, including Nikon’s own as well as some good ones from aftermarket manufacturers.

Nikon D3400

Best Books on the Nikon D3400

If you’ve just bought yourself a Nikon D3400, or even if you’ve had one for a while and are looking to make use of more of its features, here’s a quick rundown of what I think are the best books on using this camera.

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Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

The Nikon D3400 is Nikon’s entry-level DSLR. I’ve been out shooting with it. Here’s a selection of high-resolution photos I’ve taken with it to give a sense of what you can expect under real-world shooting conditions.

Sony RXR1 II (DSC-RX1RM2) Sample Images

Sony RX1R II Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with the Sony RXR1 II high-end compact camera under different shooting conditions.

Ricoh GR II Sample Images

Ricoh GR II Sample Images

Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with the Ricoh GR II compact camera under different lighting conditions and scenes.

Fujifilm Digital Film Emulation Profiles

Fujifilm cameras come with several film emulation profiles built-in. You can apply them in-camera if you’re shooting JPG or apply them in processing if you’re shooting RAW.

Fujifilm X70 Sample Images

Fujifilm X70 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of high-resolution sample images I’ve taken with the Fujifilm X70 compact digital camera, including macro and low-light.

Fujifilm X100T Sample Images

Fujifilm X100T Sample Images

This is a selection of high-resolution sample images I’ve captured with the Fujifilm X100T compact mirrorless camera.

Sony RX1RII Camera

Sony RX1R II Hands-on Test & Review

Sony’s new RX1R II marks the very high end of pocketable cameras. It has a 42-megapixel full-frame sensor, a fixed f/2 Zeiss lens, and boatloads of features. It also has a price to match.

How to Share 360° Photos

So you’ve shot some cool new 360 degree photos. How do you share them so other people can see them? Here are some places to start.

Fastest microSD Cards. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Fastest MicroSD Card Speed Tests

Need a fast microSD card? If you’re shooting 4K, 5K, or 8K video, high-speed burst-mode photos, or some other demanding use, speed matters. These are the results from my independent speed tests of the fastest microSD cards. Updated regularly.

Platypod Pro Max

Platypod Pro Max – Review

The PlatyPod Pro Max is a bigger, broader platform that’s designed for larger DSLR and on-the-go video rigs.

. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

The Go-Anywhere Platypod Pro

It’s a baseplate with tripod studs and a few screws. But this tiny package is a surprisingly flexible way to mount a camera.

Oben CT-3581 Travel Tripod

Oben CT-3581 Travel Tripod – Hands-on Review

With this travel tripod, Oben is aiming at the cheaper end of the market while still retaining features like carbon fiber construction, twist locks, and a convertible monopod. Here’s how it stacks up.

Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Nikon D5300 Photo Samples

I’ve been out shooting with the Nikon D5300 DSLR with a Nikon NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. It’s a versatile combination, especially for something like travel photography. Here’s a selection of images I’ve taken with it to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

InCase DSLR Pro Pack Camera Bag

Hands On with the InCase DSLR Pro Pack

The InCase DSLR Pro Pack is a backpack-style camera bag to fit a laptop, tablet, and your camera gear and is best suited to urban-style travel or commuting.

Polaroid Cube+ (Polaroid Cube Plus)

Polaroid Cube+ Action Camera Review

I tested Polaroid’s second-generation action cam, the Polaroid Cube+, to see how well it performs and if it can be a good alternative to the GoPro HERO4 Session.

USB Chargers for DSLR Camera Batteries

USB Chargers for Camera Batteries

Many cameras come with an AC battery charger. But charging from a USB power source can be far more convenient when you’re traveling. The good news is that there are USB chargers out there for the batteries used in common camera models, even if you have to hunt a little to find them.

WD MyPassport Wireless

WD MyPassport Wireless Review

The WD MyPassport Wireless is a portable hard drive that can be used to stream media to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. But it’s also a cost-effective option for backing up your photos while traveling.

New Lenses from Nikon

Nikon has announced updates to some of its pro telephotos, as well as a new, versatile DX zoom lens that is an especially good fit for travel photography.

Sigma 35mm f1.4 for Nikon

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Test & Review

Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 prime lens is a direct competitor to Nikon’s version. But there’s a very big difference in price. Here’s how the Sigma performs in real-world shooting.

Travel Tripod Reviews

A good tripod can sometimes make or break a great photo. Here are my hands-on reviews of some of the best travel tripods available.

Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Manfrotto Befree Travel Tripod Hands-on Test & Review

Manfrotto’s Befree carbon fiber travel tripod aims to be lightweight, and lightweight it is. At only 2.4 lbs–and that’s including the head–it qualifies as ultralight. Here’s my take on how it performs in real-world use.

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-on Review

Fujifilm has a new contender for the best mirrorless camera. On paper it looks impressive. Here’s how it performed in real-world shooting.

Lens Filter Size Marking

How to Find the Lens Diameter of a Camera Lens

When buying filters or lens caps you need to know the diameter of your lens. But you don’t need to break out a ruler. You just need to know the code.

And once you know what to look for, it’s easy. Includes lens filter size charts for major brands.

Tiffen Variable ND Filter Test & Review

An ND filter blocks light, meaning you can use a slower shutter speed or larger aperture. The Tiffen Variable ND Filter sounds great on paper, offering flexibility and convenience. Here’s how it performs in practice.

Digital Memory Cards

Do Camera Memory Cards Wear Out?

Digital memory cards are tough little things, but it’s still possible to wear them out. At least in theory. But it’s not a practical concern for the vast majority of photographers.