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Priorities

Priorities

In the space of a fortnight I've had the same story told to me by two different people, both of whom are very talented with a camera. They went to a workshop to learn new skills and came away with less control over their camera and creativity. They were forced to shoot fully manual and ended up moving away from their best creativity instead of towards it.


Rokinon 14mm DS T3.1 CineLens

Rokinon 14mm DS T3.1 CineLens

A seriously affordable astro photography lens to help you chase stars, auroras and ultra wide landscapes.


Light and Lovely Macro

Light and Lovely Macro

Few people take full advantage of extension tubes, but they are affordable, light and easy to use. Turn your telephoto zoom into a macro lens within seconds and explore the world of all things small.


The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal

The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal

Very rarely a new lens comes along that changes how I think about photography. This is one of those lenses. My priority for glass is always quality over convenience, but this time you get enough of both to make it a hard one to walk past. The newly released "DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH" by Panasonic+Leica is not only a great lens for MFT systems, but may well be good enough to tempt full frame owners to look seriously at adopting the smaller mirrorless format of the Lumix G series.


EF to L-Mount Adaptor by Fotodiox

EF to L-Mount Adaptor by Fotodiox

This is an alternative to the Sigma MC21 that lets you mount Canon EF lenses onto your new Lumix S-series bodies such as the S1R and S1H. The short version of this review is that they work just fine and offer excellent value.


Auroras and The Lumix G9

Auroras and The Lumix G9

Big auroras with a very small camera. The key is choosing the right lens, something ultra wide and ideally with fully manual operation.


Gear is good - Vision is better

Gear is good - Vision is better

Wise words from David du Chemin have made this website something of a success story. David's nuggets of wisdom are liberally sprinkled across the PixelatedImage Blog, along with PDF e-books priced at just $5 each.


Review: Lumix GM1

Review: Lumix GM1

I loved the GX7 released by Lumix last year, and recently I got a closer look at the teeny little brother GM1. It's so small it's crazy, but in a good way.


Nikon D600 Review

Nikon D600 Review

Professional image quality in a budget package. In many ways the D600 is better than the D800, it's the camera a lot of Nikon owners have been waiting for.


Nordlys in Norway

Nordlys in Norway

It's been a year since last I was standing underneath an aurora, looking straight up to the sky above as it danced around my head. I'm hoping the global covid situation will allow us to return to Norway in February, but in the meantime I can travel back in time through the photos and a special podcast episode we recorded on tour.


Spinning Stars

Spinning Stars

An update to last year's feature on shooting star trails. By combining a "bright frame" with the trail you can achieve a smoother and more pleasing look to your trails.


My Pocket Full of Stars

My Pocket Full of Stars

Capturing those moments that are rare, and making them last forever.