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[Updated November 11, 2020]

An affordable lighting kit is an essential accessory for photographers who frequently shoot indoors. While nature controls the major lighting outdoors, once you step foot inside a building, there is limited natural light the sun can provide. Videographers also depend upon lighting kits for video when they can’t depend on natural lighting.

Due to this lack of sunlight, artificial lighting is needed in order to create photos and videos that look great. …


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German manufacturer, Leica, is incredibly well-known for its photography gear. Leica lenses, in addition to other equipment, comes highly recommended. The design of their products is unique, and their high-quality build is sturdy. With over a hundred years of experience in manufacturing, Leica has earned itself a spot in the Hall of Fame for camera manufacturers.

Leica lenses are well known for their superior color correction ability and reduction of blur or glare. They’re crafted using the finest materials available, and the image quality is flawless.

Every photography enthusiast should invest in a Leica lens at least once in their lifetime as they’re worth every penny. …


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Most cameras that photographers tend to invest in will come with an included strap. In most cases, this will be a neck strap and will provide basic functionality that allows you to easily keep your camera with you — directly around your neck — making it easy to take a shot at any time. The only problem is, these are not the most convenient and comfortable camera straps out there.

We decided to take a closer look at some of the best camera straps that are currently available on the market. In this list, you will discover a variety of straps, ranging from simple wrist straps to leather straps that provide a more comfortable fit around your neck. …


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Buying a new digital camera under $300 can be a big challenge, especially when looking at the newest with the most advanced features. But a good camera doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Thanks to camera technology ramping ahead in recent years, there are many options for those shopping on a budget. We have taken the time to review some of the best cameras under $300 to let you shoot the greatest pictures possible.

Just because a camera is a few years old, doesn’t mean it’s out of the running. Oftentimes, a good older camera can have the same or somewhat similar specs and features as a new entry-level model. …


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It’s fair to say that the 50mm focal length is one of the most commonly used. Often referred to as a standard focal length, a 50mm lens provides a view of the world almost identical to what the human eye sees which can be used for many different types of photography. In reality, some prefer a slightly wider or narrower viewpoint, but as a general consensus, you can’t go wrong with a 50mm lens.

In this roundup we are focusing on the best Sony 50mm lenses, covering the native E-mount variety, rather than those that require an adapter. The simple reason for this point is because of the extra cost of adapters. …


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Wide-angle lenses have a lot more to contend with in life than their more standard viewpoints siblings. These types of lenses are specialists in nature and have to counter more edge distortion as standard. The Venus Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is aimed at the typical landscape or architectural photographer who wants something a little different from the norm, while also offering excellent optics.

This lens isn’t exactly budget level though, which means it has to own the same level of characteristics as other pro-level offerings. …


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The Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S is a powerful prime lens with an excellent maximum aperture of f/1.8. This makes it ideal for low-light photography and creating fantastic bokeh effects whilst experimenting with depth of field. It also has an exceptional build quality and is one of the best prime lenses available for the Nikon Z lens mount.

Nikon Z cameras can benefit from a great range of lenses like the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S. This range of lenses features a stylish design, great features, sharp autofocusing systems, and superb image quality. You could compare these lenses to Canon’s RF lenses for EOS R cameras. In this guide, we look at the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 …


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It’s fine and dandy to cart around a bag full of prime lenses all day long to cover every conceivable need. But if you only want or need one zoom lens to cover everything from the wide-angle to super-telephoto, then the likes of the Sigma 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary lens can fit the bill.

This type of lens is built more for convenience than anything else. This means that although this zoom lens has good quality optics, it ranks overall usability over precision at any one focal length. This point can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your own particular needs. …


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The Nikon Z range of cameras is an advanced series of both full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras such as the Nikon Z5 and Nikon Z50. These cameras offer superior image quality and a fantastic range of features. To complement this developing range of cameras, Nikon has Z lenses like the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S.

The Z-mount lenses offer some of the best quality seen in a while and generally feature exceptional build quality, superior optics, and large maximum apertures. …


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When it comes to high-quality studio lighting, one name usually pops to the top of the list on a regular basis. Profoto has been producing pro-level studio lights for some time, with the Profoto B10 aimed at those who want a more portable solution, while still providing all the functionality needed for every shooting scenario.

This type of lighting gear may tick all the boxes for most monolights, but it also has a hefty asking price. …

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