Author: Dan Carr

Breakthrough Photography Universal Arca Quick Release Plate Review

UPDATE: May 3rd 2017 – After publishing this review, the folks at Breakthrough Photography reached out to me to let me know that they just launched two additional sizes in their quick release plate lineup: an 85mm plate designed for the foot of longer zoom lenses or super telephoto lenses, and a smaller 40mm plate for mirrorless cameras and point and shoot cameras. They offered to send these additional plates to me so that I could add photos to this review, which has now been completed. Hopefully nobody is still screwing their cameras directly onto a 1/4″- 20 stud...

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How to Stack Canon Extenders

UPDATED: Feb 28th 2017 – Note added about loss of infinity focus. Firstly, if you aren’t familiar with the use of extenders, sometimes called teleconverters, I’d urge you to read my existing in-depth guide to using extenders for your photography. Extenders allow us to extend the focal length of compatible lenses, and they come in a variety of magnifications. For Canon lenses, they are available in 1.4x or 2x variations, and we’ll be focussing on extenders for Canon cameras in this particular article. Stacking extenders simply means using more than one of them simultaneously, and for Canon lenses the solution is...

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Common Digital Sensor Sizes and Crop Factors

I was recently writing about the Fujifilm GFX System sensor size and crop factor, and I thought I’d create this resource to compare the most common digital sensor sizes and resulting crop factors on the current market. Visual Digital Sensor Size Comparison On the left side of the diagram you’ll also see the crop factor of the sensor as compared to a full frame 35mm sensor. This is useful for calculating equivalent field of views for lenses on different sensor formats. For example, a 23mm lens on a medium format camera with a crop sensor (crop factor 0.79), would...

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Fujifilm GFX Crop Factor and GF Lens 35mm Full Frame Equivalent Focal Lengths

The new mirrorless medium format Fujifilm GFX system has really shaken the camera industry lately, and judging by the initial responses from photographers I know, this is a format and camera system that’s going to be around for some time. There’s never been a more affordable way to get into digital medium format photography before, and whilst Pentax paved the way over recent years with the Pentax645Z, the new Fujifilm GFX system undercuts its price significantly, whilst also delivering a set of specifications that makes the Pentax camera look quite ancient.  I believe Fujifilm has a real winner on...

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Check Out My MindShift Gear Ultimate Adventure Combo!

I worked hard last year to update my Shutter Muse gear guide. Something new that I added is a few “kits”, which combine products from the various different categories, to create a kit for a specific purpose. One of these kits is my Ultimate Adventure Combo. This collection of products has been my go-to camera bag kit for the past year or more. There will always be some specialist scenarios that call for a slightly different carrying solution, but this Ultimate Adventure Combo is designed to deal with the majority of the photography that I do. It’s perfect for...

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Tamrac Anvil Super 25 Super Telephoto Backpack Review

I’ve had the Tamrac Anvil Super 25 in my office for a few months now, and I’ve taken it on a couple of wildlife photography trips here in Canada, packed with my Canon 200-400 f/4 L IS attached to a Canon 5D Mark IV. That’s exactly the kind of setup that this bag is designed for; A super telephoto lens and a camera. In my experience, there’s two scenarios where a bag like this is a useful piece of kit. Firstly, when you’re shooting a sports event and your super telephoto lens doesn’t fit into your regular roller bag...

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Luminar Keyboard Shortcut Guide

I’ve just started testing out the impressive new Luminar editing software from Mac developers, Macphun. There’s a good reason why Apple have picked these guys for the Best of the Mac App Store for 5 years in a row! Luminar has a lot of powerful features, and allows layer-based editing which is something sorely lacking in Adobe Lightroom. On top of that, Luminar doesn’t require a subscription like the Adobe apps. Whenever I learn new software I always like to collate all of the keyboard shortcuts so that I can begin to work on a nice fast workflow. Editing...

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New Reader Discount: Save 10% on Formatt-Hitech Filters

Whenever I can, I try to work with my friends and partners in the industry to bring Shutter Muse readers a discount on the photography gear that I use. When it comes to filters, I use the Firecrest ones from Formatt-Hitech, so I’m pleased to be able to offer you guys a 10% discount on everything in their online store. Simply use the coupon code ShutterMuse10 at the checkout. If you want to see what kind of filters I use, make sure you check out the filter section of my gear guide. NOTE: Formatt-Hitech have two websites, and the coupon code...

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