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The Olympus OM-D EM10 – A Rock & Roll Review

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No matter what kind of photographer you are, Olympus always strikes the right chord. That’s why we chose to bring the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Black Kit w/ 14-42mm 2RK Lens to bring for an afternoon of rock, tunes and gear in the Pink Floyd room of Toronto’s Rehearsal Factory. Mercifully, the only feedback you’ll hear – will be about the camera. Olympus’ OMD series have brought an engaging variety of features to all kinds of photographers, so the EM10 has an impressive lineage to follow. Feel: While the OM-D EM10 is quite a substantial camera, its design made it easier to handle.…

Guest Review: Lee Filters 10 Stop Big Stopper by Jon Finkelstein

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Today, we’ve got something nice for those of you who didn’t get away from the non-stop cold of the Polar Vortex™. Our good friend Jon Finkelstein – SVP Executive Creative Director at Proximity Canada – brought Lee Filters 100x100mm ND 10 Stop Big Stopper along with his Canon 5D and some otherworldly shots were the result. Take it away, Jon! Using a 10-stop ND on my beach holiday in Punta Cana? Heck ya. I’m lucky. Every year my family and I go south during march break. Yet every year, I somehow manage to capture the exact same photographs – despite the different…

Canada Celebrates Olympic Hockey Gold – Captured on a Canon EOS 70D

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When Canada won its second, consecutive Olympic Gold medal for Men’s Hockey, Toronto fans took to Yonge-Dundas Square to celebrate. Luckily, we were there with the Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens This was more camera than I’ve ever dealt with myself. It was a pleasure to use, very intuitive and extremely simple to get started with right out of the box. Still being somewhat new to the world of DSLR photography, I chose to go with Auto mode. The large, spirited group environment made it a little bit difficult to play around with settings, etc. That…

Some Like it Hot: the Nikon 1 AW1 Guest Review by Jeremy Benning

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How’s everyone hanging in there? It’s been an absurdly cold winter, and with at least another month or so of this, we thought we’d do whatever we can to warm you up. Our friend (and spectacular photographer) Jeremy Benning recently visited Costa Rica, bringing the new Nikon 1 AW1 along for the ride. Jeremy not only shared his beautiful pictures with us – he also wrote a whole review out. So without further adieu, take it away, Jeremy! Back when I used to shoot 35mm film, I always carried a decent point and shoot with me when I travelled, for the…

Hands on with the Sony A7 & A7R

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Well, hello there! Sony stopped by last week with their their hot new mirrorless camera, the A7R in tow. Even better still, we were given the afternoon to take some shots with it, using their 55mm 1.8 ZA, and the 35mm 2.8 ZA. Right off the bat: we were extremely impressed with the camera itself and both lenses. We shot with both of them wide open at 1.8 and 2.8 respectively. Despite not having a great deal of time to study the manual, we found operating the camera to be immediately accessible and simple. We worked in Aperture Priority mode…

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Visits the Distillery

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A few weeks back, our friends at Olympus Canada came for a visit, bringing their hottest new mirrorless camera – The OM-D E-M1 to demo. Even though we got a chance to review its features, we were left wanting more. Just our luck, Olympus came back and let us explore the E-M1 for a whole afternoon, so we took full advantage by packing up the camera and heading down to one of Toronto’s most scenic attractions – the Distillery district. We covered the host of impressive features in our previous post, so we’ll just get right to it. Before we…

Let’s Go to the Ex! with the FUJIFILM X-M1

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It wouldn’t be a Toronto summer without the Canadian National Exhibition. With the sight of larger than life rides, the sound of squealing children, and the glorious smell of deep fried everything, the CNE provides an experience that will make you feel like a kid again. To capture that spirit, I brought the Fuji X-M1 Black Kit w/ XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens and a MeFoto Backpacker Travel Tripod along with me. My hope was to bring the excitement of the Ex to life with some vibrant night shots. I think things worked out nicely. For those who are used to an optical viewfinder:…

Gary Goldberg Reviews the Elinchrom D-Lite RX One

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As Vistek’s Pro Products Manager I get the opportunity to play with a lot of cool gear, and to teach our clients how to use it. A few times a year I teach our Saturday Seminar series here in the Toronto store. This past weekend we offered 2 classes featuring the D-Lite RX One: Portrait Lighting Basics, and Advanced Portrait Lighting/Fashion. I thought I would share some of my insights from these classes, and turn it into a bit of a product review for all of you. In our Portrait Lighting Basics class, I always demo what can be done…

Gary Goldberg checks out the Nikon D600 + kit lens

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I recently got the chance to take out the Nikon D600 with the AF-S 24-85mm VR II kit lens and thought I’d give my casual first-impressions. First off I’m a Nikon D7000 owner and, with the D600, I felt like I was using the exact same camera. It does feel just slightly bigger, which is actually better for me, so it’s a great fit. So, for D7000 fans, not only will the D600 feel just like what you’re used to – you also get the added bonus of the D600’s fantastic new full-frame viewfinder. So what about the kit lens? …

The Rotolight ANOVA – Official Showreel Video

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Check out this fab video highlighting the Rotolight ANOVA – the world’s most advanced LED floodlight. The video was exclusively lit by Rotolight and shot at the home of British racing, featuring some of the worlds fastest super cars.