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The Ultimate Lightweight Camera for Night Photography

A big thank you to BorrowLenses for sending me these camera bodies to test out! Weight, the enemy of every hiker and backpacker. I spend my days hiking to remote locations in the mountains and desert. The weight of my gear is always a burden, even though I have minimized what I carry. Late last year when

Review of Tiffen Double Fog Filter

Previously I showed how to achieve this effect in Photoshop: Fog Filter Effect for Stars in Photoshop, I finally got around to buying the physical fog filter from Tiffen, and I am quite pleased with the results! Buy now at B&H or Amazon Below you can see how the brightest stars are enhanced, and the lower magnitude stars are

Review of Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 for Night Photography

As if another review of the venerable Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 was really necessary. Everyone knows this is the best wide angle lens ever made. I wanted to show something more specific to night photography though. Along with using it on aCanon 6D. Note: The 14-24 was provided to me by B&H for this review. I will keep

Canon 6D vs. Nikon D600 High ISO Night Photography

For the price the Canon 6D and the Nikon D600 are the best cameras for night photography hands down, you can’t go wrong with either. I felt it was time to put them head to head. This test is intended to compare the high ISO capabilities of these cameras specifically for dark sky night photography. Note: The Nikon D600

35mm f/1.4 Lenses Compared for Night Photography

In a previous post The Best Lenses for Night Photography I highly recommended Rokinon lenses due to their lack of coma and low price. With the recent release of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens I felt it was time to put all the fast 35mm lenses head to head and see which rises to the top.

Review of MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro Backpack

For the past 6 months I have been using the MindShift rotation180° Professional as my main day hiking pack. Prior to this I was using an f-stop Loka. Both of these packs have similar designs of accessing your gear from the back side of the pack. MindShift took this one step further and added a belt pack that you can access your gear from without taking off your pack. MindShift was launched by Think Tank Photo last year.

The Last Photography Planning App You Will Ever Need

I use my iPhone for planning and scouting my photography locations a LOT. Over the years I have found a variety of apps that help me get the job done, the problem is they’re all separate apps. I was continuously switching between apps and most of them didn’t do exactly what I wanted them to.

Review of Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs

When B&H asked me to review an Oben tripod I was skeptical to say the least, who’s even heard of this brand and how could it possibly compare to my trusty Gitzo’s? I decided to give it a try, and let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised.

Nikon D7100 – Cropped Sensor for Night Photography?

After my previous test The Best Nikon for Night Photography I was bombarded with requests to test the new contender in the APS-C sensor arena; the Nikon D7100. The initial numbers from DXOmark looked very promising for a cropped sensor, previous cropped sensor bodies do not fare well with the extremely high ISO’s needed for night

Focusing at Night

Over the years I’ve dabbled with many different techniques to achieve proper focus at night


This has become my go-to method that is quick, easy and accurate for prime lenses, which is all I shoot with at night now. On prime lenses you’ll find markings that coincide with your aperture. To set hyperfocal simply set the infinity mark to align with your selected aperture. Below is an example of the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 set to the hyperfocal distance for f/4. There are no markings below f/4 so you have to eyeball it between f/4 and the center white line.

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