Author: Emily Garces

Emily is a freelance content creator and photographer. Her passion is to simply create, whether it be through words or visuals. She mainly focuses her content on travel but through that, she fell in love with capturing the world one snap at a time so you will always see her with a camera. She was born and raised in New Jersey but considers herself a citizen of the world.

Back in 2009, Leica was the first to introduce a full-frame digital rangefinder camera. All the fun of a DSLR, but in a more compact form. This was very appealing, considering the optics that came with the camera. Move on a few years and the Leica Q2 follows on from the highly capable Leica Q model, with extended features. This time around, Leica made the Q2 model with weather protection, increased the sensor resolution by almost double, and improved its design to make it even more appealing than what it was. With all these high-quality features, you can expect the…

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The Sony a9 remains the company’s most expensive mirrorless camera but for a reason. It has been claimed as the best model of the Alpha series as its specialty is in fast-action photography. Its 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor has the ability to capture 20 frames per second (fps). It also has blackout-free shooting which allows you to track the subject effortlessly through the viewfinder while clicking the electronic shutter. This feature is exclusive to the a9. This camera was mainly made for wedding, action, and sports photographers which is groundbreaking for a mirrorless camera. Most cameras built for these types of…

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As the second model in Olympus’ OM-D series, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 raises the bar when it comes to technicalities. It was created for professionals and camera enthusiasts as you will end up spending some time going through all the settings the camera has to offer. The OM-D E-M1 is filled with many features and it is great to take on many trips as it has a weather-sealed body. Regardless of where you take it, you can count on high-quality photos and videography. It is one of the fastest Olympus cameras you can invest in for a reasonable price, but…

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Sony has been making its presence known in various technology markets and in the camera industry. It is tough competition which was evident with the Sony a7 release. From SLR to mirrorless camera, Sony has experimented with different concepts and does not disappoint. The Sony a7, along with the a7R, was the start of Sony’s beginning in making light, compact, and affordable full-frame cameras. These cameras can be compared to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in size, but in regards to their full-frame feature the cameras still remain much smaller than the competitors. There have been a few generations that have…

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This year, Samsung has stepped up its game and is challenging all its competitors to come out with innovative designs. First, it was the foldable screen and now the Samsung Galaxy S10 has features that will have heads turning. Just by the look of it, the all-screen design gives the smartphone a sleek and modern look, but then there’s the tiny front camera that is much more powerful than it looks and the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader. These luxurious features that Samsung keeps providing for its consumers will make you think these phones cost a good chunk of money but…

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Apple has become a strong competitor in the technology market. From its smartphones to laptops, the logo is recognizable worldwide. As of late, the tablets have been crowned as some of the best. Recently, Apple released the iPad Pro 12.9 which has a large display and a slim design that has many tablet enthusiasts turning heads. Not only is the model attractive but its hardware and software have been enhanced. The Pro in iPad Pro might be short for “professional” but it can be used for different reasons: from playing games, creating content, or working on different documents. As you…

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The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens is one of the most popular lenses the company has. Most can buy the lens separately or in kits as this is usually the additional camera that comes with bundles. It is also a go-to lens due to its cheap price, telephoto zoom range, compact size, and excellent performance. Although, there are some set-backs from the lens. It does not work for full-frame cameras, so you will have to get the next size up if you are looking for a telephoto lens like the 70-200mm f/4. Additionally, the 55-250mm lens does not…

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The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is one of the many incredible drones made by the company. DJI itself has made a strong presence in manufacturing impressive drones. Due to their high-end features and functionality, Phantoms are the most popular drones worldwide. DJI definitely stays on top of their game releasing new models at a consistent rate where features are always enhanced. In this case, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro made its way into the market over a year ago but still stands strong against its competitors and here’s why. Design If you are familiar with the original Phantom 4, the…

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It’s been a year since Nikon has expanded with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4. This huge zoom is the first telephoto lens in the Nikkor collection with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Some might even consider it to be a dream lens. As one of the largest lenses perfect for outdoor and wildlife, expectations are high. Can the lens capture wildlife with precision and sharpness? Let’s break down the features and special qualities this lens has to offer. Design and Features Just the fact that this lens’ focal range is between 180-400mm, means it’s not small whatsoever. Even outdoors,…

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When traveling with camera gear, it can be tedious getting through security. If you’re lucky, you won’t be asked to take out any cameras or accessories, but that’s rarely the case. So to all photographers who tend to travel a lot with the camera gear, the Think Tank Airport Advantage bag might be perfect for you. This bag is like a backpack on wheels and will make your life easier when going through security, storing in the airplane cabinet, and traveling through the airport. Unlike bulky camera backpacks or too small messenger bags, this roller bag is slimmer and has…

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Nikon’s Z-series is no stranger to the lens market. Prior to the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S release, the series had the Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S and the Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct. As for the f-stops on the other two lenses, the 14-30mm’s f-stop does not compare, but with Nikon everything has its purpose. There are other lenses with the same focal ranges with smaller apertures but when Nikon created this new lens, they wanted to bring something different to the table. While some prefer to have a smaller aperture, Nikon wanted to keep their new lens lightweight and…

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The Anker PowerCore 20100 is one of the best portable chargers that your money can buy, but is also affordable. Whether you are traveling, running errands, or just doing your normal routine, having an external power bank, like the Anker PowerCore 20100, in your bag is a must. There is nothing like having a dead phone when you need it most. In today’s market, there is an endless amount of backup batteries but none are the same. There are a few with more power, more ports, that are conveniently wallet-sized, so it’s good to have a portable charger that you…

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You can set your camera to get the most accurate color and even use some of the top post-production programs out there but all that means nothing if your monitor is not displaying the correct color. Luckily, you can correct this in a quick and easy way. All you have to do is adjust the monitor’s calibration. It takes a couple of minutes to calibrate your monitor and once it is done, you will notice the drastic change of what you thought was accurate. If you are looking to go beyond adjusting the monitor calibration with a program, Datacolor is the…

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If you are looking for a versatile tripod that is simple and dependable, the Patekfly 12-inch Flexible Tripod might be the one for you. This tripod is suitable for a variety of different environments whether it be something for your desktop or an attachment for your bike. The tripod has a sturdy and flexible feature that will ensure you that whichever camera is attached to it will stay on. From mirrorless to larger DSLR cameras, the Patekfly 12-Inch Flexible Tripod can handle it. But let’s take a closer look at how the tripod is built and the other features it…

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When it comes to shooting clean and bright photographs, bright lights are a must. In today’s market, there is an abundant amount of lighting that can give photographers this effect but which ones are worth the price? You can always opt for a professional setup but for those on a budget, the RoundFlash Ring is a budget-friendly lighting system that offers great results. The RoundFlash Ring is one of the newer lighting systems on the market but it’s catching a lot of attention due to the price. Instead of having extra pieces to make the lights stand, it actually mounts…

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Gitzo has been making high-quality tripods for quite a while and has been a go-to brand for many professional landscape and wildlife photographers. A majority of their products are made just for that, the outdoors. Back in early 2018, Gitzo wanted to expand their company and made their way into the backpack market. That was when the Adventury 30L backpack line was announced. This backpack was made for a photographer on an adventure, no pun intended, with their essential camera gear and a little more. But let’s take a deeper look and see how much adventure this backpack can actually…

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Moving around with camera gear can be extremely risky, especially if you are traveling abroad with it. But regardless of where you are going, having a lens, a camera body, or any other necessity break is something photographers do not look forward to or want to experience. Of course, with weather, carelessness, or anything else that is against your favor, accidents happen. With the excessive amount of camera bags, it’s hard to choose which one will keep your gear safe and protected. The Pelican 1510 Protector Case might look intimidating at first but will definitely come in handy to protect…

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When it comes to photography shoulder bags, there is an infinite amount to choose from. You have shoulder bags that are perfect for your commute and others that have been designed for your camera and extra accessories. And while some are hits, there are also many misses. It can be a tedious process having to constantly change from bag to bag to suit you best but lucky enough, Peak Design has you covered this time. For starters, Peak Design has been making incredible products that consumers can depend on. With the Peak Design Everyday Messenger, its purpose is to be…

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BlackRapid is no stranger to making top-of-the-line and unique camera straps. With each release, you can expect nothing but quality. The BlackRapid Sport Breathe sling became an addition to their Breathe Line back in 2017 but still remains relevant. The BlackRapid Breathe Line itself is different from other camera straps due to how the elements of the straps that attach the camera. There is a fastener that screws to the camera’s tripod mounting point which is then attached to a small carabiner. This allows the camera to slide freely along the strap. In this specific camera strap, there is a…

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What is one thing that wedding, concert, and sports photographers all have in common? They use more than one lens and camera. Of course, this does not only apply to these photographers. But anyone who had to shoot an event and constantly had to switch their gear knows it is tedious to do. Also, you miss the opportunity to capture perfect moments. Instead of wasting time and worrying about being as fast as possible to change cameras, camera straps definitely are convenient. There are your standard single-camera straps that are handy but wait until you try out a double strap…

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When the opportunity comes to travel with photography gear, this is where you have to determine what is actually important. This can be difficult because bringing everything you have is not ideal. Of course, there are the go-to lenses, camera bodies, chargers, and memory cards, but many tend to overlook the tripod. It is actually an important accessory and can make a huge difference when trying to capture certain moments. Nowadays, there are many different types of tripods. From small flexible kinds to the ones that can withstand any type of environment. But what about something in between? Well, MeFOTO…

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Whether you are traveling the world or going to a photo session in your city, protecting your gear is crucial. Getting your valuable materials stolen is no fun, especially when in a foreign location. And because of that, Pacsafe released their anti-theft camera backpack to make sure your items are secure. The company is no newbie in the camera backpack industry. They have been making these bags since the late 1990s and have gained recognition for their anti-theft backpacks so you can definitely depend on their bags to give you the best of the best. With the Camsafe V17 Anti-Theft…

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Just like there is an endless amount of cameras, there is also an infinite amount of camera bags to go with them. With different price points, styles, and manufacturers, it is actually an overwhelming process to pinpoint which bags are dependable not only for your camera, but your lenses and extra accessories. To figure out where to start, you need to determine the environment you and your gear find yourself in the most. There are chic bags that are not only convenient but also fashionable but then there are the bulkier kinds that are perfect for the outdoors. Peak Design…

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The enhancement of smartphone photography has taken a giant leap as many companies are creating these phones with more than one lens. This allows users to take impeccable photos without the need of having some sort of professional camera. But another alternative to enhancing your photography is external lenses for smartphones. Over the past years, these lenses have been selling but there has never been the smartphone lens that is worth the purchase. Most are usually overpriced or lack in image quality. Until Moment decided to create their variety of lenses that serve Apple, Samsung, and Google phones. Moment does…

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With the enhancement of cameras on smartphones, add-on lenses have been commonly used. The main issue with these smartphone camera lenses is the optical quality that usually is not the best since many lenses are inexpensive. On the other end, there are smartphone lenses that produce incredible image quality but comes with difficult attachment mechanisms. Moment has changed the game with smartphone lenses. It has four lenses that a part of the New series, the Tele Lens, the Superfish lens, the Macro lens, and the Wide lens. The 18mm Wide lens gives you a broader view of your phone’s main…

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DJI is known for the drones and has been extremely successful with their user-friendly flying cameras. Those who fly drones notice that most upgrades happen within controllers which is why they are constantly released. With that, DJI happened to launch a new controller, the DJI Smart Controller. This controller is an accessory for DJI’s OccuSync 2.0-based drones, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Although, the controller is expected to be compatible with more DJI drone models in the long run. With most of DJI’s drones, you would use a smartphone or tablet to control it through the DJI…

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The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is no new lens to the market, having made its debut in the middle of 2009. Despite its age, photographers still enjoy using this lens. It has a convenient and practical focal length while still remaining quite light. You also can’t forget about the incredible image quality. When Canon made the announcement of this lens, there was already the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM non-IS Macro lens which was held at a high standard due to its excellent performance. There was much anticipation for this lens because of the new feature Canon added…

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Huawei announced their new P-series, dedicated to giving its consumers top-notch devices for photography – which is what the “P” stands for. Like the P10, P20, and P20 Pro before, you can expect lots of new features on the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro phones, including an improved camera system, upgraded processors, and loads of other awesome perks. The main objective of this series is to allow consumers to capture some of the best photos they can in the easiest way possible. The new P30 and P30 Pro are said to have the best photographic capabilities in comparison to their…

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We have seen smart glasses make a presence in the technology world with some flops, but North Focals have been resilient in comparison to competitors. First, it was Google that came out with Google Glass but the build was not as practical. Focals by North are smart glasses that do not look like smart glasses – which is already a great start to the product. There is other technology gear that can be an extension of your phone, like a smartwatch, and the purpose of smart glasses hold the same purpose – fewer phone distractions. Companies want you to focus…

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When the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens was released in 2013, it stirred up the photography world. It became the first full-frame prime lens that was a part of Sigma’s Global Vision Art series. The lens itself gave its competitors a run for their money mainly for its price point but also its quality. After remodeling the lens, it has received a few upgrades like a dramatic increase in resolution and image sensors. Since the release of this lens, there have been other companies trying to outshine it. There are a few lenses that have become a tough…

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