Category: Product Reviews

Nikon D500 – DX SUPERCHARGED

 By Evelyn Drake

Get what YOU want with the D500. It’s a compact powerhouse fusing the highest performance of Nikon’s professional D5 with the agility of the DX format. Portable and powerful, the D500 will enhance the way you shoot stills and video.

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Review on Fabrik

 By John Veldhoen

Some time ago, longer ago than I think, I was doing a stint working a sequence of industrial jobs. Rough carpentry, pipefitting, assisting oil and gas engineering, driving heavy machines, and roadwork; all of which might fall under the category of “the irritation of plot” inasmuch as during the same time I would take photographs, starting with a little Leica CL, that I bought from The Camera Store. I was living with a friend who worked in a steel foundry, all we did was work, eat, sleep, and do the hurtin’ Albertan sort of deal… But I started to shoot film, bit by bit. All of this came as a surprise to me. I wanted to work hard, and be in silence a lot, and to not think too much. Then, one day, during this period, during some time off, I was taking photographs on the street, and was approached by a young man who asked me if I “knew how to use that thing”… I still haven’t really found a way to answer the question, although I am not using that camera anymore. In fact, I don’t make pictures much at all. Nowadays I mostly just read and write about them…

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Fujifilm Instax with Liz & Rex

 By Liz Graham

Alright, so the last time you heard from us, Rex and I were pawing over the best photo book ever made; The Cat Photographer (seriously, guys, check it out). This time, we’re here to discuss the super cool Fuji Instax lineup. Cameras, printers, and film. You name it, we love it (and probably own it).

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Why Photography Matters and Photography at MoMA

 By John Veldhoen

C.S. Lewis once wrote something to the effect that God pours out ideas like a painter on a canvas. I’ll leave the first part of the proposition aside, despite an interest in apologetics, since my writing is on the meaningless subject of photography, but the second portion has made me ask if photography has the ability to express ideas, or pour themselves out, inasmuch as it has as an imperative the existence of the real (which is different, it seems, from painting). Photography expresses a given-ness that other art forms do not, or cannot do as well; Photography is just as much a recording procedure, as it is a creative art.

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FUJI X100T Images By Marlin Olynyk

 By MarlinOlynyk

Marlin Olynyk is a photographer & video specialist focusing on helping organizations and initiatives develop creative visual content. Marlin produces visual narratives in themes promoting travel, conservation, recreation, and the human condition. He is located in Vancover BC. More of his work can be viewed at marlinolynyk.com

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30 DAYS WITH THE FUJI X100T

 By MarlinOlynyk

On first use out of the box I am impressed with the aesthetics and design. Fuji has done an excellent job with its design and produced a very sleek looking camera. The design of it just makes you want to use it. The nice thing about the X100T is that the essentials (aperture, shutter speed) are laid out nicely on the camera body and the few features that aren’t (ISO, file format, and more) are easily accessed with the handy quick menu represented by a very obvious ‘Q’ button on the rear of the body. I find it easy to shoot with out of the box without referencing the manual.

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Top 15 Books of 2015

 By John Veldhoen

Over the last year, I’ve had the privilege of viewing so many photographs that taught me, were so pleasurable, or so intriguing. This list is not only a raft of remarkable pictures, but is a decidedly semic code, with books that entwine with literature; the quality I looked for on this list is work that shows, rather than tells. I think these books possess honesty, vision, and brilliance, but this list is not meant as a list of Christmas books, per se. I wanted to express gratitude and admiration, for pictures and ideas, by writing this. Of course, if you are looking for a book for the holidays, I think these will be gratifying, and will inspire photographic practice, and lead to new perspectives, but I also wanted to invite readers of the TCS blog, and our customers, to feel free to email me for specific recommendations. I hope I have learned some of the art of finding just the right book, and The Camera Store has a notable collection of technical books, monographs, and catalogs to draw from, and I can order specially, from near and far.

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Book Review: Badlands by George Webber and Robert Kroetsche

 By John Veldhoen

I am using a few different guides to say something about Rocky Mountain Books re-print of Robert Kroetsch’s novel “Badlands”, which also contains a portfolio of images of the eponymous area located on the Red Deer River, a couple hundred kilometers east of Calgary. I have been reading a series in the Financial Times by Francis Hodgson, called “A Dream Photo Collection”. I submit Webber’s first photograph in this book (pg. 276. from1987) as a consummate dream photo, it is my favorite type of picture, in the realm of ethnographic photos, a picture that falls into the category of “near documentary”. Identity slips in this picture, but more on this later…

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