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When I am making gear decisions, I am constantly trying to balance cost, portability, and quality. It would be easy if the kind folks at Nikon sent me a compliment of fixed zooms and full frame bodies, accompanied by an assistant to carry it all for me. However, that isn’t the world I photograph in. I am trying to make cost effective images wherever I go. Whether that is hiking, riding, commuting, traveling, or scuba diving. Therefore my decisions are geared around kits that compliment my lifestyle. I know I’m not alone in this endeavor and many of my photography friends are involved in the same decision making process. Knowing that, I decided to publish my findings if I came across something (either software/hardware) that worked well as a member of my team.

Gear Reivews

Software Reviews

Full disclosure: I have no affiliation with the companies that produce these products. However, if they ever wanted to send me something, I would happily accept it. I am sure the world needs more Nikkor 400mm 2.8 AFS VRs coupled with D3X reviews (wink…wink…Yasuyuki Okamoto).


  1. Guillermo says:

    Enhorabuena por su labor de enseñanza.
    Los apasionados de la fotografía agradecemos este tipo de sitios.
    Le dejo un enlace.Carballa on 500px

  2. Hi Justin,
    Discovered your blog/site/book just before leaving on my vacation in july. Thanks to your reviews and tutorials I took most of my 1000+ shots with my iPhone. Downloaded most of the apps you recommended as well! Was wondering if have had a chance to use/review Photogene for iPad? Thoughts? Is it worth the $2.99 or more of a duplication of others you’ve recommended. Thanks!

    • Howdy! Glad you found me. Sorry for the delay, I was on the road working on a project in Nevada when you posted this. I can’t say. I’ve never tried it. However, I’m of the mindset that for $2.99, why not?

  3. Justin, love your down-to-earth reviews and easy going style. And your images are fantastic! I’m a small-town newspaper photojournalist who recently had to sell off some top-end equipment (three kids under the age of 7…!) What I’m currently shooting with is a D90 with kit 18-105 and a Tokina 12-24 for wide angles. Need some lens suggestions. Would it be better to go with a 70-300VR to complement what I’ve got or maybe go with the 18-200 and sell off the 18-105 and not worry about swapping out lenses? I cover all kinds of stuff: fires, car wrecks, narcotics raids, city council meetings, festivals. etc. Thanks a bunch!

    • Thanks for the kind words. Sounds like you have your hands full! Hmm….I’d probably go with the 18-200. It seems like you work in a variety of fast paced situations, so I’d for for a single lens and not worry about swapping them out.

      Hope that helps!


      • Justin, thanks for responding. I took your advice and found a great deal on a used but very good condition 18-200 (old version). Have used it for about two weeks and am having a blast! It’s great to be able to cover that kind of range with one lens. Not sure why there’s such negative feedback on “super zooms” on the Internet. I’ve used top of the line f2.8 pro glass and the 18-200 (coupled with some bounce flash indoors, obviously) can certainly hold its own. Thanks again for your suggestion and for what you do.

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