*Focus on this. MacPhun Focus 2 Pro on sale for 25% off w/ @wearemacphun

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I’ve slowly been crawling out from the pile of work I’ve created for myself and have gotten around to playing with MacPhun’s Focus 2 Pro.  The beauty of this program is it’s ease and remarkably intuitive skill set.  After playing with and reviewing Tonality Pro, I was very curious to see what else MacPhun had to offer.  If you are a Mac OS user, have a look, download a trial and play around with this fun program.  On sale through the 15th of March, you can download a free trial, or purchase it HERE.  Normally $39.99, it is on sale for 25% off, or $29.99 for the next 10 days.  Upgrades from Standard to Pro can be had for a mere $14.99 as well!  Come on in to see some of what you get with Focus 2 Pro.

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*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our twelfth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Architecture. With @MirrorLessons

With each passing month, these themes are bringing out more and more amazing photographs and this month was very difficult to choose our favorites.  I could have settled on a dozen or more of the contributions myself, and I’m sure it was the same for Mat and Heather.  If you haven’t seen them, feel free to stop by the Flickr threads (TRP Here and ML Here).  For those new to this, each month, in collaboration with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, we co-host monthly challenges where anyone can submit an image based on their interpretation of the theme.  At the end of each month, we each choose an image we feel best represents the theme in our eyes, and we open up a vote, like this one.  The vote runs for 5 days, and afterward, the totals are tallied and the winner chooses our new theme and the process begins again!  Anyone can submit, so stay tuned for new themes.  With that, we have chosen the three that caught our eyes this month, so please vote for your favorite:

Denver's Union Station

“Denver’s Union Station” by Michael L Ricci (see more from Mike HERE)


Kuppel10_24_7

“Kuppel10_24_7″ by Pommes.Friz123 (see more from Pomme.Friz123 HERE)


Fisheye Madness

“Fisheye Madness” by Fabio Morbec (see more from Fabio HERE)


We will have this vote open through the 5th, and with this winner, we’ll have finished our second semi-annual stretch.  We will be taking our last 6 monthly winners and opening up a new vote sometime this month.  The winner from the semi-annual vote will win software, some fun hardware and a new, soon to be released hand built wrist strap by yours truly.  Stay tuned for that, and in the mean time, please vote for your favorite below and over on Mirrorlessons too!

Thanks to everyone who submitted this month, it really was an awesome group of contributions.  Congratulations and good luck to Michael, Fritz and Fabio.  Keep submitting, and stay up with new challenges and articles by connecting via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Happy shooting!

Tyson

*Welcome the newest member of the TRP family, the Sony A7mk2.

Sony Alpha 7 mark 2

Well, I’ve pulled the trigger.  This is the first Sony camera that I have personally owned, although I’ve tested others, and shot with cameras that also use a Sony sensor, so it is a bit of a thing for me.  In the coming weeks I’ll be posting on my thoughts, findings, results and comparisons with this new intriguing mirrorless full frame camera.  For now, come on in to see the unboxing and read a few of my initial thoughts on the camera…

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*Olympus M.Zuiko MC14, 1.4x Teleconverter Review

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Olympus continues to add to its Pro lens quiver with the M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14, available as a useful accessory to the 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Zoom lens.  Currently, the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens is the only lens that this teleconverter works with, but I’d assume that once we see the soon to be M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 PRO prime lens show up, that number will climb to two.

A teleconverter effectively multiplies the focal length of the lens it is coupled to, while decreasing the lens speed by one whole stop in the case of a 1.4x, or two stops when using a 2x tele converter (Oly, feel free to bust one of these guys out too!).  In this case, it converts the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens into a 56-210mm f/4 optic which translates to an effective field of view in full frame terms of 112-420mm.  Not a bad range, and one that for system users essentially turns the 40-150 (80-300mm e-fov) into two very useful lenses if we’re to look at it in Full Frame equivalency as a workhorse, studio portrait/event tele zoom akin to the various 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses as well as the more sport and light wildlife tele zooms of the world in the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 flavor, it begins to make a lot more sense as to why Olympus chose this range, as opposed to what would have been a more traditional 35-100mm (70-200mm) lens in the first place.  Hmmmmm…  Continue reading

*Looking for lenses? Adorama has a big sale on Panasonic optics through the 21st.

panasonic lens sale at adorama

I know, I know.  I don’t want to bombard anyone with sales and promo posts, but it has been difficult with just about everything on sale right now.  Queue the Adorama sale on most every Panasonic micro 4/3 lens HERE.  Up to $200 off of lenses through the 21st, if you’ve been waiting for a sale, here it is.  You know I don’t like to promote stuff unless I actually have used it, approve of it and like it, and in this case, I’d say it’s very relevant.

Come on in if you’re interested in seeing what I’ve had to say about the Panasonic lenses I use for the micro 4/3 system…

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*Topaz ReStyle, your image, your vision, restyled and on sale!

topaz restyle

Topaz ReStyle is a unique plugin, and I’ll be honest, when first announced a year and a half ago or so, I saw it as kind of kitschy.  With an image opened in ReStyle, you’re presented with a ton of re-toning filters which take the existing tones throughout your image, and shift them to produce some very cool effects.  While some were not a great fit for a particular image, I found it kind of tough to really know how to search through the multitude of available tone shifting filters.  I liked it, but when originally reviewing it, I don’t think I paid enough attention to the power of the adjustments.  This time around, I’m finding it a much more useful plugin.  It’s on sale, and you can download a full free trial to follow along by going HERE.  For those merely looking for a discount code, use “FEBRESTYLE” and go to TopazLabs HERE to download the software, and input the code in the coupon field at checkout to get $20 off.  Normally $59.99, it is on sale through the end of the month for $39.99.

For those interested in seeing a bit more, and reading about why I’m enjoying it more this time around, come on in…

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*Alien Skin Valentines Sale, 35% off Everything!

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Alien Skin is offering 35% off everything this week, or over 50% off of the whole Photo Bundle!  Their sale runs through Valentine’s day and if you’ve been thinking about picking up Exposure 7, Blowup 3, Snap Art 4 or even Eye Candy 7 for those designers out there, now may be a good time to check them out. The current discounts bring these programs down as follows:

Exposure 7 – $96.85 (normally $149)

Blowup 3 – $64.35 (normally $99)

Snapart 4 – $64.35 (normally $99)

or all three in the Photo Bundle for $129.35 (normally $299!!!)

Eye Candy, which is not included in the Photo Bundle, is on sale for $83.85 (normally $129).  I’ve not used Eye Candy, so I can’t personally speak about it, but if it is anything like the other programs, I’m confident that it does what it does well.

Visit Alien Skin’s website HERE.  Unfortunately, my discount code (tysonrobichaud) won’t give you an extra 10% off, but this is a far better deal anyway :)  I just recently reviewed Exposure 7 which I love.  Feel free to read a bit more about it HERE if interested.

I’d suggest downloading free trials via the same link above to test them out, and if you do like them, buy ‘em before this sale ends.  The whole bundle going for less than Exposure alone is pretty cool.

Happy shooting,

t