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Tamron 55BB 500mm f/8 mirror lens review

The Tamron 55BB 500mm f/8 mirror lens is an unusual optic. Perhaps the best website for its history is on, but to be brief, it was released in 1983 before I was born. The 55BB is a mirror or catadiotropic lens, which means it has an actual mirror inside to allow the lens to […]

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Tokina 400mm f/8 SZX Lens Review

Tokina (a lens brand by Kenko) recently sent me their new 400mm f/8 SZX mirror lens to test. It’s an all-manual fixed-aperture mirror lens, and I was interested in testing this lens because I already have the Tamron 500mm f/8 BB lens that I reviewed a few months ago. I’ve shot for a few months […]

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Retro Review: Panasonic DMC-FH25/DMC-FS35

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 is an old camera, released in 2011. Before I was serious about photography, I got one not really knowing much about cameras. As I still have it, I thought I’d post a fun retro review of this camera. Handling and Functionality This camera is small and is easy to fit in […]

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