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The Best Macro Diffusers - Trick Bits - Review

Do you need diffusers? - Trick Bits has diffusers! Big is better, and Trick Bits offers a scale-up to the out-of-box experience, and bigger does not mean heavier!! Trick Bits has custom-fitted diffusers for the most popular macro lighting systems. - I bought mine, and I am in Macro Diffuser Heaven! I use a Nikon R1C1 system for many years but was unhappy with the harsh specular lighting it produced on my tiny insects. Over the years, I tried modifying the supplied diffusers and added a small handheld diffuser to further diffuse the light - what a pain.

 

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TrueToad, Thursday, June 16, 2022

Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO Lens Review

Laowa has been making excellent lenses now for several years, and in their macro lineup, you have several lenses to choose from. Many macro enthusiasts have raved about the 100mm even with its odd front glass element missing. Now Laowa has introduced the 90mm Macro made specifically for mirrorless cameras. 

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TrueToad, Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Nikon's Refurbished Program Review

Nikon refurbished products are an excellent way to acquire like-new Nikon gear at discounted prices and on special occasions, Nikon offers an additional 10% discount. If you had some bad luck using your Nikon gear Nikon repairs services are just a few clicks away.

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TrueToad, Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G Lens Review

Following several years of using my f/2.8 zooms that covered the 50-60mm range, I finally decided I had enough of the compromise. After doing some testing with 3rd party lenses and doing online research I went ahead and purchased my Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G lens direct from NikonUSA.

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TrueToad, Sunday, February 20, 2022

Nikon 500mm F/5.6 PF Lens Review

In August 2018 Nikon announced the release of a compact super telephoto - the 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR  Making this their second Phase Fresnel lens the first being the awesome 300mm PF PF/4. I am excited to see Nikon introduce this new prime lens at a sub 4k.  Let's run through the technical details as it relates to weight, compactness, and sharpness.  All of which are expected to be superior.

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TrueToad, Sunday, January 2, 2022

Nissin MF18 Ring Flash Review

My main go-to for Macro Photography has been the Nikon awesome RIC1 Macro Flash system.  I decided to step outside the Nikon umbrella and get myself a Ring Flash to go along with my New S 105mm Macro Lens.

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TrueToad, Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens Review

This is not a comparison between various 70-200mm lenses 3rd party lens manufacture.  This review is based on my experience using the Nikkor 70-200 ED FL zoom lens from Nikon. My expectations when I made the purchase was very high given the price point.  So, how has this lens performed?

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TrueToad, Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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