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Tamron have decided to encourage the owners of Nikon, Canon, and Sony DSLR's with some money back in their hands. If you purchase the following lenses from now until May, you get cash back from them.1. Tamron AF 16-300 f:3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens - the sort of lens that you can put on your APS-C-sized camera body for universal use. Landscape? No problems. Groups? Yes. Sports? Easy. Wildlife? Don't mind if I do...

The safari trail used to be an imperceptibly small track the bush - trodden by explorers in pith helmets and natives with big bundles on their heads. The explorers used to carry Holland and Holland Double rifles in tank-stopping calibers.These days the trail is generally a paved road trodden by Toyotas. The natives are carrying iPads and the explorers are carrying lenses...

Never mind the state of the world or the Prime Minister. That can wait. There is a new Fujifilm X lens in the shop and you can try it out right now.The new 16-55mm Fujinon XF has:Constant f:2.8 aperture.Aspherical elements.Water-resistant gasket.Superb X-lens construction - smooth focussing and zooming and solid build.This is the perfect companion piece to the Fujifilm 50-140 f:2.8 WR lens.You won't get it free in a cornflakes packet and they don't send 'em up with the rations, but the lens is a real gem in the Fujifilm lineup. Anyone using the X-Pro1, X-E2. or X-t1 for landscape, interiors, or portrait groups would be well-rewarded with a test run.Come in now and see how good it is....

Open the box! C'mon! C'mon! Open the Box!Lemme at that new Fujifilm XF 18-135mm R LM OIS WR lens. Never mind the letters behind the name. I can see that it has an internal stabiliser by the switch on the side. I can see the f numbers at the front. I can see the metal mount for the Fuji X-mount.Lemme at it.I've got an X-E 2 at home that would suit this perfectly. I've got an X-T 1 that would be perfect for this. I can fit it on my X-Pro 1 and go out and do just everything.Apparently the WR means it is water resisitant. Well, unless the roof on the studio gives way and it leaks inside this is superfluous for me, but I have met people for whom it would be essential. Like old surf photographers who have X-E1 cameras and want to carry lighter burdens on the beach...

Doesn't it make you furious? You go to the trouble of getting a bottle of every known liquor, and buy books on cocktails and bar keeping,  and cut lemon slices, and throw a big party and offer someone every combination of booze under the sun...

The Safari Season is upon us. People are gearing up to look at the wild animals in Africa, Alaska, and Europe*. As we speak tourists are packing backpacks the size of refrigerators with DSLRs, lenses, flashes, laptops, and waterproof apple corers. Because you never can tell when you will need to can apples in Constantinople in a rain storm.Wise tourists who have done this before and have the chiropractor's bills to show for it may elect to take a smaller rig this time. Consider if your ambitions and plans might well be suited with a camera that has a 30X zoom lens, 4 second to 1/2000 second shutter, manual aperture and shutter wheel, and GPS built-in. And a Leica lens. And a proper viewfinder on the LHS of the body. And full HD video with stereo sound.And fits in your top pocket as you go through the door of the airplane. And for which you have not paid excess baggage.Panasonic TZ-60.You may not know which wine to drink with your biltong or cheese fries, and you may not know a...