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In case there was any lingering doubt, 2019 confirmed that the camera industry is all-in on mirrorless technologies. I can count on one hand the number of new DSLR cameras announced this year—with room to spare. I would need help from two friends to do the same for mirrorless cameras. Need more proof? Over half of the mirrorless cameras unveiled in 2019 feature full-frame or medium format sensors...
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As the popularity of medium format has continued over the past year, the major players in this arena have continued to innovate throughout 2019 with a handful of new camera announcements, some new lenses, and even the entrance of some of the first third-party lenses for the two main mirrorless systems. While not quite as explosive of a year as in the past, 2019 signaled maturity and stability in...
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Pitting mirrorless against DSLRs has been happening for a decade. The variables have also completely changed after the past couple of years. This year saw the introduction of just two DSLRs from Canon and a...
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Canon just announced two exciting new lenses: the RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS. We put these lenses to the test in a portrait session. We were impressed by how lightweight and...
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To say I was a bit surprised to learn that Sony's latest full-frame release was the a7R IV would be an understatement. There were plenty of other picks that I thought would be upgraded first (a7S III anyone?). Fortunately, this is no minor tweak, even though it may look like it on first...
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Big lenses are a big deal for Sony mirrorless, and the latest are its biggest and best yet. The just-launched FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens and FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens are...
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If KIPON IBERIT manual focus lenses seem “deja-vu-ish” to you, it’s probably because they were once marketed under the name HandeVision IBERIT, which was a partnership between German optics manufacturer IB/E Optics and the Chinese Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment company which, as you might have guessed, is based in China. All KIPON IBERIT lenses feature maximum apertures of f/2.4,...
Top 10 Lenses for Shooting Pro-Caliber Portraits
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Many experienced photographers think of fast moderate telephoto lenses, as “portrait lenses” because so many professional portrait photographers rely on them. Lenses in the 85-105mm focal length range with maximum apertures between f/1.4 and f/2.8 can capture frame-filling headshots and head-and-shoulders portraits at moderate shooting distances, thus minimizing apparent perspective distortion—...
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Did you just tune in here for the pictures and pizza? If so, I will save you the trouble of reading the rest of the text by telling you that the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR lens is very good. Compact, sharp, light, beyond silent, and almost perfect; the lens is sure to make a lot of...
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Neumann is famous for its microphones, making some of the most beloved classic capsules of all time. In recent years, the company has garnered praise for its line of studio monitors. Now, we have a pair of referencing-grade headphones for listening, mixing, mastering, and more, in the NDH 20...
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Handheld gimbals to stabilize your video recordings seem to be gaining popularity by the minute. The days of paying a stranger $25 to cut a custom stabilizer from a meter of aluminum pipe are far behind me, and it's a welcome sign that there are now gimbals to mount a smartphone, action camera, small or mid-sized camera, large rigs for heavy pro cameras, and there are even gimbals that come with...
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We took the Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera Filmmaker Kit out on a night shoot to test the camera's low-light capabilities. By combining the Z6 with the...
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What do you do when you want to compare action cameras? I grabbed seven action cameras to test in this Shootout at the BK Corral (a.k.a. my Brooklyn backyard). My choices consisted of a Go Pro Hero7 Black,...
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When photographing situations that require exacting camera positioning, a geared tripod head should be at the top of your must-have list. Why a geared head? In a word: precision. When photographing architecture or similar venues in which it’s imperative that the camera and lens be level to the ground, if your camera is even slightly askew on the horizontal and/or vertical planes, you’re skunked....
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If Venus Optics were an athlete, its motto for the Laowa lens line would not be “Farther, faster, stronger,” but, “Wider, Closer, and Even Wider and Even Closer.” One look at the Venus Optics Laowa lens lineup and you will see that the company is, with a couple of exceptions, carving out...
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