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If you wanted to be considered a professional photographer in 1979, the year the Olympus XA was released, your choice of cameras was limited. For some in the upper reaches of the profession, Leica was still the only option. For the rest of us, there were large, solid machines like the Nikon F2 and the Hasselblad 500C/M. But I also wanted something smaller and easier to use when I didn’t have a...
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The Titon batteries, from Anton Bauer, are an interesting release because they’re entry-level models, yet they have nothing but top features. They were designed without any buttons or an LED gauge, so they can be offered at an accommodating cost. That’s how they were introduced at NAB 2019. Non-essential features were removed to achieve this. But at the same time, they have a 10A output,...
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How difficult is it to be a virtually brand-new lens-manufacturing company in today’s digital world? I am guessing it is not easy. Luckily, you have the Internet available as a marketing tool, but you are also entering a competitive arena to battle for sales against several companies that are more than 100 years old and have passionate and dedicated brand loyalists as their customers. Enter...
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Opteka, a Chinese optical manufacturer, has been producing manual-focus lenses and lens accessories for the consumer market since 2002. Like other lenses in this series, Opteka lenses are designed for photo enthusiasts who want to expand their lens choices without having to expand their credit line. For this review we included two manual-focus Opteka lenses: the...
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When I was asked recently if I wanted to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO Quantum Dot LED TV, I didn’t want to appear too eager. I am, after all, a professional… but it’s certainly not an everyday occurrence to be asked to take home such a lavish piece of equipment. VIZIO decided to let me try the ...
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Have you ever wondered why the design, specs, and selling prices of Rokinon, Samyang, and Bower lenses seldom differ from one another? This is because...
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Virtually every product Bright Tangerine releases has a key feature or two that solves major problems, and quality is a standard with them. This fully applies to their Titan arms. Whereas articulating arms commonly have a rosette-type center mechanism, Bright Tangerine’s Titan arms have a reinvented...
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The new C1 Plus from Profoto is a high-quality, handheld flash and continuous light unit that syncs perfectly with your smartphone. We took it out for a test run in the streets of New York City to see how this light performs. We also take a quick look at the...
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Enter the Speedmaster! Since 2014, Mitakon Zhongyi has been making its rival version of the legendary Leica Noctilux—the Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster. Today, the company...
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Photographer and YouTuber Chris Hau gives you some honest insight on shooting video with the new Nikon Z6. He took the camera to Belfast and put Nikon's latest mirrorless camera to the test, shooting in a variety of situations including one particularly rainy night in Ireland. Find out...
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Leica has been a prestigious brand for decades. That prestige brought high price tags and eminently covetable gear. This is why last year’s launch of the CL Mirrorless Camera was such an important release for this company, and one that should be very appealing to a wider range of...
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In the following demo, we are listening to teenage engineering’s PO-33, a pocket-sized micro sampler. The demo explores all the stock sounds and presets. Listen to all the 16 effects including loops, unison, octave up/down, stutters, scratch, retrigger and reverse. Hear the 6/8...
Google Pixel 3a Review
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When Google first announced the Pixel 3a earlier this year, it seemed almost too good to be true. A mid-range smartphone with the same camera as its flagship counterpart at half the price—what’s the catch? Well, we did some digging, and it turns out there is no catch. The Pixel 3a...
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Thinking about making the leap to 8K video capture for stunning resolution and color depth, incredibly nuanced HDR, improved low-light performance, and cleaner compositing? Shooting with 8K cameras like RED DIGITAL CINEMA’s...
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Sigma’s latest announcement included three distinct lenses and, likely, the most highly anticipated of the three is the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art. This lens was clearly designed to be a showstopper, with its huge f/1.2 maximum aperture and equally huge physical size. But is the lens more than just a one...
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