Pro Prime-Lens Compacts

This elite group of large-sensor, prime-lens cameras is driving street photographers to leave their DSLRs at home
By The Staff
In an increasingly fragmented world where it's difficult to maintain focus and attention for more than a nanosecond, it can pay to simplify. In the average pro's camera bag, you'll find a DSLR, a smaller backup DSLR, four to six lenses, a few strobes, spare batteries, a couple of lighting…

Battle Of The DSLRs

Everyone aspires to a top-of-the-line, super-trick, über-pro DSLR, but what are you really buying, and can a mid-level model actually give you better images?
By The Editors
Back in the film days, the owner of an entry-level 35mm SLR could use the same film and the same lenses as the owner of a pro 35mm SLR, and thus entry-level and pro models weren't divided so much by image quality as by construction, features and add-ons. The pro…

Diving Deep Into HDSLRs

So you bought an HDSLR to add motion to your repertoire. Now what? We’ll help you navigate the technology to give you a running start.
By The Editors
The first video-capable DSLRs were aimed at photojournalists, but were quickly adopted by wedding photographers and even serious filmmakers. The large sensors (relative to those found in pro camcorders) allow for cinematic limited depth of field and thus effective selective-focus shots. HDSLRs are much smaller and far less costly than…

Ultimate-Resolution Cameras

When it comes to resolution, for most pros some is good, more is better and too much is just right
By The Editors
There's more to image quality than just pixel count; color reproduction, dynamic range and low-light/high-ISO performance quickly come to mind. But the more pixels an image sensor contains, the more detail its images can reveal, and the larger you can blow them up before the pixels themselves become visible to…

Street Shooters

Catch the decisive moments like a modern Cartier-Bresson with a dedicated street camera
By The Editors
Street photography was first made famous by Henri Cartier-Bresson and his focus on movement and the typical Parisian. It spread to America where Robert Frank developed a raw expression outside of mainstream photography, often linked with the Beat Movement. This fresh street style was noted for its spontaneity, intimacy with…

What’s New In Medium-Format Digital

When nothing short of maximum resolution and image quality will suffice, medium-format digital is still at the top of the pyramid
By The Editors
The death of medium format has been greatly overstated. It's true that 35mm-sized DSLRs are much more common among pros, but that's always how it's been. Medium-format digital, like medium-format film, has a dedicated cadre of users for whom these tools are the perfect choice. That's because their image quality,…
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