Time To Lose The Mirror

New interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras are threatening to take the place of your DSLR
By Staff
When rangefinder cameras came along in the early part of the 20th century, they revolutionized photography. Designed to use 35mm movie film with its rugged film base and sprocket system for advancing frames, 35mm rangefinders ushered in a new era of compact, fast cameras that were mated with ultra-high-level optics.…

Dedicated To Motion

The advantages of working with a video camera for filmmaking or broadcast
By David Willis
Despite offering much larger-format sensors than those you find in a typical camcorder, the problem with using your primary still camera for video is that a number of accessories will be required to gain the same advantages that a dedicated camcorder system has right out of the box. Camcorder bodies…

Monochrome Specialists

Dedicated black-and-white cameras eliminate the sharpness-robbing Bayer array and anti-aliasing filter to create the sharpest images possible
By Staff
Many digital photographers do monochrome photography with their regular color digital cameras. This provides a couple of benefits. First, if you shoot RAW, you can process your images to color or monochrome. If you use the camera's monochrome mode, you'll see the images in black-and-white on the LCD monitor, including…

Do You Use Any Aliases?

Is the anti-aliasing filter still necessary or even useful in modern, high-resolution digital camera systems? Several manufacturers are eliminating them from their highest-resolution models.
By Staff
Digital image sensors consist of a grid of light-sensitive photodiodes (pixels). When you make an exposure, each pixel receives a certain amount of light—a certain number of photons—according to the brightness of the portion of the scene being photographed that's focused at that pixel. Inherent in this process is the…

So Retro!

The proliferation of high-end, back-to-the-future, retro-design cameras has style as well as substance
By The Editors
"Retro"-look serious cameras are hot today. Besides the nostalgia factor, they provide their users with a sense of style. We wouldn't trade the technology of our recent DSLRs and mirrorless cameras for that of the old 35mm film cameras, much less earlier digital cameras, but there's something to be said…

Can A Pro Go Mirrorless?

Like the transition from Speed Graphics to 35mm film and SLRs, today’s pros might consider making a full switch to a mirrorless system.
By The Editors
Mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular. They're aimed at compact camera users who want DSLR image quality and interchangeable-lens versatility in a compact package, as well as at advanced and pro shooters looking for a lighter alternative to their big pro cameras. A goodly number of pros have a mirrorless…
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