What's Your Next Pro DSLR?

The lines between top-tier and mid-level camera models are blurring.
By The Editors
Today's pro DSLRs, and even the mid-level models, offer a lot to hard-working pros, including image quality, performance, ruggedness and system accessories. And prices are coming down—while you can still pay over $6,000 for a top pro DSLR, you also can choose from Canon and Nikon full-frame models for just…

The Best Of The Best

A look at the top pro DSLRs available today from 35mm and medium-format camera models
By The Editors
There are two main types of DSLRs: Those based on the 35mm SLR form factor and those based on medium-format. In a nutshell, today's pro 35mm-type DSLRs are extremely versatile do-it-all cameras that deliver a combination of high image quality and performance with action subjects and in low light in…

Hi-Tech Studio: Inside Ballheads

For stability, ease of use and flexibility when you’re locking off the camera, it’s hard to beat a ballhead
By Staff
The many benefits of a ballhead are well known. They're solid and stable, and they're easy to adjust in an almost unlimited way. On most models, a single locking knob is the only control you need to manipulate. You'll see a couple of distinct ballhead designs, one where the ball…

Lenses Deconstructed

We demystify the key specifications and how each one plays its role in making the perfect image
By The Editors
Everyone does it, even if they don't admit it. From global photojournalists to the image makers cruising around Fashion Week to fine artists working in their hip lofts, everyone pores over spec charts about their photo gear. Another thing most photographers have in common is that they have only a…

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…
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