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…

Hi-Tech Studio: Lens Adapters

Create a completely custom body and lens outfit with an adapter
By The Editors
These two Novoflex adapters demonstrate how flange-back distance is a factor when adapting disparate mounts to one another. The very narrow adapter is for connecting a Nikon lens to a Canon EOS body. The thicker adapter is for attaching a Nikon lens to a Micro Four Thirds body. Novoflex has…

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…
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