New high-quality lens validates Sony mirrorless and challenges the competition
Text & Photography By David Schloss
Tokina’s recent release of a high-end wide-angle lens for the Sony E-mount system helps to legitimize both Sony’s professional mirrorless system and Tokina’s professional aspirations at the same time. The new Tokina 20mm F2.0 FE MF in Tokina’s new “FiRIN” line is a first step in the company’s mirrorless series.
While Sony has been racing...
New lenses target portrait and wedding markets with sharpness and smooth bokeh
We had a chance to have a hands-on test of the new Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF OSS GM and FE 85mm F1.8 lenses at a media event in New York City. With both lenses to test and a variety of models to work with, the assembled press spent a few hours putting the lenses through their paces.
Our video review of the new Sony lenses
Both lenses are compelling...
The mirrorless camera houses lots of features in a small package for pros who need a second camera to grab quick shots or video
We’ve been working with the new Sony RX100 V for a few weeks now, and we’re impressed. Don’t let its small size deceive you—this mirrorless compact houses a lot of features in a camera that’s not much larger than a deck of playing cards—making it useful for pros who need a second camera to grab quick shots or video.
The RX100 V has pro-quality...
Fast-aperture lenses from Sony and Tamron put to the test
Text & Photography By David Schloss
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4ZA
It was a good year for Sony shooters, as Sony worked to flesh out its lens inventory to attract professional photographers. Several months ago the company announced a new class of lens, their G-Master series (see digitalphotopro.com/gear/lenses/sony-g-master-lenses/ for our review and image samples). The G-Master lenses...
It’s one of the most debated new portable Macs—is the MacBook Pro a must-have or must-skip computer?
We reviewed Apple’s portable computer when it was released last year, and now we’ll take you through our hands-on video review. With an almost desktop-level of power, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is lighter and faster than the previous iteration (as is the 13-inch version).
Among the features of interest to photographers and other creatives that we examine...
A versatile travel backpack, whether you’re out shooting for the day or on an extended assignment
Like most photographers, we own lots of different bags for different photo situations. Think Tank’s Shape Shifter V2.0 is a versatile backpack that holds a surprisingly large amount of gear for longer treks, then can compress down to a more portable bag via a zipper for those occasions when you don’t need to carry your complete kit (and then some)....
This inexpensive, portable light might be the perfect solution for many photographers
For the photographer, lighting gear is both essential, and unfortunately, expensive. It’s hard to find a good, cheap lighting solution that’s small enough to take anywhere.
Westcott’s Basics LED solves the portability and affordability problems, thanks to the unique design of this LED light system—it uses standard “Edison” fixtures (i.e.,...
The newest pro laptop from Apple delights some, angers others
By David Schloss
Apple’s MacBook Pro is the company’s flagship portable computer, providing a nearly desktop-level of computing in a small, metallic enclosure that’s easy to slip into a backpack.
Sure, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016) is faster and lighter than the previous model (the two things most users want in an upgrade), but it’s two design choices that...
We take a video tour of the key features in Capture One Pro in this video with Phase One's David Grover
While Lightroom has the lion’s share of the all-in-one photo organization and editing market, a powerful alternative exists in Capture One Pro—despite the fact that many photographers don’t know that it exists. Capture One Pro 10 is an impressive program and has grown tremendously in both performance and features over the last few years, thanks...
A flagship full-frame digital camera in an APS-C-sized body
When Sony purchased the renowned Konica-Minolta brand in 2006, they not only acquired all the technology and reputation of a company with photographic roots stretching back to the 1920s, but they instantly established themselves in a digital photography market that had gotten away from the consumer electronics giant.
Building on Minolta’s legendary...
We take a look at the BlackMagic Video Assist, an external monitor, control device and record for photographers capturing video on today's digital cameras.
The BlackMagic Video Assist is here to solve one of the common frustrations of shooting film on digital cameras; focusing and viewing footage on the tiny LCD screens on the back of the cameras.
Occasionally, it’s easy to forget how much our modern cameras are capable of. There are many consumer-level digital cameras that are capable of shooting...
The leading SLR manufacturers duke it out with two new flagship SLRs
Text & Photography by David Schloss
It is a rare event when the photographic stars align so that Nikon and Canon both offer up a new flagship SLR at the same time. The last time this occurred was when the Canon 1DX was announced in November of 2011 and the Nikon D4 in January of 2012. Nikon released an updated D4S in 2014, while Canon sat out that upgrade cycle and hasn’t refreshed...