The Best Of The Best

A look at the top pro DSLRs available today from 35mm and medium-format camera models

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 a relatively compact package. They also (with... Read more

Advantages of Mirrorless Cameras

Like the transition from Speed Graphics to 35mm film and SLRs, today’s pros might consider making a full switch to a mirrorless system.

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 camera as a backup or for... Read more

Pro Prime-Lens Compacts

This elite group of large-sensor, prime-lens cameras is driving street photographers to leave their DSLRs at home

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 modifiers and a range of other ready-for-anything... Read more

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?

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 models were beefier, more rugged, could shoot faster, had better viewfinders and metering... Read more

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.

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 the pro digital... Read more

Ultimate-Resolution Cameras

When it comes to resolution, for most pros some is good, more is better and too much is just right

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 the eye (or the more you can crop... Read more

Street Shooters

Catch the decisive moments like a modern Cartier-Bresson with a dedicated street camera

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 the subject and interesting... Read more

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

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, under the right... Read more

The 4K Range

From the high-end, state-of-the-art RED EPIC DSMC camera to the midrange SCARLET and Canon Cinema EOS-1D C to the recently introduced GoPro HERO3, the 4K world is getting more crowded for photographers who are expanding into motion

The convergence story continues to evolve. Pro photographers need to be ever more aware and fluent in motion capture, whether your goal is to create narrative films or to shoot motion vignettes as added benefit for your clients. For motion capture, the current mainstream format is commonly called "full HD"—1920×1080 pixels—but in... Read more

35m Leica Compared to Modern Cameras

New small, but highly capable cameras give street shooters and photojournalists some interesting options for making top-quality images

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a brilliant photographer who saw the potential of the 35mm Leica M camera for capturing intimate and decisive moments. That Leica changed everything, for photojournalists, in particular. An extremely compact body using 35mm movie film and capable of rendering crisp, clear, sharp photographs, the Leica was nothing short of revolutionary.... Read more

New Sony SLT- A99V

The world’s first full-frame translucent mirror camera is a professional tool with a robust mix of high-end features, a 24-megapixel sensor and powerful, pro-level HD video capabilities

The SLT-A99V is Sony’s first full-frame TMT (Translucent Mirror Technology) camera. Rather than employing a moving mirror as conventional DSLRs do (and having to flip it up and down so light can get to the viewfinder for composing, then to the sensor for exposure), the SLT cameras use a fixed, semitranslucent mirror that passes the majority of... Read more

New Trends In Pro DSLRs

Is the end nigh for all formats except full frame?

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict the trend toward increasingly affordable full-frame digital SLR models. Based on the popularity of the new full-frame Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D (both priced at $2,099, body only), it’s likely that a new full-frame HDSLR model will break the $1,000 price point within a year or two. But does the... Read more
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