Sony a7R III Hands-On Field Test In Sedona, Arizona

For creatives who require top-notch photo quality and high-end video capability in the same body, this is the best option out there
Sony a7R III, professional cameras
When it was first released, I was so impressed by the photo and video quality of the Sony a7R II that I was willing to look past an enormous list of inconveniences in order to shoot with it. Battery life was terrible, the single card slot was slow, the menu, impenetrable, and the controls were imprecise. Despite that, the a7R II was a clear sign to... Read more

Hands-On Review: Hasselblad X1D-50c

With a brave new design for photography’s brave new world, Hasselblad leaves the studio behind  
Hasselblad X1D-50c
Light and portable, the Hasselblad X1D-50c takes medium format out of the studio. In 1896, architect Louis Sullivan wrote an article entitled “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered,” coining a phrase that would guide architects, engineers and designers for more than a hundred years, “Form follows function.” More accurately, Sullivan... Read more

Hands-On Review: LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3—2big To Be Ignored

To have this much capacity at this speed, with dock functions and without breaking the bank, it’s easy to be excited about storage
file storage
Editor’s Note: This hands-on review of the LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 posted on the website of our sister publication HDVideoPro, but the drive, of course, addresses the storage needs of photographers, as well. I like storage. I really do. Most of the projects I work on are shot in 4K and beyond, so storage is important. It doesn’t help that... Read more

Hands-On Video Review: PhotoJoseph Tests The DJI Spark

Making spectacular images—“tiny planets”—with the mini-drone
drones
You’ve seen them before, those really cool images dubbed “tiny planets,” where your immediate surroundings are wrapped around a sphere into an impossibly small “planet” hovering in the sky! Typically produced by 360˚ cameras, they now can be generated by drones—specifically, the DJI Spark. I had an absolute blast this week flying the drone... Read more

Hands-On Review: Interfit Honey Badger Strobe

A tough, lightweight and powerful strobe/head lighting unit. Oh, and it’s bright yellow.
Interfit Honey Badger strobe
A four-foot-wide, brilliant yellow snow shovel sat for several years in the corner of my studio. Without exception, men who saw it would get a kind of gleam in the eye and immediately start asking where I got it, how it was to use, and on and on, no matter the season. Oddly, in the three years I wielded it to great acclaim, not a single woman took the... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Hands-On Review

With a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, this feature-rich, mirrorless compact has a number of advanced shooting modes in addition to 4K video capability
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Hands-On Review This review is presented by our friend Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a compact, friendly, affordable and feature-packed camera that manages to satisfy both beginners and more advanced photographers alike. It may at first glance appear to be a fairly minor refresh over its... Read more

Pro Power From Apple

With a new high-power iMac and the upcoming iMac Pro, Apple recommits to the photographer
Apple iMac, Apple iMac Pro
Apple iMac Pro Apple’s iMac began life as a purely consumer-level computer—blob-shaped and pointy, the revolutionary all-in-one computer was born out of a need for computing simplicity, not computing power. As computers gained more and more power, the iMac remained largely a product for families and small businesses. Computing power evolves rapidly,... Read more

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Hands-On Review

With the release of firmware update 2.1, it seems like the right time for a detailed report on the 20.3-megapixel mirrorless camera that shoots 4K video
Panasonic LUMIX GH5
I’ve been a huge fan of the Panasonic GH mirrorless camera series almost as long as I’ve been producing TCSTV. As someone who regularly jumps between stills and video capture, yet focuses on video professionally, the concept of a capable stills camera that is optimized for high-end video production has always appealed me. I’ve used the GH3 and... Read more

Smooth Jazz: Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head And Tripod

The new video head and tripod system drives like an Italian sports car with Anna Magnani at the wheel, and it’s a joy to shoot with
Manfrotto’s Nitrotech N8 video head and tripod
In preparation for getting married, I strode into Barneys and purchased an Armani suit. Just resting on the hanger that fabric is otherworldly, with a drape like nothing else. Then you put it on, and it’s like armor protecting and enhancing your very being. Seriously, I walk differently when I’m wearing it. Way back there at Barneys, when they left... Read more

An Incredibly Big Sigma Lens For Even Bigger Sensors

Photographers now have new class of a cameras that combine speed and resolution
Sigma 135mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art lens
Out shooting street with the 135 attached to an a7R Well, it just so happens I have a max-resolution lens in on demo that performs wonderfully on a first-gen a7R, and can’t wait to see what the Sigma 135mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art will do on the new Sony a7R III. I can only guess Sigma released the lens anticipating the sensors in the latest Sony, the Nikon... Read more

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Hands-On Review

The latest premium compact camera from Canon is its first to feature an APS-C sensor, essentially, the same 24-megapixel sensor in models like the EOS 80D DSLR
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III hands-on review
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Hands-On Review This review is presented by our friend Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is Canon’s latest flagship compact camera and its first to boast an APS-C sensor—essentially, the same 24-megapixel sensor used so successfully in models like the EOS 80D DSLR, and which features Dual Pixel... Read more

Nikon D850 Hands-On Field Test

Nikon surprises everyone by throwing the best of all their technologies into a single professional, do-anything body
Nikon D850 hands-on review
It’s been a long time since there’s been a DSLR that has truly excited professional and enthusiast photographers. We’ve seen some solid upgrades over the last few years, but few cameras that have really pushed DSLR technology forward. Nikon surprised everyone with the D850 by throwing the best of all their technologies into a single professional,... Read more
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