Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Hands-On Review

Tamron "Megazoom" covers an impressive focal range
Most professional photographers, myself included, tend to steer clear of superzoom or “megazoom” lenses, and for good reason. Generally speaking, it’s difficult if not impossible to serve the competing masters of affordability, compact size and image quality. I first encountered the Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD when the Tamron... Read more

Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS – Hands On Look At The New Sports Superstar

Many photographers, especially sports and wildlife shooters, have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens. This super-tele lens length is vital to capturing tack-sharp, smooth background images, and the lack of a lens this long is one of the last sticking points for many photographers looking to switch. Sony Read more…

Many photographers, especially sports and wildlife shooters, have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens. This super-tele lens length is vital to capturing tack-sharp, smooth background images, and the lack of a lens this long is one of the last sticking points for many photographers looking to switch. Sony will be... Read more

DJI Mavic Air Hands-On Review Of The Smallest Pro Drone

The Mavic Air may become the must-have drone for video and photo pros
With the introduction of the tiny-yet-powerful Mavic Air drone, manufacturer DJI has created the first drone that I can confidently say belongs in the camera bag of every photo and video professional. While the company has previously offered drones this small, and has offered drones with this level of video power, this is the first time those have been... Read more

Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED Hands On Review

An update to a popular wide-angle prime lens results in an instant classic
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm 1.4 E ED lens replaces the venerable NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4D, bringing a modern optical and operational upgrade that gives the new lens an incredible range of sharpness, low levels of distortion, and faster focusing. The 28mm focal length is an interesting one, sitting within the range classic landscape-friendly zooms like a 24-70mm... Read more

Sony a7 III Hands-On Review

Sony's new "basic" camera is anything but
One of the quirky things about language is the way in which a turn of phrase conveys something in one culture yet has a slightly different nuance in another, leaving some things, as they say, lost in translation. When Sony announced its new a7 III at its global launch event in February and proudly proclaimed it to be its “basic model,” the camera... Read more

Power To Burn: Hands On With The Apple iMac Pro

Pros complained that Apple had abandoned them, now the company proves its commitment with its fastest Mac ever
By the start of 2017, professional photographers and videographers were starting to get desperate, waiting for Apple to update their flagship computer, the Mac Pro. The company had last updated their high-end system in 2013, and some of the company’s (and the competitor’s) other products were starting to arrive with features not found on the now-aging... Read more

Elinchrom ELB 1200 HS Battery-Powered Portable Kit

An amazingly powerful, transportable lighting system
Battery powered flash units have become more and more popular over the last several years, thanks in large part to the capability and power that Profoto proved was possible with their B1 units back in 2013. Since then many companies have come to market with their takes on the ‘cordless’ flash head concept, Elinchrom’s ELB 400 having... Read more

5 Top Field-Tested Lenses

Hands-on reviews of some of the outstanding lenses Digital Photo Pro took on the road, from primes to zooms
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Hands-on reviews of some of the outstanding lenses Digital Photo Pro took on the road in 2017, from primes to zooms. 1. Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art This superstar portrait lens features exceptional optics and great performance at a reasonable price. Read More… 2. Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A high-performance zoom without the high price... Read more

Hands-On Review: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

Fast, sharp and versatile, this zoom is one of those rare lenses that’s suitable for pro photographers as well as enthusiasts
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Most professional photographers steer away from zoom lenses with focal lengths that extend across several more than two focal-length ranges, due to concerns over image quality. You’ll see pros using zooms that are ultra-wide-angle on one end and wide-angle on the other (something like a 14-24mm), wide-angle to standard (24-70mm), telephoto to super-telephoto... Read more

The Camera Store TV’s Best & Worst Gear Of 2017

Informative (and entertaining) reviews of photo and video gear from the last year
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The annual Best & Worst show has become a TCSTV tradition, and is always among our most popular shows. 2017 was a fascinating, often confusing year for the photo and video industries, so Chris Niccolls and I debated our list (especially best stills camera of the year) constantly, leading up to the shoot. We decided there was no way for us to cover... Read more

Hands-On Review: Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art

A superstar portrait lens with exceptional optics and great performance at a reasonable price  
Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
Sigma has been making quite a name for itself, thanks largely to the company’s high-end “Art” lenses, which rival—and often exceed—the quality of the best lenses from the camera manufacturers, at a lower price, to boot. Available for Nikon, Canon and—via the company’s MC-11 adapter—Sony E mount, the Art series gives shooters of the major... Read more

Hands-On Review: Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic

What a $50,000 medium-format digital back with 101 million pixels, but no colors can teach us about the limitations of digital cameras  
Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic
Icebergs, Ilulissat, Greenland, shot with the Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic. Photos by Paul Reiffer There’s something to be said for the relentless pursuit of perfection, the desire to eke out every drop of potential from something. It’s what drives companies like Ferrari, it’s how the airplane was born, it’s why we’ve been to the moon and... Read more
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