Hands-On Review: Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary

This new compact, affordable tele-zoom performs way out of its league  
Sigma lenses
The Blue Angels overhead at the New York Air Show. The speed of the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary allowed the lens to keep pace with everything the airshow could throw at it, from propeller crop dusters to a P-51 Mustang to the acrobatic Blue Angels to the blazingly fast F-35. The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens is a product... Read more

A Simple Workflow With Canon Camera Connect

Now that iOS supports RAW, Canon’s app is even better
Canon Camera Connect app
If you’re a photographer uploading photos to Instagram and trying to do so efficiently, you’ve probably already figured out not all apps are the same. Sure, they all perform the same functions, but some are better at it than others. An app’s usability comes down to the company’s resources and developers also keenly listening to their users. As... Read more

Manfrotto XPRO Monopod+

A high-quality, versatile support that can stand up against the competition, literally
Manfrotto XPOD monopod
For the run-and-gun videographer, there’s little more annoying than having to unfold and extend the legs of a tripod just to get a quick shot. Many pros turn to monopods when they’re shooting light and fast, but the limitations of many monopods leave camera operators struggling to balance the gear and take a smooth pan. Manfrotto’s XPRO aluminum... Read more

Large-Format Printers

New large-format devices from Epson and Canon bring higher-quality output to the studio
large-format prnters
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 Epson and Canon, the two leaders in the photographic printer market, both updated their printer offerings recently, delivering devices that provide better print quality, faster speeds and higher resolution at prices comparable to the companies’ previous offerings. While the top-end pro market has been on-and-off again largely... Read more

Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Camera Bag

Use the versatile Changer-20 shoulder bag to ride into work, then attend meetings and carry around town all day
Manfrotto camera bags
The Manfrotto Manhattan Changer-20 three-way camera bag is a surprisingly well-designed shoulder bag from the Italian manufacturer’s lifestyle line—it surprised me because the understated design doesn’t indicate how functional the bag is. Compared to the leather “fancy bag” I shared last month, this is a carry-on for a short trip, a run-and-gun... Read more

We Got That Cooke Look

We shoot with the Cooke miniS4/i 32mm T2.8-22 on a Sony a7S II, and the results are amazing
Cooke lenses
Have you ever wondered what a one-off cinema lens from a legendary manufacturer looks like attached to a Sony a7S II? After visiting the Cooke Optics factory, we did, so we tried one out. The results were lovely and left us at times amazed by the dimensionality, smooth rendering and quality. A Cooke lens of this type, the miniS4/i 32mm T2.8-22, is normally... Read more

Blackforest Rimo I Camera Bag

A luxurious messenger-style camera bag for those fancy occasions, and for going to work, too
Blackforest Rimo I camera bag
In my never-ending quest for the perfect bag, I’ve finally found there really isn’t one, but instead, what I call occasion bags, like the fully functional, exceptionally well-thought-out Thule Covert I travel with or my FREITAG to just grab and go, and, there’s the full-day-of-shooting-style Think Tank suitcase. Now, I have a Blackforest Rimo... Read more

Hands-On With The Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm’s mirrorless medium-format camera aims to leapfrog the competition
Fujifilm GFX 50S hands-on review
Of the dozens of cameras I’ve owned and the hundreds of cameras I’ve tested, there’s a special place in my heart for my first medium-format camera, a Mamiya 645. Like most photographers, I’d gotten my start in the 35mm format (in my case, in the film era), and during art school I’d borrowed several of the lab’s medium-format systems, but... Read more

Hands On: Full Sony a9 Review

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to beat Canon and Nikon in a single bound?
When Sony’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the a7 and a7R, shipped at the end of 2013, the company had a market share in the full-frame space that one company exec said was around 1 percent. While those two mirrorless cameras broke ground by placing high-resolution full-frame sensors into a body that was around the same small size as many mirrorless... Read more

Hands-On With The Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Testing the new 26.2-megapixel full-frame DSLR in Yellowstone National Park
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon introduced the new EOS 6D Mark II today, updating the feature set from the EOS 6D DSLR, released in 2012. Earlier this month, our sister publication Outdoor Photographer had the opportunity to photograph with a beta model of the camera in Yellowstone National Park with Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones. You can read the hands-on review and see... Read more

Hands-On Review: SKB Cases With Think Tank Photo Dividers

Rock-solid performance meets protection at an affordable price
SKB Cases hard-shell cases
The SKB Cases 31-2011-7DZ hard-shell case featuring Think Tank Photo dividers, part of the Flyer series, in use on a recent photo press event in Utah (also called the iSeries 2011-7 With Padded Divider at some retailers). The hard-shell case is the double-edged sword of the photographer’s arsenal—while it’s protective enough to take the abuse... Read more

MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L Hands-On Review

The outdoor enthusiast-friendly FirstLight is a perfect choice for the photographer on the go
MindShift FirstLight backpacks
MindShift Gear is a division of camera bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo that’s aimed at creating packs and gear with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. While most camera bags are intended for a working pro who’s transporting gear from location to location, the MindShift line is designed instead for the photographer engaging in activities and braving... Read more
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