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...
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...
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...
Pros complained that Apple had abandoned them, now the company proves its commitment with its fastest Mac ever
By David Schloss
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...
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...
Hands-on reviews of some of the outstanding lenses Digital Photo Pro took on the road, from primes to zooms
By The Editors Of Digital Photo Pro Magazine
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...
Fast, sharp and versatile, this zoom is one of those rare lenses that’s suitable for pro photographers as well as enthusiasts
Text & Photography By David Schloss
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...
Informative (and entertaining) reviews of photo and video gear from the last year
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...
A superstar portrait lens with exceptional optics and great performance at a reasonable price
Text & Photography By David Schloss
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...
What a $50,000 medium-format digital back with 101 million pixels, but no colors can teach us about the limitations of digital cameras
By David Schloss >> Photography By Paul Reiffer
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...
Fast, sharp and affordable, this lens delivers a knockout punch
The new Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is a perfect example of the changes in the photographic market, and how the range of products available today offer photographers choices previously unavailable.
The 24-70mm zoom is a must-have piece of gear, found in nearly every camera bag thanks to the versatility of the focal length range and the...
With the Sony a7R III, the promise of a mirrorless camera that outperforms DSLRs in every key area has arrived
Text & Photography by David Schloss
The Sony a7R III operates as fast as top-end pro DSLRs of just a few years ago.
By the time the original full-frame Sony a7 arrived in 2013, the mirrorless revolution was well underway, and mirrorless cameras were already starting to really show the potential of the technology. While mirrorless cameras were rapidly improving, they weren’t used by...