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...
For creatives who require top-notch photo quality and high-end video capability in the same body, this is the best option out there
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...
With a brave new design for photography’s brave new world, Hasselblad leaves the studio behind
Text & Photography By David Schloss
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...
To have this much capacity at this speed, with dock functions and without breaking the bank, it’s easy to be excited about 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...
Making spectacular images—“tiny planets”—with the mini-drone
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...
A tough, lightweight and powerful strobe/head lighting unit. Oh, and it’s bright yellow.
Chris X Carroll
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...
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 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...
With a new high-power iMac and the upcoming iMac Pro, Apple recommits to the photographer
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,...
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
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...
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
Chris X Carroll
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...
Photographers now have new class of a cameras that combine speed and resolution
Text & Photography DL Byron
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...