Leica TL2: Buy It For The Experience

You’re buying a user experience with this camera, and it’s a precise German one
Leica cameras
I’ll put the review this way, if you’ve ever been frustrated by a camera’s settings, the Leica is worth the price of admission. It’s a pleasure to use, and that’s the point. You’re buying a user experience, and it’s a precise German one. Where it seems many cameras are released by manufacturers to fill slots in prices and specs, the TL2... Read more

Hands-On Review: Sony RX10 Mark IV

This marvel of miniaturization features a 1-inch sensor, and combined with the speed of the Sony a9, you can easily fill an SD card and get your shot
Sony cameras
It was just about a year ago that I reviewed the Sony RX10 Mark III for another publication. I was impressed then and even more impressed now. That’s because this update adds the a9 image processing to a compact body already chock full of Sony’s tech. If you consider the camera for more than the specs and where it sits in the marketplace, it’s... Read more

Hands On With The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

Sony rounds out its Holy Trinity with one heck of a lens
zoom lenses
Kendo practice, Japan Regardless of their specialty or their preferred camera brand, the modern professional photographer tends to have three key zoom lenses in their arsenal: a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, or their equivalent in whatever sensor size a photographer shoots with. These staple lenses, usually with a wide aperture of ƒ/2.8, offer... Read more

Hands-On Review: Benro Aero 7 Travel Video Tripod

Collapsible, portable and durable, this carbon-fiber tripod is ready to take on video projects—anywhere in the world
video tripods
Video tripods have never been known to be particularly light or particularly portable due to their need to provide stability for heavy, delicate camera equipment. Big beefy legs, a large center column and a heavy video head are the hallmarks of most models. This poses a bit of a problem for the traveling videographer, the person who’s looking to take... Read more

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
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