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

Sony a9 Image Samples And Autofocus Review

We evaluate the images from the Sony a9 and its autofocus performance
The new Sony a9 camera arrived in a flurry of promises of image quality, autofocus speed and performance. When we tested the Sony a9 at the company’s media event, we found that the camera largely lived up to those promises. In my first testing of the camera, at two different sporting locations, we found that the AF was generally spot on, with the... Read more

Hands-On Video Review: Manfrotto BeFree Live Tripod

A specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, the BeFree Live includes a special dedicated video tripod head
Manfrotto BeFree Live tripod
The Manfrotto BeFree Live is a specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, and it includes a special dedicated video tripod head. We like to take the BeFree Live with us on photo and video shoots because of the unique locking collar, which is only found on the BeFree Live model. With a simple twist of a dial, the head goes from completely... Read more

Fujifilm X100F Hands-On Review Video

See why we think this is a great camera for travel photographers and fans of retro styling, even if it’s not quite shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the company’s offerings
Fujifilm X100F Sample
The Fujifilm X100F is the fourth camera in the company’s legendary compact-professional APS-C lineup that helped launch what would eventually become the pro mirrorless market. While the X100F and its predecessors aren’t interchangeable-lens cameras, the design of the original X100, released in 2010, was a radical departure for Fujifilm, which had... Read more

Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 Hands-On Review

With excellent image quality, small size and fast focus speeds, the ultra-wide-angle lens is a superb choice for photographers working with the Sony a7 series
The Zeiss Batis lens, designed for Sony’s E-mount cameras, is a bit of a departure for the company. Best known for their legendary, high-end manual-focus lenses, Zeiss has carved out a customer base of photographers looking for excellent image quality, sturdy build yet without autofocus because, as the company’s website puts it, “manual focusing... Read more

Leica M10 Hands-On Review

The new high-end rangefinder represents the first overhaul of the company’s M-series cameras since 2009
The new Leica M10 represents the first overhaul of the company’s M-series cameras since 2009, when the M9 hit the hands of consumers. While there have been a series of updates in the line that are based on the M9 platform, the camera has remained largely untouched. The M10 introduces a new, old form factor—it’s the same width and depth as the... Read more

DJI Inspire 2 Drone Hands-On First Samples Video

DJI's Inspire 2 is the perfect tool for the cinematographer and photographer looking to easily capture images from the air.
dji inspire 2
DJI’s Inspire 2 drone has a wishlist of features that makes it one of the most interesting choices for aerial photography and cinematography. Our first-look video includes some of the raw footage captured with the Inspire 2 in our first few days of testing. Having flown the DJI Phantom 4 and the DJI Mavic, the Inspire 2 is a piece-of-cake to fly.... Read more

Phase One Capture One Pro 10

The alternative to Lightroom has a big update
Capture One Pro 10
For most photographers, the photographic workflow begins and ends with Lightroom. Capture One Pro, developed by medium format camera manufacturer Phase One, has lived for years in the shadows of Adobe’s 800-pound gorilla, attracting customers through word of mouth and through the passionate evangelism of its users. Capture One Pro was built around... Read more

Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF

New high-quality lens validates Sony mirrorless and challenges the competition
Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF
Tokina’s recent release of a high-end wide-angle lens for the Sony E-mount system helps to legitimize both Sony’s professional mirrorless system and Tokina’s professional aspirations at the same time. The new Tokina 20mm F2.0 FE MF in Tokina’s new “FiRIN” line is a first step in the company’s mirrorless series. While Sony has been racing... Read more

Hands On: Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF OSS GM & FE 85mm F1.8

New lenses target portrait and wedding markets with sharpness and smooth bokeh
We had a chance to have a hands-on test of the new Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF OSS GM and FE 85mm F1.8 lenses at a media event in New York City. With both lenses to test and a variety of models to work with, the assembled press spent a few hours putting the lenses through their paces. Our video review of the new Sony lenses Both lenses are compelling... Read more