Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Hands-On Review

It’s one of the most debated new portable Macs—is the MacBook Pro a must-have or must-skip computer?
Apple MacBook Pro 2016
We reviewed Apple’s portable computer when it was released last year, and now we’ll take you through our hands-on video review. With an almost desktop-level of power, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is lighter and faster than the previous iteration (as is the 13-inch version). Among the features of interest to photographers and other creatives that we examine... Read more

Think Tank Shape Shifter V2.0 Backpack Hands-On Review

A versatile travel backpack, whether you’re out shooting for the day or on an extended assignment
Think Tank Shape Shifter V2.0
Like most photographers, we own lots of different bags for different photo situations. Think Tank’s Shape Shifter V2.0 is a versatile backpack that holds a surprisingly large amount of gear for longer treks, then can compress down to a more portable bag via a zipper for those occasions when you don’t need to carry your complete kit (and then some).... Read more

Westcott Basics LED Hands-On Review

This inexpensive, portable light might be the perfect solution for many photographers
Westcott Basics LED Bulb
For the photographer, lighting gear is both essential, and unfortunately, expensive. It’s hard to find a good, cheap lighting solution that’s small enough to take anywhere. Westcott’s Basics LED solves the portability and affordability problems, thanks to the unique design of this LED light system—it uses standard “Edison” fixtures (i.e.,... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro

The newest pro laptop from Apple delights some, angers others
Apple MacBook Pro 2016
Apple’s MacBook Pro is the company’s flagship portable computer, providing a nearly desktop-level of computing in a small, metallic enclosure that’s easy to slip into a backpack. Sure, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016) is faster and lighter than the previous model (the two things most users want in an upgrade), but it’s two design choices that... Read more

Capture One Pro 10 New Feature Walkthrough Video

We take a video tour of the key features in Capture One Pro in this video with Phase One's David Grover
Capture One Pro 10 interface
While Lightroom has the lion’s share of the all-in-one photo organization and editing market, a powerful alternative exists in Capture One Pro—despite the fact that many photographers don’t know that it exists. Capture One Pro 10 is an impressive program and has grown tremendously in both performance and features over the last few years, thanks... Read more

Hands-On Sony a99 II Review

A flagship full-frame digital camera in an APS-C-sized body
Sony A99 II Review
When Sony purchased the renowned Konica-Minolta brand in 2006, they not only acquired all the technology and reputation of a company with photographic roots stretching back to the 1920s, but they instantly established themselves in a digital photography market that had gotten away from the consumer electronics giant. Building on Minolta’s legendary... Read more

Hands-On BlackMagic Video Assist Review

We take a look at the BlackMagic Video Assist, an external monitor, control device and record for photographers capturing video on today's digital cameras.
BlackMagic Video Assist review
The BlackMagic Video Assist is here to solve one of the common frustrations of shooting film on digital cameras; focusing and viewing footage on the tiny LCD screens on the back of the cameras. Occasionally, it’s easy to forget how much our modern cameras are capable of. There are many consumer-level digital cameras that are capable of shooting... Read more

Canon 1DX Mark II vs. Nikon D5 Review

The leading SLR manufacturers duke it out with two new flagship SLRs
Canon 1DX Mark II vs. Nikon D5
It is a rare event when the photographic stars align so that Nikon and Canon both offer up a new flagship SLR at the same time. The last time this occurred was when the Canon 1DX  was announced in November of 2011 and the Nikon D4 in January of 2012. Nikon released an updated D4S in 2014, while Canon sat out that upgrade cycle and hasn’t refreshed... Read more

First Look Video Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II

The new Olympus body breaks new ground in the mirrorless world
Olympus O-MD E-M1 II sample images
The Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II is the latest flagship camera from the company that pioneered mirrorless photography. Faster to focus, faster to capture and more capable in challenging lighting situations, the Mark II raises the bar. We take a look at the camera at its U.S. launch in this first look video of the Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II. While not perfect... Read more

Canon 5D Mark IV Review

Canon's newest camera is an revision of a classic. But its it enough to make you upgrade?
Canon’s 5D series is one of the company’s longest and most successful products, a digital camera series that’s affordable enough to be within the reach of the prosumer but powerful enough to be a primary choice of the professional. When it arrived in 2005, the Canon EOS 5D was heralded for the amount of power that it packed into the relatively... Read more