Hands On With The New Pentax K-1

A first look at an eagerly awaited reboot to a legendary brand

To say that Pentax shooters (Pentaxians, as some call themselves) were rabidly anticipating the new Pentax K-1—the company’s first full-frame digital camera–would be an understatement. When the company first started indicating that a new camera was coming with the launch of a full-frame lens (when they only had APS-C cameras available) months... Read more

Hands-On Review: Fujifilm X70 Camera

High-end optical quality in a compact package

The diminutive X70 is a camera that Fujifilm is very proud of, and rightly so. When I sat down to talk to the company about the new members of the X-Series cameras, which include this new shooter and the X-Pro2, the PR team was especially excited about the X70 because it brings so much of the higher-end Fujifilm cameras into a truly portable body with... Read more

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1R II Reviewed

Can a compact digital camera substitute for a professional’s camera?

The Sony a7R II was a head-turning camera, one that Sony admittedly used as a demonstration to show Canon and Nikon just what Sony could do with mirrorless, full-frame technology thanks to their domineering position in the sensor manufacturing market. The smaller, yet nearly as powerful Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is no less of a technological showhorse,... Read more

The Long And Short Of It

Nikon’s new zoom lenses cover all the angles

NIKON’S TWO NEW LENSES, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm ƒ/2.8E ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR, may seem like minor improvements to the Nikon lens lineup, but actually offer significant benefits not conveyed by the names alone. While the most outstanding aspect of their names is the Vibration Reduction the “VR” stands for, the optics... Read more

Dell UltraSharp 34-Inch Curved LED Monitor

Affordable, calibrated, super-wide display expands photographers’ view

Several months ago I wrote about the power of Apple’s MacBook Pro and how it could, for many studios, end the division between desktops and laptops. The MacBook Pro is so powerful, and so portable, that it can be used in place of a traditional desktop. (For the back story, see the original article here.) In a “practice what I preach” approach... Read more

Hands-On With The New Leica SL Mirrorless Camera

When Leica announced the new Leica SL mirrorless camera system, the company took a bold step into the professional full-frame mirrorless market that hitherto was occupied only by Sony. The Leica SL is a new direction for the company, which already makes the Leica M-system, the digital rangefinder (and therefore mirrorless) successors to their legendary Read more…

When Leica announced the new Leica SL mirrorless camera system, the company took a bold step into the professional full-frame mirrorless market that hitherto was occupied only by Sony. The Leica SL is a new direction for the company, which already makes the Leica M-system, the digital rangefinder (and therefore mirrorless) successors to their legendary... Read more

Canon EOS 1D C Reviewed

Canon EOS And The Search For The Holy Grail

When the Nikon D90 arrived in 2008, followed shortly by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, they ushered in a new era of DSLR videography, thanks to its pioneering ability to capture and record 720P HDTV video. Most of the early reviews of the camera failed to appreciate how much closer the world of video and still photography were about to become. When other... Read more

Nikon D810 Reviewed

No Low-Pass filter and solid low light performance are some of the key advancements in the successor to Nikon’s D800 DSLRs.

When Nikon introduced the D800 in 2012, it challenged not only the existing DSLRs of the time but also medium format digital cameras with a sensor that clocked in at over 30 megapixels. Thanks to its ability to use the full range of Nikkor and Nikon-compatible lenses, the D800 was a hit with portrait shooters, wedding photographers and architectural... Read more

Hasselblad H5D-50C Reviewed

The Hasselblad H5D-50C both blows you away and leaves you wanting at the same time

While digital SLR technology has eroded the market for medium format cameras, there is a segment of the photographic community for whom only a medium-format system will work. When Hasselblad announced the H5D-50C camera system they caught the attention not only of traditional medium format shooters but also some photographers using 35mm-based DSLRs... Read more

Hands-On Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art”

Sharp, fast and well-built…is there a reason not to own this lens?

Professional photographers can be forgiven for not thinking immediately of Sigma when they’re shopping for high-end lenses—most photographers opt for lenses made by the manufacturers of their camera and third party companies like Sigma are best known for their affordable multi-purposes lenses, not their professional tools. But lenses like the... Read more

Hands-On Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The long-anticipated successor to the EOS 7D has an emphasis on still capture capabilities, 10fps and retains the APS-C sensor size

At the risk of spoiling the rest of this review, the Canon 7D Mark II is the best APS-C SLR on the market today. It’s fast, it’s capable and it has features not yet found on the top-of-the-line Canon 1D-X. The question then isn’t whether the 7D Mark II is the best-in-breed, but rather what the role of a professional-level APS-C sized SLR is today. ... Read more

Tamron 16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Reviewed

A lightweight all-in-one zoom that will be especially popular with travel photographers

When it comes to zoom lenses, some photographers shy away from variable f-stop lenses because the cons of losing a stop or two of light across the lens’s range might not be worth the benefits conferred by having a zoom. That’s why many pros might overlook the new Tamron 16mm-300mm lens, but it would be a great shame if they did as this might be... Read more
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