Hands-On Preview Video – Sony a99 Mark II

We got an exclusive look at the newest Sony flagship, see how it stacks up.
At a press conference at the 2016 Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, Sony unveiled their new “flagship” camera, the a99 Mark II. You can read our live report from the press conference here. Sony invited us to have an exclusive look at the a99 II in a closed-door session with select members of the press. Even in its prototype state, the a99... Read more

DJI Phantom 4

The perfect “starter” drone for the curious photographer
DJI Phantom 4 header
I am of a mixed mindset when it comes to drone use in photography and videography—on one hand I think that these platforms for aerial work are a doorway to a whole new market and new revenue stream, but on the other hand I think that the technology has the power to be both overused and invasive. Make no mistake, though, drones are here to stay, and... Read more

Canon 5D Mark IV Reviewed

Shooting in the field with the new Canon EOS-5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark IV First Impressions
Last week we started our Canon 5D Mark IV review, and have some first images and first impressions. We received a production model of the camera and started shooting with it last week. To anyone familiar with the Canon EOS-5D Mark III or earlier, the Mark IV will feel like an old friend. As the name implies, the improvements are largely internal. The... Read more

Nikon D5 Review —Hands-On With A New Flagship

The newest professional SLR from Nikon is a force to be reckoned with
The Nikon D5 is easily the best SLR the company has ever made, and it’s the best SLR on the market today, albeit only by a little margin over the Canon 1DX Mark II. Certainly there have been some stalwart cameras from Nikon—the original Nikon F, the F3, the F5 and the digital E2 and D2 spring to mind. But the Nikon D5 contains the best-in-class... Read more

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Reviewed

Canon’s new flagship DSLR comes with powerful new features, and a few confusing choices.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II press image
After a conspicuously long five year wait, Canon has updated its top-of-the-line DSLR with the release of the EOS-1D X Mark II. To be fair, the original 1D X was a bit ahead of its time, with an incredibly powerful set of tools that became the benchmark for professional DSLR cameras. But five years is a long time, and during that period the camera world... Read more

Leica M Monochrom

Returning to a simpler time with a more advanced camera

The act of creating a monochrome image with film was comparatively easy. Capture an image on black-and-white film, develop it with a single chemical needing nothing more than a plastic tank and a sink, and you’d end up with a roll of negative film. Take that film and a sheet of photographic paper, and with a basic enlarger and just a few more chemicals,... Read more

Mission Workshop Arkiv R6 Modular Bags Reviewed

The Mission Workshop Arkiv R6 is built like a tank, waterproof, attractive and has copious storage space, but does it make a good camera bag?

San Francisco’s Mission Workshop has a storied history. Formed by former Chrome employees, the company produces beefy backpacks and messenger bags designed and constructed in the United States. As a long time cyclist, I’ve had more than a few Mission Workshop bags, and have owned some of the original Chrome gear (pre split) for decades. While not... Read more

AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR

This budget-based extreme telephoto lens from Nikon is one of the best bargains in photography

Judging by the name and specifications alone, the new AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR from Nikon doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an exceptional lens—with a minimum aperture of ƒ/5.6 and a street price of under $1,400, even Nikon’s own press release doesn’t talk up the power of this new super-tele zoom. While the company often praises... Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Reviewed

A first look at two eagerly anticipated cameras

The release of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 should come as no surprise as Fujifilm named the first camera in the X-Pro series THE X-Pro1, practically guaranteeing a sequel. The X-Pro1 was announced in 2012 and featured an APS-C sensor, the largest size found in compact digital cameras at that time. Much larger than MicroFourThirds sensors, against which the... Read more

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