Cameras and Lenses

Is the DSLR Market Already Dead? – Photography Article

Is the DSLR Market Already Dead? The announcement of Nikon’s D6 stirred a big debate all over the Internet. The comparison between DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras have been beaten to pulp already. In this article, I don’t intend to predict the distant future. Rather, this article focuses on how things are right now and how they are likely to be for the next couple of years.Threats to the DSLR MarketAt one corner of the photography market, smartphones have already taken…

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iPhone XS and XS Max Camera Review – Photography Article

If you have not had a chance to see my iPhone X review, I recommend that you start there first. This post is a continuation of my thoughts on the photography market, computational photography and the use of artificial intelligence in photography. It is not a review of the iPhone XS or XS Max, although all the images in this article are from these devices. Think of this post as a gallery of images, with some distantly related thoughts mixed…

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The Smartphone vs The Camera Industry – Photography Article

If you have not had a chance to see my iPhone X review, I recommend that you start there first. This post is a continuation of my thoughts on the photography market, computational photography and the use of artificial intelligence in photography. It is not a review of the iPhone XS or XS Max, although all the images in this article are from these devices. Think of this post as a gallery of images, with some distantly related thoughts mixed…

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The Case for f/16 – Photography Article

NIKON D800E + 24mm f/1.4 @ 24mm, ISO 100, 0.6 seconds, f/16.0 As photographers, it’s easy to get in our own heads and overthink which aperture to use. On one hand, there’s the classic saying – “f/8 and be there.” On the other, modern lens reviews almost always conclude that the sharpest aperture is around f/4 or f/5.6. But what aperture does no one seem to like, and certainly not recommend that you use if you can help it? f/16.…

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Fujifilm GFX 100 is a Beast, But Not Without Problems – Photography Article

100 MP for $10K. That’s some serious green for a very serious camera. Being Fuji’s third medium format camera, the GFX 100 has a lot going for it. A high-resolution 100 MP sensor, the first of its kind IBIS (for medium format), pro-grade build and a fresh design approach. I have been shooting with the GFX 100 for the past month or so, and so far there is a lot I like about the camera, but some things are going…

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It’s Time for More Pancake Lenses – Photography Article

Camera manufacturers have gone all-in on the idea of lightweight cameras. That’s almost entirely how mirrorless got its start, and it remains a major reason why photographers switch from their bulky DSLRs today. So, why haven’t lighter lenses caught on, too? In an earlier article, I analyzed every lens released since the year 2000 and showed that median lens weights have been steadily increasing since 2013: Today, the median newly released lens weighs about 650 grams. In 2013, that number…

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How to Improve Your Camera Battery Life – Photography Article

Sooner or later, every photographer runs into their camera’s dreaded low battery warning. The eighth law of photography states that the charge left on your battery decreases as the scene in front of you grows more interesting. But never fear – that’s where the tips in this article come in. Below, I’ll explain the most important things you can do to improve your camera’s battery life and never miss the shot. 1. Cut Down on the LCD The biggest battery…

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Nikon D6 and 120-300mm f/2.8E VR Announcements – Photography Article

Nikon has just announced that it is “developing” the next generation top-of-the-line “flagship” camera for sports and wildlife photographers, the Nikon D6. The launch is intended for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next summer, which is going to be an important event for all major camera manufacturers, including Nikon. Unfortunately, Nikon has not provided any specifications of the upcoming D6, other than stating that it is “currently developing its most advanced DSLR to date” and providing a high-resolution…

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Sony A6x00 Series Comparison (A6000, A6100, A6300, A6400, A6500 and A6600) – Photography Article

As of today, Sony has a strong line of APS-C interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, from budget-friendly options to high-end cameras with rich feature sets. From the original and highly successful Sony A6000 to the latest A6600 and everything in-between, Sony has done a great job with this line-up, providing options for both beginner and enthusiast photographers. With the growth of the Ax00 line, it is now getting more and more difficult to identify differences between all these cameras. For this…

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X Hand-held Hi Res Macro Test Images – Photography Article

Due to some shifts in our business emphasis, we recently added an Olympus OM-D E-M1X and a selection of M.Zuiko lenses to our kit. One of the E-M1X features that I have been experimenting with is the Hand-Held Hi Res Mode. After having some good results photographing landscapes, still life subjects as well as captive reptiles and birds, I decided to push things further. This article shares some test macro photography images using the E-M1X Hand-held Hi Res Mode with…

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Sony A6100 and A6600 Announcements – Photography Article

Today Sony announced two APS-C cameras – the high-end A6600 and the stripped down version of the A6400 in the form of the A6100. Sony A6600 Sony A6600 Flagship APS-C Mirrorless Camera The Sony A6600 comes with an updated 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor, featuring native ISO range of 100-32000, expandable to ISO 102400. Combined with the fast BIONZ X processor, it is capable of continuous shooting rate of 11 FPS (with AF and AE) and UHD 4K Video Recording.…

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Canon Announces Two Mirrorless f/2.8 Zooms – Photography Article

Rounding out the list of Canon announcements today are two pro-level zooms for the company’s full-frame mirrorless cameras: a 24-70mm f/2.8 and the world’s first 15-35mm f/2.8 zoom. Both will be available in late September, each selling for $2300. First up, here are the specifications for each: RF 15-35mm f/2.8 Specifications Focal Length: 15-35mm Maximum Aperture: f/2.8 Aperture Blades: 9 rounded, electronic control Lens Construction: 16 elements, 12 groups Aspherical Elements: Three UD Glass Elements: Two Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.28…

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Canon M6 vs M6 Mark II – Photography Article

Canon EOS M6 (left) compared to Canon EOS M6 Mark II (right), to scale Now that Canon has released the new EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera, I wanted to take a look at how this camera compares to its predecessor, the EOS M6. Both are highly capable cameras, but they have more differences than similarities. Here’s how each one stacks up. First up, let’s take a look at the specifications of both cameras. M6 vs M6 Mark II Specifications…

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Canon 80D vs 90D – Photography Article

Now that Canon’s 90D has been released, I wanted to see how it stacks up versus the earlier 80D DSLR. At first glance, the two cameras look similar; the biggest physical difference is that the 90D adds a joystick to control autofocus. But beneath the hood, these are very different DSLRs. What exactly did Canon change, and is it worth paying the extra money for the 90D ($1200 vs $1000)? The information below explains the key points you need to know.…

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Everything You Need to Know About Nikon Cameras (2019) – Photography Article

No camera manufacturer is perfect, but there’s no denying that Nikon has an amazing lineup of cameras at the moment. Beginner or professional, DSLR or mirrorless – chances are good there’s a camera for your needs. The purpose of this article is to compare all the current Nikon cameras on the market and explain the most important things you need to know about each one. Understanding Nikon Cameras DX vs FX The first thing you need to know about Nikon…

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iPhone X Camera Review – Photography Life – Photography Article

My iPhone is always with me. That’s what makes it so versatile compared to the big cameras I shoot with. I use it at home and I have taken it with me all over the world. Apple iPhone X We look at the continuously declining camera market and wonder how the smartphones can inflict so much damage. And yet when I look back at the photos I have taken with mine, I realize that while we busy ourselves geeking out…

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Sony RX100 Series Comparison (I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI and VII) – Photography Article

Since the original release of the Sony RX100 back in 2012, the company has been pushing updates to the camera and releasing one new iteration every year. Which means that as of today, we have had a total of 8 such releases: RX100, RX100 II, RX100 III, RX100 IV, RX100 V, RX100 VA, RX100 VI and RX100 VII. Sporting a 1″ sensor and superb optics from Zeiss, these point and shoot cameras have been widely popular among photographers. And thanks…

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Recommended Nikon D3500 Settings – Photography Article

For many photographers, especially first-time DSLR users, the menu settings on the Nikon D3500 can be confusing and overwhelming. Even though the Nikon D3500 is easier to understand than some other advanced cameras, it still has dozens of menu options to work through. How do you even begin to set everything correctly? Hopefully, this article will give you a good place to start. Below, I’ve explained every single important camera setting on the Nikon D3500, including my recommendations as to…

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Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S Announcement – Photography Article

Today Nikon announced a highly anticipated full-frame portrait lens for its Z mount, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S. After the release of the high performance primes like the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S and Z 50mm f/1.8 S (which we praised for their stunning optical performance in our reviews) we know that Nikon is not going to disappoint with this release. Thanks to its advanced optical formula comprising of 12 elements in 8 groups (2 of which are Extra-Low…

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Nikon D3500 Review – Photography Life – Photography Article

This is a detailed review of the Nikon D3500, Nikon’s entry-level DSLR announced in August 2018. Nikon releases a new D3000-series camera about once every two years, although the last few updates have been criticized for their minimal improvements. Does the D3500 break this trend? It’s actually quite a good camera, but it does have some flaws – not surprising at this price point. Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know if you’re considering the D3500 for yourself. Nikon…

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Nikon D3500 Review – Photography Life – Photography Article

This is a detailed review of the Nikon D3500, Nikon’s entry-level DSLR announced in August 2018. Nikon releases a new D3000-series camera about once every two years, although the last few updates have been criticized for their minimal improvements. Does the D3500 break this trend? It’s actually quite a good camera, but it does have some flaws – not surprising at this price point ($450 at publication; check current price). Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know if you’re…

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What to Bring on a Landscape Photography Trip – Photography Article

NIKON D800E + 20mm f/1.8 @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/30, f/16.0 Photographers always talk about the best equipment for certain photographic purposes – lenses, cameras, accessories, and so on. But what about packing and carrying your equipment in the first place? For something like landscape photography, you’ll often need to pack the most versatile possible kit given very limited space. This article provides several tips for optimizing the equipment you bring on a landscape photography trip. Roadtripping This is the…

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Sony A7R IV Announcement – Photography Life – Photography Article

The megapixel race is still on and this time Sony is leading the pack with its new full-frame mirrorless offering. The company has just released its fourth iteration of the A7R camera and the specs look impressive. The new Sony A7R IV features a super high-resolution 61 MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, 4K video shooting (full sensor 6K to 4K resampling), Real-time Eye AF for video, built-in AF converter for audio, refined ergonomics and improved weather sealing. All this will…

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What Is Bulb Mode in Photography? – Photography Article

With bulb mode, I used a shutter speed of 2.25 minutes to capture stars “raining” over the Southern Alps.NIKON D800E + 70-200mm f/4 @ 86mm, ISO 100, 136 seconds, f/5.6 Photographers often feel frustrated by the 30-second shutter speed limit on many cameras. What they may not realize is that there is an easy way around this limitation – if you know how to use it. The solution is known as bulb mode. What Is Bulb Mode on Your Camera?…

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Mechanical vs Electronic Shutter vs EFCS – Photography Article

Many cameras today, especially mirrorless cameras, let you pick between a mechanical and electronic shutter. Others – including a lot of DSLRs – have a third option called “electronic front curtain shutter” (EFCS) which is a blend between the other two types. Each shutter mechanism has several pros and cons, more than you might have realized. If you pick the wrong one, you could be harming your image quality. What Is a Mechanical Shutter? Today, mechanical shutters are the default…

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Best Camera for Landscape Photography (2019) – Photography Article

If you are into landscape photography, you might be wondering which camera on the market today is the best one. With so many camera systems out there, it is hard to pick a winner. We decided to put together a detailed guide that shows the top cameras we recommend for your landscape photography needs. It is important to note that every single tool in the list below has been tested extensively by our team members, so we only provide recommendations…

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Best Camera for Landscape Photography – Photography Article

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 1/15, f/11.0 If you are into landscape photography, you might be wondering which camera on the market today is the best. With so many great cameras out there, it is hard to pick a winner. We decided to put together a detailed guide that shows the top cameras we recommend for your landscape photography needs. It is important to note that every single tool in the list…

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Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Review – Photography Article

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S is the third lens released for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras, and one of the most important as well. In this in-depth review, we will take a look at the performance of Nikon’s first mirrorless “Nifty Fifty” and discuss whether it lives up to the high standards of Nikon’s other Z glass so far. With a retail price of $600, the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S is the least expensive Z lens released so…

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Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Review – Photography Article

In this detailed review of the new Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 for Nikon Z mount, we will take a look at the world’s widest rectilinear full-frame zoom lens and see how it performs on the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera body. We had a chance to test this lens for a few weeks and we prepared this review specifically for its official release at the end of June of 2019. Although we have not yet seen many third party lens releases for…

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Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF VR Initial Impressions – Photography Article

This is an overview of the Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF VR lens. It has been four years since I sold my favorite Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D lens. Since then, bird photography for me was just a waiting game until I got a new lens. My only lens which allowed me to taste bird photography in the mean time was the Nikon AF-S 70-200 f/2.8G VR II along with 1.4x TC II – a makeshift combo for larger birds. When Nikon…

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