Equipment

Photos of Four New Tamron Lenses for Sony E-Mount Leaked – Photography Article

Photos of Four New Tamron Lenses for Sony E-Mount Leaked Tamron is days away from officially expanding its E-Mount lens lineup, and we now have our first leaked images of the four lenses in question: the 70-180mm f/2.8, 20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8. The photos were published by Sony Alpha Rumors who received them just a few hours ago, and as expected, they match the teasers that Tamron has been trickling out. They may even be screenshots of…

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The Best Flash Diffusers for Macro Photography – Photography Article

The Best Flash Diffusers for Macro Photography Even though speedlights are incredibly useful for macro photography, they’re light does not always look flattering. Harsh shadows in unwanted places, blown out highlights and strong aberrations are common issues. And even though strong, directed light can look good in many cases, diffused light looks more natural and generally more pleasing to the eye too.The two following photos illustrate that effect: Directed light Diffused light Why we need light modifiers Using a speedlight…

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Full-Frame Digital vs Large Format Film: A Side-by-Side Comparison – Photography Article

Photographer Usman Dawood of Sonder Creative recently teamed up with film photographer Adam French to put together an intriguing portrait comparison: high-resolution full-frame digital vs 4×5 large format film. They shot both cameras at about the same FF equivalent focal length, and then compared the resulting images side by side for your viewing pleasure. The video serves two purposes. First, Dawood wanted to address the common comment that “larger sensors produce shallower depth of field,” which is a simplification. In…

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GoPro Reveals Dual-Lens, Waterproof GoPro Max with Front Facing Screen – Photography Article

GoPro actually made two announcements today. In addition to unveiling the new GoPro Hero8 Black and Expansion Mods, the company also revealed the new GoPro Max: a dual-lens camera that you can use to shoot regular ultra-wide video, 360° video, or vlog-style content. The GoPro Max benefits from several improvements over its predecessor, the GoPro Fusion. The GoPro Max is waterproof to 5m (16ft), uses the same foldable mounting arms as the Hero8, benefits from MAX HyperSmooth stabilization, features ‘Digital…

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GoPro Unveils Hero8 Black with Digital Lenses, Expansion Mods, and More – Photography Article

After teasing the announcement date last week, GoPro has unveiled the brand new Hero8 Black right on schedule, debuting Hypersmooth 2.0 stabilization, modular lighting, microphone and display accessories, a built-in foldable mount, something they call ‘digital lenses’ for in-camera crop, and much more! It’s obvious that pressure from the competitors out there—especially the DJI Osmo Action—has pushed GoPro to really push what you can do with the new Hero8 Black. Here’s a quick video intro to the new action cam:…

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Will DJI’s Osmo Action Make for a Better GoPro Hero 8? – Photography Article

In May of this year, the DJI Vs GoPro competition caused quite a stir in the tech world as action camera users from casual thrill-seekers all the way to professional videographers sat back to watch two giants battle it out. While DJI’s Osmo Action wasn’t a huge improvement over the GoPro Hero 7 Black, it was new and hinted at future possibilities. More importantly, DJI’s suddenly appearance in the action camera game posed a very real threat to GoPro. Their…

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The Nikon D5 is Now $1,000 Off – Photography Article

As Nikon prepares to reveal the Nikon D6 flagship DSLR in earnest, the Nikon D5’s price has dropped to an all-time low. Whether you want the XQD or CF memory card version, you can now pick it up for “just” $5,497, or a full $1,000 off the suggested retail price. By all accounts, the Nikon D6 will be a major upgrade over the current D5: with rumors swirling of in-body image stabilization, better video capabilities, and other features that will…

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This is the Upcoming Pentax APS-C Flagship DSLR – Photography Article

Last week, Ricoh revealed that it would be releasing a new flagship Pentax APS-C DLSR in 2020, but they shared very few details and only one low-resolution photo of the upcoming camera. Fortunately, photographer Niels Kemp was at the Pentax 100 Years of History event in The Netherlands, and sent us a few first-look photos. Pentax fans haven’t had much to celebrate lately. First, Sigma announced that it would no longer be making Pentax K-Mount lenses in order to focus…

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A Portrait Shoot with a Lensbaby Composer Pro and Sweet 80 Optic – Photography Article

I shot a full portrait session using a Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic. Here’s how it went… Helpful Hearsay For years I had only delivered work for clients, something which is imperative for paying the bills. But what I found was that years of shooting for someone else had really stunted my creativity. Someone pointed out to me that I needed to shoot for me as well as my clients. They told me that it would help…

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Westcott Unveils Affordable Battery-Powered FJ400 Strobe and FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger – Photography Article

Westcott just announced an exciting new 400W/s monolight and universal wireless trigger that promise to provide a killer combination of portability, affordability, and compatibility for on-location photographers who have been relying on Godox/Flashpoint for their lighting needs. The newly announced Westcott FJ400 strobe and FJ-X2m trigger offer photographers a portable package that doesn’t skimp too much on power and won’t gouge you on price. Here’s a quick video intro before we dive into the specs: The FJ400 is a portable,…

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Ideas for Using a Variable ND Filter to Control Landscapes – Photography Article

Attaching the variable neutral density (ND) filter to a lens basically means that we have added a fourth dimension to our camera. The exposure triangle — aperture, ISO, shutter speed — has been expanded with a fourth variable with which we can play to achieve a desired effect or outcome. This opens up for new creative opportunities in our photography and also adds a lot of flexibility to our shooting. Full disclosure: I am an ambassador for several photography brands,…

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Samsung Galaxy S11 Will Boast 108MP Main Camera and 5x Zoom: Report – Photography Article

It seems Samsung is planning to pack all of its best mobile imaging technology in the upcoming Galaxy S11. According to a report in Korean tech publication The Elec, not only is Samsung planning to pack its ultra-high resolution 108MP image sensor inside, the Galaxy S11 will also boast a periscope-like zoom lens with 5x optical zoom. By now, you’ve probably heard enough about Samsung’s 108MP mobile image sensor. A world’s first for its size, the sensor uses a quad-bayer…

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Leaked Photos Give Us Our First Look at the Unreleased Sony a9 II – Photography Article

By now, it’s a near-certainty that Sony will be revealing the high-speed Sony a9 II near the end of October. And thanks to a few leaks, we now have our first look at the full-frame mirrorless camera. In two reports published over the past few weeks, Sony Alpha Rumors has revealed two leaked images of the Sony a9 II, showing that the design is nearly identical to the recently announced Sony a7R IV and very similar to the original Sony…

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Canon Releases Major Autofocus Firmware Update for the EOS R and RP – Photography Article

If you own Canon’s EOS R or EOS RP, download the latest firmware for your camera ASAP. As of last night, Firmware Ver 1.4 and 1.3 for the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP, respectively, have been released, boasting improved overall autofocus performance, enhanced Eye and Face Detection AF, and more. In the race towards Eye AF domination, Sony is clearly the winner, but until today Fuji and Nikon’s Eye Detection AF both seemed to outperform Canon’s version in…

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Visiting the Camera Rescue Project in Finland: A Vintage Camera Paradise – Photography Article

Photographer and YouTuber Mathieu Stern recently got to visit one of the coolest places on earth for camera collectors: The Camera Rescue Project, one of the largest vintage camera collections in Europe. The Camera Rescue Project is an organization from Finland that is dedicated to preserving cameras for future generations. Their stated goal is to find, repair, and “rescue” 100,000 vintage cameras by 2020; according to the counter on the project’s homepage shows that they’re a little over halfway there.…

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NiSi Unveils the Switch Filter Holder for Rotating Two Filters Independently – Photography Article

The Chinese filter and lens company NiSi has launched a new filter holder called the Switch. Like the Lee Filters Tandem Adapter, the NiSi switch lets you rotate two filters independently of each other. The Switch is a lightweight (3.56oz/101g) 100mm aluminum-alloy filter holder that works with the 82mm main adapter found in NiSi V5/V6 series kits. It’s designed for photographers who need to have graduated ND filters positioned at different angles for complex lighting situations. After inserting filters into…

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Canon Unveils Entry-Level EOS M200 with Eye Detection and 4K Video – Photography Article

Canon has just revealed a new entry-level mirrorless APS-C camera. The Canon EOS M200 won’t blow anybody’s socks off, but it brings some useful upgrades to Canon’s popular entry-level mirrorless EOS M100, adding eye-detection autofocus, 4K video, and more. The main upgrade between the two cameras is the Digic 8 processor, which allowed Canon to include Dual Pixel AF with Eye Detection on the EOS M200. Canon also added (cropped) 4K/24p video, 1080/60p, and automatic support for vertical video when…

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Pro Wedding Photographers Compare iPhone 11 Pro to Canon 5D Mark IV – Photography Article

There’s no doubt the iPhone 11 Pro’s new triple camera and computer vision tech has significantly improved the smartphone’s camera performance, especially in low light. But how far has the phone really come, and can the results hold up against a DSLR in the hands of a wedding photographer? San Francisco-based wedding photographers Jamie and Lauren Eichar of Eichar Photography wanted to find out, so they took the new iPhone 11 Pro out alongside their trusty Canon 5D Mark IV…

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Sony a9 Firmware 6.0 Adds Animal Eye AF, Interval Timer and More – Photography Article

If you own the Sony a9, it’s time to head over to the Sony website and download some new firmware. The long-awaited Firmware Version 6.0 has finally been released, adding Eye AF, an Interval Timer, and more to the high-speed Sony sports shooter. Firmware version 6.0 was first teased back in January when Sony revealed the a6400, and these same functions first made it to the a7 III and a7R III in April. Finally, after adding AI AF and some…

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Why I’m Going Back to Nikon – Photography Article

After going back and forth for months (read: years) between Sony and Fuji, never being entirely happy with either one, I ended up with… a Nikon system. Why would I go back to my first love? Yes, I shot Nikon for ages, first on film and then on digital, before switching to Canon because of they were developing full-frame bodies while Nikon was still fixated on DX only, but nowadays it’s all about going mirrorless right?* Well, at first my…

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Meike MK-MT24 is a Solid and Affordable Wireless Macro Flash – Photography Article

The Meike MK-MT24 is one of the most interesting lighting products I’ve ever used. The concept of this product is similar to some macro flash systems that have been on the market for years — especially the Nikon R1C1 — but while I knew of their existence, I’ve never once considered them due to their exorbitantly high price (the R1C1 is over $700). The Meike MT-MT24 system, while at first glance seems pricey, comes in at $300. I’ve come to…

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Sony a7S III May Shoot 4K/120p and Use a Built-in Cooling Fan: Report – Photography Article

Sony users have been waiting a long time for the successor to the Sony a7S II. But according to the most recent report from a source who actually used a prototype of the a7S III, the wait might actually be worth it. The report comes from Sony Alpha Rumors, who claims “a reliable source” told them Sony is planning to release an a7S II successor with a built-in fan and the ability to shoot 4K/120p video. Everyone is expecting 4K/60p,…

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Apple’s Night Mode Strikes the Right Balance of Technology & Art – Photography Article

Make no mistake, the new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max smartphones from Apple are all about the camera system. From the new ultra-wide angel camera, to better Smart HDR, to Night Mode and beyond, Apple has gone to great lengths to catch up with the Google Pixel, and photographer Austin Mann thinks they’ve done it… and then some. Mann is an incredibly talented and successful photographer whose clients include Apple, Condé Nast, Nat Geo Traveler, Nike, and many more.…

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GoPro Teases Hero8 Announcement and More for October 1st – Photography Article

GoPro is preparing to announce a couple of new action cameras on October 1st, according to a teaser posted last week to the company’s social media accounts. The teaser video doesn’t reveal much, but we do get a brief glimpse of the GoPro Hero8. Here’s a brightened screenshot of that short clip, which matches the leaks we’ve seen so far: Beyond this, the video shows a glimpse of the rumored GoPro Max, the 360° camera that is expected to replace…

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Nikon to Release Z50 Mirrorless APS-C Camera and Two Lenses Soon: Report – Photography Article

It looks like Nikon is preparing to enter the mirrorless APS-C market and take on Sony’s a6000 series cameras. According to a breaking report from this morning, Nikon is planning to release the “Z50” APS-C mirrorless camera and two lightweight DX-format mirrorless lenses “soon.” The report, published by Nikon Rumors this morning, claims that the Nikon Z50 will feature a 20MP APS-C image sensor, 3-inch “pivoted” LCD, and the ability to shoot bursts up to 11fps. If accurate, it seems…

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Using a 31-Year-Old SLR for Fast-Paced Photojournalism – Photography Article

Introduced in 1988, the Nikon F4 was the world’s first professional autofocus camera, and it made its way quickly into the hands of many working photographers. But despite the incredible leap in technology it represented, it was apparently quickly overtaken by the competition, which built on the solid foundation the F4 offered. Early reviews were kind, but the advances in all areas of camera technology since then have left it more a cult option for today’s users. I’ve seen the…

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Fuji Scraps 33mm f/1.0 Lens, Will Make a 50mm f/1.0 Instead – Photography Article

The big news from Fujifilm’s X Summit was the development of the X-Pro3 rangefinder with its unique hidden LCD screen. But that’s not the only thing Fuji revealed in Tokyo today: the company also announced that it was scrapping plans for the previously announced 33mm f/1.0 in favor of a more compact 50mm f/1.0 lens. The XF 33mm f/1.0 lens (49.5mm equivalent) was first announced as a concept at Photokina 2018. But as good as this lens looked on paper,…

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Tamron to Release 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm f/2.8 Lenses for Sony E-Mount – Photography Article

It’s a great Friday for the gear lovers out there. First, Fujifilm revealed the X-Pro3 with a very interesting hidden LCD concept; then, Ricoh announced the development of a new Pentax flagship APS-C DSLR; and finally, a new report has revealed all four lenses that Tamron will announce for Sony E-Mount in October. The revelation comes from Sony Alpha Rumors, and if it’s accurate, we now know all four lenses that Tamron has been teasing for the past few weeks.…

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Ricoh Announces Development of New Pentax Flagship APS-C DSLR – Photography Article

It’s a day for development announcements! On the same day as Fuji revealed its upcoming Fujifilm X-Pro3 rangefinder, Ricoh broke its long silence to reveal that it is developing a brand new Pentax flagship APS-C DLSR to replace the KP. Unlike Fuji, Ricoh revealed almost nothing about the upcoming camera. We know that the model (name to-be-announced) will be an APS-C flagship K-mount DSLR that is “currently under development for market launch in 2020.” Price TBD. If you want to…

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Fujifilm Reveals X-Pro3 with Titanium Body, Hidden LCD and New Film Simulation – Photography Article

Three hours ago, during the Fujifilm X Summit in Tokyo, Fuji officially announced the development of the X-Pro3 rangefinder. This camera, which was a long time coming, promises better performance in a more durable and lightweight package that should particularly delight street photographers. For a development announcement, Fuji actually shared quite a bit about the camera in their livestream. After talking for a while about the durability and challenges of working with Titanium, they revealed the camera by showing the…

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