Equipment

What Are Point Clouds, And How Are They Used? – Aerial Photography Article

What Are Point Clouds, And How Are They Used? You may have heard of a “point cloud” before, but perhaps not really known what the term meant. Watch our video below to understand exactly what a point cloud is, how they are created, and how they are being used in different industries.   Like this video? Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel for more like it. Point Clouds Defined Point clouds are essentially the simplest form of 3D models. They are collections…

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Making Sense of Drone-based Sensors – Aerial Photography Article

Making Sense of Drone-based Sensors When drones pop up in casual conversation, the focus is usually on the “sexy” factor. How high and fast can your drone fly? How maneuverable? How much payload can it handle? How POWERFUL is it (insert Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor pig grunts here)? But the real secret sauce in the drone tech stew – the unsexy side – is found in UAV sensors. Those thing-a-ma-gigs and doo-hickies attached to the bottoms or sides of…

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Image Quality and High ISO Comparison – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQrcP8H7t0] When Sony announced the 61MP a7R IV this week, both presenters were quick to say that the camera’s full-frame sensor “rivaled medium format” thanks to its combination of resolution and dynamic range. But was that engineering truth, or marketing speak? Photographer Matt Granger decided to find out. Granger happens to have the Fuji GFX 50r, Hasselblad X1D II 50c and Sony a7R IV in his studio right now, so he decided to do a quick shoot with a…

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Canon Will ‘Definitely’ Add IBIS to ‘Select’ DSLRs Soon: Report – Photography Article

We’ve known for several months now that Canon was working on IBIS for its full-frame mirrorless EOS-R system, but a recent patent and a new rumor indicates that this tech might make its way into Canon’s DSLRs as well… and soon. The first indication of this possibility was a patent spotted by Northlight Images last week, but since a patent only rarely indicates a soon-to-be-released technology we decided to hold off on reporting about it. But now, Canon Rumors is…

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Hasselblad Celebrates 50 Years on the Moon with 907X Special Edition – Photography Article

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing—which took place on July 20th, 1969—Hasselblad has announced that it will make a Special Edition matte black version of its 907x camera body and CFV II 50c digital back with a commemorative “On the Moon Since 1969” plate on the side. As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, Hasselblad has been keen to remind anybody who will listen that Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were taken…

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Its Smallest Medium Format Lens Yet – Photography Article

Earlier today, Fujifilm unveiled its lightest, smallest medium format lens yet. The GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR expands the lineup of lenses available for the GFX series mirrorless medium format cameras, adding an incredibly portable, almost pancake-style 50mm that weighs only 335g (11.8 oz.). With a full-frame equivalent focal length of 40mm and a reasonably fast f/3.5 maximum aperture, Fujifilm is targeting this lens at street shooters who have also picked up its rangefinder-style GFX 50R. The press release…

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Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000+ Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day – Photography Article

Amazon discounted a wide range of camera gear for Prime Day this week, but some photographers scored what may be the best deals of their lives. Thanks to a pricing error, many people were able to purchase high-end camera gear bundles, some worth over $5,000, for just around $100. It all started when someone noticed that the $550 Sony a6000 and 16-50mm lens bundle was being listed at just $94.50 on Amazon, and the person shared the “deal” on Slickdeals,…

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Sony a7R III vs a7R IV Image Quality Comparison – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nfATpqwNCo] How much of a difference can an extra 19MP and a newly-designed really make? Apparently, quite a bit, as you can see in this quick side-by-side comparison of JPEGs shot on the 42MP Sony a7R III and the newly released 61MP Sony a7R IV. The short comparison was created by Tony & Chelsea Northrup, who were at the announcement event in New York yesterday and were able to start testing the new full-frame mirrorless camera right away. The…

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The DJI Ronin-SC is a Smaller, Cheaper 3-Axis Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras – Photography Article

As expected based on the teaser from earlier this week, DJI has officially announced a new, lighter-weight version of its 3-axis Ronin-S gimbal. The new model is called the Ronin-SC (the C stands for “compact”), and it’s being hailed as a “single-handed stabilizer for mirrorless cameras.” In terms of form factor, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the Ronin-S and Ronin-SC. The SC is basically just … smaller. Place them side-by-side, and you’ll see that the 2.4lbd/1.1Kg…

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First Impressions and Real-World Photos – Photography Article

A few weeks ago, Sony asked me if I wanted to do a quick test run with the (at that time) unannounced Sony a7R IV. I was pleasantly surprised as I (and I am sure many others) expected the a7S III to come out first. I agreed and was excited to be one of the first in the world to test the new camera. Full disclosure: The author, photographer Albert Dros, is a Sony Global Ambassador of Imaging. I was…

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Some Thoughts on Lenses: A Different Perspective? – Photography Article

I recently arrived at what I think is a worthwhile insight into the lenses I use. The material that follows should become instantly obvious once read, but the several photographers I discussed this with all commented that they had never thought of the matter that way and that it was worth some thought. Those comments inspired me to share my viewpoint here. A lot of my shots are taken with relatively long focal lengths, typically from 60mm to 135mm on…

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The World’s First 61MP Full-Frame Camera – Photography Article

During a live presentation in New York City this morning, Sony revealed its latest full-frame mirrorless camera, breaking new ground in this ever-more crowded market with the Sony a7R IV: the world’s first 61MP full-frame camera, with a burst speed of up to 10fps, and a reported 15 stops of dynamic range. Sony claims that the a7R IV sets “new standards” in image quality and operability. The BSI CMOS image sensor inside is brand new, making it the first true…

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Why I Got Rid of My Photography Gear, Revisited – Photography Article

I had everything I could ever need, all the dream gear. Broncolor lighting, the latest professional Canon cameras and all the faster canon lenses. I had the latest Apple laptop, tethering equipment, software, c-stands, tripods, light modifiers, Polaroid cameras, all the gear I could have ever dreamed of. I had it all, and at that time it was good—better than good, it was extraordinary. So why did I later decide to get rid of everything I worked so hard to…

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Lomography Unveils the First New Color Film Stock in Half a Decade – Photography Article

Lomography is making some major waves in the photo world today by unveiling the first brand new color negative emulsion to be released in half a decade. They’re calling it LomoChrome Metropolis, and ironically enough, the “color” it emphasizes the most is… black. “LomoChrome Metropolis pays homage to the mother of all colors: black!” reads the company’s announcement. “Search for rays of color in a sea of lightless skyscrapers, frame your subject as they trudge the streets of ghost towns,…

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I’m Back Unveils a Cheap Digital Back for Old Medium Format Cameras – Photography Article

I’m Back, the company behind the popular Digital Back for old 35mm SLRs, is… well… back. And this time they’re funding an affordable digital back that seeks to breathe new life into old medium format cameras from Hasselblad, Bronica, Pentax, Mamiya and more. The Idea Slapping a digital back onto older medium format bodies isn’t a new idea. Hasselblad released its CFV-50c back for V-System cameras back in 2014, and it just updated it last month, releasing a version 2…

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Aurora Aperture Unveils Revolutionary Mirrorless Lens Adapter Drop-In Filters – Photography Article

Tired of buying a new set of filters or working with step-up/step-down rings for each lens with a different filter diameter? Aurora Aperture unveiled a groundbreaking new filter system today called the Aperture Adapter Mount Format (AMF) that fixes that hassle for mirrorless camera shooters. Instead of a filter system that screws into the front of your lenses, the AMF system is dropped into your mirrorless camera lens mount adapter. What this means is that you’ll only need a single…

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Nikon Takes the Crown, Sony G Master Needs Work – Photography Article

Roger Cicala at LensRentals is on a quest. A quest to MTF everything that moves… or in this case zooms. After putting off zoom lens comparisons as long as possible, Roger finally bit the bullet and published his 70-200mm f/2.8 MTF chart comparison. What’s an MTF Chart? For those of you who need a refresher, MTF charts measure a lens’ contrast and resolution from the center all the way out to the corners, putting hard numbers to a lens’ overall…

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DJI Teases New Lightweight Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras – Photography Article

It seems the folks at DJI are preparing to release a new, even lighter weight Ronin gimbal for mirrorless cameras. Shown off on a new teaser page, as well as a blueprint video posted to the brand’s Twitter, the new gimbal looks to be a lighter, more compact version of the current Ronin-S. The DJI Ronin-S was released in January of 2018, and has gotten a bit long in the tooth since. Competing 3-axis gimbals from Zhiyun and Moza offer…

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Can You Actually Tell the Difference? – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84N73p5KwZg] Given how much more it costs to buy an f/1.4 prime compared to an f/1.8, beginners in particular often ask if the upgrade is worth it. Build quality and optical quality being equal, is the difference in light gathering capability and depth of field noticeable? Can you really tell? Photographer and YouTuber Pierre Lambert decided to do a blind “taste test” so to speak and find out if his viewers could actually tell the difference between photos shot…

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BenQ Unveils New 27-inch 2K Monitor with 99% AdobeRGB Coverage – Photography Article

After sharing a brief preview of their newest 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution PhotoVue SW270C monitor at NAB 2019 earlier this year, BenQ has finally released the affordable photo editing monitor to the world. The SW270C joins BenQ’s lineup of “PhotoVue Photographer Monitors” that are designed specifically for photo editing, and it kind-of sort-of replaces the very affordable and popular 27-inch SW2700PT that I’m typing this on right now. While the $600 SW2700PT remains a part of the BenQ lineup…

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Sigma fp vs Sony, Nikon, Canon and Panasonic – Photography Article

Much has been made of the tiny new Sigma fp, officially the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera as of this writing. But just how small is this thing compared to the competition from Sony, Nikon, Canon and fellow L-Mount Alliance member Panasonic? Thanks to the folks at Camera Size, who have already added the Sigma fp and compatible L-mount lenses to their directory, we now can. Here are a two angles comparing the Sigma against the Sony a7III, Nikon Z6,…

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Eye Autofocus Tests Reveal Struggles with Front-Focus – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtRTCMr7rK0] Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReviewTV recently took the new Nikon Eye Autofocus firmware for a spin to see how it performs in the real world. But rather than comparing it directly to Sony and Canon, they wanted to put the firmware through its paces all on its own using both the more affordable Nikon Z6 and the high-res Nikon Z7. Overall, Niccolls’ evaluation tracks with everything else we’ve heard, and it goes something like this: This…

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Venus Optics Brings 15mm f/2 and 10-18mm Lenses to Canon RF and Nikon Z – Photography Article

Chinese lens maker Venus Optics is bringing two of its ultra-wide angle lenses to Canon and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless systems. The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D, which is now available for both the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, and the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom, which will only be released for the Nikon Z system. Venus Optics made a name for itself with its “Zero-D” line of ultra-wide lenses with minimal distortion, and now the brand is trying to expand its…

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Peak Design’s Travel Tripod Has Raised $8M+ with 7 Days to Go – Photography Article

Peak Design’s new game-changing Travel Tripod has been a smash hit on Kickstarter. Since being announced on May 21st, it has already raised over $8.4 million from over 19,000 backers, and there’s still 7 days to go. This is the San Francisco-based company’s 9th crowdfunding campaign thus far, and it’s by far the most successful. The previous top 3 were the Everyday line of bags, the Everyday Messenger bag, and the Travel line of bags, which raised $4.8 million, $5.2…

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Nikon’s 24-70mm f/2.8 Z-Mount Lens is ‘The New Benchmark’: DxOMark – Photography Article

We’ll start with the conclusion. DxOMark has dubbed Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens “the new benchmark for 24-70mm lenses.” The lens’ overall score of 36 makes it the best 24-70mm f/2.8 lens DxOMark has ever tested, and the 5th best zoom lens overall. Not too shabby. You can read the full review here, but suffice it to say the lens does well in almost every category. The areas where the lens struggles the most are distortion at the…

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Sigma Debuts 3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Lenses, Including Their First f/1.2 Lens – Photography Article

Overshadowed slightly by the release of the pocket-sized Sigma fp full-frame mirrorless camera, last night, Sigma also announced three lenses we knew were coming. The full-frame Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.2, and 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lenses designed for the L-mount and Sony E-mount. Part of a “newly developed” selection of Art, Contemporary and Sport lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras, the first three lenses add some compelling options to both the E and L-mounts, promising to deliver top-notch performance without…

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The World’s Smallest Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera – Photography Article

Last night, in addition to debuting three lenses everybody knew were coming, Sigma revealed something nobody saw coming: the L-mount Sigma fp, “the world’s smallest and lightest ‘pocketable full-frame’ camera.” We’ve known Sigma was working on an L-mount camera ever since the announcement of the L-mount Alliance, but the Sigma fp has taken everybody by surprise. Unbelievably lightweight and compact, the camera measures in at 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm and weighs just 370g (422g with the battery and SD…

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Apple Kills Off the Last Non-Touchbar MacBook Pros, Discounts MacBook Air – Photography Article

Apple continued its trend of quietly updating its laptop lineup this week, releasing a few hardware updates for its MacBookPro and MacBook Air computers, while killing off the last of the non-touchbar MacBook Pro options. That’s right, if you want an old-fashioned keyboard with physical function keys, there is no longer a MacBook Pro model for you. If the loss of the function keys doesn’t bother you, the news is actually quite positive. Photographers who don’t need much in way…

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Leica Unveils the V-Lux 5, the ‘Most Travel Ready and Versatile’ V-Lux – Photography Article

Leica has unveiled the V-Lux 5, the latest premium compact camera in Leica’s V-Lux lineup and a rebranded version of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II that was announced back in February. The Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ1000 II Leica calls the new V-Lux the “most travel-ready and versatile V-Lux camera to date.” The overall design and specs of the V-Lux 5 are the same as the FZ1000 II. At the core of the camera is a 20-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor with an…

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Photos and Pricing of Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.2 and 45mm f/2.8 – Photography Article

Less than 24 hours ahead of the expected announcement, product photos and rumored pricing for the upcoming Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.2 and 45mm f/2.8 lenses for Sony E-mount and Panasonic/Leica L-mount have leaked. In case you missed our previous coverage on these lenses, these three lenses—as well as a 24-70mm f/2.8 that may or may not be announced alongside them—were designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras. According to the most recent and reliable rumors, the Sony E-mount and Panasonic/Leica…

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