Gear

Motorola Has Had Enough of Your Vertical Videos – Photography Article

Smartphones are naturally held in a portrait orientation, which naturally leads to videos being filmed in portrait orientation. Motorola is seeking to change that with their newest phone. Vertical videos are ok for consumption on phones and horrible for consumption literally anywhere else. However, you can’t really blame people (particularly nonprofessionals) for not always thinking to turn the phone before they start filming. Motorola is seeking to fix that problem with the new Moto One Action phone, which has a triple…

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Ever Wondered What Camera Equipment Professional Food Photographers Use? – Photography Article

Photography is a secretive business, but in this video I show you exactly what equipment I use as a professional food photographer. I go over the equipment used in my day to day shooting as well as covering the cameras and lenses that I rent to work as a professional food photographer on projects ranging from small chain menu shoots to world wide print campaigns for house hold named brands. Food photography is a bit of an umbrella term and…

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The Best Way to Get Into FPV Drones – Photography Article

Drones are great tools for photography and video, but with technology changing at such a rapid pace, racing drones (FPV) are becoming much more popular and in demand for commercial work. It can be a little overwhelming to learn this technology all at once, so I am here to help you with your first setup. All it took for me was one hands-on experience with a couple FPV guys to realize this type of droning was going to be a lot harder than I…

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How Good Is Fujifilm’s Budget X-A5 Camera? – Photography Article

The Fujifilm X-A5 is remarkably cheap, coming in at just $499 including a widely respected kit lens, making for inexpensive entry into the popular X Series. But can it hold its own against its more powerful siblings and will it stand up to the demands of a professional photographer? This great review will answer just that question for you.  Coming to you from Maarten Heilbron, this great video review takes a look at the Fujifilm X-A5 camera, the budget model in the…

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Alotech’s New Ergonomic Backpack Made by Wildlife Photographers for Wildlife Photographers – Photography Article

If there is one thing as photographers we love more than debating over new camera bodies it is camera bags. Chances are if you’re like me you have a closet full and you are always looking to get another. Each bag is a unique snowflake making it the right tool for the right job. Therefore I need all kinds of different bags with all kinds of different features. Or maybe you prefer that one perfect bag to rule them all.…

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The DJI Osmo Mobile Just Got… Foldable – Photography Article

There are many smartphone gimbals on the market but one of the most well known comes from the company DJI. The Osmo Mobile 3 is the most convenient version yet considering it is able to fold up for transport, and can be operated with just one hand. The Osmo Mobile is a perfect tool to stabilize your footage if you shoot a lot on your smartphone. Let’s just say it pretty much makes your smartphone smarter (and more stable). Starting…

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Fstoppers Reviews MindShift Gear’s ROTATION180° PANORAMA 22L Camera Backpack – Photography Article

Mind Shift’s ROTATION180° PANORAMA made by Think Tank has been on the market for a couple of years now, but is its unique quick access feature still useful, and who exactly is the bag designed for? Adventure and Hiking camera bags often all get lumped into one niche: outdoor photography. The reality is that a lot of bags are designed with specific uses in mind, and it might not meet the needs of all outdoor photographers. I’ve stated in several of my…

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Can a $40 FlexTILT 3D-Printed Head Compete With the $149 Original? – Photography Article

Is 3D printing the next step in niche manufacturing for photography gear? How does a 3D-printed product stack up against its all-metal CNC’ed inspiration? Earlier this year, Edelkrone announced a 3D printable version of its FlexTILT tripod head as part of a new program called ORTAK. The new ORTAK line of products is an attempt to take advantage of the rise in consumer 3D printing technology by providing the non-3D printed materials and plans for a product. The consumer can then make their own…

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Are the Quasar Science Q-LED Lights the Best Video Lights for Your Money? – Photography Article

Whether you are a photographer or videographer, more and more content creators are adding constant lights as their go-to lighting setups. Quasar Science recently released their 30-watt T8 bulbs with raving reviews, and today, I explore six useful lighting setups you can build with four lights under $80 each.  If you watch the Fstoppers Youtube Channel, you know that Lee and I have gotten to play with a lot of different lighting gear over the years. A few weeks ago, my buddy,…

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DJI Ronin-SC Versus Zhiyun Weebill LAB: Which Is the Best Tiny Gimbal? – Photography Article

For some time now, the Zhiyun Weebill Lab has been my favorite gimbal. The main reason for this is because it’s tiny in comparison to many other gimbals. I can comfortably fit it in a messenger bag, and traveling with it is so easy. However, DJI has definitely caught my attention with their new Ronin-SC.  In a recent video from Kinotika, Dave Maze compares the two gimbals to determine which one is the better option. The Weebill is definitely the smaller gimbal…

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A Detailed Look at My Gear: What Do I Use and Why? – Photography Article

As a landscape photographer and videographer, here is a detailed look at my gear list, my preferences, and the reasons behind my acquisitions. First thing first, there is no such thing as “best gear.” Each photographer needs to assess the pros and cons of the product he or she intends to purchase based on his needs and limitations. For me, the equation is relatively simple. I’m a one-man operation and my main activity consists of capturing time-lapse, video, and aerial…

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A to Z of Photography: Shooting Sex and Strip Photography – Photography Article

Sex and stripping seem to go hand in hand, but in this edition of the A to Z of photography, I cover the acclaimed work of fashion photographer Bob Carlos Clark, “Shooting Sex” and then delve into the technical details of the photo finish. Shooting Sex Shooting Sex is the eponymous semi-autobiographical work of Bob Carlos Clarke (also this link). With 176 13×11″ glossy pages, this weighty hardcover tome is about how to shoot on the theme of sex rather than…

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Having Fun With the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L for a Short While – Photography Article

I got the idea of shooting a total moon eclipse with a long lens. I was thinking about the Canon EF 500mm, but all I could get was a massive Canon EF 800mm lens. The lens turned out to be too long for the eclipse photo I had in mind, but I got a great opportunity to shoot for a while with this long and heavy white beast. I had it all planned out. A moon eclipse would appear low at the horizon,…

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Cheap and Light: A First Look at the New Samyang 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony Mirrorless – Photography Article

The Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens for Sony E is quite the intriguing lens, providing an autofocus prime with a wide maximum aperture in an impressively small and cheap package for Sony shooters. Does it give you a lot of bang for your buck? This great first look video aims to answer just that question.  Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this awesome video takes a look at the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens. While Sony shooters have plenty of high…

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The Best Autofocus Settings for Portraits Shoots With Sony Cameras – Photography Article

Sony cameras have some incredibly powerful and advanced autofocus systems with intricate settings and numerous customization options. At times, however, all those capabilities can almost be a bit overwhelming. This helpful video will show you the ideal autofocus settings for portrait shoots. Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this helpful video will show you the best autofocus settings to use when shooting portraits with a Sony mirrorless camera. Sony’s cameras have rather intricate autofocus systems, and while they’re highly powerful, it…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fujifilm GFX – Photography Article

Venus Optics (Laowa), a small Chinese lens manufacturer founded in 2013, has risen to prominence with their sometimes off-beat, always different, and always high quality lineup of lenses for all the major lens mounts. They have launched niche lenses like the 24mm f/14 probe macro and a series of their flagship close-to-zero-distortion Zero-D lenses. Today’s topic is the latest in that line and the widest lens available for the Fujifilm GFX system, the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D. This latest lens from Laowa…

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The Sony a7S III Is Still on Its Way – Photography Article

The Sony a7S II was a very well received camera, but it is certainly ready for the next iteration, and many creatives (particularly filmmakers) are eagerly anticipating the third version and wondering if it will actually come to market. The good news is that Sony has confirmed that a third version is indeed in development and will eventually come to market.  The recent release of the Sony a7R IV surprised quite a few people and also stoked rumors that the a7S line…

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Canon Is Working on Some Truly Insane Lenses – Photography Article

While their mirrorless bodies have received mixed responses, no one can accuse Canon of playing it safe when it comes to mirrorless lenses, and they’re showing no signs of stopping, as patent documents have emerged showing a positively ludicrous lens design. Canon Rumors is reporting that Canon recently filed a patent for a 50-80mm f/1.1 (no, that’s not a typo) zoom lens for their mirrorless full frame mount. Of course, f/1.1 is a ridiculously wide maximum aperture for a prime lens,…

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Five Tips to Prevent a Photo Shoot Disaster – Photography Article

Many of us have either done this ourselves or have a friend that has done it. I’m talking about getting out to a location only to learn that you don’t have a usable memory card or battery. I have a friend who went out to the lake to take some night photos one night and he got all the way out to the location only to realize that he did not have a memory card. The friend that took him…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Wyze Cam: A $25 Security Cam for Your Hotel – Photography Article

This is a look at how this affordable home security cam can be used for increasing security of your gear while traveling on assignment. Even though it was never designed for this purpose, unlike a lot of other options on the market the Wyze Cam has just the right features to make it possible.  Security is a big issue for me when I’m traveling on an assignment. Sometimes I am able to pack just the essentials for the job but more often…

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Photo Duel: Canon’s Final Film Camera Versus Their Debut Digital Camera – Photography Article

Canon has been in the game for over 100 years, and along with Nikon, they made the transition from film to digital relatively unscathed. In this photo duel from Denae & Andrew we get to see Canon’s last ever film camera, the EOS-1, compete head to head with their first consumer full-frame digital camera, the Canon 5D. While the 5D (not the 5D Mark I as there was no Mark II at the time) is not the first DSLR Canon released, it…

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Five Reasons Why You Should Own A Tilt-Shift Lens – Photography Article

Besides making cool miniature city scapes and stopping converging lines, there are a host of reasons why you should consider buying a tilt-shift lens. Way back in about 2010, I bumped into a photographer with a wonky-looking lens. I was at the early stage in my photography where your confidence far outweighs your abilities and I thought I knew everything, yet I hadn’t seen this before. Not being too proud to ask, I ambled over and inquired about this contraption. Thankfully, the…

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[UPDATED] Giveaway – Win a Fujifilm X-T30 with a 18-55mm Lens Worth $1,299 – Photography Article

[Update] The winner has been announced. Congratulations to Eric Au for being selected as the winner of the Fujifilm XT30 with XF18-55mm lens kit! His entry of visiting the Fstoppers YouTube channel snagged him the prize. If you missed your chance to participate in this giveaway, keep a close eye out on Fstoppers for more coming in future months.  Original Post Fstoppers and Fujifilm are teaming up to send one lucky entrant a brand new Fujifilm XT30 with XF18-55mm lens kit (Charcoal Silver). Learn more about the…

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Sony Lens Recommendations for Sports Photographers – Photography Article

Whether you’re making the switch or just starting out with the Sony Alpha mirrorless system, sports photographers will want to watch this video that examines which lenses are worth your while to kit up with. Sony Artisan and long-time professional sports photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey recently sat down with a small fortune of lenses to talk shop on the gear he’s come to rely on in the Alpha mirrorless system. While it’s a longer video than what’s typically featured here on Fstoppers, it’s…

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The Sigma fp Has a Built-In Teal and Orange Color Mode and It’s Certainly Eye-Catching – Photography Article

Sigma caught the industry by surprise last month by announcing the forthcoming release of the fp, a tiny full-frame mirrorless camera with an unnecessarily lower-case name. More details have emerged, including a quick way of prepping your images and footage for Instagram with a teal and orange color mode that looks, well, interesting. Proudly announced as “the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera,” the L-mount fp features a 24.6 megapixel full-frame Bayer sensor but, interestingly, lacks a viewfinder and…

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A to Z of Photography: Reflex Camera and Tony Ray-Jones – Photography Article

At pretty much three-quarters of the way through the alphabet we stop at R, an eminently popular letter, to look at the foundation of pretty much all contemporary cameras — the Reflex. This is followed by the inspiringly funny work of Tony Ray-Jones whose career was cruelly cut short. Reflex Camera The Reflex Camera is at first an odd name as, unless you an English graduate, it sounds like a knee-jerk response to being hit! However reflex also means to…

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Bird Photographer’s Field Review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X – Photography Article

Intimate bird photography has usually been made possible by using some seriously hefty lenses paired with large pro DSLR camera bodies. Can a Micro Four Thirds system really be just as effective while physically being much smaller and easier to carry? In this video from published bird photographer Tim Boyer, he reviews one of the more interesting camera releases in recent memory. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a souped-up Micro Four Thirds camera built to be rugged, fast, and versatile. On paper it…

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Worldwide Camera Sales Take Another Tumble – Photography Article

CIPA, the Camera and Imaging Products Association, which tracks global camera and lens sales by major manufacturers, has released their report for June 2019, and it shows another significant drop in sales as compared to past years. More specifically, the report shows that as compared to June of last year, camera and lens sales are down across the board by large amounts, with DSLRs dropping by 37% (in shipped units) and mirrorless cameras by 14%. Correspondingly, lens sales are down across…

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Lens Calibration for Tack-Sharp Focus – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Before you try to calibrate your lens (or have it sent off for calibration) there are two easy tests to check if your lens is front or back-focusing.  Focus Test #1: First, find a friend to be your subject.  Put your camera into single-shot autofocus mode on a tripod, with your center focus point activated (because it’s the most accurate focus point.)  To avoid camera shake, make sure you’ve disabled vibration reduction (Nikon) or image stabilization (Canon and Sony).  Open…

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Elinchrom Announces ELM8: A Wireless Continuous LED Light – Photography Article

Elinchrom has entered the world of LED lights, debuting the ELM8, a continuous light source compatible with the variety of Elinchrom’s light shapers. If you have been working with Elinchrom’s flash system, you are probably familiar with their modifiers that also happen to work with their previous generation of continuous lights: Scanlite, a halogen hot light. It’s great to hear that their newest child, the ELM8 LED, is compatible with their current modifiers. But, enough about compatibility. Let’s jump onto the…

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