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Moza Slypod review | Matthew Vandeputte – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Moza Slypod review | Matthew Vandeputte The Moza Slypod is the world’s first monopod and camera slider combined into one.In the below video I show you what’s in the box, what I like about the Moza Slypod, what I don’t like about it and how I would change it.Buy the Moza Slypod from this link here. Moza Slypod specsWeight: 750 grams / 1.56lbsTravel distance: 28 cm / 11 inchesMaximum load horizontal: 4 kg / 9 lbsMaximum load vertical: 9 kg…

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Why You Need a Prime Lens in Your Camera Bag – David Molnar – iPhone Photography Article

Why You Need a Prime Lens in Your Camera Bag – David Molnar When choosing a lens, the first thing to consider is the context in which you’ll be using it. Shooting a sports game? There’s a lens for that—you’ll want to go with a zoomable telephoto. Shooting landscapes? There’s a lens for that, too—definitely a good wide angle. For portraits, though, there’s no question that prime lenses are the best fit. Here’s why.The first and most important reason to…

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Kit Out Your Sony 200-600mm Lens With These Three Accessories – Photography Article

Kit Out Your Sony 200-600mm Lens With These Three Accessories Do you own the Sony 200-600mm lens? Are you thinking of purchasing it? Here are three awesome accessories that make a great lens ever better. Not long after the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens was announced, I noted just a small number of shortcomings with it. First is the lack of a zoom lock or tension adjustment mechanism to keep the lens at 600mm. On top of that, it only…

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Does Buying Photo Gear Motivate You to Shoot More? – Photography Article

Does Buying Photo Gear Motivate You to Shoot More? Photographers often fault the lack of gear as an excuse for why they don’t take better photos. But Allen argues that sometimes acquiring more gear can actually motivate you to photograph more. As he battles his current bout of Gear Acquisition Syndrome, he coerced Sarah to begrudgingly talk about gear for a whole episode!What piece of gear motivated you to shoot more and better? And what purchased do you regret? Is…

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Give Your Old Smartphone New Life by Turning It Into a Dedicated Camera Controller – Photography Article

Give Your Old Smartphone New Life by Turning It Into a Dedicated Camera Controller In 2019, every camera on the market, from action cameras, to 360 cameras, to Interchangeable lens cameras, has WiFi. Unfortunately, that means that every camera requires its own app to make work wirelessly. I have an Olympus E-M10 Mark II, a Fujifilm X-T1, Several Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras, Canons, Nikons and 3 different 360 cameras that I own and others that are on loan at the…

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How I Mixed Strobes and LED Lights in This Fashion Photo Shoot – Photography Article

In today’s Fstoppers video, I set out to create some conceptual fashion images with Puerto Rican model Krystal Xamairy. Using the brand new Tamron 35mm f/1.4 lens, a few strobe lights, and a couple colored LED panels, I will walk you step by step through the entire process. Tamron recently sent us their new 35mm f/1.4 full frame prime lens to try out. They basically told me I could do anything I wanted with the lens, so I thought I’d step…

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Five Reasons to Hate the Sony a7R IV – Photography Article

Sony took the industry a little bit by surprise when it suddenly announced the launch of the a7R IV, especially given that the a7S III has yet to see the light of day. No doubt, the a7R IV is an amazing camera, but there are still some fundamental issues that Sony failed to address in its latest camera. In this detailed video, Tony Northrup lists five things about the camera that he absolutely hates, despite the fact that he has…

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Large Format Is Still Completely Unrivaled: Canon 5DS R Versus 4×5 Large Format Film – Photography Article

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been getting to know a photographer called Adam French who lives in the same city as me. French is a photographer who primarily shoots with a large format film camera. I was utterly blown away by some of the work he produced, and I asked him if he’d be interested in working with us on a YouTube video.  In the video linked above, we decided to compare a 50-megapixel full-frame camera, the Canon 5DS…

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A Huge Comparison of 85mm Lenses for Sony Full Frame Cameras – Photography Article

If there is one thing Sony shooters certainly do not have a dearth of, it is wide-aperture 85mm lenses. And with all the options, you might be wondering which one is right for you. This excellent and comprehensive video review breaks down the features and pros and cons of each choice. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this awesome video review takes a look at numerous autofocus 85mm lenses for the Sony E mount and compares their image quality, build,…

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Ahead of the Nikon D6 Release, B&H Has Knocked $1,000 off the D5 – Photography Article

Ahead of Nikon’s unveiling of the D6 DSLR, the price of current model the D5 has dropped to its lowest retail price after retailers discounted $1,000 from its MSRP. Most retailers such as B&H are now offering the Nikon D5 for $5,497, heavily reduced from its previous price tag. It amounts to around a 15% drop. The Nikon D6 will of course be an upgrade from the D5, with Nikon Rumors suggesting the likes of in-body image stabilization and better…

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Lowepro Updates Pro Trekker AW Camera Backpack Series – Photography Article

Lowepro’s Trekker series of camera bags have long been a staple for outdoor photographers who need to comfortably carry larger loads into the field. Check out these new updates to the Pro Trekker backpacks. Lowepro has released three updated Pro Trekker travel-ready backpacks with the BP 350 AW II, BP 450 AW II, and BP 550 AW II. There’s also now an updated roller backpack, the RLX 450 AW II, that can convert from shoulder strap carry to rolling bag with a telescoping handle.…

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Camera Work, Lighting! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

So, it wasn’t enough to simply fly the camera on the Gitzo tripod on a moving vehicle and fire it remotely. Had to do some small flash lighting as well. It was necessary. The windy roads out in Nevada rarely lined up perfectly with the fading sun, making available light a dicey approach. I also wanted the power of flash duration to make sure Joli Irvine stayed sharp, while the shutter speed allowed the road to blur. We started as…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro Lens – Photography Article

Laowa is a lens manufacturer that is making waves over and over again. I had a chance to use their newest macro lens and put it through its paces to see if it can really rival its counterparts. I originally got into photography to shoot macro. I know, that’s weird. Something about seeing the intricacies and details of the world that the human eye misses captivates me. As a result, I was interested in Laowa’s newest lens being that it’s not only…

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A Review of Sigma’s 105mm f/1.4 Art Lens – Photography Article

Sigma’s Art series of lenses has been a runaway hit, with the line continuing to expand to both new focal lengths and new mounts. One of the newest in the lineup is the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and it has been lauded for being incredibly sharp even at its maximum aperture. Is it the right lens for you? This great video review will answer that question. Coming to you from our friends over at SLR Lounge, this awesome video review…

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Four Reasons Why a Fast 35mm Prime Lens Should Be in Your Bag – Photography Article

I’ve always passed on 35mm prime lenses. On paper, they always seemed too close to what I could already capture with my phones or what’s duplicated in my 24-70mm professional zoom lenses. It turns out, I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried out the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens. My own logic around 35mm lenses doesn’t hold water. I’ve purchased a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED lens specifically for astrophotography. I’ve even purchased the…

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What’s Your Deal Breaker When It Comes to Buying a New Camera? – Photography Article

You’ve done your research and looked at all the different options available and finally made a decision on which camera to buy. Then at the last minute you learn about something that’s an absolute deal breaker and you pull the plug. What is one thing that would stop you from buying a particular camera? On a recent video about the new Sony a7r IV, Tony Northrup talked about five things he hates with the new camera. It was interesting to…

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Does the Panasonic S1 Secretly Have Dual Native ISO Just Like the S1H? – Photography Article

Aside from 6K/24p, one of the most exciting selling points of the S1H that Panasonic launched back in May was its dual native ISO, a feature that allowed users to switch between ISO 640 and 4000 without changing the levels of noise. Strangely, it seems that this feature might also have quietly been included in the much cheaper S1. This video from filmmaker Andy Trace attempts to demonstrate the phenomenon using his recently-purchased S1. From his test, it appears that the…

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Is 100MP Overkill? Testing the FUJIFILM GFX 100 – Photography Article

I’ve used older digital medium format cameras in the past but the FUJIFILM GFX 100 is the most powerful camera I’ve ever held in my hand.  This video is part of a sponsored series. A few different manufacturers are paying us to make video tutorials using their products. In some cases, they are asking us to showcase certain features, but they are not paying us to “review” their products.  For this shoot I was commissioned to shoot Mike duBois of duBois Metal…

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My London Youtube studio tour – Time.Lapse Photography Article

London Youtube Studio tour Welcome to my latest Youtube studio tour! This is the gear I use in our new place in London. We don’t have a lot of room and I didn’t bring a ton of my filming equipment from Australia so I had to start fresh, take a minimalist approach (lol) and this is what I ended up with. Most of the links below are affiliate links. If you buy anything through them I might make a few…

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Westcott FJ400 Versus Godox AD400 Pro: The New Best Value Strobe – Photography Article

Today, Westcott announced their new FJ400 battery-powered strobe. I’ve had an early review unit for a few days now, and Westcott seems to have done the impossible: they’ve overtaken the Godox AD400 Pro in its segment.  Godox has taken over the strobe market in the last few years by creating a range of feature-rich, battery-powered flashes that are incredibly cheap. Their most popular monolight, the AD400 Pro, costs just $649, and it has many of the same features as Profoto’s $1,700 B10.  Today, Westcott…

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Shooting Portraits at an Insane 900mm – Photography Article

There is really no convincing professional reason to shoot portraits at a focal length of 900mm, and I am not going to sit here and try to convince you that there is. But sometimes, we do things for fun, just because we can. And that’s exactly what happened when this photographer team decided to shoot portraits at such a crazy focal length. Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this fun video follows him as he teams up with a couple…

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Will the Sony a7S III Contain a Fan so That It Can Shoot 4K 120p? – Photography Article

Rumors emerging regarding the long-awaited Sony a7S III might blow you away: it’s thought that Sony’s forthcoming video-centric hybrid will contain a ventilation system, allowing it to shoot 4K 120p. Sony Alpha Rumors is suggesting that a “reliable source” saw a prototype of the camera a few months ago that shot 4K at 120 frames per second and features a vent on the rear of the camera to disperse heat. Sony’s earlier A7S models are known to have struggled with overheating…

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One Thing I Wish I Had Considered Before Going Mirrorless and Falling Back in Love With the DSLR – Photography Article

Despite heavily investing in new cameras over the last couple years, it is the still excellent Nikon D850, purchased two years ago, which has suddenly become brand new to me. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. I fell in love with my first Nikon, the D200, about 15 years ago. In turn, it was the tool that allowed me to fall in love with the art form that would eventually not only become my passion but my means…

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Fujifilm Did the Right Thing by Scrapping the 33mm F/1.0 Lens – Photography Article

I was at Photokina when Fujifilm first announced the 33mm f/1.0 and I honestly didn’t care. A few people were excited about it but it seemed like such a pointless lens to me at the time especially because it was probably going to be ridiculously huge. I’m elated at the fact that Fujifilm is now scrapping this lens in favor of a much more practical 50mm f/1.0 I understand that some of you are upset by this news because you…

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Palette Gear Announces New Hardware, Rebranding as “Monogram” – Photography Article

Palette Gear has announced new modular hardware controllers while rebranding to become Monogram. Cited as 40% slimmer compared to the original Palette, Monogram’s new and re-engineered modules offer compact yet versatile control and backward compatibility with first-generation modules using the new Monogram core hub. Among the additions is Orbiter, a new, 3D input device optimized for color grading. According to the press release, Orbiter includes a new “dual tilt/press mechanism: tilt for expressive and confident control in X/Y directions, or press…

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OCLU Action Cam: Delete Unwanted Footage on the Fly – Photography Article

Brand new to the industry, Arizona-based OCLU has launched its first action cam offering a rather unique feature that allows you to delete unwanted clips in-camera, allowing users to avoid filling up memory cards with unnecessary footage. Offering in-body stabilization that seems to compete well with other action cameras on the market, the OCLU also has an aerodynamic design and a wide selection of accessories. These attachments and casings are sold as “Bundles” that are geared towards underwater usage or…

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A Review of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Mirrorless Lens – Photography Article

Canon has come out of the gate firing on all cylinders when it comes to lenses for their mirrorless RF mount. One of the most interesting lenses in that lineup is undoubtedly the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, the mirrorless version of one of the most popular portrait lenses of all time, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. How does the mirrorless version compare to its DSLR predecessor? This helpful review will show you. Coming to you from Darren Miles, this great review takes…

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Aputure Unveils LS 600d Light, the ‘Brightest Single Source LED Light Available’ at 600 W of LED Power – Photography Article

Aputure has revealed details and specifications of its latest release. Unveiled at IBC 2019, the LS 600d LED light is the company’s most powerful continuous light so far, in what they are calling “600 watts of raw LED power.” Aputure President Ted Sim made the exciting announcement about the gear, which is the next installment following the current LS 300d II. The specs are out, and the light will have a 600 W LED output, equivalent to about 4.5-5K watts of…

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A to Z of Photography: Zeiss and Emile Zola – Photography Article

And so with some sadness, tinged with a sense of relief, we reach the final letter of the alphabet. And what better way to finish than with a vastly successful company that has virtually spanned the lifetime of photography, along with some photographic input from yet another novelist. Zeiss As photographers, we want a sharp image, aiming for tack sharp. Beyond this, there is Zeiss sharp. Held in similar reverence to Leica and originating from the same German smouldering pot…

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Giveaway: Win a FUJIFILM X100F Digital Camera Worth $1,299 – Photography Article

Fstoppers and Fujifilm are teaming up to send one lucky entrant a brand new FUJIFILM X100F Digital Camera. Learn more about the camera HERE and participate in the giveaway below. Unfortunately, due to shipping restrictions you MUST be able to provide a US shipping address if you’re chosen as the winner in order to claim the prize. Entries will be accepted until October 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be chosen and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway completion.  There…

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