Cameras and Equipment

Sony 35mm 1.8 FE Lens Review [video] – Photography Article

In this video, Chris Turner reviews the Sony 35mm 1.8 FE lens. ? Sony 35mm 1.8 FE This is what Chris thinks of the lens: Build quality While the build quality is quite good, it feels a step behind the 55mm 1.8 Zeiss lens. It’s about the same as the 85mm 1.8. It doesn’t feel high-end. Has the function button on the lens which you can use to focus hold or eye focus. You can program it to a heap…

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6 Important Considerations Before You Change Camera Brands – Photography Article

I have finally started to change camera brands. I’ve been shooting Canon since my first ever SLR I got back when I was 16. I wanted to stay with Canon, but their current bodies do nothing for me. Also, the lens prices of the new R-mount system are insane. After spending a lot of time researching, as well as some hands-on time with the cameras I was considering (Sony, Panasonic & Fuji), I ended up moving towards Fuji. I’ve purchased…

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Your Canon DSLR Might Be Hacked; Here’s What You Should Do – Photography Article

Do you use a Canon DSLR? If so, watch out. Because hackers can exploit your camera and hold your images hostage. Seriously. Let me explain: Ransomware is malicious software that hackers can use to infect your camera. Once the ransomware gains access to your camera, it encrypts your images, making them completely inaccessible to you. That’s when the hacker makes a demand: If you ever want to see your photos again, you must pay a sum of money. In return,…

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Ways to Modify Your Flash for More Controlled Lighting – Photography Article

Flash can be a confusing addition for many new photographers. But there’s really only one way to gain experience. Learning to use your flash well takes practice. Using your flash without modifying its output often produces unsatisfactory results. These can be very discouraging. With little modification, you can achieve more acceptable results pretty easily. Controlling the output of your flash based on the style of light you want for your photos is not hard to do. © Kevin Landwer-Johan Your…

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Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System Review – Photography Article

I don’t know about you…but I like getting creative with my photography. Anything that helps make my work stand out against the myriad of photographers in the world (let alone in my very saturated city) is a must-have. However, what I enjoy the least is having to let my imagination soar solely in the editing room. If there is a practical way to do something unique, I’ll take that method. Luckily, there is a company called Lensbaby that understands this…

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Trump’s New Tariffs Could Drive Up the Prices of Cameras and Lenses – Photography Article

President Donald Trump made waves last week when he announced new tariffs on Chinese goods via Twitter. Trump writes: “Our representatives have just returned from China where they had constructive talks having to do with a future Trade Deal…Trade talks are continuing.” Trump goes on to explain that “the US will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into our Country.” …during the…

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10 Cheap Photography Accessories that will Make Your Life Easier – Photography Article

Camera gear is notoriously expensive, but there are some cheap photography accessories out there. Here are 10 affordable gadgets that you should seriously consider adding to your camera bag, no matter what kind of photography you do. They can help make your photoshoots run smoother and your workflow more effective. 1. Camera cleaning supplies No matter how careful you are with your camera gear, it is bound to get dirty. Thus, it is essential to always have your camera and…

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The Sony 100-400mm Lens Thoughts and Field Test – Photography Article

The Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens was announced in 2017 along with the Sony A9. Both the camera and lens were highly anticipated by many professional photographers because they offer features that were long lacking in the Sony E-mount lineup. In particular, this lens with its far-reaching focal length appeals to sports and wildlife photographers. But with a price tag of just $2,500, this lens is pretty accessible to amateur and hobby photographers as well. In this post, I’ll give an…

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Photographers, Are Robots Coming for Your Jobs? – Photography Article

Square has just announced a new service, which allows businesses to get product photos for cheap – just $10 USD for a set of three product photos. The only caveat? The product photos are all taken by a robot. Yes, you read that correctly. Square, a company known for its credit-card transaction tools, built a $20,000 USD robot that takes simple product photos with a white background. Here’s how it works: You send your products to Brooklyn, where the robot…

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The Sigma sd Quattro H Camera Review – Photography Article

The Sigma sd Quattro H camera is a unique-looking, mirrorless camera with a unique sensor capable of producing sometimes astonishingly crisp images. The technology involved means this camera is not the first choice for everyone, but should certainly be under consideration by landscape, portrait, architectural and lifestyle photographers. I was loaned a Sigma sd Quattro H and the Sigma 14mm, 50mm, and 120-300mm lenses. I took the camera to Alaska, Washington, and California to test it in the real world.…

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Sony Announces New Compact Camera With Amazing Features – Photography Article

Are you searching for a pocket-sized camera that packs a big punch? Look no further than the just-announced Sony Cybershot RX100 VII, which is an all-around amazing camera, from its small size to its impressive zoom to its powerful optics. First, take a look at its lengthy zoom lens, which goes from 24mm to 200mm in moments. This is perfect for capturing wider landscapes, then zooming in to emphasize a few compelling details. The Sony RX100 VII also promises stellar…

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Canon and Nikon Will Release DSLRs With In-Body Image Stabilization – Photography Article

In-body image stabilization (IBIS) has long been resisted by the two DSLR giants, Nikon and Canon. But recent rumors indicate that both Canon and Nikon will be breaking into new territory, with IBIS technology added to upcoming DSLRs for both brands. Up until now, in-body image stabilization has been confined to Nikon’s mirrorless lineup. And while reports indicate that the followup to the (mirrorless) Canon EOS R will include IBIS, there was no definitive information about DSLR in-body stabilization. Then,…

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Sony Announces Incredible 61-Megapixel Full-Frame Camera: The A7R IV – Photography Article

Sony just recently announced its latest mirrorless camera: The Sony A7R IV, which has already generated a massive amount of anticipation, excitement, and discussion. Note that the A7R is the latest mirrorless body in Sony’s immensely popular A7 series, which includes the likes of the A7R III (which is no slouch when it comes to professional-quality shooting!). The A7R IV is also going up against several big competitors, including the Nikon Z7 and the Canon EOS R. So what makes…

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Peak Design Travel Tripod Review – Photography Article

Ever since Peak Design launched their Capture Clip in 2011, they have carved out a unique and important niche for themselves in modern photography. From their systems for securing your gear to their line of bags to store it all, Peak Design has everything a photographer on-the-go could want. However, the one thing missing from their lineup is a portable, compact device for holding your camera steady on a beach, boardwalk, or windswept mountainside. That all changed in May of…

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Massive Decline in Digital Camera Sales, Plus Nikon Sees Market Share Decrease – Photography Article

Earlier this week, Nikkei revealed the latest digital camera market trends. And for camera manufacturers, things are looking dismal. The market share breakdown First, let’s take a look at the market share breakdown: Canon: 40.5% (an increase of 3.9% from 2017) Nikon: 19.1% (a decrease of 2.7%) Sony: 17.7% (a decrease of 0.7%) Fujifilm: 5.1% (an increase of 1.3%) Olympus: 2.8% (an increase of 0.1%) Notice that Canon had the biggest gains, followed by Fujifilm and Olympus. Nikon’s market share…

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The 10 Best Pieces of Creative Photography Equipment – Photography Article

Your dSLR is an incredibly creative tool, which when used correctly can give you dramatic results. A lot of techniques can be achieved with your camera body and a lens, such as panning, zoom bursts or bokeh. With some more equipment, you can really hit the ball out of the park. In this article, you’ll discover what that equipment is and some of the techniques that equipment will allow you to practice. So read on and discover the ten best…

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Godox SL60W Review – A Light for Those that Don’t Like Flash – Photography Article

The SL60W is a monobloc-style LED continuous light from Godox. Godox is probably more well known for its excellent flash systems, which incorporates everything from small Speedlites to 600W battery flashes. We’ll see if they can also match this excellence in continuous light with the Godox SL60W. About the light While taking the look of a monobloc, the Godox SL60W is actually smaller than a typical studio flash head. It still weighs in at a hefty 1.6kg. First impressions of…

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Canon’s Newest Camera Will Be Funded by…Indiegogo? – Photography Article

Just this week, Canon began promoting its newest product, the IVY REC: a tiny camera that clips onto a keychain, a necklace, and basically anything else you can think of. The IVY REC is billed as “shockproof” and “waterproof,” which makes it a convenient piece of kit for adventure-type shooting. It features a 13-megapixel camera that shoots both stills and video up to 60 frames-per-second at 1080p. And it includes wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can easily transfer your…

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Nikon Dropping 1/3rd of Its DSLR Lineup in Move to Mirrorless – Photography Article

As of July 2019, Nikon has eight active DSLR models. And of these eight models, three of them are rumored to be the end of their camera lineup. In other words, there will be no replacement for these bodies; they’ll be the last of their kind. Now, Nikon will come out with followup models for the Nikon D5, the Nikon D850, the Nikon D750, and the Nikon D7500. But for the Nikon D3500, the Nikon D5600, and the Nikon D500, it’s the…

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What Size Beauty Dish is Right For Your Portrait Photography? – Photography Article

Beauty dishes are common and well-loved lighting modifiers. They are particularly useful for portraits (beauty is in the name after all). They also tend to be a lot cheaper than decent sized softboxes. Years ago, your choice of beauty dish was quite limited. Nowadays, if you try searching for beauty dishes, you will be presented with a multitude of options that greatly vary in size and even how they set up. Although the numbers don’t seem to be that different,…

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Review of the Nikon D500 for Wildlife and Bird Photography – Photography Article

Roller with Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 Fast action is at the heart of Wildlife photography. Wildlife action is fast and unpredictable. Most of the wildlife, including predators, are active during early dawn and late dusk. During the edge of the day, light conditions are low. Having a range of focal lengths is essential to photograph distant wildlife shots.  The weather conditions are harsh in the wild. Moreover, wildlife photographers try to find a camera which is capable of…

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Prime Lens Comparison – 24mm vs 35mm vs 50mm vs 85mm vs 135mm – Photography Article

In this video, Julia Trotti does a prime lens comparison with portrait photography. You’ll learn about focal lengths, background-to-foreground separation and compression, and distortion. Take a look. In this video, Julia compares the following lenses using her Canon 5D MkIII: Julia first tests the lenses shooting full body photos with her model, Maralyn, from the same standing position to show how much background compression each lens shows, as well as the bokeh. Then she does shots where her model fills…

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Your Vacation Photography Packing List – Photography Article

Andrew Neel It’s summer, and for most people, that means a vacation somewhere nice and sunny! Now, of course, it’s nice to bring those holiday memories back home. That is why people bring nice cameras with them, and perhaps purchase new lenses to get the very best images. You’ve chosen an amazing exotic location, so this is a chance to photograph something that’s not from your regular day. The big question pre-trip is what to pack! Having read this article…

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Photoshoot with 30-Year-Old HELIOS 44M-4 58mm f/2 Lens – Photography Article

Helios 44M-4 58mm f/2 lens is probably one of the most mass-produced camera lenses in the world. I was lucky enough to find the M42 screw-mount version of this Helios lens in a nearby camera store. Using an ‘M42 to EF’ adapter I was able to use this 58mm f/2 lens on my Canon APS-C camera body. After using this manual lens for more than 3 months now, I envy its build quality. The Helios 58mm f/2 lens is built…

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Tiniest Interchangable Lens Micro Four Thirds Cameras for Travel with Amazing Quality – Photography Article

In this video by MarkusPix, he looks at some of the tiniest ILC micro-four-thirds cameras and shows how well they hold up on his travels when taking some portraits. In the video, he specifically looks at the Panasonic Lumix GX1 (2012), GX850 (2017), GM1 (2013), GM5 (2014) and uses the M Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens (which he describes as a great portrait lens). He also uses the Godox Ad200 with the world’s smallest flash trigger – the FlashQ. Panasonic Lumix…

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Nikon Releasing 900 Dollar Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera? – Photography Article

According to Nikkei, Nikon plans to release a mirrorless camera before the 2019 fiscal year is out. And it’ll likely be a budget option, one that comes in at about half the price of the Nikon Z6. Here’s the direct (translated) quote from Nikkei: Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019. The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model “Z7” launched by…

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6 Ways to Save Money on Camera Gear – Photography Article

It’s no secret that camera gear is expensive, but there are several very easy ways to save money on gear. So before you buy your next camera body or lens, read up on these money-saving tips. 1. Look for discounts or deals This one might seem like a no-brainer, but always be on the lookout for sales or discounts. Follow photography blogs or websites such as Canon Rumors or Nikon Rumors (or whichever Rumors sites corresponds to your camera brand…

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3 Lenses Every Beginner Photographer Needs [video] – Photography Article

In this video by MiketheMathMan, he outlines what he believes to be three lenses that every beginner photographer needs. 3 lenses every beginner photographer needs In the video he lists the following: 1. Wide-Angle Lens The “see everything lens” because of their ability to capture a wide field of view. These lenses are handy for shooting landscapes, interiors, cityscapes and anything where you need to capture a wide field of view. 2. Telephoto Zoom They are great for capturing details…

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Why You Need a Digital Photo Frame – Photography Article

One of the unsung heroes of modern photography is the tried-and-true digital photo frame. These simple devices have been around for years, and yet they are rarely discussed in photography circles. With huge televisions adorning our walls, and smartphones stuffed into our pockets, one might wonder why there is any reason to own a digital photo frame. In the past few years, I have grown to greatly appreciate these devices, and I have realized how valuable, useful, and downright practical…

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Landscape Photography Accessories You Need to Own – Photography Article

Every photo genre has its arsenal of accessories. Portrait photographers choose light modifiers; macro photographers have extension tubes and sports photographers walk with monopods to support heavy telephoto lenses out in the field. Similarly, landscape photographers pack a few accessories to help them work with the natural environment, time of day and elements to maximize their time. Here are a few key accessories that you will want to leave in your camera bag. 1. Filters (Polariser, ND, GND, UV) Filters…

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