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First Look: Sony RX10 IV


9.20.2017 Tech

Long zoom cameras have taken a back seat to DSLRs and mirrorless models. But that may very well change with the 20-megapixel Sony RX10 IV, which offers incredibly fast autofocus, high speed, 24-frames-per-second (fps) continuous capture, 24-600mm lens, and 4K video.Journalists gathered in New York City for a Sony press event in September. Prior to the announcement, I’d hoped for updates to the a7 series cameras and was initially disappointed that it was “only” the fourth iteration of... Continue Reading >

First look: Sony a9 camera


8.25.2017 Tech

There's been no lack of hype and excitement over the Sony Alpha 9 mirrorless camera. Though the a9's 20 frames per second (fps) capture specification initially makes it seem like a $4,500 one-trick pony for sports and wildlife photographers, after using for two weeks I’m convinced it will find a welcome home with portrait, wedding, child, and pet photographers as well as photojournalists.I tested the a9 along with the latest Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses.... Continue Reading >

Top 10 camera upgrades photographers need

August 2017 issue News

With nearly half of pro photographers* indicating that their primary camera is at least two years old or more, it looks like the market is ripe for gear sales. What will those shooters be looking for when it’s time to upgrade or replace their digital interchangeable lens camera?*Professional photographers who own a DSLR, mirrorless interchangeable lens, digital medium-format, digital back, or digital point-and-shoot camera.Source: 2016 U.S. Professional Photographer Study, InfoTrends Continue Reading >

First look: Sony a9 camera


4.28.2017 News

In April, Sony made what could be the most exciting announcement of 2017: its a9 camera. I was able to spend a day shooting with this powerhouse of a 24-megapixel full-frame camera—long enough to form some initial opinions.Some of the most notable features of the a9 include 20-frames-per-second silent continuous shooting at full resolution with excellent AF and tracking, no electronic viewfinder (EVF) blackout, improved battery life, and a compact body with a few physical improvements over... Continue Reading >

Camera review: With its SL, Leica has thought of everything


May 2017 issue Tech

With many professional photographers gravitating to full-frame mirrorless cameras, Leica has joined the fray with the introduction of the Leica SL, a professional-level mirrorless camera model. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, it’s dust sealed and splash proof. What looks like an optical viewfinder is the housing for a 4.4-megapixel electronic viewfinder (EVF) that displays an image larger than that found in the viewfinder of a digital SLR.Contained within the nearly 1.9-pound... Continue Reading >

Why Jay Dickman chooses Micro Four Thirds camera gear


4.21.2017

Lightweight and packable size are essential to the road warriorJay Dickman, who got into photography as a teenager in the 1960s, eagerly transitioned to the digital age as it dawned in the early 2000s. When shooting, he says, “I want the camera as out of the way as possible,” and technology allows that.It’s for that reason he’s a fervent advocate of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds (MFT) line of cameras. He's been an Olympus Visionary since 2003 and extols the company frequently in... Continue Reading >

Sigma sd Quattro H delivers high image quality

March 2017 issue Tech

The Sigma sd Quattro H is the first camera to feature the newly developed APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor with 51-megapixel equivalent resolution (1.3x crop factor). Three layers of photodiodes—red, green, blue—means there’s no need for a low-pass filter to correct for interference caused by a color filter array. This results in exceptional detail and nuanced color gradations. DNG raw is supported for compatibility with Lightroom and other programs, along with Sigma’s... Continue Reading >
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