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 >

First Look: Sony a6500 and a99 II cameras

2.7.2017 News

Sony rolled out a trio of new cameras in late 2016, including the RX100 V, the APS-C mirrorless a6500, and the full-frame a99 II. The latter two models were highlights of a recent press event in Austin, where a group of journalists gathered for some serious camera testing.Sony a6500It didn’t take long for Sony to update its flagship APS-C mirrorless model. Announced about eight months after the a6300, which is still on the market, the new a6500 camera features the same 24-megapixel sensor... Continue Reading >

Pack, shoulder, sling, and more gear bags for pros

January 2017 issue Business

When you’re searching for the best way to carry your gear, first consider what’s on your schedule for the day and think about what you need to have with you. Are you taking an invigorating creativity walk with your mirrorless? Are you traveling for two weeks overseas? Are you photographing a wedding? Are you taking portraits in the park?I’ve tried out three bags over the past month and put them to real-world use.DOMKE F-803Tiffen produced a Domke line exclusively for Best Buy, and... Continue Reading >

First Look: Sony RX100 V steps up

10.24.2016 News

Now in its fifth generation, the 20.1 megapixel Sony RX100 V is a pocketable powerhouse. Like its predecessors, the RX100 V is compact, solidly constructed, and full of features. The camera is also outfitted with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.Built around a newly developed 1.0-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, the RX100 V also features an improved image processing system with a new front-end LSI chip and a Fast Hybrid AF system. While its specs are impressive (you can read... Continue Reading >

Review: Nikon D5 camera pros and cons

October 2016 issue Tech

PROSOutstanding image quality at high ISOThe Nikon D5 can reach ISO 3,280,000, but the practical range tops out at ISO 25,600. Processing the raw images with DxO Prime noise reduction in DxO OptcisPro 11 yields great results.  More impressive is the accuracy of the color, the dynamic range, and the overall outstanding image quality at high ISO settings. Other cameras can capture images at very high ISO settings but produce images with uncorrectable color shifts and noise beyond DxO’s... Continue Reading >

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Worth the Wait

7.13.2016 News

High-end cameras like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II don’t come around every day. In fact, the latest iteration of Canon’s pro high-speed, high-end DSLR has been a long time coming. In my experience so far, it’s well worth the wait.On paper, the camera is impressive with its new 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, 4K video, and improved AF functionality. You can read all the details on the EOS-1D X Mark II product page. In actual use, the things that impress... Continue Reading >

Trading Up: Moving to Medium Format

July 2016 issue Tech

In the golden age of film, medium format was aptly named—it was the film format nested between small-format 35mm and large-format sheet films. Professional photographers chose to shoot with medium-format film cameras to achieve higher quality images than 35mm provided for large prints or strong cropping, or for increased mobility and lower cost over large-format imaging.In the digital era, we lack a format corresponding to large-format film and use the term medium format to refer to digital... Continue Reading >

Packed classic

March 2016 issue Tech

An icon gets a digital updateThe original 1963 Olympus Pen-F was the world’s first half-frame SLR, giving photographers an unprecedented advantage of compact size and versatility. Its half-frame format could yield twice the number of slides or negatives on a standard 35mm film roll.The new digital Pen-F delivers an impressive amount of quality, capability, and creative control. The foundation is a 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor with no low-pass filter, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, and the... Continue Reading >