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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 >

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 >
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