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


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 >

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 >

New Bees: AlienBees DigiBee DB400 and DB800


February 2017 issue News

It’s been a while since Paul C. Buff Inc. has introduced a major new product, and the DigiBees are the first to be released since Paul C. Buff’s death last year. Though they lack the power of the popular Buff Einstein and AlienBees B1600 flash units, the DigiBees hit a price point between the two and offer their own innovations. One innovation in particular sets the DigiBees apart from their cousins.As a user of several of the original AlienBees, I was first taken by the relative small... Continue Reading >

Prime Performer: Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8


6.17.2016 Tech

The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens produces images that are sharp enough for critical work yet simultaneously smooth. It handles flare and glare well, and as a portrait lens it compresses beautifully. The vibration compensation (VC) feature will  give you a perceptible advantage in lower light, keeping you out of higher ISO settings.With these performance gains, the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 is longer, wider, and substantially heavier, takes a 67mm filter, and has a higher price point. The... Continue Reading >

Slice of life


April 2016 issue Tech

Lensbaby composer Pro II and Edge 50 OpticAmong photographers who enjoy creative exploration outside of their camera manufacturer’s lens lineup, Lensbaby products have attracted a large and loyal following. I always have them packed in my car in their own bag and available for when I see opportunities to create something different.The Lensbaby system comprises a lens and associated optics. The lens is not a lens in the conventional sense but rather a device that mounts on the camera body... Continue Reading >

Pro review: fine-art inkjet printer


March 2016 issue Tech

Canon imagePrograf Pro-1000The imagePrograf Pro-1000 is the first in Canon’s imagePrograf Pro Series of fine-art inkjet printers. It’s a step up in size and technology from the Pixma Pro-1, but it doesn’t have a roll feed option like the larger imagePrograf machines, and the maximum print size is 17x22 inches. The 80mL ink cartridges have more than twice the capacity of the Pro-1 inks and load into their own compartment, which runs the length of the front panel and is located beneath... Continue Reading >

Pro review: Low-light hero


February 2016 issue Tech

Sony Alpha A7S IIThe standout performance in the 12.2-megapixel Sony Alpha a7S II full-frame mirrorless camera—even in comparison to its a7 Mark II-series siblings—is in low light and high ISO capture. While its ISO 100 to 102,400 range (expandable to 50 and up to 409,600) is the same as the original a7S, the a7S II delivers expanded dynamic range and an estimated one-stop better performance with regard to image noise thanks to enhanced processing algorithms. The camera’s new 5-axis... Continue Reading >
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