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Product review: Vivid-Pix image restoration software outperforms Lightroom


Tech

Image restoration in one click. Sounds too good to true, but Vivid-Pix provides two options for (near) one-click fixes: Restore (for Windows), Land and Sea (for Windows and Mac), and Land and Sea Plus (for Windows and Mac).For each product, the simple process begins with a visual comparison to determine what looks best. You select an image (or multiple images) to restore, the software opens a window that shows nine variations of the image, and you choose the one with the best brightness and... Continue Reading >

Product review: Sirui filters prove analog still beats digital


News

While digital methods have supplanted many analog techniques of the past, some things are still best left analog. One is the use of filters on a camera lens.There are digital filters designed to mimic analog polarizing and graduated neutral density filters, but they never quite get it right. And there’s no digital substitute for a protective UV-reducing filter or 10-stop neutral density (ND) filter. Sirui has a new product line of filters that includes a screw-in UV, circular polarizer, and... 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 >

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 >
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