Zeiss ZX1 mirrorless camera promises intuitive action

January 2019 issue Tech

Zeiss intends its ZX1 to become a seamless extension of your creative mind, from shooting to editing to sharing. Start with the ergonomics of the body and a high-performance 35mm Zeiss Distagon lens. Add a quiet leaf shutter in a mirrorless system and a full-frame 37.4-megapixel CMOS sensor.Zeiss promises you won’t get mired in complex menus with its intuitive navigation system that appears on a 4.3-inch display. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is integrated into the camera, allowing you to... Continue Reading >

Nikon announces new full-frame mirrorless cameras, new lens line

8.23.2018 Tech

Nikon has introduced two full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 24.5-megapixel Z 6, a body optimized for high speed and low light performance, and the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel Z 7. Both bodies are nearly identical in appearance, slightly smaller in width than a full-size speedlight is tall and only slightly taller than the same speedlight is wide. What's remarkable is how thin the body is except for the grip. The bodies are dominated on the front by the new 55mm diameter Z- bayonet lens mount... Continue Reading >

Straightforward: Sigma SD Quattro H Review

April 2018 issue Tech

At a time when major manufacturers seem to be packing every conceivable function into their camera bodies, it’s refreshing that one company is producing a camera with extremely high resolution, simple operation, and a competitive price. The company is Sigma, and the camera is the Sigma sd Quattro H. What it does, it does extremely well, and what it does not do, you may not need. Indeed, its simplicity and ease of use remind me of the days of shooting with 35mm film.UNCONVENTIONAL... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Speed and resolution are a winning combo in the Sony a7R III

12.20.2017 Tech

When I said that Sony made what could be one of the most exciting announcements in April 2017 when the company introduced the Sony a9. I had no idea that Sony would raise the bar for mirrorless cameras again as they did in November with the release of the Sony a7R III—a camera that blends features and performance of the a7R II and the a9. © COURTESY SONYI had the opportunity to spend time using the camera in New York City and in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona,... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Nikon D850

December 2017 issue Tech

Was there ever any doubt that the Nikon D850 was going to be a great camera? The specs tell part of the story: a 45.7-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, 4K Ultra HD video, a tilting touch-sensitive screen, Nikon’s best autofocus system, great color, highlight peaking indicators, built-in focus shift, electronic front-curtain shutter, and I could go on. But what makes it a great photographer’s camera, beyond the technical specs, even beyond image quality, is that it’s fun... Continue Reading >

Review: PolarPro Cinema Series filters

10.25.2017 Tech

Drone videos have come a long way. Just a few years ago, warped, shaky, low-altitude drone video was so new it was mind blowing. Times have changed.Today, drone operators are able to capture stunning, stabilized aerial videos with camera systems that get better with each new drone that hits the market. If you want a piece of this action, you’ll want to consider purchasing a set of neutral density (ND) filters to add to your drone’s carrying case.Videos are simply large collections of... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Fujifilm GFX 50S

November 2017 issue Tech

With the introduction of its X Series digital cameras in 2010, Fujifilm proved itself to be a major innovator in small-format digital camera design. It has carried this innovative thinking forward with the medium-format mirrorless Fujifilm GFX 50S. Portrait, fashion, studio still life, and landscape photographers will find much to love (and a few things to wish for) in the GFX.OVERVIEWThe GFX is compact, is relatively lightweight, and has a nearly flat top plate. With the 3.2-inch,... Continue Reading >

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 >