Product Review: Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover

4.23.2020 Tech

 © Betsy Finn, Betsy's Photography The Emergency Rain Cover packs down and stows away its carry case, which has a label showing which size cover it’s for. That’s handy if you have more than one.Photographing in bad weather: What to do when the show must go onWhen the weather gets bad, sports and wildlife photographers know to protect their gear with rain covers and finish the shoot. Portrait photographers tend to pack up and reschedule—or use trash bags or other makeshift... Continue Reading >

Product review: Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD

January 2020 issue Tech

It’s not often that I get to concurrently test two lenses with focal length ranges that somewhat overlap. While working with a Nikon F mount Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD for review, I also had access to a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G. Both lenses perform well and have different feature sets and radically different price points, with the Nikkor selling for nearly twice the price of the Tamron. I tested both lenses using a 45-megapixel Nikon D850 DSLR.The notable difference between these... Continue Reading >

Product review: PolarPro variable neutral density filters

December 2019 issue Tech

Variable neutral density (VND) filters are the solution to a range of needs for both still and video photographers. With control over the amount of light striking the digital sensor, still photographers can use slower shutter speeds to record movement, blur moving water and clouds, and control depth of field to isolate a subject against a blurred background in full sunlight.For videographers, neutral density (ND) filters are essential, and a variable neutral density filter provides exposure... Continue Reading >

World’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera: Sigma FP

December 2019 issue Tech

The new Sigma fp is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera. The design provides portability, performance, scalability, and seamless function.Sized at 4.43x2.75x1.78 inches, the camera body houses a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor that captures 24.6 effective megapixels. The electronic shutter enables quiet shooting without any shutter shake.Three new lenses have been released for the fp’s L-mount: the 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art ($1,499), the... Continue Reading >

Product review: Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF lens

November 2019 issue Tech

The name Zeiss has been synonymous with high quality optics for more than a century, so it’s not image quality that makes Zeiss Batis lenses remarkable. What makes these full-frame camera lenses notable is that they’re autofocus. I took a close look at the Batis 2/40 CF, a 40mm f/2 lens built for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras. While you’ll get the most value out of it on a camera with tight pixel pitch (like the 60-megapixel Sony a7R IV or the APS-C format a6400), it can make the most... Continue Reading >

Review: An unprecedented Nikkor lens

September 2019 issue Tech

I’m consistently impressed by the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens that I use with my Nikon Z 6 camera body. So I was anxious to see how the new, faster Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens compared. I also wanted to try the latest AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED-IF VR DSLR lens mounted with the FTZ adapter. What I found amazed me in a number of ways.The new 24-70mm f/2.8 S is clearly targeted to the professional (and perhaps the enthusiast with deep pockets). It’s both larger and heavier (by about a... Continue Reading >

Product review: Sigma 60-600mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Lens

June 2019 issue Tech

Whether you’re an APS-C or full-frame shooter, the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens is great for both travel and outdoor photography. It covers every subject that doesn’t need a wide angle, and at 200mm it can even be used for telephoto macro photography, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.3. Unlike older zooms with a 10X focal length range, it’s sharp and almost completely free of geometric and chromatic distortions. It’s also large. You can find smaller lenses in... Continue Reading >

Like no other: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens

March 2019 issue Tech

© Courtesy NikonThe giant leap in mirrorless camera technology opened new doors in lens design. Nikon has made a grand entrance with its Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, the first ultra-wide zoom to take advantage of the capabilities made available by the Nikon Z Mount. With its flat front lens element, it’s the first filter-attachable ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering a focal length from 14mm.Landscape, architecture, and event photographers as well as videographers will appreciate the... Continue Reading >

Filters On High: Tiffen Mavic 2 Zoom 6 Filter Kit

1.31.2019 News

Kudos to Tiffen for a well-designed collection. I tested the Mavic 2 Zoom 6 Filter Kit that’s part of the Tiffen ND (neutral-density) Aerial Collection for drones. My tests were of the six ND filters in the set— three ND and three ND with polarizer (PL) filters—which are housed in a nice tin case.© EDDIE TAPP Neutral density filters and polarizers are an essential tool in any photographer’s equipment bag, and they’re particularly important for creating long-exposure drone... Continue Reading >