Photography

In the following video, Allan Weitz welcomes the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), a 24MP full-frame black-and-white digital rangefinder camera with numerous updates over its predecessor. The video covers the benefits of the purely black-and-white CMOS sensor, with its omission of a color filter array...
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Capturing amazingly sharp photos of birds in the wild is the goal of many birders. There are different ways to do this, but the most organic is through the use of extremely long telephoto lenses coupled to digital or film SLR cameras. Not only useful for photography, modern digital cameras also can record video and sound to capture the flight of a bird and its song. The telephoto lens and SLR...
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Imagine seeing an incredibly rare bird at a great distance through a spotting scope. Those birding next to you cannot see the same bird. You need to prove to them, and to your own life list, that you have spotted this rare species. It is way too far away for your camera to capture. What can you do? This is a job for… digiscoping! Digiscoping with a spotting scope, telescope, or binoculars turns...
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When it is time to see a rare bird up close, the binocular is the go-to optical tool for almost every serious birder. Unmatched portability and convenience make the binocular one of the best devices available for spotting and indentifying birds in their natural habitats. In this first segment of a four-part series, we will discuss what to look for if you are looking for binoculars for birding, or...
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There is nothing that can replace the extreme close-up view of a rare bird in the wild. Binoculars can get you close but, if you want to look the bird in the eye or confirm that identification for your life list, you need a spotting scope. Spotting scopes pack incredible magnification in a generally simple and lightweight package that is durable enough for field work while boasting fantastic...
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The ultimate in resolution for full-frame DSLRs: this is what Canon’s latest 50-megapixel 5DS and 5DS R offer users. These cameras take a huge leap forward in resolution for the legendary 5D series and, when one looks at the files, they are impressively sharp and detailed. I was also able to observe the main differences between the two models and zoom almost endlessly into those images. It was a...
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Over the course of the past decade, Sony has transformed itself from being a minor player in the digital point-and-shoot camera market—to being an innovative leader in the design of photographic equipment for professionals and consumers. The infographic below tells the story of the unconventional path Sony has taken, starting with their first DSLR in 2006, the A100, and ending with their most...
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Features
When the digital camera revolution took hold at the turn of the century, the never-ending technological race among camera manufacturers sped up and, with no sign of that race ever slowing down, some runners dropped out; the order of who was leading and who was lagging changed in ways that surprised photographers everywhere. For some time, Sony’s place within that contest was widely perceived as...
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Buying an underwater housing is just the beginning. There are many accessories that are helpful or necessary for taking photos underwater. An external flash, also called a strobe, is your most important accessory. Photography is the art of creating images with light, and while the control of available and artificial light is important for all photography, it is especially crucial when shooting...
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Buying Guide
This April, Rokinon introduced the world to its brand new 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, an all-manual lens making a mark in a niche that demands top image quality. Fortunately, it holds its own amongst a wealth of competition. The lens is available for Canon EF,...
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In the following video, Allan Weitz walks us through the capabilities of Rising’s line of Pinhole Lenses for a variety of specialized and unique imaging capabilities. The video covers the basics of pinhole photography and mentions the angles of view and aperture range of the series. The lenses also comes in two versions,...
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Long gone are the days of having to pick between color or black-and-white film stocks before setting out the door. We have now entered a digital world where many critical artistic decisions are made long after the initial image is created. Leica has decided to change that by offering a new camera that makes images only in black-and-white, allowing photographers to solidify their vision and...
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In the following video, Larry Becker takes a Quick Look at Formatt-Hitech's Elia Locardi Signature Travel Edition Filter Kit. The video begins with an introduction of the filters in the kit, including ProStop IRND 1.2 and 3.0 solid ND filters and a soft-edge graduated neutral density 0.9 filter. Becker also highlights...
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Although it is only one of many among Nikon’s currently available lenses, photographers across the photo spectrum will attest that the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens not only provides opportunities to capture unique perspectives, but is one of Nikon’s most versatile options in its optics lineup. However, for any photographer who needs or prefers to apply filters while they shoot, the large,...
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Today, Sony unveiled the much-anticipated successors to three high-end cameras with a ton of new features and capacities: the 42.4MP, full-frame sensor, mirrorless a7R II and the 20MP, 1" sensor, high-end point-and-shoot RX100 IV and RX10 II cameras. All three feature the ability to record UHD 4K...
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