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The Manfrotto Befree is a 3.0 lb tripod/ball head combo with four leg sections and a rapid column that rises to a combined height of 56.69”,...
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The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary super-telephoto zoom is a very capable yet compact autofocusing lens, with 20 elements in 14 groups, using one FLD element and three SLD elements and...
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6 days ago
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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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2 weeks ago
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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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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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3 weeks ago
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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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3 weeks ago
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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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3 weeks ago
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Bescor has been around since 1981, providing photographers and especially filmmakers with video-related products, eventually battery power and, now, LED lighting for wedding, event, and other location shooters. The hallmark of the company’s products has been, from the beginning, a marriage...
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1 month ago
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I couldn’t wait to try out Dynalite’s new Baja B4 monolights ever since their announcement in October of 2014, so I was understandably excited when I got word that I would have the opportunity to take them home for a couple of weeks and put them through the ringer. With nothing on the...
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1 month ago
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The original Olympus Stylus was a wildly popular broad-spectrum point-and-shoot film camera that became a cult classic among enthusiasts who wanted a high-performance 35mm compact that would fit in their pockets. Now that we’re deep into the digital era, Olympus has brought forth the ...
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In this video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne, takes a look at three new lens offerings from Rokinon designed to cover up to full-frame image sensors: the 135mm f/2.0, the 135mm T2.2 Cine, and the 50mm f/1.4. It begins with a discussion of features common to all of the lenses, including their manual focus design, the...
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1 month ago
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Many photographers desire to reproduce the world around them, not in exacting sharpness, but in a more ethereal and dream-like manner. To do this, you can spend hours post-processing an image, or you can expose your film or sensor through the unique glass of the Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 or the...
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1 month ago
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The new Pentax K-3 II’s advanced features, image quality, ruggedness, and performance will be no surprise to Pentax loyalists. Those photographers have known that Pentax’s DSLR cameras have been at the technological forefront for years. As these Pentax shooters are out making great photos, they do so confidently, knowing that their cameras have unique and useful built-in features that even the...
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Manfrotto, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tripods, tripod heads, monopods, lighting equipment, and camera bags, has partnered with Fizan, a prominent Italian company that’s been making ski, trekking, and outdoor gear since 1947, to create the Manfrotto Off road line. It’s a new collection of lightweight products aimed at hikers, wildlife observers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who...
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2 months ago
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