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At a photo show in another country, you are bound to see some unique products that aren’t what you normally find in photo stores in the US. This is especially true when you are in one of the most photography and camera-loving countries in the world: Japan. Below are some unique items seen at this year’s CP Plus Expo, in Yokohama. How about a humidity-controlled storage and display cabinet to... READ MORE
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No matter how advanced your skill set, if you shoot portrait, fashion, or beauty photography, your images will require some manner of retouching once the shoot is finished. Even the most beautiful model—with perfect makeup, hair, and lighting—can use at least a tweak or two, especially beneath the unforgiving eye of today’s high-resolution digital cameras. Whether it’s... READ MORE
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The Rebel Series from Canon has been one of the most successful in DSLR photography. Economically priced and feature packed, these cameras appeal to demanding entry-level, as well as seasoned DSLR owners. This year, introduced at the CP Plus Expo, the new 24-megapixel Rebel T6i and... READ MORE
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The Sony a7S is an impressive little camera that combines a full-frame sensor, 4K HDMI output, and unparalleled low-light performance. Add S-Log2 gamma support, internal X-AVC S recording, and a versatile Sony E-mount to the mix and you have a camera that is ready for professional video production... well, almost ready, that is. Before the camera can appear on set, it needs to be outfitted for... READ MORE
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Hercules, a manufacturer with a longstanding history in the field of digital DJing, has unveiled the latest in its line of budget-friendly controllers, aimed squarely at aspiring professional DJs and hobbyists. Described by the company as “an exclusive ecosystem designed for the digitally connected DJ,” the... READ MORE
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In the following video, Larry Becker, of KelbyOne Media, provides an overview of the F2D Mighty 7-in-1 Film to Digital Converter from Wolverine. This video covers the device’s numerous compatible film formats, such as 35mm negatives and slides, 110, and 127 film, as well as 8mm and... READ MORE
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In the following video, B&H writer John Harris takes a look at a range of updated Lowepro backpacks at CP Plus 2015, in Yokohama, Japan, and highlights the construction details on a series of versatile bags. Beginning with the ProTactic 450 AW, Harris points out the durable hard top... READ MORE

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In the following video, Rob Rives gets hands-on with Beachtek’s DXA-Pocket audio adapter, and compares it to three other Beachtek products to see how the features match up. He examines the DXA-Pocket's available I/O and how... READ MORE

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While the EOS M1 mirrorless camera from Canon was released briefly in the US, its predecessor, the M2, was released only in Japan, and that looks like the case again for the new M3. I have the M1, and it makes an excellent backup for an APS-C DSLR like the 7D, especially with the EF lens adapter that allows it to use any Canon EOS lens. The M3 would be the same. Improvements include a much-needed... READ MORE
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While most of our time at CP Plus 2015 has been spent between the expo floor and the hotel across the plaza, I did venture out into Yokohama proper one morning, for a bite to eat and a quick walk around. All the daytime shots were taken within a short distance of the hotel and the Pacifico Yokohama exhibition center, including the fantastic little neighborhood restaurant in which I had grilled... READ MORE
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Manfrotto had a few new products on display that the CP Plus 2015 show, including the MHXPRO-3WG Geared Head with large knobs and smooth movements, but primarily the company representative moved me toward the Off Road series of products that includes lightweight tripods, backpacks, and a convertible... READ MORE
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The Theta m15 Spherical Digital Camera from Ricoh is the very slim one-touch 360-degree camera. With two lenses on either side of its 0.9" thick frame, the camera takes an image that is not only panoramic but spherical… everything around you, including you... READ MORE

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The booth for ONA bags at the CP Plus 2015 show in Japan resembled  a small shop in Soho more than it did an expo floor display. It was elegant, to match the bags they offer: waxed canvas or leather bags in sizes that reach 13" wide, good enough for a laptop, a DSLR body, and couple of lenses. While these bags feel incredibly... READ MORE
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At the CP Plus 2015 Show, the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX lens was made readily available in both Nikon and Canon mounts at the Kenko-Tokina exhibition site. Since they are made for APS-C (or DX) format DSLRs, I was given a Nikon D7000 to... READ MORE
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Kenko-Tokina represents Lensbaby in Japan, so it was nice see the LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens along with Composer Pro Optics and the new 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lenses. Unlike many add-on lenses... READ MORE
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