Photography

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Nikon D810A DSLR had been like a mythical beast at CP Plus 2015, spoken of but rarely, if ever, seen. Eventually I tracked it down and when I did, the only available model was encased in...
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At the CP Plus 2015 Show, I found it interesting that the Lytro and Lomography booths were right next to each other; interesting in an ironic way that new and old technology were so comfortable together… and neither booth lacked for visitors. The big draw at Lomography was its Russian-made shiny brass 85mm lens, called the Petzval. This was Lomography’s first year at CP Plus, and it’s fair to...
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While the thing that drew me to the Photo Clam booth was the new Orion Tilt II Gimbal Head, the follow-up to the Orion Tilt Gimbal Head, what kept me there was their pitch on the PTC line of carbon...
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Zeiss featured the two Loxia lenses for Sony’s E-mount at the CP Plus Expo. The 35mm f/2 Biogon T* and 50mm f/2 Planar T* lenses are small but weighty, with smooth focus rings and an...
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