Podcast: Cameras of the Year, 2016

Join us as we talk with two of our most regular and reliable guests about new cameras that were announced in 2016. We hesitate to use the phrase “best” cameras of the year because there a few cameras that we’re not all that crazy about, and a few we can only judge based on their announced specs, but there is plenty to talk about.

Two of the Coolest Hasselblads Ever Made

Hasselblad has been the gold standard among studio, fashion, portrait, and landscape photographers since the original model 1000F was introduced in 1948. Though best known for its venerable square-format 500-series single lens reflex cameras (posthumously retitled Hasselblad V-series cameras), two Hasselblads have always stood out to me as being among the coolest production cameras ever made, and neither of them is an SLR!

Photographs © Allan Weitz, 2016

Hasselblad True Zoom and Moto Insta-Share Projector

The Moto Z family of smartphones accept MotoMods, modular accessories that magnetically snap onto the back of the phone and transform it into something new. In this video, we take a look at two high-end MotoMods. The Hasselblad True Zoom turns your device into a compact camera, and the Insta-Share projector lets you project your screen at up to 70".

The New Medium Format

Just as full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have become the norm, and APS-C sensors are now considered a more compact option for enthusiasts, medium format is finally coming into view as a potential option for even the non-professional photographer. Medium format options are shrinking in size, becoming easier and less intimidating to use, and are more affordable than ever, compared to flagship medium format options whose costs rival that of a new car.

In the Field: Moto Z Smartphone and Hasselblad Camera Mod

I will be honest. There’s nothing revolutionary happening in the world of smartphones. Don’t get me wrong: Since 2007, phones have improved tremendously in quite literally every metric. But it’s rare to see wholly changed form factors or an entirely different design philosophy. One that may break through, however, is modular devices. It’s been tried before—the LG G5 gave it a go earlier this year, and Google went for full modularity with its Ara. But the G5 suffered from the internal nature of its modules and Ara appears to have been placed on the back burner.

How Aspect Ratios Affect the Look of Your Pictures

When you say the word “photograph” to people, with the exception of square-cropping Instagrammers, most of us think of rectangles. This is because most consumer cameras produce photographs in the form of rectangles with aspect ratios of 2:3 or 4:3. The problem is that while most photographs fit well into these camera-defined format restraints, some images work better as squares—or elongated rectangles—depending on the subject or the layout of the photograph’s intended purpose.

Photokina 2016: What’s New in Imaging at the Big Show?

Photokina, the giant photo exposition held in Cologne, Germany, every two years, is widely regarded as the top international venue for showcasing imaging in all its forms. This is a stunning achievement when you consider that Germany was the leading player in the worldwide photo industry when the show debuted in 1950, and much of the equipment on display is now made in Japan, China, and other Asian countries.

Hasselblad News: XCD 30mm Lens, X1D-50c 4116 Edition, V1D 4116 Concept

After the announcement of the X1D medium format mirrorless camera this summer, Hasselblad has already gone back to the drawing board with a new 30mm f/3.5 lens for the XCD-series, an X1D-50c 4116 Edition camera set, and a new concept camera, the V1D, which resembles the classic 500-series film cameras in shape, but with a heavy dousing of contemporary aesthetics.

Moto Reveals Hasselblad Camera Mod for Z Series Smartphones

New DJI/Hasselblad Aerial Imaging Solution; Zenmuse Z3 Gimbal Camera

There never seems to be a dull moment in the world of aerial photography and video. DJI is bringing two new products to market, both of which expand the horizons and possibilities for aerial imaging.


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