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There is one thing that the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD does better than any other lens on the market, and that is offer a seriously impressive zoom range in a relatively compact form factor. I found it hard not to love and respect the lens for this feature alone because,...
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As a film photographer, I rarely get to experience the joy and excitement of new products being released to the market. I’ve made my peace with this and have learned to work within a milieu of cameras and materials that have been on the shelves for decades. However, when Bergger recently released...
1 week ago
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To some, VisLink’s HEROCast product might be a bit confusing. At its heart, it’s a wireless transmission system and interface between a GoPro HERO camera and professional broadcast equipment. Some might still ask about consumer devices that perform similar tasks for a lesser cost, so let’s delve into what makes the HEROCast special, and how it is designed to be implemented. The qualities that...
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In 1999, Spike Jonze delivered us the comedy classic, Being John Malkovich, wherein a luckless puppeteer played by John Cusack discovers a portal that allows him to enter the mind of actor John Malkovich and experience life through his eyes. Now, almost 20 years later, we're one step closer to that fantasy becoming a reality, thanks to the...
3 weeks ago
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Since their introduction back in 2014, Olympus’s OM-D E-M10 series cameras have found their ways into the camera bags of many enthusiasts. The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 MK III will no doubt be finding its way into the camera bags of yet a new wave of enthusiasts. Opening photograph captured using a...
3 weeks ago
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USB microphones have come a long way since their inception, with strides being made all the time in ADC tech, sound, and build quality; these days, some companies even team up with well-regarded brands like Apogee in nestling analog-to-digital converters within their microphones. And yet, some mics have exhibited solid build and dependable sonics for quite a while now. Take the...
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Years from now, it's likely we'll look back at the DJI Spark and remember it as the quadcopter that signaled a fundamental change in the way we think about camera drones. Like some of consumer tech’s other landmark devices—the MP3 player, the smartphone, the tablet—Spark represents...
1 month ago
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When I was given the assignment to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO SmartCast wireless soundbar system, the SB4551-D5, I was a bit apprehensive. I’ve always considered myself a bit old school when it comes to home theater; I’m used to the receiver doing its job routing the video signals...
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Filling the void left by the demise of the lens-style camera, the DxO ONE is part of a new category that goes beyond being a simple smartphone accessory and yet feels right at home working side by side with your everyday devices—it's a miniaturized camera that makes the best of the iPhone screen. The reason...
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There was a time when Apple held sway over all creative professionals. It was almost impossible for you to find a creative department that didn’t have a core group that was Apple-specific. In almost every workplace, the designers, artists, photographers, and videographers worked exclusively on Mac-based systems. The soft glow of iMacs and sleek design of Mac Pro cylinders were part and parcel of...
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Considering how accurate your camera’s light meter is, selling a light meter to a photographer sounds as weaselly as selling ice cubes to an Inuit or Yupik person. In terms of accuracy, the new Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D-U Light Meter can calculate ambient and flash exposures to...
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The latest addition to the Lensbaby Velvet family is the Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens, available for Canon EF, Nikon F,...
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In my humble opinion, there have been three things keeping OLED TVs from reaching the maximum fandom they deserve in the consumer space—price, a sales pitch, and availability. For starters, OLED TVs are expensive. While it’s easy to argue that premium performance demands a premium price tag, an argument I’ve made more than once, you need the right sales pitch to convince customers to shell out...
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As previously announced filmmakers can finally celebrate the arrival of Canon Log to the 5D Mark IV, with the release of details on the paid upgrade and the availability of a...
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The “meet cute” is a classic Hollywood storytelling device used to get two characters to meet (cutely) and fall in love. When it comes to movies about college, there’s one meet cute that’s used over and over again: The two are walking towards each other, hands full of books and notes, so absorbed in the demands of university that neither notices the other as they get closer and closer. With a...

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