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If I had to recommend one accessory to photographers getting started with portraits, it would be a reflector, over and over and over. Cheap—especially by photo-gear standards—and extremely versatile, reflectors are matched only by gaffer tape on the scale of photographic utility. Depending upon your needs, they come in all shapes and sizes, from hulking...
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Am I alone in having such strong tactile preferences that they guide purchase decisions for me? In the world of threaded cable releases, one—the Nikon AR-3 Threaded Cable Release—stands alone, not for its diverse functionality or plethora of technological capabilities—they all do the exact...
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After working with a combination of the Sony a7R II and a7S II for years, switching out as the scenario dictated, I was surprised by how well the a9 managed to replace both of them as the most used camera in my arsenal. When I first reviewed the a9, when it was released, I was impressed...
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In the 78 years that Kodak Tri-X has been in existence, there have been finer-grained or faster films available, as well as films with more exposure latitude, better contrast, and even better tonality—but none of them have the signature look and the history of Tri-X. Tri-X was originally released in 1940 as a 4 x...
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Although I’ll always be a film photography enthusiast, one of the things I love about digital cameras is the ability to create a more classic look by adapting vintage glass to DSLR and mirrorless models. Shooting with the optics of yesteryear opens you up to a world of alternatives, some of which are no longer made and, some of which, in my opinion, rival their modern counterparts. While there...
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Less than a year after releasing the action-oriented a9, Sony has followed up with a resolution powerhouse in the a7R III camera. As heir to the wildly popular...
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After a long time denying my eventual acceptance of mirrorless cameras, early in 2017 I finally made the switch. No, this isn’t an article about why I switched from so-and-so to so-and-so.Tthis, rather, is about why I have grown to accept—to love—the Sony a7R II for what it is and what it allows me to...
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Every photographer has that dream piece of equipment that they aspire to own someday. You know, the one thing that’s just a little bit out of reach, whether because of price or rarity, or even just because you can’t justify owning it. It’s that one piece of gear you think about often and tell yourself that it will change the way you make photographs. No matter how incorrect this statement might...
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A $10,000, 400mm f/2.8 telephoto lens is awesome, but awesome + sauce is getting that same focal-length reach from a 200mm lens that costs around $800, or even from one that costs $5700. Teleconverters, which are produced by all the major lens...
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Camera bags: we all love them, and many of us own more than one. Over the years, I’ve owned dozens of bags, and I can justify buying just about all of them. I’ve owned canvas bags, leather bags, and ballistic bags, each of which has its merits. Although I will always love the look, feel, and durability of leather and heavy canvas, I’ve also come to realize leather and canvas bags are, by nature,...
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Founded more than one hundred years ago, Leica has become one of the most recognizable and significant brands in all of photography. Much of this recognition is because of the M series of rangefinder cameras and their proliferation among well-known photographers as one of the most effective tools for capturing...
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Sony introduced the original Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 in June 2012, and since that time the company has unleashed four updated models, each one an improvement over the last. What’s interesting is that...
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Sigma is increasingly being viewed as the maker of the best third-party lenses on the market, but what is often overlooked is that the company makes cameras, too—and not just any camera, but perhaps, the oddest-looking point-and-shoot cameras around. Since this article series is called “Things We Love,” I’m forced to admit that I love the things most people ignore—or worse—ridicule, and the dp...
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If anybody can tell you about the ins and outs of shoulder-bag design, it’s a mail carrier. Every day, these intrepid couriers get to haul around Lord knows how many pounds of real mail, junk mail, and those awful freebie newspapers that most of us toss into the recycling bin or use for lining the bottom of a bird cage. Experienced photographers can also tell you a thing or two about shoulder...
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One thing that many “tough” point-and-shoot cameras provide that DSLR or mirrorless camera cannot, without the addition of a specific macro lens, is close-up macro photo capability. There are some very affordable point-and-shoot cameras with macro function that enable simplified close focus with just a turn of a dial. While these macro functions are available on many compact point-and-shoots and...

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