Posts Tagged ‘review’

Testing the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 with Nightscape Photography

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February has brought back the galactic core of the Milky Way into the sky. It is now rising in the east just before sunrise. Each week it will rise a little bit earlier in the night.

I have a trip planned for this spring and have been thinking about some of the shots I want to do. One of them is one where I think a lens longer than the 24mm might be useful to really bring some mountains and the Milky Way together.
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A Review of the Venus 60mm f/2.8, the World’s First 2:1 Macro Lens with Infinity Focus

Last month, a Chinese company called Venus Optics unveiled a 60mm f/2.8 lens, the first 2:1 magnification lens with infinity focus. Thomas Shahan, the “Bob Ross of macro photography“, was sent a copy from the company and reviewed it in the 4.5-minute video above.
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Shooting with the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 in a Cold and Rainy Outdoor Portrait Session

Editor’s note: This our third hands-on test of the super affordable Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 clone lens. We previously shared casual and optical tests.


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I was finally able to get the stars to align and get an outdoor session set up to test the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8. I booked an amazing model, Halie Jaye from Envy Model Management, and an equally fantastic makeup artist Carly Ryan. We decided to brave the frozen tundra of Mount Charleston outside of Las Vegas.
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Comparing the Optics of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 and the $125 Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

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I recently did a simple review that compared Yongnuo’s new $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. Today I will dive a little deeper into how the two lenses stack up optically.

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home.
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A First Review of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 ‘Nifty Fifty’ Clone

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I will be the first to admit that I am not a street photographer, not a wedding photographer, and don’t generally shoot in low light, but I wanted to get a review out since I just received my two copies of Yongnuo’s $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.
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A Casual Review of the Fujifilm X100T

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For the last 21 days I have been in Japan putting Fujifilm’s new X100T through its paces.

This review will not cover every technical aspect of the X100T, but rather how it feels to shoot with it every day and how it fits in with my workflow.
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Hands On: See How the Nikon D750 Performs in a Plethora of Real-World Situations

The Canon 7D Mark II has kind of stolen many of the headlines away from a different camera that was released right around the same time: the Nikon D750. A full-frame shooter that boasts an impressive sensor, DPReview recently took the 750 out to Seattle’s Museum of Flight for a very informative, in-depth set of real-world tests that they’ve compiled into the 19-minute video review above. Read more…

Detailed Rundown of What’s New in the Sony a7II and 5-Axis Stabilization Test with a Nikkor Lens

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not the Sony a7II is worth pre-ordering and you’d like a more detailed rundown of the features and real life performance of this camera, this video from Alpha Creative Skills should help.

In it, Mark Galer runs you through all of the differences between the a7 an a7II — minute and otherwise — before slapping a Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 lens onto the camera and showing you how well the 5-axis stabilization works. Read more…

The Panasonic LX100 is ‘Probably the Best Zoom Compact Ever Made’, Says DPReview

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DPReview recently got a chance to put the $900 Panasonic Lumix LX100 through a thorough review, and after putting it through the wringer, the camera has come out victorious… like really victorious. In fact, it received the highest ever award in its class.

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Diving Into the Numbers: Is the Canon 7D Mark II as Bad as DxOMark Says it Is?

After much anticipation and positive initial reports about the new Canon 7D Mark II, DxOMark’s review of the camera’s sensor was met with some shock. According to their tests, the Mark II’s sensor was on par with the 5-year-old Nikon D300s, and even fell behind smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors — not good.

But was this assessment fair? Photographer and educator Tony Northrup — who praised the 7D Mark II in his rapid review — wanted to find out. And so he created this in-depth video to dive into DxO’s numbers, make some side-by-side comparisons, and see if the 7D really is as disappointing as DxO seemed to report. Read more…