Posts Tagged ‘test’

New Report Shows Solid State Drives Can Take Over 1,000 Years of Data-Writing Abuse

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Media storage has come a long way since the days of the room-sized 3.75MB hard disk drives (HDDs) you had to carry around with a fork lift. Most recently, solid state drives (SSDs) have taken over, providing a much more durable means of storing your media, since there are no moving parts inside.

But just how durable are we talking here? It turns out, very. The Tech Report recently put six different drives through the wringer, and it’s been concluded that today’s SSDs will last a thousand years of use — long enough to last until we find the technology to start literally storing data in the clouds.

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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…

Video: Does Gear 6x the Price Get You a 6x Better Photo? (Spoiler: No)

Maybe the ‘it’s not the gear, it’s the photographer’ is the proverbial dead horse that’s occasionally given a beating, but it’s a message that we never tire of sharing with a gear-loving, often gear-obsessed, photography world.

To that end, the short tutorial video above by our friends at SLR Lounge puts some numbers to this idea. The question they’re asking: Does taking a picture with 6x more expensive gear, get you a 6x better photo? Read more…

Can Your DSLR Nail Focus on a Flying Dragonfly? The Canon 7D Mark II Can

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We’ve seen one video demonstration of the Canon 7D Mark II’s impressive AutoFocus system, and we’ve heard the amazing specs, but it’s a picture of a dragonfly that really drove home the point, for us, of how good this system is at locking focus on a moving subject. Read more…

Product Photography with the Light Blaster, a $3,450 Cheaper Alternative to Broncolor’s Optical Spot

We introduced you to the Light Blaster when it first came out in July of last year. A neat light modifier, it allowed you to use a lens and flash to project all sorts of patterns, slides and other non-digital backgrounds (or foregrounds) into your images.

The creative possibilities are pretty vast, but if you want to see what happens when a professional studio photographer gets his hands on it and starts experimenting, Alex Koloskov of Photigy is more than happy to oblige. Read more…

Nikon Scores Another DxOMark Hit with the D750, Its 6th Camera to Make the Top 10

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Nikon’s newly-announced D750 has impressed those who have managed to get their hands on it thus far, but to properly put it through its paces, DxOMark ran it through its trusted sensor tests.

As expected, it came out with quite high marks, putting it in 8th place on DxOMark’s overall rankings and making it the 6th Nikon camera to make it into the top 10.

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The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Versus… a Two-Year-Old Pocket Camera

She’s a beaut. (Except for the rubber ring.)

Laaaadieeesss and Gentlemennnn! I have for you the lens test to end all lens tests! Not a mere test, mind you, but an epic showdown, a clash of the titans, the ultimate cage match! Pixel peepers rejoice! Read more…

A New Old Lens

Giving Lomography's Petzval lens the full Photo Geek treatment.

Jul 09, 2014 · Roger Cicala

Video: Pentax’s Medium Format 645Z Gets Covered in Sand and Run Under a Shower

The video-capable medium format Pentax 645z boasts 76 weather seals that make it cold-resistant, dustproof and weather-resistant… but just how “dustproof” and “weather-resistant” are we talking here? Read more…

Sony A7s Becomes DxO Mark’s New Low-Light King, Falls Short in Other Categories

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The DxO Mark verdict is finally in for the much-lauded Sony A7s, and as you might expect, it steals the low-light crown from the Nikon Df handily. The problem is, it seems to fall short of its main competition (the other two A7 cameras) in every other category. Read more…