Equipment

 

Phase One’s New ‘Mirrorless’ Medium Format System is Nothing New

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Yesterday afternoon, the folks at Digital Transitions released a teaser for the Phase One A-Series, an (and we quote) “incredible new system using Phase One Digital Backs, Rodenstock optics, and ALPA bodies giving you the absolute best in Image Quality.”

Then something happened: someone dropped the M-word. The word Mirrorless appeared in a few headlines and, for lack of a more accurate way of putting it, people ‘lost their s***.’ So let’s clear something up: this is not a digital version of the Mamiya 7. In fact, it’s something that’s been around for a while. Read more…

DJI Inspire 1: A Sleek Drone That Brings Easy 4K Aerial Imagery to the Masses

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DJI has officially announced its latest camera drone. Called the Inspire 1, the new remote-controlled quadcopter brings 4K aerial video and 12MP aerial photos to the masses in a sleek and easy-to-operate package.
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Pico is a Tiny Time-Lapse Trigger That Boils Everything Down to a Single Button

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There are more time-lapse triggers out there than I can count on my hands and toes, but there’s no doubt that there are few, if any, as simple as Pico. An inexpensive and easy to used time-lapse trigger, Pico can work with or without your smartphone and makes capturing time-lapses a single button process.

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Canon’s Rumored 11-24mm f/4L Appears Briefly on the Canon Germany Website

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Not long ago an image of Canon’s upcoming 11–24mm f/4L lens leaked out for the world to see, but many thought it might be fake… possibly because they didn’t want to get their hopes up. Today, however, hopes can soar, because it seems Canon Germany’s website accidentally posted the lens, all-but-confirming that it does indeed exist. Read more…

The Unicorn Has Arrived: Canon Officially Announces Vastly Improved 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II

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Formality or no, it’s still incredibly exciting to see the official press release. 16 years in the making, the followup to the much-loved Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM has arrived. Say hello to Version 2, and read on to find out just how much a decade and a half of waiting has earned you. Read more…

Breakthrough Photography’s X-Series Filters are Ultra-Thin, Easy to Remove, and Affordable

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Breakthrough Photography today announced a new lineup of X-Series Traction UV and ND filters that are drawing a lot more attention than your standard lens filter typically gets.

The series consists of three separate models, each of which measures in at between 3.2 and 3.5mm in depth, comes in filter sizes between 49mm and 82mm, and includes a clever ring setup that makes placing and removing the filters less of a hassle. Read more…

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…

All Info, Press Pictures and Price of the Canon 100-400mm II Lens Leaked

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Holy product leaks Batman! Info and photo leaks don’t get much more comprehensive than this. In what they’re actually titling the official introduction post, Canon Rumors has posted four higher res product shots of the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II alongside full specs, pricing, and a detailed description of the lens from top to bottom.

At this point, it would be a formality for Canon to even announce the darn thing. But if you want to save the surprise for the official announcement of this Unicorn lens, we don’t suggest you read on. 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…

Through the Viewfinder Video Shows Off the Canon 7D Mark II’s Lightning-Quick AutoFocus

The Canon 7D Mark II is an enigma. One day we’re hearing about how its weather sealing is second to none, the next about how the sensor’s performance at base and low ISO is on par with Nikon… 5 years ago, and now we swing back to the other side of the spectrum with this impressive demonstration of the camera’s lightning quick AF system. Read more…