Reviews

 

Nikon D7200 Crowned the New King of APS-C by DxOMark

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It seems like Nikon is doing the right things when it comes to putting quality sensors in its cameras. Gear testing company DxOMark has just announced that it has found the new Nikon D7200 to have the best sensor quality among all APS-C cameras. It’s “the new APS-C champ,” the testers write.
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Samsung NX1 Review: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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The other day I was speaking with a friend and he was lamenting about having to deal with 2 minutes of aimless introduction at the start every review. “There’s always something” he said. He now skips the beginning just to get the beans of the review and the conclusive notes.

By definition a conclusion must come at the end, but photography is about breaking the rules isn’t it? So today that is what I’m doing. I’ll start with the conclusion at the top and if you care enough after reading the TL:DR, you can keep going.
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A Hands-On Review of the Canon 5DS by Peter Hurley for Portraiture

There are only a couple of Canon 5DS cameras floating around in the US for reviewers to play around with prior to the DSLR arriving on store shelves in June. Portrait photographer Peter Hurley managed to get his hands on one of them. In the video above by Resource Magazine, Hurley uses the camera for two headshot shoots and shares his first impressions of the camera’s capabilities.

“Medium format has a ‘look’ to it, and I think the pros who like using medium format cameras are probably going to stick around with the medium format thing,” Hurley says. “But this immediately gets all the professionals who are shooting DSLRs to not have to change all their lenses and to get the file that’s beefy enough to look like a medium format camera.”

Testing the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens Against Lenses by Major Manufacturers

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Most of you know I’ve been very impressed with Sigma’s new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The 50mm f/1.4 Art is also superb.
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DigitalRev Parodies Top Gear for Its Nikon D5 Review

Top Gear is going through some tough times right now, so the online photography show DigitalRev has decided to take on the mantel of continuing the famous car show’s style and traditions. The latest DigitalRev episode is a Nikon D5… done in the style of Top Gear.

“We’ve decided to change the style of our show to commemorate the premature demise of our favourite motoring show – Top Gear – by doing all future videos in the Top Gear-style,” DigitalRev writes. If you love Top Gear, you’re going to love this episode.

Just the Lenses: The Great 200mm Shootout

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This ‘Just the Lenses’ article will take advantage of a Trioptics Imagemaster optical bench to compare lenses from different camera mounts with no camera involved. Why is that different? Because all other forms of testing (DxO, Imatest, or even photography) tests the camera-lens combination.
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DigitalRev Compares the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II with Its Yongnuo Clone

DigitalRev TV, the Top Gear of photography, is the latest to do a hands-on comparison of the classic Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens against its new copycat competitor, the YongNuo 50mm f/1.8. In DigitalRev’s typical fashion, Kai offers a humorous yet insightful look at how the two products compare against one another in performance and build. (Note: there’s a bit of strong language).

Here’s the conclusion: “As a lens in itself, it’s alright for the money. It does the job, it takes half decent images, and performs well enough. But as a copy, it is quite a way off.”

Testing Out a Rosco Gel Kit for Creative and Colorful Photographic Lighting

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I received a Rosco Gel kit a week ago, and after a few tests I can say I really love using all the awesome colors for my photography.

The kit includes 20 individual 30x48cm square sheets for color corrections (e.g. CTO, CTB, ND) and a range of different colors, all of them contained in a protected and resealable packaging.
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An Inspiring Review of Amazon’s Bestselling Tripod

The AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod is a $24 tripod that’s the #1 bestseller over on Amazon. The #1 review on that tripod is the 8-minute video above, submitted by a man named Michael Trimble.

“As you can see I have no arms so I need a tripod that is lightweight but full on perks,” Trimble his writes. “This tripod is EVERYTHING I hoped for & then some!”
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A Hands On Comparison of the 50mm f/1.8 Lenses by Canon and Yongnuo

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup shot a hands on test video that pits the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 against the pricier version by Canon. “Yongnuo recently released their first autofocus lens, and it’s half the price of the Canon version,” they write. “We test it to see if we can recommend it for beginning photographers who want an inexpensive, fast lens.”

They conclude that even though the Canon 50mm is the better all-around lens, the Yongnuo “makes a good choice for photographers who want to experiment with primes and background blur” and for “filmmakers and everyone using manual focus.” You can find our previous reviews here and here.