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external The Verge Takes Lomography’s Konstruktor for a Spin, Loves It —The Verge

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At $35, I have a hard time not recommending the Konstruktor to anyone with an interest in photography. The build process strikes the right balance between frustrating and rewarding, the finished camera is unique and a lot of fun to shoot, and although the images you get back are obviously not of the best technical quality they’re very much in line with what you’d expect or hope for from a Lomography camera.

And, as long as you’re willing to go through the arduous process of developing film in 2014, you’ll feel a lot prouder of the idiosyncratic results.

 
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Review: Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 is Vintage Inspiration for Modern Times

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 might just be that unusually sexy gem that will intrigue the masses and add a dash or two of fun into your photography. A camera that is going to have clients talking and friends gawking. Read more…

Sony a7R: A Rising Tide Lifts All the Boats?

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I have to admit I didn’t get too worked up when the Sony A7 and A7R were released. The last time I wrote about Sony it was how there were so few lenses for the NEX system years after introduction. So now we’re going to a system requiring a whole new lens mount. Sure the camera’s specs were interesting. But the idea of yet another camera body good mostly for shooting lenses on adapters wasn’t very exciting. So I planned to ignore it.

But my friends over at Imaging-Resource/SLRGear were waxing poetic when they talked about their testing of the A7. Then they started claiming that the lenses were really good, too, and sent me some rather shocking test results. Plus, I will admit when it arrived I kind of liked the look and feel of the camera. It’s a very small camera for a full-frame, but with a nice deep grip that felt good in my overly large hands. Sort of a retro appearance. So even though we were a bit backed up, Aaron and I decided to at least run some preliminary testing in our Imatest lab with the A7R. Read more…

Metabones Works Some More Magic With Its New Speedboosters for Blackmagic

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Metabones, maker of the impressive Speedbooster adapters is back at it again. When the Speedbooster first came out, I wrote about it being like magic, increasing the aperture and field-of-view of Nikon and Canon full-frame lenses mounted to NEX and micro 4/3 cameras, while maintaining or even improving image quality. Now they’ve brought the Metabones magic to the Blackmagic cinema and pocket cinema cameras. Read more…

external Testing the Pentax K-3′s Weather Sealing by Running it Under a Faucet —The Phoblographer

So what exactly does “weather sealed” really entail? Well, Chris Gampat over at The Phoblographer put the term to the test during his recent Pentax K-3 review by running the weather proofed body/lens combo under a faucet for several painful seconds while taking pictures and switching between AF and MF.

Check out the video above to see how it performed or click here for The Phoblographer‘s full review.

 
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The ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus, a Very ‘Scharf’ Lens Indeed

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I’m probably setting myself up for a replay of the Exo Tria Arxidia scene, but my friend Bernhard introduced me to the German term scharf the other day. It can mean both sharp and hot (as in spicy, or as in, you know, hot). After testing our first copies of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens I felt the term scharf was just perfect to describe this lens. Read more…

external Comparing Noise Levels from Sony’s a7R with the a7, 5D Mark III and D800e —Camera Labs

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Gordon Laing from the website Camera Labs puts together some of the most comprehensive camera reviews on the web, and while we were both out in Nashville with Sony, he put the company’s new a7R to the test against the a7, 5D Mark III and D800E in a noise comparison shootout.

 
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Out on the Road: First Impressions of the Sony RX10

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The Sony RX10 was in shorter supply than the other two cameras during my time with Sony in Nashville, so getting my hands on it was a little bit more challenging. But get my hands on it I did, and even though I spent less time shooting with it than I would have liked, what I found was a camera that really blew away whatever expectations I had. Read more…

Out on the Road: Getting to Know the Sony a7 and a7R

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This last week, I had the great pleasure of joining many of my fellow writers from other major photo and tech news outlets for a week of fun and photography with Sony in Nashville, TN. Basically, the event gave us all a chance to test out the new mirrorless full-frame a7 and a7R cameras (as well as the RX10, which I’ll hit on in another post) in a variety of situations, with Sony artisans and engineers on hand to answer all of our questions.

A gallery of sample images are coming your way soon, but for now I wanted to outline some of my first impressions of what is good, bad and in-between about Sony’s revolutionary new shooters. Read more…

Review: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 is One Sexy Beast

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When Sigma announced a new version of the much loved 120-300 f/2.8 I immediately kicked myself for buying a much pricier 300mm Nikon about 6 months earlier. The reasons why may not be readily apparent, but we’ll get to that. First let’s discuss the aesthetics and specs.
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