Reviews

 

First Look: Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Sample Photos and First Impressions by David Hobby

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While in Dubai for GPP 2014, David Hobby (aka. Strobist) got a chance to play around with the yet-unreleased Fuji 10-24mm f/4 lens. He was kind enough to send us a link to his final images along with permission to share them, but we’ll warn you: if you’re a Fuji lover who isn’t looking to spend money, you’ll want to look away… she’s a beauty. Read more…

Coming Soon: We Review the Ultra Light f-stop Loka UL for Adventure Photographers

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Launching soon, the photo above shows the f-stop Loka UL: an ultra lightweight backpack aimed at adventure photographers with an appetite to explore every corner of the map. Word is that f-stop Gear are planning a release for mid to late spring with a price point hovering around $225.

When released, there will no doubt be many current Loka owners tempted into an upgrade to the more compact and featherlight Loka UL. We’re in the process of a lengthier review at this moment and with the winter we’ve had up here in the Great White North, it may even be deemed a torture test.

First impressions are great. It’s very well constructed and f-stop have done wonderful work shaving over a 1.25lbs from the original Loka. That might not sound like much but it adds up quickly when setting out for a longer hike. Check back soon for the full review… but I have a feeling you should begin saving now.

Review: Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus, Beauty and a Beast

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The Zeiss Otus is easily the biggest DSLR 55mm currently available. I say currently, because I’m sure in some lab in the depths of upper Siberia a technician made a 50mm the size of a small child, just because. But the Otus shouldn’t surprise us, Zeiss will never shy away from the pursuit of image quality at the expensive of “convenience.” Read more…

Kai Very Impressed with the Fujifilm X-T1 in DigitalRev’s Hands-On Review

It seems as though with each passing day the eagerly anticipated and highly touted Fujifilm X-T1 is garnering more and more attention. We’ve already shared The Camera Store’s thoughts after they got some hands-on time with it, and today it’s our favorite face from DigitalRev, Kai, taking the X-T1 for a spin. Read more…

The Camera Store and Nick Devlin Test Out the Fuji X-T1 in the Field

If we had to name the most exciting camera of 2014 thus far, Fuji’s X-T1 would probably get the nod (although the Sony a6000 is no slouch). Some call it the Nikon Df done right, others are saying it’s the camera that will finally take the X-Series mainstream, but general opinion about this camera seems to be very good.

There’s only one problem… many of those opinions come from people who haven’t had a chance to use it yet. And since a spec sheet and press release can only say so much, The Camera Store and photographer Nick Devlin decided to go hands-on and take you in the field with this exciting new shooter. Read more…

Sample Footage & Shooting Impressions: Panasonic’s 4K-Capable GH4

Panasonic is serious about the 4K-capable GH4 as both a video AND stills camera. But particularly in the stills category, a price tag that will likely push 2 grand and a sensor that is only Micro Four Thirds size makes for an uphill battle when it comes to convincing folks to jump on board.

In hopes that maybe some first-hand accounts will sway you, Panasonic gave a handful of professional photographer and videographers the chance to try out the camera ahead of release and deliver their shooting impressions. Read more…

Act a Fuji: Four Months With The X100S

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For all you hipster and pro photogs out there, I’m sure you already know that the X100S has already been out for quite some time now. So if you’re looking for another one of those lengthy, technical, in-depth pixel peeping reviews about this camera? Then you’ve most definitely came to the wrong place.

This is about a four-month adventure with a piece of technology that the good folks from Fujfilm generously offered to let me put on my left shoulder. A journey through life as someone who makes pictures for a living. Read more…

Tamron 150-600mm Telezoom Shootout

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There’s been a lot of interest in the newly released Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens. (For those wondering what the initials mean, VC means vibration control, the others all read ‘marketing drivel’.) But meaningless initials or not, with a price under $1,100, a superior range, and vibration control, this lens has created a lot of excitement.

Recently, the good people at Imatest have developed an ultra-high resolution, backlit chart printed on photographic film that is perfect for testing long telephoto lenses in the lab. The combination of a new, cool Imatest setup and a new, cool lens proved irresistible, so we decided to compare the new Tamron with the older Tamron 200-500mm, Sigma 50-500mm OS, and Canon 100-400 IS lenses. Read more…

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…